Thursday, 9th January 2014
2013 has been a slow year for me. I feel like in 2012, there was a constant income of fun memories being made whereas 2013 delivered extraordinarily unforgettable memories but delivered them long and far in between.
I traveled a lot more this year. I never saw myself as much of an adventurer when I was younger. I was always someone who observe, research, and thought about embarking on adventures but never did. I think it was whilst returning to the UK from a spontaneous two day trip to Hong Kong to see my friend, Aly, when I thought “that was quite the adventure”.
I pursued a lot more film projects in 2012 but they were all much significantly smaller. I feel like I’ve been much more ambitious this year and don’t plan on taking it easy any time soon.
On the topic of YouTube, I felt like some of the connections I had with people I met through making videos on YouTube in 2012 have weakened. I assume due to my focus with making films and the ideal mindset of a ‘successful’ YouTuber are at a crossroads now. I’m probably no longer the a popular choice to collaborate with or to be seen talking to on Twitter as I’m probably not going to be gaining many more subscribers any time soon.
But that’s okay.
The friends, collaborators and audience who have stayed, I can now be certain are doing so with no shallow or self-gain intent and that’s good.
I have a too many ideas and big plans for 2014. It’s such a shame I only have 365 to try to make do with. I’ll try.
Wednesday, 20th November 2013
Anyone who’s reading this who have been in my company anytime in the last 2 months have probably heard this story because it was so good.
In August, I spend some time in the Philippines. Four days before I was supposed to depart back to England with a 40 minute layover in Hong Kong, I rebooked my flight to one leaving for Hong Kong the following day (with rebooking fee of only £40).
Meaning, for £40 I gained 48 hours in Hong Kong which I used to spend time with my wonderful friend, Aly Bongo. I met Aly at a YouTube gathering in 2011. Although, I didn’t actually talk to her very much after that. I think it was actually a week before she moved to Hong Kong (around christmas time last year), she moved up to ‘What a lovely friend’ status.
There is nothing about that story that doesn’t make me go “oh wait… I actually did that?”. What was the chance a flight leaving the following day would have a spare seat? I recall joking to Aly on Skype about me visiting her in Hong Kong as that was I think I thought would be near impossible.
Anyway, I was incredible happy that I got to explore Hong Kong and even more so to have my exploration guided by a wonderful friend. She took to me to temples, a cat cafe, a bar on top of a skyscraper, introduced me to toast with condensed milk as well as How I Met Your Mother and provided me with company whilst I enjoyed drinking a yakult with ice.
I didn’t know if people were going to enjoy this film. It was hard to capture on film my excitement and my feeling of “wow. I made a last minute decision to try to book a flight to Hong Kong to visit my friend and successfully did”.