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Happy 50th Birthday Singapore!

Singapore celebrates her Golden Jubilee in the year 2015, Happy 50th Birthday Singapore!

I wasn’t able to go down on 9th August 2015 to the Marina Bay area to capture our National Day Parade (NDP) 2015 fireworks and Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) SG50 Aerial Display due to prior commitments. Nevertheless, during the past few weeks leading up to NDP 2015, I went to their combined rehearsals (6 of them) and NDP 2015 Preview, capturing fireworks and aerial display from various locations around the Marina Bay area.

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During the Golden Jubilee long weekend from 7th August to 10th August 2015, I went down to Marina Bay and captured the Golden Jubilee special preview fireworks and Fullerton Hotel SG50 light projection display. Overall, it had been some fun times photographing the various Golden Jubilee celebrations in Singapore!

Sharing my photographs that I photographed and covered leading up to NDP 2015 in Singapore!

Once again! Happy SG50! Happy 50th Birthday Singapore!

NDP 2015 Rehearsals


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RSAF SG50 Aerial Display


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NDP 2015 Rehearsals Fireworks 


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SG50 Golden Jubilee Weekend Special Preview Fireworks


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SG50 Golden Jubilee Weekend Fullerton Hotel Light Projection Display


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Bare Your Sole 2014

Walking barefoot for a charitable cause and movement, looking back to 2011, my first time participating in Bare Your Sole. This was my fourth year participating in Bare Your Sole 2014! Bare Your Sole 2014 saw 5000 participants walking barefoot and helping to raise close to $300,000 in the fight against homelessness and poverty. The charity barefoot walk was held at the iconic Gardens By The Bay – Bay East and the 5000 participants were able to enjoy the good weather and sceneries of Marina Bay and Gardens By The Bay during the walk! Here’s a throwback to my Bare Your Sole participation in 2012 and 2013!

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There were a few notable famous participants rallying the enthusiastic crowd and amongst the 5,000 strong troop were Habitat Ambassadors – Television host, film producer and former Nominated Member of Parliament, Eunice Olsen, model, actor and host, Paul Foster and travel host and writer, Anita Kapoor.

It was great to see the number of participants that turned up at Bare Your Sole 2014, they were there for a good cause and enjoyed their time with their friends and loved ones. Some families brought their young children along too and they were just as sporting in walking bare foot too! For those that signed up for the 5km route, they walked towards Marina Barrage and I saw many participants relaxing at Marina Barrage, taking photographs of their barefoot together, group photos and group selfies too!

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There was something special during Bare Your Sole 2014 that was brought to my attention by the public relations agency, Porter Novelli, for Bare Your Sole 2014 – Making up the 5,000 participants were over 50 migrant workers from Kim Seng Heng Engineering Construction Pte Ltd, some of which were inspired by personal events back home and wanted to do their part for the Singaporean community.

 “Bare Your Sole is an event that my colleagues and myself enjoy and relate to, as some of our families back home do not have a decent place to live in,” said Mr. Raman Ganesan, Safety Coordinator of Kim Seng Heng Engineering Construction Pte Ltd. “I am glad to have had the opportunity to contribute my share to this meaningful event.” At the end of the walk, the participants were treated to a morning of fun and entertainment for the family and friends, with live performances from local entertainment acts along with food and beverage.

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It was great to be part of Bare Your Sole 2014, helping to continue spreading the message and awareness! Here’s some of the photographs I took during Bare Your Sole 2014 on Flickr!


