Love Stalk is an art project.

Life is full of so many surprises and twists that it’s like a movie on its own. My feature film Love Stalk has definitely added another dimension to this already colorful canvas. I am grateful for the opportunity, especially the support from my parents and buddies who have been working alongside diligently. I may not say it enough in person, thanks to my cyber-relationship disorder induced by the popular use of social media and instant messaging (hence the inspiration for Love Stalk), but I am indeed indebted to them.

Love Stalk press conference

The core team of Love Stalk has been spending more time together than ever, especially since the press conference three weeks ago. We are stepping into the highlight of the pre-production time when we have to adjust the script, prepare shot lists, schedule rehearsals with actors, confirming crew, among a bunch of other funding and sponsorship related tasks we are working on. We are also working on getting the Indiegogo perks emailed or mailed out to those who contributed to our crowdfunding campaign (thank you once again to those who supported us!). The learning curve is steep and we are going through a lot of hurdles, typical of any independent filmmakers. It’s a stressful period, to say the least.

Having said that, we have reminded ourselves why we are doing this – telling a story the way we want to; learning the art of filmmaking; hoping to create more awareness for the independent filmmaking business in Hong Kong; using this as a creative outlet for us and other artists/filmmakers alike; stepping out of our comfort zone; and most importantly having fun with what we enjoy doing. When we get caught in the heat of arguments or frustration, we forget the beauty of an indie film project. Once we start conditioning our brains to focus on the positive things we have been achieving again, whatever bullshit other people say to us will not matter anymore. Seriously, how many people can you please? There will be some people who won’t like your story, your approach or your actors, no matter what. It is an art project. Art is subjective.

To anyone who crossed paths with me the last six months, if you ever had thought I came across as abrasive or insensitive, I apologize. I was too task-oriented and overwhelmed at times that I didn’t have the bandwidth to smooth things out before I said it. Thank you for putting up with me and still stick with me no matter what happened. A friend who has my exact opposite personality has promised to slow me down and help me relax.

PS We went to FILMART (Hong Kong International Film & TV Market) these few days and got inspired after running into industry friends and making new contacts with the Singaporean, Malaysian and Hong Kong industry partners and filmmakers. The energy and positive feedback we got from them would continue to fuel us through the end of this project.

 

 

Meat is the New Tobacco

Clever use of words should always be commended, especially when it involves the welfare of all human beings.

PCRM meat is the new tobacco

“Meat is the new tobacco” was introduced to me by one of the doctors when I emceed at the PCRM’s (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) 21-Day Vegan Kickstart in Hong Kong on March 1. It was a brilliant metaphor on the dangerous chronic diseases and cancers that meat can bring to the body.

According to the the autumn 2013 issue of Good Medicine, “the meat industry is following the lead of the tobacco industry, selling overseas what will no longer sell in the United States.” Meat is not as in demand as it was in the U.S. as more Americans are choosing plant-based meals. Sadly, as more meat is being exported and American junk food getting more popular, heart disease is now the number one cause of death worldwide and diabetes cases are also skyrocketing in China.

Why do we have to take the  trans fat, cholesterol, vaccines, hormones, antibiotics and tranquilizers  together with the protein and other nutrients in meat, when we can just take the goodies and leave the bad guys when we eat plants?

Something to think about. Think out of the tobacco (or sausage) box.

The first bilingual green and vegan lifestyle magazine in Asia debuts

After 4 months of hard work and sleepless nights, the first bilingual green and vegan lifestyle magazine in Asia is ready to meet the world. GoVeg Magazine is available in both online and print version. The print version will be distributed free in the vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Hong Kong as well as Adventist Hospital that serves veggie food to patients and staff.

GoVeg Magazine first issue

This is a very special project to me, to say the least. We wanted something informative that can cater to both the English and Chinese speakers in Asia. A 52-page first issue was quite a challenge for us but we managed to publish it in time, before the Hong Kong PCRM 21 Day Health Challenge (21-Day Vegan Kickstart) event on March 7.

This is one of the reasons I wasn’t able to update the blog as frequently as before. There are, however, a few articles I wrote for the magazine and I will pull them out and share with you all in the next few blog posts.

As the Editor-in-Chief, I welcome any comments you may have for the magazine. I look forward to receiving information of any new green, health and vegan products and services that the world should know about.

The next issue will be published in April/May 2014. Please send your comments, press release or information to angie@goveg.asia.