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Lomography presents Lomo’Instant Oxford and Lomo’Instant Yangon!

Lomography has two new cameras to their collection, presenting the Lomo’Instant Family Fall Editions: The Lomo’Instant Oxford and Lomo’Instant Yangon!

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Film Format: Fujifilm Instax Mini
  • Lens Focal Length: 48mm (27mm equivalent)
  • 3 Shooting Modes: Flash On Auto Mode, Creative Mode (Flash On), Creative Mode (Flash Off)
  • Exposure Area: 42mm x 64mm
  • Shutter Speed: 1/125s / Bulb
  • Apertures: default f/16; f/8, f/11, f/22, f/32 for manual exposure compensation
  • Ejection Mechanism: Motorized
  • Multiple Exposures: Yes, unlimited
  • Built-in Flash GN: 9(m)
  • Automatic Flash Output: Yes
  • Battery Supply: 4x AAA batteries (1.5V)
  • Tripod mount: Yes

*Extra lens attachments available separately or with the Combo packages

Pricing and Availability 

  • Lomo’Instant Oxford Single Package: SGD 148
  • Lomo’Instant Oxford Lens Combo Package: SGD 188
  • Lomo’Instant Yangon Single Package: SGD 148
  • Lomo’Instant Yangon Lens Combo Package: SGD 188

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* Information and picture courtesy of Lomography Online Services *

Canon Celebrates 90m EOS series cameras and 130m EF lenses

On 17th October 2017, Canon, a global leader in photographic and digital imaging solutions, celebrates two huge production milestones internationally, 90 million EOS series cameras on September 20th and 130 million EF lenses on October 12th. With these two major production milestones, Canon demonstrated their branding and status as a global leader in the photography and digital imaging solutions market.

I have been using Canon EOS series cameras and EF lenses for a period of time, starting from the Canon EOS 300D, one of the cameras that made a significant impact for the photography market around the world (and I was part of it). Over the years, moving from Canon EOS 300D to EOS 30D, EOS 1D Mark III, EOS 70D and now EOS 1DX.

Currently, I have the Canon EOS 1DX and EOS 1D Mark III, with the following EF lenses line-up, EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM, EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM, EF 100mm Macro f/2.8 L IS USM, EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM and EF 300mm f/2.8 L USM. I still have plans to upgrade and also add a few more EF lenses down the road, along with plans to upgrade or add Canon EOS cameras. The milestone 90 million EOS series camera was the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, that I reviewed recently, a DSLR camera that I really like a lot.

My photography skills/knowledge grew a lot (and the most) with my Canon photography cameras, lenses and accessories over the past 13 years and still counting (starting from Canon EOS 300D in 2004). My photography journey and adventures with Canon EOS series cameras and EF lenses had been a very fun, exciting, enriching and great learning.

Canon has always live up to their slogan “Delighting You Always” and I will never forget hearing about the story behind this slogan from my visit to Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai. Indeed, they have and I am a part of this slogan!

Let me bring you through the information and details of Canon’s two major production milestones – 90million EOS series cameras and 130million EF lenses :

Press Release 17th October 2017

Canon Inc. announced today that the Company has reached two major production milestones—a cumulative total of 90 million silver halide (film) and interchangeable-lens cameras on September 20 and 130 million[1] EF-series interchangeable lenses on October 12. An EOS 5D Mark IV was the 90 millionth EOS Series camera produced, while an EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM became the Company’s 130 millionth EF-series interchangeable lens produced.

Canon’s EOS system debuted alongside the EF series of interchangeable lenses in March 1987 as the world’s first fully-electronic mount system for silver halide AF SLR cameras. Over the years, both product lines have continued to expand, gaining support among users ranging from first-time users to professionals. Production accelerated in the early 2000’s with the spread of digital SLR cameras. What’s more, Canon’s interchangeable-lens digital cameras have maintained the No. 1 share of the global market for 14 consecutive years since 2003.[2]

Since its conception, the EOS series has continued to develop revolutionary technologies under the series concept of “speed and comfort.” With the advent of the digital age, the concept was expanded to include “high image quality.” Canon has since developed in-house every key device—CMOS sensors, image processors and interchangeable lenses—employed in the EOS series. Particularly noteworthy are the Company’s EF lenses, which lead the industry in sales and feature such world-first[3] innovations as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM), Image Stabilizer (IS) technology and a multilayered diffractive optical (DO) element.

