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.
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.
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
On 9th August 2017, Singapore celebrated her 52nd birthday at Marina Bay. I was at the other end of Marina Bay, in between the Promontory at Marina Bay and Marina Bay Sands, catching the National Day Parade 2017 action and fireworks.
Wishing Singapore a Happy SG52 birthday!
I have a lot of thoughts, views and feelings inside my mind and heart, I would be writing them down in another article and update with the link when it is published and uploaded.
There are many things to be appreciative and grateful, there are also many things to reflect and improve. We are still a young nation and still have room to improve and grow, as One Nation Together!
The time is now to start, adapt, innovate, change and upgrade for the future! Majulah Singapore!
One of the most famous and busiest international airports in the world, one of the best airports, if not the best. Voted the World’s Best Airport for the fifth consecutive year at the 2017 World Airport Awards, voted by international air travelers. Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Singapore Changi Airport!
Having traveled to different countries around the world, whenever I return back home to Singapore, arriving at Changi Airport always gave me a sense of great pride and homecoming. It’s not just about how fast I can pick up my luggage after clearing immigration, or getting in and around the Changi Airport, the facilities and amenities, the efficiency and speed of Changi Airport as a whole.
One thing that strikes something inside about Changi Airport is that they are always constantly trying to improve on themselves, lifting Changi Airport to the next level and not being complacent in the midst of intense international airports and flying routes competition in the Asia region and around the world. Changi Airport seeks to improve and be better than before, this eventually pave away for Changi Airport to announce major plans a few years back to strengthen itself as a major aviation and travel hub in the world.
The decision to build Changi Airport Terminal 4 was announced in March 2012, taking over the plot of land originally occupied by the Budget Terminal, that was demolished in September 2012, paving the way for the construction of the new Changi Airport Terminal 4. Fast forward a few years to 2017 and Changi Airport Terminal 4 is getting ready to open for operations at the end of this year 2017!
Changi Airport Terminal 4 is getting ready to open for airport operations and they have organised open house for the public to visit (registration is fully booked!) from 7th to 20th August between 9am to 6pm. If you are not able to get the open house time slot, don’t worry, Changi Airport Terminal 4 is scheduled to start airport operations at the end of 2017.
For my traveler friends and readers around the world, who are curious and would like to know more about Changi Airport Terminal 4, and what does Changi Airport Terminal 4 looks like? Let me bring you into Changi Airport Terminal 4, through the photographs that I took recently as part of the Changi Ambassadors group visit.
Changi Airport Terminal 4 represents the future of travel, FAST as they described it, Fast And Seamless Travel for the self-service options for departing passengers. They are able to do their own check-in, collect their boarding pass, print their own luggage tags, tie it to their luggages, drop off the bag themselves, proceed to immigration counters for clearance (with automated immigration gates for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents, Long Term Visit Pass Holders or Visitors registered with Immigration and Checkpoints Authority), followed by centralised security screening.
For the photographers, travelers and Instagrammers, searching for the perfect Instagrammable location inside Terminal 4, there are a number of spots to take your Instagram photos! Let me share with you some of the locations inside Terminal 4!
When you are at Terminal 4, you would be greeted by greenery, the departure façade greenwall and arrival hall greenwall. Inside the transit area, boarding area and arrival hall, keep a lookout for the greenery (trees) too!
Walking around Terminal 4, keep your eyes and look for the sculptures and artworks, Petalclouds, “Hey, Ah Chek” , Travelling Family, Les Oiseaux!
Inside the transit area, you have to visit the Heritage Zone! There is a Heritage Façade inspired by our Peranakan culture and shophouses. Don’t take your eyes off the façade because you are going to catch a heritage theme theatre play titled “Peranakan Love Story”! There is also a heritage themed toilet somewhere there!
The seats inside the Transit area are very interesting, unique in design, of different shapes, sizes and colours. Explore all of them!
For the aviation geeks and plane spotters (I am one of them), the transit / boarding area has a clear view of the Changi Airport runway, time to take your cameras out and photograph your favourite airlines and planes flying off from Singapore Changi Airport!
If you are visiting Singapore soon and flying with the following airlines, Cathay Pacific, Korean Air, Vietnam Airlines, Air Asia, Cebu Pacific and Spring Airlines, you would be at Changi Airport latest Terminal 4!
As an independent traveler or traveling in small groups, Changi Airport Terminal 4 suits me nicely, I can do my own check-in, drop the luggages off, clear immigration, go inside relax, eat, do plane spotting along the boarding gate corridor before boarding my flight.
There are more things to share, see and do in Terminal 4, I leave it for you to discover when you visit Singapore from overseas or when you drop by Terminal 4 for a visit (for those in Singapore)!
I just want to say, Welcome to Changi Airport Terminal 4!
** I would like to thank Changi Airport Social for organising a visit for the Changi Ambassadors to visit Changi Airport Terminal 4 **
In three weeks time, starting on the 18th August 2017. An iconic night festival that was born 10 years ago in 2008 at the National Museum of Singapore grounds, is going to celebrate her milestone of 10 magical years, of the Singapore Night Festival.