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STEPS In The Park 2014 by EmancipAsia

The weather on Saturday morning, 5th April 2014 was adverse with heavy rain pouring down over Gardens By The Bay skyline. However, this did not deter the enthusiastic and supportive group of over 1,200 people that took part in the inaugural STEPS In The Park event, choosing to run or walk in the 5km event, to help raise awareness of human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

STEPS in the Park was conceived by EmancipAsia, a Singapore based not for profit organisation made up entirely of volunteers, with the aim of enabling people to ‘take their first step’ towards gaining a better understanding of human trafficking and modern day slavery. Participants were also invited to take a further step by taking a pledge where they committed to ‘Raise awareness by telling at least 2 more people about the cause’, ‘Be more informed about sex and labour trafficking’ and to ‘Reduce their Slavery Footprint’. The supporting partners were Singapore Government Interagency Taskforce against Trafficking in Persons and ACS International Singapore. Joining the STEPS in the Park event today was Speaker of Parliament, Madam Halimah Yacob, who addressed the participants with a speech, before she signed the EmancipAsia ‘Pledge Board’, and flagged off the 5km non-competitive event.

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Participants started the 5km route at the Silver Garden of Gardens By The Bay South, running or walking towards the Marina Barrage, turning towards Gardens By The Bay East before turning back along the same route back to the event ground at the Silver Garden. Back at the Silver Garden, participants were able to view “Bought & Sold: Voices of Human Trafficking “- an ArtWorks for Freedom exhibition by photographer, Kay Chernush (check out my coverage of the Bought & Sold exhibition in 2012), as well as posters that informed viewers of the different dimensions of the subject, including Singapore’s National Plan of Action against Trafficking in Persons.

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I felt great to be able to help out in a small way at the STEPS In The Park event by EmancipAsia, photographing the participants, writing and sharing about this event, helping to spread and raise awareness of human trafficking and modern-day slavery. The spirit and support of the participants running in the heavy rain or walking with umbrellas, showed great support and commitment to the cause of STEPS In The Park. Running in the heavy rain, the runners were still in great spirits, smiling for the cameras! The volunteers and helpers were awesome too, in encouraging the supporters/runners and making STEPS In The Park 2014 a successful event! Through my photography coverage/collection of STEPS In The Park on Flickr, I hope to share with my readers about STEPS In The Park by EmancipAsia.

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You can do a part too! Share with your family, loved ones and friends on EmancipAsia, to help raise awareness of human trafficking and modern-day slavery. For more information on EmancipAsia, check out the information below –

About EmancipAsia

EmancipAsia Ltd. is a company limited by guarantee registered in Singapore in March 2012. Although registered as a company, our activities are not-for-profit, and our financial records are available for scrutiny to major donors. EmancipAsia is a volunteer run organization, led by our founder Ms Sylvia Lee.

Our mission is to combat human trafficking by raising awareness, advocating change and empowering communities, businesses and individuals to take action to end this horrific crime against humanity. While human trafficking is a global problem, our region of focus is the Asia-Pacific, with our base operations in Singapore.

Our mission is in line with the Singapore government’s national plan to fight human trafficking both in Singapore and the region. An inter-agency task force was formed in 2011 to combat what has been described as “a threat to Singapore’s security as well as its economic and social fabric”. The national plan has a four-pronged approach, namely, “prevent, prosecute, protect and partnership.” Raising awareness is a preventive measure.

See more at http://www.emancipasia.org/ or http://stepsinthepark.com/

* Information courtesy of EmancipAsia and Cohn-Wolfe XPR *


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FlyPast Meets National Flag!

Singapore’s 48th Birthday is coming soon on the 9th August 2013, our National Day Parade (NDP) 2013. During this period of time, we will be able to watch some of their rehearsals around the Marina Bay area. We decided to head towards Gardens By The Bay East to capture the NDP 2013 rehearsal fireworks that day. While waiting at Gardens By The Bay East, I managed to capture this moment during NDP 2013 Combined Rehearsal 5 on 20th July 2013 when the F16 fighter jets do a FlyPast after our Singapore National Flag flown across the Marina Bay Floating Platform when our National Anthem was sung.

The moment was great, right place, right time, right moment and I was happy to capture this moment with a beautiful Singapore sunset behind the Marina Bay region.

