Took 3 days break

I took a 3 days break, from Saturday 10th to Monday 12th June. No, I didn’t travel overseas for a holiday, although I wish to go for a short trip out of Singapore and get away from this rat race + high pressure cooker + too much rubbish at times happening. I just stayed at home and didn’t go out anywhere over the weekend and today Monday, except to buy food, went to my auntie’s home and fetch my mum from the airport.

Things hit me in both physically and emotionally, I was just recently physically drained and emotionally drained, probably due to both happening concurrently. A number of factors, finding and strategising ways in this challenging and difficult economic climate. Emotionally because there are some things that I cannot say out here, only very very few people know what is happening.

I need to reorganise myself in many ways, to plan and utilise my time, for personal photography, marketing, collaboration and partnerships for my photography business, to build side businesses to ensure additional sources of income in lieu of changing and disrupting world economy.

My tech and business articles writing on this site has slowed down, don’t worry, I am slowly writing and publishing them as many as I am able to handle. There are some priority articles to publish first e.g. tech review articles, B2B articles etc etc.

3 days of doing nothing, it does help, to rest and recharge. This allows me to plan and carry on forward ahead, as the Chinese saying goes, “taking a rest, is for taking a longer journey ahead”.

I need and I want to commit to less things/events/commitments, sometimes I wish friends can understand why I want to do less things/events/commitments, yet they do not want and do not wish to understand. I only want to commit to those things that I want to do within my time, my means and my commitments.

These are the spaces whereby I express and write down a lot of my thoughts, feelings and emotions. It’s different from people who rants on Facebook wall everyday. Probably Twitter and Instagram are my two other spaces whereby I share more updates.

I do need a short travel break overseas, to get away from Singapore for a few days to recharge and rejuvenate. It might be start to restart my travel photography projects.

Back to managing my time, priorities, photography and business well. The past few months had been some good learning life lessons, on how much I am able to handle and prioritising the areas that I should focus on. One step at a time, to learn, improve from mistakes, new knowledge, skills and experiences.

Onward!

LG G6 is now in Singapore

The LG G6, the latest flagship smartphone by LG Electronics (LG) was unveiled on 5th April 2017. At the media launch event in Singapore, I witnessed the unveiling of the LG G6 and had a short hands on session with the LG G6 smartphone.

This LG G6 is a smartphone packed with a number of interesting features and it was also designed with the help and input from the consumers through feedback and user opinions. With ideas, designs, inputs and opinions from both sides of the LG G6, the manufacturer/designer and consumers, the LG G6 is a smartphone that has the best of both worlds.

During my short hands on session at the LG G6 unveiling event, I was most impressed with the following features of the LG G6

  • Form factor and screen size, a 5.7inch 18:9 QHD + FullVision Display in the size of 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm
  • Dual 13MP cameras with wide angle lens.
  • Rich and vivid colours produced by the LG G6 dual lens smartphone camera
  • New photography features – Square Camera Mode, Grid shot, Snap shot, Match shot and Guide shot

While I wasn’t able to fully try and test all of the new photography features out during the event, I would share some of the photographs on the capabilities of the wide angle lens. Personally speaking, the LG G6 smartphone camera functions and features had improved and I hope to obtain a review unit and share on the LG G6 smartphone, from a daily usage for leisure/work and as a smartphone camera for enthusiast/serious photographers.

Meanwhile, let me share the key information and details of the LG G6 from the press release information below –

LG Electronics (LG) unveiled the G6 smartphone, its latest flagship offering that features a bold new display format complemented by a cinematic viewing experience, exceptional screen to body ratio, wide angle camera and more. Designed in response to consumer feedback and user opinions, the LG G6 focuses on the features consumers want, most notably a big screen that comfortably fits in one hand.

First Smartphone in the World to Feature 18:9 Display Format

The LG G6 comes with a 5.7-inch QHD+ (2,880 x 1,440 resolution) FullVision display, and for the first time ever in a smartphone, an 18:9 screen aspect ratio. Compared with conventional 16:9 aspect ratio displays, the 18:9 format offers more viewing space and a more immersive experience when streaming videos and playing games.

