Coming soon … Nikon D850

Today, on the 25th July 2017, Nikon Corporation announce the development of their new DSLR camera, the next generation full-frame, high-resolution, high-speed digital SLR cameras with the upcoming release of the highly anticipated Nikon D850!

For my readers on my photography and travel site, who are Nikon users, this would definitely interest you! This year 2017, is also the 100th anniversary of Nikon and they would have interesting programmes and new product launches to commemorate their milestone 100th anniversary. More information and details will be announced at a later date, if you are a Nikon owner and you are keen on the upcoming Nikon D850, keep a lookout!

Let me share with you some information on the Nikon D850:

The D850 will be a formidable tool for creators who will not compromise on exceptional image quality and versatility, including aspiring and professional photographers, as well as hobbyists who capture landscapes, commercial sports, fashion, weddings, and multimedia content creators.

The D850 is the successor to the D810, which was highly praised by its users for offering extremely sharp and clear rendering, and rich tone characteristics. This powerful new FX-format digital SLR camera is engineered with a range of new technologies, features and performance enhancements that are a direct result of feedback from users over the years – who demand the very best from their camera equipment. The D850 will exceed the expectations of the vast range of photographers that seek high resolution and high speed capabilities that only a Nikon of this calibre complemented by NIKKOR lenses can offer.

Check out this video from Nikon Singapore Facebook Page on the Nikon D850!

* Information and picture courtesy of Nikon Singapore and Cohn & Wolfe Singapore *

Emirates Singapore Derby 2017

A fun Sunday afternoon, accompanied by beautiful fashion, great food and ambience, time well spent with friends at the Singapore Turf Club during the 22nd Emirates Singapore Derby on 9th July 2017. It was a great time, everyone of us were dressed, elegant dress worn by the ladies and smart looking suits for us gentlemen.

Prior to the Emirates Singapore Derby 2017, I visited their roadshow at Kallang Wave Mall atrium on 24th June, a fun and interactive roadshow with fun activities for adults as well as for young children, one of them was the art and craft activity that the children can learn about racing colours! It was fun to see the children using their creativity to produce colourful racing colours. There were also information boards to share on horse racing, history, culture and the corporate social responsibility activities conducted by the Singapore Turf Club for various local Singapore communities and organisations.

The weather was great, nice sky, pretty cloud formations over the Singapore Turf Club horizon, a good day to be at the race tracks and enjoy the carnival and festivities of the Emirates Singapore Derby 2017. The hospitality and service at the Emirates Singapore Derby were great, we had a fun and enjoyable time at the marquee, with food, drinks, friendship, networking and of course, the sporting action on the race tracks.

This wasn’t just about a racing carnival, it’s more than that! The Emirates Singapore Derby was a reminiscent of my days in Australia when I was studying there, attending the major racing carnivals whenever I am able to, learning much more about the history, culture, sports and festivities of a racing carnival. In between the races on Emirates Singapore Derby, besides enjoying the delicious food spread and drinks, listening to the live band performing, we had a fun time chatting and mingling among us. Our pretty lady friends were busy taking photos with fellow guests dressed beautifully while we gentlemen were the ones taking photos for our well dressed friends and chatting away.

Prior to the start of any races, we would go outside to the open air marquee and watched the sports racing action on the tracks, cheering them on when they raced past us at the marquee. After the race was completed, some of us would stay around and take photos with the grandstand and the race track behind them. Returning back to the marquee after each race, we continued with the fun, food and drinks, chatting and networking.

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The highlight was Race 9 Emirates Singapore Derby, we made our way into the main grandstand building, visiting the parade ring to view the horses getting ready for the main race of Emirates Singapore Derby 2017, along with the owners, guests and trainer. An eye opener and a close up experience inside the parade ring, watching the horses going through their paces and warm up before the race jockeys entering into the parade ring,

Soon, the bugle was sounded and the horses with their jockeys were “Call to the Post”, making their way out to the race track. We waited patiently behind for all the race horses with their jockeys to leave the parade ring and into the race track before the owners, trainer and guests made their way to the front, getting ready to watch the main race, the key highlight race of the Emirates Singapore Derby 2017.

As they lined up into their starting gates, everybody was patiently and eagerly waiting for them to start the race. Once all the competitors were lined up inside the starting gate, in the blink of an eye, the race was on! This was a high octane race, full of adrenaline and excitement! When the racers made the turn for the final home stretch, they lifted their paces and burst for the finishing line, everybody wanting to be the champion for this race! As they made a final dash to the finishing line, the visitors at the Emirates Singapore Derby cheered and encouraged them on from the sidelines!

With the main race concluded, the jubilant owner and trainer were very excited and happy, waiting for their winning horse and jockey to return. While waiting for the prize presentation to formally began, they can be spotted giving media interviews. Soon after, the winning jockey joined the jubilant owner and trainer, joining them on stage for the formal prize presentation.

The main race of Emirates Singapore Derby 2017 was over and that also marked the end of the racing carnival and festivities for us, as we bade goodbye to Singapore Turf Club, for a wonderful and fun afternoon of hospitality, food, drinks and sporting action on the race tracks, at the 22nd Emirates Singapore Derby. Thank you Singapore Turf Club for the invitation to the 22nd Emirates Singapore Derby and showering us with your warm hospitality.

