Let’s Trade Art: Workshops at a House Party

“Let your freak flag fly”

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For this past New Year’s, my rave fam booked an Airbnb in Beverly Hills. We decided not to go to any events, and just chill and party in the house. A few weeks before it, I had an idea: workshops =D

One of my favorite parts about taking trips with my rave fam is trading art with them. It usually happens spontaneously, which is cool. But one of the downsides of spontaneity is scheduling. If I’m already teaching one thing here, while someone else is teaching another thing there, I’m missing out! Continue reading

My First Talk About Business

I titled this, “Asian-American Accountant, Barefoot Business Beast.” Other potential titles could be:

  • “How to Start a Shoe Company with $7K, While Working Full-Time.”
  • “Mental Barriers to Entrepreneurship, & Why They Didn’t Stop a Schmuck Like Me”
  • and “The Most You Can Learn About Mountain in 30 Minutes.” Just kidding. (Kidding about this being a potential title. Otherwise, I do think this is the most you can learn about me in just 30 minutes.)

This talk is nearly a year old now. So much has happened since then–the big thing being that we are now a real business sending real products to real customers for real money (see http://theprimalprofessional.com/). But everything I said in the video still remains true. Thank you Multi-Asian Student Association for having me back

Self-Employed No Income, or The Summer Vacation I Never Had

Beach & Beard, staples of Summer 2012. via Instagram

“What have you been up to, Mountain?”

If you’re my friend (real and/or facebook), you probably know I left my job in March to travel the country for 10 weeks, promoting my startup the Primal Professional. Since returning to San Diego late May, life has been less exciting, but different enough to warrant a blog post. We have enough savings and enough potential for income in the near future to be comfortable without clocking in for paychecks. But we don’t have so much savings nor such a guaranteed future income to really do everything we want to. It’s not quite 4-Hour Workweek status, but it’s undeniably better than working full-time.

I’ve been occupying myself with “cheap/free” activities: reading, fooling on the internet, TV and movies, growing a beard, working out, breaking my pinky, cooking, eating, meeting up with people to chat or catch up, and the beach. But first, let’s start with…

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Becoming a State Champion Powerlifter, part 3: Lessons and What’s Next

On February 11, 2012, I competed in my first powerlifting meet and became a state champion and current record holder in my division. This is a 3-part series on my adventures in powerlifting from Feb 2009 – Feb 2012. The first post talks about how I got into the sport. The second post covers more details on training and the day of the meet. The third post is on lessons learned and what’s next.

Lesson 8. Find synergies. (Photo: Ryan Chang)

The cool thing about these lessons is that they have carryover into all other parts of life. I’ll keep it short, but each one can probably be a post all by itself. Continue reading

2nd Annual Celebration & Official Blog Launch

It’s 8/8 again! The 2nd annual All Asian Boys Have Killer Abs Celebration, and we’re kicking it off with our official blog launch. About time we had a blog, right?

We’ll have posts on fitness, food, fashion, featured monthly members, and everything else you’d would find Killer.

To join in the festivities this year:

1) Change your profile pic to one showcasing your Killer Abs.

2) Tell your friends the good word! Invite them to this event, to the group, to check out the blog, etc!

And now, for the REAL FUN…I don’t think anybody had the Killer courage to do these last year, but I hope we get some people to step up in 2010! I’m hoping to get at least one instance on video, haha.

3) For Asian Boys: I challenge you to show one person your abs! And say, “Ya it’s true…All Asian Boys Have Killer Abs.” Could be someone you know or don’t, but cannot be a member of the group!

4) For everyone else, this will be tougher, but I think EVEN FUNNER: I challenge you to get one Asian boy to show you his abs! Opening line could be something like, “Hey, do you have a sixpack? Because I heard that All Asian Boys Have Killer Abs!” That’ll be hilarious, especially if you do it to a shy dude. Same rules apply–could be someone you know or don’t, but cannot be a member of the group!

NOTE: Don’t be retarded with this! As in, don’t do it at a church, at a company picnic, to little kids, get the drift? AABHKA is not liable for your lack of brain.

Have a Killer week, Killers.

facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=2204690049&ref=ts

facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=141444025886525&ref=mf

Told Through DOTA

One of the reasons why I love DOTA so much is the variety of opportunities to make reference to the game in daily conversation!

If Jeet Kune Do practitioners were in DOTA, they would be Agility heroes.

I’m taking JKD at the local community college, where I also took Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 2 years ago. I love the community college system! The course is only $42 (including parking) for 15 2-hour sessions.

JKD is the system that Bruce Lee developed, and our coach teaches the art in its “final form” before Bruce passed away. A couple JKD fundamentals: strong-side forward (that means right-side forward for right-handers, vice-versa), rear heel raised, rear arch perpendicular to lead toe. It’s a pretty unorthodox stance, and it took awhile to get used to. Once you get the hang of it though, you can be very mobile. It makes it really easy to close the gap and deliver that powerful first decisive attack. I think in dangerous situations this is essential, as their surprise allows you to end the fight with a lethal flurry. It’s like a Blink-strike combined with a Bash, FTW!

From there, what I see my instructor and his teaching aids do, is constantly change levels and angles, attacking from multiple directions while staying on the move. It reminds me of Juggernaut’s Omni-slash. I don’t think I’d do that though…it takes awhile to become proficient.

