Thursday, March 30, 2006

Hong Kong

I went to Hong Kong last weekend, and it was awesome. I know Hong Kong is touted as this great economic/business center, but I think it’s just a cover. I think it was really set up as a giant shopping mall with lots of good food.

There were shops everywhere I went--indoors, outdoors, sidestreets, malls, and basically any space you could fit a store. There were so many shops, that I could burn all the calories I’d incur from my meals just by walking. I actually lost weight in Hong Kong. I haven’t lost weight my entire trip in the Philippines, and I’ve been running, lifting, and boxing. Craziness.

The meals there were just unreal. Tasty to the extreme. I will never ever set foot in another Chinese buffet or Orient Express in America ever again. I take that back—maybe an Orient Express if I’m really hungry, but never another Chinese buffet where they serve sushi and jello.

I'm going to have to give it up to the Asians. If I ever wanted to build or design something, I'd hire an Asian. The airport alone was spectacular. The design appeared flawless. Yes, there were also shops once you got through immigration. I'm not talking little tiny crap shops like in the McNamara Terminal in Detroit. I'm talking like Somerset North and South. Everything from your basic newspaper stands to Disney to Louis Vuitton. Great stuff. The subway was immaculate as well. It was extremely clean, had marble floors, nice escalators and elevators, lots of automated ticket machines, and nice customer service kiosks. It was a well-oiled machine.

I’ve posted a couple pics of the city. Check them out.

11 more days…

Until next time…

Friday, March 24, 2006

Isn't It Ironic

In an ironic twist, I was the talent in a 30 second TV commercial…it was a public service announcement against drunken driving. Yes, you read that correctly. I, who was pulled over during Thanksgiving break of 2002 and subsequently and luckily given an MIP, was the featured talent in an anti-drunk driving PSA.

On a more brokeback note, I had a make-up artist for this. I think I enjoyed it way too much. In order to gain my masculinity back, the art directors and I watched jpegs of female sex scandals on their notebooks in between takes.

I’d tell you the storyline of the commercial, but I don’t think I’m allowed to since it hasn’t aired yet. I did post some pics of the shoot. The link is in the “links” section. I know I direct you to the link all the time, but some people just don’t know. Sadness.

I also went camera crazy these past few weeks and posted a total of 9 new albums, so check those out as well.

I’m going to Hong Kong this weekend. I’ll be eating a lot. Pray that my stomach doesn’t explode.

Until next time…

Monday, March 20, 2006

March Sanity

I’ve only seen one college basketball game since December 14, and it was a two-week-old rerun of the game when Duke shot the half court buzzer-beater to stop an upset by FSU. I thought I’d have an advantage in March Madness pools this year since I lacked any knowledge of college basketball. Apparently, this is not the case seeing as I am last in my money pool. Oh well.

I do miss not being able to experience March Madness with green beer. Saint Patrick’s Day combined with high pressure college basketball games is actually an excellent experience. Very few people even know about March Madness, even fewer know what filling out a bracket or joining an office pool means, and nobody here celebrates the day of green beer. They even showed the selection special only yesterday--Saturday. None of this really wasn’t a surprise to me, but I thought I’d try to bring the spirit anyway by wearing my green shirt and my silly hat. I greeted everyone and had to explain the importance of the day—extreme drinking with green beer—but no one seemed to care. There is always next year.

Though I’m second-to-last in my pool, my dejection was only temporary because I realized that everyone beating me is roughing it in 30 degree weather and snow while I am relaxing poolside in 90 degree weather and working on my tan.

In advertising news, I switched to copywriting a couple weeks ago. My first piece of writing came out this weekend in the form of an advertorial I wrote for the Department of Tourism campaign. I was also in my third ad. Our whitewater rafting boat was featured in the top right corner of the advertorial and you can clearly see me at the front of the boat. Big ups to Gogie, our art director, for the blatant self-promotion. I also shot three more commercials this weekend. Yes, that is correct. Before I leave, I will have been featured in six commercials. There will be more on this and accompanying pictures at a later date.

Until next time…

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Boxing

I always considered myself an athletic person. I played futbol, basketball, baseball, and tennis growing up. I played futbol competitively for 4 years, competing near the top levels of my age group. I still play some recreational futbol here and there, even winning the U-23 Michigan Cup 2 years ago. Yeah, I’m not kidding. I don’t know how that happened. I have the medal to prove it if you don’t believe me. I also frequent the gym and lift weights about 3 times a week. I also run 2-4 miles on a treadmill about 3 times a week as well. I would average anywhere between 7.5-8 minute miles. I think this is fairly good for a male in his early 20s who does not regularly participate in competitive sporting events. I thought I was in great shape…until I tried boxing.

Last night, I tried boxing. And it was awesome. Punching things feels really, really good. Boxing is also very tiring. There is a lot of technique that needs to be mastered in boxing and it takes a lot of coordination and footwork. I wish I had tried this out earlier in my trip because I surely would have gone more frequently. I know I can box in the states, but I am certain it is much more expensive than the $7 per hour of personal training that I receive here. Rissa suggested I should just stay an extra couple months just so I can box…and maybe make the company outing in June to another beautiful locale. I said I’d consider it…

26 more days until I return folks…

Until next time…

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Island Update

So my tour of the Philippines for the commercial has finally come to an end. My last stops were Hundred Islands in Pangasinan and the city of Cebu. It was an amazing opportunity to see the sights The Island has to offer.

In Pangasinan, we took kayaks and paddled to a couple islands to check out the beaches. The place was so secluded and beautiful. Clear waters, white sand, and no one to bother us. We had our own personal beach for a whole afternoon. Our group of four also took over the karaoke machine and closed a bar down. I was finally able to unleash "On Bended Knee."

Cebu was a very cool city. It’s the second largest metropolitan area outside of Manila. Luckily, we had the Paris Hilton of Cebu showing us around so it was good times all around. We had dinner at the home of the Tourism Secretary, and that was just crazy delicious.

As you might’ve guessed, I have pictures. The link is under the links section. I also finally received the photographer's action shots of our whitewater rafting trip in Davao. Check those out because they are really clear.

Until next time…