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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 *

Huawei P10 Plus Dual Lens Camera Review

The Huawei P10 Plus was recently launched in April 2017 for the Singapore market. I was excited to read about the launch of the new Huawei P10 and P10 Plus since I am an existing Huawei P9 user, having done a review last year, I was very impressed with the mobile phone photography quality produced by the Huawei P9 during my review that I went on to get a Huawei P9 smartphone for my own usage.

During the Huawei P10 Plus review period, I had some priceless moments and a great time testing this dual lens smartphone. My 5,000th instagram shot was a double rainbow over the skyline of Marina Bay Sands at Marina Bay Singapore using the Huawei P10 Plus! The other was producing an impromptu video for my friend’s new food outlet – Keith Crackling Roast, shot in 4K video with the Huawei P10 Plus. He’s a Huawei Mate 9 user, thanks to my persuasion and conversion after letting him try out my Huawei P9 smartphone!

The Huawei P10 Plus dual lens camera setup is an improvement from the highly successful Huawei P9 series that set the stage for the dual lens camera smartphone in the Huawei smartphone family. In the later paragraphs, readers can view the number of different functions and capabilities packed inside the Huawei P10 Plus dual lens camera smartphone. On the Huawei P10 Plus, you can find the Leica Summilux-H 1:1.8/27 ASPH lenses driving it, resulting in one of the best dual lens camera smartphone in the market (in my personal humble opinion).

Dual lens camera technical specifications

Main Camera

  • 20 MP Monochrome + 12 MP RGB, F1.8
  • OIS (Optical Image Stablization)
  • Dual-tone Flash
  • PDAF + CAF + Laser + Depth Auto Focus
  • 2x Hybrid Zoom
  • 4K Video Recording

Front Camera

  • 8 MP AF, F1.9

Modes

  • Photo
  • Monochrome
  • Video
  • HDR
  • Panorama
  • Night Shot
  • Light Painting
  • Time-lapse
  • Slow-mo
  • Watermark
  • Audio Note
  • Document scan
  • Good food

Photo Mode

  • Wide aperture
  • Portrait mode with artistic bokeh and beauty level
  • Colours: Standard, Vivid and Smooth
  • Touch & hold shutter icon – burst shot
  • Capture smiles: take photos automatically when smiles are detected
  • Assistive Grid: Fibonacci spiral (left), Fibonacci Spiral (right), Phi grid, Grid, off
  • Resolution: 20M 5120×3840 (4:3), 12M 3968×2976 (4:3), 9M 3968×2240 (16:9), 9M 2976×2976 (1:1), 8M 3264×2448 (4:3), 6M 3264×1840 (16:9)

Photo Mode (Pro)

  • RAW + JPEG
  • No burst shot
  • No capture smiles
  • Can adjust ISO, Shutter, EV, AF, WB, Metering
  • Assistive Grid: Fibonacci spiral (left), Fibonacci Spiral (right), Phi grid, Grid, off
  • Horizontal Level
  • Resolution: 20M 5120×3840 (4:3), 12M 3968×2976 (4:3), 9M 3968×2240 (16:9), 9M 2976×2976 (1:1), 8M 3264×2448 (4:3), 6M 3264×1840 (16:9)

Monochrome Mode

  • Wide aperture
  • Portrait mode with artistic bokeh and beauty level
  • Colours: Standard, Vivid and Smooth
  • Touch & hold shutter icon – burst shot
  • Capture smiles: take photos automatically when smiles are detected
  • Assistive Grid: Fibonacci spiral (left), Fibonacci Spiral (right), Phi grid, Grid, off
  • Resolution: 20M 5120×3840 (4:3), 12M 3968×2976 (4:3), 9M 3968×2240 (16:9), 9M 2976×2976 (1:1), 8M 3264×2448 (4:3), 6M 3264×1840 (16:9)

Monochrome Mode (Pro)

  • No burst shot
  • No capture smiles
  • Can adjust ISO, Shutter, EV, AF, WB, Metering
  • Assistive Grid: Fibonacci spiral (left), Fibonacci Spiral (right), Phi grid, Grid, off
  • Horizontal Level
  • Resolution: 20M 5120×3840 (4:3), 12M 3968×2976 (4:3), 9M 3968×2240 (16:9), 9M 2976×2976 (1:1), 8M 3264×2448 (4:3), 6M 3264×1840 (16:9)

Video Mode

  • Wide aperture mode
  • Beauty mode
  • Resolution: UHD 4K (16:9 stereo), FHD 1080p (16:9 stereo at 60fps), FHD 1080p (16:9 stereo), HD 720p (16:9 stereo), VGA 640×480 (4:3), QVGA 320×240 (4:3) and MMS (176×144)

Video Mode (Pro)

  • Can adjust EV, AF, WB, Metering
  • Wide aperture mode
  • Beauty mode
  • Resolution: UHD 4K (16:9 stereo), FHD 1080p (16:9 stereo at 60fps), FHD 1080p (16:9 stereo), HD 720p (16:9 stereo), VGA 640×480 (4:3), QVGA 320×240 (4:3) and MMS (176×144)

