Old Playgrounds: Watermelon Playground

The Old Watermelon Playground, located in the Tampines HDB Heartlands, the Eastern side of Singapore. This small and colourful playground belongs to the later era of the Old Playgrounds designs, that were dominated by the Dragon Playgrounds, Pelican and Dove Playgrounds in various parts of Singapore. The Watermelon Playground is also part of the newer HDB Housing Estates that emerged in the later part of the 1980s and early 1990s.

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When we were exploring the Old Playgrounds in the Eastern side of Singapore, this was the third Old Playground out of four Old Playgrounds that we went to photograph and document during that day. The Old Bumboat Playground and the Old Elephant Playground are not too far away from Tampines HDB Heartlands, in the nearby Pasir Ris Heartlands. The Old Mangosteen Playground is the fourth Old Playground that is also located in the same area as the Old Watermelon Playground and I will write about it at a later point in time. At the Old Watermelon Playground, it’s no longer a sand pit and it’s a rubber mat instead. Climbing up the steps to play the slide and sitting on the swing, it sure brings back the fun and nostalgic childhood memories.

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The Old Watermelon Playground, like the rest of the other Old Playgrounds that I photographed and documented over time in my Flickr collection. The Old Watermelon Playground may look small relative to the bigger Old Playgrounds, however, they all played a part in the growth and development of modern Singapore. The cultural spirit and lessons that the Old Playgrounds taught us cannot be underestimated and that is something so special about all the Old Playgrounds that still holds inside our hearts dearly.

For those who grew up along with the Old Playgrounds, how have they touched you in any ways?


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OtterBox Defender Phone Case Review

Today, the ownership and usage of smartphones are very common with popular brands such as Apple iPhone 5/5s and Samsung Galaxy S4. It has become our daily communication and connection device, to talk, connect, chat and search for information. For a photographer and traveler like me, my iPhone 5 sometimes go through many adventures, high and low points with me and I try to find an iPhone phone case that can protect my iPhone 5 especially when I go out traveling, trekking along with my photography adventures.

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I recently reviewed the OtterBox Preserver Phone Case and I would now share about my thoughts and experiences with the OtterBox Defender Phone Case! The OtterBox Defender Phone Case is reliable and robust, formed by 3 layers of protection! The holster-style swivel belt clip is very useful for the photographer and traveler in me because I can clip it on my belt and I am able to use my iPhone easily, saves me the effort from putting it in my pocket and pulling my iPhone 5 out! The OtterBox Defender combines a built-in screen protector, polycarbonate frame and shock-absorbing polyurethane rubber to provide industry-leading protection from scratches, dust and drops.

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The OtterBox Defender is suitable for everybody, whether you are a photographer, traveler, an outdoor adventure person or for your leisure, work use, the OtterBox Defender is pretty good! The OtterBox Defender is not waterproof, if you are looking for a waterproof phone case, do check out my OtterBox Preserver Phone Case review earlier! All cases are available at www.otterbox.asia  or from selected local retailers. For all product details and technical specifications, visit www.otterbox.asia.

The Defender Series [S$69.00]
  • Built-in screen protector
  • Polycarbonate frame
  • Shock absorption and protection against scratches, dust, and drops
  • Holster-style swivel belt clip for hands-free carrying
  • All functionality, including Touch ID fingerprint, remain uninhibited by the case

I would like to thank OtterBox and Ogilvy Public Relations for the opportunity to review the OtterBox Defender iPhone 5 Phone Case!

** Information Courtesy of OtterBox and Ogilvy Public Relations **

Clementi Heartlands Instawalk

Our Singapore (SG) Heartlands, the places that we lived in and grew up in, something close to our hearts, minds and souls. While Singapore is a small country in size, our various Housing Development Board (HDB) Housing Estates does have its own unique characteristics and community. It can be an interesting adventure to walk around various HDB estates heartlands and explore the area, especially when they have a mix of older and younger generation HDB blocks of flats. There was a recent project: MND Heartlands by Ministry of National Development, a social media campaign to encourage Singaporeans to explore the places and spaces around them. There were a few heartland walks around Singapore recently too and when I received news that fellow photographer Weili organised a Heartlands Instawalk to my Clementi Heartlands, and Aik Beng was going to lead the Heartlands Instawalk into my heartland Clementi estate, I came forward to help out Weili and Aik Beng in bringing them around my Clementi heartlands.

