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Asia Style Collection 2013

Asia Style Collection 2013, a big night of fashion and music extravaganza. It was held at the Singapore Expo on 23rd June 2013, with guests, models and celebrities from Japan, Korea and Singapore, showcasing their fashion and music. The Asia Style Collection was action packed, starting off with performance by members of AKB48 and SNH48. They started the ball rolling and the crowds excited for more exciting performances to come later. Next up was the Tokyo Girls Collection, featuring brands such as Azul by mousey, KIKKA THE DIARY OF, MURUA and OLIVE des OLIVE. The latest fashion trends in Japan were showcased and they were beautiful and attractive, always an eye-opener on fashion brands and styles in other countries! Thelma Aoyama was up next and she’s a bubbly great singer, rocking the crowds up!

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I couldn’t continue catching the rest of Japanese performances in action because we went backstage for a press conference by 2NE1 (something that I will not miss attending). The girls from 2NE1 were very pretty and very friendly, I leave the questions to the rest of the media folks at the press conference while I concentrate on photographing the beautiful and gorgeous 2NE1 girls! Here’s a photograph of Dara during the press conference! Do check out my 2NE1 collection on 500px and Flickr! After the press conference was over, we went back to the concert hall again. The action continued with the Korean wave, Ride The Hallyu Wave! The K-Pop Collection was hosted by the pretty and gorgeous Shauna Koun Han, she’s really mesmerising and a great host! The audience were treated to a feast of the upcoming and latest Korean fashion trends from JADE, DINT, TOM & RABBIT and Qnigirls. Their brands, style and designs caught my attention and it was a fun time photographing the sweet and pretty models showcasing the various Korean fashion brands!

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Next up was 2NE1, the girls rocked the house down and the crowds were on their feet, cheering, waving their fan boards, light sticks, cheering, screaming and singing with one of their favourite K-Pop bands! The talented and beautiful 2NE1 delivered a high octane and high energy performances in this special segment with their hit songs and also from their upcoming album too! I loved their performance and I recalled the last time I saw 2NE1 in action was at Clarke Quay when 2NE1 came down for a surprise pre-concert performance, do check out the photos here! We were standing at the side of the stage watching 2NE1 perform since we were preparing to head backstage for another press conference. There was a priceless moment when CL of 2NE1 danced and walked to the side of the stage that I was standing, singing and engaging the crowds at my side, I managed to capture CL’s beautiful and sweet smile!

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We were back again for another press conference, this time by Girls Generation!! There were 8 beautiful and gorgeous girls, Sooyoung didn’t join them this time due to her commitments back home in Korea. Being a fan of Girls Generation, I am like a fanboy and I can get close to my favourite Girls Generation members, Jessica, Taeyon and Tiffany! After the press conference and taking photographs, we returned back to the concert hall to continue watching the fashion and music extravaganza. We missed some parts of the Singapore segment, Style In The City earlier, however, we managed to catch the local Singapore Celebrity Models such as Zoe Tay, Tay Ping Hui and Jeanette Aw wearing creations from Depression, Mash-Up and Zenchi walking the fashion runway!

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The Grand Finale to close Asia Style Collection 2013 Fashion and Music Extravaganza, making a tribute to the first ever fashion and music collaboration between Singapore, Korea and Japan, was a Grand Finale performance by Girls Generation. They are one of the Korea’s favourite K-Pop bands and  they definitely brought te house down when they appeared on stage! The crowds were on their feet again, cheering, waving their fan boards, light sticks, cheering, screaming and singing with one of their favourite K-Pop bands! Do check out more photographs from my Asia Style Collection 2013 coverage here on 500px and Flickr!

Do drop by my friends posts for more stories and photos of Asia Style Collection 2013 !

Joe Teh – 2NE1 Media Conference at Asia Style Collection & Photos : Girls Generation at Asia Style Collection

Justin Ng – 2nE1 and Girls Generation in Style X Style Asia Style Collection 2013 

Sue Fang – Photos : Asia Style Collection – Fashion Show / Walk 

I would like to thank SK Planet and SG Story for the invitation to Asia Style Collection 2013. SK Planet, a subsidiary of South Korea’s largest Telecommunications company SK Telecom recently launched Pickat SG in Singapore, do check out my post for more information on the location-based social application!


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2NE1 Surprise Pre-Concert in Singapore!

A famous Korean superstar girl band, arriving in Singapore recently to give their fans an unexpected surprise amazing concert performance. Knowing the K-Pop craziness and following in Singapore, Singtel brought in Korean Superstars 2NE1 into Singapore and they gave an awesome live performance at the Read Bridge in the Clarke Quay area.