Canon will continue to strengthen and expand the EOS series and EF lens lineups by refining its imaging technologies, centered on optics, and by striving to combine stills, video and network technologies. The Company will also continue its pursuit of manufacturing products that are both attractive and reliable, while also contributing to expanding the photographic and video imaging culture.

EOS Series

The EOS series of interchangeable-lens cameras began with the EOS 650 SLR camera, released in Japan in March 1987, that not only featured the world’s first electronic lens mounting system, but also fully digitized communication between the camera body and lens to realize a new generation of autofocus technology.

As silver halide cameras boomed, Canon launched several models covering a wide range of user needs, including the EOS-1 in Japan in 1989, aimed at professionals, and the EOS Kiss (EOS Rebel XS or EOS 500 in other regions) in Japan in 1993, which achieved a compact, lightweight design and greatly expanded Canon’s user base. Then in 2003, during the early years of the digital camera age, the Company released in Japan the groundbreaking EOS Kiss Digital (EOS Digital Rebel or EOS 300D Digital in other regions), an entry-level digital SLR camera that realized a compact, lightweight body at an affordable price. This move would trigger a massive expansion of the camera market, with Canon claiming the overwhelming lead in market share that same year. With the later release of the EOS-1D Series for professionals and the EOS 5D series, which helped popularize video capture using SLR cameras, Canon has continued to release epoch-making products that have enabled the Company to maintain the No. 1 share of the global interchangeable-lens digital camera market for 14 consecutive years from 2003 to 2016.

EF Lenses                     

Since the release of the first EF lens, launched alongside the EOS series in 1987, Canon has produced such EF lenses featuring world-first technologies as the EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM with IS in Japan in 1995, the EF400mm f/4 DO IS USM with a DO lens in Japan in 2001 and the EF24mm f/1.4L II USM, treated with highly antireflective Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) in Japan in 2008. What’s more, in 2015 Canon released in Japan the EF11-24mm f/4L USM, the world’s first[1] ultra-wide-angle zoom lens to achieve an 11 mm focal length.

** From my archives, Year 2012 **

Today, Canon boasts 93 lenses[2] in its rich EF lens lineup that comprises such lenses as an ultra-wide-angle 8 mm focal length lens, an 800 mm focal length super-telephoto lens and EF Cinema Series lenses for video production. With a wide selection of lenses for every purpose including zoom lenses, IS-equipped lenses, fast-aperture lenses, macro lenses and even the TS-E tilt-shift lenses, Canon is well-positioned to meet the needs of various users.

[1] Among interchangeable camera (SLR and Compact System) lenses, excluding fish-eye lenses. Based on a Canon survey

[2] Including two EF lens extenders, two models available outside of Japan and fourteen EF Cinema lenses. As of October 2017.

[1] Including EF Cinema Series lenses

[2] Based on a Canon survey.

[3] Among interchangeable SLR camera lenses. Based on a Canon survey.

* Information courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival 2017!

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

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

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

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

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

祝大家中秋快乐!


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Ballantine’s launched 15 years old Single Malt Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Glenburgie Single Malt