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Clementi Heartlands is interesting with a mix of older and new HDB blocks, with beautiful greenery near the Sungei Ulu Pandan and Ulu Pandan Park Connector. We met nearby at the Clementi MRT Station and proceed walking up towards Clementi Avenue 4, through the Clementi Community Centre. Along the way, Aik Beng shared a lot on mobile photography tips to the participants, highlighting to them the things/perspectives to look out for. I wasn’t too actively taking photographs on my iPhone 5 and uploading onto Instagram nor taking many photographs with my Canon DSLR. Since I was helping Aik Beng in leading the Clementi Heartlands Instawalk, I had to spend more time leading and looking after the group of participants! I double up as a historian for the walk because this is my Heartlands for 30+ years! Nevertheless, it was fun and enjoyable, something that I enjoyed doing it and used to organise such walks for friends last time!

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Upon reaching Sungei Ulu Pandan and Ulu Pandan Park Connector, we walked along the Park Connector and they could view the Sunset Way Old Railway Bridge and the greenery surrounding the Clementi Heartlands. A major highlight of the Clementi Heartlands Instawalk was to visit the Clementi Community Farm for Clementi Residents and to see the community heartlands active in farming and community activities. The Clementi Residents were very friendly and shared with the participants about their produces they were growing. The participants spent a bit of time there to look around the community farm and the former KTM Railway tracks that once passed through the Clementi Heartlands.

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Walking to our next destination, the newest segment of Clementi HDB heartlands, the Casa Clementi HDB blocks at Clementi Avenue 1 there were recently completed and the new tenants moving over to stay in them. We had a bit of a slow walk from Clementi Avenue 4 to Clementi Ave 1, through the various void decks, a distinct feature of the heartlands. We also came across a bird singing competition around Blocks 332 and 333, another unique heartlands activity! The participants reached Casa Clementi and had a view of the newest HDB blocks of flats, the designs and the beautiful roof top garden for the residents of Casa Clementi and come down to relax and have fun!

The SG Heartlands is something unique and special in its own sense, spaces and surroundings. Do go out and explore your Heartlands in your own neighbourhood and the other SG Heartlands in Singapore as well! The SG Heartlands is where we learn, collect and compile our history, heritage, culture, landscape and memories of our past and for our future. Take many photographs of SG Heartlands, remember to tag #SGHeartlands and share them!


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#JumpwithSony Instagram Challenge!

Sony Xperia Z1 and Singapore Instagram users alert! There is something exciting, fun and challenging competition for you to take part in! Participate in the #JumpWithSony Instagram Challenge and be one of the top 3 selected winners to walk away with a Sony SmartWatch 2.

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Sony Instagram Challenge  (15 November – 15 December 2013)

Submit a photo of yourself and/or your friends, or even a pet, doing a jump shot taken using the Timeshift burst Application on your Xperia Z1. All entries are to be posted on Instagram together with the hashtag #JumpWithSony and #SGXperiaZ1 to be one of the three lucky winners to walk away with a SmartWatch 2. All entries submitted will be judged based on the level of creativity of both the image captured as well as its caption, and all winners will be notified and announced on 18 December 2013 via Sony Mobile SG Facebook Page.

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Sony Pop-up Booth (02 November – 10 November 2013)

In addition, Sony would like to invite you to visit the Sony Pop-up booth happening from 02 to 10 November at ION Orchard, where attendees will have the opportunity to WatchListenPlay and Create with Xperia Z1. There will also be exciting games and attractive prizes such as the SmartWatch 2 to be won.