Lomography Summer LookBook 2017

Summer season is here, the sun is out shining! There will be many festivals, events, road trips, fun, holidays and enjoyment. When you are enjoying the beautiful world out there, remember to capture down your most valuable memories!

Lomography has an extensive list of essential photography gears, items and accessories for you, check out Lomography Summer LookBook 2017! Here are some of them:

Lomo’Instant Automat Cabo Verde: – Clad in a tropical green design and punctured with funky little dots and is a fresh addition to any summer adventure.

Lomo’Instant Panama – Tribute to the beautiful country of Panama. Inspired by the lusty smell of rainforests, the rumble of Congo drumming.

Lomography Simple Use Camera – Comes with the film preloaded so that you can start shooting straight away. Compact and equipped with a flash, it’s perfect for parties, road trips, weddings and more!

Lomography Films & Accessories – Discover our full range of accessories flashes, tripods, cases and other analogue devices fit for your summer adventure.

PRICE:

  • Lomo’Instant Camera – SGD 138 to SGD 400
  • Lomography Simple Use Camera – SGD 25 to SGD 80
  • Lomography Film – Starts from SGD 12
  • Lomography Art Lens – Premium lens price starts at SGD 938

SHOP ONLINE: shop.lomography.com/sg | www.lomography.com

* Information and picture courtesy of Lomography Online Services *

Nikon Celebrates 100 Years

Nikon, one of the world’s most recognisable camera brands, is celebrating a milestone of 100 years on 25th July 2017. The following news and information on their celebrations would be of great news to fellow photographer friends who are Nikon users!

For fellow photography enthusiasts and also for my fellow photographer friends who are Nikon users, sharing photography news on my photography and travel site.

Here are the information and details by Nikon planning for their centennial anniversary celebrations:

Nikon celebrates its 100th anniversary on 25th July 2017 and as part of its centennial anniversary celebrations, the world leader in digital imaging has teamed up with long-standing Nikon photographers such as renowned underwater photographer Aaron Wong and Host and Social Media Personality Jemma Wei to develop a three-part online video series that pays homage to Nikon enthusiasts for their continued support.

Launched on Nikon’s Facebook page (Facebook.com/NikonSingapore), the video series shines a spotlight on relationships that create photo-worthy memories. With 100 years of history capturing moments, the brand believes that relationships cultivated shapes a person’s character and serves as an inspiration to do more. From amateur to professional photographers, the everyday Nikon user’s relationship with photography is the driving force behind their dedication to pursue the craft of capturing high quality images across a wide range of disciplines including sports, travel, nature and fashion.

Today, Nikon remains committed to building on its legacy of creating innovative photography devices to help storytellers everywhere capture and celebrate their passions in the quality they deserve. As the brand looks ahead to the next 100 years, Nikon wants to hear from its fans. Nikon users are encouraged to share, “What is your fondest photography moment?”. Five favourite entries will get to win a Nikon 100thAnniversary Tote Bag.

Contest Details:

  1. This contest will commence from 11 July till 21 July, 2017 at 12:00pm – GMT+8.
  2. Participants are required to complete the following steps to qualify for the contest: Simply share what your fondest photography moment is in theFacebook comments section.
  3. Winners of the contest will win a Nikon 100th Anniversary Tote Bag.
  4. The five favourite entries will be announced on 24 July, 2017 by Nikon Singapore and decisions are final.

Video 1: Aaron Wong, Professional Underwater Photographer and Nikon Singapore Ambassador

Aaron Wong, Professional Underwater Photographer, sits down with his father, a Nature Photographer, as they talk about how Nikon has bridged two different fields of photography to leave a lasting impact across two generations.

Video 2: Nikon Professional Services Photographers (NPS)

Hear from five NPS photographers, Nikon’s organisation of full-time commercial photographers, on how they received their start in photography to span across different fields of expertise – Wedding & Lifestyle, Action & Documentary and Photojournalism.

Video 3: What is Your Fondest Photography Moment?

Five Nikon enthusiasts, including Host and Social Media Personality Jemma Wei, share their fondest photography moments and what inspired them to get a head start in this craft.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Nikon Singapore and Cohn & Wolfe Singapore *

New locally-inspired menu by McDonald’s

The Singapore Food Festival 2017 is just round the corner and McDonald’s Singapore is a partner of this year’s annual festival organised by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), with their own unique locally inspired menu that are the traditional local favourites, celebrating Singapore’s own local, multi-ethnic food heritage.

Some of the local food favourites that Singaporeans grew up eating are Nasi Lemak, Bandung and Chendol. These few favourites are the inspiration behind the new locally-inspired limited-time menu, launched in conjunction with the Singapore Food Festival (SFF) 2017 starting on 14th July 2017.

“As a brand that’s deeply woven into the fabric of Singapore, we wanted to pay homage to our traditional local fare in conjunction with the launch of the Singapore Food Festival 2017. We have given a modern twist to familiar local favourites which includes the “Nasi Lemak” Burger – and hope Singaporeans will be thrilled to unravel the local flavours in our exciting menu line-up, as we come together to celebrate National Day soon,” said Agatha Yap, Senior Director of Marketing, Menu and Digital Innovation, Hanbaobao Pte Ltd (licensee of McDonald’s Singapore).