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

The Miltonduff Single Malt

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

The Glentauchers Single Malt

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

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

Canon PhotoMarathon XV Singapore – 23rd September 2017

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

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

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

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

Theme 1 : Tilt

Theme 2 : Celebration

Theme 3 : Mysterious

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

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

Theme 1 : Tilt

Theme 2 : Celebration

Theme 3 : Mysterious

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

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

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

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

BEST OF SHOW – STUDENT

Luong Ngoc Thanh Thao, LASALLE COLLEGE OF ARTS

BEST OF SHOW – OPEN

Jirawat Saiwuttinon

TEAM CATEGORY WINNER

GYMN

SCHOOL CHALLENGE WINNER

Singapore Polytechnic

THEME 1 : TILT

STUDENT CATEGORY

1ST Dex Ngiam Chao Yi, EDGEFIELD SECONDARY SCHOOL

2ND Luong Ngoc Thanh Thao, LASALLE COLLEGE OF ARTS

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

OPEN CATEGORY

1ST Jirawat Saiwuttinon

2ND Prashanth Motilal Naik

3RD Goh Si Hui

THEME 2: CELEBRATION

STUDENT CATEGORY

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

2ND Tran Nguyen, SP JAIN SCHOOL OF GLOBAL MANAGEMENT

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

OPEN CATEGORY

1ST Chew Kay Ching Edmund

2ND Wong Chek Poh

3RD Ang Cheng Hoe

CANON CHALLENGE WINNER

Koh Zhi Kai

THEME 3: MYSTERIOUS

STUDENT CATEGORY

1ST Miko Pang Yun Xuan, SINGAPORE POLYTECHNIC

2ND Goh Bei Jun, SINGAPORE POLYTECHNIC

3RD Yasmin Bte Selamat, RIVERSIDE SECONDARY SCHOOL

OPEN CATEGORY

1ST Lersom Loungpon

2ND Ong Kun Fong

3RD Chiang Yeou Chyi

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

Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, please visit us at:

Website:              www.chinatownfestivals.sg

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

Witness to War: Remembering 1942

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

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

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

Catch some old vintage films first

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

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

New gems and rediscover cherished classics from National Collection

25-Pounder Field Gun

Japanese Army Bungle

Enfield No. 2 Mk. 1 revolver

World class artefacts from 10 overseas museums and institutions

Steel sword (katana) of Lieutanant General Tomoyuki Yamashita

Union Jack Flag

4 pods, 4 themes

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

I – Destruction

II – Displacement

III – Love & Loss

IIII – Fortitude

5 stations for children engagement, learning, participation and interaction

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

Student Archivist Project

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

 

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

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

My own personal thoughts and feelings

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

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

Lest We Forget.

Exhibition details

Location: National Museum of Singapore Exhibition Galleries, Basement Level

Period: 23rd September 2017 to 25th March 2018

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

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

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


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150th Anniversary of the First Postage Stamps Issued in Singapore

A new exhibition has recently opened to the public at the Singapore Philatelic Museum (SPM) from 1st September 2017 to 1st January 2018, visitors to SPM are able to enjoy a very interesting and intriguing exhibition of stamps, some of the stamps have a very rich and old history, some of the rarest stamps, covers and other philatelic materials on display, showcasing the history and significance of Singapore from her Colonial days when she was an international port of call around the world.

On 31st August, I was at the official launch and opening of the exhibition – 150th Anniversary of the First Postage Stamps Issued in Singapore, attended and launched by Guest-of-Honour Mr Chan Yeng Kit (Chairman of Infocomm Media Development Authority), Mr Woo Keng Leong (CEO, Postal Services at SingPost), Mr Hong Tuck Kun (Chairman of the Stamp Advisory Committee), Mr Richard Tan (President of the ASP) and Professor Cheah Jin Seng (Chairman of SPM Board) at the SPM.

Thereafter, I went into the exhibition space to view the collection of stamps on display at this exhibition. When you entered into the exhibition space, it might look small in terms of floor size, however, there are a lot of stamps on display and some of the rarest stamps are there! Every stamp, cover and philatelic material tells a story of Singapore, her postal history and history as part of the Straits Settlements. It’s really amazing, mind blowing at times, it’s not just the history behind it, there are also stories behind some of the stamps on display there. This exhibition is excellent and very suitable for parents to bring their children there to learn more about Singapore’s history and culture.

Just to share a bit on the history of the Straits Settlements, in the year 1867, Singapore, Penang and Malacca were transferred from the jurisdiction of the East India Company in India to British rule in London as a Crown Colony. Singapore took control of the seat of the government of the Straits Settlements, along with its postal affairs. In order to commemorate the change of governance, a new set of stamps was issued on 1st September 1867, for the first time by the Singapore Post Office.

I didn’t get the chance to view and learn about every single stamp, cover and philatelic material on display because there are many stamps inside the exhibition. I have to plan a time and visit the exhibition at SPM again. For my next visit, I am going to slow down, view, observe and learn more about each stamp, their story and history.

When you visit 150th Anniversary of the First Postage Stamps Issued in Singapore at SPM, you can purchase a momento of this key postal milestone, the following items will available during the exhibition period:

  • A limited edition, 150th Anniversary of the First Postage Stamps Issued in Singapore. Price: $50
  • A series of 150th Anniversary of the First Postage Stamps Issued in Singapore exhibition picture postcards. Each month, a different set of 4 serialised picture postcards will be available. The pictures on the postcards are of the exhibits on display. Price: $10 for a strip of four postcards.
  • Special Exhibition Souvenir Covers: Bring home a special exhibition souvenir cover with 1st local stamp and the event date stamp (1st September 2017). Price: $3.