Despite the larger display format, the LG G6 comes in an ergonomic design that is optimal for usage with one hand. The ergonomics research teams led by Dr. Andris Freivalds at Pennsylvania State University and Dr. Ji Yong-gu at Yonsei University tested the smartphone, and it received the highest marks for the test categories including stability when holding the phone, comfort in various postures and actions, as well as muscle fatigue when using the smartphone for long periods.

Sculpted from aluminium and glass, the G6 features a minimalist and sleek design smooth to the touch. The metal frame that is a soft matte finish, imparts solidity in style with a high gloss back is perfectly flat. The rounded corners of the G6 also disperse the impact if the phone is dropped.

Elevate the Mobile Viewing Experience with Dolby Vision

With the rising trend for content on demand and a greater viewing experience, the LG G6 now supports two High Dynamic Range (HDR) standards for viewers to get more out of cinematic contents available for smartphones. As the first smartphone to feature Dolby Vision technology, the LG G6 also supports HDR 10, both of which are standards for the picture quality technology that displays a wider range of colour and luminosity. The darkest and brightest areas are more vivid, revealing greater detail for a truly immersive viewing experience. Users will get to enjoy cinematic-like viewing experience for streaming videos from Netflix, Amazon and more content providers that are increasingly creating HDR video content.

Dual 13MP Cameras with Wide Angle Lens to Capture all the Beauty

LG G6’s dual 13MP rear cameras, which boast a 125-degree wide angle lens, capture more in a shot that regular phones cannot achieve. When taking scenic shots of natural landscapes such as vast mountain ranges and waterfalls, simply switch to the wide angle lens to get all the beautiful details in. Users will also experience seamless transitions when zooming in and out between the wide angle and standard camera lenses even during 4K video capture.

 *** Special thanks to Dennis from SuperAdrianMe for holding the LG G6 and allowing me to take these 2 photographs! ***

The G6 comes with an expanded 100-degree field of view with its 5MP front camera, which means users can take selfies or wefies without the need for a selfie stick. Plus, the camera reduces edge distortion, which makes for more natural-looking images.

*** Special thanks to Ivan from SGIG for holding the LG G6 and allowing me to take this wefie view photograph ***

Square is the New Creative
The LG G6 smartphone offers a Square Camera Mode, which offers new exciting ways to create photos with the Snap shot, Match shot, Grid shot and Guide shot features. Snap shot splits the screen into two, taking advantage of the screen’s 18:9 display which are essentially two squares. The upper half is a viewfinder while the bottom half lets users preview the photos after they take them for easy comparisons. Match shot allows users to get creative, matching disparate photos, such as the wings of a bird to the tail of an airplane.

With Grid shot, users can form a collage made up of four quadrants with photos and video contents. The mode eliminates the need for any third-party apps, and users can share the collages on their favourite social networks instantly.

Finally, the Guide shot is a smart and creative feature that matches the composition of a chosen image to act as a guide for the next shot. This is especially useful to snap a series of photos, such as striking a similar pose in different settings, or various cuisines shot in the same plating format.

With the Square Camera Mode, users can also take pictures in 1:1 ratio on one window while checking, editing and uploading pictures in another window immediately after shooting. They can even create animated GIF files by combining between 2 and 100 photos from the gallery in a loop.

By taking perfectly square photos in 1:1 ratio, the LG G6 is ideal for Instagram, Snapchat and other social media apps. Users can also choose other ratios, such as 4:3, 16:9 and 18:9 based on their preferences.

Built for Durability

The LG G6 boasts IP68 water and dust resistance, which makes it protected up to 1.5 meters of water for as long as 30 minutes. Users can now worry less about accidental drops in water and spillages.

The smartphone also endures tests for high temperatures and nail penetration, and uses a proprietary technology that dissipates heat via an internal heat pipe, the first in an LG smartphone. LG engineers have also positioned the components most prone to overheating as far from each other as possible.

Everyday Tasks a Cinch with the Google Assistant

 The LG G6 has Google Assistant built-in. It works seamlessly with LG apps, empowering users to get fast answers, manage everyday tasks, enjoy the best music and videos and search the G6 quicker than ever. And with the remote after-service utilizing artificial intelligence, the more Google Assistant is used, the more personalized the user experience becomes.                                                                                    

“The LG G6 offers users new visual and manual experiences, as it marries an expanded screen with the convenience of one-handed use,” said Mr David Yoh, Mobile Communications Business Director of LG Electronics Singapore. “LG will continue to lead smartphone innovation with a focus on convenience and reliability in order to exceed consumer expectations.”

