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Hong Kong Great November Feast

Food and travel lovers, there is an exciting feast festival taking place in Hong Kong during the month of November. There are many exciting and delicious food events that would make you eager and excited! All the delicious food are making me hungry and I would love to visit Hong Kong soon!

I would like to share more information and details about the Hong Kong Great November Feast taking place in Hong Kong, a month long packed festival, promotions and events featuring some of the best food and drinks that Hong Kong has to offer.

Crabalicious, a month-long celebration of the crustaceous creature. Participating restaurants like Michelin-starred restaurants Akrame, Ye Shanghai and more will offer a crab-based set menu during the whole of November. The seasonal hairy crab will also be making an appearance on some of the menus.

Sparkling Sunset @ Harbour City, a wine- and crab-pairing package offered between 5-8pm Thursdays and Fridays, and 3-8pm on weekends from 26 October – 12 November at the new Ocean Terminal Deck. For HK $100, customers can enjoy  a “Sparkle and Shine” party set that entitles them to three glasses of sparkling wine paired with three crab snacks, all while admiring the glorious sunset.

Lan Kwai Fong Carnival, a lively annual outdoor bash hosted in one of Hong Kong’s most bustling party districts. This year, the theme is Japanese, meaning everything will have a touch of Nipponese influence. Set aside 11-12 November for the two-day affair, which promises to be the largest street party in Hong Kong.

Great Wines of the World 2017, an international wine exhibition in collaboration with wine critic James Suckling. Held at the Four Seasons Hotel this 3 November, the ticketed event will feature high-ranking wines from China, Argentina, Thailand, France and more.

The Great November Feast will be opened by the annual Wine & Dine Festival on 26-29 October. This year, the festival is bigger and better than all previous editions, with 400-plus booths touting delicacies from Hong Kong and across the globe.

HONG KONG – OCTOBER 22: Guests attend the CCB (Asia) Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival in Central district on October 22, 2015 in Hong Kong, China. Hong Kong holds the CCB (Asia) Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival featuring over 300 booths from over 20 countries. (Photo by Jerome Favre/Getty Images for Hong Kong Images)

There’s the FeedMe lane featuring dishes by some of the city’s trendiest restaurants, including Bo Innovation, Chili Fagara and Lai Bun Fu. Then there’s the Robert Parker Wine Advocate Pavilionhighlighting off-the-beaten-path wines from around the world. Meanwhile, The Concept Store will be a hit for style-conscious customers keen to get their hands on the designers’ kitchen gadget. And that’s just a small glimpse into the Festival!

For more event information, please visit http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/see-do/events-festivals/highlight-events/great-november-feast.jsp

* Information and pictures courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board and Media OutReach *

Celebration of Photography Exhibition by ION Art and Leica Galerie Singapore

ION Orchard is celebrating their 8th Anniversary this year and in conjunction with this celebration, ION Art is proud to present Celebration of Photography Exhibition, in partnership with Leica Galerie Singapore. This is the fourth edition of the annual ION Art Photography Series and I remembered visiting ION Art for a photography exhibitio by fellow photographer friend, Aik Beng Chia.

For this particular Celebration of Photography Exhibition, they will feature eight collections of photography works by eight oustanding and talented Singapore-based photographers, each of them specialist in their own photography fields and genres. During the media session on the morning of Friday 6th October 2017, I had a short tour of this amazing Celebration of Photography Exhibition with a short sharing and presentation by each photographer, on their themes, thoughts and synposis behind their photography works on display.

From photography genres, portrait, architecture, lifestyle, travel, documentary, sports and street photography, visitors can view the various photography works by the eight Singapore-based photographers, from all walks of life. When I walked through the various photography works on display, they were more than just excellent and amazing, they each tell a story behind the photograph, through the unique and special vision of each photographer.

Being a photographer myself, taking on both commercial photography work as a small business and personal photography, each and every of the eight photographers works resonates something with me, in my heart, mind and soul. Viewing photography exhibitions of such high standards and quality, does give me the encouragement to rekindle my passion for my personal photography projects when commercial photography takes a huge part away from it. This photography exhibition was also an excellent opportunity to view the quality of Leica cameras and lenses, shot entirely from the legendary Leica M series, professional systems such as the Leica S and SL, to versatile and compact cameras such as the Leica Q, TL2 and Sofort.

Now, let me introduce to you the eight photographer featured in this exhibition:

KC Eng

Laxmi Kaul

Andrew Lum

Francisco Marin

Justin Ong

Eric Sawitoski

Marc Tan

Yuey Tan & Claire Jedrek

No matter which level of photography you are at, or you are a fan of the photography, arts and creative field, do drop by and visit Celebration of Photography Exhibition by ION Art and Leica Galerie Singapore.