In conjunction with the SPM exhibition 150th Anniversary of the First Postage Stamps Issued in Singapore, SingPost has 1st local, 2nd local, 60cents, 70cents and $1.30 issued in Singapore stamps. Pre-cancelled First Day Covers affixed with the complete set of stamps are available at $4.25. There is also a Collection Pack, comprising of the 5 SingPost stamps and 3 Pos Malaysia stamps commemorating the first Straits Settlements will also be sold. You can buy them at the General Post Office, Philatelic Store which starts operations at the SingPost Centre, Jurong West Post Office and online at shop.singpost.com.

For more information , check out the URL links below-

Do visit the the exhibition – 150th Anniversary of the First Postage Stamps Issued in Singapore at SPM, if you are a parent, bring your children there, it would be a fun learning experience for them!

Huawei launched 1st Annual NEXT-IMAGE Awards

Smartphone/mobile phone photographers alert! I would like to bring your attention to the first annual NEXT-IMAGE Awards organised by Huawei in partnership with International Center of Photography (ICP). With the launch of the Huawei P9 back in April 2016, Huawei took the smartphone photography market by storm with its Leica dual-lens camera on its Huawei P9, I had the opportunity to review it and I decided to own the Huawei P9 after reviewing it. A few months back, I had the opportunity to review the Huawei P10 Plus and I had a even better experience with the new Huawei P10 Plus! I am really looking to upgrading from Huawei P9 to Huawei P10 Plus if the opportunity arises!

Smartphone technology and devices penetration are growing bigger and faster, that applies to the mobile camera technology too, that is now more advanced, with Huawei leading the way in their Leica powered dual-lens camera smartphones. The expansion and growth of smartphone photography is huge and still growing. With this NEXT-IMAGE Awards, Huawei is stepping up to engage this group of smartphone photography users, with many activities, competitions, exhibitions and collections, as well as photographing and sharing of visual content.

I run a small photography business, I am an avid smartphone photographer, they complement each other perfectly. My smartphone photography with my Instagram account is care free without putting any and/or too many restrictions on how I want to do my photography with my smartphone. It’s not hipster, it’s not curated deliberately to showcase, it’s about me as a carefree photographer.

Personally, I am excited and looking forward to see how Huawei NEXT-IMAGE movement is going to impact, engage and maybe revolutionise smartphone photography. For a start, let’s all take a look at the NEXT-IMAGE Awards!

Let me share with you more information and details of the Huawei first annual NEXT-IMAGE Awards, in partnership with the International Center of Photography (ICP)-

Press Release 9th September 2017

Huawei launched the first annual NEXT-IMAGE Awards today with the International Center of Photography (ICP). The Vice President of Huawei Smartphones, Li Changzhu, and the Executive Director of ICP, Mark Lubell, signed an MoU at the launch ceremony, officially kicking off the NEXT-IMAGE Plan in locations around the world.

“Huawei’s innovation in domains like AI, VR/AR, holographic imaging, and optics are given new forms of physical expression in our smartphones,” Li said at the signing ceremony. “These technologies also give rise to endless new possibilities in visualexpression, making the creative process more enjoyable than ever before.”

Back in April 2016, Huawei released the P9 series with its ground-breaking Leica dual-lens camera. The company later released the Mate 9 series in November of 2016, and the P10 series in February the following year. In September 2017, Huawei announced the release of the Kirin 970, the world’s first smartphone chipset with a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) that supports on-device AI processing. Moving forward, Huawei will redefine visual culture together with hundreds of millions of smartphone users around the world, while continuing to build on its foundation of next-generation visual imaging and optical technology.

As smartphone penetration grows and mobile camera technology becomes more advanced, more people are using their phones to create compelling visual content – content that is far more expansive and diverse than ever before. In effect, smartphone photography is no longer just a form of entertainment, but a new and impactful phenomenon in visual culture. The NEXT-IMAGE Plan is the culmination of Huawei’s efforts to redefine visual expression and culture with more professional and intuitive smartphone cameras. With the right technology and a unique style, Huawei wants to explore the next-generation of visual expression together with smartphone users around the globe.

