Sunday, 9 December 2012

What is your ambition?

First of all, this is going to be a slightly intellectual post, and you may be bored, so please bear with me. If you aren't really  interested then you can skip all the way to the last bit where hopefully I will be able to entertain you better!

 But to start things off, what is an ambition? To want to be someone? To achieve a certain status in society? To be successful in your career?

I'm sure when you were younger, ambition meant an occupation. Like for example, a doctor, a professional athlete, a singer. As we grew up, I bet that, through life experiences, these goals change as we matured.

Let's use this definition, from thefreedictionary.com, just for this post's sake.

A. An eager or strong desire to achieve something, such as fame or power.

B. The object or goal desired

Some people however don't quite have the same drive as others when it comes to life. And this is the argument that I am interested in.

If a person is satisfied with his life, and all that it compasses, is that considered to be lacking in ambition?

Some people would say, hey, what's wrong? If I am contented with my life, don't be BUSYBODY LA?

Others might say that, Oh you're only young once! Why not fulfil your potential and push yourself?

Honestly, to me, it seems that most people in Singapore are really ambitious, hardworking, and willing to push themselves to their limits to achieve their goals. But I wonder, how many of them can look back on their lives and be sincerely happy.

It is never easy to determine success, because everyone has a different definition. Financial independence? A high ranking job in a big corporation?

For myself, I enjoy being a simple person. I don't have a burning desire for more all the time, don't get me wrong, I am a greedy person (when it comes to food and money and what not), but I am also easily contented, which is quite a paradox. But I think that happiness = contented. You don't have to be rich to be contented. A farmer can be happier than a millionaire.
SOOO EVERYONE SHOULD BE SIMPLE PEOPLE! HERE LISTEN TO THIS SONG AND I'LL BRAINWASH
 YOU!!! HAHAHAA


HEHE so anyway, yeah it's true. I am extremely happy with my life now, am so thankful for being so blessed with so many opportunities to do what I love while I still can. So I'll share here what I've been doing for the past few weeks.
Attended Screen Singapore, this was taken at the world premiere of Chow Yun Fat's latest movie, The Last Tycoon (Rocking good by the way, I loved it!)


And I've been busy filming for Mediacorp, they have this new love story drama series, and I'll be in an episode acting alongside, the beautiful Ezann Lee! And then finished off filming for HBO's upcoming series "Serangoon Road". Amazing experience, love the cast and crew, hehe and I play Pamelyn Chee's jilted lover.. Nerdy me!



Who wants to get driven by me in the 1960s original Fiat?
 


follow your heart, and nothing else.

Friday, 30 November 2012

Deadlines, are nothing but DEAD TIMES!

What do you day dream about? For me, I don't know why but I always used to imagine myself giving interviews to reporters. Weird right? I still remember when I was trekking to the karen village in Chiang Mai (Thailand), for like 4 hours I was talking to myself the whole time.



Me (as Interviewer):" So Joshua what do you like to do in your spare time?"

Me (as myself):" NO COMMENT !!! (DIVA!)"
 

 

I think most of my friends think I'm a bit of a nutcase or something, because I love talking to myself so much. I don't know how many people enjoy talking to themselves but I somehow suspect not many. It's not that I don't like talking to other people, I just click better with myself.

Like sometimes I like to be quiet, just people watch at a cafe, or sit with a book in a park (not in Singapore, cause it's too HOT!), or laze in the pool and let me mind go blank.. Other days I'm like a machine gun, you can't stop me! So I admit, I am weird.

Anyway, I can't believe it, but I've actually had numerous interviews done already, and 2 one on one interviews, I weekly, and more recently 8 days. I guess some celebrities are kinda guarded when it comes to revealing too much about how their lives and how they feel. Well, I was really chatty during mine( hehe you'll have to read the articles! not going to reveal any juicy bits here!)


So I'm really blessed to have been able to achieve my DAY dream. Haha, which is so weird, I always used to day dream that I would be giving interviews to journalists and it actually happened. So it's a (day)dream come true right?

Yup, so besides being blessed in achieving my (day)dream, I'm also very thankful that my career is really going well too. Just a little update, Ah Boys To Men has really opened so many doors for me, I did a guest supporting role in one of the episodes of the HBO Series "Serangoon Road".
 
And after that went on to do a Print Ad for SIA, which will be appearing in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong (sadly not in Singapore.. I don't know why either).  Anyway this was a super cool experience because I was cast as a dad! Haha can you imagine? I'm only 22 years old! Literally from Ah Boy to Ah Pa!