Celebration of Photography Exhibition by ION Art and Leica Galerie Singapore

Venue: ION Art Gallery, ION Orchard Level 4

Date:7th to 15th October 2017

Opening hours: 10am to 10pm daily

Photography Talks

Venue: ION Art Gallery, ION Orchard Level 4

Saturday 7th October 2017

  • Justin Ong – 10.30am to 12.00pm
  • KC Eng – 2.00pm to 3.30pm
  • Andrew Lum – 4.00pm to 5.30pm

Saturday 14th October 2017

  • Francisco Marin – 10.30am to 12.00pm
  • Laxmi Kaul – 2.00pm to 3.30pm
  • Eric Sawitoski – 4.00 to 5.00pm

Notes:

Admission to the photography talks is complimentary and it is limited to 40 people per session. Visitors can register via

OPPO R11 Dual Lens Smartphone Review

The OPPO R11 was launched not long ago in July 2017, their current flagship model in their line up. At their launch event, I did manage to get hold of the OPPO R11 for a very short time and tried it out.

Once a review unit was made available, I had the OPPO R11 for two weeks to test it out, putting their dual lens smartphone camera to the test. Their ColorOS 3.1 based on Android 7.1, is easy to use, it has a friendly user interface and it is quite similar to the Apple iOS layout. Overall, smartphone users who decide to choose the OPPO R11 smartphone should be able to adapt pretty quickly.

Before I proceed to write and share on the dual lens smartphone camera review, let me refresh on the OPPO R11 technical specifications

OPPO R11 Technical Specifications and Information

Dimensions/Weight

  • Size: 154.5×74.8×6.8mm
  • Weight: 50g (with BATT)

Basic Parameters

  • Colour: Gold, Black
  • Operating System: ColorOS 3.1, Android 7.1
  • Processor: Qualcomm SDM 660, Octa-core (4 x2.2GHz, 4 x1.9GHz)
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Storage: 64 GB (Support microSD card up to 256GB)
  • Battery: 3000mAh (Typical Value) Li-Po Battery (unremovable)
  • Charger: VOOC Flash Charge mini

Display

  • Size: 5.5”
  • Type: AMOLED (PPI 401)
  • Resolution: FHD (1920 by 1080 pixels)
  • Colors: 16 million colors
  • Touchscreen: Multi-touch, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5

Camera

  • Rear Camera: 16M (f/1.7) + 20M (f/2.6)
  • Rear Sensor: IMX398 + IMX376
  • Front Camera: 20M (f/2.0)
  • Flash: Supported

Connectivity

  • GPS: Supported
  • Bluetooth: 4.2 LE
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • NFC: No
  • OTG: Supported
  • Sensors: E-compass, G-sensor, Gyro-meter, Light and Proximity Sensor

Inside the OPPO R11 dual lens smartphone camera, here are the list of capabilities that you can find and use. Although it is not as packed in features compared to some of the other smartphone models in the market, they still have a pretty good list of features packed inside them. Let me bring you through the features packed inside the OPPO R11 dual lens camera smartphone:

Modes

  • Time-lapse
  • Video
  • Photo
  • Portrait (with Depth Effect)
  • Pano
  • Expert

Photo mode

  • Standard , Square , Full Screen
  • Watermark – 8 types
  • Filters – Aesthetic , Instant , Fantasy , Sweet , Sunlight , Transfer , Fresh , Mono
  • HDR – On , Off , Auto
  • Flash – Off , On , Auto , Fill Light

Portrait

  • Timer – Off , 3s , 10s , Tap

Video mode

  • 720p , 1080p, 4K
  • 10s short video
  • Light on / off
  • Filters – Aesthetic , Instant , Fantasy , Sweet , Sunlight , Transfer , Fresh , Mono

Expert mode

  • WB – Auto , Incandecent , Daylight , Fluroescent , Cloudy , Shade , Twillight , Candelight
  • EV from -3 to +3
  • ISO – Auto , 100 , 200, 400 , 800 , 1600
  • Shutter – Auto, 1s , 2s , 4s, 8s, 16s
  • Focus – Auto , Manual (able to adjust Near to Far)
  • Timer – 3s , 10s
  • Horizontal Level
  • Ultra HD
  • Zoom – 1x to 10x
  • 2 lenses (20MP and 16MP)

What are some of my thoughts, views, notes and observations during my review on the OPPO R11 dual lens smartphone camera review? Let me bring you through my experiences with the OPPO R11 dual lens camera smartphone, the photographs that I took with it and videos on my YouTube channel.

Observations, Notes and Views

  • In expert mode, you can zoom in from 1x to 10x, this is a very interesting and very useful feature to have. With the high megapixels, this allows the camera to push up to 10x, although I personally won’t use up to 10x zoom.
  • There are two lenses that you can use in expert mode, they are the 16M (f/1.7) + 20M (f/2.6).
  • In video mode, they have a feature to record 10s short video, this would come in handy for social media usage.
  • 4K video output is good when viewed on my laptop
  • Sharp and clear photographs
  • At high ISO, the noise level is visible and photographs can be grainy (a challenge for all smartphones in my personal opinion)
  • In expert mode, users can’t shoot in mono filter
  • Monochrome photos straight out from OPPO R11 is a mix of hit and miss for me, sometimes I like the final photo, sometimes I don’t.

The OPPO R11 dual lens camera smartphone may not seem to be packed with that many features that you can see in some other smartphone models in the market, that does not mean that they are not as good. From my review and experiences, the OPPO R11 does have some strong features that stand out during the time when I was reviewing it.