“We are delighted that McDonald’s, a brand with a large fan base in Singapore, is on board with us as a partner for the Singapore Food Festival 2017. With this year’s theme being ‘Savour Singapore in Every Bite’, we are particularly excited by the introduction of McDonald’s locally-inspired menu, which will feature flavours well-loved by generations of Singaporeans who grew up eating them.  This will further pique the curiosity of both locals and visitors about SFF, which is still the only event in Singapore dedicated to showcasing local food and local talent,” said Ranita Sundramoorthy, Director, Attractions, Dining & Retail, STB.

Today, McDonald’s Singapore is launching this special and locally-inspired menu, Just For You Singapore! Presenting to everyone of you:

“Nasi Lemak” Burger

First and foremost, I have to confess that when I heard this name, I was a bit skeptical. When I looked at this burger, smell the fragrance and took a bite, I was swayed across and I really liked it! This is a nice transformation and fusion of traditional and modern cuisine!

The sweet and spicy sambal sauce transforms this burger into Nasi Lemak, along with the delicious chicken thigh patty, golden fried egg, lightly toasted semolina buns, caramelised onions and crunchy cucumber slices. It is mouth-watering, delicious and very enjoyable! So sedap, the taste and fragrance are just like our favourite Nasi Lemak!

The “Nasi Lemak” Burger is available from $5.95 a la carte, or from $7.80 in an Extra Value Meal.

Bandung McFizz & Criss Cut Fries

Pictures courtesy of McDonald’s Singapore

Bandung McFizz, an interesting drink of the traditional beverage Bandung with their McFizz. Cooling and refreshing, from $3, while the savoury goodness of the Criss Cut Fries is available from $3.40,

Chendol McFlurry & Coconut Pie

Picture courtesy of McDonald’s Singapore

For Chendol fans, I think you would like the Chendol McFlurry! A mix of vanilla soft serve with Gula Melaka sauce and Chendol jelly bits! A sweet heaven for those with a sweet tooth! Therefore, this is a perfect dessert to end your meal on a sweet note with the Chendol McFlurry, from $3!

If you prefer a warm dessert to end your meal, you can consider the Coconut Pie, from $1.20. During the food tasting session, I took a bite and tasted the delicious oozing tropical coconut filling with nata de coco bits! It’s quite nice especially if you love coconut!

Chendol Melaka Cone, Chendol Melaka Twist & Chendol Melaka Chococone

Pictures courtesy of McDonald’s Singapore

Chendol and ice cream fans, check out McDonald’s Chendol Melaka Cone, Chendol Melaka Twist & Chendol Melaka Chococone! Chendol Melaka Cone, Chendol Melaka Twist are from $1 each and Chendol Melaka Chococone is from $1.20! A perfect dessert to cool down for a hot and sunny tropical day in Singapore!

Pandan Coco Frappe & Kueh Salat Cake

Pictures courtesy of McDonald’s Singapore

The Pandan Coco Frappe is available all day from $4.60, the combination of a perfect bland of coconut and fragrant Pandan flavours with grass jelly, this is a perfect cooling drink for a hot and sunny tropical day in Singapore!

The Kueh Salat Cake is a unique cake consisting of pandan sponge cake and a glutinuous rice layer. Available all day from $5.

Celebrating 50 years of National Service with McDonald’s

McDonald’s is saluting our servicemen together with Singapore, celebrating 50 years of National Service (NS50). McDonald’s is offering all past and present NSmen a FREE Apple Pie or Hot Fudge Sundae with Extra Value Meal purchased (after breakfast hours) from 4th to 10th August. Eligible customers just need to present their SAFRA card, 11B or Pink IC to redeem the treat!

McDonald’s is also spreading the joy of National Day celebrations in August, with a limited-time offer for the signature Vanilla Cone available at a special price of only 50 cents from 4th to 10th August!

Just For You Singapore, as you celebrate Singapore Food Festival 2017 and National Day Parade 2017 in August, do check out and try out the new locally-inspired menu by McDonald’s Singapore! You must try the “Nasi Lemak Burger!

** Information courtesy of McDonald’s Singapore **

*** I would like to thank McDonald’s Singapore for the invitaiton to the food tasting session ***

 

Journey with me along with the Huawei P10 Plus

The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus were recently announced a few months back in March/April 2017. This was the smartphone that I was secretly looking forward to, after I saw the Huawei Mate 9 (with the new OS, cameras and build quality) that was launched before the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus announcement. One of the reasons why I was so secretly excited was because I am a Huawei P9 owner, owning it after I had the opportunity to review this smartphone packed with solid and amazing dual lens camera.

I was very impressed with the quality, colours and details of the Huawei P9 dual lens camera smartphone. After finishing my Huawei P9 review, I wrote two review articles (a tech enthusiast review and the other article is on the Huawei P9 dual lens camera review), along with two photographs collection on my Flickr (One album for monochrome photos shot with the Huawei P9 only and the album for all photos with the Huawei P9).

A few days back, I finally got a golden and wonderful opportunity to get hold of the Huawei P10 Plus and review it! Upon unboxing and switching it on, there was a very familiar feel to it, partly because I am used to the Huawei smartphone OS and its dual lens camera. At the back of my mind, I am able to quickly identify the key differences and improvements between my Huawei P9 and Huawei P10 Plus. The Leica Summilux-H 1:1.8/27 ASPH dual lens on the Huawei P10 Plus, makes it standout from the rest of the smartphone competitors, the sharpness, clarity and colours.