 
The most recent project I've embarked on was this Mediacorp drama series called "How we met", which will be shown on the new platform Toggle, and afterwards probably TV. This was also super fun and interesting because I got to work with Ezann Lee, who was the female lead in FIGHTING SPIDERS! One of the best drama series I've seen on channel 5. 

 
 
And finally coming up, I have yet another print ad, which is really exciting. So I'm just so happy at how things have turned out so far, and I'm really hopeful for the future. Honestly, I'm a little worried that if I go back to Australia and continue my uni studies that nobody will remember me and I will lose all these fantastic opportunities... :( BUT OH WELL! Keep the faith everyone!
 
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”
―    Bil Keane

Monday, 12 November 2012

Nobody said it was easyyy


Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison

A ship in harbor is safe— but that is not what ships are for.” – John A. Shedd

Courage is being scared to death – but saddling up anyway.” – John Wayne

"Without a struggle, there can be no progress." - Anon

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us." - Anon

"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." -Albert Einstein

I thought I'd start this post with a few quotes which I really appreciate. Sometimes life gets so overwhelming that it's easy not to see the small beautiful things that are around us. And sometimes when life gets tough it's hard to see anything but the situation that you are in. Believe it or not, everyone goes through difficult seasons in their lives, but the defining difference is how different people respond to the tough times.
 
HAHA OMG I AM SUPER PHILOSOPHICAL IN THE MORNING! IT'S CREEPY RIGHT?! GAHAHAAA, I think lack of sleep too much already that's why a bit siao. So Anyway, yeah, just thought I'd give a little encouragement to anyone who is facing tough times right now. There's quote I always gave my trainees back in the army "Tough times don't last, tough men do!".

So anyway, as you guys know I'm aussie and at some point of time, I do want to head back and lepak. I was actually supposed to go back this June for my uni studies, but I deferred it for the film. But this coming Feb, I'll probably head back. Therein lies the problem, I'm really afraid of losing momentum I got from all the hard work I put in filming. It's not easy to come so far, to achieve my goals, and then leave everything behind to go for my studies.

 
 
I mean, I really love Aussie land. The blue skies, the cool weather, my FISH AND CHIPS, PIES, PASTA, SO MANY SO MANY AUSSIE FOOD GAHHHHH!!! I love the relaxing day to day living, heading to the park, having quiet walks, snuggling up next to the heater.. I love the old ladies who will walk up to you and ask about your day, your life, and be honestly interested in having a conversation with you.. I miss my cute nephews and nieces, going around wine and cheese tasting with my cousins..






BUTTT I THINK I LIKE SINGAPORE A BIT MORE NOW THAN LAST TIME LEH!! HAHAHAHA.  Singapore also quite shiok la I guess..Gosh I think I will die without Indian food. Like my body will crave it so much that it will explode from the inside! I think I will miss acting so much, and the opportunities that I will get here.. But I think the thing I will miss the most is probably my mates here..



 

 


The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them. – Unknown

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

6 Months on and a whole lot has changed.


ex·traor·di·nar·y/ikˈstrôrdnˌerē/

Adjective :
    1.    Very unusual or remarkable.
         2.    Unusually great.
Synonyms:
uncommon - unusual - singular - remarkable - exceptional

I guess that's how you can pretty much sum up my experience so far. I was talking to my pops today, and just 6 months ago, I remember having a huge dilemma on whether I should sign on for this project or not. And 6 months later, to see my finished product on the big screen at last night's Gala, was simply extraordinary.


In may, after just finishing my army (AT LONG LAST), I was looking forward to this month long holiday road trip around Australia with my favourite bunch of people, when this opportunity came up. I remember how hard it was to give that up, but how alluring the opportunity of being a part of this film was. Looking back, DAMN! I'm so happy I went with my gut. Probably the best decision of my life (along with trying Carl's Junior Portobello Mushroom Thickburger, OMG TO DIE FOR!!).

And then we started filming and getting to know this insane bunch of guys. Honestly, I am so happy I met all of you, because we simply enjoy each other's company, and have a great time whenever we go out. I really have been so blessed, and I can't believe how far I've come with you guys.








Finally, last night I got to see the product of all our pain. All our suffering, the long hours, the running around under the hot sun, the falling, the crying, the shitting. AH! I'M SO HAPPY WITH THE FINAL PRODUCT! And I hope everyone will catch it and enjoy the film.