The portrait feature, coupled with the high megapixels sensors in the OPPO R11, making it one of their strong features and key selling point. This would be most welcomed by those who love to take portraits or have their portraits being taken.

Overall, the OPPO R11 dual lens camera smartphone may not have the features that professional photographers / serious photography enthusiasts desire, nevertheless, they are still able to produce pretty nice and good quality photos from the OPPO R11 especially for those who love portraits and selfies. The 4K video quality output is good, another feature that I like, from the OPPO R11 dual lens camera smartphone.

I woud like to thank OPPO Singapore and MSL Group for the opportunity to review the OPPO R11 dual lens camera smartphone.


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Happy Mid-Autumn Festival 2017!

A festival that always attracts the whole family with children, for a fun time of family gathering and fun together. Mid-Autumn Festival has always been an important festival for the Chinese community around the world, an occasion for celebration on the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, which is today, 4th October 2017.

On the weekend 30th September and 1st October 2017, I visited Wan Qing Yuan, Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall for an evening of Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 Celebrations (秋月明夜亮晚晴). There were a number of fun activities organised for the weekend, great for families and children, do check out some of their photographs uploaded on their Facebook Page.

I visited 晚晴园 on 30th October for Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 celebrations. It was great to see families with children coming down for family bonding time and having fun together. The lanterns were a big attraction for the children and also for the parents too, they are childhood memories for the adults too! With the outdoor booths around the lawn area, fun activities and food for the visitors, beside visiting the museum and other activities taking place inside Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall.

The evening concert was great; the LED Dragon Dance got everybody excited as they moved around the crowds, getting up close and personal with them. That was followed by live music performances on the stage, entertaining and captivating the visitors celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 at 晚晴园, some of the memorable scenes for me were the cute and enthusiastic young children sitting right in front of the stage, watching, cheering and recording videos of the live music performances on stage, spreading great joy and love to the different performers. Let me share some of my memories from Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival 2017!

Today is Mid-Autmn Festival 2017! Wishing everybody a Happy Mid-Autumn Festival 2017! Have a great time of fun and bonding with your family during this festival!

祝大家中秋快乐!


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Ballantine’s launched 15 years old Single Malt Series

Scotch whisky lovers alert! Ballantine’s, one of the world’s renowned Scotch whisky, recently launched their first ever 15 years old single malt series. For those who have been following my articles here on my portal/blog and my Instagram, you would have seen my whisky drinking adventures with Nikka, Balvenie and Ballantine’s, as well as my family secret collection of whisky over the past few decades.

A recent news release by Media Outreach got my attention, Ballantine’s launched their first ever 15 years old single malt series in Taipei, Taiwan. From the press release, I also learned that Taiwan is the 4th largest whisky market by value and the most vibrant Single Malt market in the world. With this factor, Taiwan is the first country  to officially launch the Ballantine’s Single Malt Series.

I am going to share more information provided by them on their first ever 15 years old single malt series Scotch whisky.  I hope to have the opportunity to taste them here in Singapore and I would love to visit whisky distilleries in Scotland when the opportunity arises.

Let me share the key information and details of Ballantine’s first ever 15 years old single malt series:

For the first time in its 190-year history, Ballantine’s has unveiled three outstanding 15 years old Single Malts, each unique in flavour and from three of its signature distilleries: Glenburgie, Miltonduff and Glentauchers.

This innovative move sees Ballantine’s look to meet the growing demand for Single Malts and allow a new generation of discerning drinkers to discover the unique flavours of three of the signature malts from the heart of Ballantine’s.

Fusing the traditional and the modern, each Single Malt celebrates nearly two centuries of heritage and tradition in the beautiful and historic Speyside region of Scotland — whilst showcasing founder George Ballantine’s need to do things differently.    The packaging itself is an outward expression of this fusion, taking inspiration from Scotland, the home of the brand and showcasing the natural stone of each of its distilleries.

Sandy Hyslop, the fifth Master Blender for Ballantine’s, worked with his talented team to craft the first ever Single Malt Series, he comments: “This is a truly exciting time for Ballantine’s. Since 1827, Ballantine’s has been creating award-winning whiskies, and the Single Malt series is a bold expression of both Ballantine’s heritage and sense of innovation within the world of whisky.

“Each of these 15 years old Single Malts has been made with the same craft, care and authenticity that goes into every bottle of Ballantine’s, whilst pushing the boundaries of what is currently on the market today. I am certain that whisky drinkers, connoisseurs and collectors alike will enjoy these new whiskies.”

The Glenburgie Single Malt

  • Nose: Perfectly balanced with aromas of sweet soft red apples and blackcurrant. Allied with this is wonderful honeycomb candy sweetness.
  • Taste: Full and creamy with a velvety smooth texture (honey). This whisky is bursting with fruity sweet orange flavours.
  • Finish: Very long, sweet and round.