I also managed to get hold of another smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S8+, for my own comparison with the Huawei P10 Plus, I might add in other smartphones inside too for comparison in my review article. While testing out the capabilities of the Huawei P10 Plus along with the Samsung Galaxy S8+, I had some initial and immediate views on them. I have also noted that the P10 Plus has dual lens versus Galaxy S8+ has single lens and I would be mindful of this point in my review article.

Take a look at some of the photos shot with Huawei P10 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S8+:

Both smartphones process their photographs differently, personally for me, I prefer the Huawei P10 Plus because of its colours, authenticity and accuracy to the the scenes/subjects that I shot. The photos shot with the Huawei P10 Plus are closer to my DSLR photography and I can closely relate to the set of photos taken.

Take a look at the photos shot in the night, in very dim lighting conditions:

With particular reference to the photos shot in the night, comparing the photos side by side, the Galaxy S8+ photo looks very nice, bright and colourful, while the P10 Plus doesn’t look as “nice”. Both photos are straight off from the smartphone cameras with no further editing anywhere else. The truth is that the Huawei P10 Plus camera processing and output is authentic and original, as close to the actual scene, as a photographer would say “WYSIWYG – What You See Is What You Get”. For the Galaxy S8+, the processing is a a little bit “strong” and “powerful” for my liking and how I conduct my photography.

There will be users in the market that prefers the output from the Galaxy S8+, there will also be users who prefer the authenticity and accuracy of the Huawei P10 Plus.

Personally, I prefer the the authenticity and accuracy of the Huawei P10 Plus, not just because I own a Huawei P9, it’s also how I approach my photography on a leisure and commercial basis. I am not a supporter of heavy editing in photography that goes against the truth and authenticity of the scenes and surroundings. I only do the necessary light touch editing (and sometimes suitable film filters) to my photographs that I shoot. That is also probably why I am not a hipster and fanciful Instagrammer.

Although I am reviewing the Huawei P10 Plus (and, yes, I own a Huawei P9) and doing my own comparisons with other smartphones, this does not mean that they are lousy smartphones, it’s just that based on my style, photography workflow and preferences, the Huawei P10 Plus is more suitable (and I really like it) for me.

In the coming weeks, I am going to share and upload my photographs on Instagram and Facebook Page shot with the Huawei P10 Plus, do keep a look out for my stories, photos, exploration and journeys with the Huawei P10 Plus.

Monochrome architecture photos shot with the Huawei P10 Plus, are something that I am looking forward to. I am also some planning some special themes to go along with this Huawei P10 Plus review – P10 Plus monochrome portraits, daily commute on public transport, abstract monochrome compositions. This is a prelude to my review articles and photographs that I would be sharing at the end of the Huawei P10 Plus review.

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For the next few weeks, walk with me, through my eyes, thoughts, views and journeys with the Huawei P10 Plus.

Canon launched Canon EOS 200D

Canon recently launched two DSLRs to their line up, one of them was the Canon EOS 6D Mark II that I shared in an earlier article. The other DSLR camera that Canon launched was the Canon EOS 200D. This is an entry level DSLR camera that is light, compact and trendy for beginners to learn hands on with the EOS 200D.

I reviewed the Canon EOS 100D (the predecessor of the Canon EOS 200D) previously, I had a fun time testing and reviewing the camera, my review article can be found here! While the EOS 200D is designed as an entry level DSLR camera, great for beginners to learn on-the-go photography, the lightweight, compact size and trendy looking DSLR camera makes it very nice and handy for travel photography.

With a number of advanced features found inside the other current Canon DSLR models, along with the vari-angle touch screen LCD monitor, it does make photography learning a lot more fun and easier for users that are starting to learn more about basic photography.

If you are starting basic photography and you would like a basic DSLR to learn while on-the-go, do check out the Canon EOS 200D.

Let me share with you some key information on the Canon EOS 200D from the press release information:

“The EOS 200D redefines the traditional notion of a DSLR with its stylish outlook and ease of use, while delivering superior imaging performance”, said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore. “With its user-friendly pictorial interface and seamless connectivity, users will find it a breeze to navigate through the functions and share the captivating images taken instantly.”

Capturing Moments with Agility and Precision

Powered by advanced imaging technology and features, the EOS 200D will appeal to both non-camera users and aspiring photography enthusiasts. Equipped with a high-resolution 24.2-megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor, users will be able to achieve crisp pictures with the flexibility of cropping images without compromising on image quality.

With the latest DIGIC 7 image processor, the standard ISO speed reaches 25600. This helps in reducing motion blur caused by slow shutter speeds, which is common especially under low light conditions. Some examples include capturing children at play in the evenings, or shooting an indoor sporting activity.

Users can achieve extremely fast focusing during Live View and movie shooting, with the Canon-developed Dual Pixel CMOS AF. The Live View Servo AF allows users to track the subject constantly and shoot at a continuous shooting speed of up to 3.5 frames per second (fps). A quieter and smoother video footage can also be achieved when paired with a lens with Stepping Motor (STM). Additionally, AF speed can be adjusted to suit more sophisticated shots such as slower focus shifts to create softer effects.

