My Work: NanYou November 2014

Did I entice you with a preview during the shoot? (on my instagram I believe) This is done somewhere in September, we spent an entire day shooting the 10 sporty hunks, and I got a chance to chat with them. The theme for this issue – Cut & Curves! 

To get the body, the guys have to be active. No free lunch please. They love sport and everyone is oozing with the kind of positivity that I admire. We have yogi,  dragon-boat athlete, crossfit player, jiu-jitsu expert, to name a few. Imagine the fun I had learning every aspect of these games. Honestly, I think sport plays a big part in strengthening one’s inner ability. It is so important for us to continue to be in the game, to challenge ourselves. You will be stronger when you mind is stronger. 

有幸参与年度《Men We Love》的专题制作,这次主题是人鱼系列男友’,让我和十位爱好运动的真男人聊天 - 想要人鱼线可不是躺着就有的,可是要下一番功夫。这次更认证了自己所相信的:长期运动和爱好活力生活的男人真的不一样。谈吐、个性、体格,甚至思想都更正面,和好吃懒做或是开口闭口都是生意的男人差远了。不是说运动有什么大不了,而是不运动让人离健康人生越来越远,除了外在,长期有一个自己努力打拼的运动会让你的内在强大,就像这十位男人不约而同地告诉我运动如何改变和推动他们。

各位男人,卯起来运动吧!你的人生一定会更精彩。

《男友》封面是吴尊 - 真是人鱼系列男的代表!

Nanyou Noc2014 cover

Jacke
Alex Choong – Entrepreneur, Model, Basketball Coach

Alex 说话很有温和的说服力,加上说话速度刚刚好,让人听起来没有压力。我心里在想这是不是和他教过小学篮球的关系,和别人说话像是对小孩子般有耐性和亲和力。篮球真的是打破隔膜的好话题,我们聊得不亦乐乎。Alex年级轻轻就有各种不同的经历,现在还当空中飞人当模特儿,如此磨练将来定能成材。

Alex speaks with a perfect speed and well-balanced voice, never too quick or too loud, and patiently explain every aspect of his answer.He has very pleasant smile and body language, it was a pleasure listen to him, I guess it is a skill acquired from teaching kids basketball? Alex said he is determined to learn as much during this time, and while opportunities are available to him. Go forth! 

John Oh
John Oh – Model, Personal Trainer

John是城中大家熟悉的模特儿,也是位私人教练。他坦白又有爆点的精句让我笑开怀,像是他说男人总是要求女人,“但是有没有想过自己的肚腩?不是只有钱才珍贵。女人也喜欢自己的男人fit啊,不然为什么那么迷男明星?” 啊John你除了模特儿和教练,还是两性专家!问他有没有狂蜂浪蝶,可爱的他说自重就不会惹麻烦啦,通常蝴蝶只会粘住轻浮并喜欢被包围的男人-真是让我哭笑不得。

John was so funny I had a great time listening to him. His truthful opinion about men and fitness made me laugh. “Men ask so much from women – must be pretty, fit, and with great personality. Did they ever look into the mirror? Of course you need to set a good example too if you want to demand the same from your woman. Money is not everything. If women don’t care about looks and body, why do you think they are so crazy over the fit actors?”

Jack
Edmund Kuah – Entrepreneur, Futsal Player

Edmund真人和上镜不太一样,各有特色。真人聊天很热情和阳光,可能是他轮廓的关系,上镜后比较酷,现场他笑起来也是很好看的。最记得他穿了一双很好看的深褐色男装绅士鞋,(是的,我专看男人的鞋子)和身上的衣服搭配的很好,这个年头在酷热的吉隆坡,穿套装擦皮鞋的男士买少见少,给了Edmund一个赞,所以我们除了聊futsal,其实还聊了fashion和styling。

Edmund looks more friendly and outgoing in real life. Here he looks super cool. He came to the studio well-dressed, and a pair of nice dark brown brogue caught my eyes. Looks like a good old well-made pair. Very nice of a gentleman to deck up properly on a Sunday (in Malaysia). Naturally we talk about fashion besides futsal. 

Hansen Lee - Host, Model, Yogi
Hansen Lee – Host, Yogi

Hansen Lee 又不是第一次合作(他是我在八度空间时代达人的主持人),但是这次不小心聊到瑜珈,结果两人一发不可收拾,叽叽喳喳到编辑说时间到才醒觉。我一直想说的是Hansen外表和内心是截然两个不同的品种,虽然看起来花花草草,但他的为人很正直、工作认真,说话正经(有时候)。就像是很多人说他看起来不像是瑜珈弟子,看当然不像,但是内心却是。认识久了终于明白为什么李欣怡说他是值得交朋友的工作伙伴。

This is not the first time I work with Hansen, we used to partner when he was hosting 8Style for 8TV. But this is the first time we really talk about yoga, and it was a long and fun chat. He told me stories about India and his yoga journey. Many said he doesn’t look like a yoga fan, instead he looks more of a gym and weight guy. But deep inside, Hansen loves the peace and challenges posted by yoga practice. Om shanti.