Light Painting Mode

  • Tail Light Trails
  • Light Graffiti
  • Silky Water
  • Star Track

Night Shot Mode:

  • ISO: Auto or manual from ISO100 – 1600
  • Shutter: Auto or manual from (1/4s – 32s)

Time Lapse Mode

  • HD 720p

Slow-mo Mode

  • FHD 1080p (16:9 stereo 120fps) and FHD 720p (16:9 stereo 120fps)

Huawei P10 Plus versus Samsung Galaxy S8+

In my earlier introductory article when I started with the Huawei P10 Plus review journey, I also have the Samsung Galaxy S8+ together with the Huawei P10 Plus to observe and compare the differences between them.

Pro mode comparisons

Panorama comparisons

Samsung Galaxy S8+
Huawei P10 Plus

4K video comparisons on YouTube

During my review period using the Huawei P10 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S8+, I observed and compared both smartphones on their strengths and weakeness through the photographs and camera user interface.

Some key observations between them are

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ can do 360 panorama while Huawei P10 Plus is unable to do it, some users like 360 panorama, some users don’t.
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ handles the shadows better than the Huawei P10 Plus (for photographs shot straight out from their respective cameras)
  • Huawei P10 Plus photos are more authentic and accurate than the Samsung Galaxy S8+
  • Huawei P10 Plus camera app user interface has more functions and capabilities (it might seem more complex for some users however, photographers would like it) than the Samsung Galaxy S8+ camera app
  • Both smartphones are able to produce 4K videos, I produced 2 simple test shot videos shot by the Huawei P10 Plus and Samsung S8+. First and foremost, I have to declare that I am not an expert nor trained in videography and I am still learning the basics of videography. From my two simple sample shot videos, my humble and personal view is that they are quite close to each other in terms of 4K performance and output.

In my earlier introductory article titled “Journey with me along with the Huawei P10 Plus”, I shared my thoughts and views on Huawei P10 Plus versus Samsung S8+. At the end of my review stint, writing this review, my thoughts and views on them were further reinforced through my observations and comparisons between them.

My views are that while Huawei P10 Plus and Samsung S8+ are both very good smartphones in the market. From my review, observations and analysis, the Huawei P10 Plus has stronger camera capabilities and functions over the Samsung S8+, moreover, the authencity and accuracy of the Huawei P10 Plus suits me perfectly, the photographer that I am.

What are some of the key aspects/capabilities/observations from the Huawei P10 Plus dual lens smartphone that stands out for me?

1) Low light photography with Summilux-H 1:1.8/27 ASPH : With a f/1.8 lens, this allows a lot more light to enter thus making it easier for low light/night photography with the Huawei P10 Plus.

2) Sharp and detailed photographs produced with the Summilux-H 1:1.8/27 ASPH: Since I am currently using the Huawei P9, therefore I know first hand on the sharpness and details of the photos produced by the Huawei P series. The Huawei P10 Plus is able to produce sharper and more detailed photos.

3) Monochrome photography: One of the key aspects of the Huawei P10 Plus camera, when I first experienced it with the Huawei P9, I was already blown away by their monochrome photography capabilities.

On the genre of monochrome photography, photographers have different “tastes, preferences, expectations and appreciation” on the blacks, shadows, highlights, contrasts of monochrome photography. Therefore, let me invite you to view my dedicated photo album on monochrome photography shot with the Huawei P10 Plus.

Personally, the Huawei P10 Plus is the perfect smartphone camera for monochrome street photography.

4) High ISO performance: From my observations, the Huawei P10 Plus is able to handle high ISO better than other smartphones available in the market.

5) 4K video: Huawei uses the newer H.265 codec, it creates some challenges for computers/websites that are using the slightly older H.264 codec. In time to come, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue when the market adopts the H.265 codec altogther.

Final thoughts, views and opinions on the Huawei P10 Plus

After finishing reviewing the Huawei P10 Plus and returning it back to the public relations agency. I felt something was missing after returning back to my Huawei P9, it’s still an excellent smartphone and still in good working condition. The quality and improvements of the Huawei P10 Plus are excellent and in my personal opinion, a great upgrade and improvements over the Huawei P9, makes me miss the Huawei P10 Plus and I would love to upgrade from the Huawei P9 to the Huawei P10 Plus if any opportunity arises.

Equipped with 4K video capabilities, the Huawei P10 Plus is now not only a photographer’s smartphone, this feature has helped me explore my amateur videography, applying it for my vlogging, live updates, producing small 4K videos for photography, travel, live events reportage and social media coverage. Do check out some of my videos shot with the Huawei P10 Plus during the review period, on my YouTube channel.

In my personal humble opinion, the Huawei P10 Plus is the smartphone that I highly and strongly recommend to photographers and photography enthusiasts. It is packed with an excellent dual lens setup with the Summilux-H 1:1.8/27 ASPH lens, functions and user interface is what a photographer like me wants, the controls. The quality and output displayed in the photographs, showing it on the laptop or desktop computer, the quality, details and sharpness are superb. Do visit my Flickr collections to view the photographs shot with the Huawei P10 Plus!