Equipped with a Vari-angle touch screen LCD monitor, the fully articulated screen allows users to experiment with creative image compositions from diverse angles. The combination of Vari-angle LCD monitor and Dual Pixel CMOS AF further enables the EOS 200D to deliver smooth and expressive movies in full HD quality at 60p.

Ergonomic Design and User-Friendly Interface for Intuitive Operation

With the pictorial user interface, beginners to DSLR photography will find it a breeze to navigate through the functions of the EOS 200D. Via the “how-to” tips for smart shooting guide on the graphic user interface, beginners can also easily pick up more skills and tap on the capabilities of the EOS 200D.

With just a single touch on the menu screen, stunning selfies can be achieved. In the Selfie Mode, settings such as background defocus, brightness and smooth skin effect are automatically adjusted to frame the best selfies. Coupled with the Vari-angle touch screen LCD monitor, users will have flexibility to compose their shots from different angles and find it easy to achieve good quality self-portraits.

The compact camera body is designed to provide an enhanced grip to ensure a secure grasp. Additionally, its body is overlaid with a grain-finish for a premium feel. To conform to the smooth outline of the camera body and reduce protrusions, the mode dial now fits seamlessly to the camera’s surface. Additionally, the internal structure of the EOS 200D is also remodeled to achieve the compact and nimble form for better design integration. For example, the circuit board for flash was downsized to keep the weight light.

The EOS 200D comes in two colour options – Trendy White and Sophisticated Silver.

Easy Connectivity and Sharing

With Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, users can transfer images and videos from EOS 200D to smart devices and upload them onto the Canon Image Gateway, social media platforms and cloud storage. By using the Canon Camera Connect app, users have real-time control of camera settings such as shutter speed, focus selection and self-timer and more. Additionally, it comes with a dedicated Wi-Fi button for hassle-free connection at a single touch.

Additionally, the built-in Bluetooth low energy technology maintains constant connection to a compatible smart device at low power consumption. With this constant connection, users can view images and start remote capture from the camera even when it is in Auto Power Off mode. Smart devices with Bluetooth can wake the camera up, and switch to Wi-Fi for browsing and viewing images or performing remote capture (with Live View).

Users can also use Bluetooth to perform basic remote capture (no Live View), control image playback and slide show when the camera is connected to a TV or projector via smart devices.

Pricing and Availability

The pricing and availability of the Canon EOS 200D will be advised at a later date. 

Product Specifications

Canon EOS 200D

Image sensor: 24.2 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor

Imaging processor: DIGIC 7

ISO speed: 100-12800 (expandable to 25600)

Continuous shooting speed: Approx. 5 fps

Maximum video quality: Full HD 60p

Auto-focus: 9-point AF (Center point: cross-type, vertical line sensitive when supporting f/2.8)

Wi-Fi / NFC/ Bluetooth: Yes

LCD: 3.0-inch Vari-angle touch panel (approx. 1.04 million dots)

Dimensions: Approx. 122.4mm(W) x 92.6mm(H) x 69.8mm(D)

Weight: Approx. 406g (body only)

* Information and pictures courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *

 

Coming soon! Singapore Food Festival 2017!

Food and travel lovers in Singapore, and those travelers visiting Singapore in July 2017, you are in for a sumptuous and delightful food adventures time in Singapore! The Singapore Food Festival 2017, in its 24th edition is coming soon, starting on 14th July 2017 till 30th July 2017!

The theme for Singapore Food Festival 2017 is “Savour Singapore in Every Bite“. Locals and visitors alike can look forward to a sumptuous spread of both traditional and contemporary Singaporean food flavours, interpreted through the palates of our local home-grown culinary heroes. This is not just about celebrating our local Singapore food and culture, it’s also about celebrating our Singapore food heritage and flavours, and to honour the people behind the Singapore food heritage and culture, who work passionately to keep our local Singapore culinary traditions alive.

For Singapore Food Festival 2017, there are a wide range of interesting, delicious and fun dining events lined up for Singapore Food Festival 2017. There is not only eating that everyone of us is looking forward to, there are also food heritage tours, talks and dining experiences!

Let me share with you some key events taking place at Singapore Food Festival 2017:

STREAT – Singapore Food Festival 2017 Signature Event

STREAT is Singapore Tourism Board (STB) anchor event for Singapore Food Festival 2017. This year’s highly anticipated pop-up restaurant will be helmed by Peranakan Chef Malcolm Lee of Michelin-starred restaurant Candlenut, and Wild Rocket’s Chef Willin Low, who is widely recognised as the founder of Mod-Sin cuisine. Together, they will present contemporary interpretations of local classics, through a 3-course Mod-Sin and modern Peranakan Tok Panjang menu.

Photo Credit: MUSE

Chef Malcolm Lee and Che Willin Low will also work together and curate a selection of nine stalls, each helmed by young “hawkerpreneurs” and chefs, some of the participating vendors include New Ubin Seafood, Peranakan Khek and Whampoa Prawn Noodle. There are also first time collaborations at STREAT, such as between popular zi-char stall, Keng Eng Kee, and Good Chance Popiah, as well as between contemporary eateries, Taste Affair and The Masses.

