Celebrating Singapore’s Social Media Day 2011!

This was the first time, a maiden event celebrating Social Media Day in Singapore, our very first and very own Singapore Social Media Day 2011, celebrated on the 25th June 2011 at *SCAPE ! Organised by bloggers for bloggers, tweeples and people in the social media networks, channels and circle.

A day of fun and events, started with my small photography workshop sharing and an interactive hands-on interactive events photography workshop with my participants, my first time helping out at Singapore Social Media Day, even with 2 registered participants, Colin and Juliana, supported by Amanda and Sue who came down to support me whilst they are busy with their activities. Since it wasn’t my first workshop sharing, I am better prepared than last time and it was intended to be more sharing of my photography experiences, personal projects, tips and tricks and where to go take photographs in Singapore. After my sharing, we went around photographing Singapore Social Media Day event, the SoMe wall, the performances and the crowds at Singapore Social Media Day 2011! I had lots of fun too, exchanging Juliana’s GF2 with my 1Dmk3, playing with the wide angle pancake lens while Juliana was testing out the high fps of the 1Dmk3!

After my photography hands-on session was over, I continued to stay behind capturing photographs of the event, watching performances and making more new friends at Singapore Social Media Day 2011! The blog shops were fun and interesting, packed with nice and unique stuff for sale and some of their proceeds go to charity. Overall, it’s good to catch up with blogger friends whom I knew and met before, finally meeting blogger friends in real life and last but not least knowing more new blogging/social media/twitter friends! Do check out some of the photos uploaded into my facebook photo album!

This event was organised by the bloggers forming the Singapore Social Media Day Ex-Co and I would to congratulate them on a great job! Well done and keep it up! I would also like to thank the Singapore Social Media Day Ex-Co for giving me this opportunity to do a sharing on my photography experiences and social media networking.


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Canon Lion City Cup – Newcastle U15 vs Singapore U15

The Canon Lion City Cup 2011 kicked off with a great bang, a great match, end to end action till the last 5 minutes of injury time, bringing back the Singapore supporters roar into the Jalan Besar Stadium. This was the opening match between Newcastle Under-15 and Singapore Under-15.

Even though they were kids, under the age of 15 playing with each other, they definitely live up to playing attacking flowing football, with beautiful passing and shots on goal, with the usual footballers’ mistakes that were committed in the match (even by professional footballers). Lots of shouts, ooh, ah, words, encouragement, cheering and singing, the atmosphere was great, almost back to the days of Malaysia Cup! These boys gave us a great spectacle to watch and something to cheer them for, the passion and love for football rekindled.

Singapore U15 boys played like Lion Hearts, not intimidated by their counterparts from Newcastle, England, bigger in size and height, they fight for the football and played their guts out, encouraging the fans at Jalan Besar Stadium to cheer for them even louder and more passionate, and in turn, encouraging them to play even better and harder when the chips were down at 3-1, odds against the local boys. The never-die Lion Hearts inside them, with tactical substitutions playing a key  role, with the super-subs, making the comeback complete with a final score of 4-3 after 5 minutes of injury time played!

When the boys equalised and leveled the scoreline at 3-3, the stadium stood up and cheered for the boys loudly, lots of singing and cheering, you can see the teamwork and comradeship inside them, running towards the bench to celebrate with their other team mates, coaches and support staff. The unity and unison, the huddle and group celebration, demonstrated their togetherness and team spirit. At the final minute of injury time, when the winning goal was scored by the Singapore boys, it was the euphoria that sent the entire stadium into eruption of joy and emotions, the boys celebrating together on the field, simply ignite the stadium even further.

A great game, a great start, if you think watching the Singapore U15 boys would not be fun or exciting, do drop by their games during the Canon Lion City Cup and be amazed, mesmerised and motivated by them, to cheer and support local football again! Good luck to the Singapore U15 and U16 teams and Go Singapore!


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Walking Barefoot at Bare Your Sole 2011

In a modern cosmopolitan city like Singapore, with her high standards of living and modern lifestyle, having access to many technological advancements and tools, social media, internet and many other wonderful things. Many a times, we forgot how much we have progressed from a sleep fishing village to a modern country today, failing to appreciate the peace, prosperity, healthy and nice living environment.

There are people in other parts of the world, that are not able to enjoy all of the things we are having and enjoying now in Singapore, these people could be living in developing countries and disaster stricken areas. It was from this charity walk, Bare Your Sole 2011, organised by Habitat for Humanity Singapore, showing that organisations are out there helping these people who are in need of help, to help them build a decent home, a shelter over their head, a place for them to live in.

