The Maxims of Manhood by Jeff Wilser

This is an outstanding book (for guys). It’s so funny and so true, I think the rules apply to the real world. Here are my favorite rules/maxims.

#1. Tip well – Proper tipping shows that you are worldly, and you’re not a tight ass.

#2. You only recognize primary colors – Man can only register red, green, blue, black and white.

#3. Know how to give a compliment – Many don’t have it in themselves to compliment others. Real men know how to issue a compliment without kissing ass.

#4. Never say “blossom” – Or “lovely”, “handsome”, “delightful”, “super”.

#5. Keep an empty urinal between you and the next guy

#6. Do not overpack – It violates the principle of not giving a shit.

#7. Outperform the GPS – Relying on the GPS breeds complacency, laziness.

#8. Use the diaper bag only for diapers

#9. Celebrate birthdays like you celebrate Tuesday – Unless it’s your 21st or your girlfriend’s birthday.

#10. Never take sides against the family – Your family is the best family in the world and the best family in history.

#11. Never switch your favorite team – It’s like betraying your core principles

#13. Shun networking guy – When you go watch a game, you must go to watch a game. You’re not there to woo your clients or lather your boss.

#17. Make your son a lefty – It is advantageous in any sport.

#18. You’re immune to cold – Unless you’re actually suffering from frostbite.

#19. No granny shots – If even Shaq doesn’t do it (his free throw percentage is somewhere around 50%, which is AWFUL), neither should you.

#21. Use every four-letter word but one

#22. End the call first – The key is intent. You mustn’t be the blabberer.

#23. Fear commitment – Why make a lifelong commitment based on a feeling of caprice? People change. You change.

#24. She must be at least half your age, plus seven – Only applies to you if you’re over 16.

#26. Never ask for her number – Never give her the chance to say no. There’s a better way.

#27. Always hold the door – Light the cigarette, hail her cab, help her with her coat, carry her heavy objects. It’s about chivalry.

#28. Go for RBIs, not batting average – The key to meeting women is not giving a shit. You need to be loose, fearless, unsaddled by expectations.

#30. Don’t take things slow – Guys never want to take things slow.

#32. Count proteins, not calories – Counting calories is for girls. You’re not even sure that calories exist, actually.

#35. Order food that’s simpler, larger, and fattier than the girl’s

#36. You don’t trust this “yoga”

#37. No straws, cherries, or umbrellas – You should also avoid drinking out of a straw as often as possible, unless it’s McDonalds.

#40. Properly order steak – And never ever order it well-done

#43. No baths – When you take a bath, you literally wallow in your own filth.

#44. Only wear sunglasses when it’s sunny

#45. Have the guts to wear pink – It means you’re bold and confident

#48. Dress your age – No Hawaiian shirts, no hipster belts, no saggy jeans, no ironic t-shirts (we get it)

#52. Manage time without a time management system

#55. Never volunteer to take notes

#56. Kick up, kiss down – You may never kiss ass of anyone above you on the company org chart. Your subordinates, however, you treat like gold.

#59. No buzzwords – Use real words that have real meanings, not a verbal diarrhea of corporate gobbledygook.

#62. Your favorite book may not be The Da Vinci Code – Or books by Tom Clancy, Steven King or Robert Ludlum. Real men read real books.

#63. Know how to chug a beer. Know not to

#64. You never cry. Ever. – What separates men from women and toddlers is the ability to keep our inside feelings where they belong – the inside. Kleenex tissues may only be used for two bodily fluids: one’s mucus and the other isn’t tears.

#65. Control the world with technology – You like gadgets. You can rewire speakers. You can set up Wi-Fi.

#66. You see eye to eye with Jack Bauer

#68. No chitchatting at the movies – Like most of life, movies are meant to be enjoyed in silence.

#71. You can handle silence – The mark of a great friendship is the ability to treat your friend like a total stranger. Silence means confidence, self-assurance. It signals mutual respect.

#72. Never ask another man how you look

#78. Cockblock and die – If your buddy’s flirting with the blonde at the bar, it’s obviously unacceptable for you to hijack the conversation.