* Information and Photographs Courtesy of Sony Singapore and Waggener Edstrom Worldwide *

10 of the Best Places to get Sand between Your Toes

Traveling around the world, the experiences go beyond the horizon, opening up eyes to the beauty of the world around us. “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharal Nehru, discovered in Gary Arndt’s “The Ultimate List of Inspirational Travel Quotes”. I love to travel, from climbing the mountains, trekking the rain forests, visiting countries to learn more about the people and their culture.

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My Dream Destination!!

There is one form of travel that I really love to do a lot and currently did not get the chance to do a lot, that is to relax and enjoy myself by the beautiful blue ocean and fine sandy beach, on an island resort or beach front dream resort. I will arm myself with my camera to capture the gorgeous sunrise and sunsets around the world. Today, I am sharing with you 10 of the Best Places to  get Sand between Your Toes, with the help of  InterContinental Hotels and Resorts that can make your dream resort getaway a reality.

** Please Note That The Following Destinations Are Not Ranked In Any Particular Order! **

1.       Son Tra Peninsula, Danang

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With its long, white sandy beaches and natural forests, the Son Tra Peninsula, also known as the Mythical Monkey Mountain, boasts such beauty that in the past it used to be revered by the locals as a landing place for fairies.The Son Tra Peninsula spans 4,000 hectares and is home to an array of beaches. Nestled in a privatebay within the Peninsula is InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort. With its magnificent views, emerald blue water, gentle sea breezes and an endless untouched beach, the resort is truly deserving of its title of Vietnam’s Leading Resort in the recent World Travel Awards 2013. Guests can dine at the casual yet classy Barefoot Café and enjoy the fine tastes of a Mediterranean meal as they sink their toes into the soft, fine sand and take in the stunning views of the East Sea.

2.       West Bay Lagoon, Qatar

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West Bay Lagoon, also known as Al Qutaifiya, is a neighbourhood in Doha, Qatar. The area houses a variety of accommodations and lifestyle options, includingInterContinental Doha which is home to Doha’s longest private beach. The resort is a waterfront oasis where guests can take in sweeping views of the Arabic Gulf simply by taking a relaxing stroll down the sandy white coastline.

For a unique seafood experience, visit the Fish Market where you can select your own catch of the day, and indulge in the freshest seafood specialties tailored to your taste buds.

3.       Natadola Bay, Fiji 

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Natadola Bay is one of the South Pacific’s best-kept secrets and home to Fiji’s finest mainland resort, InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa. With its natural white sand and lush greenery, it is no wonder the beach was voted as one of the Top 10 in the world by Forbes Magazine.

Enjoy a luxurious massage in a seaside cabana, tackle the inviting waves or dive among its colourful reefs when you stay at the resort. Guests who are more adventurous can opt to explore the deserted beaches on the far side of Navo Island.

4.         Hua Hin, Thailand 

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Hua Hin has its roots as the official resort destination of the Thai royal family. Just a three-hour drive from Bangkok, the five kilometre long beach is now a popular getaway for Thai locals and travellers alike. A resort of prestigious Thai royal heritage, InterContinental Hua Hin Resort rests in the shadow of Khao Takiab, known locally as Chopstick Hill. The peace and tranquillity of the resort draws travellers who appreciate the chance to take a step back from everyday life and restore themselves – mind and body. Guests can regain their equilibrium through yoga sessions at the resort’s beachfront with the pristine white sand between their toes.

Come evening, guests can indulge in a bountiful seaside barbeque where they can prepare their own fresh seafood dinner, or seek the assistance of the resort’s renowned seafood chefs.

5.       Maesato Beach, Okinawa

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 The Maesato Beach is famed for its rich cultural traditions, abundant coral reefs, distinctive regional foods and the natural warmth of its people.

Situated astride the Maesato Beach, ANA InterContinental Ishigaki Resort Hotel is Japan’s southern-most resort that is prefect for an idyllic beach getaway. It offers a wide range of activities such as scuba diving, fishing and snorkelling. Guests can also choose to take a swim or relax along the clear waters of the Pacific Ocean at Maesato Beach. For an unforgettable ocean experience, participate in the Sea Walk to feel the sand under water as you’re surrounded by captivating marine life. Travellers will fall in love with the natural warmth of Okinawa’s people and the beauty of the island. With myriad fun-filled activities, this island getaway will make for a truly memorable family vacation.

