So happy and honored to have been awarded a Happy Homes Award on behalf of Home Kong Kitchen by the Mission For Migrant Workers! 💜 🙏 💜 What an incredible way to celebrate HKK‘s first birthday! Doubly honored to be receiving this award at the same time as the inspirational Daisy Tam and our friends and collaborators at Breadline! Daisy and I intend to sink a cold one in celebration with our amazing volunteers at the earliest opportunity!!! Thanks to the MFMW and all our migrant friends!

You can read more about the Mission’s incredible work supporting and protecting the human rights of migrant workers in Hong Kong here: https://www.migrants.net 🇵🇭 🇮🇩 🇭🇰 Look out for an interview with me and Daisy on the MFMW‘s Facebook page to be uploaded soon!

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You can now watch Transference for FREE on YouTube, where it has already received over 1.7M views!!! So proud of my involvement as a co-producer of this feature-length indie film to raise awareness of mental health! Congratulations Raff (director/ male lead) and to everyone who worked on it since its conception in 2019! 🙏 🙏🏽 🙏🏿

#Mental Health Matters #Mental Ideas #Contro Vento Films

Episode 9 of my humor column Sharp Pains aired on RTHK Radio 3‘s fantabulous 123 Show May 25 @ 2.50pm HKT! This one’s a filthy one and is called Tea Bag

Links!

Tea Bag on RTHK Radio 3

Tea Bag on the 123 Show

Tea Bag on Apple Podcasts

Tea Bag on iHeart Radio

Tea Bag on Player FM

Can’t believe Home Kong Kitchen has been baking, collecting and delivering bread and other treats to Hong Kong’s homeless, migrants in crisis and refugees for A YEAR!!!! That’s a lot of dough, amigos!

Thanks to all my homeless friends, incredible team of bighearted Homekongers, and inspirational collaborators and beneficiaries, including Breadline, ImpactHK, Bethune House, Loved Flock, Christian Action HK, Refugee Union and the Mission for Migrant Workers for being part of my first culinary miss adventure!

Here’s a few of my favorite faces and memories from the past year! Happy 1st Birthday Home Kong Kitchen!!!

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https://mentalideas.org/home-kong-kitchen

Whether you’re a keen home baker or would like to donate a shop-bought loaf a week, help out as a delivery driver or as an artist on our sustainable bread boxes, Home Kong Kitchen would LOVE to have your support! Please take a mo to fill in the form below or email hello@homekongkitchen.com! Thank you for your kindness and support! 💜💜💜

Hong Kong Buzz published this little article about us ONE YEAR AGO TODAY! (So I guess that means we’ve technically been going for 1 year and 1 month but I only did the math today! 😂)

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/short-reads/article/3104634/rthk-presenter-discovered-passion-baking-during

Woohoo! My first attempt at penning a poem was published April 22, 2021 by Proverse Publishing and Chinese University Press and my copy arrived today! Mingled Voices 5 is an anthology of poems on the theme of ‘Hunger’ by poets around the world that won or were shortlisted for the 2020 International Proverse Poetry Prize

All the featured poets are incredible and I can only put my own inclusion down to a fortuitous accident or a moment of drug or alcohol relapse on the part of the editors. 🤣 Mingled Voices 5 is available in paperback and as an ebook. It’s free to subscribers of Kindle Unlimited!

The 2021 Proverse Poetry Prize is now open for entries! This year’s theme is ‘Shielding’ open to interpretation any way the poet chooses. Submissions close June 30, 2021!

Also open for submissions by Hong Kong based poets is RTHK‘s annual poetry competition. This year’s theme is ‘White’ open to misinterpretation any way the reader chooses! Entries close July 12!

Last month’s humor column broadcasted on RTHK Radio 3‘s 123 Show April 27! Apologies for the delay in getting it up! This one’s a messy one and is called Scrub… 

Sharp Pains will be back on RTHK Radio 3 TOMORROW @ 2.50pm HKT with filthy new episode Tea Bag. Look out for Scrub and Penguins as upcoming columns in the SCMP‘s Post Magazine!

Links!

