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Canon launched special edition Canon EOS M10 Box Set

Do you remember the cute Canon Rilakkuma Bear that was making waves last year along with the Canon EOS M10 kit set?

That was their first season of the #ToyTravel (Nui-Dori) campaign in 2016 and it was a resounding success. I had the Canon EOS M10 at that time for a review, and the cute Rilakkuma Bear followed me along for some interesting and fun photography exploration with the Canon EOS M10.

This year 2017, a new season of #ToyTravel has started and a new toy is taking over to accompany your Canon EOS M10 camera setup! Please welcome Pikachu from Pokemon, your new travel adventure buddy, the perfect travel adventure buddy along with your Canon EOS M10!

Season 2 Pikachu and Season 1 Rilakkuma Bear

Check out the photographs that I took with the Canon EOS M10 and spot the Rilakkuma Bear (from season 1)!

The Pikachu is taking over #ToyTravel Season 2 and Rilakkuma Bear waves goodbye from the side!

Pikachu is getting excited for #ToyTravel Season 2 and decided to get itself into action first, with the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV review camera.

Oh yes, there is also a “The Perfect Travel Adventure Buddy Photo Challenge”!

Let me share more information and details on the special edition Canon EOS M10 box set in the paragraphs below –

Following the resounding success of the #ToyTravel (Nui-Dori) campaign last year, Canon is bringing on Season 2 by partnering with Pokémon as “The Perfect Adventure Buddy”.

Through the launch of a special edition EOS M10 box set, bundled with a 20cm Pikachu Shoulder Plush, this initiative aims to spur users to incorporate #ToyTravel creatively in their photography.

#ToyTravel essentially is the art of photography where toys imitate life. Spontaneous and fun, it can be anything from a selfie of you and a figurine chilling by the pool on a lazy afternoon, to a jump shot with your favourite plush toy on top of the mountain you just conquered. The possibilities are endless and one is only limited by his or her imagination and creativity.

“Beyond professional photography, we believe that photography should be accessible to all, with a fun and engaging side to it. Toy photography has proven to be an interesting genre which resonated well with our target audience, through the success of #ToyTravel Season 1. For a broader reach to people from all walks of life, we have chosen to partner Pokémon for #ToyTravel Season 2, as the characters are well-loved by both the young and young-at-heart. Through the launch of the special edition EOS M10 Pikachu box set, we hope to inspire users to explore creative options when it comes to photography and share these spontaneous moments on social media”, said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore.

Canon EOS M10 – The Perfect Adventure Buddy Photo Challenge

Explore different parts of your city with your Pokémon and take them on a unique adventures. If you are game for an adrenaline rush, consider bringing Squirtle surfing or going skating with Jigglypuff! If you prefer a quiet afternoon, you could even bring Snorlax to your favourite café for a shot of expresso.

From May to July 2017, Canon is launching a monthly photo challenge. The challenge is open to the public to top the leadership board. With a different theme announced each month, participants are required to incorporate the themes into their photos and the winner of each theme stands to win an EOS M10 kit (EF-M15-45mm) along with a Pikachu Shoulder Plush or Limited Edition Pokémon Key Chains.

At the end of each month, the top three best photos on the leader board will stand a chance to be the grand winner for the month. One grand prize winner will be selected out of the three by a professional photographer. The remaining two consolation prize winners will win limited edition Pokémon key chains.

For more details, please visit https://snapshot.canon-asia.com/Pokemon

Pricing and Availability

The special edition EOS M10 box set, bundled with a Pikachu Shoulder Plush will be available in May at all Canon authorised dealers at the following recommended retail prices.

Product Recommended retail price
EOS M10 kit (EF M15-45 IS STM) – available in Black or White $649
EOS M10 kit II (EF M15-45 IS STM & EF M22 STM) – available in White $799
EOS M10 kit III (EF M15-45 IS STM & EF M55-200 IS STM) – available in White

$999

* Information and details courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations. Thank you Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations for this cute Pikachu Shoulder Plush! *

Counting down to the end of Rochor Centre

The time is finally catching up with the iconic Rochor Centre in Singapore. You can’t miss the 4 colours red, blue, green and yellow HDB blocks in the area, the colourful blocks stood out for years and they are easily identifiable. I started photographing Rochor Centre a few years ago, using her void deck as one of the examples for an article that I wrote “Void Deck – Our Cultural Communal Space” in 2012.