Together with ICP, Huawei will hold a series of cross-media activities, including competitions, exhibitions and collections, and educational opportunities designed to enrich visual expression based on three core elements: technology, style, and culture. Through NEXT-IMAGE, all Huawei smartphone users will rediscover the joy of creating and sharing visual content.

The annual NEXT-IMAGE Awards are an important component of the overarching NEXT-IMAGE Plan. Starting in 2017, the awards will provide smartphone users from around the world with a gallery where they can showcase their best work.

“The International Center of Photography is the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture. I am thrilled that the NEXT-IMAGE awards and future projects with Huawei will scale up ICP’s reach and impact, and allow both ICP and Huawei to find new ways to activate smartphone technology to increase visual literacy globally and across generations. The synergy between ICP and Huawei will inspire and increase our connections to each other through presenting new ways of learning and innovative ways for creating and sharing visual content,” says ICP Executive Director Mark Lubell.

The “NEXT” in NEXT-IMAGE refers to the next generation of photographers using thenext generation of tools to create and spread the next generation of visual content – all with new forms of interaction and feedback. The “IMAGE” part of the name refers to both static images and new forms of dynamic visual expression. The 2017 Awards are broken down into seven different categories:

  • @All
  • Me, Myself & I
  • Hello, Life!
  • Check-In
  • Citizen Witness
  • 3×3
  • Timeline

The Plan will also include an act of collective creation initiated by ICP to be activated during the awards and for the months immediately following aimed to encourage and sustain participation from imagemakers who are utilizing smartphone technology. All in all, the competition takes a fresh approach to traditional contest elements like category design, submission, and judging. Visual creatives from around the world will compete to become NEXT-IMAGE finalists, ultimately contending for best-in-category awards and the grand prize – a cash award for the NEXT-IMAGE creative champion.

Call for entries officially began on September 9, 2017, and winners will be announced on December 19. For more details, please refer to the official award website:http://gallery.consumer.huawei.com

The ceremony was also attended by Erin Barnett, the Director of Exhibitions and Collections at ICP; Christopher Phillips, Curator of the Walther Collection; Jane Cui, President of Leica Asia; and Liu Heung Shing, the Pulitzer prize-winning founder of the Shanghai Center of Photography (SCoP).

* Information and picture courtesy of Huawei and Allison+Partners *

Canon announced lineup of Canon PhotoMarathon 2017 competition dates

Canon PhotoMarathon 2017 is here, taking place across different countries in Asia on different dates! Kicking off Canon PhotoMarathon 2017 is Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, taking place on 9th September 2017, starting at 0700 hour at Berjaya Times Square, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

I am also participating in Canon PhotoMarathon 2017 in Singapore, this fun photography competition means more than just a photography competition, it’s a time to have fun as well, make new friends, networking, catch up with fellow photographer friends, view very interesting photography submissions from very different views and perspectives!

Personally, I have participated in Canon PhotoMarathon 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2008! This year 2017 would be my 7th year participating in Canon PhotoMarathon Singapore! Check out the links whereby I shared my stories, photographs and experiences on the photography themes during the Canon PhotoMarathon Singapore contests!

Canon PhotoMarathon 2017 is a special year as Canon celebrates 80 years of dedication to imaging solutions and competition intensity is simultaneously building up across the 16 Asian cities.

Let me share with you information and some interesting fun facts on Canon PhotoMarathon from the press release information:

The region’s largest, annual photo competition brings the community of photography enthusiasts closer together while challenging them to push their boundaries and showcase their city through their own perspectives, all under time pressure. This year, the event expands to China mainland. In total, more than 22,000 photo enthusiasts from different communities are expected to showcase their photo masterpieces.

“Canon has been championing “overall wellness” for many years, advocating a healthy lifestyle and a positive attitude towards life, and this project is a perfect interpretation of this philosophy. The Canon PhotoMarathon is a perfect combination of photography and sports. Participants will not only enjoy shooting, but also improve their health and help people to communicate more smoothly. For more than a decade, Canon PhotoMarathon has been gaining popularity in Asia, and it continues to attract more and more participants. This year also marks the Canon Group’s 80th anniversary. As we launch this activity in 16 Asian cities, we hope to create happiness and delight to everyone,” said Howard Ozawa, President of Canon Asia Marketing Group.

