Indonesian talent wins Singtel Group’s “The 5-Min Video Challenge”

The Singtel Group organised “The 5-Min Video Challenge”, celebrating filmmaking talent in Asia as well as a content push by the Singtel Group. The theme for this year 2017 is “Connecting Lives”. The 5-Min Video Challenge attracted quite a number of videos submissions from Australia, Gabon, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. There were a number of different genres from comedy, romance, drama and life stories from the videos submissions.

For each respective country, two finalists from each of the six countries were chosen by lcoal judges to compete in the regional finals. Thereafter, there was a regional judging panel that chose the Grand Winner and runner-up.

On 22nd November 2017, the finalists came down to Singapore for the regional fianls and the crowning of the Grand Winner of The 5-Min Video Challenge organised by Singtel Group. Watching the video clips of the finalists at the media event, followed by the media interview. I had a wonderful time watching some amazing short films/videos produced by talented filmmakers from the region, some were very touching, their cinematography style that I relate to quite closely.

The regional judges were impressed with the regional finalists for this year 2017 “The 5-Min Video Challenge”.

Mr Khoo, who returned as a judge for the second year, said, “We were wowed by the great improvement in the short videos this year. The winning works really spoke to us and we look forward to working with some these talented filmmakers.” He advised aspiring filmmakers to hone their craft by continuously filming and finding new ways to tell a story even with their smart phones.

“The 5-Min Video Challenge” is both a celebration of the filmmaking talent in Asia and a content push by the Group. Centred on the theme “Connecting Lives” this year, it attracted hundreds of video submissions from Australia, Gabon, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. The videos submitted spanned a range of genres from comedy, romance to drama and slice of life.

Mr Arthur Lang, Chief Executive Officer, International Group, Singtel, said, “We’re impressed by the different perspectives presented in the short videos that inspired, challenged and entertained us. As Asia’s leading communications technology group and a long-time supporter of the arts, we want to support the creative talent in the region and quality original content that our customers enjoy. Many of us today look for content that is mobile-friendly, authentic and connects with the heart. I strongly believe the finalist entries have all achieved these. We’re honoured to recognise them.”

Listening to the words, views and thoughts of the regional judging panel headed by award-winning Singapore filmmaker Mr Eric Khoo and comprising Mr Aaron Lea (Australia), Mr Joko Anwar (Indonesia), Mr Serge Abessolo (Gabon), Mr Quark Henares (the Philippines) and Mr Thitipong Kerdtongtawee (Thailand). This was an eye-opener for me personally; I had a better understanding of producing videos/films/content from both sides of the story, from the filmmakers/producers/writers to the judges/clients/end consumers. I was involved a recent behind the scenes photo shoot for my friends short film/videos project, therefore, I began to appreciate filmmaking and cinematography in the short films industry, from a consumer perspective and content producer perspective.

After watching the videos submissions by the finalists and listening to the media press conference, the finalists and guests proceed to the ballroom for the awards announcement and prize presentation. Of all the finalists, I had some personal favourite videos/films submission, do visit The 5-Min Video Challenge YouTube account and check out the regional finalists 2017 playlist!

The two finalists from Singapore submitted these two videos “Sarah” and “The Red Packet”, I do like the works of our finalists from Singapore! “Labasan ng Feelings Sa Foodpark”, a video submission from the Philippines also caught my attention too!

Alright, have you watched all the videos/films submissions by all the Regional Finalists? This year’s 2017 The 5-Min Video Challenge were won by the Indonesians, the Grand Winner and runner up. Firstly, let’s view their videos submssions:

Grand Winner – Chick Chick

Chick Chick tells the story of a young girl who befriends a chicken. Her attempts to communicate with the chicken, inspires her to try and reconnect her fighting parents with a tin-can phone.

Runner Up – Sowan

The runner-up Sowan follows a man who travels to various places on his motorbike. He hears about recent agricultural issues and discovers the conflicts among farmers, middlemen and sellers.

With the announcement of the Grand Winner, runner up and finalists, we hope to see more of their works and videos on each of Singtel Group member’s mobile and video platforms, allowing them to reach a 670 million strong audience across Asia, Australia and Africa.

I would like to thank Singtel Singapore for the invitation to Singtel Group’s “The 5-Min Video Challenge” regional finals awards event.

*Information and pictures courtesy of Singtel Corporate Communications*

Singtel first in Asia to launch Razor Phone

A smartphone that has attracted a lot of interest in the market, a smartphone by gamers for gamers. The Razor Phone is coming to Asia, with Singapore being the first in Asia to get the Razor Phone through Singtel.

SITEX 2017 is taking place this coming weekend 23rd November to 26th November 2017 at the Singapore EXPO Halls 7 & 8 from 11am to 9pm daily. If you are keen on the Razor Phone, head down to Singtel booth at SITEX 2017 and you can take a look at the Razor Phone! At the Singtel booth, you can pre-order the Razor Phone!

For gamers by gamers, the Razor Phone is going to interest you, getting your attention! Share this wonderful news with your fellow gaming friends and community, pass it on this Razor Phone news!

Let me share more information below –

Singtel, the exclusive carrier partner of Razer Phone, will unveil the highly anticipated Android smartphone, at its SITEX 2017 booth on Thursday, 23 November, providing customers with a first look at its groundbreaking features. Customers will be able to pre-order the device at the booth and stand the chance to win limited Razer premiums.

Singtel is celebrating the launch with days of exciting activities and giveaways.

  • The first 200 customers in line for pre-orders at the Singtel booth will receive a Razer Hammerhead Bluetooth Headset worth S$169. On each day of SITEX 2017, 50 lucky customers who visit the booth to try out Razer Phone will receive a Razer premium.
  • Avid gamers can also try their hand at a mobile gaming challenge, where the top scorer of the day will win a Kraken Pro v2 Gaming headset.
  • One lucky winner with the best Facebook selfie post taken at the Razer photo wall, will walk away with Asia’s only Razer Phone Special Edition emblazoned with Razer’s iconic green triple-headed snake logo.

Pre-orders for the Razer Phone are available at the Singtel booth during SITEX 2017, Singapore Expo, Hall 7, Booth 7D25. Doors open at 10.30am, Thursday, 23 November 2017.

Thereafter, Razer Phone will continue to be available for preview and pre-order at all Singtel Retail Shops and Singtel Exclusive Retailers until launch.

* Information and picture courtesy of Singtel Corporate Communications *

OPPO partners Victoria Secret Fashion Show 2017

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2017 took place on 20th November 2017 in Shanghai. While the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show would be shown on Wednesday 29th November 2017 at 11am GMT, official media and news agencies have already released some photographs shot during the fashion show.

OPPO, a camera phone brand that is enjoyed by young people around the world, partners Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2017 for their show in Shanghai. The highly anticipated Victoria’s Secret fashion show is the perfect partnership. OPPO started the selfie beautification trend and continues to be synonymous with the best camera phones while Victoria’s Secret is famously known for being sophisticated and desired by women around the world.

#OPPOxVSFashionShow

Follow OPPO social media, search the hashtag on social media platforms and you can view the photos where the OPPO R11s share the glamorous stage with the Victoria’s Secret Angels in Shanghai through their selfies and video with their huge following of fans from around the world!

* Pictures and information courtesy of OPPO Singapore and MSL Group *

20th November – Remembrance + Other Updates

Today on the 20th November 2017, it’s a day of significance and rememberance for me.

Remembrance Day

Exactly 1 year ago on 20th November 2016, my paternal grandmother passed away at a ripe old age of 99 years. My matriarch had always been the pillar and foundation of the extended family, someone that I had the utmost respect and admiration. Her sharpness, observations, along with her meticulous nature, were some of the life skills set that she had passed on down to her future generations, I am one of those that inherited those traits of my grandmother!

While her anniversary will be based on the Chinese Lunar Calendar (early December for year 2017), I used both calendars to remember her and what she did for the entire family under leadership and guidance. While it had been a year, we all missed her.

Other Updates

Collaboration project – Love At Second Sight

For the past few weeks, I was involved in a collaboration shoot with my friends Tiffany and Peps, for their Love At Second Sight short films project. I was shooting behind the scenes and another segment on lifestyle product shoot. Shot over a 4 days period in a two weeks time frame, I had a great time, tiring at the end of the day, managed to capture some really nice photos, for the short films, on behind the scenes, for marketing and publicity. Keep a look out for Love At Second Sight short film on Tiffany and Peps FB page, as well as my FB page for more updates!

Editorial Coverage

Editorial coverage for some of the events that I attended, in technology, lifestyle and musuems events, my coverage had been slower than I would like it to be. I promise to get my backlogged editorial coverage published and shared in the coming 2 weeks. Thank you to all for your understanding.

95th Dinner Anniversary Celebrations

95 years is not a small milestone and I am very happy to be part of this celebrations and this special family, the Gan Eng Seng Dragon Scout Group, along with my old boys and girls club a.k.a Dragon Chapter. I hope to share more photographs and stories soon, it’s just a small shout out first! 95 not out, next monumental milestone, 100! Onward Dragon Scouts!

Marketing, branding, publicity, partnerships and collaborations

An era of disruptions, more to come in the years ahead, running a business has changed, my personal opinion and view is the traditional ways of running a business may not be that applicable, adapt, change, disrupt or get left behind in this fast and furious pace. Redefining, reorganising and restructuring my business, building up more partnerships and collaborations with different groups of friends.

Some inner most private thoughts

It had been a very tough two years for me, if you had been reading my stories and updates from 2016 till today in 2017. All these life experiences shaped my in many different ways and aspects. Losing 6 people from your life within a 1 year time frame from 2016 to 2017 had quite a big impact on me. At times, when friends were celebrating their happy milestones, big travel holidays, delicious expensive restaurant food on a weekly basis, I just kept quiet and hide away.

Running a small business in this year, are more long long stories to share, some of my stories on running a small business, you might have read in my updates/stories along the way. I leave this segment for my future story telling and sharing.

As a photographer, I faced quite a number of times of unpleasant comments, remarks, sometimes dislike, sometimes asking u along the line of “when are u going to fail”. To receive credits and acknowledgement from friends, partners and supporters for the photography works that I do is a blessing.

There are times when not everything is about $$, it’s about giving thanks, gratitude, giving back and pay it forward! Giving back to my alma mater Dragon Scout Group is one of them.

Tough times never last, tough people do. A constant reminder to myself, be thankful and grateful for everything that I have at this point in time, stay humble and grounded. Keep learning and improving.

Ride with Grab and Master the Force

Star Wars fans in Singapore alert! We are slowly building up and counting down towards Star Wars: The Last Jedi coming to our screens in December 2017! How would you like to be part of the Force and feel the Force when you are taking a ride across the city?

From 14th November 2017 to mid December 2017, yes you can do it, when you take rides on Grab vehicles across Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam! Users are offered the opportunity to opt-in and pick the side that they will fight for. Users who opt-in will see their app reskin to their chosen side for 5 weeks, where the Grab vehicle icon in-app will transform into Star Wars vehicles!

Are you a fan of The Resistance?

Or are you fan of the First Order?

Grab is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and the campaign hopes to bring about a priceless, immersive and rewarding experience for all Grab users. For every ride they take with Grab, they will move one step closer to redeeming exclusive Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiums, tickets to the private movie screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and ultimately, the grand prize of an all-inclusive trip for 2 to the world’s largest privately-owned Star Wars memorabilia museum, Rancho Obi-Wan in San Francisco, California, USA.

There will also be weekly battle challenges between The Resistance and The First Order, where only the winning side will unlock special prizes  such as a Sphero Droid and Lego Set. Photo opportunities abound as Grab’s vehicles in The Resistance and First Order car wraps will also hit the streets.

The campaign runs from 14 November until mid-December, where all activities will culminate in a final battle event for everyone to pit against one another on-site and conquer fun Star Wars themed challenges. More details of the event will be announced at a later date.

Here’s a useful infographic for you to ride with Grab and master the Force!

Spread the word, Pass It On, Pay It Forward to all your fellow Star Wars fans!

May The Force Be With You when you ride with Grab! 

* Information and pictures courtesy of Grab and Teneo Strategy *

Audio House – 1st Ever Completely Cashless Showroom in SG

Today on the 11th November 2017 (11/11/17), at 1111 hrs, I am going to share a news on Singapore’s first-ever completely cashless electronics showroom in Singapore, as well as a new launch promotion starting today for 10 days from 11th November to 20th November 2017. Visit and check out Audio House for a Happy 1111 shopping!

Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce Audio House:

  • A homegrown electronics chain that has been in business for over 20 years. They were the first to offer “7 day Money-back guarantee” in 2004.
  • In year 2017, Audio House had made a bold move and  they are the first in the market, to challenge the market (both online and offline competitors) with this new concept – to offer electronics at up to 20% lower than the lowest prices in Singapore.
  • In a short summary – Audio House promises a price match with any competitor’s price and an additional extra $20 cash back with every $100 spent storewide.
  • Audio House is also the first in Singapore to go completely cashless, they will also revamp their entire showroom and payment system to bring forth a whole new shopping experience to their customers with a completely cashless payment concept.
  • In August 2016, Audio House downsized to just one outlet at Bendemeer Road, closing down their 50,000 sq ft store at Liang Court. With a lower operating cost and a revamped business model, converting its only flagship store at Bendemeer into a showroom offering 100% cashless payment solutions, customers of Audio House stand to benefit.
  • With these moves, Audio House is expecting to lower its operating costs significantly, in turn passing these savings on to its customers. Thus allowing Audio House to offer electronics at up to 20% lower than the lowest prices in Singapore.

New Launch Promotion

For 10 days from 11 to 20 November 2017, Audio House will be giving out free $100 vouchers to all new members who sign up at Audiohouse.com.sg. These vouchers will be given in $20 denominations, where these new members can offset each $20 voucher with every $100 spent. This $100 voucher is as good as cash as most items are easily a few hundred dollars. Audio House is looking forward to allow new customers to understand and experience the new cashless concept at Audio House.

100% Cashless Payment System

Customers can visit Audio House’s showroom to check out the latest home electronics, touch and feel them, as well as speak to the sales promoters about the specifications and more. After deciding on their purchases, customers can then make purchases via Audio House’s e-commerce platform, with arrangements of delivery and payments also completely done online.

High Efficiency with Newly Revamped Automated POS System

Audio House has invested around $500K over 3 years to create a whole new e-commerce platform that provides information on sales promotions, stock availability, delivery and more, with information feedback from its back-end system. With this platform newly launched, Audio House expects to increase staff efficiency and productivity as stocks management are more efficiently done, syncing both online, back-end as well as delivery service directly. Customers looking to shop online can also expect a more efficient and accurate experience, as stock availability, prices and promotions are reflected in real time.

Audio House challenges the market + offers up to 20% rebate

If a customer finds the same product cheaper elsewhere (be it online or offline in Singapore), they can bring the photo proof to Audio House showroom where Audio House will match that price immediately. On top of matching the lowest prices, customers are given up to 20% rebate. Check out the examples below.

Example 1: PHILIPS 49PUT5801 49” 4K UHD SLIM LED TV (Usual Price $1,099)

Audio House price (lowest in the market, else the lowest price will be matched): $698 On top of that, customers will receive $120 cash vouchers rebate after their purchase. These $120 cash vouchers are given in $20 denominations, and they offset $20 with every $100 spent in their next purchase.

Example 2: Dyson AM07 Tower Fan (Usual Price $779)

Audio House price (lowest in the market, else the lowest price will be matched): $485. If customers already have vouchers in their account e-wallet, they can directly offset $80 cash vouchers with this purchase, and pay only $405 for this product.

Audio House Information

Location: Audio House @ Bendemeer Road, 72 Bendemeer Road, Luzerne Building, #01-20/21/22, Singapore 339941

New Opening Hours: 12:30pm to 9:00pm

Website: www.audiohouse.com.sg 

* Information and details courtesy of Audio House and Brand Cellar *

 

Singtel launched Apple iPhone X

The Apple iPhone X was a highly anticipated smartphone in the Singapore market when it was first announced by Apple in California. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus first arrived into the market, followed by the iPhone X. Although I am in the midst of upgrading from my iPhone 7 Plus, I am quite curious to see, feel and touch the iPhone X.

On the morning of 3rd November 2017, I attended Singtel’s launch of the eagerly anticipated Apple iPhone X at ComCentre, catching the official launch and the first Singtel customer to get the much coveted iPhone X from Singtel.

Mr Wang Wei Hong, 33, arrived at Singtel Shop Comcentre at 6am this morning, making history as the first Singtel customer to get the much coveted iPhone X. The bank service manager is a huge Apple fan – he has every iPhone model made and also queued up early to be third in line for the iPhone 8 Plus when it was launched two months ago in September.

Mr Wang purchased the 256GB iPhone X in Space Grey and is most excited about its “all screen” design and the “optical image stabilisation” feature on the smartphone’s cameras.  He added, “I’ve taken the day off and will spend time exploring all the features of my new iPhone X”.

There was high demand for the iPhone X among Singtel customers, with pre-order stocks snapped up in minutes. Singtel customers who pre-ordered successfully will be collecting their iPhone X at a special three-day iPhone X launch event at Singtel Shop Comcentre.

Customers who are interested in purchasing the iPhone X can check for updates on availability at www.singtel.com/iphone.

* Information courtesy of Singtel Corporate Communications *

After the official Singtel iPhone X launch was over, I stayed around for a while more with fellow tech blogger friend Hisham, to check out the features of the iPhone X, trying it out, testing the video quality, comparing the size and features of the iPhone X with my iPhone 7 Plus. Thanks to Hisham for posing with the iPhone X and helping me with holding the iPhone X and my iPhone 7 Plus together for comparisons!

I am probably going to continue and stick it out with my current iPhone 7 Plus (still working good) for now, till my 2 year Singtel contract expires next year and I shall wait for the next iPhone model.

If somebody is going to give me an iPhone X as a Christmas (December) + birthday (January) gift for me, I will accept it with open arms!