I was playing as Techies last night with Justin. Techies has recently become one of my favorite characters, and as the game neared the end, I realized why. This is exactly how I want to make my money!

I then fell asleep and had a dream that I was hanging out with Kaila Yu (Bill is her friend, apparently).

With Techies, you just run around the map, put down a few bombs/traps, and watch shit blow up. You’re never in the line of danger, and for the most part just let your team do the ganking/pushing (although I do enjoy helping out with suicides in the heat of a battle, or placing traps to help my teammates retreat). After level 6, you pretty much just sit back and let the money and exp roll in. It certainly isn’t as much money or exp as other characters. But hey, given the level of risk involved, the effort, and your basic needs, it’s plenty.

Low-risk, low-investment, decent returns, and a chance for strong upside. That’s what I’m looking for.

Scam Bam

“Dear,

Can I come and invest in your country? My name is Rold Faiz, the formal Pakistan presidential aspirant campaign manager of (MRS BENAZIR BHUTTO) who was killed while attending a rally in Rawalpindi in Pakistan on 27th December 2007.

I got your contact through my personal search to see if you can assist me to invest in your country or can find a reliable person who will be capable of receiving huge amount in his or her personal account. I will be glad to receive your prompt response to my mail so that I can give you the full details on how to proceed.

I will like to bring to your notice that this business is highly confidential, so you must keep the business secret until the fund reaches your custody. The total amount involve is $22, 000, 000, 00 (Twenty Two Million United State Dollars).

Regards,

Rold Faiz

Hi Rold,

How can I help?

I HAVE SENT YOUR RESPONSE TO MY ATTORNEY AND HE WILL CONTACT YOU AS REGARDS TO THIS.PLEASE COMPLY WITH HIS DIRECTIVES.
HIS NAME IS MORRISSON BAY PHILIPS AND CAN BE REACHED ON bay_phil@eml.cc.
Regards.

Dear Rold,

Why do you do this? Tricking nice people into thinking they are helping you, when you’re really out to steal their money, is not very nice.

Mountain

MOUNTAIN OR VALLEY,
YOU ARE STUPID TO THINK THAT I AM TRICKING PEOPLE.DONT MAIL ME AGAIN”

LOL he has a good wit too. Damn scammers.

Summer love and Love

So she’s just a friend now. A funny, smart, reasonable, curious, cool, stylish, hot, gorgeous friend.

LOL. Ya, wasn’t easy.

While we were still seeing each other, a good friend asked me, “Doesn’t it hurt knowing it’ll be over so soon?” This same friend also said to me, “You always get the meaningful relationships.” I might be wrong, but perhaps there’s some correlation here.

On our last day together, I had told her that I don’t get heartbroken easily. I was trying to explain why I’m so willing to completely let go and free fall into love, and I thought it was because I don’t get hurt, so there’s nothing to be afraid of. From my contemplation these last few days though, I don’t really think that’s true. I probably get hurt as much as anyone else. And I have been. The difference is that, to me, it’s worth all the heartache.

Now, we all know there are two kinds of love. There’s the love that keeps a married couple together for a lifetime—that mutual understanding, trust, and care that withstands mortgage payments, rebellious teenagers and seductive secretaries.

When I talk about free falling and such, I’m talking about the other kind of love. In 9th grade, when I first started to fall in love, I asked myself, “What is love? And how would I know I’m in love?” Love is so illogical, you can’t quantitatively assess it’s presence with a system of measures or a checklist. For something so firmly based in emotion, all you can go by is emotion: if I feel I’m in love, then I am in love.

Have you ever felt it?

It’s kind of like a fever…you feel warm, or even hot, but you shiver. The heat comes in waves, starting from somewhere in your chest, emanating out to the rest of your body. They spread from the inside out, to the surface of your skin, down through the tips of your fingers and toes. And as you embrace one another, your arms around her, her arms around you, and wherever else the two of you meet, the waves that come from the deepest parts of your hearts crash together in a storm of emotions. You can’t help but shiver from the turmoil of it all.

Or sometimes it feels like you’re floating. You close your eyes, everything feels light, and you think to yourself, “If I were to open my eyes right now, would I see clouds beneath my feet?”

The heartbreak I felt really becomes nothing compared to all the memories I have of her, of us. Of all the late-night phone calls, of ugly nicknames, of switching between Chinese and English, of flirting secretly in our class, of all the fun dates we had in this beautiful city.

Destiny wasn’t even generous enough to give us an entire summer; we met July 9th, and she left August 23rd. Not even two months. While it wouldn’t be impossible to continue our relationship, it would be unwise, given where we are in our lives. All we could do was make the most of our time together.

We did.

The REAL POINT of all this is, as Darius said, living for the moment.

You want your Cinderella story? Then make it happen. Did Cinderella sit around her house feeling sorry for herself?! No! she got her rear in gear, did her chores, put on a fly dress with matchin’ fly heels, got her hair did, and went to the royal ball to turn some heads!

When Cinderella had to bone out suddenly at the stroke of midnight, leaving Prince Charming with no phone number, what did he do? Did he just forget about it? No! He did a kingdom-wide search for the woman with the glass slipper who danced into his heart that night.

Don’t be an emo crybaby hopeless romantic. If you find something special, go for it. Be a hopeFUL romantic.