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Bare Your Sole 2013

On 1st June 2013, I was back for Bare Your Sole 2013, lending the support for the 3rd year in a row. For the Bare Your Sole 2013, I didn’t walk barefoot like the 2 years before, instead I was exploring around the event village and the festivities. As the years went by, the event got bigger and there were more participants for Bare Your Sole 2013, over 5000 people took part in today’s Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2013 charity walk, choosing to take off their shoes for either 2.5km or 5km to help raise well over S$ 300,000 for Habitat for Humanity Singapore’s ‘Project Homeworks’ comfortably exceeding last year’s total.

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What is Project Homeworks all about ? Project Homeworks was conceived to help improve the living conditions of Singapore’s elderly, sick and physically-challenged citizens.  It was recently reported in Parliament that there are 35,000 vulnerable elderly in Singapore, many of whom live in single room rental flats all over Singapore in unsafe and unsanitary conditions.

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I walked up to Benjamin Sheares Bridge and took some photos from the bird’s eye view top down of the entire event, it was great to see a sea of blue people among the tents, marquees and the gardens. Going back down, chatting with the PR folks from Cohn-Wolfe XPR, understanding more about the events and activities for Bare Your Sole 2013 and I also shared my experiences from my previous Bare Your Sole walks in 2011 and 2012. At the events village, I spotted my old friend who was walking with his colleagues from his company, they had been avid supporters of Bare Your Sole! This wonderful and charitable event will get better and bigger in the future years ahead, it’s a great reminder to all of us that while we had prospered and enjoyed growth in income and having a higher standard of living, there are still people that wasn’t able to catch up and some were left behind. Through events like Bare Your Sole, we can help them in many ways!

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Here’s my stories recap of my Bare Your Sole adventures and photographs, do drop by and check them out, going back in memories! Do continue to support Bare Your Sole social cause and movement!

Support Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2013

– Walking Barefoot at Bare Your Sole 2011

– Support Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2012

– Photographs from Bare Your Sole 2011

– Photographs from Bare Your Sole 2012 

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Support Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2013 on 1st June

On the Saturday morning, 1st June 2013, you and your family members, loved ones and friends can all join together for a meaningful and fun charity walk event in Singapore without shoes. This is the 5th edition of Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2013 that would be held at Gardens By The Bay East, Tanjong Rhu. I had supported the Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole in 2011 and 2012, it had been a good experience to be part of this charity walk event and I was glad to help the needy people. Last year’s 2012 event saw 5,000 participants take part, with over S$300,000 raised for Habitat for Humanity Singapore. The organisers hope to see more than 5,000 pairs of bare feet for Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2013.

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A photo that I took during Bare Your Sole 2011

For Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2013, they will be helping to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity Singapore’s ‘Project Homeworks’. The project was conceived to improve the living conditions of Singapore’s elderly, sick and physically-challenged citizens living in one-room flats all over the island. In Singapore, as many as 35,000 people are living alone in unsafe and unsanitary conditions. Being elderly, sick or handicapped, these people are unable to clean their homes effectively. Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2013 will help raise funds for these local beneficiaries and increase awareness for the project. Through ‘Project Homeworks’, volunteers are mobilised to help clean-up these homes and in turn, improve the lives of many Singaporeans.

Singapore has enjoyed tremendous growth and prosperity today, with modern high rise developments and a good standard of living. However, there are fellow Singaporeans that are not able to catch up with the growth and prosperity, thus some of them have fallen behind the rest of the society today due to their circumstances. We can all help them to make a difference to these group of fellow Singaporeans that have fallen behind through your contributions.