#86. First date is always drinks

#87. Being considerate doesn’t make you a wimp – It’s okay to keep her company for Project Runway or watch some Kate Hudson flick. In the sixth-most-carnage-soaked “guy movie” of all time, Mel Gibson spends his entire life clinging to a girl’s flower. Is William Wallace a pussy?

#97. Pain? What pain? – If we cop to pain, then we concede our own fallibility. We’re equally unfazed by emotional pain. It’s better to bury that pain inside, bottle it up, and then unleash our fury when it’s least expected and most unwarranted.

#100. Never blindly follow rules or maxims – “Themes” to being a real man include integrity, fidelity to friends and family, valuing substance over style, self-confidence, self-improvement.

A week of lethargy

The past week has been…unproductive to say the least – I have not been efficiently carrying out my summer goals (i’ve just been stoned all day everyday)!!! I have not started exercising, working on my film, guitar-ing or learning to edit films yet. This is why I have not updated my blog. It must be the humidity, the newly acquired ability to drive, the LOVELY FOOD (see below), and the home-alone factors that have stymied my overall progress.

Also, I acquired a new goal this week because Derrick told me that he was going to sell of all his magic cards this summer and I decided that I should too (another stupid goal I should add to my list, but I won’t because I can’t believe I still have those cards!! what can I say! it was peer pressure at the age of 12!! ;)). Poker-wise, I did make a live profit of HKD 3k, albeit not a very significant achievement.

Despite all my lazing about, I did manage to finish a book – The Time Traveler’s Wife – a book I’ve been meaning to read for a very long time. It was better than I expected (I’m clearly not an avid reader) and the whole concept of time travel and the inability to alter fate was a rather cool plot device. Also, the fact that the story is narrated from both Clare and Henry’s (the lovers) perspectives makes for a good lesson in knowing-what-girls-think-about-psychology, especially when the same event is told from both points of view. However, once I got past 200 pages the story seemed to kind of drag on and there were many pointless chapters, like for example when they narrate about the dreams they’ve had. WTF lol… but still a very engaging read and well worth the time (well I always feel productive when I’m reading).

Anyway time for some pics of food (SORRY NOT FROM MY PHONE)!

FISHBALL SOUP NOODLES
FISHBALL SOUP NOODLES
ICE CHOCOLATE
ICE CHOCOLATE
BEEF BRISKET SOUP NOODLES
BEEF BRISKET SOUP NOODLES
CHA SIU FAN (bbq pork rice)
CHA SIU FAN (bbq pork rice)

That’s all for today. The next time I update will most likely be when I’m in LA (soon!)

Back in HK! Summer goals!!

The last few days were hectic having needed to clean and move out of my London flat, but now that I’m back in HK I can finally relax and completely enjoy the summer. I will feel quite unfulfilled if I don’t do anything over the summer (no work!), so I have compiled a list of summer goals (a work in progress):

1. Finish reading 5-6 books
2. Learn to use (master, if possible) a movie-editing program
3. Make at least 1, if not 2, short films
4. Start going to the gym again
5. Improve in tennis (play lots!)
6. Take up guitar lessons
7. Finish the 三國志 books once and for all
8. Profit of at least HKD20k from live poker (by any means)
9. Triple online bankroll
10. Learn ze art of wine tasting

I also finished reading a book on the plane back to HK – South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami. It’s not his greatest book, but it’s still a really good read about a man who gives up everything, marriage, kids, family, job, after bumping into his childhood love. Good reference for P.O.T theorists (kenta and otto you know what I’m talking about). I’m not going to rate it, but it’s definitely worth reading! Anyway, that’s all for now and I’ll update again soon!

Museum day!

Met up with AA from the states today at St. Paul’s Cathedral…

Meeting AA outside St. Paul's Cathedral
Meeting AA outside St. Paul's Cathedral

Then we headed to the Tate Modern crossing the Millennium Bridge:

View of Tate Modern from bridge
View of Tate Modern from bridge

It was my first time visiting The Tate, and I was well impressed:

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Pollock
Pollock
Piccasso's take on kissing
Piccasso's take on kissing
Warhol's gallery - Sexy wallpaper
Warhol's gallery - Sexy wallpaper

I also found a new book to read: Every Hand Revealed by Gus Hansen… Damn good..I highly recommend it to anybody keen on poker!