I was there for the maiden Singapore Night Festival in the year 2008 with Studio Festi from Italy performing in front of the lawn grounds of the National Museum of Singapore. The road was closed and the visitors were able to watch them perform from a distance. I still can’t forget those memories, even though I captured them down through my photographs.
This also marked the start of my own personal journey with the Singapore Night Festival, faithfully and consistently, for the next 9 years from 2008, photographing, documenting and writing about my stories on the Singapore Night Festival. I had seen them grown, expanded and transformed over the past 9 years, they had become more popular, well-known locally and internationally. The visitorship increased significantly over the years gone by since her maiden debut in 2008, the shows, performances, artistic displays increased as well over the past 9 years, from the local artists anchoring past editions, engaging the local communities and businesses in the Bras Basah Bugis precinct.
At a recent introduction media conference at the National Museum of Singapore, we were given an introduction and briefing on the upcoming 10th edition of the Singapore Night Festival. For this year’s 10the edition, there is stellar line up, with a strong line up of local artists that have anchored past editions of the Singapore Night Festival. Our ten local homecoming artists were introduced to the guests present at the introduction media conference, after speeches by Angelita Teo, Festival Director and Christie Chua, Creative Director of the Festival. Listening to each of their stories relating to their Singapore Night Festival performance, it was very heartwarming to hear from them, how it had changed and impacted them, by being part of Singapore Night Festival.
Here is the list of the 10 homecoming artists for Singapore Night Festival 2017!
Name of Group
Title of Act / Artwork
Armenian Street Carnival Bloc
Timbre Music (presenting New Stream Brass Band)
New Stream Bass Band
Daphne Huang and Ponnamma Devaiah
Flamenco Sin Fronteras, Nawaz & Friends
Journey of Time
Roch Ong and Teng Jun Yong
Instigator Afrobeat Orchestra
HOMEMADE MAS1A + Instigator Afrobeat Orchestra
Grapple Max Dojo
Night Festival Showdown
The Brass Barre
The Art of Pole
The Flower of Life and The Infinite Self
Mind Magic Mistress
I still can remember the various performances by our strong local artists that anchored the past editions of Singapore Night Festival. They stood out, tall and proud, recognised by the local community in Singapore and also gain international recognition too!
Some of our strong local artists, I can still remember, very clearly, on how they made an impact and significance to the Singapore Night Festival over the past 9 years. Here are some of my favourite memories from them:
Over the past few years, Bloco Singapura, Timbre Music and Peranakan Sayang turning the Armenian Street into one lively and exciting street music party festival, singing, dancing and playing their music instruments, faithfully and consistently, having fun, performing, participating and interacting with the wonderful crowds on Armenian Street. It was truly a street festival party!
In 2015, Starlight Alchemy performance drew a huge crowds to watch them. I had been following Starlight Alchemy years back and it was really great to see them performing on the bigger stage at Singapore Night Festival!
In 2014, ZingO, performing together with William Close with his Earth Harp Collective at the Front Lawn of the National Museum of Singapore. A fusion performance of East meets West, transforming the whole of National Museum of Singapore into something very special and unique. I will never forget this performance, our local artist troupe performing together with an international artist troupe. Oh yes, I can’t forget the wrestling action by Grapple Max Dojo at Armenian Street, if you grew up watch WWF wrestling action on tv, this would interest you!
In 2013, Ning Cai (then known as Magic Babe Ning) produced a nail-biting magic performance, attempting an underwater escape from the water vault. I didn’t manage to photograph her other magic act due to a clash of my schedule and I missed the other magic performance.
As we start to count down towards 18th August 2017, to mark the start of the 10th edition of Singapore Night Festival, follow me through my photographs and stories on my Instagram, Twitter, Facebook Page, Flickr and my website for the 10the edition of Singapore Night Festival 2017. This is going to be my 10th year covering Singapore Night Festival, this is also a personal milestone for me too, 10 consecutive years of Singapore Night Festival coverage, documentation and photography.
Mark down the dates on your calendar
Friday 18th August to Saturday 26th August 2017
Singapore Night Festival 2017 performances
Thursday 24th, Friday 25th and Saturday 26th August 2017
In the blink of an eye, in the year 2017, we are now in the 10th edition of the Singapore Night Festival. This is going to be fantastic celebration of “10 Magical Years”. If you like to go back in time and have a feel of the Singapore Night Festival from 2008 to 2016, there is a way! Via my “time machine”, located inside my Flickr collection “Singapore Night Festival”, you can read the stories and view the photographs that I documented, photographed and written in the past 9 years.
The 10th year of Singapore Night Festival, celebrating 10 magical years, I have also started my 10th year documenting and photographing Singapore Night Festival. Follow me, journey with me along with my coverage of Singapore Night Festival 2017!
Come on down, be part of the 10th year milestone and celebrations with Singapore Night Festival 2017!
*** Updated 31st July 2017 ***
Ning Cai would not be performing at Singapore Night Festival 2017.