I was invited by Singtel and was very honoured to be part of this awesome surprise and special performance, close to the stage and watching the beautiful 2NE1 gave an outstanding and rocking outdoor performance. The atmosphere was amazing, many 2NE1 fans packed on the Read Bridge at Clarke Quay, screaming and singing along with 2NE1 songs. This performance by 2NE1 was unannounced and as word of 2NE1’s appearance quickly spread online, more than 1000 excited K-Pop fans flocked to the bridge to watch their idols perform a high-energy set, which included smash hits: I Love You, Fire, I Don’t Care, Can’t Nobody and Clap Your Hands. Crowds also gathered to watch the performance live on giant outdoor screens at Knightsbridge, Bugis Junction, JCube and Toa Payoh Hub.

This surprise concert was broadcasted live too with the use of apps and social media. SingTel leveraged its multimedia capabilities to stream live footage of the performance through its new Amazapp mobile app (You can download them on iTunes or Google Play). The cutting-edge app also offers exclusive unreleased videos that give fans a behind-the-scenes peek into the lives of band members. SingTel also aired the showcase live via mio TV, as well as its website and Facebook page, thus providing fans with several ways to experience the event. Fans can download recordings of the performance through SingTel’s award-winning AMPed music service, as well as a variety of mobile ringtones and wallpaper.

Photographing a Korean Pop music concert was a first time for me! It was very fun and challenging with the space constraints, nevertheless, I enjoyed the concert by 2NE1 a lot and managed to get some nice photographs of 2NE1 superstars singing and dancing! During the performance, the leader of 2NE1, CL, asked the fans to jump and wave while singing along! The bridge was rocking to 2NE1’s magical performance and her fans dancing along with the beat and flow! Dara/ 다라 of superstars 2NE1 was performing quite a lot in front of where I was standing, therefore, I was able to capture quite a number of beautiful photographs of her!

2NE1’s surprise concert performance was magical and amazing, when they are back on 1st December for their first full concert tour in Singapore, I am sure they will rock the world and bring the house down! Stay tuned to the Singtel Facebook Page for more Amazing updates!


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Jazz Encounters of The Russian Kind @ SOTA Concert Hall

The beautiful Jazz music, rhythms and blues, a music that most people would usually relate it to USA with Jazz music originating from the beginning of the 20th Century in black communities in Southern USA (source: Wikipedia). Therefore, when I was first invited to watch and cover a Russian Jazz concert performance, my first reaction was, the Russians are into Jazz music? With a curious mind, I waited for the day to come whereby I was able to watch and photograph the performance “Jazz Encounters of The Russian KInd” at School of the Arts (SOTA) Concert Hall on 27th September 2012. I was there with fellow photographer friends, Belinda, Jerome, CK and David.

Yakov Okun,a respected Russian jazz pianist, together with his band, the MosGorTrio (Makar Novikov on bass and Alexander Mashin on drums) along with Sergey Golovnya, widely considered to be the most talented saxophonist that has emerged from Russia in the last 20 years, and Anna Buturlina, one of Russia’s most promising jazz stars. Together, they put together 3 sets of beautiful Jazz musical performances for the audience at the SOTA Concert Hall. It was their first time visiting Asia except for Alexander Mashin, who visited India (during our conversation, we found out that he’s a photographer too!). They were all very talented Jazz musicians, mesmerising and amazing performances that captivate the audience. After watching them in action, I felt that the Russians were just as good in Jazz music with their USA counterparts, led by Yakov Okun and his band, the MosGorTrio.

After their rousing performances, we went down and have a chat with the musicians themselves, up close and personal. During our short conversations, we had a better understanding on Jazz music scene in Russia, their experiences touring and performing in Asia. With a successful performance here in Singapore, we hope to see them back here in action again! This would also help to spur and build the Jazz music scene in Singapore too!

It was an honour to be part of their first performance in Asia, photographing, covering and enjoying their maiden Jazz performance here in Singapore. I would like to say a big Thank You to Yakov Okun and his band, for having us during their Jazz concert performance in Singapore and this will not be possible without the invitation, facilitation and coordination by Belinda and Yelyn. If you keen to know more about Russian Jazz music scene, check out this Russia Jazz website here (in Russian language) and their YouTube channel. Here’s some of the concert photographs uploaded to Facebook, hope you all enjoy the photographs taken!

Here are my fellow photographer friends write ups and photographs, do check them out too !

Jerome – The Russians have landed

CK – Jazz Encounters of the Russian Kind