Personally, the Huawei P10 Plus is the perfect photographer’s smartphone for the photographer.

I would like to thank Huawei Singapore and Hill+Knowlton Strategies Singapore for the opportunity to review the Huawei P10 Plus.

 


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Welcome to Changi T4 – A sneak preview

One of the most famous and busiest international airports in the world, one of the best airports, if not the best. Voted the World’s Best Airport for the fifth consecutive year at the 2017 World Airport Awards, voted by international air travelers. Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Singapore Changi Airport!

Having traveled to different countries around the world, whenever I return back home to Singapore, arriving at Changi Airport always gave me a sense of great pride and homecoming. It’s not just about how fast I can pick up my luggage after clearing immigration, or getting in and around the Changi Airport, the facilities and amenities, the efficiency and speed of Changi Airport as a whole.

One thing that strikes something inside about Changi Airport is that they are always constantly trying to improve on themselves, lifting Changi Airport to the next level and not being complacent in the midst of intense international airports and flying routes competition in the Asia region and around the world. Changi Airport seeks to improve and be better than before, this eventually pave away for Changi Airport to announce major plans a few years back to strengthen itself as a major aviation and travel hub in the world.

The decision to build Changi Airport Terminal 4 was announced in March 2012, taking over the plot of land originally occupied by the Budget Terminal, that was demolished in September 2012, paving the way for the construction of the new Changi Airport Terminal 4. Fast forward a few years to 2017 and Changi Airport Terminal 4 is getting ready to open for operations at the end of this year 2017!

Changi Airport Terminal 4 is getting ready to open for airport operations and they have organised open house for the public to visit (registration is fully booked!) from 7th to 20th August between 9am to 6pm. If you are not able to get the open house time slot, don’t worry, Changi Airport Terminal 4 is scheduled to start airport operations at the end of 2017.

For my traveler friends and readers around the world, who are curious and would like to know more about Changi Airport Terminal 4, and what does Changi Airport Terminal 4 looks like? Let me bring you into Changi Airport Terminal 4, through the photographs that I took recently as part of the Changi Ambassadors group visit.

Changi Airport Terminal 4 represents the future of travel, FAST as they described it, Fast And Seamless Travel for the self-service options for departing passengers. They are able to do their own check-in, collect their boarding pass, print their own luggage tags, tie it to their luggages, drop off the bag themselves, proceed to immigration counters for clearance (with automated immigration gates for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents, Long Term Visit Pass Holders or Visitors registered with Immigration and Checkpoints Authority), followed by centralised security screening.

For the photographers, travelers and Instagrammers, searching for the perfect Instagrammable location inside Terminal 4, there are a number of spots to take your Instagram photos! Let me share with you some of the locations inside Terminal 4!

When you are at Terminal 4, you would be greeted by greenery, the departure façade greenwall and arrival hall greenwall. Inside the transit area, boarding area and arrival hall, keep a lookout for the greenery (trees) too!

Walking around Terminal 4, keep your eyes and look for the sculptures and artworks, Petalclouds, “Hey, Ah Chek” , Travelling Family, Les Oiseaux!

Inside the transit area, you have to visit the Heritage Zone! There is a Heritage Façade inspired by our Peranakan culture and shophouses. Don’t take your eyes off the façade because you are going to catch a heritage theme theatre play titled “Peranakan Love Story”! There is also a heritage themed toilet somewhere there!

The seats inside the Transit area are very interesting, unique in design, of different shapes, sizes and colours. Explore all of them!

For the aviation geeks and plane spotters (I am one of them), the transit / boarding area has a clear view of the Changi Airport runway, time to take your cameras out and photograph your favourite airlines and planes flying off from Singapore Changi Airport!

Do also check out this article prepared by Changi Airport on “10 things not to miss at T4”.

If you are visiting Singapore soon and flying with the following airlines, Cathay Pacific, Korean Air, Vietnam Airlines, Air Asia, Cebu Pacific and Spring Airlines, you would be at Changi Airport latest Terminal 4!

As an independent traveler or traveling in small groups, Changi Airport Terminal 4 suits me nicely, I can do my own check-in, drop the luggages off, clear immigration, go inside relax, eat, do plane spotting along the boarding gate corridor before boarding my flight.

There are more things to share, see and do in Terminal 4, I leave it for you to discover when you visit Singapore from overseas or when you drop by Terminal 4 for a visit (for those in Singapore)!

I just want to say, Welcome to Changi Airport Terminal 4!

** I would like to thank Changi Airport Social for organising a visit for the Changi Ambassadors to visit Changi Airport Terminal 4 **


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Emirates Singapore Derby 2017

A fun Sunday afternoon, accompanied by beautiful fashion, great food and ambience, time well spent with friends at the Singapore Turf Club during the 22nd Emirates Singapore Derby on 9th July 2017. It was a great time, everyone of us were dressed, elegant dress worn by the ladies and smart looking suits for us gentlemen.