As the countdown timer started ticking in 2011 when the news to aquire the land was announced with 2016 being the year whereby they would have to move out and relocate to another HDB estate. In 2016, the residents of Rochor Centre slowly started to move away into their new home, the retail and commercial units below the Rochor Centre HDB blocks also started to find alternative locations for their businesses.

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I returned to Rochor Centre a few times for another article on Canon EOS World Singapore whereby I shared on photographing and documenting old places in Singapore that face “extinction”. In the Canon EOS World Singapore article titled “Exploring Singapore Heritage“, I covered Rochor Centre and Dakota Crescent areas. For the Dakota Crescent area, I would be writing another article on them soon.

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During early July, I went to photograph Rochor Centre with my Canon EOS M10 review unit for a site recce on photographing Rochor Centre from the outside areas before going down with my Canon EOS 1DX for my Canon EOS World Singapore article.

A few days ago on 12th November 2016, I had a quick walk around Rochor Centre, most of the residents, retail and commercial units had relocated to somewhere else. The rubbish and junk were piling up, there were a few different group of people exploring and taking photographs of Rochor Centre.

The NTUC Fairprice outlet at Rochor Centre put up a notice informing their customers that their last day of operation in that location will be 1st December 2016. This is an indicator on when would be the last days of Rochor Centre whereby everybody living/working there will move away, out from Rochor Centre. Once the curtain comes down, Rochor Centre will be boarded up before demolition begins, when exactly, I do not know yet at this time.

I would just continue to add more photographs to my Flickr collection on Rochor Centre, they will be memories for us very soon.

Counting down to the end of Rochor Centre, the end of an era.


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Canon launched EOS M5

Canon recently launched a new mirror-less camera to their EOS family line up, the Canon EOS M5. The Canon EOS M5 is the fifth EOS M model till date since the launch of the Canon EOS M1, followed by the M2, M3 and M10.

Personally, I have used the EOS M1 (belongs to my dad), reviewed the EOS M3 and EOS M10. Over the years, I had seen improvements to the Canon EOS M family through their camera body designs and EF-M lenses for the EOS M series. When I saw and read the official news on the Canon EOS M5, my initial impressions from it were – Canon is serious about their mirror-less camera line up, the EOS M series. During my recent trip to Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai, listening to the top Canon Inc executives sharing on the next wave and trends, I wrote the points that were shared and discussed at the media interaction here in an article here on my photography website.

In my article, I wrote

“From the media interaction sessions, Canon remains committed to the EOS M mirrorless line up. We should be able to see more of EF-M lenses, EOS M accessories and maybe a new EOS M mirrorless camera body in the near future.”

Today, we can see the new Canon EOS M5 and the new EF-M18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM. I really welcome the built-in Electronic View Finder (EVF), yes, finally, there is EVF! Along with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF, my gut feel (without an actual hands on yet) is that this Canon EOS M5 auto focusing is going to be faster and improved from the Canon EOS M3 and EOS M10 models.

When the opportunity arises that I am able to review the Canon EOS M5, I would share my experiences with everybody here.

Now, let me share with you more information, details and photos of the Canon EOS M5 from the press release information below –

Press Release 15th September 2016

Canon today announced the launch of the new EOS M5, the latest addition to the Canon EOS M mirrorless interchangeable lens lineup of cameras. As a premium flagship model in the EOS M range, the EOS M5 boasts several firsts for the EOS M line to support discerning users who desire a mirrorless camera which delivers superior image quality, with the versatility of interchangeable lenses. Key technologies include Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology drawn from the EOS DSLR range, the cutting-edge DIGIC 7 image processor, a high-resolution electronic viewfinder and also in-camera RAW conversion.