Scrub on RTHK Radio 3

Scrub on the 123 Show

Scrub on Apple Podcasts

Scrub on iHeart Radio

Scrub on Player FM

Scrubber

Check out my new gig at Clever Films! CEO James Daly and his partners in horrific crime are producing a slate of intriguing horror movies following his horror producer debut with Let Us Prey, starring Liam Cunningham (‘Game of Thrones’) and Pollyanna McIntosh (‘The Walking Dead’). I am excited to have been offered a creative role as a script analyst and an opportunity to head the company’s ambitious social responsibility program – spending a generous portion of each film’s budget on social enterprise schemes that support marginalized people around the world.

Although Clever Films doesn’t accept unsolicited scripts, I’m happy to receive a one-page pitch! I rarely sleep and when I do, I tend to dream in horror anyway, so… 💁‍♀️

WOW! Can’t believe it’s been an entire DECADE since I ran off to La La Land with one of my Prince’s Trust mentees, ‘Lucky’ Luke Tucker, to make this quirky little half-hour doc for Sky TV‘s H&C channel! Damn, I miss spontaneous air travel! These days the only flying by the seat of my pants that can be done is in the (un)professional work sense. The doc saw me accompany Luke as he trained as an apprentice horse whisperer at the Californian home of legendary horse whisperer Monty Roberts. Good times!

Happy Birthday Tucker’s Luck!

One little hit of dopamine I experienced last year was winning a place in the 2020 Proverse Poetry Prize Anthology for my first bash at writing a poem! War of Voices is my little rant on social media, populism and propaganda. The anthology, called Mingled Voices 5, will be published by Proverse and Chinese University Press as an ebook and in paperback THIS WEEK (April 22), but is already available for preorder on Amazon!

I’m also writing a humorous short story for the Hong Kong Writer’s Circle‘s 2021 anthology. This year’s theme is After The Storm. I seem to have been mentioned in the same sentence asstormquite a bit recently, which is either profoundly disturbing or deliciously serendipitous. If I don’t blow myself out, the anthology will be launched at the HK Lit Fest and published in Nov!

https://cup.cuhk.edu.hk/MingledVoices5

When the Government suddenly lowered the age range to offer free COVID vaccine jabs to anybody over 30 – which you’ll be surprised to learn I marginally surpassed – I felt like I’d just been handed a Golden Ticket for Willy Wonka’s Vaccine Factory! This was like chocolate, only better.

The process was amazingly slick. Smiling staff greeted me and walked me through each step of the journey. I got given free stickers, a pen, a keepsake souvenir brochure reminding me of my big day out and a lollypop for being particularly brave.

You can’t tell but I’m really smiling here!

So Brave!

But my little bubble of bliss barely lasted 20 seconds. As I walked out, the crowd had turned inexplicably angry. I asked a harassed security guard what the problem was and he informed me that the vaccine I had received seconds earlier had been “permanently suspended for safety reasons”.

My stomach lurched, my heartbeat quickened, my vaccinated arm felt like it belonged to somebody else. 5 seconds ago I’d been in WonkaLand, finally having a decent day out worthy of the portmanteau ‘staycation’. Now I was going to have to spend the evening sawing my own arm off to prevent the rancid vaccine from spreading.

I checked my phone for a reassuring explanation, but the only advice I could find online was a vague appeal for calm by Hong Kong’s Chief Medical Officer urging recently vaccinated people “not to panic overly”. I was panicking alright. But I could not tell if I was panicking overly, underly, or just right for the situation.

It wasn’t until I was speed-walking home that explanations about cracked vials, faulty packaging and vaccines being stored at the wrong air pressure emerged in an avalanche of news alerts sent to my phone. As I trawled through them, the slight discomfort in my vaccinated arm was suddenly cancelled out by the primal face ache caused by a nose cracking, as mine made impact with a rogue lamppost.

I’d like to say the lamppost came out of our tussle worse off than I did and ended up looking something like this …

… Unfortunately, this is just a diagram of my sinuses.

Anyway, it turns out the vac was only suspended through an abundance of caution. I received my second jab today. As she jammed the needle in my arm, the nurse asked if I’d experienced any unpleasant side-effects from the first jab. “Only a broken nose,” I nasally assured her.