1st December 2017 – Time to reflect and plan

Time flies, too fast too furious. In the blink of an eye, 11 months have gone by in the year 2017 and today is 1st December 2017. As I start counting down to the end of 2017 and I will be very happy to bring a closure to year 2017. For those who have been following my updates via my article posts here, thank you for following, reading and supporting me along this journey.

This journey that I embarked on, was much much more tough and difficult than I prepared myself for. Behind all the scenes, I hide my pain, sorrow, stress and pressure from some friends, some people. Having to deal and handle people who passed on (6 people in a 1 year time frame from 2016 to 2017 if you had been following and reading my stories here), a very emotionally and mentally draining life experience and journey.

Taking the first step to reflect year 2017, wrapping up year 2017 and planning ahead for year 2018. Changes will take place, new strategies and directions. While it might not be too private and confidential, it will not be too openly shared, might not even be shared at all.

One of the areas that I am working on is my computer workstations setup for year 2018

  • Photography workstation
  • Business / Admin / Digital / Social Media marketing workstation
  • Trading / Forex investing workstation
  • Tablet
  • Photography printer
  • SOHO printer
  • Monitor (For photo editing and trading)

Business development directions and strategies, it’s still in the thought and planning process (some preliminary, some advanced, some still thinking further ahead). I am most likely not (and unlikely) going to share much into them. Not so much of competitors or copying, it’s more of keeping the “big loud noises” around me out of my ears, I need anti-noise cancellation in-ear monitors.

Next year 2018, I am going to upgrade myself, gain more new skills and knowledge, looking into these few areas:

  • Advanced drone flying
  • Learning videography and short film making
  • Improving and learning photography genres that I haven’t embark on
  • Learning Adobe Photoshop

There are many people out there whose full time job is to judge and criticise other people, telling other people what to do, how to do, when they themselves are not in the other person’s shoes and situation, as well as, thinking that they have/are successful and more knowledgable than others when they are not and they have not.

Why can’t we spend the time to upgrade and improve on ourselves, knowledge, skills and experience, instead of spendng time to judge and criticise people?

Imagine a society with citizens constantly and willingly upgrading their skills and knowledge. We worry less about disruption and displacement. Together, we can make a difference to the future ahead in many different ways possible.

Alright, it’s time to wrap up, finish my backlogged technology related articles, get my photographs uploaded into my Flickr, 500px and Tan Geng Hui Photography portfolio websites.

In our current world and society norms today, if you are still reading up till this last paragraph, thank you for taking the time to read my article that I wrote. Considering our attention time span is probably a minute or less, it really takes something to read an article online (or a hard copy book) today.

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.

Huawei Mate 10 series launched in Singapore

The Huawei Mate 10 Series smartphones are now in Singapore! On October 26, 2017, it was officially launched in Singapore at a prestigious event at the Funan Showsuite. I had the opportunity to touch, feel and try out the Huawei Mate 10 series smartphones during the official launch, asking questions on the Huawei Mate 10 series smartphones and listening to the presentations by Cheng Jiangfei, Country Head of Huawei Singapore, Consumer Business Group (CBG) and Clement Wong, Director, Product Marketing, Huawei CBG.

Earlier, I shared about the official news on the Huawei Mate 10 series launch in my article here. For this article, I am going to share more on the pricing and availability as well as some personal views and thoughts on the Huawei Mate 10 series smartphones from my very short hands on experiences during the official launch.

One exciting news for those who are eagerly waiting for the Huawei Mate 10 series smartphones, Singapore will be the FIRST country in the world to officially launch the Huawei Mate 10 Pro for sale!

“We are dedicated to our Singapore customers, which is why they will be the first in the world to be able to purchase and experience the HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro smartphone,” said Cheng Jiangfei, Country Head of Huawei Singapore, Consumer Business Group. “With breakthroughs in AI, our customers will quickly realise why our new HUAWEI Mate 10 Series devices are the best smartphones of 2017.”

During the official launch event, we were taken through five experiential zones to explore and discover the Huawei Mate 10 Series ultimate camera, experience, power and speed.

Experience 1: Intelligent Photography

Expanding on Huawei’s partnership with Leica, the HUAWEI Mate 10 Series’ dual lens camera is now further enhanced using AI through Real- Time Scene and Object Recognition. The camera is able to detect up to 13 different objects and scenes and intelligently optimises picture settings to deliver unbelievable image clarity.