“Drawing on the rich heritage of Canon’s EOS DSLR imaging technology, the EOS M5 heralds a new era for fans of mirrorless photography. The compact-sized EOS M5 empowers photography enthusiasts with greater control of their photography, with advanced capabilities like in-camera RAW conversion and enhanced Autofocus with Canon’s innovative Dual Pixel CMOS technology to deliver top notch image quality. With the option of interchangeable lenses, EOS M5 bring forth the versatility for users to compose their desired shots.” said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore

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A new era of firsts to showcase outstanding EOS quality

At the heart of the EOS M5 is a 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor. Drawn from the professional EOS DSLR range, the cutting-edge Dual Pixel CMOS AF system is equipped for the first time on the EOS M lineup, enabling EOS M5 to achieve fastest AF performance in the EOS M lineup to date. With approximately 24.2 million phase-difference sensors in place, phrase-difference AF is possible over almost the entire view area so users will have more flexibility in framing creative compositions and a variety of scenes.

For the first time in the EOS M lineup, the AF has now been enhanced with predictive AF technology, enabling high precision tracking of the subject’s movement in the depth of direction from the camera. Whereas older AF systems can only track the subject’s direction of movement, up or down and left or right. The newly-enhanced AF system will now also track them as they move closer or further from the camera. Predictive AF analyses the subject’s movement and speed, and automatically adjusts itself accordingly to maintain the focus on the subject. Also, the EOS M5 is able to achieve up to approximately 7 fps when shooting with continuous AF, or even 9 fps if the focus is locked, ensuring the perfect moment in a high speed action can be captured and frozen in time. 

DIGIC 7 underpins the power of image expression

With DIGIC 7 supporting a more advanced AF, tracking performance is now more dynamic and is able to track several people or even animals simultaneously as they move around the frame. The sophisticated AF system also supports an even smaller AF frame size to enable users to have precision control to focus on very fine details.

When shooting with small apertures, the image correction properties on the DIGIC 7 enables a high level of image clarity and achieves optimal level of brightness and contrast. With diffraction correction, the loss of fine details is minimised and is especially useful in shooting bright landscape scenes. Higher image clarity can be obtained through diffraction correction, which works to minimise the loss of fine details when shooting with a small aperture.

New to the EOS M range is the Panning function which allows users to express themselves creatively and have fun shooting fast-moving objects such as cars or trains while panning to keep the subject in view. The DIGIC 7 keeps the subject in sharp focus, while the background is subjected to motion blur to emphasize the sensation of speed.

A true DSLR feel with EVF shooting

The EOS M5 has a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF) with a high-resolution OLED of approximately 2.36 million dots. For the user, the EVF reflects a highly accurate image representation of what is seen by the camera sensor without interference from glare. The experience invokes the intimate engagement of using a DSLR camera and enhances the joy of image composition with true colour fidelity and clarity. Designed for users’ comfort, the eye point of approximately 22 mm ensures optimal ergonomics such that even bespectacled users will find it comfortable for use. 

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The 3.2” high-resolution LCD with touchscreen functions enables a tilt range from 85 degrees upwards and 180 degrees downwards for framing shots from unusually high or low angles. This allows for flexibility in creative expressions and is also perfect for selfie shots.

When shooting both stills and videos using the EVF, users can make use of the new intuitive Touch & Drag AF function to compose their images. With Touch & Drag AF, the user may look through the EVF and intuitively control and change the focus areas by touching the LCD screen. Touch & drag is customisable to suit a user’s dominant hand, hand size, and method of aiming the AF, and can also be quickly toggled on and off with a dedicated button on the camera body.

Complementing the EVF function is the inclusion of four easily-accessible operating control dials to give the user full control while using the EVF. The dials are the mode dial, an exposure compensation dial, a main dial to control aperture or shutter speed, and a new quick control dial. The quick control dial comes with a dial function button that can cycle through several functions like white balance, ISO speed, and AF mode, while the dial itself adjusts the settings of the currently selected function.

High performance cinematic expressions with EOS movie

With the combination of a supported IS lens with in-camera digital image stablisation, five-axis image stabilisation is achieved for countering camera movement and also dramatically reduces camera shake when shooting from unstable positions or while walking. This results in smooth and high quality videos. With the power of the DIGIC 7 image processor, 5-axis IS is possible even with lenses that do not support IS by using the in-camera digital IS to achieve a similarly stable video.

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For the first time in an EOS M camera, the EOS M5 is able to record videos at Full HD 60p. This is double the frame rate of the other EOS M cameras, and the additional frames allow for much smoother videos.

