I got Nico Rosberg Autographs !!!

The Singapore F1 GP was over, however, there were still some post activities happening around Singapore.

I was informed by my friend that Nico Rosberg, our Formula One First Night Race, 2nd Place Winner would be at Besk Denki at Ngee Ann City for an autograph signing session ! Since he had placed himself in Singapore’s F1 history, I wanted to get his autograph !!!!
Getting quickly into action, I searched my Friday Practice photos and found a decent photo of Nico Rosberg Williams F1 car in action ! I immediately did a bit of post processing and printed out into postcards for Nico Rosberg to sign !
Thanks to my old friend, I managed to get 4 autographs, kept 1 for myself and gave 3 away. 
Would be sharing on the challenges of F1 night photography soon !

300th Post : Reporting on Singapore F1 GP – Friday Night Practice

Before I started writing on the Singapore F1 GP Friday Night Practice, I would like to thank all my readers and supporters first. This is my 300th post !

Back to Friday 26th September 2008, the 1st day of the Singapore F1 GP event, a great carnival that I was looking foward to. Met Jack and walked towards the Marina Square Shopping Centre via Suntec City and entered from Gate 7, around 3pm. Everything was wonderful, even at that time, there were already a good crowd starting to stroll inside. 
There were support races to grace the Singapore F1 GP event, by Formula BMW, Porsche and Aston Martin in the afternoon from 3pm to 6pm, and the crowds were given some great practice driving sessions and how potentially loud the sound of the powerful engines would be. The weather on Friday was good, sunny and humid without the rain and thunderstorms. 
Met Michelle, fellow UQAAS Committee member, walked around the various locations of the race circuit. From the One Fullerton at Turn 13, we walked towards opposite Victoria Concert Hall at Turn 11, had to walk a longer distance due to diversion. Along the way, did a bit of shopping and sightseeing at the merchandise store, that’s the F1 carnival for you !
After watching the support races, we walked back to the Padang and saw something Uniquely Singapore, tables and chairs on the road, with food stalls beside it. You don’t get much opportunities to have such open air dining in Singapore anymore ! We sat down, bought our drinks and dinner, prices are a bit steep though, had a nice cold beer with compliments from Jack, chatted and shared about cars !

After dinner, we all proceed to our grandstand seats, Jack & mine at Marina Square. The F1 Practice session had begun ! The sounds and roars of the F1 engines were really deafening and we forgot our ear plugs. Due to the driving lines of the F1 cars, our seats views were blocked as the F1 cars were driving very close to the edge of the safety barrier in front of the Marina Square Grandstand, as they need to do a right angle 90 degrees at Turn 16, driving into Esplande Waterfront and Bay Grandstand.

After enjoying the deafening sounds, watching how the F1 cars were driving, I was convinced that the Singapore F1 GP circuit is fabulous ! The F1 drivers who had doubts initially, doesn’t seem to show it as they were driving pretty good in a totally unknown circuit in night conditions ! 
After the 1st practice session, we decided to walk around the circuit again, revisiting the locations that we went earlier today in the afternoon and captured different views of the F1 cars in action. It was a very big test of my photography skills till date, night shooting conditions under ample lighting conditions, very fast flying F1 cars, wire fence barriers that makes it very difficult for photographers to shoot. 
Soon after, it was time to call it a day. The F1 cars went back for rest and analysis, while we made our way home to rest from a long day of fun and cars. 
Do check out some of my Friday Practice photos here

My 299th Post is a Summarised Update

The last week till date had been very fun and hectic and roller coaster. This was the storyline

– Super Import Nights (pre-preparation and Day 1)
– University of Queensland Alumni Association of Singapore ~ Wine Symphony Function
– Super volatile financial markets turmoil and shocks, more time had to be allocated to this area and provide advisory to my clients during this last week
I had yet to write up my photojournalistic reports on the Super Import Nights and UQAAS Wine Symphony Event, only posted links to my Flickr site for selected photos from these 2 events. 
Other areas need to blog would be introducing The Wine Symphony and upcoming events !
Sorry for the slow reporting, meanwhile, check out my photos !

