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N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic! Time to cast your votes!

The N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic took place on Saturday 14th January 2017 at The Cathay, External Atrium, Level One, from 1pm to 4pm. This would be my fourth Downtown Picnic attendance and coverage, when it began during N.E.mation! 8 to 9 and then 10. The Downtown Picnic at The Cathay was fun, packed and well received by the teams, schools and their supporters.

I arrived a little bit earlier at the venue before the official start time of 1pm, went around chatting with the students from the five teams that I am ambassador for. Some were having lunch while some were still preparing with the final preparations for the start of the Downtown Picnic at 1pm. Prior to arriving at the N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic, I watched all the Top 10 teams digital animation video clips when they were officially released after 12midnight on 14th January 2017. All the Top 10 digital animation video clips were really good and equally strong in content, style and presentation. The journey to who might be the champion of N.E.mation! 11 is going to be very interesting and exciting with the start of the public voting at N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic.

The Downtown Picnic is also a platform and event ground for the Top 10 teams to showcase their digital animation works to their school, family, friends and supporters, as well as getting support from the public to vote for their digital animation video clip. All these experiences would definitely serve them well in the future, it might be a bit of a daunting experience for them to approach members of the public, sharing their video and asking them to vote. These experiences are priceless and invaluable, they would be able to help them build up their self confidence and public speaking, in school and later in adult life.

At the Downtown Picnic, there were many activities and performances, the Top 10 teams were also invited up on stage to share their digital animation video clip to the participants and visitors at the picnic ground. They also shared about how their video, theme and idea came about, and also their experiences during N.E.mation! 11 production phase. Going up to the stage in the public space, speaking, sharing and pitching for votes are commendable for the young students. The younger students would definitely learn from these experiences while you can spot and sense the maturity of the slightly older students who had prior N.E.mation! experiences in previous/earlier seasons.

Now, this is also the time that I am going to share on the N.E.mation! 11 Top 10 digital animation video clips, watch all the Top 10 teams videos, give them the support and encouragement, cast your votes for your favourite digital animation video clips and you might stand to win attractive prizes too! Visit N.E.mation! website or YouTube channel to view the Top 10 videos by the Top 10 teams of N.E.mation! 11!

Check out the picture below on the 4 different methods of voting!

Picture courtesy of Animagine

There are exciting prizes to be won too! Check it out below!

Picture courtesy of Animagine 

Now that you have voted for your favourite digital animation video clips, do a good deed, spread the word, pay it forward and pass it on, to your family, relatives, friends, colleagues etc etc. Share the wonderful digital animation works produced by these young school students!

In N.E.mation! 11, I am also the ambassador for the following five teams, let me give them a quick shoutout here with the link to their digital animation video –

Snakes and Ladders

C04 – Team Doughnuts & Donuts from Cedar Girls’ Secondary School

Building Our Nation

C05 – Team Finding Sanity from CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School

A Beautiful Song

C06 – Team Geekstrux from Crescent Girls’ School

Our SG Dollar

C08 – Team MADEit from Cedar Girls’ Secondary School

Just A Little Something

C09 – Team N.E. HEH HEH from Singapore Chinese Girls’ School

Please do give my five teams listed above the extra support with your votes!

Last but not least, I would like to wish good luck and all the best to all the Top 10 teams of N.E.mation! 11 in the final leg of the digital animation competition!

N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic on 14th January 2017!

The N.E.mation! season 11 competition is entering into the final phase, starting with the Downtown Picnic on the 14th January 2017 at The Cathay, External Atrium, Level One, from 1pm to 4pm.

This upcoming N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic would be my fourth time attending! I was there at N.E.mation! Downtown Picnic 8, 9 and 10, held at The Plaza, Ground Floor of The National Library at Bugis.

At the N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic, you can visit all the Top 10 teams of N.E.mation! 11, they would be showcasing their completed digital animation clips for the first time to the public! I had been documenting their Top 10 production process for a two weeks period during the three weeks production phase from 21st November to 9th December 2016. I am looking forward to view their completed digital animation clips on 14th January 2017!

The N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic also marks the start of the public voting phase, do share and spread the word with your family, relatives and friends! During the Downtown Picnic on 14th January 2017, check out all their videos, vote for your favourite video clips and share them with your family, relatives and friends!

There are many exciting activities and events taking place during N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic! Do share this event and invite them to come down!

Do visit these 5 teams that I have been covering and sharing during the N.E.mation! 11 Top 10 production phase, say hi to them and have a chat with them!