Foodie Profiles to enjoy island wide Singapore Food Festival 2017 events

There are four Foodie Profiles that are taking spotlight during the upcoming Singapore Food Festival 2017, which food events that would be suitable for the particular Foodie Profile to visit and enjoy themselves!

  • Gutsy Gourmand: who lives and breathes modern cuisine

    Visit STREAT, the festival’s marquee event, Hawker Wine Safari, 

    Launch of Singapore-inspired bottled cocktails, Chope Exclusives: Local eats edition, Open Stoves by Timbre+ and Singapore Tea Festival

  • Traditional Taster: who believes there’s nothing like old school fare

    Visit The 50 Cents Fest: Those Years 那些年, held at Chinatown Food Street, Singapore Restaurant Festival, Kueh Pairing Workshop Series,  Heritage Town Festival and Kueh Appreciation Day

  • Culture Craver: who embraces all things local

    Visit  Hawker Spotlight 2017, ION Orchard Culinary Creations 2017, Popular Local Fare and A New Taste

  • Art Addict: who appreciates creativity not just in food, but in art form as well

      Visit Project Plait: Inheritance, photo exhibition titled One Dish, One Chef, Generation of Stories presented by Alvin Foo, supported by Canon Singapore, Transforming Your Food Images workshop and Food for Thought panel series

Personally, I am looking forward to STREAT @ Singapore Food Festival 2017! I would try to cover a few of the food events taking place during Singapore Food Festival 2017, do keep a lookout for my updates on my Facebook Page and Instagram! I was at the Hawker Spotlight @ Singapore Food Festival 2016, had a great time eating all the various delicious local Singapore hawker food!

If you love food, the Singapore Food Festival 2017 is perfect for you, for both locals and visitors alike! Mark it down in your calendar and fill your stomach with sumptuous Singapore food!

For more information on Singapore Food Festival 2017, please visit www.singaporefoodfestival.com 

* Information and pictures courtesy of Singapore Tourism Board *

Canon launches EOS 6D Mark II

Canon today, on the 29th June 2017, launches a new DSLR to their line up, the Canon EOS 6D Mark II. Prior to the official announcement, there had been many news and rumours floating around the internet and social media on the Canon EOS 6D Mark II. When I picked up the news earlier, I was looking forward to its official announcement. Finally, it’s official today!

The EOS 6D Mark II succeeds her predecessor, the EOS 6D, with significant improvements and enhancements. At this point in time when I am writing this article, I do not have the opportunity yet to touch, feel and test the EOS 6D Mark II. The views and opinions here are based on my analysis of the EOS 6D Mark II technical specifications.

What are some of the significant improvements and enhancements that stood out for me?

Touch panel vari angle LCD monitor

This is something that can come in very handy and useful for the photographer, don’t underestimate the touch panel with vari angle LCD monitor. It’s more than just for taking selfies or wefies!

All Cross-type 45-point AF sensor

The increase in the number of AF points and all cross-type from 11 (in EOS 6D) to 45 in the EOS 6D Mark II, this is a pretty big improvement! With this improvement, the EOS 6D Mark II is a pretty versatile DSLR camera, capable of handling different photography fields and situations.

Panning function in SCN mode

A new function that caught my attention, I would love to explore this new feature inside the Canon EOS 6D Mark II when a review opportunity arises. From the Canon Singapore video on YouTube, this looks an in-built 5 axis stabilisation for fast action photography.

Personal thoughts and views (based on technical specifications comparisons and analysis)

The world of full frame DSLR cameras is slowly opening up to photography enthusiasts, not just for the photography professionals. The maximum video quality is Full HD 60p, if you are not into videography or a need for 4K video, the Full HD 60p is more than capable and suitable for your needs.

If you are looking to own a full frame entry level DSLR that is affordable and packed with good technical specifications and features, the Canon EOS 6D Mark II would be a good recommendation.

Here’s the press release information on the Canon EOS 6D Mark II:

Canon today announced the launch of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II, the lightest DSLR in the EOS full-frame DSLR line that offers photography enthusiasts the complete arsenal of full-frame DSLR functions, packed into a nimble and compact body.

The EOS 6D Mark II is equipped with a 26.2 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor that delivers exceptionally clear images even under low light conditions, and is capable of achieving an impressive background blur effect – a key characteristic of large sensors. Equipped with Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology for high-performance focus tracking in Live View mode as well as DIGIC 7 image processor for high image quality even in dimly lit situations, the EOS 6D Mark II boasts of significant feature enhancements as compared to its predecessor. A first in Canon’s full-frame DSLR range, the EOS 6D Mark II is designed with a versatile Vari-angle touch panel, giving users the flexibility of shooting from a high or low angle.

“In a time where there is increasingly keen interest and demand for top-notch image quality, the EOS 6D Mark II opens the gateway to full-frame photography for photography enthusiasts who are looking to up their game”, said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore. “Conscientious thought has been given to the EOS 6D Mark II to ensure a compact design and intuitive usability, so as to empower a new generation of full-frame photography enthusiasts with superior still and video innovations.”

Achieve Precise Shots with Fast Focus & Clarity

With a huge leap from 11-point in the EOS 6D to 45-point all cross-type AF system, the 45-point all cross-type AF system provides AF coverage over an expanded area during viewfinder shooting. Of the 45 points, 27 are f/8 compatible, resulting in excellent performance when using an extender.