The Miltonduff Single Malt

  • Nose: Rich fruity and sweet. Flavours of peaches in syrup, juicy sweet orange and creamy soft toffee with a hint of toasted almonds.
  • Taste: Sweet scented floral flavours. Extremely smooth with milk chocolate flavours and hints of cinnamon spice, cloves and liquorice root in the background.
  • Finish: Very long, warm and sweet.

The Glentauchers Single Malt

  • Nose: Bursting with sweet citrus fruit flavours (tangerine and sweet clementine) with hazelnut notes and a hint of delicate floral heather coming through the background.
  • Taste: Coats the mouth with smooth, soft berry flavours of raspberry and blackcurrant, combined with a tantalising taster of barley sugar sweets.
  • Finish: Incredibly long and luscious.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Ballantine’s and Media Outreach *

Canon PhotoMarathon XV Singapore – 23rd September 2017

An annual photography competition in Singapore, a fun, interesting and exciting event for photography enthusiasts to gather with their fellow photographer friends and family members, to compete and pit their photography skills and creativity, completing the photography theme in the allocated time frame and submitting their selected photograph for the photography competition. This is Canon PhotoMarathon Singapore, in year 2017, this is the 15th year that they have organised for the photography community in Singapore.

Now in its 15th year, the Canon PhotoMarathon has spread her presence to other parts of Asia, with parallel competitions taking place in countries such as Brunei, Cambodia, China Mainland, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam!

On a personal note, Canon PhotoMarathon 2017 Singapore is my 7th year (out of 15 years) participating (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017) in this photography competition. It had always been interesting, challenging and tiring for me participating in it, pushing myself and my photography skills, knowledge and experiences, under pressure and time limits over all those years. Even though, I haven’t won any of the competitions, I always had fun and enjoyment, chatting with photographer friends, in some ways, it was a gathering and catch up with some of my photographer friends!

What were the three themes for Canon PhotoMarathon 2017? Here are the themes-

Theme 1 : Tilt

Theme 2 : Celebration

Theme 3 : Mysterious

From my personal experiences over the years participating in Canon PhotoMarathon, when the themes look/seem “easy”, that only means it can be pretty wide open to each photographer’s interpretation and ideas, or it can also mean that the theme might be a bit narrow and somehow a bit tricky. This is something unique, that makes Canon PhotoMarathon special, fun and challenging for an intense one day of photography competition under time limits and pressure.

Here are my submissions for the Canon PhotoMarathon 2017 Singapore. Reflecting back on my submissions:

Theme 1 : Tilt

Theme 2 : Celebration

Theme 3 : Mysterious

I was a bit stuck for theme 2, thus that photograph was a bit more of an abstract style. Nevertheless, I am glad to push myself in a relaxed manner during the competition. The beauty of photography is that of each one of us have our own personal interpretation, conceptualisation and composition. This is also a time for me to reflect on the photographs that I took during the competition, how I can improve on them and learn from my experiences. Learning in photography never stops, no matter what level of photography you are in, whether amateur, serious enthusiast, freelance or professional.

In the 15th edition of Canon PhotoMarathon 2017 Singapore, the organisers gave out a finisher medal and certificate of participation for participants that completed all three themes! Kudos to the Canon PhotoMarathon 2017 Singapore organising committee for making the 15th edition special and fun!

Although I haven’t won anything prizes from the years that I had participated in Canon PhotoMarathon, I hope that my through my sharing of my stories and experiences over the years would help future Canon PhotoMarathon participants from Singapore, other parts of Southeast Asia and Asia in one small way or another!

Do take a look at the winning photographs of Canon PhotoMarathon 2017 Singapore below!

BEST OF SHOW – STUDENT

Luong Ngoc Thanh Thao, LASALLE COLLEGE OF ARTS

BEST OF SHOW – OPEN

Jirawat Saiwuttinon

TEAM CATEGORY WINNER

GYMN

SCHOOL CHALLENGE WINNER

Singapore Polytechnic

THEME 1 : TILT

STUDENT CATEGORY

1ST Dex Ngiam Chao Yi, EDGEFIELD SECONDARY SCHOOL

2ND Luong Ngoc Thanh Thao, LASALLE COLLEGE OF ARTS

3RD Oliver Koh Qi Yang, ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOL (BARKER ROAD)

OPEN CATEGORY

1ST Jirawat Saiwuttinon

2ND Prashanth Motilal Naik

3RD Goh Si Hui

THEME 2: CELEBRATION

STUDENT CATEGORY

1ST Heng Xian Jing, SINGAPORE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN

2ND Tran Nguyen, SP JAIN SCHOOL OF GLOBAL MANAGEMENT

3RD Shannon Lee Xin Ying, ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOL (INDEPENDENT)

OPEN CATEGORY

1ST Chew Kay Ching Edmund

2ND Wong Chek Poh

3RD Ang Cheng Hoe

CANON CHALLENGE WINNER

Koh Zhi Kai

THEME 3: MYSTERIOUS

STUDENT CATEGORY

1ST Miko Pang Yun Xuan, SINGAPORE POLYTECHNIC

2ND Goh Bei Jun, SINGAPORE POLYTECHNIC

3RD Yasmin Bte Selamat, RIVERSIDE SECONDARY SCHOOL

OPEN CATEGORY

1ST Lersom Loungpon

2ND Ong Kun Fong

3RD Chiang Yeou Chyi

* Canon PhotoMarathon 2017 winning photographs courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *

Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017

The time of the year, the Mid-Autumn Festival season in Singapore would start today on the 23rd September 2017, for a month long celebration to 19th October 2017. Many beautiful lanterns, over 1,000 beautiful, handcrafted lanterns will light up the streets of Chinatown each evening, a very beautiful, bright and colourful grand display of lights and colours, a popular annual event that attracts both the locals and overseas visitors as well.