Photos from UQAAS Wine Symphony Event 19th Sep 2008

Check out my University of Queensland Alumni Association of Singapore Wine Symphony Event on the 19th September 2008 !

Hope you all enjoy viewing the photos and I would write on our wonderful networking event and The Wine Symphony in the next few days !

Mid Autumn Festival @ Radin Mas Primary School

During these few days, there would going to be a number of Mid Autumn Festival celebrations happening around our different neighbourhoods.
On 12th September, Radin Mas Primary School and its neighbourhood Bukit Purmei and Telok Blangah Rise, had their Mid Autumn Festival Celebrations at their school compound, with a great carnival and the students setting up stalls for games and drinks.
The Radin Mas Cub Scouts were also involved and had 4 tables to set up their stalls, being the Big Brother Scouts, Gan Eng Seng Dragon Scout Group, from the young to the Old Boys (a few of us), came down and helped them in the running of the drinks, food and games.
It was a fun time, they had their MP to grace this event and they had a big lantern there too ! We bought some food and drinks from the Cub Scouts too and they all had a fun time too !
 
The simpler things in life can be so much fun …….. like the young kids 😉 

My Blog is "Attacked" – Read from Firefox

In the morning of 9th September 2008, my blog here faced a situation that I haven’t encountered for a long time. My blog was redirected to a lottery site after it finished loading.

Till now, it was a very frustrating, tiring day for me to work on finding out the roots of the problem and I haven’t rectified it yet. Viewing from Safari and Internet Explorer had issues while Firefox now currently had no further issues.

I would like to sincerely apologise to my readers here if you were re-directed to another page and I am still trying to find the solution to it. Update you readers soon !

Mid Autumn Festival by the River – 6th September 2008

After my adventure at the NBA Madness that was held at Marina Square, had dinner with Ray and Vik before we all split up to do our own stuff.
For me, I had planned to visit Mid Autumn Festival by the River, whereby the lanterns and lights were on display beside The Central and opposite Clarke Quay, along the Singapore River. When I reached there, there were quite a crowd of people of all ages, both locals and tourists, soaking in the event.
The Mid Autumn Festival is a significant day in the Chinese Lunar Calender, with history and origins from folklore, myths and history. Wikipedia does an excellent job to summarise on The Mid Autumn Festival, do drop by their site to read on the different versions on the history of The Mid Autumn Festival
Another key component of this wonderful event is Mooncakes, whereby there were many different varieties and styles evolved over modernisation and they were getting more interesting, I am not the biggest fan of Mooncakes, however, if I had the opportunity, I would do a special blog post on the various mooncakes. 
Back to the festival, there were many different light ups along the river, 12 Chinese Zodiac animals, deities, myths and folklore, history. It was a great family festival and if you are touring Singapore, do drop by and take a look ! There was also an awesome performance by a Shanghai Martial Arts Performing Troupe, that I didn’t manage to get information on, performing outside The Central shopping mall. When I was there, it was raining heavily and I couldn’t manage to get a good location to take nice photos of their wonderful performances, in the midst of difficult conditions and non-ideal shooting location.
Do drop by my flickr site for more photos ! 
Oh, let’s start counting down to the 15th day of the 8th Lunar Month ! Bring out your lanterns and start lighting up the sky !

NBA Madness 2008 Singapore – Marina Square

It was a normal internet surfing at the local photographers forum known as ClubSnap and I came across that NBA is coming to Singapore !

The event was known as NBA Madness 2008 and Singapore was one of its destinations, for NBA to showcase its sports to the other parts of the world. Actually, basketball here is very popular, nevertheless, it was a great tour and exhibition by NBA.
A great carnival, with games for the young and old, saw the NBA the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy, slam dunk, dribbling and shooting competition, NBA stars coming down guest appearance. I went down for a few hours and only caught the Orlando Magic Dance Team performing, beautiful ladies that lights up the carnival and part of the slam dunk competition and the dribbling, passing and shooting competition. 
Didn’t stay longer than I would usually do, went out for afternoon coffee with Ray and Vik after that. Do check out some of my other photos here ! Hope you folks enjoyed the NBA Madness 2008 too !
Oh yeah , I am a LA Lakers Fan ! Remember “Show Time” by Magic Johnson ? 😉