June 19, 2015

Every Night Should End With Fireworks

It was quite a thrill getting to watch the closing ceremony of the SEA Games live. For me, scoring last minute tickets to the show was the closest to being at the National Day Parade. We each got a bag full of favours, were treated to fireworks and even got a chance to get down to the track area to mingle with the performers. Taxpayer money never looked this beautiful against the night sky.

In other news, the days and weeks are blending into each other and I'm losing track of how fast the holidays are going by. We're somewhere in the middle of the second act and I'm looking forward to the exciting conclusion in the coming weeks.

Also it just occurred to me that there is a recurring theme running through my photo set. Maybe it's all a commentary on how we live our lives from behind a screen? Who knows.

May 21, 2015

How The Theatre Is Food For The Soul

It's comforting to know that no matter where life takes us, the theatre will always be there ready to welcome with open arms.

Coming close to a decade of ties with the club I can safely say you never really leave the theatre. It was almost automatic on my visit last week to find something to do. There always is.

Having a few familiar faces greet you is a bonus. They are the friends who started out as mentors and are now partners.

For a brief moment the rush of everyday life receded from view as the four walls of the blackbox encloses you into a world devoid of time and space. It's really quite special. There's only you the audience and the performance on stage. No other distractions to take you out from the magic of theatre.

May 04, 2015

Quit Being All Over The Place

You can't have your cake and eat it too.

You got to know this. And you got to know this right. There's just way too many things out there vying for your limited attention. You don't have all the time in the world to worry about these things all at once. It's just not humanly possible.

Instead, you have to consider single-tasking and take things slow. Narrow your focus on a few things you're good at. Remember, this is not the same as giving up the gun. You're maximising your time by spending every moment doing the thing you're exceptionally good that. Leave it to the bodybuilders to worry about having ripped torsos, let influencers mind their filtered feeds and the same goes for everything else.

You might not want to admit it right now, but you already know a couple of things you're good at. You're just afraid to say it. You're afraid of the "What if that doesn't work out?" when instead you should worry about the "What if this is it?". No one in any strategic manoeuvre would venture putting all their eggs in the same basket. But when you vote for comfort over risk, you essentially close off another dimension of opportunity that awaits. Then comes the barrage of "What ifs" that will plague you incessantly.

There's no time to waste trying to be all over the place. Get away from all the noise and look deep within for the answer is there in plain sight. It always was.

May 03, 2015

To Catch A Birthday Boy

I spent the Labour Day holiday living out scenes from the movie Taken. It was the 21st birthday of a close friend and a couple of us guys came together to stage a surprise kidnap. After a ton of discussion and careful planning between different chat groups we managed to pull it off. 

It was a whole lot of fun seeing familiar faces after a long absence and everybody was on the ball as the operation played out. Our actual plan had escalated far beyond our initial harmless ideas but it was all worth it. The amount of coordination while remaining as quiet as possible so as to not raise suspicion of our dear friend was intense. In the end, we pulled off one hell of a surprise and I couldn't be happier for that.

April 27, 2015

Earning Your Keep

This month has been filled with so much light and love. I'll never stop asking myself what have I done to deserve the company of such fine friends. Turning a year older has brought about an unexpected wave of emotions but with friends like these I know I'll do fine.