The 2016 Best of Show winners won an all-expense paid photo clinic trip to scenic spots in Japan

Apart from attractive category prizes, all the Best of Show winners from each competition will win an exclusive spot in the Canon PhotoMarathon Asia Championship held in 2018, which is valued at more than US$5,000. The Canon PhotoMarathon Asia Championship will see these winners from across Asia converge on an all-expenses paid trip (destination to be advised next year) that promises awe-inspiring scenery for any photography buff. Apart from the chance to explore various facets of photography under the tutelage of a professional photographer, the event will also involve further theme challenges which be a test of mettle to select the champion among winners.

The Endurance Race requiring more than Shutter Speed

Beyond a showcase of creativity, Canon PhotoMarathon heightens the excitement element through time pressure and endurance. Participants have to demonstrate a unique perspective in picture composition according to assigned themes within a short span of time. In true competition style, crossing the finishing line entails composure to perform under time pressure and the tenacity to last a grueling full-day marathon.

15 years of Cultivating Photography Culture

Canon believes that photography has the powerful ability to transcend differences to convey touching everyday narratives. Inspired to bring communities even closer together through the cultivation of photography culture, the very first Canon PhotoMarathon was conceptualised in 2003, and the inaugural competition was held in Singapore.

Since then, photography culture has proliferated. In 15 years, the event has grown in geographic reach to become ever more inclusive, bringing together varied photography communities all under one roof.

The annual event now includes parallel competitions around the region including Brunei, Cambodia, China Mainland, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Get set to go

After the first competition of 2017 kicks off in Kuala Lumpur, Canon PhotoMarathon will also take place in the following locations:

Date Location
23 September Singapore
8 October Hong Kong
8 October Danang, Vietnam
21 October Manila, Philippines
21 October Colombo, Sri Lanka
21 October Taipei, Taiwan
29 October Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
4 November Mumbai, India
4 November Jakarta, Indonesia
5 November Hanoi, Vietnam
11 November Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
12 November Yogyakarta, Indonesia
18 November Delhi, India
25 November China Mainland (name of city to be advised)
26 November Phnom Penh, Cambodia

To view the gallery of past winning images and for more information on Canon PhotoMarathon and the PhotoMarathon Asia Championship, please visit https://photomarathon.canon-asia.com/2017/regional/en

For the first timers participating in Canon PhotoMarathon 

Fun facts about participants (data applicable up to 2016)

Canon PhotoMarathon attracts a wide audience from young students to the silver generation.

Most senior to date: 78 years old (from India)

Most junior to date: 4 years old (from Vietnam)

Average age of participants: 30 years old

Total number of competitions to date: 141 competitions all over Asia

Total number of participants to date: More than 155,000

Snapshot of Timeline across Asia

Year Country
2003 Singapore
2006 Vietnam
2007 Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand
2009 Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, India
2011 Cambodia
2012 Brunei
2016 Sri Lanka
2017 China

How the contest works

The Canon PhotoMarathon is the largest photography event in the Asia region. A one-day photography competition that runs from 6 to 9 hours (duration varies by each local competition), perseverance and the ability to work under time pressure are essential requisites for completion of the Canon PhotoMarathon.

Participants are require to capture images according to various Competition Themes unveiled on competition day at specific times. Participants will have a few hours to submit their best interpretation of the assigned theme before the next theme is unveiled.

Canon applies a no-editing policy, which means that only in-camera processing is allowed for submitted entries to qualify for consideration.

How are photos judged?

For each theme, photos are judged by a panel of judges according to the relevance to theme and the creative interpretation to the theme.

The Best of Show (BOS) prize is awarded to the participant deemed by the judges to have performed the best across all Competition Themes. The Best of Show winner will also win a coveted spot and all-expenses paid trip to the Canon PhotoMarathon Asia Championship.

The Canon PhotoMarathon Asia Championship will take place in 2018. The destination will be advised at a later time.

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Canon PhotoMarathon is not just a photography competition, that you can win very exciting and wonderful prizes. It’s a great time to have fun as well, learn from viewing/observing other photographers works, make new friends, catch up with friends. Overall, it’s going to be a tiring experience (testing your endurance), putting your photography against time limits, stress and pressure. This would help you to grow and improve as a photographer, whether you are an amateur, enthusiast or professional.

If you haven’t sign up for Canon PhotoMarathon 2017, it’s time to do it!

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