The Singapore Food Festival 2017 is just round the corner and McDonald’s Singapore is a partner of this year’s annual festival organised by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), with their own unique locally inspired menu that are the traditional local favourites, celebrating Singapore’s own local, multi-ethnic food heritage.
Some of the local food favourites that Singaporeans grew up eating are Nasi Lemak, Bandung and Chendol. These few favourites are the inspiration behind the new locally-inspired limited-time menu, launched in conjunction with the Singapore Food Festival (SFF) 2017 starting on 14th July 2017.
“As a brand that’s deeply woven into the fabric of Singapore, we wanted to pay homage to our traditional local fare in conjunction with the launch of the Singapore Food Festival 2017. We have given a modern twist to familiar local favourites which includes the “Nasi Lemak” Burger – and hope Singaporeans will be thrilled to unravel the local flavours in our exciting menu line-up, as we come together to celebrate National Day soon,” said Agatha Yap, Senior Director of Marketing, Menu and Digital Innovation, Hanbaobao Pte Ltd (licensee of McDonald’s Singapore).
“We are delighted that McDonald’s, a brand with a large fan base in Singapore, is on board with us as a partner for the Singapore Food Festival 2017. With this year’s theme being ‘Savour Singapore in Every Bite’, we are particularly excited by the introduction of McDonald’s locally-inspired menu, which will feature flavours well-loved by generations of Singaporeans who grew up eating them. This will further pique the curiosity of both locals and visitors about SFF, which is still the only event in Singapore dedicated to showcasing local food and local talent,” said Ranita Sundramoorthy, Director, Attractions, Dining & Retail, STB.
Today, McDonald’s Singapore is launching this special and locally-inspired menu, Just For You Singapore! Presenting to everyone of you:
“Nasi Lemak” Burger
First and foremost, I have to confess that when I heard this name, I was a bit skeptical. When I looked at this burger, smell the fragrance and took a bite, I was swayed across and I really liked it! This is a nice transformation and fusion of traditional and modern cuisine!
The sweet and spicy sambal sauce transforms this burger into Nasi Lemak, along with the delicious chicken thigh patty, golden fried egg, lightly toasted semolina buns, caramelised onions and crunchy cucumber slices. It is mouth-watering, delicious and very enjoyable! So sedap, the taste and fragrance are just like our favourite Nasi Lemak!
The “Nasi Lemak” Burger is available from $5.95 a la carte, or from $7.80 in an Extra Value Meal.
Bandung McFizz & Criss Cut Fries
Pictures courtesy of McDonald’s Singapore
Bandung McFizz, an interesting drink of the traditional beverage Bandung with their McFizz. Cooling and refreshing, from $3, while the savoury goodness of the Criss Cut Fries is available from $3.40,
Chendol McFlurry & Coconut Pie
Picture courtesy of McDonald’s Singapore
For Chendol fans, I think you would like the Chendol McFlurry! A mix of vanilla soft serve with Gula Melaka sauce and Chendol jelly bits! A sweet heaven for those with a sweet tooth! Therefore, this is a perfect dessert to end your meal on a sweet note with the Chendol McFlurry, from $3!
If you prefer a warm dessert to end your meal, you can consider the Coconut Pie, from $1.20. During the food tasting session, I took a bite and tasted the delicious oozing tropical coconut filling with nata de coco bits! It’s quite nice especially if you love coconut!
Chendol Melaka Cone, Chendol Melaka Twist & Chendol Melaka Chococone
Pictures courtesy of McDonald’s Singapore
Chendol and ice cream fans, check out McDonald’s Chendol Melaka Cone, Chendol Melaka Twist & Chendol Melaka Chococone! Chendol Melaka Cone, Chendol Melaka Twist are from $1 each and Chendol Melaka Chococone is from $1.20! A perfect dessert to cool down for a hot and sunny tropical day in Singapore!
Pandan Coco Frappe & Kueh Salat Cake
Pictures courtesy of McDonald’s Singapore
The Pandan Coco Frappe is available all day from $4.60, the combination of a perfect bland of coconut and fragrant Pandan flavours with grass jelly, this is a perfect cooling drink for a hot and sunny tropical day in Singapore!
The Kueh Salat Cake is a unique cake consisting of pandan sponge cake and a glutinuous rice layer. Available all day from $5.
Celebrating 50 years of National Service with McDonald’s
McDonald’s is saluting our servicemen together with Singapore, celebrating 50 years of National Service (NS50). McDonald’s is offering all past and present NSmen a FREE Apple Pie or Hot Fudge Sundae with Extra Value Meal purchased (after breakfast hours) from 4th to 10th August. Eligible customers just need to present their SAFRA card, 11B or Pink IC to redeem the treat!
McDonald’s is also spreading the joy of National Day celebrations in August, with a limited-time offer for the signature Vanilla Cone available at a special price of only 50 cents from 4th to 10th August!
Just For You Singapore, as you celebrate Singapore Food Festival 2017 and National Day Parade 2017 in August, do check out and try out the new locally-inspired menu by McDonald’s Singapore! You must try the “Nasi Lemak Burger!
