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This is the Star Wars App you’re looking for!

Attention Star Wars fans!! There is a disturbance in the Force, it is calling itself towards all the Star Wars fans! This is the Star Wars App that you are looking for! I have to share this wonderful news with fellow Star Wars fans and supporters and I have downloaded the Star Wars App into my iPhone and iPad!

Star Wars - This is the App You're Looking For

Let me share with you more information on the Star Wars App from the press release –

Lucasfilm and Disney Interactive today launched the official Star Wars app, a new free app that puts fans into the Star Wars universe right from their mobile devices. Available for iOS and Android, the app provides breaking news, rich media, social updates, special events, and interactive features for the countdown to Star Wars: The Force Awakens and beyond.


By uniting the world of Star Wars in a native mobile experience, Lucasfilm and Disney Interactive are giving fans a gateway to access Star Wars anytime, anywhere. In addition to featuring exclusive content, the app also pulls in news and posts fromStar Wars’ expansive network of digital channels, including StarWars.com as well as the official Star Wars channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Tumblr, and Google+. Users can also theme the app with light side, dark side, or droid interfaces, each containing different designs, sounds, and animations. Updated daily and in real-time, this is the app Star Wars fans are looking for.


Features include:

–        News: Get instant notifications on big announcements from across the franchise, including trailer releases, movie updates and game news. The news feed is fully customizable, so users can filter which platforms their updates are coming from, and which aspects of the Star Wars franchise they’re hearing about.

–        Augmented Reality: Bring the Star Wars universe to life by unlocking 3D characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens using an exclusive augmented reality camera feature. The trigger for this feature will change over time, introducing new characters and objects.

–        Videos: Watch official Star Wars videos, including movie trailers, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and more.

–        Force Trainer: Wield a lightsaber and hone your skills by playing with the Force Trainer, an interactive activity where users can duel a training remote, as seen in Star Wars: A New Hope.

–        Star Wars “Selfie”: Take and share a Star Wars “selfie” in various iconic costumes and settings, including Jedi, Princess Leia, Han Solo’s carbon-freeze, and more.


–        GIFs: Share animated GIFs with friends and family of memorable scenes and characters from the Star Wars movies and TV shows, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars Rebels.

–        Soundboard: Play classic sound clips and sound effects from your favorite Star Wars characters, creatures, weapons, vehicles, and scenes.


–        Star Wars History: Discover behind-the-scenes fun facts with This Day In Star Wars History.

–        Weather: Get Star Wars-themed weather and five-day forecasts, featuring original art and parallax effects of in-universe planets and locales.

Created especially with fans in mind, the app is equipped with Star Wars ID which lets users join the growing Star Wars fan community by choosing an avatar, creating a handle, and building a connected profile. The app will continue to evolve along with the franchise, and users can look forward to regular updates and new features. The app also helps fans discover the latest Star Wars digital apps, products and experiences.

* Information and pictures courtesy of The Walt Disney Company (Southeast Asia) *

Here are the links to download the Star Wars App –

App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/star-wars/id960108075?ls=1&mt=8

Google Play:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.disney.starwarshub_goo

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Disney-Star-Wars/dp/B013S9NAY2/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1441309507&sr=8-4&keywords=star+wars+app

May The Force Be With You Always.

Q4 2015 and Q1 2016 – Challenging and tough period ahead

The phrase “The Tribe has spoken”, I kind of like it when I watched the reality show “Survivor”. By applying this phrase to our current economic climate and situation at this juncture in time (end of Q3 2015 when this article is published), the tribe has spoken, the world economy, the world markets, they have spoken. We are now in some pretty challenging and tough times, the expectations and forecasts ahead for the next 6 months (Q4 2015 and Q1 2016) is not exactly blissful and smooth.

Currently, we are in a Bear market situation + slowed down growth, technical recession is looming. If negative growth seeps into Q4 2015 and Q1 2016, yes, it might translate into recession. Speaking to fellow business owners and friends who are in the financial line, it’s a possibility while some say it might be avoided. A quote by my old friend Michael, “It might be a big bearish market” a.k.a very slow growth.