For more information, please visit http://www.lg.com/sg/mobile-phones/lg-G6

Pricing and Availability

To own the G6 is to embrace the future of smart technology. This stunning smartphone comes with voice control and a personal assistant amongst other new features, offering unrivalled usability and convenience. Coming in astro black, ice platinum and mystic white colors, the smartphone will retail at S$988 and is available from April 14, 2017 onwards at M1, Singtel, StarHub and other LG authorized retailers. Each purchase of the G6 comes with a free flip case worth S$58 while stocks last.

Key Specifications:

  • Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 Processor
  • Display: 5.7-inch 18:9 QHD+ FullVision Display (2880 x 1440 / 564ppi)
  • SIM: Dual-SIM (4G/3G)
  • Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 64GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB)
  • Camera:

Front 5MP Wide (F2.2 / 100°)

Rear Dual: 13MP Wide (F2.4 / 125°) / 13MP Standard OIS 2.0 (F1.8/71°)

  • Battery: 3,300mAh (embedded)
  • Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Size: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm
  • Weight: 163g
  • Network: LTE-A 3 Band CA
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 4.2 BLE / NFC / USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible)
  • Colours: Astro Black / Ice Platinum / Mystic White
  • Other: 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC / Water and Dust Resistant / Fingerprint Sensor / UX 6.0 / Dolby Vision™ / HDR10

* Information courtesy of LG Electronics Singapore and Brand Cellar *

Child-Friendly Rides with Grab

The use of child restraints in cars is a topic that is personal to me, even though I do not have any children, I have quite a number of nephews and nieces of different age range. Being a driver myself, I experienced a motor vehicle accident and saw major vehicle accidents happening to people around me, I am personally concerned on the topic of safe driving and having the appropriate child restraints for your child (if you have one).

Recently, I was introduced to mifold, the world leader in the ultra-compact portable child car seat category, thanks to Grab. This ultra-compact portable child car seat mifold is now equipped inside GrabCar vehicles under an exclusive partnership. During the media event and mifold demonstration, I got to know more about this ultra-compact portable child car seat and they will be now be equipped inside GrabCar vehicles, that can give families with young children the assurance and safety when they hail a GrabCar for their travel.

Here are more details of the child-friendly car rides with Grab with their exclusive partnership with mifold –

Grab, the leading ride-hailing platform in Southeast Asia, announced an exclusive partnership with mifold, the world leader in the ultra-compact portable child car seat category, to enhance child passenger safety in private-hire vehicles and provide more inclusive shared transportation services. Under the partnership, all GrabCar vehicles will be equipped with the advanced, compact and portable mifold Grab-and-Go child booster seats, and be part of the GrabFamily fleet. GrabFamily is Singapore’s first child-friendly private-hire car service operated by drivers who are trained to support families with young children and outfitted with mifold child booster seats designed for children between four and seven years old.

“We have been beta-testing GrabFamily for six months to provide extra care and protection to young passengers. GrabFamily is becoming a popular option for families and we want to make it even easier for parents to find a child-friendly point-to-point ride anywhere, anytime. By having the entire GrabCar fleet doubling up as GrabFamily, we are creating an inclusive shared transportation system to serve more families with young children and also provide additional income opportunities for our driver-partners who can now take GrabFamily bookings on top of regular GrabCar bookings. It’s a win-win for parents and drivers. Ultimately, the goal is to make child-friendly shared transport services more accessible to everyone which will help in reducing the need for car ownership for a car-lite future,” said Andrew Chan, Head of GrabCar Singapore.

According to Singapore’s Road Traffic Act, it is mandatory for children under 1.35m in height to use appropriate child restraints when travelling in private-hire vehicles. However, a Grab survey conducted last month with 520 Singapore-based parents found that only one in three parents (35%) own a child safety restraint, and only a fraction (8.5%) bring it out with them when they are not driving. Other key findings from the survey revealed that:

  • While safety of their child is top priority when travelling in private-hire cars, less than half of the surveyed parents (46%) are willing to pay a premium to use child restraints provided by private-hire car companies.
  • Majority of surveyed parents (62%) think that Grab drivers should proceed with the ride booking even if parents do not have the appropriate child restraints for their children.
  • Three-quarters of the surveyed parents (79%) think it is unfair that child restraints are required for children under 1.35m when travelling in private-hire cars but not taxis, while 8% think it is fair and the rest undecided. Fifty-nine percent cited that the same regulation should apply to both private-hire cars and taxis, while 37% think the regulation is unnecessary for both services.
  • When asked who (i.e. the parent, the driver, the private-hire car company, or all of the above) should be the most responsible for ensuring children’s safety when travelling, only 5% cited the private-hire car company. Yet 47% of parents think the private-hire car company should be the most responsible for providing a child safety restraint.

