Introducing 10 East, a digital media brand we’re starting in Asia

So over the past month we auditioned and then interviewed on camera a group of girls who live and work in Taipei. We asked them what they liked and didn’t like about Taiwan, their relationships and stories about dating, and generally just got them to share about themselves on camera.

It was a first experiment and the final edited clips are below. We call the project 10 East, and hope it will become something much bigger: a media brand that tells stories about life and love and laughter in Asia – but content that appeals to the world. Think Buzzfeed, Refinery29, PopSugar…but with a touch of China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Singapore, the Philippines, and on.

We have lots more ideas including:
-Celebrity gossip and entertainment news
-Feminism and women’s rights in Asia
-Simple fun language learning
-Viral content in Asia – what’s the latest, why it works
-TV show and movie recaps

Hi! I write about habits and spirituality and random whatevers. Click here to see the daily habits that I track. Find me on Twitter @kgao.

3 Weeks of Habits: My Daily Habits Checklist (July 4 – July 24)

Daily Habits Checklist July 4-24

I’d grade myself a B+ for the past 3 weeks. Some habits were solid (waking early, exercise, cold showers) but many were inconsistent or almost absent (singing, writing).

  • Binge drinking destroys tomorrow. No surprise, but why can’t I change? When I read stories such as Andy’s, I react with a mix of jealousy, awe, and skepticism (as in, is alcohol-free Andy really as happy as he claims?)
  • The pushups habit is probably a keeper. What it is: when I roll out of bed (which can take 2 minutes or an hour), I’ll do a set of pushups to equal my age. Upon finishing I’m wide awake. It’s a small but effective muscle exercise to make up for my lack of gym time. The best/worst part? The habit gets harder with every birthday. Getting older isn’t an excuse for becoming lazier. If anything you must rage, rage against the dying of the…youth
  • I traveled to Taiwan and back during this time. International travel is hard on habits (blame: the jetlag, the travel time, the changing environment and food)
  • Sometimes jetlag works in your favor and when it does, it is sweet. There’s nothing better than being wide awake at 5am, gifted with three additional quiet morning hours to work. Everything’s easier in the morning, especially writing and deep work. More focus, more energy, and hope for the day. But by late afternoon, around 5pm if not earlier, the sunlight turns to that soft shade of dull orange. My willpower seems to vanish. So I’m trying to become an earlier and earlier bird. 5am is good. 4am might be better. Maybe crazy, but the only way to know your limit is to exceed it

Thanks for following along. Which habits do you monitor? What habits would you like to develop? Email me anytime.

Hi! I write about habits and spirituality and random whatevers. Click here to see the daily habits that I track. Find me on Twitter @kgao.