Helping to run a SME business, I can see for myself, first hand economic experiences from the impacts of the market changes via our business figures and enquiries. Networking with people from other industries, hearing their stories, it’s beyond pessimism, it’s the actual cruel reality of their industries. Some are more hurt than the other industries, some companies are holding back, some might be able to expand.

A bear market and a recession spells tough times for everybody, from business to the daily citizen on the streets. It’s a time to hold back on unnecessary expenditure, inevitably affecting other business when you can’t spend and consume products/services, it’s a viscious cycle. A period of bear market and recession also spells investment opportunities if you have the spare capital and the time to hold.

It used to be a longer period for market and economic cyclical movement, from the top to the bottom. The world changed so rapidly over the past 10-20 years, it’s getting more inter-connected than before. We have yet to fully recover from the 2008 financial crisis and it’s showing up all over the world. Market and economic cycles are now looking like a 5-7 years phase instead of 10-15 years cycle.

Do you remember these tough times ?

1997 – Asia Financial Crisis

2000 – Dot Com bubble

2003 – SARS

2008 – Sub-prime crisis

2015/2016 – ?

A period of slow growth is definitely better than a period of negative growth. Watch what you have been spending on, your lifestyle, your wants, your needs.

Now is also a good time to prepare your spare capital and select the appropriate investment tool (based on how much spare capital you have).

  • Private equity investments
  • Venture Capital investments
  • Private consortium investments
  • Selected stocks and shares
  • Start your small business (on your own or with friends)

Will you do something for yourself and for your future? Or will you continue spending and spluring without saving? Make a difference to yourself and your future, do not be a first world living person with a third world financial literacy level and mindset.

3 Quarters of 2015 – Recap and Reflect

When the clock moves past 2359hrs today on 30th September 2015, we would be entering the 4th and final quarter of the year 2015. Time flies, I am now trying to recap and reflect on my nine months in the year 2015, this is also a time to bring back my thinking cap and get myself writing again. I could have just combined my summary of updates posts and consolidate it here, yet this was not what I was planning to do.

The 3 quarters of the year 2015 had indeed been very fruitful, it was very fulfilling. There were a number of heart aches, stress and pressure that cannot be seen yet it can be felt through my words, sharing and stories. Having the capability and ability to give and help people is a blessing and to receive a blessing is another great blessing. There are many times when I felt very discouraged when I give, my kindness was taken advantaged of and abused. There were times I almost gave up helping, there might be a few times when I gave up on some and there were probably many more times that I never gave up on them. Life’s blessings back to you can be in the the form of the most unexpected and out of the blue type, totally blown away when the good and well wishes returned back to you.

Of the ups and downs, I can only grow when I learn from my mistakes and climb up from the bottom. On the other hand, I must remain grounded and not let small success get into my head, I must remain humble, continue to learn more and improve myself. Life is never smooth sailing and many times, a roller coaster or a ship sailing through heavy storms and choppy seas.

feature on Straits Times newspaper in May 2015, it’s so amazing, I am really blessed and I am very thankful. This was a great testimonial for my passion and commitment in photography. I wasn’t able to take time and sit down to really write down my thoughts and emotions of this feature and achievement. When I travel overseas for my holiday, I will take the time to write another post on it. Another significant landmark for me was to be part of Promising SME 500 2015 as a representative for my company! This is another life story that I hope to share and write more in-depth about it soon!

I helped and worked with Keith Crackling Roast previously, one of my personal photography projects to help fellow entrepreneurs. Therefore when I saw my photography works being displayed at Keith Crackling Roast outlet, I am proud of my achievements and how far I had walked with my photography.

Producing my own photo book was something of an adventure into an unknown that I set my course upon. During that 6 months, I learned a lot, made mistakes, produced a very personal and uniquely my own style photo book that is definitely not professionally laid out and designed. Life always throw you something to learn, regardless of your age, experiences and life stage.

With the good, nice and happy things, comes the bad, ugly and hurt. The backstabbing, the hurt, the nonsense and all the rubbish, managing and handling such negative things  took some time. There were times when helping people and it just felt hurtful to be not appreciated.