** Information courtesy of McDonald’s Singapore **
*** I would like to thank McDonald’s Singapore for the invitaiton to the food tasting session ***
Canon recently launched two DSLRs to their line up, one of them was the Canon EOS 6D Mark II that I shared in an earlier article. The other DSLR camera that Canon launched was the Canon EOS 200D. This is an entry level DSLR camera that is light, compact and trendy for beginners to learn hands on with the EOS 200D.
I reviewed the Canon EOS 100D (the predecessor of the Canon EOS 200D) previously, I had a fun time testing and reviewing the camera, my review article can be found here! While the EOS 200D is designed as an entry level DSLR camera, great for beginners to learn on-the-go photography, the lightweight, compact size and trendy looking DSLR camera makes it very nice and handy for travel photography.
With a number of advanced features found inside the other current Canon DSLR models, along with the vari-angle touch screen LCD monitor, it does make photography learning a lot more fun and easier for users that are starting to learn more about basic photography.
If you are starting basic photography and you would like a basic DSLR to learn while on-the-go, do check out the Canon EOS 200D.
Let me share with you some key information on the Canon EOS 200D from the press release information:
“The EOS 200D redefines the traditional notion of a DSLR with its stylish outlook and ease of use, while delivering superior imaging performance”, said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore. “With its user-friendly pictorial interface and seamless connectivity, users will find it a breeze to navigate through the functions and share the captivating images taken instantly.”
Capturing Moments with Agility and Precision
Powered by advanced imaging technology and features, the EOS 200D will appeal to both non-camera users and aspiring photography enthusiasts. Equipped with a high-resolution 24.2-megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor, users will be able to achieve crisp pictures with the flexibility of cropping images without compromising on image quality.
With the latest DIGIC 7 image processor, the standard ISO speed reaches 25600. This helps in reducing motion blur caused by slow shutter speeds, which is common especially under low light conditions. Some examples include capturing children at play in the evenings, or shooting an indoor sporting activity.
Users can achieve extremely fast focusing during Live View and movie shooting, with the Canon-developed Dual Pixel CMOS AF. The Live View Servo AF allows users to track the subject constantly and shoot at a continuous shooting speed of up to 3.5 frames per second (fps). A quieter and smoother video footage can also be achieved when paired with a lens with Stepping Motor (STM). Additionally, AF speed can be adjusted to suit more sophisticated shots such as slower focus shifts to create softer effects.
Equipped with a Vari-angle touch screen LCD monitor, the fully articulated screen allows users to experiment with creative image compositions from diverse angles. The combination of Vari-angle LCD monitor and Dual Pixel CMOS AF further enables the EOS 200D to deliver smooth and expressive movies in full HD quality at 60p.
Ergonomic Design and User-Friendly Interface for Intuitive Operation
With the pictorial user interface, beginners to DSLR photography will find it a breeze to navigate through the functions of the EOS 200D. Via the “how-to” tips for smart shooting guide on the graphic user interface, beginners can also easily pick up more skills and tap on the capabilities of the EOS 200D.
With just a single touch on the menu screen, stunning selfies can be achieved. In the Selfie Mode, settings such as background defocus, brightness and smooth skin effect are automatically adjusted to frame the best selfies. Coupled with the Vari-angle touch screen LCD monitor, users will have flexibility to compose their shots from different angles and find it easy to achieve good quality self-portraits.
The compact camera body is designed to provide an enhanced grip to ensure a secure grasp. Additionally, its body is overlaid with a grain-finish for a premium feel. To conform to the smooth outline of the camera body and reduce protrusions, the mode dial now fits seamlessly to the camera’s surface. Additionally, the internal structure of the EOS 200D is also remodeled to achieve the compact and nimble form for better design integration. For example, the circuit board for flash was downsized to keep the weight light.
The EOS 200D comes in two colour options – Trendy White and Sophisticated Silver.
Easy Connectivity and Sharing
With Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, users can transfer images and videos from EOS 200D to smart devices and upload them onto the Canon Image Gateway, social media platforms and cloud storage. By using the Canon Camera Connect app, users have real-time control of camera settings such as shutter speed, focus selection and self-timer and more. Additionally, it comes with a dedicated Wi-Fi button for hassle-free connection at a single touch.
Additionally, the built-in Bluetooth low energy technology maintains constant connection to a compatible smart device at low power consumption. With this constant connection, users can view images and start remote capture from the camera even when it is in Auto Power Off mode. Smart devices with Bluetooth can wake the camera up, and switch to Wi-Fi for browsing and viewing images or performing remote capture (with Live View).
Users can also use Bluetooth to perform basic remote capture (no Live View), control image playback and slide show when the camera is connected to a TV or projector via smart devices.
Pricing and Availability
The pricing and availability of the Canon EOS 200D will be advised at a later date.