6.       Sanctuary Cove, Gold Coast

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Sanctuary Cove is renowned as Australia’s resort-style masterplanned community. Located in the northern Gold Coast region, Sanctuary Cove combines quality residential options with world class leisure facilities.

Just minutes away from Australia’s favourite theme parks in the Gold Coast, InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort is equipped with a beautiful one-acre beach lagoon perfect for a relaxing holiday to escape from the bustling city. Spend your day in the resort with an indulgent massage at Champions Day Spa and spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing around the spectacular lagoon pool. Need a bite? Enjoy a delicious afternoon High Tea in Cove Cafe, before heading back to your pool lounge.

7.       Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia

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Al Jubail is a city in the eastern province on the Persian Gulf coast of Saudi Arabia and the largest industrial city in the Middle East. In the middle of a bustling city life, there is an oasis that is InterContinental Al Jubail. Set on a private beach, the hotel overlooks the beautiful Arabian Gulf. It has its own scuba diving centre and is the ideal base to start your sail along the stunning Arabian coastline.

Upon reaching either of two pristine islands, Juraid and Jana, guests can swim and snorkel in the calm blue waters with barracudas, hamour and needlefish while taking in the vibrant shades of the coral reefs. Back at the resort, guests can unwind over dinner at the Laguna Pearl Café while they take in the majestic sunset.

8.       Jimbaran Bay, Bali

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Bali is a stunning island famed for its scenic views and warm hospitality. Its beaches are amongst the most famous in the world and Jimbaran Bay at InterContinentalBali Resort is often considered the island’s crown jewel.

Guests can choose to explore the local culture through village tours or simply sip on a delicious cocktail on the golden sands of Bali. Nature lovers can also opt to be a part of the resort’s turtle conservation efforts during their stay there. In the evening, guests can revel in a performance of Balinese dancing while dining at Taman Gita Terrace. Besides being the perfect way to end a day in Bali, it is also a great way to immerse deeper in Bali’s rich tradition and culture. 

9.       Manzamo Cape , Okinawa

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The Manzamo Cape is one of the most visited tourist spots in Okinawa. Facing the East China Sea, the Cape is famous for its elephant-trunk shaped rock formation.

Situated on the Manzamo cape, each guestroom at the ANA InterContinental Manza Beach Resort Hotel provides guest with captivating views of clear blue waters and white sandy beaches. Guests can kick start their day with a visit to the nearby Cape Manza. Its commanding views of gorgeous coral reefs and aqua blue waves crashing against rugged cliffs will take your breath away.

Next, a visit to the Churaumi Aquarium is a must do. Literally meaning the Beautiful Sea Aquarium, it is inhabited by over 16,000 sea creatures, including several whale sharks, and is the largest in Asia. End the day by setting sail on the resort’s catamaran yacht and bask in the changing colours of the sky and sea while you reminisce on a day well spent.   

10.   Balaclava, Mauritius 

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Mauritius is a resort-haven situated in the Indian Ocean. Sitting on an island offering stunning views which overlook the Bay of Balaclava, the breath-takingInterContinental Resort Mauritius is the perfect base to set off for a snorkelling or diving expedition at the beautiful Turtle Bay – or Baie aux Tortues to the locals. The resort features an outdoor infinity pool alongside the pristine white beach where children can build sandcastles with mini buckets and spades provided by the hotel while the adults take a leisurely stroll.

To end the day’s activities, guests can savour the freshest seafood from the region at Segala, one of the hotel’s 5-star restaurants, while they take in the spectacular view of the Indian Ocean.

For more information on InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, visit http://www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/gb/en/reservation.

