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Celebration of Photography Exhibition by ION Art and Leica Galerie Singapore

ION Orchard is celebrating their 8th Anniversary this year and in conjunction with this celebration, ION Art is proud to present Celebration of Photography Exhibition, in partnership with Leica Galerie Singapore. This is the fourth edition of the annual ION Art Photography Series and I remembered visiting ION Art for a photography exhibitio by fellow photographer friend, Aik Beng Chia.

For this particular Celebration of Photography Exhibition, they will feature eight collections of photography works by eight oustanding and talented Singapore-based photographers, each of them specialist in their own photography fields and genres. During the media session on the morning of Friday 6th October 2017, I had a short tour of this amazing Celebration of Photography Exhibition with a short sharing and presentation by each photographer, on their themes, thoughts and synposis behind their photography works on display.

From photography genres, portrait, architecture, lifestyle, travel, documentary, sports and street photography, visitors can view the various photography works by the eight Singapore-based photographers, from all walks of life. When I walked through the various photography works on display, they were more than just excellent and amazing, they each tell a story behind the photograph, through the unique and special vision of each photographer.

Being a photographer myself, taking on both commercial photography work as a small business and personal photography, each and every of the eight photographers works resonates something with me, in my heart, mind and soul. Viewing photography exhibitions of such high standards and quality, does give me the encouragement to rekindle my passion for my personal photography projects when commercial photography takes a huge part away from it. This photography exhibition was also an excellent opportunity to view the quality of Leica cameras and lenses, shot entirely from the legendary Leica M series, professional systems such as the Leica S and SL, to versatile and compact cameras such as the Leica Q, TL2 and Sofort.

Now, let me introduce to you the eight photographer featured in this exhibition:

KC Eng

Laxmi Kaul

Andrew Lum

Francisco Marin

Justin Ong

Eric Sawitoski

Marc Tan

Yuey Tan & Claire Jedrek

No matter which level of photography you are at, or you are a fan of the photography, arts and creative field, do drop by and visit Celebration of Photography Exhibition by ION Art and Leica Galerie Singapore.

Celebration of Photography Exhibition by ION Art and Leica Galerie Singapore

Venue: ION Art Gallery, ION Orchard Level 4

Date:7th to 15th October 2017

Opening hours: 10am to 10pm daily

Photography Talks

Venue: ION Art Gallery, ION Orchard Level 4

Saturday 7th October 2017

  • Justin Ong – 10.30am to 12.00pm
  • KC Eng – 2.00pm to 3.30pm
  • Andrew Lum – 4.00pm to 5.30pm

Saturday 14th October 2017

  • Francisco Marin – 10.30am to 12.00pm
  • Laxmi Kaul – 2.00pm to 3.30pm
  • Eric Sawitoski – 4.00 to 5.00pm

Notes:

Admission to the photography talks is complimentary and it is limited to 40 people per session. Visitors can register via

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.

DBS Marina Regatta 2017 is here! 1 – 4 June

The 6th edition of DBS Marina Regatta is starting today, Thursday 1st June to Sunday 4th June at the Marina Bay area. This is Singapore’s biggest BayFest and there are many exciting events taking place on the waters of Marina Bay and on the land, with food, entertainment, shopping and fun.

Let me share what are some of the key highlights that you can expect when you visit DBS Marina Regatta 2017.

On the waters of Marina Bay

Dragon Boat races

  • Friday 2nd June – 200m Dragon Boat Races (‘A’ Division and DBS Prime Warriors Mixed)
  • Saturday 3rd June – 500m Dragon Boat Races (DBS Singapore Premier and Corporate Open, Women and Mixed)
  • Sunday 4th June – 200m Dragon Boat Races (DBS Singapore Premier and Corporate Open, Women and Mixed)

Sailing at the Bay

  • Get to try out sailing in the bay during the DBS Marina Regatta with the DBS 18 metre tall Swedish Match 40 sailboats.

On the land at Promontory @ Marina Bay

There are many things to do and enjoy at Promontory @ Marina Bay, where the DBS Marina Regatta village is located. While watching Dragon Boat racing action from the sidelines, you can also enjoy the food, fun and entertainment.