Prior to the Emirates Singapore Derby 2017, I visited their roadshow at Kallang Wave Mall atrium on 24th June, a fun and interactive roadshow with fun activities for adults as well as for young children, one of them was the art and craft activity that the children can learn about racing colours! It was fun to see the children using their creativity to produce colourful racing colours. There were also information boards to share on horse racing, history, culture and the corporate social responsibility activities conducted by the Singapore Turf Club for various local Singapore communities and organisations.

The weather was great, nice sky, pretty cloud formations over the Singapore Turf Club horizon, a good day to be at the race tracks and enjoy the carnival and festivities of the Emirates Singapore Derby 2017. The hospitality and service at the Emirates Singapore Derby were great, we had a fun and enjoyable time at the marquee, with food, drinks, friendship, networking and of course, the sporting action on the race tracks.

This wasn’t just about a racing carnival, it’s more than that! The Emirates Singapore Derby was a reminiscent of my days in Australia when I was studying there, attending the major racing carnivals whenever I am able to, learning much more about the history, culture, sports and festivities of a racing carnival. In between the races on Emirates Singapore Derby, besides enjoying the delicious food spread and drinks, listening to the live band performing, we had a fun time chatting and mingling among us. Our pretty lady friends were busy taking photos with fellow guests dressed beautifully while we gentlemen were the ones taking photos for our well dressed friends and chatting away.

Prior to the start of any races, we would go outside to the open air marquee and watched the sports racing action on the tracks, cheering them on when they raced past us at the marquee. After the race was completed, some of us would stay around and take photos with the grandstand and the race track behind them. Returning back to the marquee after each race, we continued with the fun, food and drinks, chatting and networking.

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The highlight was Race 9 Emirates Singapore Derby, we made our way into the main grandstand building, visiting the parade ring to view the horses getting ready for the main race of Emirates Singapore Derby 2017, along with the owners, guests and trainer. An eye opener and a close up experience inside the parade ring, watching the horses going through their paces and warm up before the race jockeys entering into the parade ring,

Soon, the bugle was sounded and the horses with their jockeys were “Call to the Post”, making their way out to the race track. We waited patiently behind for all the race horses with their jockeys to leave the parade ring and into the race track before the owners, trainer and guests made their way to the front, getting ready to watch the main race, the key highlight race of the Emirates Singapore Derby 2017.

As they lined up into their starting gates, everybody was patiently and eagerly waiting for them to start the race. Once all the competitors were lined up inside the starting gate, in the blink of an eye, the race was on! This was a high octane race, full of adrenaline and excitement! When the racers made the turn for the final home stretch, they lifted their paces and burst for the finishing line, everybody wanting to be the champion for this race! As they made a final dash to the finishing line, the visitors at the Emirates Singapore Derby cheered and encouraged them on from the sidelines!

With the main race concluded, the jubilant owner and trainer were very excited and happy, waiting for their winning horse and jockey to return. While waiting for the prize presentation to formally began, they can be spotted giving media interviews. Soon after, the winning jockey joined the jubilant owner and trainer, joining them on stage for the formal prize presentation.

The main race of Emirates Singapore Derby 2017 was over and that also marked the end of the racing carnival and festivities for us, as we bade goodbye to Singapore Turf Club, for a wonderful and fun afternoon of hospitality, food, drinks and sporting action on the race tracks, at the 22nd Emirates Singapore Derby. Thank you Singapore Turf Club for the invitation to the 22nd Emirates Singapore Derby and showering us with your warm hospitality.

Journey with me along with the Huawei P10 Plus

The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus were recently announced a few months back in March/April 2017. This was the smartphone that I was secretly looking forward to, after I saw the Huawei Mate 9 (with the new OS, cameras and build quality) that was launched before the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus announcement. One of the reasons why I was so secretly excited was because I am a Huawei P9 owner, owning it after I had the opportunity to review this smartphone packed with solid and amazing dual lens camera.

I was very impressed with the quality, colours and details of the Huawei P9 dual lens camera smartphone. After finishing my Huawei P9 review, I wrote two review articles (a tech enthusiast review and the other article is on the Huawei P9 dual lens camera review), along with two photographs collection on my Flickr (One album for monochrome photos shot with the Huawei P9 only and the album for all photos with the Huawei P9).

A few days back, I finally got a golden and wonderful opportunity to get hold of the Huawei P10 Plus and review it! Upon unboxing and switching it on, there was a very familiar feel to it, partly because I am used to the Huawei smartphone OS and its dual lens camera. At the back of my mind, I am able to quickly identify the key differences and improvements between my Huawei P9 and Huawei P10 Plus. The Leica Summilux-H 1:1.8/27 ASPH dual lens on the Huawei P10 Plus, makes it standout from the rest of the smartphone competitors, the sharpness, clarity and colours.