After looking through the beautiful and gorgeous destinations, don’t you feel like packing your bags and flying there for a dream getaway vocation? I really really do and I wish I can visit all ten of them listed here! For a start, I better start planning to visit the nearby resorts near home first – Hua Hin, Thailand, Son Tra Peninsula, Danang, Vietnam and Jimbaran Bay, Bali, Indonesia! Of course, I also want to visit Mauritius and Fiji too!

Which of the ten beautiful destinations here do you wish to get sand between your toes ? Share your destinations with us and share this 10 destinations with your family, loved ones and friends too!

* Information and Photographs Courtesy of InterContinental Hotels and Resorts and Ogilvy Public Relations *

About IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group): IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of nine hotel brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo® Hotels, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express® Hotels, Staybridge Suites® Hotels, Candlewood Suites® Hotels, EVEN™ Hotels and HUALUXE™ Hotels & Resorts. IHG manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty programme with over 74 million members worldwide. The programme was relaunched in July 2013, offering enhanced benefits for members including free internet for Elites across all hotels, globally. IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,600 hotels and 678,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories. With more than 1,000 hotels in its development pipeline, IHG expects to recruit around 90,000 people into additional roles across its estate over the next few years. InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. Visit www.ihg.com for hotel information and reservations and www.ihgrewardsclub.com for more on IHG Rewards Club. For our latest news, visit:www.ihg.com/media, www.twitter.com/ihg, www.facebook.com/ihg or www.youtube.com/ihgplc.

This year, IHG turns 10. Visit http://story.ihg.com/ for a visual showcase of the milestones, achievements and innovations for IHG and its portfolio of hotel brands in the past decade.

Anime Festival Asia 2013

Anime Festival Asia 2013, a fun and exciting event, a gathering of many people who loved the world of manga, comics, cartoons and anime. Anime Festival Asia 2013 Singapore was held from 8th to 10th November 2013, at the Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Centre, over the 3 days event, it was packed with many fans and followers of anime, along with a big turnout of cosplay parade as well outside the convention halls.

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Inside the convention halls, there were many exhibitors showcasing their a range of anime, comics, collections, cosplay wear. There were many visitors to the Anime Festival Asia 2013 and it was like the turnout of our regular quarterly IT Show! This was also a time for the artists to showcase their talents in their comics drawings, networking with fellow anime artists, anime arts and crafts too! I do love the anime figurines on display, especially the robots! The newer anime robots reminded me of my childhood days following science fiction anime series Robotech! Other anime series that I followed vigorously last time were Samurai X and Ranma 1/2. While I am a bit lost behind with the current anime circle of happenings and shows, I always love the anime cartoon series, comics and cosplay, they are just so much fun, interesting and colourful! It’s not just about the exhibition and cosplay, there were guest and celebrities flown in from overseas to grace the event and meet the fans too! There were concert performances too during Anime Festival Asia 2013 Singapore!

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The open area outside the convention halls on the third floor were packed with lots of action too! It was a haven for photographers, some bringing their portable lighting systems – lighting stand, soft box and flash! There were many enthusiastic and fun loving anime fans in their favourite anime character costumes! The cosplay scene here is pretty good and has a good following/gathering too! The cosplay characters will be more than happy to pose for you and get their cosplay photographs taken by photographers! It can be quite crowded on the third floor with many photographers wanting to take photographs of the many different cosplay displays! Do check out my Anime Festival Asia 2013 Singapore photographs here on Flickr!

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Do follow Anime Festival Asia on

Anime Festival Asia Facebook Page

– Anime Festival Asia on Twiiter 

It was a fun time there, huge crowds and lots of interesting cosplay characters! I look forward to future Anime Festival Asia events and enjoy catching up on the anime scene!

Canon is a major sponsor for Anime Festival Asia 2013 Singapore and I would like to thank Canon for the opportunity to visit Anime Festival Asia 2013 Singapore!


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OtterBox Preserver Phone Case Review

Today, the ownership and usage of smartphones are very common with popular brands such as Apple iPhone 5/5s and Samsung Galaxy S4. It has become our daily communication and connection device, to talk, connect, chat and search for information. For a photographer and traveler like me, my iPhone 5 sometimes go through many adventures, high and low points with me and I try to find an iPhone phone case that can protect my iPhone 5 especially when I go out traveling, trekking along with my photography adventures.