Here are some of the key highlights

Urban Beach

Bay Beach

This urban beach is Southeast Asia largest ever urban beach, 21,000 sq feet and it is packed with many exciting and fun things to do and enjoy, beside just lying on the beach and relax.

Giant Games

At the urban beach, visitors can play Giant Jenga, Giant Pick Up Sticks and Giant 5 stones!

Battle Bay

Sign up and participate in Singapore’s largest inflatable water obstacle course. Many exciting prizes to be won!

Bay Eats

We all love food! The Local People are the curators for the food village this year. There will be some nice feasting at DBS Marina Regatta 2017!

Bay Dome

Singapore’s biggest pop-up interactive art experience at 7.5m tall. Visitors can customise their own artwork and watch it come to life within the zone.

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Register for your fitness class! There are Power Up with Yoga+, Barre with WeBarre and Sweat Sesh with Eat Train Love. 

BayFest Shop

Shop for a good cause, support local businesses! BayFest Shop offers a diverse range of products , do drop by and check them out!

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For the nightlife party goers, there is the countdown party on Friday 2nd June 7pm to 10pm and Saturday 3rd June 7pm to 10pm.

Intel drone light show

On Sunday 4th June 2017 night, a grand finale to close the DBS Marina Regatta 2017. There are 50 Intel drones programmed to do bespoke designs for the regatta and dancing in mid-air, with a specially commissioned musical piece by local composer and conductor Eric Wong, against the iconic Marina Bay backdrop.

A great time for dragon boat fans, also ideal for family and children to come together and enjoy a family bonding time at the Marina Bay area with DBS Marina Regatta 2017. Enjoy and have a fun weekend at DBS Marina Regatta 2017!

For more information and updates, visit their website www.dbsmarinaregatta.com, follow them on Instagram (@dbsmarinaregatta) and on Facebook at go.dbs.com/dbsmr2017

Geylang International FC renews sponsorship with Epson & announces 2017 S-League squad

On 10th February 2017, Geylang International FC (GIFC) officially announced that they will be partnering with Epson for another year. With this extension, Geylang International FC will be able to see increased partnership between the football club and Epson Singapore, the club’s Platinum sponsor.

It’s really great and wonderful to see Epson Singapore playing an important role in the outreach efforts for the local community and development of the sports scene in Singapore. Although there are government support, the sports scene still need the public and commercial entities support to help bring the sports to the next level.

Epson Singapore and GIFC has a commitment to develop youths through football, whereby talented youth footballers from GIFC are sent to for a training stint with Matsumoto Yamagata FC later this year. As a football fan, this is great news, to send young footballers overseas for training and exposure. The Epson Singapore Cup 2017 is taking place later this year, co-organised by GIFC and Epson, I am looking forward to this football competition for the youth in 2017.

At the official signing ceremony, we witnessed Mr Toshimitsu Tanaka, Managing Director (Southeast Asia) of Epson Singapore, and Mr Ben Teng, Chairman of GIFC, signing off and marking the start of another year of sponsorship and partnership.

After the official signing ceremony, GIFC also presented their 2017 S-League team line up, with an individual introduction of each team member being presented to the media and guests present at the event. Keep a lookout for some new faces. Fahrish Khan and Umar Akhbar who have moved up from the Prime League squad of 2016, Japanese centre-back Yuki Ichikawa, Victor Coto, Coasta Rican-born striker and Argentine attacking midfielder Ricardo.

Good luck to Geylang International FC for the S-League 2017 season and I am looking forward to hear more and cover on the youth football development between GIFC and Epson in Singapore!

Epson Singapore Cup 2016

The inaugural Epson Singapore Cup, a grassroots football competition for the Under-15 age group, took place over two weekends on the 3rd and 10th September 2016 at SAFRA Tampines. The U-15 preliminary matches took place on the 3rd September 2016 and the quarter finals, semi finals and final took place on the 10th September 2016. Due to insufficient qualified entries, the proposed U-17 preliminary matches that were supposed to be played on 4th September 2016 were cancelled.

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Football is not just a sport that I played when I was growing up as a young kid, playing under the common corridor ground floor of the HDB block, basketball courts, schools and fields, football meant a lot to me, as a fan and supporter of this sport. When I knew about Epson organising the inaugural Singapore Cup, bringing grassroots football back to the community as part of their corporate service responsibility (CSR) initiatives, I was happy to hear about what they were planning to do for the youth and the football community in Singapore.