I also managed to get hold of another smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S8+, for my own comparison with the Huawei P10 Plus, I might add in other smartphones inside too for comparison in my review article. While testing out the capabilities of the Huawei P10 Plus along with the Samsung Galaxy S8+, I had some initial and immediate views on them. I have also noted that the P10 Plus has dual lens versus Galaxy S8+ has single lens and I would be mindful of this point in my review article.

Take a look at some of the photos shot with Huawei P10 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S8+:

Both smartphones process their photographs differently, personally for me, I prefer the Huawei P10 Plus because of its colours, authenticity and accuracy to the the scenes/subjects that I shot. The photos shot with the Huawei P10 Plus are closer to my DSLR photography and I can closely relate to the set of photos taken.

Take a look at the photos shot in the night, in very dim lighting conditions:

With particular reference to the photos shot in the night, comparing the photos side by side, the Galaxy S8+ photo looks very nice, bright and colourful, while the P10 Plus doesn’t look as “nice”. Both photos are straight off from the smartphone cameras with no further editing anywhere else. The truth is that the Huawei P10 Plus camera processing and output is authentic and original, as close to the actual scene, as a photographer would say “WYSIWYG – What You See Is What You Get”. For the Galaxy S8+, the processing is a a little bit “strong” and “powerful” for my liking and how I conduct my photography.

There will be users in the market that prefers the output from the Galaxy S8+, there will also be users who prefer the authenticity and accuracy of the Huawei P10 Plus.

Personally, I prefer the the authenticity and accuracy of the Huawei P10 Plus, not just because I own a Huawei P9, it’s also how I approach my photography on a leisure and commercial basis. I am not a supporter of heavy editing in photography that goes against the truth and authenticity of the scenes and surroundings. I only do the necessary light touch editing (and sometimes suitable film filters) to my photographs that I shoot. That is also probably why I am not a hipster and fanciful Instagrammer.

Although I am reviewing the Huawei P10 Plus (and, yes, I own a Huawei P9) and doing my own comparisons with other smartphones, this does not mean that they are lousy smartphones, it’s just that based on my style, photography workflow and preferences, the Huawei P10 Plus is more suitable (and I really like it) for me.

In the coming weeks, I am going to share and upload my photographs on Instagram and Facebook Page shot with the Huawei P10 Plus, do keep a look out for my stories, photos, exploration and journeys with the Huawei P10 Plus.

Monochrome architecture photos shot with the Huawei P10 Plus, are something that I am looking forward to. I am also some planning some special themes to go along with this Huawei P10 Plus review – P10 Plus monochrome portraits, daily commute on public transport, abstract monochrome compositions. This is a prelude to my review articles and photographs that I would be sharing at the end of the Huawei P10 Plus review.

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For the next few weeks, walk with me, through my eyes, thoughts, views and journeys with the Huawei P10 Plus.

Hokkaido 2016 Photography Adventure Day 1

21st October 2016 – Day 1

A good night of sleep and rest, I woke up to a cold, wet and overcast Otaru weather. That didn’t deter my plans to explore Sapporo and Otaru today on my Day 1 in Hokkaido. First and foremost, I went down for my morning onsen, refresh myself before heading out for my photography adventure. The weather in Otaru was pretty cold for the autumn season and the winds were a little bit gusty when I stepped out of the hotel as I walked towards the JR Otaru train station.

I had to exchange for my JR Hokkaido pass at JR Sapporo station and I hopped onto the local JR Hokkaido train towards Sapporo. It’s been quite some time back since I last sat on the JR local train and I happened to choose the train that made a stop at every JR station along the route from Otaru to Sapporo (I had forgotten about the semi-rapid JR train service!). The journey was beautiful, part of it was along the coastline.

JR Sapporo station is a pretty huge place, not just the central train station, it’s also a huge hub for the offices and shopping malls, all linked and connected together. My first stop was to visit the JR office and exchanged my JR Hokkaido pass, the procedure wasn’t too difficult. I gave them the exchange voucher, filled in a form, showed my passport and the friendly staff there processed my JR Hokkaido pass on the spot and I am ready to go riding on the trains.

Now to start on my Hokkaido 2016 photography adventure! First stop was Hokkaido University / Gingko Avenue.

Hokkaido University / Gingko Avenue

A short walk away from JR Sapporo station, about 15-20mins walk (slow walk due to ice/snow on the ground). I entered into Hokkaido University campus ground, it’s a nice and quiet campus, they reminded me of my St Lucia campus of The University of Queensland. Once I stepped inside the campus ground, I spotted the colourful autumn colours on the trees with snow on the ground, a gorgeous mix of both autumn and winter together.

The sceneries were really beautiful, even though the sky was overcast and gloomy, I didn’t let the weather affected me in my photography. I slowly walked, taking photos along with both local and international tourists visiting Hokkaido University.

Gingko Avenue is a very well known road inside Hokkaido University, very popular with both local and international tourists. Once I reached there, I was able to fully understand why they loved it so much. Two rows of trees, lining up Gingko Avenue, in the midst of the vehicles, cyclists and people along Gingko Avenue, this road gave a sense of aura of nature, peace and tranquility. I really had a good time along Gingko Avenue, taking photographs from different perspectives and angles.