Recently, I received the OtterBox Preserver Series Phone Case for a review period. OtterBox is leader in protection for handheld devices and their range of products are pretty impressive! For travellers and photographers like me that goes through many adventures, protecting from water and impacts upon accidental drop are two key important factors that I consider for my Phone Case. The OtterBox Preserver not just waterproof my iPhone 5, it also keeps it slim and manageable at the same time! The OtterBox Preserver is the ultimate phone case that is light and an awesome waterproof device protection for my iPhone 5!

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The OtterBox Preserver is also available for other smartphone models such as the iPhone 5S/5C and Samsung GALAXY S4. The Preserver Series not only offers light protection against spillages for the clumsiest of coffee-drinkers, it also allows beach-goers and thrill seekers to fearlessly take their phones on even the most adventurous challenges.

This slim-line case provides the following protection (Results may vary):

  • Waterproof: fully submergible up to 6.6 ft. for 30 minutes
  • Drop proof: protects device from drops up to 6.6 ft.
  • Dust proof: blocks entry of dust and debris particles

The two-piece case snaps together for easy installation. It boasts a solid plastic frame lined with device-cradling foam and overmolded bumpers to absorb and deflect shock away from the device inside. The built-in screen protector guards the vibrant display from scratches without inhibiting touch sensitivity. Protection doesn’t come at the cost of functionality with this precision-engineered case. All features are fully accessible and audio quality un-compromised. The Preserver Series includes an adjustable lanyard for convenient, confident carrying.

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During my two weeks review of the OtterBox Preserver for my iPhone 5, I was impressed with the quality and safety features of the Preserver phone case, giving me the assurance in case of accidental drop onto the ground or into water. The construction and manufacturing are so good that I have trouble opening up the OtterBox Preserver phone case because it is so tight!

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The OtterBox Preserver may not look fashionable or glamorous to some groups of people. However, if I am traveling or playing in the outdoors, or trekking with my photography gear in outdoors, I need a phone case that I can trust and rely on, against accidental drop onto the ground or into the water. The OtterBox Preserver fits the bill perfectly. 

Retailing at a price of $119, all cases are available at www.otterbox.asia or from selected local retailers. For all product details and technical specifications, visit www.otterbox.asia.

I would like to thank OtterBox and Ogilvy Public Relations for the opportunity to review the OtterBox Preserver iPhone 5 Phone Case!

** Information Courtesy of OtterBox and Ogilvy Public Relations **

Canon EOS 100D Review

The smallest and lightest DSLR in its category, the Canon EOS 100D is compact and lightweight yet it packs a punch in a class on its own. It was launched together with the Canon EOS 700D and Canon PowerShot N in Singapore in the earlier part of the year. I had a short hands-on with the Canon EOS 100D during the launch event and was impressed with its size and capabilities.

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I recently got the opportunity to review the Canon EOS 100D and it went along with me for a few exciting and fun adventures! The camera accompanied me to Singapore Biennale 2013 during the two weeks review period, along with photography action during the Anime Festival Asia 2013, street photography action during Singapore Heartlands Instawalk in the Clementi heartland, product shoot for the Peak Design Camera Clip version 2 and Otterbox smartphone covers! It is very small, lightweight and compact, making it easy to carry around and not feeling too tired out carrying it for a whole day.  The Canon EOS 100D, packaged with a small lens such as the 35mm f2 or the 40mm f2.8 pancake lens, it makes a pretty good DSLR camera for street photography (small and discreet).

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The Canon EOS 100D is not too difficult to use for seasoned photographers, while it may not be packed with the latest features inside it, the technical specifications and Digic 5 sensor makes it a pretty powerful DSLR camera for its size and stature. This is ideal for photographers who appreciate the qualities inside the Canon EOS 100D without the frills and additional features in more advanced DSLR models.