Additionally, the EOS 6D Mark II possesses a continuous shooting speed of up to 6.5 fps, which promises sharp image capture of even fast-moving subjects. In Live View mode, continuous shooting speed is still impressive at up to 4 fps. Coupled with enhanced ISO speeds of up to 40,000 (expandable to 102,400), users are able to capture exceptionally low noise images. With the sensitivity of the center AF point rated at -3EV, the EOS 6D Mark II can consistently acquire focus in extremely low light levels (roughly equivalent to light cast by a full moon).

The EOS 6D Mark II is equipped with a 7560 pixel RGB+IR metering sensor and a colour detection AF that enables consistent and accurate exposure in various lighting conditions. It automatically detects skin tones and prioritises focus on human subjects within the frame. With the addition of the lens aberration correction settings, the EOS 6D Mark II automatically detects the lens paired, and corrects distortion and diffraction at the time of shooting.

To offer users unbridled flexibility and room for creative expression, several features are incorporated as a first in Canon’s full-frame EOS series. Sporting a Vari-angle touchscreen LCD monitor, users will be able shoot from high to low angles nimbly. This is complemented by the inclusion of the brand new Panning function. This Panning function helps in enhancing the background blur while keeping the main subject in focus by automatically selecting the optimal shutter speed by analysing the panning speed of the camera and the speed of the subject.

Through the Intelligent Viewfinder, users have quick and easy access to all shooting information without needing to look away from the viewfinder. The battery life of the EOS 6D Mark II can also be extended to accommodate longer shooting hours with the optional battery grip (BG-E21) which houses 2 pieces of LP-E6N batteries. Ergonomically designed, users will find that the EOS 6D Mark II paired with the BG-E21 battery grip allows for greater ease and comfort, especially when shooting in portrait mode.

Creating Moving Art with Advanced Technology

The affordable EOS 6D Mark II offers videographers the enjoyable experience of shooting professional movies in full HD at a seamless 60p. Powered by the high speed Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a proprietary Canon-developed technology, smooth and high performance focus tracking can be achieved when shooting in both Live View and movie mode. When recording movies, the EOS 6D Mark II is able to continuously track the movements of subjects seamlessly, and also enable users to switch focus from a foreground subject to a background subject quickly and simply via touch focus on the Vari-angle LCD.

In addition, tracking sensitivity and AF speed can be customised to allow movie-makers to create their desired effects. To combat shaky footages caused by movement, Movie digital IS provides the highly effective 5-axis image stabilization to support handheld shoots, even when paired with non-IS lenses.

With the 4K Time-lapse movie function, movie-makers can also capture moods and moments by combining still images shot at intervals over time. For example, users can produce a high quality Time-lapse movie of the sunrise, sunset, moving clouds or heavy traffic on a bustling street. 

Seamless Connectivity

With Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, users can transfer images and videos from the camera to the smart devices and upload them onto the Canon Image Gateway, social media platforms and cloud storage. Also by using the Canon Camera Connect app, users have real-time control of camera settings such as shutter speed, focus selection and self-timer and more.

In addition, the EOS 6D Mark II features Bluetooth low energy technology which maintains constant connection to a compatible smart device at a low power consumption. With this constant connection, users can view images and start remote capture from the camera even when it is in Auto Power Off mode. Smart devices, when paired with Bluetooth, can wake the camera up, and then switch to Wi-Fi for browsing and viewing images or performing remote capture (with Live View).

Equipped with a GPS receiver, users can also log coordinates of every place that they have photographed, which can be stored as metadata accompanying each image. A GPS log can also be kept to create a map of places photographed as a record of the places the user has been to.

Pricing and Availability

The EOS 6D Mark II will be available at authorised Canon dealers on 27 July 2017 at the following recommended retail prices.

Customers who make a pre-order from 13 July 2017 to 26 July 2017 will be entitled to a free Canon professional camera bagpack worth $289.

Model Recommended Retail Price (Inclusive of GST)
EOS 6D Mark II Body (Body only) S$2,899
EOS 6D Mark II (w/24-70 L IS) S$3,949
EOS 6D Mark II (w/24-105 L IS II) S$4,299

** Updated 13th July 2017 **

Product Specifications

Canon EOS 6D Mark II

Image sensor: 26.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor

Imaging processor: DIGIC 7

ISO speed: 100-40000 (expendable to 102400)

Continuous shooting speed: Approx. 6.5 fps

Maximum video quality: Full HD 60p

Auto-focus: 45-point all cross-type AF / Dual Pixel CMOS AF

Wi-Fi / NFC/ Bluetooth/GPS: Yes

LCD: 3.0-inch Vari-angle touch panel (approx. 1.04 million dots)

Dimensions: Approx. 144.0mm(W) x 110.5mm(H) x 74.8mm(D)

Weight: Approx. 685g (body only)

* Information and pictures courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *

Just Another Day in Western Australia!

A short flight away from Singapore, a popular destination for holidays and fun, ideal for families and their children. Western Australia is home to many gorgeous and extraordinary attractions and experiences. The number of visitors from Singapore for the year ending 2016, an estimated 104,200 visitors visited Western Australia, staying for an estimated 1,509,200 nights and estimated visitor spend $246m. All these figures placed Singapore in third place for the Top 20 international markets to Western Australia year ending December 2016 (ranked by number of visitors).