See you folks on the 14th January 2017 at N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic at The Cathay, External Atrium, Level One from 1pm to 4pm!

* Event poster courtesy of Animagine Productions *

Happy New Year 2017!

Hello 2017, goodbye 2016!

The first day of the new year 2017, I just want to start everything new and fresh, a brand new start, A New Hope! I also want to put 2016 behind me, strive forward, ahead and climb higher mountains!

For year 2017, I created A New Hope for myself, more details coming soon! I also want to restart and relaunch my personal photography projects in the year 2017!

I also have a number of travel dreams and destinations, I have an inspiration, a dream to create, produce and print my own travel story books.

Happy New Year 2017! Good luck and all the best to everybody in the new year 2017 for your travels and photography!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas everybody!!

Today is Christmas 2016, it’s also a long weekend holiday since it falls on a Sunday!! I would like to take this opportunity to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart for all the support and encouragement you folks had gave me especially during this difficult and turbulent year 2016. We are reaching the end of year 2016 and let’s all get ready for a fresh new year 2017!

Let this iconic Christmas Tree in Biei, Hokkaido (that I took earlier in October 2016) wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We Tech Care 2016 @ Enabling Village 10th December

At We Tech Care 2016 held in March earlier this year at JTC LaunchPad @ One North, it was a fun and great community event, bringing people from different walks of life together to give back to the community, such as the local start ups, non-profit organisations, partner organisations and Microsoft Singapore. During the earlier We Tech Care 2016 event, it was also used to launch the President’s Challenge 2016. I visited We Tech Care 2016 in March, learning more about the works, efforts and outreach done by the various start ups and non-profit organisations in Singapore, along with what Microsoft Singapore had been doing to help the community and needy in Singapore.

With a successful and great earlier We Tech Care 2016, Microsoft Singapore decided to have another We Tech Care again in the same year, held on 10th December 2016 at the Enabling Village. This was also my first time visiting Enabling Village, it was an eye opener for me too!

The Enabling Village is an initiative by SG Enable, it is an inclusive community space of individuals and organisations that serve and are supported by people with diverse abilities. The We Tech Care 2016 event @ Enabling Village was graced by guest-of-honour Deputy Prime Minister & Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam.

We Tech Care 2016 is very good example of how modern technology in society today, such as technology companies like Microsoft can lead by example and help people from all walks of life, in their daily living, in their work and in the local communities. Through We Tech Care, Microsoft Singapore raised over $154,000 and this fund will go towards supporting the President’s Challenge beneficiary SPD, a disability organisation, to empower people with disabilities to learn and live their lives to their fullest potential with the aid of technology.

At We Tech Care 2016 @ Enabling Village, there were a number of different programs and activities for everybody visiting there were carnival, fun, games, coding workshops and Tech for Fun & Care. The organisations, charities and partners at Tech for Fun & Care segment showcased their latest apps and tech for people with different abilities. This was also the time for visitors to know more about them and how they can also play a part if they want to help out in active volunteering.

I sincerely hope that my small little article contribution here helps to spread the word and awareness that there are people in our society today that faces challenges and hardships. However, with the aid of technology, it can help them in some ways or another, to lead and live a meaningful life.

Bare Your Sole 2016

In its 8th edition, Bare Your Sole 2016 attracted over 5,000 people to come down, walk bare foot at Singapore’s annual barefoot walkathon. Personally, Bare Your Sole 2016 is my 5th year participating, lending my support to this charity fundraising event through the years (2011 to 2014, missing out 2015 due to a clash of my schedule).

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The weather was good on the morning of Bare Your Sole 2016, then in the turn of an eye, within an hour, the weather changed with heavy rain hitting the area. Thus, the flag off had to be postponed back a bit of time around for an hour. Nevertheless, the spirits were good and the rain didn’t dampen the crowds at Bare Your Sole 2016, showing their support for a good cause. Due to the earlier weather changes, the bare foot walkathon was just the 2.5km walk for all supporters. For this year, I didn’t do the bare foot walkathon because I had to rush off for a wedding lunch assistant photography assignment after the flag off. Therefore, I stayed around the event grounds, taking photos of the flag off, the start of the walkathon. I was lucky to photograph some of the participants walking back from their 2.5km walkathon (I reckoned they walked pretty fast!), crossing the finishing line before I left!