Online registration for Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2013 opens today on www.bareyoursole.org.sg and the website contains all the necessary information for the event on Saturday, 1 June. The event website also allows participants to pledge a donation online. For more information about supporting events, behind-the-scenes information about ‘Project Homeworks’, as well as competitions leading up to event, please visit the Habitat-Barclays Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BareYourSoleSG

Do check out my stories and photographs of Bare Your Sole 2011 and Bare Your Sole 2012

Walking Barefoot at Bare Your Sole 2011

Support Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2012

Photographs from Bare Your Sole 2011

Photographs from Bare Your Sole 2012 

No matter how big or small, you can make a difference and make an impact to the group of needy people in Singapore during Bare Your Sole 2013.

Outdoor and Bird Photography Adventure @ Satay By The Bay

The Gardens By The Bay South, Singapore’s latest iconic landmark and destination, attracted many local and international visitors. It was officially opened on 28/06/2012 and I was there to be part of the official opening event.  Prior to that, I was also given the opportunity to visit and photograph parts of the Gardens By The Bay South when she was in the final phase of her construction and one of my photographs was selected for the official opening and roving photography exhibition around Singapore.

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I had been back there a few times and it was great to see the second phase of the Gardens By The Bay South completion finishing soon, making the connectivity to Marina Barrage and Gardens By The Bay East fully connected. Take a look at the map of Gardens By The Bay South here; you can see that there is a lake called the Kingfisher Lake and the eating area known as Satay By The Bay. The Kingfisher lake area is nearing completion while Satay By The Bay is already opened and receiving visitors to their food haven.

This area recently became a new and popular spot for birding photographers, partly due to the arrival of a single female Daurian Redstart that is neither a resident bird nor a migrant bird into Singapore. This is a first time that the Daurian Redstart is being sighted and reported in Singapore! It’s pretty amazing that a bird that is native to temperate countries such as Taiwan and Japan flew down to Singapore and chose to reside at Gardens By The Bay South, right in the area of Satay By The Bay and Kingfisher Lake area.  The Daurian Redstart was a “star attraction” and attracted a number of bird photographers flocking down to Satay By The Bay to photograph her presence in Singapore. The number of photographs and mentions about this star attraction bird and her location helped to rally more bird photographers down to Gardens By The Bay area for bird photography. Thus, this made Gardens By The Bay a new place for bird photographers in Singapore.

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Besides this special star bird, the Daurian Redstart, there were other bird species spotted in the area of Satay By The Bay and Kingfisher Lake. Some of the bird species spotted are –

  • Whistling Duck
  • Collared Kingfisher
  • Yellow Bittern
  • White-Breasted Waterhen and her young chicks
  • Olive-Backed Sunbird
  • Pink-Necked Green Pigeon
  • Black-Headed Munia
  • Brahminy Kite (it’s the unofficial resident bird of Marina Bay, quite easily spotted flying above the Bay area)

Considering that Gardens By The Bay South was first and foremost never a natural land/nature park area, the Marina South area whereby the Gardens By The Bay is located is built on reclaimed land. She received her fair share of both praises and criticisms. Personally, I would like to give credit where it is due and highlight that Gardens By The Bay South had transformed into a new nature sector with her trees, flora and fauna, thus attracting different bird species to reside in the area. While the numbers may not be many and plentiful yet, the arrival of different bird species is a testimonial to how an artificial location can be transformed and attracts wildlife (different species of birds into the area).

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I would love to go back again and photograph the area around Satay By The Bay and Kingfisher Lake, hoping to discover more bird species residing around Gardens By The Bay South and Gardens By The Bay East. Some raptors in the sky above Gardens By The Bay and Marina Bay area had been spotted and photographed, I would love to capture them in action and share which of the raptors were there in flying action.

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Besides being a great place for photography (wildlife, landscape), it’s a great place to relax by the Marina Bay, enjoying the breeze, peace and tranquility. It’s definitely an ideal venue for running, walking, picnic and family activities time there.  I like to hang out by the water body with the trees, flora and fauna around it such as Marina Bay and Gardens By The Bay. The Marina Bay area does have her leisure and outdoor recreational sectors that complements the business, offices and retail sectors, with the Gardens By The Bay South.