Edit and connect while on the move

A new feature that appears in an EOS M is in-camera RAW conversion. Users are able to adjust their RAW images and even in batches immediately after shooting them, without the use of a computer. The before and after images can be easily compared on the screen, allowing users to do proper edits and adjustments on the spot.

For easy file transfers, the EOS M5 is equipped with Wi-Fi and NFC technology to connect smartphones, tablets and computers via Canon Image Gateway. Once connected, users can transfer images and videos to these devices and immediately upload them onto the Canon Image Gateway, social media services, and cloud storage. With the connectivity features, remote shooting via a smart device offers users greater creative possibilities especially when shooting at unusual angles or taking group pictures. Using a smart device and the Canon Camera Connect app, users have real-time control of camera settings such as shutter speed, focus selection, self-timer and more. The EOS M5 can also use this connection to make use of a smart device’s GPS to geotag the images.

The EOS M5 is also supports the use of Bluetooth low energy technology. With Bluetooth, the EOS M5 can be constantly connected to a device with low power consumption. It also allows remote shooting whereby users can use their smart devices to shoot images or movies. With this technology, users can use their smart devices as a controller when browsing the images on television.

EF-M18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM

Available in Graphite and Silver, the new EF-M high-zoom kit lens is also launched to complement the high quality and wide spectrum of imaging possibilities that the EF-M18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM can deliver. Compact and stylish, the EF-M18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM has a high zoom ratio of 8.3 x and delivers high quality imaging over a broad focal length, making it highly versatile for wide angle landscapes to telephoto shots of distant subjects. The versatile nature of the zoom range makes it well-suited for all kinds of users, from entry-level users to photography enthusiasts who need more advanced equipment. Its advanced design also makes it compatible with the EOS M5’s above-mentioned Combination IS and Panning functions.

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Aside from the EF-M18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM, the EOS M5 is compatible with many other M-series lenses, and using a mount-adapter will also make it compatible with over 70 EF/EF-S lenses.

Pricing and Availability

Pricing and availability of the EOS M5 and EF-M18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM will be advised at a later date.

Product specifications

EOS M5

Image sensor: 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor

Imaging processor: DIGIC 7

Focal plane AF: Dual Pixel CMOS AF

Max frame rate: 9.0 fps (AF fixed), 7.0 fps (AF tracking)

Max standard ISO speed: ISO 25,600

Monitor: 3.2-inch tilting touch panel LCD, approx. 1.62 million dots

Movie: Full HD 60 fps

Connectivity: Wi-Fi / NFC / Bluetooth

EVF: Approx. 2.36 million dots

Dimensions: Approx. 115.6 x 89.2 x 60.6mm

Weight: Approx. 427g

EF-M18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM

Focal length: 18-150mm

Maximum aperture: f/3.5 – 6.3

Minimum focusing distance: 0.25m (at 18mm), 0.45m (at 150mm)

Maximum magnification: 0.31x

Filter size: 55mm

Aperture blades: 7

Length: 86.5mm

Weight: Approx. 300g

* Information, details and pictures courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *

Canon EOS M10 with EF-M 15-45mm & EF-M 55-200mm Review

The Canon EOS M10 is the most recent addition to the Canon EOS M family of the mirrorless camera bodies and lenses. The Canon EOS M10 was launched in October 2015, with their news release shared in an earlier article that I wrote and shared here. The review unit package that I received for this particular review was the Rilakkuma Special Edition x EOS M10 Kit III (EF-M 15-45mm & EF-M 55-200mm).

I brought the Canon EOS M10 out for events, photo walks and as my daily compact camera in my bag. Some of the events that I attended with the Canon EOS M10 kit III set were LG IT Media launch, Marine Cove McDonald’s re-opening, Emirates Singapore Derby 2016 and a heritage visit to Peranakan Museum for their special exhibition, Nonya Needlework – Embroidery and beadwork in the Peranakan World. I also brought the Canon EOS M10 with the EF-M 55-200mm lens for some outdoors photo walk near my neighourhood, testing it with some bird photography shoot.