Experience 2: Intelligence Smartphone Experience

Powered by Huawei’s all-new Kirin 970 processor, the HUAWEI Mate 10 Series incorporates AI enhancements that deliver a speedier, more user-friendly mobile experience. One example is the real-time text translation across a wide range of foreign languages that does not require an Internet connection. Simply take a picture of the text and the translation will be completed without the usual delay that is attributed to a phone requiring an Internet connection.

Experience 3: Replace your PC with Easy Projection

The HUAWEI Mate 10 Series provides a ‘plug-and-play’ virtual PC experience with the Easy Projection feature1. Simply connect a display, keyboard and mouse to the Mate 10 Series smartphone, using an optional USB-C-to-HDMI cable or adapter, to recreate a seamless PC experience on-the-go. The feature is great for making presentations, sharing videos and even updating spreadsheets. During projection, personal notifications, calls and messages are kept on the smartphone device to prevent potential embarrassments and distractions.

Experience 4: Speed and Stamina with SuperCharge

The HUAWEI Mate 10 Series packs a best-inclass 4000mAh high-capacity battery and features a smart battery management system that understands user behaviour and intelligently maximises battery life. The HUAWEI SuperCharge technology ensures safe end-to-end charging and has been certified to the highest standards by TÜV Fast-Charge Safety Certification.

Experience 5: Porsche Design Gallery

The PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 10 offers the ultimate in luxury and performance. The gallery showcases Porsche Design’s legendary aesthetic craftsmanship coupled with Huawei’s mobile engineering expertise via an infinity display.

I didn’t manage to experience all the five experiential zones to discover and explore the Huawei Mate 10 Series smartphones. I went to the two experience zones that I am most interested in – Intelligent Photography and Intelligence Smartphone Experience.

Personal thoughts and views on the Huawei Mate 10 series smartphones

  • Although it was a very short hands on time with the Huawei Mate 10 Series smartphones, I reckon the AI powered Huawei Mate 10 Series smartphones would make it easier for us in our daily life, during work or leisure time.
  • From reviewing (to owning) the Huawei P9 smartphone, this was the one (for me) that sets the foundations and standards for the subsequent Huawei dual lens camera smartphone models in the Huawei P10 series and Huawei Mate 10 series. After recently reviewing the Huawei P10 Plus, I saw the improvements in the overall aspects of the Huawei dual lens camera smartphone software technology and hardware. The dual lens camera inside the Huawei Mate 10 series smartphones co-engineered with Leica, is just getting better.
  • The Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10 Pro is really sleek and beautiful, showcasing the quality and aesthetic craftsmanship of Porsche design and Huawei’s engineering expertise. However, the price is way out of my budget.
  • Personally, I would prefer the Huawei Mate 10 over the Mate 10 Pro because I can put a Micro-SD card inside the Mate 10. This would allow me to store my photographs separately without taking up my smartphone storage (from a photographer perspective).
  • It would really be nice that I have choices to upgrade from my current Huawei P9, to either the Huawei P10 Plus or Huawei Mate 10. It would be even more awesome if I can upgrade to either one of them now although I am contemplating whether I should hold it out for an AI powered Huawei P11 series smartphones (Yes, I am currently speculating into the very near future)
  • Oh yes, if you are a business user, planning to own a Huawei smartphone, the Huawei Mate 10 series is definitely worthy for your consideration!

Pricing and Availability in Singapore 

HUAWEI Mate 10:

The HUAWEI Mate 10 will be available for sale in Singapore from October 28, 2017, in two colours, Mocha Brown and Black.

HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro:

Singapore will be the first country in the world to officially launch the HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro for sale. It will be available in two colours, Mocha Brown and Midnight Blue. The Mate 10 Pro in Mocha Brown will be available in stores and online retailers from November 11, 2017, while the Mate 10 Pro in Midnight Blue will be available in stores and online retailers from November 25, 2017.

PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 10:

The exclusive PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 10 – in its signature Diamond Black finish – will be available for sale in Singapore from November 24, 2017.