Canon EOS 200D
Image sensor: 24.2 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
Imaging processor: DIGIC 7
ISO speed: 100-12800 (expandable to 25600)
Continuous shooting speed: Approx. 5 fps
Maximum video quality: Full HD 60p
Auto-focus: 9-point AF (Center point: cross-type, vertical line sensitive when supporting f/2.8)
Wi-Fi / NFC/ Bluetooth: Yes
LCD: 3.0-inch Vari-angle touch panel (approx. 1.04 million dots)
Dimensions: Approx. 122.4mm(W) x 92.6mm(H) x 69.8mm(D)
Weight: Approx. 406g (body only)
* Information and pictures courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *
Canon today, on the 29th June 2017, launches a new DSLR to their line up, the Canon EOS 6D Mark II. Prior to the official announcement, there had been many news and rumours floating around the internet and social media on the Canon EOS 6D Mark II. When I picked up the news earlier, I was looking forward to its official announcement. Finally, it’s official today!
The EOS 6D Mark II succeeds her predecessor, the EOS 6D, with significant improvements and enhancements. At this point in time when I am writing this article, I do not have the opportunity yet to touch, feel and test the EOS 6D Mark II. The views and opinions here are based on my analysis of the EOS 6D Mark II technical specifications.
What are some of the significant improvements and enhancements that stood out for me?
Touch panel vari angle LCD monitor
This is something that can come in very handy and useful for the photographer, don’t underestimate the touch panel with vari angle LCD monitor. It’s more than just for taking selfies or wefies!
All Cross-type 45-point AF sensor
The increase in the number of AF points and all cross-type from 11 (in EOS 6D) to 45 in the EOS 6D Mark II, this is a pretty big improvement! With this improvement, the EOS 6D Mark II is a pretty versatile DSLR camera, capable of handling different photography fields and situations.
Panning function in SCN mode
A new function that caught my attention, I would love to explore this new feature inside the Canon EOS 6D Mark II when a review opportunity arises. From the Canon Singapore video on YouTube, this looks an in-built 5 axis stabilisation for fast action photography.
Personal thoughts and views (based on technical specifications comparisons and analysis)
The world of full frame DSLR cameras is slowly opening up to photography enthusiasts, not just for the photography professionals. The maximum video quality is Full HD 60p, if you are not into videography or a need for 4K video, the Full HD 60p is more than capable and suitable for your needs.
If you are looking to own a full frame entry level DSLR that is affordable and packed with good technical specifications and features, the Canon EOS 6D Mark II would be a good recommendation.
Here’s the press release information on the Canon EOS 6D Mark II:
Canon today announced the launch of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II, the lightest DSLR in the EOS full-frame DSLR line that offers photography enthusiasts the complete arsenal of full-frame DSLR functions, packed into a nimble and compact body.
The EOS 6D Mark II is equipped with a 26.2 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor that delivers exceptionally clear images even under low light conditions, and is capable of achieving an impressive background blur effect – a key characteristic of large sensors. Equipped with Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology for high-performance focus tracking in Live View mode as well as DIGIC 7 image processor for high image quality even in dimly lit situations, the EOS 6D Mark II boasts of significant feature enhancements as compared to its predecessor. A first in Canon’s full-frame DSLR range, the EOS 6D Mark II is designed with a versatile Vari-angle touch panel, giving users the flexibility of shooting from a high or low angle.
“In a time where there is increasingly keen interest and demand for top-notch image quality, the EOS 6D Mark II opens the gateway to full-frame photography for photography enthusiasts who are looking to up their game”, said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore. “Conscientious thought has been given to the EOS 6D Mark II to ensure a compact design and intuitive usability, so as to empower a new generation of full-frame photography enthusiasts with superior still and video innovations.”
Achieve Precise Shots with Fast Focus & Clarity
With a huge leap from 11-point in the EOS 6D to 45-point all cross-type AF system, the 45-point all cross-type AF systemprovides AF coverage over an expanded area during viewfinder shooting. Of the 45 points, 27 are f/8 compatible, resulting in excellent performance when using an extender.
Additionally, the EOS 6D Mark II possesses a continuous shooting speed of up to 6.5 fps, which promises sharp image capture of even fast-moving subjects. In Live View mode, continuous shooting speed is still impressive at up to 4 fps. Coupled with enhanced ISO speeds of up to 40,000 (expandable to 102,400), users are able to capture exceptionally low noise images. With the sensitivity of the center AF point rated at -3EV, the EOS 6D Mark II can consistently acquire focus in extremely low light levels (roughly equivalent to light cast by a full moon).
The EOS 6D Mark II is equipped with a 7560 pixel RGB+IR metering sensor and a colour detection AF that enables consistent and accurate exposure in various lighting conditions. It automatically detects skin tones and prioritises focus on human subjects within the frame. With the addition of the lens aberration correction settings, the EOS 6D Mark II automatically detects the lens paired, and corrects distortion and diffraction at the time of shooting.
To offer users unbridled flexibility and room for creative expression, several features are incorporated as a first in Canon’s full-frame EOS series. Sporting a Vari-angle touchscreen LCD monitor, users will be able shoot from high to low angles nimbly. This is complemented by the inclusion of the brand new Panning function. This Panning function helps in enhancing the background blur while keeping the main subject in focus by automatically selecting the optimal shutter speed by analysing the panning speed of the camera and the speed of the subject.