Former Hokkaido Government Office

The city area of Sapporo is pretty well planned out, it’s not too difficult to walk around. I walked back to JR Sapporo station before walking down towards Odori Park, making a stop at the former Hokkaido Government Office first.

This is a historical building of importance and significance to Hokkaido. You can’t miss it, it’s a distinct red brick colour building and are you able to spot the red star? Due to time constraint, I didn’t visit the interior and exhibits inside the former Hokkaido Government Office.

I strolled around the compound, enjoying the peace and tranquility at the pond with beautiful trees. This place would look great during the spring and summer season with the flowers and greenery.

Before reaching Odori Park, I stopped by a convenience store at a junction facing a segment of Odori Park. Visiting a convenience store in Japan is always very interesting for me, there are so many different types of food, drinks, tidbits, magazines, daily neccessities that you can find inside a Japanese convenience store! Lunch was a simple sushi set with a bottle of green tea, at the corner of the convenience store where they have bar stools and bar table.

Odori Park

Odori Park is a pretty long stretch of green open space lined up with trees in the middle of tall concrete buildings in Sapporo. This beautiful green space gives people living/working there a nice area to take walks, relax, have their lunch etc. It’s a great place to visit major events held in Sapporo every season e.g. Sapporo Snow Festival.

I walked from one end of Odori Park to the other end where the iconic Sapporo TV tower stood. There wasn’t too many people at Odori Park during my time there, I saw some young children playing with snow and trying to build a snowman! I hope that maybe in the future, I can return to Sapporo again during a time whereby a major event/festival is held there and I am able to enjoy Odori Park.

The bright, colourful and beautiful autumn colours lined up the sides of Odori Park. I felt the aura of the autumn colours even though it was a bit cold with the winds blowing. It was a quiet and tranquil time for me when I was walking down Odori Park, I can’t explain how soothing it was for me, for my mind.

Sapporo Clock Tower

I began to head back up to JR Sapporo station, planning to take the JR train back to Otaru and explore the area in the night. While walking back, I stopped at the Sapporo Clock Tower, another iconic and cultural landmark of Hokkaido, it was built in 1878. The bell rings every hour to announce the time to the city of Hokkaido.

I would love to visit and know more about Sapporo Clock Tower history and culture inside the building. However, I had a number of places that I wanted to cover, therefore I didn’t manage to go in and visit.

Walking back to JR Sapporo station, I checked the timetable and caught the rapid express train to Otaru for a evening/night walk. The weather was overcast and there wasn’t much of a sunset scene as I reached the port area of Otaru. I felt the cold wind blowing coupled with the cold autumn season. I decided to head back to my hotel and rest for a few hours before coming out later in the night for night walkabout of Otaru.

Otaru former Temiya railway line / The Bank of Japan Otaru Museum (Ministry of Finance)

I like to explore railway lines especially those that were no longer in operation and remained behind as tourist/historical landmarks/monuments. I saw photos of the former Temiya railway line and wanted to check them out. Using the Otaru city tourist map, I found my way to a junction along Nichigindori Street. The former Temiya railway tracks and landmarks are still around, the platform and train waiting area.

I would love to return back to Otaru again and explore the former Temiya railway line again, in the daytime instead of going there in the night. There are still a number of places in Otaru that I wanted to go but wasn’t able to complete it due to time constraints and trying to cover as many locations as possible.

Not too far away from the former Temiya railway line junction, I saw The Bank of Japan Otaru Museum building. It looked pretty grand at night with the lights shining on the building façade.

Otaru Canal

The Otaru Canal is an iconic and cultural area of Otaru. A beautiful area in the night to walk along the canal, enjoying the night lights of the nearby buildings and former warehouses along Otaru Canal. Walking down from Nichigindori Street, I reached Asakusa Bridge of Otaru Canal, a good spot for taking photos of Otaru Canal.

A quiet stroll along the canal, towards Chuo Bridge, another good spot for taking photos of Otaru Canal and surroundings. This is really nice for a romantic couple walk along the Otaru Canal in the night where it is quiet, peaceful and tranquil. It’s always great to view history being preserved, the warehouses along Otaru Canal played a central role as part of the city’s busy port in the early 20th century.

I would love to explore Otaru Canal again if possible during different seasons such as winter and summer.

Night Singing Noodles of Dormy Inn Premium Otaru

The Dormy Inn Premium Otaru was highly recommended by my friend/Hokkaido Photo Guide Kato san. Not only was the location awesome, they have onsen, room rates are reasonable for a comfortable hotel room. There was also something special, they provided delicious, hot and heart warming singing noodles to the guests of the hotel during the chilly season.

The night singing noodles is known as Yonaki Soba, it might look like a small simple bowl of soba noodles. However, it was cooked with so much passion and care for their hotel guests to keep warm with a hot bowl of Yonaki Soba in the night from 2130 hrs to 2300 hrs.