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I went down on 3rd September, covering and photographing the preliminary matches by the U-15 teams. The Epson Singapore Cup in 2016 was their maiden debut , there were 10 U-15 teams playing it out for the knock out rounds next week on the 10th September. Although there were not too many football teams participating, it was still a good competition whereby the boys had fun and enjoyed themselves on the football fields.

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When I was watching the boys playing football on the football pitches, it brought me back to my school days, when I just loved playing football after school and even during recess time (primary school days). This was also the time when I really enjoyed playing football, fun and carefree.

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Due to a clash of events and a photography assignment on 10th September, I wasn’t able to come down to watch, document and photograph the knock out matches. I would share some photographs and updates provided by Epson Singapore and Asia PR Werkz for the coverage on 10th September.

How did the knock out matches leading to the final turned out on 10th September? Let me share with you some of the key points –

The morning started with a briefing from Head Coach of Geylang International FC (GIFC) Hasrin Jailani, who advised them to watch the shape and formation of their teams as they play, balance between playing as a team and showcasing their individual skills, and display good sportsmanship. GIFC players Isa Halim and Mark Hartmann spoke to the teams, encouraging them to go the extra mile to push themselves to win, respect the officials and other teams, and enjoy the game. Teams who made it to the quarter finals were subsequently briefed by local football legends Lionel Lewis and S Subramani, to better prepare them for the matches. Team “Valentia C.F” emerged the winner after a nail-biting battle with hot favourites “Team Alpha” tied at 0:0, and a penalty shootout of 3:2 ensued.

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Title Sponsor Epson Singapore was encouraged by the results of the tournament. “As our first Epson Singapore Cup, we are encouraged and impressed by the mettle, skills and sportsmanship the teams have shown on the field. For our young champion, I wish them all the best and may the training stint bring them a step closer towards excellence in football. For the rest of the participants, I believe their dedication will not go unnoticed, and continue to pursue their passion and dreams in football,” said Ms. Tan May Lin, Epson Singapore’s General Manager (Sales, Marketing & Customer Service Division).

Source: Epson Singapore press release

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Photo courtesy of Epson Singapore

The organisers will be reviewing the tournament and will announce subsequently if they will continue with this competition for next year. On a personal note, I really hope they will continue with the Epson Singapore Cup for year 2017. I support this grassroots level football competition, it’s an excellent initiative to grow our local football scene, and we need the changes to our local Singapore football scene. Starting from the grassroots, the foundation and base of the Singapore society, this is where we should and we must start from.

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Photo courtesy of Epson Singapore

Oh yes, I would to congratulate Team Valentia C.F for winning the inaugural Epson Singapore Cup! Have a fun learning and training stint experience at the prestigious Valencia C.F Soccer School in Singapore.

DBS Marina Regatta 2016 is back!

The fifth edition of DBS Marina Regatta is coming back very soon, at the heart of Singapore’s downtown Marina Bay area. DBS Marina Regatta 2016 is getting bigger and better, both on the sports, leisure and community segments.

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Happening over two weekends, 28 & 29 May and 4 & 5 June, there will be lots of action and fun on the water where the Dragon Boaters paddle and battling it out with the iconic Marina Bay landscape behind them. The supporters, spectators and community can watch, support and cheer for them from the sidelines of the Marina Bay. There are also an awesome collection and line up of fun, activities, food and music performances on the land, where the sports/community carnival village is located at The Promontory @ Marina Bay.

Let me share with you some exciting line up and details of what you can expect from DBS Marina Regatta 2016

Shop House by The Local People

Local market specialists, The Local People, carefully curated local designers, craftspeople and artists to be part of Shop House, the beach’s art market for DBS Marina Regatta 2016. The Shop House would be housed in stripped and refitted shipping containers. These special containers would also double up as viewing decks in the night, a perfect spot for music lovers and visitors to enjoy the beach concert, making their maiden music performance debut at DBS Marina Regatta 2016!

Check out some of the emerging designers and artisans that would be making their presence felt there – illustrations by Troops on Print; accessories by Supernacular; pottery items by Oh Leaf; and even cosmetics brand Faux Fayc.

