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Ralphie

The December edition of Liars’ League HK had not 2, but 3 concepts for its theme: Sex & Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll. I came up with the dark story of a boy, ready to sell his soul to become Hong Kong’s next music idol. Watch Daniel Levia give him life:  …

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Bubbles

[This is a story I had written for Liars’ League HK’s “Inner Space & Outer Space” evening, back in December 2016. It wasn’t selected, but it still makes me smile when I read it. And feel ashamed, too. I thought I’d share, so you can tell me what you think.]…

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Crumbs

Liars’ League HK posted another video of a piece I wrote for them. The theme this time was “Presence & Absence” (or “Presents & Absence,” in an early post), which I found rather difficult. In the end, I used some of my memories to tell something about loss and longing —…

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Wrecks from the past, cameras from the future

It was during our last dive in Coron, in the Philippines.  For three days, we had been descending on Japanese shipwrecks from WW2 — the Sangat gunboat, the Morazan Maru, the Akitsushima and its crane for lifting seaplanes out of the water, the 170m-long Okikawa Maru oil tanker — all sunk on the…

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Speed Dating

Liars’ League HK just posted the recording of a short comedy sketch I wrote this summer. The theme was “Hello & Goodbye,” which inspired me to look for a situation where characters say these words repeatedly. Speed dating events imposed themselves – -and their intrinsic absurdity dictated the genre. The piece…

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Visiting flats

The agent: “This one is facing South-West.” [Opens the door.] Me: “But… There are no windows?” Agent: “Yes, there are! (Opens the bathroom door.) Look!” Me: “This is not a window, this is… (Looks in his French-to-English dictionary) …ah, you don’t have a word for that. A slit? A basement…

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The Jedi fruitseller

I had left the office quite late, and I had been tasked to find a salad before coming home. In another city, this might have been difficult, so late in the evening, but I happen to work just above one of Hong Kong’s most famous wet markets, where stalls upon…

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Morning rituals

Monday, 8:30 am LOVE OF MY LIFE: Bye! See you tonight! (Exits) ME (taking a shower): ♪ Ladadi la diladi… ♪ [Phone rings] ME (dripping water and soap on the floor): Yes? LOVE OF MY LIFE: Did I leave my keys on the table? ME (seeing them just in front…

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