Western Australia is a destination that I didn’t get to visit during my University undergraduate days (4 years) in Queensland, a holiday that I should have planned and done! Whenever I looked at Western Australia, there were many destinations in the state of Western Australia that I would really like to visit, enjoy, have fun and take many photographs. During a recent Tourism Western Australia event in Singapore, I had a better understanding and know more about the various areas and destinations of Western Australia.

At the evening with Tourism Western Australia event in Singapore, there was a special culinary ambassador appearance by Chef Tony Howell of Western Australia’s Fresh TV and Formerly Head Chef of Cape Lodge and Margaret River Hospitality Group. Chef Howell shared a lot with the guests on Western Australia food and wine, as well as sharing some delicious food from Western Australia with this cooking!

There had been great developments and growth in the tourism, hospitality and travel sectors of Western Australia. At the Tourism Western Australia event, they brought some local and authentic food, drinks and fun from Western Australia to Singapore! For a start, there were informative boards, brochures, guides and information travelers planning to visit Western Australia.

Perth and Surroundings

Let’s start with Australia sunniest capital, Perth, that is also the capital of Western Australia, consistently rated as one of the world’s most liveable cities.

Accommodation

Since 2012, accommodation in and around Perth has expanded with nearly 1,800 new rooms added to the local market, such as COMO at the Treasury, Crown Towers Perth, Peppers Kings Square, Tribe in West Perth, Alex Hotel in Northbridge, Aloft Hotel in Rivervale and Quest Fremantle. In the next four years, more hotels are coming on board with a further 16 new or redeveloped hotels entering the market, varying from boutique, big name and luxury brands, including Ritz-Carlton’s first Australian property in 10 years, The Westin in the eastern CBD and DoubleTree Group has three developments coming up.

Dining and Wining

Western Australia fresh produce and wines can be found in Perth’s new bars, cafes and restaurants in or near the city’s centre, such as the Shadow Bar and Dining Room, Ku De Ta, The Standard. Isle of Voyage and The Reveley. The recently renovated State Buildings precinct, with its high ceilings and grand halls, is home to some of the city’s best bars and restaurants including Petition Kitchen, Long Chim and Wildflower.

Short trips from Perth City

At the event, there were informative travel boards that gave the guests more information and details on the areas that they can visit outside of Perth City, that are a short 30mins to 90mins away from Perth City, ideal for day trips to destinations such as Fremantle, Rockingham, Sunset Coast, Swan Valley, Perth Hills, Armadale and Avon Valley.

Travelers can base themselves in Perth City, rent a car and drive out of Perth City to the various destinations nearby for day trips!

Beyond Perth and Surrounds

Having studied in Queensland for my undergraduate studies, I traveled out of the major city and discovered many different parts of Australia. In Western Australia, so vast and diverse, around the size of Western Europe and boasting 20,000km of mainland and island coastline, there are a number of destinations beyond Perth and surrounds. Some of the destinations are really gorgeous and I would love to visit them for my travel photography trips in the future!

There are a lot of destinations to visit beyond Perth and their surroundings, I would like to list some of them below:

Margaret River and the South West

  • Surfing, swimming and snorkelling
  • World-class wine and fresh local produce
  • Culture, arts and history (learn more about the customs and history of the Noongar people)
  • Tall timbers (in the Valley of the Giants, between Denmark and Walpole)
  • Adventure (the bushland Bibbulmun Track, or out to the Porongurup Range’s Granite Skywalk)

Exmouth and The Coral Coast

  • Snorkelling at Ningaloo Reef
  • Swimming with gentle giants (whale sharks)
  • Friendly dolphins at Monkey Mia
  • Wildflowers and pink waters
  • Extraordinary rock formations (at the Pinnacles near the coastal town of Cervantes)

Esperance and the Golden Outback

  • White beaches and pink lakes
  • World’s largest outdoor gallery (the striking salt flats of Lake Ballard)
  • Golden Quest Discovery Trail (965-kilometre journey from Coolgardie to Laverton)
  • Wildflowers and wave walking
  • The unexpected (Corrigin Dog Cemetery)

Broome and The North West Region

  • Camels on Cable Beach
  • Aboriginal experiences
  • Best kept secrets (Karijini National Park and Purnululu National Park)
  • Horizontal Falls (Talbot Bay)
  • Remote luxury resorts (Berkeley River Lodge, Kimberley Coast Camp, El Questro Homestead, Faraway Bay)

Western Australia is huge destination, packed with my beautiful destinations to visit, that’s something for everybody to have fun and enjoy during their travels to Western Australia. This destination is one that I had missed out during my undergraduate days in Queensland that I didn’t get to visit during my studies there, I should have just flew over and visit Western Australia during my semester breaks!

I would love to plan a visit to Western Australia in the future, from Perth, traveling around and out, towards Margaret River, Exmouth and the Coral Coast, as well as Broome and The North West Region.

When I do visit Western Australia, I would shout out, “G’day mate! Just Another Day in Western Australia!”

For more information on Western Australia, visit Tourism Western Australia website!

I would like to thank Tourism Western Australia for the invitation to their An Evening with Tourism Western Australia event in Singapore.

* Information courtesy of Tourism Western Australia and cohn&wolfe *

Photojournalist in Travel, Events and Sports Photography