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Chow House – DBS Marina Regatta Food Village

Food is an integral part of Singapore’s lifestyle and culture. Therefore, at Chow House, visitors can indulge into delicious and mouth-watering bites from popular Singapore food establishments.

Check out some of the different cuisines making their presence at Chow House – Snag Shack’s Australian sausage sizzles and Fika’s Swedish meatballs. Kerbside Gourmet, Singapore’s favourite gourmet food truck will feature their “Go Big on Pig” menu featuring Pig Head Croquetas with Sriracha and Char Siu Pork Collar Bao with Achar.

Music Performances in the night

 When the sun sets at DBS Marina Regatta 2016 weekend, it would be transformed into a beach concert, making their maiden debut. Local music artistes, iNCH, HubbaBubbas, Linying, Take Two as well as up-and-coming artistes The Madhatter Project, The Neptune Waves, and Stopgap would be performing and singing away!

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Pop-Up Urban Beach with Southeast Asia tallest inflatable water slide maiden debut

The pop-up beach made her debut in 2015 and they would be returning again in 2016! From 11am to 8pm on both weekends, remember to check out Southeast Asia tallest inflatable water slide making her debut! For just $10 and also for a good cause to charity, you can have five rides on the water slide! All proceeds from the water slide participation goes to SPD, a non-profit organisation that helps people with disabilities develop their potential to the fullest so that they can be self-reliant and independent.

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Pictures courtesy of DBS Singapore

For more information and updates on DBS Marina Regatta 2016, here are some useful links:

Let my photographs bring you back a walk down the memory lane, my photography coverage of DBS Marina Regatta 2013, 2014 and 2015!

Mark down your calendars, 28 & 29 May and 4 & 5 June, come on down to Marina Bay for DBS Marina Regatta 2016 for two weekends of sports, outdoors, food, drinks, art market, music and fun for your family and friends!

*Information and details courtesy of DBS Singapore*

DBS Marina Regatta 2015 – 6th and 7th June

The first weekend of DBS Marina Regatta 2015 finished on a high and it was carried along into the second weekend of DBS Marina Regatta 2015 on the 6th and 7th June. Most of the shore activities at The Promontory @ Marina Bay continued into the second weekend of DBS Marina Regatta 2015. On the waters of Marina Bay, it was the water sports weekend – the Best of Southeast Asia Sports with DBS Marina Regatta and SEA Games Traditional Boat (Dragon Boat) Races action on the 6th and 7th June 2015.

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For the DBS Marina Regatta 2015, the races that were held were

  • DBS Singapore Premier Mixed (22 crew)
  • DBS Tertiary Mixed (12 crew)
  • DBS Corporate Mixed (12 crew)

For the 28th SEA Games 2015, the races that were held were

  • 6 crew, 200m (Men’s and Women’s) World’s First
  • 6 crew 500m (Men’s and Women’s) World’s First
  • 12 crew 200m (Men’s and Women’s)
  • 12 crew 500m (Men’s and Women’s)

With the addition of SEA Games Traditional Boat Races at the DBS Marina Regatta, there were less races compared to the first weekend of DBS Marina Regatta 2015. Lesser races doesn’t mean it was less exciting, instead, it was a great spectacle for the spectators sitting around the Marina Bay area watching and supporting the Dragon Boat Paddlers in action.

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During the SEA Games Traditional Boat Races, the supporters came out in force to cheer for their fellow country people participating and competing in the Dragon Boat racing. They were vocal and expressive and some were colourful in their attire (donning national colours)! I can hear the spectators and supporters cheering from across the waters, near the Marina Bay City Gallery and Marina Bay Sands when I was photographing the Dragon Boat paddlers from The Promontory @ Marina Bay!

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I rotated around various locations and sometimes stationed myself at the opposite side from The Promontory @ Marina Bay, the steps/seats between Marina Bay Sands and Marina Bay City Gallery, sitting as close to the waters of Marina Bay. With my Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 lens, I focus and seek out to find the DBS Marina Regatta paddlers and also the SEA Games paddlers at the pontoon/jetty, the embarkation and disembarkation point for the Dragon Boats. The emotions and facial expressions of the SEA Games paddlers were priceless and I was happy that I photographed my Team Singapore paddlers out there on the waters of Marina Bay, a small contribution of my photographs to Team Singapore in action at SEA Games 2015!