After a heart warming, delicious and hot bowl of Yonaki Soba, I went for my daily onsen, to relax my aching muscles from a whole day of walking around Sapporo and Otaru. While it was a cold and overcast Day 1 in Sapporo and Otaru, I am very happy to be out there exploring, enjoying myself away from Singapore and taking photographs.

Hokkaido Autumn 2016 Day 1


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Hokkaido Autumn 2016


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Hokkaido 2016 Photography Adventure Day 0

20th October 2016 – Day 0

My Hokkaido 2016 photography adventure began in the early morning of Thursday 20th October. I was taking Scoot TZ 216 to Sapporo (Hokkaido) New Chitose via Taipei, departure at 0615hrs. Scoot currently fly to Sapporo (Hokkaido) three times a week with their Dreamliner 787. This is an travel route worth considering for those who wish to fly to Hokkaido on a budget.

The Scoot flight schedule was as follows

TZ 216

0615hrs – 1045hrs Taipei (Taoyuan International Airport)

1155hrs – 1700hrs Sapporo, Hokkaido (New Chitose Airport)

During my flight from Singapore to Taipei, the flight encountered some gusty cross winds and a bit of heavy air traffic at Taoyuan, causing the plane to be slightly delayed in their arrival timing. The transit procedure wasn’t too difficult, just like any other transit procedure at international airports. After another round of hand carry baggage security check, I was back at the departure gate to board my next leg of flight from Taipei to Sapporo.

Overall, the flight from Singapore to Sapporo via Taipei was pretty smooth with the usual turbulence along the flight route. I did manage to capture the sunset at Hokkaido from my seat prior to the plane landing at New Chitose Airport.

Upon landing at New Chitose Airport, night time has arrived in Hokkaido. After clearing immigration, my friend, Kato san, who is also my Hokkaido Photo Guide for Days 4 to 7, picked me from the airport and gave me a lift to Otaru where I based myself for the next 4 nights

While driving along the highway from New Chitose Airport to Otaru, snow rain fell on the highway, winter season kind of arrived early for Hokkaido and my friend Kato san said, “The snow welcomes you back to Hokkaido!” This is really awesome but I am not prepared for early Hokkaido winter! The snow rain was pretty heavy at some stage and Kato san had to drive more slowly and carefully!

Upon reaching Otaru, we went for dinner together and I chose ramen for a cold chilly autumn night. My first Hokkaido meal, was simply amazing, authentic ramen in Japan! I had a good chat and catch up with Kato san, he also passed me some brochures and tourism information for the areas that I wanted to explore on my own during my first 3 days in Hokkaido.

My hotel was Dormy Inn Premium Otaru, right in front of JR Otaru station, very ideal location, they have onsen too! After checking in and settling down, I immediately head towards the onsen! I missed the onsen experience in Hokkaido, it was really amazing, soothing and relaxing, allowing me to have a good sleep on my first night in Hokkaido!

Hokkaido Autumn 2016 Day 0


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Hokkaido Autumn 2016


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Travelers Notebook for the Travel Wanderlust

A travel wanderlust I am, even though I haven’t travel to as many countries around the world as I would love to. Technology, information technology gadgets, internet and social media has helped travelers in many ways to research, plan, connect and communicate with travelers and destinations. There are times whereby a traveler sometimes just want to be less connected to technology and social media, we travelers just want to immerse and enjoy the joys and wonders of traveling.

A few months back, through a Facebook post by my senior from Dragon Scout Group family, he showed a photo of this nice looking leather notebook with all their beautifully designed travel writing accessories at Narita Airport. I was amazed by all of them and started researching on them. That was the time when I got to know about Travelers Factory from Japan.

When I visited Hokkaido in October 2016, I was planning to buy the Travelers Notebook in Sapporo. However, I didn’t master the Japanese language and I wasn’t able to navigate my way around Tokyu Hands Sapporo to find it. Moreover, I was in a bit of rush during my Hokkaido travel trip, thus I didn’t manage to buy it when I was in Japan.

I came back home to Singapore and went around searching for the Travelers Notebook at various bookstores and stationery shops on Travelers Factory list. Finally, I got hold of my Travelers Notebook from Tokyu Hands Singapore! I was impressed with Tokyu Hands Singapore customer service, they took a few more days than usual to reply my enquiry email (I was asking them if they have the Travelers Factory stamps that I really like), they went all the way out to check with the supplier in Japan before replying to my email that they were not able to bring it in here to Singapore. Nevertheless, I am appreciative and thankful for what they did.

The Travelers Notebook is of good quality leather cover, workmanship and good quality paper. I really love it and this is like an encouragement to me, to fulfil my travel wanderlust. This Travelers Notebook is still raw and waiting for her maiden entry. Somehow or another, the omens were strong that I have to visit Japan again. I placed my amulets (from Tokyo and Sapporo) inside the notebook to see if they would make a good bookmark when I travel, there was a little box there and they fit it very nicely! Recently, I went to the library and found a book on Japan Railways travel photographs and locations whereby travelers can go to and photograph those gorgeous Japan Railway scenic locations with the JR trains running!

Now, is it time to plan for my next Japan trip in 2017? I think it just might be!