Life is never smooth sailing, it’s full of obstacles and challenges. I must always remember to count my blessings, be grateful, be thankful, to pay-it-forward.

Let’s make the 4th and final quarter of 2015 a great final sprint!

UE Roll Review

The Ultimate Ears UE ROLL was recently introduced in an earlier post on my site here. During a recently Logitech Singapore event, I had a short hands on with it on the capabilities of the UE ROLL and decided to take it for a short testing and do a review of the UE ROLL.


During the event, I had a first hand look at how the UE ROLL reacted when it was placed inside a water tank filled with water. While I can’t hear the music when it was submerged, we can see the vibrations coming out from the UE ROLL because the music was still playing! Yes, it’s amazing and the UE ROLL is a portable and versatile portable speaker for your outdoor activities, you can bring it swimming or to the great outdoors!

When I tested the UE ROLL at home, it provided me with a nice set of music speakers for my home usage. Here are my thoughts and views of the UE ROLL


  • Bright, colourful and vibrant
  • Lightweight and easy to carry around in your bag
  • An elastic cord for you to hook up the UE ROLL to your bag or yourself and carry the UE ROLL around
  • Pretty nice bass sound
  • Sturdy and well built
  • Pair it with another UE ROLL and it becomes a good two speakers system
  • Ideal for use in your home and outdoors, parties and events.
  • Dedicated smartphone app to connect/pair up/control a (single/duo) UE ROLL


  • The shape and design of UE ROLL is interesting yet odd, some may like this unique shape and design, some may not like it.

If you are looking for a trendy and colourful portable wireless music speaker that is not too heavy, I would like to recommend the UE ROLL to you and take a look!

* I would like to thank Logitech Singapore and SPRG for the opportunity to review the UE ROLL *

A Blessed Gift of Wish and Achivements

In the year 2004, I traveled to Tokyo, Japan for a solo backpacking trip with my camera, it was probably the start of my travel photography adventures. I had so much fun during my trip and one of the key highlights was visiting the Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan. I remembered buying an amulet from Sensoji Temple for my old buddy Nicholas, it’s a drive safely amulet. I do not know why I didn’t get one for myself during that time.

My nieces Charmaine and Charlene recently went to Japan along with their auntie Wee Keng (my cousin) for a short holiday, I asked them to help me get an amulet from Sensoji Temple on my behalf since they would be visiting Asakusa area. For this time I decided on an amulet and I chose the Wish Achievements amulet – ???? .


I am very grateful and thankful to my two nieces and cousin who went to Sensoji Temple and purchase the amulet from the Sensoji Temple on my behalf. The year 2015 had been a very interesting and also a roller coaster year for me. I had managed to push through breakthroughs and achievements in my business/work and photography. Some of the breakthroughs were small; some were big, yet all of them were significant and important to me in the year 2015.

The achievements and breakthroughs that I achieved in 2015 till date were very proud and happy moments for me. Yet, for those who knew the in-depth stories, stress and pressure that I shared, knew about the intense stress and pressure that I had to go through before and currently.

Receiving this amulet from Sensoji Temple, I received a blessed gift for my wish and achievements. I hope that my personal wishes (of and from the heart) can come true and attain more achievements in my business and photography. I will carry it with me, in my work bag, in my leisure bag, in my photography bag.

Not many people know about the difficulties, stress and pressure, whether it is related to work, photography or my personal life. Let this amulet gift be a charm and blessing for my future endeavours, for my work, my photography and my personal wishes.

A Role Model of the Dragon Scout Group Family

There was a newspaper article recently that appeared on the newspaper print and online news portal, with the title “No ordinary lawyer would do this”. I saw the photograph of the lawyer and he was a familiar face, he’s a member of the Dragon Scout Group extended family / Dragon Chapter family, my senior, Thrumurgan.

I still remembered Thru when I first joined Dragon Scout Group during Secondary One, he took us for Scouting games, activities and learning Scouting skills. He was a Venture Scout, thus a senior Scout at that time. Thru went on to achieve the President Scout Award, the highest honour for a Venture Scout. During my Boy Scout to Venture Scout days, I had the opportunity to learn from my senior Thru (and many other seniors too) on various stages of my Scouting journey, his leadership, Scouting skills and knowledge were invaluable to me as a junior. Like Thru, he was a role model, like many of our seniors who came back to pass on the Dragon Scouting spirit, skills, knowledge and experience to the juniors.