Through the Intelligent Viewfinder, users have quick and easy access to all shooting information without needing to look away from the viewfinder. The battery life of the EOS 6D Mark II can also be extended to accommodate longer shooting hours with the optional battery grip (BG-E21) which houses 2 pieces of LP-E6N batteries. Ergonomically designed, users will find that the EOS 6D Mark II paired with the BG-E21 battery grip allows for greater ease and comfort, especially when shooting in portrait mode.
Creating Moving Art with Advanced Technology
The affordable EOS 6D Mark II offers videographers the enjoyable experience of shooting professional movies in full HD at a seamless 60p. Powered by the high speed Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a proprietary Canon-developed technology, smooth and high performance focus tracking can be achieved when shooting in both Live View and movie mode. When recording movies, the EOS 6D Mark II is able to continuously track the movements of subjects seamlessly, and also enable users to switch focus from a foreground subject to a background subject quickly and simply via touch focus on the Vari-angle LCD.
In addition, tracking sensitivity and AF speed can be customised to allow movie-makers to create their desired effects. To combat shaky footages caused by movement, Movie digital IS provides the highly effective 5-axis image stabilization to support handheld shoots, even when paired with non-IS lenses.
With the 4K Time-lapse movie function, movie-makers can also capture moods and moments by combining still images shot at intervals over time. For example, users can produce a high quality Time-lapse movie of the sunrise, sunset, moving clouds or heavy traffic on a bustling street.
With Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, users can transfer images and videos from the camera to the smart devices and upload them onto the Canon Image Gateway, social media platforms and cloud storage. Also by using the Canon Camera Connect app, users have real-time control of camera settings such as shutter speed, focus selection and self-timer and more.
In addition, the EOS 6D Mark II features Bluetooth low energy technology which maintains constant connection to a compatible smart device at a low power consumption. With this constant connection, users can view images and start remote capture from the camera even when it is in Auto Power Off mode. Smart devices, when paired with Bluetooth, can wake the camera up, and then switch to Wi-Fi for browsing and viewing images or performing remote capture (with Live View).
Equipped with a GPS receiver, users can also log coordinates of every place that they have photographed, which can be stored as metadata accompanying each image. A GPS log can also be kept to create a map of places photographed as a record of the places the user has been to.
Pricing and Availability
The EOS 6D Mark II will be available at authorised Canon dealers on 27 July 2017 at the following recommended retail prices.
Customers who make a pre-order from 13 July 2017 to 26 July 2017 will be entitled to a free Canon professional camera bagpack worth $289.
Recommended Retail Price (Inclusive of GST)
EOS 6D Mark II Body (Body only)
EOS 6D Mark II (w/24-70 L IS)
EOS 6D Mark II (w/24-105 L IS II)
** Updated 13th July 2017 **
Canon EOS 6D Mark II
Image sensor: 26.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor
Imaging processor: DIGIC 7
ISO speed: 100-40000 (expendable to 102400)
Continuous shooting speed: Approx. 6.5 fps
Maximum video quality: Full HD 60p
Auto-focus: 45-point all cross-type AF / Dual Pixel CMOS AF
Wi-Fi / NFC/ Bluetooth/GPS: Yes
LCD: 3.0-inch Vari-angle touch panel (approx. 1.04 million dots)
Dimensions: Approx. 144.0mm(W) x 110.5mm(H) x 74.8mm(D)
Weight: Approx. 685g (body only)
* Information and pictures courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *
A short flight away from Singapore, a popular destination for holidays and fun, ideal for families and their children. Western Australia is home to many gorgeous and extraordinary attractions and experiences. The number of visitors from Singapore for the year ending 2016, an estimated 104,200 visitors visited Western Australia, staying for an estimated 1,509,200 nights and estimated visitor spend $246m. All these figures placed Singapore in third place for the Top 20 international markets to Western Australia year ending December 2016 (ranked by number of visitors).
Western Australia is a destination that I didn’t get to visit during my University undergraduate days (4 years) in Queensland, a holiday that I should have planned and done! Whenever I looked at Western Australia, there were many destinations in the state of Western Australia that I would really like to visit, enjoy, have fun and take many photographs. During a recent Tourism Western Australia event in Singapore, I had a better understanding and know more about the various areas and destinations of Western Australia.
At the evening with Tourism Western Australia event in Singapore, there was a special culinary ambassador appearance by Chef Tony Howell of Western Australia’s Fresh TV and Formerly Head Chef of Cape Lodge and Margaret River Hospitality Group. Chef Howell shared a lot with the guests on Western Australia food and wine, as well as sharing some delicious food from Western Australia with this cooking!
There had been great developments and growth in the tourism, hospitality and travel sectors of Western Australia. At the Tourism Western Australia event, they brought some local and authentic food, drinks and fun from Western Australia to Singapore! For a start, there were informative boards, brochures, guides and information travelers planning to visit Western Australia.