Jack
Steven Lee – Banker, Airsoft Player

第一眼发现Steven穿了一件有他名字简写的衬衫来摄影棚,真的是banker的造型。自己对airsoft没有什么概念,所以一整个访问都在问问题,而Steven也真的很认真在当代言人,秀照片、放影片和解释气枪规格等等给我看,生动地让我好像看了场警匪电影似的。就说吧,男人们,找个有挑战性的运动,你也可以变的很有魅力。

The first thing I noticed (again) about Steven was his shirt collar – with his initial embroidery on it. I asked so many questions regarding airsoft, and he was so patient and put every piece together for me. From the game structures to the gun models, it really feels like one of those rescue mission movies. I think airsoft is an interesting game, or I should say sport, because it is a real training to both the body and mind. Imagine carrying 3-5kg of weight on you for 2 hours run and hide. No joke. But must be fun for those who like RPG. 

Kevin
Kevin Yeap – National Swimmer

Kevin是位腼腆大男孩,但是热身之后就能聊开。他一进门就看出这是位游泳健将,那肩膀、背脊和手臂线条基本上已经说明了一切。当他说他所属国家游泳队时,我并不意外,因为只有长时期和每天的锻炼才能成就身体里的每一条肌肉,那是岁月的记忆和汗水的认证。我极之崇拜全职运动员。当我们聊到他的女朋友的父亲可能是我的游泳教练时,我简直傻眼,因为我说过我的学游泳经历上千次,从来没有人明白那个地点和魔鬼式训练,结果Kevin竟能一一答我。是的,有种找到知音的感觉。

The moment Kevin walks into the studio, we all knew instantly he is ‘the’ swimmer. Every veins and muscles said so. The perfect upper body Kevin has is not by chance, it is only possible through a 6-day a week training over years. Those of you who think a  once-a-week swim can get you this, don’t bother. It takes courage and strong will to train everyday and not quit . Persistency is the answer. We had an ‘a-ha’ moment when we found out that his girlfriend’s dad might be my swimming coach! 

Kian Yap - Software Engineer, Badminton Player.
Kian Hock – Software Engineer, Badminton Player.

大家一致赞成Kian Hock极为上镜,最为吸睛。斯文型的他说话温和,但是穿上迷彩和军绿色造型后判若两人,非常有型。有受过制度性训练的运动员的纪律真的不一样,话中能看出他成长的累积,更给我一种很稳重和可靠的感觉。赞同他说的:与其去喝酒聊天fellowship,打球运动不是更好的联络感情方式吗?要不要运动就看你,说没时间是自欺欺人。好!

Everyone in the studio agreed Kian Hock looks stunning with the right styling. I can’t help but like the way he speaks – you can feel the honesty and kindness aura around him. His best piece of advice: Playing sports together beats drinking and late night hang-out anytime. It is a better fellowship choice and best anti-depressant! 

Wari - Business Development Manager, Dragonboat
Wari Asmawar- Business Development Manager, Dragon-boat athelete

Wari很可爱和爱笑,说话爽朗声音熊亮,真的中气十足。这也难怪,他可是划龙舟健将。我对龙舟也不熟悉,自然问题一大堆,他也从龙舟说到健身细节,不难看出健身是他的爱好。和Wari聊天笑声四起,他个性开朗毫无包袱,热身不过三秒钟,连带我也放松起来,真是美好的时光。

Wari is a charming man – fit, friendly and funny.  It only took 3 seconds for us to warm up to each other, and I truly appreciate the easy-going nature and friendliness. It makes the interviewer’s life less stress. We talked about dragon-boating, sometimes truly amused me. He cracked jokes and laugh out loud, yet managed to answer all the questions seriously. A wonderful conversation! 

Steven -
Simon Tutton – Model, Jiu-jitsu

Simon拍摄只有十分钟 -专业加上懂得编辑要什么,很快就完成了。有时候上天真的眷顾某些人,像Simon混血人帅、谈吐有理和知识渊博全都集一身。说起武术,他可是头头是道,分享当中的奥妙,说习武改变他的急躁个性让他领悟越是武力高强更要心里正直,还秀给我看他为警惕自己所刺下的纹身。最后他说:去学学武术防身吧,对女生来说真的很重要。

God is fair isn’t it – some people get almost everything. Simon has good looks from his mixed-parentage, speaks well, smart, and knows kung fu. How about that. One should see the way Simon talks about jiu-jitshu and his love for kung fu in general –  a deeply rooted love for a ‘sport’ that changed him, it is more towards a way of life.  ‘Be like water’ and ‘respect others’ he said, along with his understanding of ‘with great power comes great responsibility’. What a charmer.  

John - Crossfit member
Nicholas Mak – Photographer, Crossfit member

纹身是最容易引人注目的一种方式,全身布满纹身的Nicholas更是佼佼者。他的纹身就像是与生俱来而非后天添加,和他的气场完全吻合。和他聊天之时在想,他这种男生应该风靡不少少女吧-女生都喜欢有点坏坏样子的男生不是吗,加上身为摄影师和服装界一分子,肯定大有拥护。将来经日子磨练后,肯定是个师奶杀手。

Tattoo is an easy way to get noticed. But some looks horrible in tattoos, while others look super cool in theirs. Nicholas is of course the latter, with upper body covered in beautiful tattoos, it looks like he was born with them, not an additional work on his skin. He carries them like part of his soul. As a photographer and part of the fashion industry, I think he will gather a following soon with his bad-boy look. 

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