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During the two weeks review period, I also had the cute and adorable EOS M Rilakkuma Bear with me, joining me for my photo walks and I had a few interesting Toy Travel adventures into the Singapore heartlands, events and heritage exploration! I had some nice memories of them that I shared on my Instagram! This famous iconic cute bear with the Canon EOS M collaboration, gave me a number of photography opportunities to compose and photograph different perspectives with the Rilakkuma Bear inside the frame, sharing it on social media, with my own style of creative writing.

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First, let me bring you back and refresh your memories, here are some key information and details about the Canon EOS M10 –

Technical Specifications

  • Image sensor: 18.0 mega-pixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Imaging processor: DIGIC 6
  • ISO speed: 100-12,800 (expandable to 25,600)
  • Continuous shooting speed: 4.6 fps
  • Maximum video quality: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
  • AF: Hybrid CMOS AF II
  • LCD: 180 / 45 degrees tilt type touch screen, approx. 1.04 million dots
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, NFC-enabled
  • Dimensions: 108 mm in length, 66.6 mm in breadth and 35.0 mm in depth
  • Weight: Approx. 301 g (CIPA standard)

What were my experiences, thoughts and views on the Canon EOS M10 during my two weeks review period? Let me share with you ~

Pros

  • Lightweight and compact
  • Easy to use
  • Intitutive, interactive and informative screen, similar to the new Canon DSLR models
  • Touch screen allows the photographer to change the settings easily
  • Colours – rich and accurate, quality is close to Canon DSLR standards
  • Easy access button on the right side of the camera body to activate wi-fi and connect with smartphone/tablet
  • Improved Auto-Focus (AF) speed and number of AF points from earlier Canon EOS M models
  • A range of stylish face jackets from a range of colours are available to accessorise the Canon EOS M10, making it fun, colourful, lively and fashionable.

Cons

  • No side grip on the camera body, making it uncomfortable to hold
  • There is no hot-shoe mount therefore the Canon EVF accessory could not be used with the EOS-M10
  • The On/Off button is too small, difficult to press and it is placed together with the switch for video/photography/auto mode selection
  • The noise level at ISO 12,800 is grainy and I don’t recommend to shoot at that ISO level

The Canon EF-M lenses, EF-M 15-45mm and EF-M 55-200mm, are designed and built for the E0S M series camera bodies. These new lenses showed Canon’s commitment towards the Canon EOS M mirrorless series and I would be expecting more EF-M lenses choices to be available in the future.

Let me share with you more about my experiences with the two EF-M lenses below ~

EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Review

This lens is small, compact and lightweight. It would be suitable for a general walkabout/daily /travel lens that do not require telephoto focal range. The built and feel of this lens is not too bad, it doesn’t feel flimsy at all. For this small lens package, it has produced some pretty good photo quality shots that may be comparable with DSLR quality (also thanks to the APS-C CMOS sensor with Digic 6 processor) from my experiences during the review period.

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There is something that photographers need to take note, there is a mechanical lever that locks the lens in place, making it collapsible and compact when not in use. It takes a while to get used to this function, some might find it a bit troublesome, some might find it useful that the lens can be collapsible and very compact.

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Once it is unlocked, the front of the EF-M 15-45mm lens protrude out when it is used between the focal range. While it may not be the best in aesthetics, this small and compact lens sure pack some pretty good quality photography output for its specifications.

EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Review 

This is a small, compact and lightweight telephoto zoom lens, it is easy to bring out for your photo shoot or your overseas holiday trip if you decide to bring along a telephoto zoom lens. For this focal length range, it’s mid to tele focal length, at 200mm focal length, this can be very useful and helpful to capture photographs at a distance away.

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For a telephoto zoom lens, I would usually test the quality of the bokeh at their maximum focal length @ 200mm. The bokeh is pretty good for this lens specifications, quite smooth bokeh. As for the speed of this lens, it is not fast and the photographer might find it difficult to get the object zoomed in and lock focus. In this aspect, wildlife and fast action photography with this lens might prove a bit more challenging than usual. Nevertheless, with patience, positioning and waiting for the right moment, you can capture some wildlife shots too.

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Video recording

The Canon EOS M10 is able to record Full HD videos at 1920 x 1080 (30p/25p/24p). This function is very useful for recording videos and memories of your holiday trips or events, not too difficult to use.