During a recent photography outing, I brought the Canon EOS 100D out and let my fellow photographer friends, Sue, Renhao and DK play with the camera and they were impressed with the small and compact DSLR.  I was amazed by how they managed to use the Canon EOS 100D to take self-portrait shots!

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Here are some quick and useful technical specifications for the Canon EOS 100D

EOS 100D specifications summary:

 Dimensions: 116.8 (w) x 90.7 (h) x 69.4 (d) mm

 Weight: 370g (body only)

 Image sensor: 18.0-megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor

 Image processor: DIGIC 5

 ISO speeds 100-12,800 (expandable to 25,600)

 AF system: 9-point, 1 centre cross-type AF point (viewfinder), Hybrid CMOS AF II (Live View)

 Continuous shooting speed: 4 fps

During my time with the Canon EOS 100D, what are my thoughts on the pros and cons of this DSLR camera? Here are my thoughts and views of the Canon EOS 100D

Pros

–       Lightweight and compact

–       Small body yet it is sturdy because of aluminum alloy and polycarbonate fibers

–       Ideal for street photography with a small lens e.g. 35mm f2, 40mm f2.8, 50mm f1.8

–       Ideal for travel photography

–       Hybrid CMOS AF II – pretty fast AF

–       Value for money

–       Great beginner DSLR camera for those who wish to have it hands on and learn photography “On the job” style

–       For semi-professional and professional photographers that appreciate a small and compact DSLR for a daily leisure use

–       Touchscreen

–       High ISO performance at 12,800

–       Digic 5 sensor

–       ISO button located near the shutter button allows for easy change

Cons

–       Small for people with big hands

–       No AF point display when viewing photo

–       May not be ideal with the big lenses, the balance and leverage is not there

–       Aperture button a bit small and it’s hard to feel and change the aperture while using the camera

–       Battery life is not as lasting

–       X-Sync 1/200

–       Fastest shutter speed 1/4000

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Which target market segments is the Canon EOS 100D suitable for?

Beginner / Entry Level

If a beginner / entry level person decides to enter DSLR photography and willing to learn from scratch and go full hands on just like “OJT- On The Job”, the Canon EOS 100D is ideal without having the additional features and guides packed inside the DSLR like the Canon 700D.

The Canon EOS 700D has more advanced features and guides inside the DSLR that a beginner photographer can learn along with it. If the beginner photographer would like to have more features and guides available inside the DSLR, I would recommend the Canon EOS 700D.

Semi-Professional / Professional

In the context of a semi-professional or a professional photographer, they are the ones they would most likely able to appreciate the small, lightweight, powerful and compact DSLR that gives them the leisure and fun without having to use/need the additional or professional features in their single digit (1DX, 5D Mark III, 6D, 7D) or double-digit series DSLRs (70D).

Canon EOS 700D vs Canon EOS 100D vs Canon EOS M

This is an interesting topic for debate and discussion! In my personal humble opinion, all 3 cameras can stand on their own rights and cater to a certain market segment. The Canon EOS 700D and Canon EOS 100D are more closely knitted since they are using SLR system while the Canon EOS M is in the mirror-less category.

If you like the DSLR system and how do you choose between the Canon EOS 700D and 100D? For those who prefer lightweight, compact and lesser frills, I would recommend the Canon EOS 100D.

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Pricing

Canon EOS 100D Body only – Retail Recommended Price is $799.

Canon EOS 100D Kit (EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM) – Retail Recommended Price is $999.

By the way, if you are looking to get a semi-professional or professional level DSLR, do check my reviews on the following Canon DSLR models!

–       Canon EOS 1DX

–       Canon EOS 5D Mark III

–       Canon EOS 6D

–       Canon EOS 70D 

The Canon EOS 100D may look small and demure, however, do not be deceived by her looks and size. She packs some pretty good technical specifications and capabilities inside her. The Canon EOS 100D is definitely a worthy consideration if you are looking for a DSLR for leisure and fun usage with a value for money price tag!