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At Bare Your Sole 2016, it wasn’t just a bare foot walkathon, there were many other activities for the participants to relax and have fun after the walkathon, from special performances, arts and craft activities, fun and entertainment, as well as understanding more about the works done Habitat for Humanity Singapore.

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Through Bare Your Sole 2016, $250,000 for the less privileged were raised and this was also a great opportunity to drive across messages and awareness to the Singapore society that there are less fortunate people among us, that are living in poverty in Singapore and around the world too. The funds raised from Bare Your Sole 2016 will go towards Project HomeWorks related initiatives planned for year 2017.

What is Project HomeWorks all about ?

Project HomeWorks, Habitat for Humanity Singapores local home-cleaning programme, is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, having begun as an initiative to improve the living conditions of Singapores elderly, disabled and low income families and individuals. By mobilising volunteers to take part in an intense home cleaning process that would improve the beneficiariesquality of life, Project HomeWorks has helped clean over 1,800 homes over the past decade.

Source: Habitat for Humanity Singapore

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It was great to see the number of participants and the funds raised at Bare Your Sole 2016. I sincerely hope that the people in Singapore realise and know that we have fellow Singaporeans in poverty, facing an increasing and wider income gap, they have fallen through the gap, falling behind the rest of the society. Some Singaporeans are living quite well off and can be/are quite ignorant of the less fortunate people living in Singapore.

Let’s all Pass-It-On, spread the word and help the less fortunate in Singapore and around the world.


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Show You Care, Go Bare at Bare Your Sole 2016

Bare Your Sole 2016 is back and it is happening on 10th September 2016! I had been participating in Bare Your Sole, Singapore’s annual barefoot walkathon from 2011 to 2014, walking barefoot and sharing about this charity barefoot walkathon. I wasn’t able to participate in 2015 Bare Your Sole due to a photography job assignment. Here’s a walk back in time with my photographs to Bare Your Sole 2011 to 2014.

For Bare Your Sole 2016, I am helping to spread and share the word again to everybody on Singapore’s annual barefoot walkathon that is taking place on 10th September 2016. Show You Care, Go Bare at Bare Your Sole 2016! Do support this cause if you are able to, sign up and come on down on the morning of 10th September 2016 for a fun leisure barefoot walk with your family, loved ones and friends! This is a great time to Pay-It-Forward and Pass-It-On!

Let me share with you more information and details on Bare Your Sole 2016 –

Bare Your Sole, Habitat for Humanity Singapore’s annual barefoot walkathon, is back once again to raise funds and awareness for the less fortunate in Singapore who struggle with poverty on a daily basis. This year’s edition is set to take place at OCBC Square on September 10th, at 7:30am. Registration is now open for this one of a kind event for the family.

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Funds raised from the 2.5km and 5km charity walkathon will go towards Project HomeWorks, a local initiative that aims to improve the living conditions of the elderly, the sick and people with disabilities living in poor conditions across the island. This year marks the celebration of the programme’s 10th anniversary, which commemorates the heartfelt support and achievements of the community.

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Photo: Bare Your Sole 2015 (Source: Habitat for Humanity Singapore)

Over S$350,000 was raised from last year’s edition of Bare Your Sole, where more than 6,000 participants turned up to show their support.

“Bare Your Sole has always served as an opportunity to shed light on the plight of the less fortunate in Singapore and for fellow Singaporeans to step up and lend a helping hand,” said Mr. Yong Teck Meng, National Director of Habitat for Humanity Singapore. “This year’s Bare Your Sole is particularly special for us as we celebrate 10 years of good work through Project HomeWorks. My sincere gratitude goes out to every participant, volunteer and corporate partner for your continuous support.”

Aside from the walkathon, Bare Your Sole 2016 will feature a host of fun activities for the whole family while learning more about the work that Habitat for Humanity Singapore does, both locally and abroad.

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Photo: Bare Your Sole 2015 (Source: Habitat for Humanity Singapore)

Registration Details

Online registration for Bare Your Sole 2016 is available at bareyoursole.sg. Early bird registration runs until Thursday, June 30th, 2016 while regular registration closes on Friday, August 12th, 2016. Information pertaining to the event pack collection will be announced at a later date.