During Emirates Singapore Derby 2016, at the Marquee, watching the horses racing past us towards the finishing line, I used the EOS M10 video recording function and recorded a short video clip of the horse racing action. I also did a short video clip of my very friendly and cute neighbourhood cat playing with my Peak Design Everyday Messenger Bag! Check out the videos shot with the Canon EOS M10 on my YouTube!

 

In the modern social media era, there are great awareness, accessibility and usage of videos in our daily leisure life, professional/commercial aspects of it. Having a camera with good and easy to use video recording capabilities is now pretty much an integral part of our life, whether leisure or professional. Videos are great for personal usage, sharing with family, friends and followers on social media.

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The Rilakkuma Special Edition x Canon EOS M10 kit III set, consisting of EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM and EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM, is a good combination for a first time photographer (e.g. photographers moving up from digital compact cameras or current entry level DSLR users) that would like/prefer to own a mirrorless camera system. It is easy to use and the two different focal lengths of the EF-M lenses cover from wide angle zoom to telephoto zoom. The whole Canon EOS M10 setup is lightweight and compact, ideal for your daily bring out usage, attending events, parties, gatherings, and even bringing it overseas for your holiday travels. For the more experienced photographers that already have a DSLR camera system setup and looking for a mirrorless setup, they might prefer the Canon EOS M3 instead.

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The mirrorless camera eco-system has improved over the years, it can be a photographer’s main or secondary setup depending on their photography focus and needs. They can be great for travel, street, food or daily camera usage photography. However, in my personal humble opinion, the mirrorless camera system is still not ready to take over sports, wildlife and fast action photography.

Looking back at Canon’s mirrorless EOS M family of cameras and EF-M lenses since their maiden debut with the Canon EOS M1, they have changed, improvised and expanded their mirrorless family of camera bodies, lenses and accessories over the years. From my personal experiences using Canon’s photography products and accessories over the past 12 years (and still counting), along with my recent trip to Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai, listening to the keynote speeches, media interactions with Canon’s key senior executives and observing recent launches, my personal view is that Canon is committed to their mirrorless EOS M and I am looking forward to more Canon mirrorless products (EOS M bodies and more EF-M lenses) in the near future.

If you are interested, do drop by and read an article that I wrote earlier, “The Next Wave and Trends (From Canon EXPO Shanghai 2016)”, where I based my observations and views from when I was summarising on the Canon EOS M10 review and Canon EOS M mirrorless system family.

If you are looking for a fun, simple and easy to use mirrorless camera with interchangable lenses capability, do check out the Canon EOS M10, have a feel and see how it goes for you!

* I would like to thank Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations for the opportunity to review the Canon EOS M10 kit III set with the Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM and Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lenses *


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Nonya Needlework: Embroidery and Beadwork in the Peranakan World Exhibition

Peranakan, Nonya or Baba, these are the words that most people here affectionately describe and relate to the Peranakan community in Singapore (and probably in other parts of the world too), I remember my army days when we would affectionately called our fellow camp mate “Baba Koh”. Oh yes, Peranakan food is really delicious and unique, if I have the opportunity, I would introduce and share on Peranakan cuisine in my future articles.

The Peranakan community played some important and key roles in the early days of Singapore, some of them were business owners and philanthropists that shaped Singapore’s early days through hospitals and schools. Most of us here would most likely be able to relate their philanthropy works, businesses and causes.

I attended a school that was founded by a Peranakan Hokkien Chinese businessman and philanthropist, it’s one of the oldest schools in Singapore. Would you be able to guess the name of the school?

Here’s a clue, a line from my school song

“… He started a free school for boys who were poor, to give them the chance to do something more …”

Studying in a school with such a long rich history and heritage, is probably one of the factors that drives me to write, cover and document history, heritage, conservation, preservation matters/subjects in Singapore.

We have seen great works, efforts and legacies built by the Peranakan community. Do you know that they have other skills and talents that probably not many of us would know? The Peranakan community are very skilful and talented in needlework, embroidery and beadwork.

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I will be the first to raise my hand and tell everybody here that I don’t (never) really know how talented and skilful the Peranakan community were in this field until I visited this very special exhibition, Nonya Needlework: Embroidery and Beadwork in the Peranakan World exhibition at the Peranakan Museum. I can relate to the Peranakan community through famous businessmen, philanthropists, schools, hospitals, leaders of modern Singapore and my fellow Baba friends. Oh yes, of course, Peranakan food too!