The theme for Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival (牛车水庆中秋) 2017 is “Celebrations of our Traditions 《传统新意庆中秋,同心共乐贺团圆》”, emphasizing on family togetherness along with the return of traditional cellophane lanterns, the inspiration for this year’s Street Light-Up.

Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 is organised by the Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee (KA-KS CCC) and supported by the Singapore Tourism Board. Mdm Halimah Yacob, President of the Republic of Singapore, is the Guest-of-Honour for the Official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony (开幕典礼与亮灯仪式) on Saturday 23rd September 2017. From my previous experiences watching the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival opening ceremony from the side lines, the opening ceremony performances have always been spectacular and lively!

Visiting Chinatown for Mid-Autumn Festival 2017, observe the lanterns! Do you remember the lanterns shaped like dragons, rabbits, roosters and rabbits made of cellophane paper hung over bamboo strips or wire frames? More than 1,000 lanterns along Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road and South Bridge Road. They are all handcrafted by expert craftsmen from China, designed in collaboration with students from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), inspired by the traditional cellophane paper lanterns popular in Singapore during the 1960s to 1980s, a reminiscent of the colourful cellophane paper lanterns from the 60s to 80s era.

When you visit Chinatown in Singapore, you can’t miss the Mid-Autumn Festival lanterns on display, the lanterns are always well liked and received by both locals and overseas visitors. You can’t miss this big centrepiece lantern on display at Chinatown Mid Autumn Festival 2017! Measuring 12m tall by 10m wide, decorated with about 60 animal lanterns, located at the junction of Eu Tong Sen Street and Upper Cross Street. Keep a lookout for the large-scale lantern display sets of families representing Singapore’s multicultural community on the centre divider between Eu Tong Sen Street and South Bridge Road.

There are many activities and events taking place during Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 till 19th October:

Family togetherness celebrated at inaugural Mid-Autumn Family Fest @ Chinatown

A new event this year is the Mid-Autumn Family Fest @ Chinatown (中秋 @ on 24 September 2017where families and friends can take part in a morning of traditional activities associated with the festival. Held at the Kreta Ayer Community Club, there will be various hands-on activities, such as mooncake-making, tea appreciation, calligraphy writing and lantern painting.

Activities and Events taking place during Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017

Starting from 20 September, local and overseas visitors can look forward to finding a wide array of festive must-haves and treats from mooncakes and tea to preserved fruits and decorative ornaments at the annual Festive Street Bazaar (中秋街市集).

For the arts-inclined, the Nightly Stage Shows (中秋综艺晚会) at Kreta Ayer Square will fill the evening air with song and dance performances by local and overseas troupes and entertainers that will amplify the celebratory mood during the festival.

The Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 will draw to a close with the Mass Lantern Walk (中秋大型游灯会) on 1 October, where up to 5,000 people are expected to come together to mark the Mid-Autumn Festival under a moonlit night, topped with entertaining performances by local clan associations, overseas performing groups and dragon dance troupes.

More info on the event highlights for the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 can be found in the Annex.

For more information, please visit us at:

Website:              www.chinatownfestivals.sg

Facebook:           https://www.facebook.com/chinatown.festivals

Witness to War: Remembering 1942

A new World War Two exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the fall of Singapore. When I heard of this upcoming exhibition, my first initial reaction, “Another World War Two exhibition? How different is this from the rest of the other exhibitions?” I wasn’t too sure and I am a bit skeptical on what this exhibition Witness to War: Remembering 1942 is going to showcase to the public.

As I entered into this exhibition for a sneak preview with the curators, prior to her official opening to the public. I knew this was going to be something different and special, it’s not your usual World War Two exhibition. Let me bring you through my experiential journey through my photos and story.

First and foremost, it’s indeed like an international exhibition blockbuster, with more than 130 artefacts from 10 overseas museums and institutions, some never-before-seen artefacts and untold real life stories and accounts of the fall of Singapore.

Catch some old vintage films first

At the beginning of the exhibtion, you would be greeted by different vintage films montage, showing key international events from 1914 to the late 1930s. Observe carefully and you can spot Singapore landscapes and sceneries inside some of the vintage films! The films montage does take your attention span and you might be glued to the big tv projector screens!

Walking down, entering into the central area of the exhibition galleries, you would be to view many artfacts on display, some are really big and you can’t miss them, some are small, don’t go too fast. While I am unable to write and share on every artefact on display, I would highlight and share on artefacts that personally stood out for me. Please visit my photograph album for this exhibition inside my Flickr collection.