Early bird registration

Adult – S$35

NSF (ages 17-24) / Student (ages 7-21) – S$25

Senior citizen (65 and above) – S$25

Family of four – S$105

Normal registration

Adult – S$45

NSF (ages 17-24) / Student (ages 7-21) – S$35

Senior citizen (65 and above) – S$35

Family of four – S$140

*Information and Pictures Courtesy of Habitat for Humanity Singapore and Porter Novelli*

Personal Projects for 2016

The turbulent start to my year 2016 had kind of mellowed down and over the past two months in March and April, I slowly regained my composure, thoughts, emotions and thinking. Photography does help me a lot, a form of getaway and therapy from all those bad, harmful thoughts and emotions. In the first quarter of the year 2016, my photography projects and plans were put on hold while I sorted things out.

I pulled myself out from the bottom pit, I am back on my feet, ready to return back to my personal photography projects and starting my own photography business, as some of my friends said, “Finally! You are doing it!”. When the time is ripe, I would share more on my photography business, a lot of thinking and strategic planning had been put in place, the execution and action phase is coming up soon. My personal photography projects are concurrent with my photography business, to ensure that I do not be jaded by “photography work” and my passion of photography documentation/photojournalism continues to motivate me in a different manner and perspective.

In this post, I would like to share on my personal photography projects that I would to cover in 2016. I am doing more photography and documentation for my different personal photography projects, therefore, there might not be a photo book being planned for year 2016 at this point in time. If there is a change and a photo book is going to be produced, I would share the news.

Here are my personal photography projects for the rest of 2016 ~

Rochor Centre

The final countdown has started for this 4 iconic HDB blocks in the Bugis/Rochor area. While I had already done photography and documentation in the past few years, I still wanted to do something more before they are totally demolished and gone forever into history books, archives, our SGMemory.

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Bidadari

Another area that is also on the final countdown, once a former cemetery, the graves were exhumed and the lush greenery remains, attracting a lot of migratory and resident birds. This lush greenery will be gone, demolished, to make way for public housing estate in the near future.

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Central Catchment Nature Reserve

Our primary rainforest is in the limelight with the Cross-Island subway line plans for the future. They were planning to cut through the primary rainforest and in my personal opinion, it will affect our natural water supply beneath it, the wildlife and primary rainforest above it. I really hope they would do a diversion instead, skirting around the edge of the rainforest. My plan is to trek, photograph, document and share as much as possible of the lush greenery, wildlife and surroundings, to tell people how precious and important our Central Catchment Nature Reserve is, for the sake of our future generations.

Heritage, Old Places, Old Trades Photography and Documentation 

For this particular area of interest, it’s a huge area and I would probably go more in detail in a dedicated post by itself in the near future. An area that I might look into are the old trades and businesses.

Dragon Scout Group 95th Anniversary (95th anniversary in year 2017) Photo Book

In 2007, I was involved in the Dragon Scout Group 85th Anniversary celebrations, partially involved in the 85th Anniversary book. Fast forward and in year 2017, it will be my alma mater 95th Anniversary celebrations! I am involved in the 95th Anniversary Photo Book and the preparation starts in year 2016.

Photoblog theme refresh and seeking new Photography Business website

My wordpress theme for this photoblog of mine had served me very well over the years. 2016 is the 10th anniversary of my photo blogging, I think it is time to rejuvenate the template and layout, it’s time for a new refresh, a new start. The content will still be as great as before, if not even better! I am now seeking a suitable photography theme wordpress template for my photoblog and concurrently, another different photography theme wordpress template for my photography business. Now is the time!

While I am writing this last paragraph to wrap this article that I wrote, the topics and contents might be quite a big load to digest. Thank you for taking time to read my post! If a photograph speak a thousand words, visit my Flickr collection and the above topics that I wrote can be found there!

It’s been 10 years!

In the past few months, I was pretty engrossed in business planning for the future and I am also taking a break (physically, mentally and emotionally) from my recent issues that I faced at my previous work place. A milestone in my life took place that I kind of completely forgotten about it, with the help of LinkedIn, I realised that it’s been 10 years! Wait, what is this 10 years all about?

First and foremost, I have been taking photographs for more than 10 years, probably 30 years (Not Out and still counting) since I played with a film SLR camera when I was in primary school. The 10 years is for my photography site – http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv. My ‪photography website/blog was born on 10th April 2006 when I started off using blogspot. As my photography site grew and expanded, it was time to have my own domain and hosting, officially migrating and starting on 7th October 2008.

Fast forward and in the blink of an eye, my photography journeys and adventures there had took a span of 10 years (not out and still counting!!) An amazing journey, full of ups and downs, good times and bad times. I had grown, learned and improved over these 10 years. Years 2014 (Hokkaido) and 2015 (Straits Times newspaper feature) were two important events in my photography adventures that were very key significant milestones in my photography.