Reading the news article, on what Thru had done for the young girl, it was like Wow! That’s something very noble and very heart warming, living up to the Scout Promise “To Help Other People”. What he did was beyond the call of duty, to give a second chance and to help people in society.

What does this story meant and significance for me as a fellow Dragon Chapter member? What does it meant for the current members of the Dragon Scout Group family and the young old boys and girls of the Dragon Chapter family?

Thru’s good deed to the society epitomise the Scouting spirit, to help people, to Pay-It-Forward and give back to society. I hope that this story would be able to motivate and encourage our young boys and girls to do good, Pay-It-Forward and give back to society when the time arises.

At my current juncture in life, I hope that I have done some good deeds and give back to society, in some way or another. I will continue to share, pass-it-on, pay-it-forward and mentor the juniors of the Dragon Scout Group and Dragon Chapter family.

Yes, I am still learning from my seniors of the Dragon Scout Group extended family and Dragon Chapter family.

Onward Dragon Scout!

Managing my time on my social media platforms

I had for-seen this thing coming to me, sometime back, I had started to slow down on social media usage especially on my personal Facebook wall and moved towards updating photography stuff on my Facebook Page. In the most recent months, partly due to heavier workload and the friends FB wall getting more complaining, ranting, sharing of stories from “those sources”, it got me to a point whereby I was quite turn off by the posts and rants on Facebook.

The peak and crunch came during the most recent General Elections 2015 in Singapore, the amount of arrows, posts and words flying across the social media channels and platforms. For once, I was kind of switched off totally from my Facebook with the exception of updating my Facebook Page with posts and sharing of photography articles.

Social media, writing, blogging and sharing had brought me to many places, made more new friends and gave me the outreach that I can never imagine for my photography. From the various social media channels and platforms, I was able to learn, improve, participate and interact with like-minded people on photography, travel, heritage, conservation, tech stuff etc etc. Social media is useful for connecting with friends and relatives living overseas and to keep up to date with them.

The turnoff probably come from too much ranting and complaining. In some aspects, fighting and bickering on their FB wall. When my friend Jude shared a video on Anti Social Behaviour, it made me realised that the human race had become Anti Social. Yes, we can’t deny that social media will now be a part of our lives and lifestyle, for the future generations and beyond.

I will still continue to use social media for my outreach, publicity, awareness and marketing. I will also manage my time on social media platforms. The key social media platforms for me in the near future would probably be

Quick and Instant Updates



Summary Updates

Photography Site

Facebook Page



These few platforms allow me to provide instant updates and sharing of my photography. Twitter, of course allows me to say quite a lot of different issues/matters/topics under the weather (I must remember not to anyhow write and post stuff).

Our adult time in this era, quite a lot of time is spent on work and work (and it is already very stressful and pressuring). In my leisure time, I want to spend quality time on quality human touch connections whenever possible and the other is for my personal photography projects that are meaningful, fulfilling, intrinsically rewarding and that can contribute back to society.

This is probably just me, you might share the same thoughts and feelings with me too. However, this might not apply to you too. My friend Jude wrote in our conversation “Don’t disconnect the human touch”. I totally agree, even when we are using the social media platforms and channels.

Let’s bring back the human touch and connections.


The UE MEGABOOM that I wrote and shared recently here not too long ago, I had the opportunity to test it out and review this portable speaker for two weeks. When I received the UE MEGABOOM box package, it was nicely designed, well thought out and looks cool! I put the UE MEGABOOM to the test, playing youtube videos and short movie clips from my MacBook Pro.