New gems and rediscover cherished classics from National Collection

25-Pounder Field Gun

Japanese Army Bungle

Enfield No. 2 Mk. 1 revolver

World class artefacts from 10 overseas museums and institutions

Steel sword (katana) of Lieutanant General Tomoyuki Yamashita

Union Jack Flag

4 pods, 4 themes

Every pod has stories, real life stories from survivors. Visit the pods, sit down, watch and listen, feel, ponder and reflect.

I – Destruction

II – Displacement

III – Love & Loss

IIII – Fortitude

5 stations for children engagement, learning, participation and interaction

Experiential learning is one of the best ways in my personal opinion to learn, especially for young children. There are 5 stations inside the exhibition that the young children are able to engage, learn, participate and interact within and from the exhibition itself.

Student Archivist Project

In this exhibition, visitors can view the works of the next generation of storytellers, the students involvement in this exhibition making process, through their help in recording, preserving and sharing of the war survivors’ experiences. This is an excellent and most meaningful involement, to connect and bridge the different generations together, through inter-generational dialogue and bonding.

 

Sit down, reflect, leave a mark behind with your thoughts and feelings

At the end of the exhibition, I sat down and reflected on the latest exhibition to be held at the National Museum of Singapore. This wasn’t just another World War Two exhibition that I thought it would be, it’s something really different, something special and unique, the real life stories, heartwarming and heartwrenching at times, the interactions, engagements. There are some things that tugged the heart strings that made it very different and special from the other World War Two exhibitions. The exhibition has the engagements and interactions, ideal for parents to bring their children down to visit and learn more about the war that took place in Singapore, the history, the stories of our survivors. Let’s not take our peace, stability and security of Singapore for granted.

My own personal thoughts and feelings

At the nice table located at the end of the exhibition, sitted on the nice softa, I looked at the small piece of paper for me to pen down my thoughts and feelings of the whole exhibition, the stories from the World War Two survivors. Somehow or another, I couldn’t and I didn’t manage to write it down. I am going to return back to this exhibition again, tour it one more time slowly, observe and learn more about our World War Two history that never see, hear and feel before in other World War Two exhibitions. Of course, I am going to pen it down my thoughts and feelings, and drop into the letter box at the side of the table, for the survivors who shared their remarkable stories with us in this exhibition.

My initial skepticism of this World War Two exhibition had totally changed, this is not just another World War Two exhibition. The experiences, the stories and interactions with and inside the exhibiton make it special and unique. Only when you are there, you will be able to enter into this experiential journey to understand and learn more about the Witness to War: Remembering 1942.

Lest We Forget.

Exhibition details

Location: National Museum of Singapore Exhibition Galleries, Basement Level

Period: 23rd September 2017 to 25th March 2018

Opening hours: 10am to 7pm (last admission at 6.30pm)

Free admission for Citizens, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below

If you do visit this exhibition, share your experiences, chronicle it on social media via the hashtag #remembering1942.


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Huawei P10 Plus Dual Lens Camera Review

The Huawei P10 Plus was recently launched in April 2017 for the Singapore market. I was excited to read about the launch of the new Huawei P10 and P10 Plus since I am an existing Huawei P9 user, having done a review last year, I was very impressed with the mobile phone photography quality produced by the Huawei P9 during my review that I went on to get a Huawei P9 smartphone for my own usage.

During the Huawei P10 Plus review period, I had some priceless moments and a great time testing this dual lens smartphone. My 5,000th instagram shot was a double rainbow over the skyline of Marina Bay Sands at Marina Bay Singapore using the Huawei P10 Plus! The other was producing an impromptu video for my friend’s new food outlet – Keith Crackling Roast, shot in 4K video with the Huawei P10 Plus. He’s a Huawei Mate 9 user, thanks to my persuasion and conversion after letting him try out my Huawei P9 smartphone!

The Huawei P10 Plus dual lens camera setup is an improvement from the highly successful Huawei P9 series that set the stage for the dual lens camera smartphone in the Huawei smartphone family. In the later paragraphs, readers can view the number of different functions and capabilities packed inside the Huawei P10 Plus dual lens camera smartphone. On the Huawei P10 Plus, you can find the Leica Summilux-H 1:1.8/27 ASPH lenses driving it, resulting in one of the best dual lens camera smartphone in the market (in my personal humble opinion).

