Aside from being a professional basketball player and a businessman, James Yap is now a certified vlogger after launching his official YouTube channel last September 16 along with his very first vlog. In his first upload, the 39-year-old cager shared a typical training day in his life as part of the Philippine Basketball Association’s (PBA) season 46. James showed how and his teammates from his current team, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, were adjusting to being in a bubble as part of safety precautions.
James started off the almost 11-minute vlog from the compound where he is currently staying along with his PBA teammates.
“Sa mga hindi nakakaalam, bubble kami dito sa Pampanga. So ito yung place namin kung saan kami nag-i-stay. Tatlong villas in-occupy namin para sa 25 katao. May pool kung saan kami nag-wo-workout. Ito yung buhay namin. Wala kaming fixed na schedule. Minsan umaga, minsan hapon, minsan ganitong oras, gabi,” he shared.
At one point in the vlog, James admitted to making boo-boo while making his first vlog by forgetting to turn on the record button at one point while vlogging. “Ganyan talaga pag hindi sanay, feeling vlogger (laughs). Kanina pala ako salita ng salita, hindi naka-record. Pinawisan ako dun ah (laughs). Pinagtawanan ako,” he revealed.
As part of the safety protocols, James said there are challenges to not being allowed to go home after practice. He also shared the difficulties of being an athlete recovering from an injury.
“Hindi kami makalabas. Ang ginagawa namin practice at bahay lang. Ganun talaga. Tiis tiis lang para makapagbigay ng saya sa ating mga supporters sa PBA. Makapagbigay saya sa mga fans ng Rain or Shine. Kaya kami nag-wo-workout lagi para makabalik ng 100% sa laro. Six months walang laro. Hirap pala talaga pag na-injure. Matanda na, matagal ang recovery. Pero mahirap talaga pag may injury. Nawawala sa timing. Gusto ng utak, ayaw sumunod ng katawan. Kaya kailangan papa-condition talaga. Hindi puwedeng babalik ng hindi 100%. Pero ngayon medyo okay na,” he said.
Watch the vlog here:
James is currently in a relationship Italian partner Michela Cazzola with whom he has two children named Michael James and Francesca. He also has a son named Bimby with ex-wife Kris Aquino whom he wed in 2005. Their marriage was annulled in 2012.