Perth and Surroundings
Let’s start with Australia sunniest capital, Perth, that is also the capital of Western Australia, consistently rated as one of the world’s most liveable cities.
Since 2012, accommodation in and around Perth has expanded with nearly 1,800 new rooms added to the local market, such as COMO at the Treasury, Crown Towers Perth, Peppers Kings Square, Tribe in West Perth, Alex Hotel in Northbridge, Aloft Hotel in Rivervale and Quest Fremantle. In the next four years, more hotels are coming on board with a further 16 new or redeveloped hotels entering the market, varying from boutique, big name and luxury brands, including Ritz-Carlton’s first Australian property in 10 years, The Westin in the eastern CBD and DoubleTree Group has three developments coming up.
Dining and Wining
Western Australia fresh produce and wines can be found in Perth’s new bars, cafes and restaurants in or near the city’s centre, such as the Shadow Bar and Dining Room, Ku De Ta, The Standard. Isle of Voyage and The Reveley. The recently renovated State Buildings precinct, with its high ceilings and grand halls, is home to some of the city’s best bars and restaurants including Petition Kitchen, Long Chim and Wildflower.
Short trips from Perth City
At the event, there were informative travel boards that gave the guests more information and details on the areas that they can visit outside of Perth City, that are a short 30mins to 90mins away from Perth City, ideal for day trips to destinations such as Fremantle, Rockingham, Sunset Coast, Swan Valley, Perth Hills, Armadale and Avon Valley.
Travelers can base themselves in Perth City, rent a car and drive out of Perth City to the various destinations nearby for day trips!
Beyond Perth and Surrounds
Having studied in Queensland for my undergraduate studies, I traveled out of the major city and discovered many different parts of Australia. In Western Australia, so vast and diverse, around the size of Western Europe and boasting 20,000km of mainland and island coastline, there are a number of destinations beyond Perth and surrounds. Some of the destinations are really gorgeous and I would love to visit them for my travel photography trips in the future!
There are a lot of destinations to visit beyond Perth and their surroundings, I would like to list some of them below:
Margaret River and the South West
Surfing, swimming and snorkelling
World-class wine and fresh local produce
Culture, arts and history (learn more about the customs and history of the Noongar people)
Tall timbers (in the Valley of the Giants, between Denmark and Walpole)
Adventure (the bushland Bibbulmun Track, or out to the Porongurup Range’s Granite Skywalk)
Exmouth and The Coral Coast
Snorkelling at Ningaloo Reef
Swimming with gentle giants (whale sharks)
Friendly dolphins at Monkey Mia
Wildflowers and pink waters
Extraordinary rock formations (at the Pinnacles near the coastal town of Cervantes)
Esperance and the Golden Outback
White beaches and pink lakes
World’s largest outdoor gallery (the striking salt flats of Lake Ballard)
Golden Quest Discovery Trail (965-kilometre journey from Coolgardie to Laverton)
Wildflowers and wave walking
The unexpected (Corrigin Dog Cemetery)
Broome and The North West Region
Camels on Cable Beach
Best kept secrets (Karijini National Park and Purnululu National Park)
Horizontal Falls (Talbot Bay)
Remote luxury resorts (Berkeley River Lodge, Kimberley Coast Camp, El Questro Homestead, Faraway Bay)
Western Australia is huge destination, packed with my beautiful destinations to visit, that’s something for everybody to have fun and enjoy during their travels to Western Australia. This destination is one that I had missed out during my undergraduate days in Queensland that I didn’t get to visit during my studies there, I should have just flew over and visit Western Australia during my semester breaks!
I would love to plan a visit to Western Australia in the future, from Perth, traveling around and out, towards Margaret River, Exmouth and the Coral Coast, as well as Broome and The North West Region.
When I do visit Western Australia, I would shout out, “G’day mate! Just Another Day in Western Australia!”
Whisky or Whiskey? Depends on your geographic location and the English language that you are taught in, both word refer to the same alcoholic beverage around the world that we love and appreciate. My early whisky journeys evolve around Scotch whisky, bourbon whiskey before moving into Japanese whisky.
The world of whisky is pretty big out there, yet there is this duplex in the world today, that has a wide selection of whiskey from all over the world inside the duplex. Where can you find this wide whiskey selection? Inside Changi Airport Terminal 2, it is known as The Whiskey House! With a diverse range of 179 single malts, 68 blended Scotch whiskies, 30 American whiskies inside The Whiskey House, for the Whisky or Whiskey lover in you, this is a must visit place when you visit Singapore! As a whisky fan and avid traveler, I am wondering to myself, how did I manage to miss out this awesome whisky place inside Changi Airport during my previous trips?
On the upper level of the duplex, there is an amazing, must visit destination for all whisky lovers, an intuitive and experiential whiskey shopping experience whereby you can enjoy complimentary tastings of 100 different whiskies from around the world. This is where you taste and enjoy the whisky before choosing your favourite whiskey to bring home.