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On Sunday 7th June 2015 morning, the weather wasn’t good and I was hoping (and everybody else there too!) that it doesn’t affect the entire Sunday’s race schedule for both DBS Marina Regatta and SEA Games events. The weather slowly changed for the better towards the afternoon and by the late afternoon, the weather around Marina Bay was beautiful with blue sky and white clouds!

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Mother Nature blessed the DBS Marina Regatta 2015 and SEA Games 2015 races with a gorgeous rainbow across the horizon in the finale races for both DBS Marina Regatta and SEA Games. I was very happy that I managed to capture it down in memory and share this lovely blessing around. An omen, a blessing, a wonderful and beautiful natural phenomena. This rainbow inspired me to write a dedicated story – the rainbow emerging to the DBS Asia Dragons when they crossed the finishing line in first position. Indeed, the symbolism of a rainbow “The end of the Rainbow signifies a Pot of Gold and the magic that surrounds your dreams coming true”

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The Best of Southeast Asia Sports on 6th and 7th June 2015 – DBS Marina Regatta 2015 and SEA Games 2015 Traditional Boat Races were brought to a close with a spectacular grand finale. It had been two exciting weekends for me, covering, photographing and sharing DBS Marina Regatta 2015 and also covering the SEA Games 2015 Traditional Boat Races!

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Igniting Possibilities, Igniting The Bay for everyone, the paddlers, the people behind the scenes, the supporters. The 2015 edition is the biggest DBS Marina Regatta till date and the second weekend of 6th and 7th June, comprising of both the DBS Marina Regatta 2015 and SEA Games 2015 Traditional Boat Races ignites the Marina Bay, celebrating the win, the happiness, friendships, community and sea sports extravaganza in the heart of Marina Bay!


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DBS Marina Regatta 2015 – 30th and 31st May

In its fourth edition, Singapore’s biggest water sports festival, the DBS Marina Regatta returned to Marina Bay Singapore, brining great action and fun on and off the waters of Marina Bay. Covering over three weekends from 30th to 31st May, 6th to 7th June and 13th to 14th June 2015. In conjunction with the 28th SEA Games 2015 held in Singapore from 5th to 16th June, Traditional Boat (Dragon Boat) Races were held together with DBS Marina Regatta on 6th and 7th June and Sailing Races was held on 13th and 14th June 2015.

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For DBS Marina Regatta 2015, there were close to 180 teams and 2,000 athletes participating in this year’s Dragon Boating event! There were also a growing number of female Dragon Boaters – close to 20% more than the previous year. This was indeed the biggest water sports festival in Singapore and it’s growing!

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Let me bring you through my eyes, heart, stories and photographs of the first weekend of DBS Marina Regatta 2015, on the 30th and 31st May. This was my third year covering DBS Marina Regatta, I am quite familiar with the Dragon Boat Races and schedules. On Saturday 30th May, it was the 200m race distance and on Sunday 31st May, it was the 500m race distance.

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The race categories were as follows:

  • DBS Singapore Premier Open (22 crew)
  • DBS Singapore Premier Women (12 crew)
  • DBS Tertiary Open (22 crew)
  • DBS Tertiary Women (12 crew)
  • DBS Corporate Open (12 crew)
  • DBS Corporate Women (12 crew)

There were lots of Dragon Boating action on the waters of Marina Bay whereby spectators can enjoy watching them in action at The Promontory @ Marina Bay, Marina Bay City Gallery area and Fullerton area. For this year, besides my fast action capture of fast and furious Dragon Boating paddling, I decided to go more into the “behind the scenes” part of Dragon Boating, the preparation, the emotions and camederie of the paddlers. The experiences were pretty amazing and these are the type of the other story of sports photography that we sports photographers love to capture and share. Through my photographs, I hope that I am to share more on the scenes behind the scenes.

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Off the waters, on the ground level, DBS Marina Regatta 2015 transformed The Promontory @ Marina Bay into a big sports, recreational and leisure sports carnival village, there is something for everybody who is at DBS Marina Regatta 2015. There were many different events and activities happening during DBS Marina Regatta 2015, some of the events and activities that I manage to cover and photographed were

  • DBS Art Park ~ There were eight up and coming artists aged between 18-35 from NOISE working on four giant 2m by 2m art cubes.
  • Living Art ~ The re-enactment of a painting, “Life by the River” by renowned Singaporean artist Liu Kang.
  • Extreme Sports Arena ~ Rock climbing and Zipline (a.k.a Flying Fox)
  • DBS Food Village by Savour ~ Delicious food galore.