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What does the future holds for my photography website/blog? I am still learning, growing, exploring my photography. This country road in Hokkaido reflects a lot of my thoughts and feelings, the road beyond the bend, cannot be seen from where I took this photograph. Some of my goals are like the beautiful mountain landscapes behind, the various number of mountain peaks are like the different goals that I set for myself. I have to travel past the bend and find my way up to the mountain peaks. The journeys ahead are never easy, the excitement, growth, learning and achievements will be priceless when I conquer the mountain peaks!

This will keep growing and be up to date, an avenue where I share a lot of my personal photography adventures, coverage, news and industry updates. In an upcoming post, I would share about my personal photography projects that I am going to document and photograph in the next few months. In the aspects of my photography business, when the time is ripe and appropriate, I would make the announcement.

I am very thankful and grateful for all my family,relatives, friends and supporters that had played an integral and important part of my photography adventures here. These 10 years had been a very humbling experience, from both a personal and photographer perspectives. I met many different kinds of photographers and people from many different walks of life. Over these 10 years, I had made, grown and established some great friendships and partnerships with photographers, friends and institutions, all in the name of photography, documentation and sharing. Although I had some small success and achievements, I will always remind myself to stay grounded, be humble, keep learning and improving as a person, as a photographer.

Thank you everybody once again from the bottom of my heart!

You’ll Never Walk Alone!

We Tech Care 2016

A big and warm gathering of many different people from all walks of life, with a common purpose to Pay-It-Forward and give back to the society, making the community a batter place to work, live and play in. At We Tech Care 2016, this event rallied and garnered over 200 people from local startups, non-profit organisations and partner organisations, and Microsoft to showcase how powerful and wonderful technology can be in helping the less fortunate, creating a smarter and more inclusive Singapore.

Held at JTC LaunchPad@one-north, We Tech Care 2016 is the official platform for the launch event of the President’s Challenge 2016, with His Excellency President Tony Tan Keng Yam, gracing the launch event. The JTC LaunchPad@one-north is a vibrant and exciting co-working space for local startups, an ideal location to showcase both the power of technology, how organisations using technology can make an impact and give back to society.

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The impact of technology has benefitted many people around the world. Singapore has grown and transformed tremendously over the past 50 years, techology and innovation play a significant part in the growing process. However, there are still people who have not been able to fully harness the power of technology and its benefits. While there is a commercial market system to bring technology and its products to the market, the social market system for technology has more potential, they can be build up further into a strong and accessible social capital through technology to help those in need, the less fortunate and less privileged people in society.

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At We Tech Care 2016, I saw them coming all together, orgnisations such as Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD), Guide Dogs for the Blind Association Singapore, RSVP (The Organisation of Senior Volunteers), Jaga-Me, together with Microsoft Singapore, playing a part together for President’s Challenge 2016, allowing the rest of the society to learn, understand and more about what they are doing and providing for different groups in society. There were also fringe activities comprising of fun and games for the whole family, there were also talks, workshops and startup discovery tours too.

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While I wasn’t able to speak to all the organisations present at We Tech Care 2016, I did manage to have a chat with Mr Amos Miller, Chairman, Guide Dogs Association of the Blind Singapore. During my conversation, I began to understand more on how technology can help visually impaired people, in the form of a headphone that is GPS enabled together with a smartphone, a map and an app. That was also where I learned about this programme/movement known as Cities Unlocked programme. I had a very interesting conversation with Mr Amos Miller, whereby I learned something new and useful. This is something that I can help to do my part (it’s a small part) and help spread the word of the technology and gadgets that they are working on that can provide visually impaired people more empowerment and confidence to move around in society. Although it is still a prototype, I have a feeling that it can be and it would be improved further, until a day that it would be available to the visually impaired people in the very near future.

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Singapore has grown so fast and transformed so much in the past 50 years. While we had gained and grown a lot, in aspects of standards of living, wealth and well being, there are some segements of the community that have fallen through the cracks. Now, Singapore can now look at certain aspects of society that can be improved further, our social and emotional capital, helping those that have fallen through the cracks.

Through We Tech Care 2016, the official platform for the launch of President’s Challenge 2016, I hope that more awareness can be generated, to spread across the whole of Singapore, helping to garner the power of technology through accessibility, organisations, services, and giving back to society, to empower people, bridging the gaps in society between the have and have-not.

Remember, you can make an impact and difference to the society too! Using technology, spread the word of this movement – We Tech Care too!