Dual lens camera technical specifications

Main Camera

  • 20 MP Monochrome + 12 MP RGB, F1.8
  • OIS (Optical Image Stablization)
  • Dual-tone Flash
  • PDAF + CAF + Laser + Depth Auto Focus
  • 2x Hybrid Zoom
  • 4K Video Recording

Front Camera

  • 8 MP AF, F1.9

Modes

  • Photo
  • Monochrome
  • Video
  • HDR
  • Panorama
  • Night Shot
  • Light Painting
  • Time-lapse
  • Slow-mo
  • Watermark
  • Audio Note
  • Document scan
  • Good food

Photo Mode

  • Wide aperture
  • Portrait mode with artistic bokeh and beauty level
  • Colours: Standard, Vivid and Smooth
  • Touch & hold shutter icon – burst shot
  • Capture smiles: take photos automatically when smiles are detected
  • Assistive Grid: Fibonacci spiral (left), Fibonacci Spiral (right), Phi grid, Grid, off
  • Resolution: 20M 5120×3840 (4:3), 12M 3968×2976 (4:3), 9M 3968×2240 (16:9), 9M 2976×2976 (1:1), 8M 3264×2448 (4:3), 6M 3264×1840 (16:9)

Photo Mode (Pro)

  • RAW + JPEG
  • No burst shot
  • No capture smiles
  • Can adjust ISO, Shutter, EV, AF, WB, Metering
  • Assistive Grid: Fibonacci spiral (left), Fibonacci Spiral (right), Phi grid, Grid, off
  • Horizontal Level
  • Resolution: 20M 5120×3840 (4:3), 12M 3968×2976 (4:3), 9M 3968×2240 (16:9), 9M 2976×2976 (1:1), 8M 3264×2448 (4:3), 6M 3264×1840 (16:9)

Monochrome Mode

  • Wide aperture
  • Portrait mode with artistic bokeh and beauty level
  • Colours: Standard, Vivid and Smooth
  • Touch & hold shutter icon – burst shot
  • Capture smiles: take photos automatically when smiles are detected
  • Assistive Grid: Fibonacci spiral (left), Fibonacci Spiral (right), Phi grid, Grid, off
  • Resolution: 20M 5120×3840 (4:3), 12M 3968×2976 (4:3), 9M 3968×2240 (16:9), 9M 2976×2976 (1:1), 8M 3264×2448 (4:3), 6M 3264×1840 (16:9)

Monochrome Mode (Pro)

  • No burst shot
  • No capture smiles
  • Can adjust ISO, Shutter, EV, AF, WB, Metering
  • Assistive Grid: Fibonacci spiral (left), Fibonacci Spiral (right), Phi grid, Grid, off
  • Horizontal Level
  • Resolution: 20M 5120×3840 (4:3), 12M 3968×2976 (4:3), 9M 3968×2240 (16:9), 9M 2976×2976 (1:1), 8M 3264×2448 (4:3), 6M 3264×1840 (16:9)

Video Mode

  • Wide aperture mode
  • Beauty mode
  • Resolution: UHD 4K (16:9 stereo), FHD 1080p (16:9 stereo at 60fps), FHD 1080p (16:9 stereo), HD 720p (16:9 stereo), VGA 640×480 (4:3), QVGA 320×240 (4:3) and MMS (176×144)

Video Mode (Pro)

  • Can adjust EV, AF, WB, Metering
  • Wide aperture mode
  • Beauty mode
  • Resolution: UHD 4K (16:9 stereo), FHD 1080p (16:9 stereo at 60fps), FHD 1080p (16:9 stereo), HD 720p (16:9 stereo), VGA 640×480 (4:3), QVGA 320×240 (4:3) and MMS (176×144)

Light Painting Mode

  • Tail Light Trails
  • Light Graffiti
  • Silky Water
  • Star Track

Night Shot Mode:

  • ISO: Auto or manual from ISO100 – 1600
  • Shutter: Auto or manual from (1/4s – 32s)

Time Lapse Mode

  • HD 720p

Slow-mo Mode

  • FHD 1080p (16:9 stereo 120fps) and FHD 720p (16:9 stereo 120fps)

Huawei P10 Plus versus Samsung Galaxy S8+

In my earlier introductory article when I started with the Huawei P10 Plus review journey, I also have the Samsung Galaxy S8+ together with the Huawei P10 Plus to observe and compare the differences between them.

Pro mode comparisons

Panorama comparisons

Samsung Galaxy S8+
Huawei P10 Plus

4K video comparisons on YouTube

During my review period using the Huawei P10 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S8+, I observed and compared both smartphones on their strengths and weakeness through the photographs and camera user interface.

Some key observations between them are

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ can do 360 panorama while Huawei P10 Plus is unable to do it, some users like 360 panorama, some users don’t.
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ handles the shadows better than the Huawei P10 Plus (for photographs shot straight out from their respective cameras)
  • Huawei P10 Plus photos are more authentic and accurate than the Samsung Galaxy S8+
  • Huawei P10 Plus camera app user interface has more functions and capabilities (it might seem more complex for some users however, photographers would like it) than the Samsung Galaxy S8+ camera app
  • Both smartphones are able to produce 4K videos, I produced 2 simple test shot videos shot by the Huawei P10 Plus and Samsung S8+. First and foremost, I have to declare that I am not an expert nor trained in videography and I am still learning the basics of videography. From my two simple sample shot videos, my humble and personal view is that they are quite close to each other in terms of 4K performance and output.

In my earlier introductory article titled “Journey with me along with the Huawei P10 Plus”, I shared my thoughts and views on Huawei P10 Plus versus Samsung S8+. At the end of my review stint, writing this review, my thoughts and views on them were further reinforced through my observations and comparisons between them.