The Travelers Notebook is truly indeed a notebook for the Travel Wanderlust.

Party Up With UE at Bugis Junction – 10th December 2016

Do you love to organise outings, gatherings, events and parties at your home or outdoors? Would you like to have portable speakers that give you a pretty good surround sound system and playing the music together at the same time (more than two, even more than 50 speakers together)? Imagine having a number of UE portable bluetooth speakers (where no other big music speakers can go) inside your home or outside, providing surrounding music for your parties and gatherings!

The Ultimate Ears waterproof (IPX7) and bluetooth speakers such as the UE BOOM, UE BOOM 2 and UE MEGABOOM speakers allow you to wirelessly connect them together with the use of their new app PartyUp. I have reviewed the UE speakers before and do check out my reviews on the UE MEGABOOM and UE BOOM that I wrote and shared previously!

Last weekend, I went down to Bugis Junction to catch the UE Party Up and I had a first hand view of many UE portable bluetooth players in action, playing music and accompanying the athletes exercising along with the music.

Party Up with UE would head into their final weekend at ION Orchard on Friday 16th December and Saturday 17th December. If you like to see, hear and feel how the UE portable bluetooth speakers combine and connect together to Party Up, head on down this coming weekend! If you are keen to own any of the UE portable bluetooth music players, they have some attractive promotions that are only available there during the Party Up with UE event! More information is available on their Ultimate Ears Facebook Page and Logitech Singapore Facebook Page!

Party Up With UE @ ION Orchard

Dates and Time

  • Friday 16th December 2016 from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
  • Saturday 17th December 2016 from 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Come on down this weekend and have a fun party time with Party Up With UE!

Smarty (prescription) Sunglasses for my photography and outdoors

Sunglasses, how does come into the picture for my photography website? This accessory is not directly linked to photography and mainstream photography accessories. The sunglasses is more of an apparel, essential and important especially for those who spent time outdoors in their work and leisure. A pair of sunglasses in my personal humble opinion is very useful and important for photographers like me who are taking photographs in the outdoors (events, wildlife, travel) and also for those who love the great outdoors!

Nowadays, there are many more sunglasses brands, models and designs available in the market. I owned other sunglasses previously and still have them today but they were not prescribed to my short sighted eyes. I have been searching for prescription sunglasses and couldn’t really find suitable ones over the years. When I read about Smarty Sunglasses by The Lens Men, I decided to read up and research more about Smarty Sunglasses and they were able to do a prescription sunglasses!

There are other alternatives too e.g. wearing contact lenses or going for lasik surgery. After weighing the options available and based on my personal preferences, I chose the prescription sunglasses method. Therefore, I decided to visit my friendly and trusted optometrist The Lens Men (my last two pair of spectacles were with them). Prior to going down, I had a chat with The Lens Men via Facebook and they were responsive to my queries.

I was lucky that The Lens Men happened to run a promotion program – Sporty September on their Facebook page in the month of September 2016 with custom Rx packages featuring Essilor’s Crizal Xperio are 30% off, I managed to make an appointment the final week of September and get my Smarty prescription sunglasses, at The Eye Site, sister company of The Lens Men! Some might feel that it’s a bit pricey for a prescription sunglasses, I view it as an investment for my photography and outdoors. I managed to raise some funds for my Smarty prescription sunglasses from selling off old smartphones during my de-cluttering process.

Smarty Sunglasses S14516
Smarty Sunglasses S14516

When I was at The Eye Site getting my Smarty sunglasses done up, I initially wanted the model S14509 because I really liked this design. However, the friendly folks at The Eye Site advised me that based on my the degrees for both my eyes, it is highly not recommended because the prescription lens will look really thick and not suitable for that particular frame. After listening to their professional and detailed explanation, I looked at other alternative models and I chose S14516 instead. I waited for about 1 week+, I was finally able to collect my Smarty Sunglasses and I realised why the folks at The Eye Site / The Lens Men advised me not to go for the initial model S14509 because my lens would be quite thick!

With photography master Yip (centre) and photography master Jensen Chua (right) at Singapore Zoo

Finally, after searching for some time, I finally have a prescription sunglasses for my photography and great outdoors. I brought it to Hokkaido recently in October and it came in very handy when I was on Mount Tokachi, with snow on their slopes (while it is still autumn season), facing the sun and snow, my Smarty sunglasses really helped me a lot, protecting my eyes too! Although I have to lift up my Smarty sunglasses to view the photos on my LCD screen on my camera, it’s just a minor action to do and I can live with this action, as long as my eyes are protected from the glaring sun.

As a person who love the great outdoors, a photographer who shoots quite a lot outdoors too (wildlife, events, sports), a pair of sunglasses to me is a must have. Add in a prescription based sunglasses, it’s really ideal for me! I found this prescription sunglasses with the Smarty Sunglasses via The Lens Men and The Eye Site, friendly, professional and knowledgable folks, this is my third pair of glasses with them!

Time to explore more outdoors and taking photos with my prescription Smarty Sunglasses!