Commenting on the survey findings, Chan added: “We understand that many parents in Singapore do not own child booster seats and prefer not to invest in one so we are making every GrabCar on the road child-friendly by partnering with mifold. Trained GrabCar drivers can now legally transport child passengers aged four to seven. Grab cares deeply about safety and will continue to invest in making Grab the safest transport platform for our passengers.”

“We are delighted to be selected by Grab to be the exclusive partner for the GrabFamily program,” said Jon Sumroy, CEO and inventor of the mifold Grab-and-Go booster seat. “We created the ultra-compact car seat category with mifold so that more children will be safe in more cars on more journeys, more of the time. In Singapore many people rely on shared transport services to travel and it is simply not practical for passengers to carry around large bulky booster seats. Likewise, drivers cannot carry traditional bulky booster seats, taking up valuable space needed by passengers and for luggage.” Jon added, “We are proud to be partnering with Grab who will be the only ridehailing company in Singapore to offer booster seats in their entire fleet, demonstrating their true commitment to child passenger safety.”

A safer ride for child passengers with mifold booster seats

To ensure a safe and comfortable ride experience for child passengers and their parents, Grab selected the mifold Grab-and-Go booster seat – an advanced, compact and portable design that conforms to the most universally accepted global booster car seat regulations1.

As opposed to regular child booster seats that come in various forms and sizes, the mifold booster seat is a tenth of the size and easy to set up. Unlike a regular booster seat which requires the lifting of a child to be in the position of an adult, the mifold Grab-and-Go booster seat holds the seatbelt down to fit the child properly. Its unique design aids in shifting the seatbelt away from the child’s stomach and neck so that it fits snugly across the child’s chest and hips, keeping the child comfortable and protecting him from injury. The mifold Grab-and- Go booster seat can be easily adjusted to fit child passengers between four to seven years old, weighing between 15kg to 36kg, and under 1.35m in height.

For drivers, the compact mifold Grab-and-Go booster seat offers greater convenience as it can be folded into half and stored in the glove or door compartment, retrieved and set up easily whenever there is a child passenger on the ride. The booster seat is made of easy-to-clean material and stays cool even on a hot, sunny day, making it hygienic for sharing.

Choose Safety, Book GrabFamily

Each GrabFamily ride comes with one mifold Grab-and-Go booster seat for children aged between four and seven years old and weighing between 15 and 36 kg. Parents can book a GrabFamily ride by selecting the GrabFamily icon on the Grab app to ensure they are allocated to a car with the booster seat. Bookings can be made on-demand or in advance, and fares are shown upfront. A GrabFamily booking is just $2 more than the regular GrabCar Economy base fare of $2.50. As of today, more than 1,000 GrabCar drivers have started serving GrabFamily bookings, with all drivers to be onboard over the next few months.

For the best travel experience, Grab advises parents to

  1. Introduce their child to a car seat from an early age

As part of our research through conversations with parents, Grab has found that younger children prefer a car seat they are familiar with. Parents should introduce a child car seat early, as it takes time for children to get used to being buckled into a car seat. If a child has a car seat that he or she already likes, parents can use them for their Grab rides.

2. Book GrabFamily if travelling with young kids

Parents should book a GrabFamily ride by default to ensure drivers are prepared for a ride with a child. Those who book a GrabCar ride and do not have a child restraint with them will be charged a $2 fee on top of their GrabCar fare for the use of mifold booster seat.

3. Communicate your request early on

If parents have any additional requirements, they can leave a note when making a booking, or send drivers a message using the GrabChat in-app function and save on SMS charges. This helps them assess early on if they can accept the ride request, giving parents more time to make alternative arrangements if needed.