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When you visit the Nonya Needlework exhibition at Peranakan Museum, do not rush, take your time, there are close to 200 amazing, gorgeous artworks, embroideries, needlework, beadworks, intricately crafted objects on display there. Each and every artwork is a history and legacy of the Peranakan community. This special exhibition displays the traditional Peranakan art of embroidery and beadwork, many of them are seldom seen in the museums and they are from the Singapore’s National Collection, collected over 30 years of dedicated collecting by Singapore’s museums.

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Besides Singapore’s very own collection over the years, the special exhibition also has Nonya artworks from museum partners and private collectors that are being showcased together in this special exhibition too. The special exhibition is divided into five sections, auspicious emblems and symbols, creative hands: makers and methods, and materials, to the diverse styles of Indonesia, Malacca, Singapore, and Penang.

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Some of the Nonya artworks were very bright and colourful, along with their intricate, delicate and precise skills, those artworks are a real eye opener to a community that has contributed quite a lot to the society of Singapore and how rich their Peranakan heritage and culture possess.

I made two trips to this exhibition, the first was the official opening of this exhibition and the second trip was joining the curator tour. There were big crowds on both days that I was there, showing great support for this exhibition. During the official opening ceremony, I also saw many pretty Peranakan ladies dressed up in their pretty and colourful kebaya, a perfect fit for the occasion and exhibition, for the bright and colourful Nonya works on display.

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Inside this exhibtion, there are close to 200 Nonya artworks on display, each of them very special, unique, precious, priceless and of utmost significance. Writing this statement doesn’t do any justice to the excellent curation, collection and displays inside this special exhibition. I strongly encourage you to visit this exhibition at the Peranakan Museum! You need to be up close and personal with the Nonya artworks and you can start to appreciate them even better!

“Nyonya Needlework showcases the pathways of creativity in this Peranakan art form. Although needlework was very much rooted in a traditional context, embroiderers often borrowed and “translated” techniques and designs from other cultures and other media (including batiks, ceramics, and metalwork), introducing novelty and dynamism into the art. The overlaps in regional styles of beadwork and embroidery convey a shared sense of identity; at the same time, their diversity expresses their local connections. We hope visitors will enjoy the refinement and detail in these works, and discover the innovative spirit and craftsmanship, as well as the stories of the Peranakan Chinese embedded in this cross-cultural art form, and be inspired to create their own”, said Dr Cheah Hwei-Fen, lead curator of the exhibition.

Source: Peranakan Museum press release

There are a number of Nonya artworks that I really like, here are some of them

Table Cover

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Penang, early 20th century

Silk damask embroidered with silk floss (knot stitch) and metal thread, silk knot work fringe and tassels, diameter 120 cm

Ceremonial handkerchief

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Malacca, late 19th century

Silk, metal beads, glass beads, cordonnet, 34.2 x 20 cm

Valance for a wedding bed

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Indonesia, mid-19th century

Cotton, glass beads, paper, metal thread

National Museum of World Cultures, Netherlands

* Description provided by Peranakan Museum press release highlights *

As I mentioned earlier in my article, there are close to 200 artworks on display, I have uploaded selected photographs into my Flickr collection and you can view them!

Here are the key information and details of this special exhibition at the Peranakan Museum

Nyonya Needlework: Embroidery and Beadwork in the Peranakan World

娘惹巧手:土生华人世界的刺绣与珠绣工艺

Dates: 24th June 2016 to 26th March 2017

Venue: Peranakan Museum

            39 Armenian Street, Singapore 179941

Website: www.peranakanmuseum.sg

Enquiries: 6332 7591 / nhb_pm_vs@nhb.gov.sg

Admission charges: Individual $10

                                    Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents $4

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 10am – 7pm (to 9pm on Friday)

Getting There:

By MRT – A 10-minute walk from City Hall or Bras Basah MRT stations

By Car – Paid parking is available next to the Peranakan Museum

By Bus – 7, 14, 16, 36, 77, 106, 111, 124, 128, 131, 147, 162,162M, 166, 167, 171, 174, 175, 190, 700, 700A and 857

There are also some upcoming programmes at the Peranakan Museum, in conjunction with the Nonya Needlework special exhibition. Do keep a lookout on their website for more details and updates of upcoming programmes and events!