* I would like to thank Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations for the opportunity to review the Canon EOS 100D *


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Travel In Style with Alpha NEX-5T from Sony

Photographers and Travellers Alert! There is something interesting and exciting to share with you here! 

Sony is inviting those bitten by the travel bug to share their fun travel photos with others, and stand a chance to win the new pocket-sized  NEX-5T, the first interchangeable lens E-mount camera from Sony with NFC, making it the ideal accessory for those on holiday and wanting to share their shots instantly on their social networks.

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From 30 October 2013 onwards, consumers are welcomed to share their captured memories when abroad on the captureyourtravel.sony-asia.com microsite. Participants can submit their holiday shots to three categories, be it panoramic landscape shots of the sun rising over the horizon or posing with their best friend in the middle of Trafalgar Square are all welcomed. Ten photos will then be shortlisted per category with Sony choosing 3 winners for each category. The Grand prize winners will also receive US$ 1,000 in travel vouchers from Sony to fund their next dream destination.

The 16.1MP  NEX-5T has a large-sized APS-C sensor that produces beautifully detailed DSLR-quality images but without the bulky heft. Those going on solo vacations will also appreciate the camera’s 180° LCD screen, which is great for self-shots with an absolutely stunning scenery in the background. Image sharing is more convenient with NFC – with a single tap of your NFC-enabled smartphone or tablet against the camera, images can be shared wirelessly and easily when connected.

Members of the public and friends of the participants are also invited to vote for what they think are the best photos amongst those submitted while also submitting their photo captions in order to win the Action Cam HDR-AS30V. The “Capture Your Travel In Style” photo contest will run from 30 October to 11 December 2013. The winners will be announced on 19 December 2013. For more information on the contest, please visit the captureyourtravel.sony-asia.com microsite.

If you love photography and travel, this is something that you can go and participate in it! Travel and take more photographs! Here is my humble Travel Photography collection on Flickr!  I would love to travel around the world and take beautiful landscape photographs such as this gorgeous scenery taken from Makapu’u Point Trail in Oahu, Hawaii. Are you bitten by the travel and photography bug yet?

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* Information and Details Courtesy of Sony Singapore and Waggener Edstrom Worldwide *

Peak Design Capture Pro Camera Clip v2

Peak Design is a photography and outdoor adventure accessories designer/manufacturer. I first encountered them on Kickstarter in the year 2011 and backed their first product, Capture Pro Camera Clip v1. I was pretty impressed with their design and workmanship and it had been part of my photography accessories that I packed inside my camera bag when I am heading out for a shoot.

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The next product Peak Design launched was the Leash and Cuff, a multi-purpose leash and hand strap, ideal for use with various cameras and the Capture Pro Camera Clip. I backed this project on Kickstarter too, and got 2 sets, 1 for myself and 1 for my niece Charmaine, a budding photographer. The Leash can be a camera strap, side sling or safety belt for the camera!

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While there are many established big photography brands and accessories available in the market, I am impressed with Peak Design photography accessories that are available in the market, their workmanship, versatility and quality when I received my Capture Pro Camera Clip v1 and the Leash and Cuff. I had plans to write and share about my experiences with them and I am ashamed to say that my sharing was delayed for a long time!

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A few months ago, Peak Design launched their third product, the Capture Pro Camera Clip v2 on Kickstarter and I went ahead to back their project too! Looking at their Kickstarter page for the Capture Pro Camera Clip v2, it was a huge success from the number of backers. I recently received the Capture Pro Camera Clip v2 and it was really impressive in terms of their newer design, added features and workmanship. It’s really a great quality photography accessory! Take a look at the photographs that I took with the Capture Pro Camera Clip v1 and v2 together, and you can see the improvements! The packaging for Capture Pro Camera Clip v2 is nice, well thought about in its presentation and packaging.

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Till date, I have backed 3 of their projects by Peak Design and you can trust them to design and manufacture great quality photography accessories! For more information on Peak Design and how you can purchase them, here are the links that you can find them –

–       Peak Design website

–       Peak Design Facebook Page

–       Peak Design on Twitter

–       Peak Design on Instagram


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