Grab is the sole authorised dealer for mifold Grab-and-Go booster seats for the transportation and ride-hailing industry in Singapore. Private-hire car drivers, taxi drivers and transport companies can purchase the mifold Grab-and-Go seat from Grab’s office at 18 Sin Ming Lane, #01-08 Midview City, Singapore 573960.

For more information on GrabFamily, visit https://www.grab.com/sg/family/.

* Information courtesy of Grab SEA and Golin *

End of Q1 & Start of Q2 2017

1st April 2017, most people will associate it with April Fool’s Day, not for me though. This date and day marks the end of Q1 2017 and the start of Q2 2017, a new quarter in 2017 has now started.

Q1 2017 was mixed with working behind the scenes where nobody can see what you are doing to get the website, collaborations and partnerships established. The “blood, sweat and tears”, the stress, pressure and growth of more white hair. Yet, hard work and perseverance pays off, your fruits of labour, very slowly appear and start to grow, while it’s still very very small, this marks a start, new growth and expansion. The journey ahead is still filled with many giant obstacles, winding roads, tall mountains, gusty weather, there are many things to weather and get through them.

Today also marked the return back to my alma mater, Gan Eng Seng School Dragon Scout Group. I had been pretty quiet and away from this family for probably about 1 year since the 94th anniversary campfire in 2016. It felt really great to be back, in the midst of an old old boy among the young boys and girls in secondary school, ventures, rovers and the junior leaders. This was homecoming for me, felt great to return back to this one big Dragon Scout Group family, celebrating her 95th anniversary in 2017.

Sometimes, I write a short personal post, sometimes a very long personal post here on my personal site. Updating status on my personal Facebook wall is going to be a lot lesser or non-existent sometimes, except sharing of my personal and my photography and travel site posts, or interesting news/articles. More action can be seen on my Facebook Page on the topics of photography and travel.

Sometimes, I need to write and share something different, to break away from the technology posts that readers would usually read it here.

Goodbye Q1 2017 and Welcome Q2 2017.

OPPO R9s Plus

OPPO recently launched a new smartphone to their line-up, the OPPO R9s Plus. The OPPO R9s Plus is a 6-inch smartphone packed with some pretty good technical specifications and smartphone camera packed inside the smartphone. I do like the size and form of the OPPO R9s Plus smartphone with its FHD screen, bright, colourful and sharp, ideal for smartphone users who are on the move often or those who work offsite from their office.

During the recent OPPO event, I attended the launch of their OPPO R9s Plus, had a look, touch and feel of the latest OPPO smartphone, playing with its smartphone camera and viewing some of the printed photographs shot with the OPPO R9s Plus. While I had a short hands on session trying out the OPPO R9s Plus cameras, taking photographs of the event venue, I would just share my thoughts and views, that does not necessarily constitute a full and proper review.

The OPPO R9s Plus camera is not too bad, pretty good at times, without having all the advanced features that a (serious photography enthusiast) smartphone photographer would like to have built inside. A short preliminary test and my own personal thoughts and views, I would love to have a review unit and put it to my level of photography usage, testing it out in different conditions and photography themes.

Let me share more details and key information on the OPPO R9s Plus –

The 6-inch phone is the latest model to join the OPPO ‘R’ camera phone series, following the Q4 2016 launch of the OPPO R9s. The R9s Plus carries with it all the imaging technology camera hardware that made the 5.5-inch R9s a hit, with one major enhancement, an all-new OIS+ image stabilizer technology. The R9s Plus also comes along with an upgraded RAM, and larger battery capacity.

Sean Deng, Managing Director of OPPO Singapore says, “At OPPO, we are committed in making products that meet the continuously evolving needs of the market. The R9s Plus carries on the legacy of the ‘R’ camera phone series with its low light imaging solutions, while also providing users a sensible integrated solution for their mobile entertainment needs.”

Now It’s Clear: OPPO’s continued camera phone legacy

The R9s Plus retains the same hardware that made the R9s a favourite among shutterbugs, sporting an exclusive 1/2.8-inch IMX398 sensor jointly-developed with Sony, as well as its Dual PDAF (Phase Detection Autofocus) technology and an extra-wide f/1.7 aperture on its rear camera.

