Tuesday, November 02, 2010


Mission #5 is underway! Today is the last day for the next 30 days that I will shave my mustache, for the sake of men's health issues everywhere and the Movember movement.

The chin and neck will have to go, but the mustache...it must stay. My goal is the Clark Gable: 

Swoon ladies...Swoon.

If you get a chance, please donate to http://au.movember.com/mospace/792310/

Women have Breast Cancer Awareness and promote vague Facebook status updates, while us men will grow mustaches to support issues like Prostate Cancer Awareness.

Hip hop hooray!
It was Halloween this past weekend, and let me say that Halloween in Australia is definitely not as big as it is back in the US. Halloween is a waaaay bigger deal in the US, and not so much everywhere else. I think a lot of other people don't see the point, but they're slowly coming around...because what's not to like about dressing up and having a good time with your friends? Because of this, I felt like I had to represent for America and I think I did a pretty good job.

It was kind of surreal, walking down the street and getting honked at, people pointing at laughing, getting your picture taken randomly by bystanders, and people coming up to you and asking to take a picture with you. I guess this is a glimpse into the life of an E-list celebrity who's known as that person that does this/did that, like say, William Hung. No real conversations, people just want to take a picture of you for their own amusement.

It was a good time though, being totally ridiculous in a new country on the streets of Sydney, in a tapas restaurant, and in the club. Good times held by all...and because of Halloween here I found an amazing chocolate candy bar called Cherry Ripe.

On another note I think I need to start keeping my ego in check. Life has been really good to me the past few months and I need to stay humble because it's a slippery slope once your ego gets out of control. On top of moving to a new country and seemingly making it and my costume being quite a hit, I posted an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on reddit.com (the best site EVAR) and it was #1 in the AMA subreddit and hit over 1200 comments. Link

It seems like what I accomplished is a dream for many others, and an opportunity for Australians on reddit to circlejerk on how great their country is.

I don't know what to say...ever since I moved here life has been nothing short of AWESOME. I sound like an infomercial and a broken record, but I'll be damned if this wasn't the best decision of my life.

I'm going to have to replace my mission of finding American Bacon and learn how to raise pigs and cut American Bacon, then become a millionaire here.


At November 2, 2010 at 2:39 AM , Blogger Vien Nguyen said...

Yeah! I fully support your bacon farm, mmm salty cured meats. Thanks for the food tips in dc howard, Pho 75 was good and I was sad I could see rays hellburger but the line was out the door, lame.

At November 2, 2010 at 2:49 AM , Blogger Howard said...


At November 2, 2010 at 4:22 AM , Blogger Jinny said...

Halloween has gotten lamer in the US since I was little. Fewer kids & families go from door-to-door, they go to indoor places where there are stations (local high school or liberal church - this year).

At November 2, 2010 at 8:45 AM , Blogger Erin said...

I just realized that two of my favorite movies are set in Australia. One is a cane toad documentary. The other is an animated movie by an Australian director called Mary and Max. I just moved back to the states, but you make a convincing argument to leave again, Howa.

At November 2, 2010 at 10:59 AM , Blogger Howard said...

Do it!!!

How is it adjusting back to life in America after all those years in China?

You already know at least two people here in Australia (apparently married to one), two of your favorite movies are set in Australia, if you like beaches, mountains, really good coffee, really good food, and a mild winter (compared to the midwest) you will love it here...


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