Do check out Marina Bay Singapore and Gardens By The Bay for more information and updates!


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Support Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2012 on 2nd June !

Everyday, we are walking to and fro, from places to places, whether it’s for work, studies or leisure and recreational activities, we will be wearing our comfortable and beautiful shoes, heels, sandals, slippers, something that covers both our feet. Walking with shoes is now a basic necessity in our life here in Singapore, yet, it is a luxury for people who are less well off in other parts of the world, who walk barefoot because they cannot afford basic necessities beyond having a pair of shoes.

On the 2nd June 2012, Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole is a meaningful and noble walking event, walking barefoot for a short distance of 2.5km or 5km in Singapore on a Saturday morning in Singapore, all in the name of charity fund raising and awareness. Returning back on 2nd June 2012, to be held at the beautiful Gardens By the Bay East, Tanjong Rhu, spanned by the beautiful and gorgeous Marina Bay Waterfront behind the Gardens, Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2012 is hoping to attract more than 5,000 pairs of bare feet for Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2012, from the 4000 pairs of bare feet in 2011, do check out my walking barefoot for charity in 2011 !

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It was a great humbling experience last year in 2011 to walk barefoot for a short distance, raising funds for a great and noble cause, remind myself of the blessings and opportunities that we have it here that others do not have. This would be a morning of fun for your family and friends to come together for a morning barefoot walk for a great noble cause.

By participating in this barefoot walk, YOU will help to raise funds for local and overseas beneficiaries while this event will also assist in raising awareness for Habitat for Humanity projects that build homes and fight poverty for the less fortunate across the Asia Pacific region.

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Registration is now OPEN and Normal registration closes at midnight, 26 May, 2012 ! Head over to the Registration page and sign up for a noble heartwarming barefoot walk fund raising event !

About Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity International is a non-profit Christian housing organisation with a mission to eliminate poverty housing worldwide by building simple, decent houses. We build for people of all backgrounds, races and religions to provide needy families with a simple and decent place to live in.

About Barclays

Barclays is a major global financial services provider engaged in retail banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and wealth management with an extensive international presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs over 140,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide. For further information about Barclays, please visit our website www.barclays.com.

Photos from Bare Your Sole 2011 

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Walking Barefoot at Bare Your Sole 2011

In a modern cosmopolitan city like Singapore, with her high standards of living and modern lifestyle, having access to many technological advancements and tools, social media, internet and many other wonderful things. Many a times, we forgot how much we have progressed from a sleep fishing village to a modern country today, failing to appreciate the peace, prosperity, healthy and nice living environment.

There are people in other parts of the world, that are not able to enjoy all of the things we are having and enjoying now in Singapore, these people could be living in developing countries and disaster stricken areas. It was from this charity walk, Bare Your Sole 2011, organised by Habitat for Humanity Singapore, showing that organisations are out there helping these people who are in need of help, to help them build a decent home, a shelter over their head, a place for them to live in.

Bare Your Sole 2011 was held at Gardens by the Bay East (Rhu Cross) on 18th June 2011, a great turnout of support and walkers, walking barefoot and raising funds for the needy. Although the weather wasn’t sunny and bright, it wasn’t raining and the rain stopped, just nice for the walk to begin. Flagged off by Mr Dhanabalan, A leisure walk in the Gardens, beautiful sceneries of Singapore’s Marina Bay landscape of Marina Barrage, Singapore Flyer, Marina Square, Raffles Place CBD and Marina Bay Sands. The crowds were great, from all ages and walks of life, walking barefoot in the name of charity, enjoying themselves and taking many photos too!

It was fun to be part of this interesting and noble event, helping to raise the funds for other needy people too. While we are able to enjoy the high standards of living and comfort in Singapore now, let’s all take stock and appreciate the finer things in life, not just chasing the dollars and cents, status and power. Therefore, we can also help those around us who are more needy too!


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