The R9s Plus receives a software upgrade, being the first OPPO phone to feature the OIS+ (Optical Image Stabilization Plus). The OIS+ software kicks in when it detects unwanted vibrations caused by shaky hands, and works to improve the crispness of shots by moving pieces of the optical system and compensating for even the smallest of motions. This in turn, results in crystal clear shots, even while on the move.

Taking smartphone photography up a notch, the R9s Plus adds on a dual-tone LED flash to help adjust the warmth of the picture and improve the white balance for a more accurate flesh tone. This results in photos that look more natural even with the use of flash, and reduces the chances of over exposed or washed out images.

Form Meets Function

The same elegant, “six-string” design that appeared in the R9s makes a reappearance here on the larger 6-inch model, as OPPO’s quest in bringing sophistication to its designs see it eliminate unsightly antenna bands from its phones. The R9s Plus is not just all looks – the camera phone is equipped to operate on six frequency ranges, dynamically choosing the best one for 4G and Wi-Fi signals, for uninterrupted data usage.

Meanwhile, the R9s Plus’ fingerprint reader is coated with a hydrophobic paint to ensure accessibility even in wet conditions, and its intelligent software means that the fingerprint reader learns over time to give users an exceptionally fast 0.2s touch access.

Packed with power

The OPPO R9s Plus sports a Qualcomm octa-core processor, an upgraded 6GB RAM and 64GB of onboard storage, which can be expanded by an additional 256 GB. The phone is also powered by the latest SoC (Systems on a Chip) in Snapdragon’s 6 series, the Snapdragon 653, and cruises seamlessly on ColorOS 3.0 (based on Android 6.0).

OPPO’s latest 6-inch addition is also packed with a 4,000mAh battery and OPPO’s industry-leading VOOC Flash Charge technology, a low-voltage fast charging system that promises maximum power in less time, without taxing the phone’s internals with excess heat.

Price and Availability

The OPPO R9s Plus is available in Gold and Black for SGD 779 from the following retailers. 

OPPO Concept Stores

  • Suntec City Concept Store  @ Suntec City Mall Tower 3, #01-627 to 630, Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983
  • Ang Mo Kio Concept Store @ Ang Mo Kio Hub, 53 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3 #B1-10, Singapore 569933
  • Chinatown Concept Store @ People’s Park Complex, 1 Park Road, #01-22, Singapore 059108
  • Causeway Point Concept Store @ #03-26A, Woodlands Square, Singapore 738099
  • Compass One Concept Store @ #B1-33, 1 Sengkang Square, Singapore 545078
  •  Geylang Concept Store @ 333 Geylang Road, Singapore 389364
  • Jurong Point Concept Store  @ 1 Jurong West Central 2 #B1-15, Singapore 648886
  • Tampines Concept Store @ 4 Tampines Centre #03-03, Singapore 529510
  • https://www.oppostore.com.sg/products/oppo-r9s-plus

OPPO R9s Plus Specification Sheet

 OS

ColorOS V3.0.0i (based on Android 6.0.1)

Platform

Qualcomm MSM8976SG (Octa-core 1.95GHz)

Bands

GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz

WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100MHz

LTE Bands B1/3/5/7/8/20/28/TD-B38/39/40/41

Data Connectivity

LTE: 300Mbps/50Mbps

HSPA: 42Mbps/5.76Mbps

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Display, DLNA, BT 4.1 LE, VPN, WIFI Hotspot

Dimensions

163.63×80.8×7.35 mm

Weight

185g (with battery)

Colour

Gold, Black

Display/TP

16M AMOLED Colours, IPS TFT, 1920*1080, FHD, 6.0”, 367PPI

Camera

16.0MP Front FF Screen Flash; f/2.0 Aperture

16.0MP Rear AF; f/1.7 Aperture, Sony IMX 398, Dual-tone LED Flash, OIS+ (Optical Image Stabilization Plus)

Memory

ROM 64GB + RAM 6GB, External Memory up to 256GB

SIM Card

Dual SIM – Nano (dual standby)

Battery

4000mAh (typical)

Connectors

Micro-USB, 3.5mm Audio Jack

Multimedia

Video Player/Recorder, Audio Player

Others

GPS, G-Sensor, E-Compass

Light & Proximity Sensor

Gyro-meter

*Information and details courtesy of OPPO Singapore and Gloo PR*

Canon @ IT Show 2017

IT Show 2017 is now taking at Suntec Singapore, they started on 16th March and would end on 19th March! If you are planning to do some photography shopping, head down there and check out Canon’s range of camera products and accessories at IT Show 2017!