Straits Family Sunday: All Sewed Up

14 August 2016, Sunday 1pm – 5pm

Free admission

Metallic threads, glass beads, and nimble fingers. Discover colourful Peranakan creations on display in the Nyonya Needlework special exhibition. Get inspired and create your own fashion statement accessory or go on an exploring tour with the whole family.

Peranakan beadwork with Raymond Wong

3, 10, 17, 24 September 2016, Saturdays

2pm – 5pm

Admission charge: $50 per session

Spend your Saturday afternoons at the Peranakan Museum! Create magical beaded accessories under the direction of Rumah Kim Choo’s Raymond Wong, inspired by our special exhibition, Nyonya Needlework: Beadwork and Embroidery in the Peranakan World.

  • Source: Peranakan Museum press release *

When you visit the Nonya Needlework: Embroidery and Beadwork in the Peranakan World Special Exhibition at the Peranakan Museum, do also visit the other sections of the museum too, explore and learn more about the Peranakan community in Singapore!

* I would like to thank Peranakan Museum for the invitation to the official opening of the Nonya Needlework Special Exhibition and the curator tour *


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Emirates Singapore Derby 2016

A classic racing carnival in Singapore rich in history, heritage and culture, dating back to the first race in 1880. The Emirates Singapore Derby had come a long way into the 21st century. Emirates had been a valuable sponsor, partner and supporter of this classic racing carnival and Emirates Singapore Derby 2016 marked the 21st consecutive year of partnership for Emirates Singapore Derby.

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Prior to the Emirates Singapore Derby 2016 racing carnival, Singapore Turf Club organised public roadshows as part of the latest 2016 edition of the Singapore Derby, with the roadshows taking place in central locations, Capital Piazza and CHIJMES. I visited the roadshow on 25th June 2016 at the Outdoor Plaza @ Capitol Piazza. The roadshow allowed the public to know more about the history and culture of Singapore Derby, there were opportunities for horse feeding and a golden photo opportunity with the horse! There were other fun and interesting activities that took place during the public roadshow too, fashion shows, appearances of Singapore Turf Club mascots.

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On Emirates Singapore Derby 2016 racing carnival day, we went to the Marquee at Singapore Turf Club, located on the same level as the race track and it was close to the high octane adrenaline filled racing action on the track! Inside the marquee, we enjoyed a fun and warm hospitality, accompanied by delicious food, music performances, friendship and networking with friends and guests.

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The ladies attending the Emirates Singapore Derby were gorgeous, their dresses, hats and fascinators were colourful, bright and striking. There was a mini fashion parade on-going out there during Emirates Singapore Derby Day! We, the gentlemen, didn’t lose out too much, we came in our suits and ties, looking smart, to complement the beautiful ladies present at the racing carnival.

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At the marquee, there is an open air deck, that allows the guests to go out and get close to the racing action. Whenever there was a race, the guests would stroll out and catch the racing action, cheering their favourite horses and jockeys on! This was also a great opportunity for them to take lots of photos and enjoy themselves!

During the Singapore Derby, there were a few races when their starting barrier was right in front of the marquee, a perfect opportunity for the guests to view the preparation and action by the jockeys and ground staff to get the horses into their barrier gate position. There was a heart warming moment for me, when one of the guests there cheered and shouted to a jockey, “ Come on Bossy!”. I turned to my side and smiled, inside my heart, I knew he’s a Aussie, probably a Queenslander too, cheering for his fellow countrymen in the race, jockey Glen Boss. I was absolutely stoked to hear this cultural interaction at the Singapore Derby racing carnival!

Having immersed myself in racing carnivals while studying in Brisbane, Australia. The feeling was good, to be back again and be a part of a great racing carnival right here in Singapore. A racing carnival goes beyond the horse racing, the hospitality, ambience, atmosphere and also not forgetting the gorgeous fashion displays! As the sun sets over the Singapore Turf Club horizon, marking the end of a successful and exciting 21st edition of Emirates Singapore Derby 2016.

I would like to thank Emirates and Singapore Turf Club for the invitation and warm hospitality at the Emirates Singapore Derby 2016 racing carnival.


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