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I rotated myself around the various locations of DBS Marina Regatta 2015, photographing and documenting sports action on the waters, behind the scenes of the Dragon Boat, waiting, preparation, supporting, the euphoria and emotions. Towards the later part of the afternoons on both 30th and 31st, these were the time for the finale, the various finals for the 200m (30th May) and 500m (31st May). That’s also where I had the enjoyment and adrenaline rush of photographing the fast sychronised Dragon Boat paddling action on the waters of Marina Bay from the The Promontory @ Marina Bay.

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Over the first weekend of DBS Marina Regatta 2015 on 30th and 31st May, there were great action on the waters and off the waters, on the ground level. Rounding up my first weekend of DBS Marina Regatta 2015, I was looking forward to the second weekend with the 28th SEA Games Traditional Boat (Dragon Boat) Races in action together along with DBS Marina Regatta 2015!


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A Beautiful Rainbow on 7th June 2015

Rainbow, a very colourful and beautiful natural phenomena. I had always try to photograph rainbow whenever I can with my camera if I brought my camera out. Recently, I was covering DBS Marina Regatta 2015 on 7th June 2015, waiting at one of my favourite spots in the heart of Marina Bay Singapore, The Promontory @ Marina Bay. The weather was bad in the morning and slowly changed to good weather in the afternoon, clear blue sky and gorgeous white cloud formations behind the Marina Bay Financial Centre and Marina Bay Sands area. My eyes lit up when I saw something colourful across the horizon, I spotted a rainbow and I quickly picked up my Canon EOS 70D with my wide angle lens EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM to capture the beautiful rainbow!

Once I captured the beautiful rainbow, I changed to my sports photography gear setup, my trustworthy Canon EOS 1D Mark III with EF 300mm f/2.8 USM L lens. I was getting ready to shoot one of the main races of DBS Marina Regatta 2015, the 500m DBS Corporate Mixed Final, the Grand Finale Race for DBS Marina Regatta 2015! The DBS Asia Dragons mixed team was competing and I was on the lookout for them to photograph them in high speed paddling action on Marina Bay! The DBS Asia Dragons mixed team were very dedicated and the whole team was in synchronisation with their paddling strokes and movements. I can see their passion, sheer determination and thirst for success from the photographs that I shot!

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When the DBS Asia Dragons mixed team crossed the finishing line, the beautiful rainbow was there to welcome the winners of the 500m Corporate Mixed Final. This was a most fitting finale to a great ending for the DBS Asia Dragons paddlers, their stories, trainings and journey in reaching this pinnacle! As they finished and completed a great race, with a beautiful rainbow welcoming the winners home!

I looked up on the symbolism of Rainbow and found it here

“The end of the Rainbow signifies a pot of Gold and the magic that surrounds your dreams coming true”

Source: Universe of Symbolism

Rainbow always amaze and mesmerise me, I am also taking this beautiful rainbow to dedicate this rainbow to Someone with the words below –

“I want to dedicate this rainbow to you. Keep fighting and be strong, something beautiful awaits u at the end of it”

It’s a blessing to spot and capture such a beautiful rainbow, not just with my camera gears, also with my eyes, heart and soul. Time to Pass-It-On and Pay-It-Forward!

Extreme Sailing Series 2015 Act 1 – Singapore

The Extreme Sailing Series 2015 returned back to Singapore for the opening sailing race calendar in the heart of Marina Bay Singapore. Held from the 5th to 8th February 2015, it was great to see high octane sailing action in the heart of Marina Bay, surrounded by the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District, joined by tricky wind conditions and directions, posing great challenges and tactics by the captains and their crews!

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It was fun to be back photographing and covering Extreme Sailing Series in Singapore, I remembered documenting the Extreme Sailing Series in 2013 and 2014! This is my third year photographing the sailing competition in Singapore! Let me share with my readers again, a recap on the Extreme Sailing Series –

Established in 2007, the Extreme Sailing Series™ is the original ‘stadium-style’ racing circuit designed for spectators, delivering high-performance action close to shore. Attracting some of the worlds very best sailors racing 40-feet multihulls on short courses, the global circuit spans the Middle East, Asia, South America and Europe.”