I have reviewed a number of Canon products over the years, you can find my review articles on my photography and travel interest site !

Let me share with you the brochures from Canon for IT Show 2017! There is something for everybody!

Happy shopping with Canon @ IT Show 2017!

*Information and brochures courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations*

Some updates and announcements

Taking the pen and writing down the points that I wanted to write for this post, I took a back in time and reflected on my journey for the past 1 year. It was coincidental or even an omen that it took a year since I left my previous organisation in 2016. March 2016 was the start of a journey from the bottom of the well, getting myself back on track with the hurt, disappointments, anger and a big blow to my self-belief. The journey in 2016 doesn’t make it easier dealing with the loss of three people that left the world.

All these life lessons taught me and honed me in many different ways, over the course of this 1 year. Yes, it took me a bit longer than some of your “perceived + expected” expectations to reach this juncture today, writing out these updates and announcements article. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

In the past few months, the first quarter of 2017, I was very busy preparing and setting up my photography business, when you planned and prepared your things yet you faced even more things popping up here and there. More life lessons learned during the past few months, always be prepared for more of the unexpected even though you had did your planning. Thus, there was a slowdown and backlogged in writing and sharing my technology posts. They would be swinging back to action soon.

Therefore, what are my major updates and announcements?

First and foremost, I took the leap of faith and founded my photography business, Tan Geng Hui Photography. There were some changes, restructuring and realignment of my photography sites, written in an article here for your reading.

Meanwhile, I am still working with Wills & Wills, let me recap on what they do and the importance of will writing and estate planning.

Moreover, I am now added another work to my portfolio, working with ProTradersCode. They specialise in conducting classes on how to invest/trade FOREX and stocks and shares. I would be sharing more about them in an upcoming article soon.

The journey ahead for 2017 and 2018 are very tough and challenging, a time to adapt, adjust, innovate and change. I took the first step on my long journey ahead of me, let it be an amazing adventure of growth, expansion and learning.

Entering into the 40s band

The time now is 10:01 am or 10:01pm on the 10th January – 10/01.

Today marks the day, whereby I officially enter into the 40 age band. The last time I entered into a new age band was 10 years ago, entering the 30-39 age band. The thoughts and feelings were so different from then 30 years old and now 40 years old. I had mellowed down over the past 10 years, slowly getting myself away from nonsense and rubbish on the social media platforms.

There were times when you can see and feel, that you are getting older, just by looking at the people around you. My nephews and nieces have all grown bigger and older, my friends children had grown and some of them had more children in their family.

Entering into the 40s age band is like the new era of 30s, there are still many opportunities and great things to achieve ahead for me. Although I would not be as fast and energised like when I had the health and body energy of a 30 year old.

Age is truly a number, no doubt about that and you cannot run away from it! While I can never run away from getting old, my heart, mind and soul can still be forever young with a higher and increased level of maturity, thinking, experience from the life journeys. While I may not run as fast as before, I am still learning and growing, exploring and setting new goals and objectives. A person’s life learning journey must always be ongoing, no matter how big or small the lessons are.

Oh yes, in Singapore, when we reach 40 years old, we are automatically enrolled into this health insurance program known as ElderShield, you can read up more about this program here. I have a feeling my younger friends are going to give me the short end of the stick again for getting inside this program. Alright, this is also a huge and constant reminder to take good care of my health, keep and stay fit, exercise more!

While I am having mixed feelings of hitting the 40s, I am excited of the new journeys and adventures ahead that I embarked upon at the start of the year 2017.

Oh yes, welcome to the 40s club!

Busy start to Year 2017 and a difficult year ahead

6 days have passed into Year 2017. During this time, it was a busy start for me. On 01/01/2017, I took a huge leap of faith into a new hope, something that I had been planning, strategising, seeking advice and assistance from different people from all  walks of life.

In time to come, I will share what I have entered into for year 2017, some might already had known, some would have guessed it by now, upon reading my first two paragraphs or I have shared with you privately over the various messaging platforms. There are no guarantees in life except taxes and death.