Bare Your Sole 2011 was held at Gardens by the Bay East (Rhu Cross) on 18th June 2011, a great turnout of support and walkers, walking barefoot and raising funds for the needy. Although the weather wasn’t sunny and bright, it wasn’t raining and the rain stopped, just nice for the walk to begin. Flagged off by Mr Dhanabalan, A leisure walk in the Gardens, beautiful sceneries of Singapore’s Marina Bay landscape of Marina Barrage, Singapore Flyer, Marina Square, Raffles Place CBD and Marina Bay Sands. The crowds were great, from all ages and walks of life, walking barefoot in the name of charity, enjoying themselves and taking many photos too!

It was fun to be part of this interesting and noble event, helping to raise the funds for other needy people too. While we are able to enjoy the high standards of living and comfort in Singapore now, let’s all take stock and appreciate the finer things in life, not just chasing the dollars and cents, status and power. Therefore, we can also help those around us who are more needy too!

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Come Join Singapore Social Media Day 2011 on 25th June!

For the very first time in Singapore, there will be an awesome Social Media Networking Event on 25th June 2011 ! It’s known as Singapore Social Media Day 2011 !

When: 25th June 2011
Time: 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Where: *SCAPE Atrium & Gallery

Many many interesting activities, performances, networking and sharing sessions will be on during Singapore Social Media Day 2011 at Scape. Do come down and join us for a day of fun and excitement, organised by bloggers, for bloggers and social media communities, networks and platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Micro-Blogs etc etc), the people who know what is it all about and how to go about doing it!

It’s also a day for a good social cause, fund raising for The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund ! Follow them on Facebook ! RSVP for this wonderful and fun event ! Look out for this hash tag #ssmd2011 on Twitter ! Let’s all take this opportunity to widen the Social Media community and networks, make more new friends !

Last but not least, I am conducting a photography sharing session, full details here! Look forward to seeing you there!

Sports Photography Workshop by Canon Singapore

In conjunction with the 23rd Canon Lion City Cup, happening soon in Singapore from 18th June 2011 to 26th June 2011, to be held at the Jalan Besar Stadium. The 23rd Canon Lion City Cup will see 6 football teams of young talents playing against each other, to compete and display their skills with each other.

With all the buzz and excitement brewing up, there was a Free Sports Photography Workshop by Canon Singapore, held at Joyden Hall @ Iluma on 11th June 2011, with 2 highly experienced and accomplished (Sports, Football and Action) photographers, Ray Chua and Howie Choo to share their tips and experiences. On top of that, there is also a chance for 25 fans to be selected for live sports photography action in the upcoming 23rd Canon Lion City Cup!

Although I had been taking sports photography whenever I had the opportunities with various sporting events in Singapore e.g. SCC 7s, OCBC Cycle, local volleyball tournaments, F1 Singapore GP, check out my Sports Category posts here! A lot of my sports photography were self-learned on the hands action and I appreciate the sharing by Ray and Howie during the Sports Photography Workshop. Therefore, I would continue to Pay-It-Forward, sharing their tips and experiences, to more aspiring Sports Photographers out there.

During their sharing, there was a list of photography equipment that both Ray and Howie are using. The list was definitely very interesting and on the high end level of photography products (top end DSLR bodies and powerful long lens), not easy for those hobbyists who love Sports Photography and wanting to move into it on a more serious fun level!

Nevertheless, even though equipment (indeed) plays a big part in Sports Photography, there are some key crucial aspects in Sports Photography that is very important, it’s about loving Sports and Action, the passion, the atmosphere and it’s up to us, Sports Photographers (whether Professional or Sports and Action lovers), to connect the sports action to the rest of the world.

I would like to thank Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide Singapore for the chance to attend the Sports Photography Workshop!

Visit to RSAF Open House 2011

The RSAF Open House was back in action again from 28th to 29th May 2011, opened to the public for them to visit Paya Lebar Air Base and have a first hand view of the fighter planes, helicopters, defense systems and the technology of the Republic of Singapore Air Force. A popular event, there were many visitors coming to the RSAF Open House, families bringing their children, friends outing.

It’s not just about the different types of aircraft on display, from the mighty F15SG Eagle and F16D Fighting Falcon, to the Apache, Chinook and Super Puma, not something and often that people from ordinary walks of life can get up near and close up to them, it was definitely a crowd puller with many photographs taken with the big birds or queuing up to take a sit inside the cockpit of the fighter jets or visiting the inside of the aircraft.

The next major draw would be the aerial display, showcasing the strengths of the air force and how they combined with the army to counter enemy situations and fight together. A crowd puller, with fans lining up the sidelines of the runaway to watch the aerial display.Being on the other end of the runway, I was away from the “main action” area, I was however able to capture the big birds in action flying in to land on the runway.

Due to time constraints, I wasn’t able to visit the technology displays inside the hangars, look forward to the next RSAF Open House! Oh for, nostalgic sake, do check out my RSAF Open House 2008 !


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