Source: Extreme Sailing Series

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Our gorgeous and magnificent Marina Bay Singapore is truly a “stadium-style” racing circuit for the competition boats, sailors and spectators. Enclosed in a 600m by 300m racing circuit surrounded by many different types of buildings, it was a great spectacle to watch the boats sailing pretty close to the sides of the Marina Bay. Due to day job commitments, I was only able to cover the Extreme Sailing Series 2015 Act 1 – Singapore on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th February. The weather was great; it was hot and sunny, with strong winds blowing. It was pretty good for the sailors and spectators alike, to watch the Extreme Sailing Series competition.

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With experiences gained over the past 2 years of Extreme Sailing Series in Singapore, I managed to photograph the 40-feet multihulls in action from 6 different spots around Marina Bay, providing me with more different perspectives and views of the Extreme Sailing Series in high-octane action on the waters of Marina Bay Singapore! The spectators were able to view the competition not too far away from the Bay sides and they were able to watch how the sailors adapt and react to different sailing conditions and situations on the boats!

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The winds were tricky, shifty and gusty at times, ranging from 15 knots to 21 knots! Spectators watching from different locations of Marina Bay Singapore were at times given some exciting and heart pumping moments when the boats went all the way out, catching the strong winds pushing them. There was a great sporting action moment when 4 boats raced to the buoy pretty close together and making a U-turn there!

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On the 4th day of the Extreme Sailing Series 2015 Act 1 – Singapore, the spectators were treated to a nail biting finish by Red Bull Sailing Team to be crowned champions in Singapore for Act 1 – Singapore. With some competition scoring points advantage coming into Day 4 over SAP Extreme Sailing Team, the Red Bull Sailing Team held their nerve to overcome an onslaught by the SAP Extreme Sailing Team in the final race to beat them by just five points! This was definitely a very close fight to the finishing line and the bragging rights to be called champions in Singapore for Extreme Sailing Series 2015 Act 1!

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The Extreme Sailing Series 2015 Act 1 – Singapore came to a spectacular end with Red Bull Sailing Team leading the Extreme Sailing Series 2015 overall standings. Next up is Muscat, Oman from 11 to 14 March 2015!

Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 1 Singapore standings after Day 4, 32 races (08.02.15)

Position / Team / Points

1st Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Jason Waterhouse, Shaun Mason, Stewart Dodson 232 points.

2nd SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Thierry Douillard, Mads Emil Stephensen, Brad Farrand 227 points.

3rd The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan, Sarah Ayton, Pete Greenhalgh, Ed Smyth, Nasser Al Mashari 220 points.

4th Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) Igor Lisovenko, Phil Robertson, Garth Ellingham, Alexander Bozhko, Aleksey Kulakov 213 points.

5th Oman Air (OMA) Stevie Morrison, Nic Asher, Ted Hackney, Ed Powys, Ali Al Balashi 198 points.

6th GAC Pindar (GBR) Seve Jarvin, Jack Macartney, Marcus Ashley-Jones, Tyson Lamond, James Wierzbowski 182 points.

7th Lino Sonego Team Italia (ITA) Lorenzo Bressani, Enrico Zennaro, Gabriele Olivo, Tom Buggy, Adam Kay 180 points.

8th Beko Team Turx (TUR) Edhem Dirvana, Mitch Booth, Selim Kakış, Diogo Cayolla, Anıl Berk Baki 166 points.

9th Team Aberdeen (SIN) Nick Moloney, Adam Beashel, Tom Dawson, Freddie White, Justin Wong 156 points.

Extreme Sailing Series™ 2015 overall standings

Position / Team / Points

1st Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 10 points.

2nd SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 9 points.

3rd The Wave, Muscat (OMA) 8 points.

4th Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) 7 points.

5th Oman Air (OMA) 6 points.

6th GAC Pindar (GBR) 5 points.

7th Lino Songeo Team Italia (ITA) 4 points.

8th Beko Team Turx (TUR) 3 points.

Information Courtesy of Extreme Sailing Series


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