This was also the location whereby I attended their Whiskey Appreciation Masterclass, part of the Whiskey Festival, taking place from May 25 to July 1 at Changi Airport. For that weekend on June 16 and 17, the regional brand ambassador for The Balvenie whisky house played host for whiskey appreciation masterclass. That was where we met Neil Strachan from Scotland, who hosted us for the whisky appreciation masterclass. His sharing was very interesting and interactive, teaching us how to appreciate and learn more about whisky, the fragrance, aroma and taste. Having an expert to share about whisky tasting makes drinking whisky even more special and fun! If you are a Scotch whisky fan, do follow Neil on his Instagram account! Neil is an awesome ambassador, I hope to have future opportunities to learn more about Scotch whisky from him!
I am probably the “worst student” among the group of us at the Whiskey Appreciation Masterclass because I was busy tasting/drinking the Balvenie single malt vintage whiskies (I don’t wish to declare the number of whisky glasses that I had during the masterclass!) and taking photos of them for this article! While this is not specifically a whisky review article, I would just share some of my thoughts, all of them are pure vintage class and each has its own distinct fragrance, aroma and strength. What were the types of Balvenie whiskies that we tasted during the Whiskey Appreciation Masterclass? There were the 12 years, 16 years, 21 years and 25 years! Do you have a favourite from these four bottles of Balvenie whiskies? From these four bottles of Balvenie vintage whiskies, my preference is the 25 years vintage!
While drinking and enjoying Balvenie whisky, it brought back my recent travel memories to Nikka distillery in Yoichi, Hokkaido, during October 2016. I had a memorable and fun whisky tasting/distillery tour on my own! I would love to visit the whisky distilleries in Scotland in the future! Nothing beats visiting a whisky house/distillery, soaking in the atmosphere and surroundings! It’s like a pilgrimage for whisky lovers!
Whisky and Whiskey lovers in the world, I know you have a bias towards particular whisky houses around the world, you have your favourite whiskies. When you visit Singapore, don’t miss this golden opportunity to visit the Whiskey House inside Changi Airport Terminal 2!
I hope to share more about my whisky tasting experiences in the future, along with cuisines that would be suitable for each type of whisky. Whisky and cuisines pairing sounds like a great food and beverage adventure for me!
I would like to thank Changi Airport Social for the invitation to the whiskey appreciation masterclass!
I entered the National Gallery Singapore and I was greeted by big yellow balls with black dots hanging from the courtyard ceiling of the City Hall. These unique and special artworks welcome us visitors into a very special, different, unique and abstract world, of one of the world’s most influential artists, Yayoi Kusama.
This marked the start of a rainbow journey, from a very colourful start with the brightest and most colourful artworks into the other end of the rainbow, into a black and white world. Located in three galleries (Gallery A, B and C) and the City Hall Chamber, visitors have over 120 works across media to view, explore, interact and connect with Yayoi Kusama, starting with her paintings from the 1950s to her modern artworks of today.
Entering into the world of artist Yayoi Kusama at the National Gallery Singapore, it’s more than just having the best Instagram worthy locations, it’s more than taking selfies and wefies with her mirrors artworks. Yayoi Kusama iconic and abstract artworks are more than just for photography opportunities, her artworks engage us in many ways of our life, space and fashion.
Upon entering into the world of Yayoi Kusama, I spotted and discovered, trends, patterns, colours, from polka dots and nets, pumpkins, infinity mirrors. I also started exploring space, colour and form from her amazing artworks across different media, from paintings to sculptures, collages and videos.
Yayoi Kusama works are bold, captivating, abstract, intriguing, mind blowing. With over 120 of her works on display, I just want to share these few key works below, that you have to visit:
The Spirits of the Pumpkins descended into the Heavens @ Gallery A
Infinity Mirrored Room – Gleaming Lights of the Souls @ Gallery B
With all my Love for the Tulips, I pray forever @ Gallery C
Life is the Heart of a Rainbow @ Gallery C
Are we able to view and connect with her artworks in our daily life today? That’s the rainbow question for you, seeking the golden pot at the end of the rainbow, by visiting and discovering YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow exhibition at the National Gallery Singapore.
When you enter into the world of Yayoi Kusama, do not rush, engage yourself and be involved with her artworks, the interaction and connection, feel them and capture them down in your memories, through your eyes, heart, soul and cameras. Remember to hashtag #SGLovesKusama, share your photos along with your inner most thoughts and feelings about/with Yayoi Kusama.
I may not know where this will bring me or help me in my current photography adventures. There is one thing that comes up into my mind, that is to explore cross disciplinary artwork creations with artists from other fields with my photography. Maybe one day in the near future.
Flying into an infinity rainbow world of artworks with Yayoi Kusama and beyond, what goes beyond there? Now, it’s up to me to explore and discover what is waiting for me at the end of this infinity rainbow world.
I think I need to make another visit to YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow Exhibition, maybe a few more visits.
YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow Exhibition details
Dates: 9th June – 3rd September 2017
Venue: City Hall Wing, Level 3, Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery
Singaporeans / PR
Includes complimentary general admission + YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow
Includes general admission + YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow