2 zines for reading and inspiration

Many years ago, when I first started learning photography, I only thought of capturing moments through my photographs, I didn’t think beyond that. Likewise when I started writing/blogging in the blogsphere and social media platforms as the internet evolves in the past 10+ years, I didn’t think beyond publishing my articles/stories beyond the digital space.

During the journeys inside the blogging/social media/digital landscape, I learned new things, knowledge, skills and unearth my talents that I do not thought that I possessed. Meeting and knowing talented creatives in their own respective fields such as music, writing, photography … ete etc … opened up new adventures into a few new worlds.

One of the new worlds that I was opened to was in the world of publishing and printing. I am still learning and finding my way around it, some years back, I had a plan to convert my blog posts/articles into an e-magazine, somehow or another, due to lack of knowledge, fear, inadequate resources (I am a one person operation) and know how, I didn’t embark on it and this plan didn’t materalise. Fast forward a few years later after that, I visited Hokkaido during November 2014 and I came back, wanting to do more with my travel photographs. An inspiration and a huge personal goal was set, to produce my own photo book. This maiden journey was very exciting (stressful too) and very humbling, while the layout may not be the most “professionally” done, it was my through my hard work and determination, with some help from friends in the photography curation.

With this achievement, I was planning to advance further. Life sometimes never makes things easy for everyone of us, circumstances and life situation changes from 2016 to 2017. These two years were some of the toughest life lessons that I ever have till date. If you had been following my articles here, you would know what happened between 2016 and 2017.

Walking down this lonely road from 2016 to 2017, I picked myself up from the rock bottom and decided to move on, learn more, improve more and challenge myself more (it wasn’t a smooth journey at all, it was slow, difficult and tough). Along the way, I saw posts by creative industry friends based in Tokyo, Japan, on publishing their zines. I followed their updates and developments, soon, I am going to fulfill my goal of publishing my own zines, most likely photography zines. Some years back, I did have a goal of publishing my own zine, something that I did not embark upon.

In the blink of an eye, I got 2 zines from Craig Atkinson and Fernando Gros, in front of me right now, giving me the inspiration on how I want to go about producing and publishing my own zine in year 2018. The style, flow, type of my zine is still in the midst of planning, I won’t be revealing or announcing much as stage in time.

Let me present to you the 2 zines that I just received

By Craig Atkinson

Website

Twitter

Instagram

By Fernando Gros

Website

Twitter

Instagram

If you are into self publishing and zines, do check out their works by my 2 friends!

Looking forward to year 2018 with one of my goals is to publish my own zines.

OPPO launched R11s and R11s Plus

OPPO, a world leading camera phone brand, recently launched the OPPO R11s and R11s Plus in Singapore. I had experience with the OPPO R series smartphone, I did a camera phone review on the OPPO R11 smartphone and you can check out the photos in my Flickr collection that I shot with the OPPO R11 along with the link to my review article!

During the launch event for the OPPO R11s and R11s Plus smartphone in Singapore, I had a short hands on with both OPPO R11s and R11s Plus, I really like the slim and sleek factor of both smartphones as well as the full screen display. With 16MP and 20MP cameras on the OPPO R11s and R11s Plus, it does pack a power punch to their photography capabilities, an area to look into if/when the opportunity arises.

If you are keen to check out the OPPO R11s and R11s Plus camera phones, you can visit OPPO interactive and fun pop-up store at Wisma Atria main entrance till 25the December 2017 from 12pm to 10pm daily. The OPPO pop-up store theme is “The Playground”, visitors can go in explore the OPPO R11s and R11s Plus camera phones, play with the new OPPO camera phones, take photos using the latest OPPO smartphones and have fun at the OPPO playground. You might bring back some gifts from there, I shall leave it to you, to visit and explore!

Let me share more key information and details on the OPPO R11s and R11s Plus smartphones:

The R11s and R11s Plus are OPPO’s latest flagship camera phones featuring dual 16MP and 20MP rear cameras that pack a powerful punch, performing as two primary cameras under different light conditions when capturing portrait shots.

Together with the rear cameras, both phones feature a 20MP front camera that utilises OPPO’s ground-breaking AI Beauty Recognition technology that recognises different human subjects in a selfie and makes customised beautification enhancements that appear subtle and natural.

With a higher sensitivity to light and a large aperture, images taken with the R11s and R11s Plus are clearer and brighter, and the viewing experience is enhanced with a 6.01-inch full-screen display and an 85.8 percent screen-to-body ratio on the R11s. On the other hand, the R11s Plus comes with a sizable 6.43-inch full-screen display.

New technology for the best photography on a smartphone

The dual rear cameras have been re-engineered to capture the highest quality of portraits for both day and night conditions.

The 16MP and 20MP rear cameras function as primary cameras under different light conditions. The 16MP rear camera takes on the primary role of normal everyday shots in brightly lit environments, while the 20MP high definition camera becomes the main camera for low-light environments. It will intelligently fuse 2.0µm pixels to quadruple (4X) the size of the photosensitive area of the sensor, increasing the overall sensitivity to light for all images.

Both cameras have a large f/1.7 aperture, allowing more light into the device. The dual camera set-up can also intelligently gauge distances between the phone and subject, creating soft and natural depth-of-field effects that highlight the subject. With a large aperture in normal daylight and software treatment, the bokeh effect looks real and natural.

OPPO’s AI Beauty Recognition technology on the front camera scans for 254 facial recognition points in 3D for each subject, references them against a database of facial images, and analyses features based on gender, age, skin texture, skin colour, expression and environment scenarios before making customised enhancements for each subject.

Simple yet bold design

The R11s takes on a new approach to design. The 6.01-inch FHD+ screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio and 2160 x 1080 dpi offers users a vivid and outstanding visual display without having to increase the overall size of the phone. The R11s is available in black, champagne and red. The red model is a special variant, developed with a unique starry sky screen.

Equipped with a bigger screen, the R11s Plus offers a longer battery life, more RAM than the R11s, and is available in champagne and black.

Applying user-experience design and technical innovation, the R11s and R11s Plus are re-engineered to make video watching and gaming more comfortable. Port modules such as the headphone jack, speaker and mini USB port were shrunk further and fitted into the crescent arcs – the concave, indented bottom edges of the phones. This results in better sound projection without the user’s hands blocking the speakers during gameplay or watching videos, whilst at the same time enhancing the firm grip through a slimmer and sleeker body.

Enhanced user experience with ColorOS 3.2

The R11s and R11s Plus run on ColorOS 3.2 which has an overall smoother performance, is faster and safer, and even enables users to multitask using the split screen mode. Facial unlock uses AI to recognise the user, and can unlock the phone in just 0.08 seconds. Other unlocking functions such as password and a fingerprint scanner on the back of the phones have also been made available.

When it comes to the CPU, it will switch to a high-performance mode when users activate the gaming app. While in this mode, the R11s and R11s Plus process gaming graphics at 60 frames per second (fps), double the rate of 30fps in other standard phones. The gameplay is more fluid, will not hang or pause*, or miss any frames that can affect multi-player games. While gaming, incoming calls, alarm clock and calendar alerts will only be notified as a banner on the screen, resulting in uninterrupted gameplay.

The R11s and R11s Plus are powered by the Qualcomm SnapdragonTM 660 chipset that comes with exceptional battery life with the 3205mAh battery, and the proprietary VOOC Flash charge technology.

* Dependent on the mobile connection and specific games.

Pricing and Availability

The OPPO R11s camera phone is available for purchase in Singapore from 2 December for SGD699. Pre-order starts from 23 November at https://www.oppostore.com.sg/products/oppo-r11s. The OPPO R11s Plus will go on sale on 9 December and will be priced at SGD849.

The OPPO R11s and R11s Plus specifications: 

Dimensions/Weight

Height                          [155.1]

Width                           [75.5]

Thickness                     [7.1]

Weight                         [153]

Basic Parameters

Colour: [Champagne, Black, Red for R11s] / [Champagne, Black for R11s Plus] Availability vary by markets

Operating System: ColorOS 3.2

Processor: [Qualcomm Snapdragon 660]

GPU: [Adreno 512]

RAM: R11s 4 GB, R11s Plus 6 GB

Storage: 64 GB (Support microSD card up to 256GB)

Battery: 3205mAh or 4000mAh Li-Po Battery (typical value, irremovable)

Display

Size: 6.01 inches

Type: AMOLED

Resolution: FHD (2160 by 1080 pixels)

Colours: 16 million colours

Touchscreen: Multi-touch, Capacitive Screen, Gorilla Glass 5, Support for Gloved and Wet Touch Input

Camera

Dual Rear Cameras: 16MP for daylight, 20MP for low-light conditions

Front Camera: 20MP

Flash: Flash

Aperture Rear: f/1.7 + f/1.7

Aperture Front: f/2.0

Connectivity

GPS: Supported

Bluetooth: 4.2

Wi-Fi: 2.4GHz, 5GHz

NFC: Not available

OTG: Supported

Sensors: Distance Sensor, Light Sensor, G-sensor, E-compass

* Information and details courtesy of OPPO Singapore and MSL Singapore *

Amazon Prime launch in Singapore

If you are an avid online shopper, this giant brand name Amazon is no stranger to you. Amazon Prime is now available in Singapore today on Wednesday 6th December 2017, with Amazon announcing the launch of Amazon Prime in Singapore. Prime is Amazon’s popular membership program that provides exclusive access to benefits such as fast shipping, streaming and gaming.

While I am not an avid online shopper, I do visit Amazon once a while for “window shopping”, keeping a lookout for good deals. With Amazon Prime now available in Singapore, it gives me the opportunity to enjoy Amazon Prime and its services.

What are the benefits of Amazon Prime membership in Singapore? Here are some information on the Prime membership benefits:

  • Free Two-Hour Delivery with Prime Now: Following the introduction of Prime Now earlier this year, customers began enjoying exclusive access to Prime Now benefits and can continue to enjoy those benefits as part of their Prime membership, getting ultra-fast delivery on tens of thousands of items with free two-hour delivery on orders over S$40, between 10am and 10pm daily. Items range from groceries to electronics, including a variety of new brands added to Prime Now since the launch such as Sunshine, Bebe Bamboo, Archipelago Beer, Kat Food, Razer and more.
  • Free International Shipping on over 5 Million Items: Unlimited free shipping in 7 to 9 business days on orders over S$60 from the Prime Now App on more than 5 million international products shipped from Amazon US. Products include a wide selection of top brands such as Leap Frog, Rubbermaid, Zojirushi, BCB Generation, The Children’s Space, Pet Safe, Rebecca Minkoff, and Melissa and Doug.
  • Amazon Prime Video: Members can stream or download popular and award-winning Amazon Prime Originals like the highly anticipated second season of The Grand Tour premiering December 8, starring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, Golden Globe-winner Mozart in the Jungle, Emmy-winner The Man in the High Castle, comedy series The Tick, Bosch, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan coming in 2018, and more, as well as other popular movies and TV shows like Fear the Walking Dead, Seinfeld, Justified, The Transformers franchise and Mission Impossible franchise. Prime members can watch anytime, anywhere through the Amazon Prime Video app on Android and iOS phones and tablets, select smart TVs, game consoles or online at PrimeVideo.com.
  • Twitch Prime: Free in-game loot, like exclusive characters, boosts, and skins, in games including Blizzard Entertainment’s Hearthstone, Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Origins, and Digital Extreme’s Warframe, plus full games from indie developers. Members also receive a Twitch channel subscription every 30 days, as well as ad-free viewing, an expanded set of chat emotes and colors, and an exclusive chat badge, all available at amazon.com/prime.

If you are keen in Amazon, you can try all of the benefits of Amazon Prime for 30 days. There is an introductory promotional price of S$2.99 per month  for a limited time, ahead of the S$8.99 monthly price.

Customers can visit www.amazon.com.sg to sign up for a free 30 day trial and to learn more about Amazon.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Amazon Prime and Ogilvy Public Relations *

The LG V30+ is now available in Singapore

The LG V30+ has finally arrived and it is now available for purchase in Singapore starting from today 2nd December 2017. Coming in Aurora Black, Moroccan Blue, Lavender Violet and Cloud Silver, the V30+ will retail at S$1,098 at M1, Singtel, StarHub, and other LG authorized retailers. Each purchase of the V30+ comes with a two-year warranty, a 15% discount voucher for all B&O Play devices and an iWalk Linkme 3,000mAH USB-C portable power bank.[1]

At a recent LG Singapore launch event, I had the opportunity to take a look at the LG V30+, a beautiful sleek smartphone packed with a number of features, innovative upgrades and smartphone firsts. The powerful video capabilities of the LG V30+ caught my attention, this would bring cinematography closer and easier to LG V30+ smartphone users, anyone can now shoot and produce videos, with the LG’s new Cine Video mode.

The LG V30+ is a pretty powerful lifestyle and media smartphone, from their Hi-Fi Quad DAC sound system, their advanced user experience and Cine Video mode. It would be an interesting experience to produce videos (and even short films) with the LG V30+ smartphone!

Check out the LG V30+ and have a feel of the LG latest V series flagship smartphone. I would share some key features of the LG V30+ smartphone below:

The V30+ packs advanced features such as an immersive QHD+ OLED display, professional Cine Video mode, and high-quality audio via Hi-Fi Quad DAC. LG showcases these capabilities and more in the LG V30+ through a series of campaigns.

Challenging Norms through LG V30+ Video Campaigns

The Cine Video mode on the LG V30+ makes users feel like a real filmmaking pro. In its latest This is Real campaign, real and honest moments of inspiring individuals shot on the smartphone were captured in docu-style segments. The video highlights and supports real people overcoming obstacles in their lives and achieving amazing feats. From revealing the sheer skill of a deaf dancer to highlighting the triumphs of an actress living with alopecia, the series is all about highlighting the V30+ as the smartphone to document everyday stories with cinematic results. Watch the This is Real video here: https://youtu.be/9FRBcjteA58.

With powerful multimedia features, the LG V30+ also challenges the user’s perspectives of creating content as highlighted in a Kinetic Art campaign. Teaming up with artist Michael Murphy, a pioneer of Perceptual Art and best known for his 2007 portraits of then-U.S. Presidential Candidate Barack Obama, his artworks interpreting the smartphone’s video and audio capabilities transform into different visuals from various angles, eventually coming together to form a ‘V’. Check out Michael Murphy’s Kinetic Art here: https://goo.gl/SkkEVN and https://goo.gl/rq3cjX.

These campaigns showcase the LGV30+’s multimedia strengths, a combination of its Cine Video and Hi-Fi Quad DAC that completes the LG V30+ experience, by placing these tools into the palm of the user’s hand in a 6.0″ QHD+ display form-factor.

A Crystal Clear Mobile Experience with Superior Features

Users can expect high-quality videos thanks to the finishing touches from Cine Effect, which applies filters and colorization that are unique to different movie genres. The industry-first Point Zoom feature also allows users to smoothly zoom in on any area within the frame during filming.

The primary camera on the rear of the V30+ is an F1.6 aperture Crystal Clear Lens that lets in more light, delivering brighter, more dynamic shots with highly accurate colors and clear images. The second rear camera on the V30+ is an upgraded 13MP wide-angle lens with two-thirds less edge-distortion than in the V20.

The widely-lauded Hi-Fi Quad DAC is even better on the LG V30+, thanks to brand-new digital filters and sound presets. Being the first global smartphone to support Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) technology that enables the streaming of high-resolution audio, the new digital filter modifies the pre- and post-ringing of the impulse response. The pre-programmed presets let users quickly find the sound experience that suits them best, be it enhanced or detailed, and live or bass.

An extra touch of convenience is delivered through its Qi wireless charging Extended Power Profile (EPP). It enables safe, wireless fast charging capability while remaining compatible with existing Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), Qi 5W, baseline transmitters that are commonly used today.

Key Specifications:

  • Chipset: Qualcomm ® Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile Platform
  • Display: 6.0-inch 18:9 QuadHD+ OLED FullVision Display (2880 x 1440 / 538ppi)
  • Memory: 4GB LPDDR4x RAM / 128GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB)
  • Camera:
    • Rear Dual: 16MP Standard Angle (F1.6 / 71°) / 13MP Wide Angle (F1.9 / 120°)
    • Front: 5MP Wide Angle (F2.2 / 90°)
  • Battery: 3,300mAh
  • Operating System: Android 7.1.2 Nougat
  • Size: 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3mm
  • Weight: 158g
  • Network: LTE-A 4 Band CA
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 5.0 BLE / NFC / USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible)
  • Colors: Aurora Black / Cloud Silver / Moroccan Blue / Lavender Violet
  • Others: IP68 Water and Dust Resistant / MIL-STD 810G Compliant / Crystal Clear Lens / 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC / HDR10 / Daydream / Google Assistant / UX 6.0+ / Voice Recognition / Face Recognition / Fingerprint Sensor / Qualcomm ® Quick Charge™ 3.0 Technology / Wireless Charging

For more information on the LG V30+, please visit

http://www.lg.com/sg/mobile-phones/lg-LGH930DS-aurorablack

http://www.lg.com/sg/mobile-phones/lg-LGH930DS-lavender-violet

http://www.lg.com/sg/mobile-phones/lg-LGH930DS-moroccan-blue

http://www.lg.com/sg/mobile-phones/lg-LGH930DS-silver

[1] While stocks last

* Information and pictures courtesy of LG Electronics Singapore and Brand Cellar *

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 *

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!