My views are that while Huawei P10 Plus and Samsung S8+ are both very good smartphones in the market. From my review, observations and analysis, the Huawei P10 Plus has stronger camera capabilities and functions over the Samsung S8+, moreover, the authencity and accuracy of the Huawei P10 Plus suits me perfectly, the photographer that I am.

What are some of the key aspects/capabilities/observations from the Huawei P10 Plus dual lens smartphone that stands out for me?

1) Low light photography with Summilux-H 1:1.8/27 ASPH : With a f/1.8 lens, this allows a lot more light to enter thus making it easier for low light/night photography with the Huawei P10 Plus.

2) Sharp and detailed photographs produced with the Summilux-H 1:1.8/27 ASPH: Since I am currently using the Huawei P9, therefore I know first hand on the sharpness and details of the photos produced by the Huawei P series. The Huawei P10 Plus is able to produce sharper and more detailed photos.

3) Monochrome photography: One of the key aspects of the Huawei P10 Plus camera, when I first experienced it with the Huawei P9, I was already blown away by their monochrome photography capabilities.

On the genre of monochrome photography, photographers have different “tastes, preferences, expectations and appreciation” on the blacks, shadows, highlights, contrasts of monochrome photography. Therefore, let me invite you to view my dedicated photo album on monochrome photography shot with the Huawei P10 Plus.

Personally, the Huawei P10 Plus is the perfect smartphone camera for monochrome street photography.

4) High ISO performance: From my observations, the Huawei P10 Plus is able to handle high ISO better than other smartphones available in the market.

5) 4K video: Huawei uses the newer H.265 codec, it creates some challenges for computers/websites that are using the slightly older H.264 codec. In time to come, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue when the market adopts the H.265 codec altogther.

Final thoughts, views and opinions on the Huawei P10 Plus

After finishing reviewing the Huawei P10 Plus and returning it back to the public relations agency. I felt something was missing after returning back to my Huawei P9, it’s still an excellent smartphone and still in good working condition. The quality and improvements of the Huawei P10 Plus are excellent and in my personal opinion, a great upgrade and improvements over the Huawei P9, makes me miss the Huawei P10 Plus and I would love to upgrade from the Huawei P9 to the Huawei P10 Plus if any opportunity arises.

Equipped with 4K video capabilities, the Huawei P10 Plus is now not only a photographer’s smartphone, this feature has helped me explore my amateur videography, applying it for my vlogging, live updates, producing small 4K videos for photography, travel, live events reportage and social media coverage. Do check out some of my videos shot with the Huawei P10 Plus during the review period, on my YouTube channel.

In my personal humble opinion, the Huawei P10 Plus is the smartphone that I highly and strongly recommend to photographers and photography enthusiasts. It is packed with an excellent dual lens setup with the Summilux-H 1:1.8/27 ASPH lens, functions and user interface is what a photographer like me wants, the controls. The quality and output displayed in the photographs, showing it on the laptop or desktop computer, the quality, details and sharpness are superb. Do visit my Flickr collections to view the photographs shot with the Huawei P10 Plus!

Personally, the Huawei P10 Plus is the perfect photographer’s smartphone for the photographer.

I would like to thank Huawei Singapore and Hill+Knowlton Strategies Singapore for the opportunity to review the Huawei P10 Plus.

 


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The 10th Singapore Night Festival 2017 is here!

A milestone reached, the 10th year, this is the 10th edition of the Singapore Night Festival! Since making her debut in 2008, Singapore Night Festival 2017 is now into her 10th edition and it is starting tonight on the 18th August 2017, till 26th August 2017.

Following, documenting and photographing the 10the edition of Singapore Night Festival is also a milestone for me! I have been following, documenting and photographing Singapore Night Festival 2017 since her debut in 2008. Here is my collection of Singapore Night Festival photographs for you to go back in time to 2008 and observe what has changed over the past 10 years.

This is going to be my 10th year following, documenting and photographing Singapore Night Festival 2017 and a new photography album in my Flickr is now created to share my photos on this 10th magical year of Singapore Night Festival 2017!

The Night Lights will take place first on 18th August 2017, the performances will take place next week on 24th August to 26th August 2017.

I just want to share a few Night Lights 2017 artworks installations and I encourage you to come down with your family, relatives and friends to visit, explore and have fun at Singapore Night Festival 2017 starting from 18th August 2017 to 26th August 2017.

  1. Phosphene by Praxis + from Singapore @ Design Gallery 1, National Design Centre

2. The Tree That Blinked by Karel Bata from United Kingdom @ Banyan Tree outside the National Museum of Singapore

3. Nostos: Records of the Self by Aesop from Singapore @ National Museum of Singapore Gallery 10

4. Les Hommes Debout (The Standing Men) by AADN from France @ Singapore Art Museum

5.Tessellations of Time by LiteWerkz x 3M from Singapore @ Main Ground

6. Convolutions by EX3kiel from France @ National Museum of Singapore facade

Useful information and links

Do keep a lookout on my Instagram and Flickr, as I share my Singapore Night Festival 2017 photography adventures and stories!

Enjoy and have fun at a magical 10th year of Singapore Night Festival 2017!


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