UE MEGABOOM_Group1 (credit to Ultimate Ears)

Photo Courtesy of Logitech Singapore

Here are my thoughts and views from my short stint with the UE MEGABOOM


  • The UE MEGABOOM as the name suggests, really gives it a Mega Boom with its bass and sound for its size and form!
  • Surround sound effect
  • Pair it with another UE MEGABOOM and this will give you a nice 2 way speaker surround sound system for you to play music or watch a movie
  • Ideal for use at your home parties or outdoor picnics/parties/events
  • Dedicated smartphone app to connect/pair up/control a (single/duo) UE MEGABOOM
  • Bright, colourful and vibrant
  • Sturdy and well built


  • If you are planning to carry it out in your bag, it might not be that portable and lightweight

If you are looking for a portable wireless stereo speaker, check out the UE MEGABOOM!

* I would like to thank Logitech Singapore and SPRG for the opportunity to review the UE MEGABOOM *

SIM Only Plan by Singtel

Singtel recently launched a new mobile plan for their customers, it is something that would catch the attention of current and new customers. This is the SIM Only Plan by Singtel, data centric, contract free and fully customisable. Let me share with you more information on the SIM Only Plan by Singtel from their press release.

The basic plan is a $20 Starter Pack which includes 5GB of data (3GB local mobile data and 2GB Singtel Premium WiFi) and free incoming calls and SMS.

Users can choose to customise their plan at any time by adding extra data, talktime and SMS/MMS at affordable rates, hence benefiting from an unprecedented level of freedom and flexibility. Charges will be reflected in their monthly bill.

Ms Diana Chen, Singtel’s Vice President of Mobile Marketing, Consumer Singapore, said: “Our customers have spoken and we are responding by expanding our range of plans to suit their usage needs. Today, we are seeing an insatiable appetite for online information and entertainment which is fuelling the demand for more data. At the same time, customers are craving greater flexibility in the way they manage their communication needs.”

“So we’ve made it possible for users to bring their own device, select only the services they want and enjoy a considerable amount of data from just $20 a month – and all without having to commit to a contract.”

Singtel SIM Only plan:

  • Starter Pack:

$20 for 5GB of data (3GB local data and 2GB Singtel Premium WiFi), free incoming calls and free incoming SMS

  • Add-on options:

Local Data



































E.g. A customer who takes up the Starter Pack and decides to add 1GB of extra data, 200 mins of talktime but no SMS will pay a total of $20 + $5 + $5 = $30/month.

Customers can sign up for the SIM Only plan at any Singtel Shop or Singtel Exclusive Retailers, or visit www.singtel.com/simonly for more information.

* Information and details courtesy of Singtel Corporate Communications *

A Summary of Updates

I had wanting to write about topics regarding the world economy, local economy and Singapore 50 thoughts and feelings. My workload had been really heavy and taxing and I was getting slower in writing my technology and gadgets articles, my photography time and photojournalist writing had decreased as well. Overall, I still managed to get my articles and photographs up for the events and stories that I covered.

I am planning to write more in-depth on the topics that I was planning to write and share my inner most thoughts, ideas and feelings. First and foremost, for today’s article summary of updates, I would try to write briefly and go more in-depth soon.


The time has come, whereby the world economy can no longer contain its bubble. It was probably 1-2 years in the making of the “cannot take it anymore and have to burst” stage. The signs had started showing some time, 1-2 years back, and with the recent financial and economic news in the international markets and economy, it’s probably the start of the arrival of a slowdown (some felt that it is another global recession), now part of every 5 years cycle.

Time to save money, folks. Time to break out of your own utopia.

Happy 50th Birthday

Happy SG50 Birthday Singapore, I had wanted to write something for you, the good, the bad, thoughts, feelings, emotions and possible the future. It might be a bit late as this time, I would probably combine it with a post General Elections 2015 article, let’s see how it goes. I need to get my writing out on paper and onto my article.

Will there be another SG50 to become SG100? Yes or No, Yes and No ?

General Elections 2015

Finally, the cat is out of the bag. I am still wondering how much I want to write on this topic, it’s open, it can be very sensitive, it’s also the test for the winds of change in modern Singapore, defining and building our 4th generation of modern Singapore and beyond. Can this General Elections 2015 probably be the start of a brand new era for Singapore into the next sG50 years?

Things will not be easy in this modern era, technology has made us lazier, social media has opened us more for the good and bad reasons.

There are many thoughts inside my mind … soon, I will pen them down and share it in my future articles.