During this period especially in the month of January 2017, there are quite a number of tasks and things to do, from administration setup, content generation, spring cleaning of my room and home. I would do my best to continue sharing and writing my articles, things might be a bit slower than usual . All of them are crucial to my content delivery, publicity, awareness, branding and marketing outreach.

The year 2017 ahead is going to be more difficult and slower than previous year 2016, in my personal humble opinion. We have to be ready for slower growth like this in the immediate future, considering our geography, land size, population size and resources, competition and changing trading patterns in a ever changing and disrupting world economy.

We may have the infrastructure and hardware, we need to upgrade and change our software inside our hearts, mind and soul. We need to remove complacency and self entitlement from our current DNA, if not, we are going to become worse and lagging behind others.

I still have two remembrance posts to write, once this is completed and uploaded here, I can safely close this chapter 2016 and archive them. The chapter for year 2017 has already been opened up and a landmark moment had been embarked upon.

Time to produce many outstanding chapters and achievements, moving ahead in another (more) difficult and challenging year 2017.

Personal post – 27th September 2016

I was already planning to write a personal post here, my mind was filled with thoughts, happenings and views. However, before I could pen down all of them, my mind was thrown off the tracks by a sad news that I received, on the passing of a senior scout master from Hawaii, a mentor, a leader, a friend. My thoughts, feelings and emotions were diverted away for a while, thus this post got delayed a bit.

The current situation at this juncture in time is things are not getting easier, slowing down of the economy in Singapore and around the world, disruption in our jobs and daily life. This period is a lot about adapting and changing for the new future ahead.

Making business plans, strategies, partnerships and collaborations, getting advice from business owners of other industries, the bits and pieces of the finance and administration portion of running a sole proprietorship. Some didn’t even take off the discussion stage, some went on to a collaboration stage. Things and planning take time, people don’t see it, the “blood, sweat and tears”, hard work and usage of brain juice behind the scenes. It took me about 6 months to get myself out the mess, picked myself up from the rock bottom, and started all the planning and strategies, mostly on my own, with help and wisdom from friends who went all out to help and advice me without putting me down.

This is also another reminder that it’s time to put away and chuck away into a galaxy far far away, of the stress, hurt, disappointment and rock bottom period that I went through. This life lesson must not be forgotten, it will be and must be learned, digested and not to be repeated ever on other people under you in the future when I grow my business.

Some friends words hurt, e.g. when I told some friends I am taking on 2 jobs (photography business and marketing work) that currently don’t bring in money, one said “why are you so stupid to take on 2 jobs that don’t earn money?” Sigh … Some people don’t even seek to understand first (never ever probably). Another friend commented “Why are you slow in setting up and opening your sole proprietorship business” … Opening and setting up a business, whether it is a sole proprietorship, partnership, limited or private limited, no simple words to describe the overall process, it’s never as simple as it might sound. Damn, it’s so tough and challenging.

I am also very grateful to a primary school classmate, her husband runs his own business and is a sole proprietor. When I approached her for accounting/finance advice, she did not hesitate to share her knowledge and experiences with me because she helped her husband in his sole proprietor business. She knew exactly what I am going through. Her tips and advice were priceless, it got me to my drawing board again, that the additional things that I needed to do.

The best advice she gave me was that I have only 2 hands, cannot cover so many mouths of others but my 2 hands can cover my own ears and don’t care what people say.

As long as I am working hard, trying hard, taking on the challenges ahead, one step at a time, nobody can fault me for trying and making an effort to take on this challenge or even put me down.

A mentor that I looked upon when I was in my previous industry, she said “change the word to opportunities from failure”. Words of wisdom, it’s time to rewire my brain, mindset, heart and soul.

I went for a night run on Monday 26th September, in preparation for my upcoming The Performance Series Run 4 at Bedok Reservoir. After finishing my short 2.4km run, I stopped by the West Coast Park Promenade, enjoying the sea breeze, listening to the waves hitting the breakwater, resting and relaxing. I looked up above the sky and I spotted shining stars above me. This is not a common sight due to the amount of light pollution Singapore has. The shining twinkle twinkle little stars are like a blessing. Maybe somebody above is watching over me, maybe it is someone.

Alright, the final bits and pieces for the initial start are almost in place. Once it get started, more challenges might (and will) appear.

Inspired by Jedi Master Yoda, “Begun the new journey I am, a new chapter I start.”