Huawei Mate 10 Huawei Mate 10 Pro Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10
Colours Mocha Brown

Black

Mocha Brown

Midnight Blue

Diamond Black
Memory 64GB ROM + 4GB RAM 128GB ROM + 6GB RAM 256GB ROM + 6GB RAM
Price (Incl. Tax) S$888 S$1,098 S$2,298
Availability October 28, 2017 Mocha Brown: November 11, 2017

Midnight Blue: November 11, 2017

(previously November 25, 2017)

November 24, 2017
Where to buy Huawei Concept Stores

• Telcos: M1, Singtel and StarHub Stores Islandwide

• E-commerce: Lazada.sg

• All Major Consumer Electronic Stores (Best Denki, Courts, Harvey Norman and Sprint Cass) and Selected

Huawei Authorised Resellers

Huawei Concept Stores

• Telcos: M1, Singtel and StarHub Stores Islandwide

• E-commerce: Lazada.sg

• All Major Consumer Electronic Stores (Best Denki, Courts, Harvey Norman and Sprint Cass) and Selected

Huawei Authorised Resellers

Selected Huawei Concept Stores

• E-commerce: Lazada.sg

• Sprint Cass Outlets

Within Changi Airport Transit Areas

* Information courtesy of Huawei Consumer Business Group Singapore and Allison+Partners *

 

Updates, Reflection and Thinking Ahead

This personal website/blog of mine hit a bit of a mind block recently, since the two articles published on 1st and 2nd October 2017. I had a few technology news and business articles to share for the past week, it slowed down for 1+ week, it will come back again soon!

I was reflecting upon, thinking ahead and adding to what I wrote in my 1st October 2017 article, titled “Start of Q4 2017, Final Sprint“. During the past 1+ week, it’s a bit of a consolidation, realignments, readjustments and also changes for the final quarter of 2017. All this things going on inside my brain and mind, contributed to this additional article today, a key reason why there wasn’t much news/articles published on my website/blog here during the past 1+ week.

Upgrading / Learning new skills and knowledge

Learning is life-long and never-ending, that’s my philosophy for both personal and professional aspects of it. I am looking to improve on my skills and knowledge segment, for improving my current skills set and knowledge, as well as learning new skills and knowledge.

  • Drone flying – Planning to add this skill, for my travel photography in the future.
  • Travel and Tourism Public Relations – I wanted to add this knowledge, theory and skill, not just to complement my travel photography projects/assignments, I am thinking and strategising new business ideas.
  • Workshops/Courses – Finding courses and utilising Skills Future Credit to improve myself, first course is Lightroom organised by Canon Imaging Academy.
  • Digital Marketing and Social Media Marketing – I recently attended #MDCDigitalMarketingDay at Management Development & Consultancy (MDC) by MDIS. For somebody who had been hands-on inside this segment for the past 10 years, I still have knowledge and skills to learn, keep a lookout for my upcoming article!

Thinking and Strategising Ahead

I need to brainstorm a business plan / model for travel and tourism public relations + photography + social media/digital marketing coverage.

Still very tough economic times and difficult + slow market

I have a few real life stories of business owners facing huge challenges in this very tough economic times, it’s still a difficult and slow market. I shared their pain, their difficulties and challenges, I might write more about this if my time allows.

When the economy and market returns to better levels and stabilises in the near future, we are no longer looking at big GDP growth numbers, we are probably looking at slow and small GDP growth, maybe 1-3% per year (that’s my personal humble view).

I will be back writing and publishing articles soon! Thank you for reading, following and supporting!

OPPO Announced Limited Edition Red R11

OPPO recently launched the R11 smartphone in Singapore, their flagship model smartphone. I was at the launch event and had a short hands on with the OPPO R11 smartphone, more information on the OPPO R11 can be found here that I shared in an earlier article.

Now, I am going to share an exciting news with fans of OPPO, especially looking to get the OPPO R11 smartphone! OPPO announced a limited edition Red OPPO R11 smartphone, it will debut on 29th July 2017 and pre-orders start on 21st July 2017!

Let me share with you some key information on the limited edition Red OPPO R11 smartphone:

The all-new Red colour variant will be launched together with French cosmetic brand MAKE UP FOR EVER, the Official Makeup Partner of the Red R11. Consumers will receive a limited edition custom engraved red lipstick by the cult beauty label with successful purchases of the Red R11 camera phone. The launch will be accompanied by a multi-platform campaign fronted by local Instagram personalities including Daryl Yow (@darylaidenyow), Cassandra Tan (@caxs) and Sophia Chong (@sophiachong). Named ‘Caught You RED Handed’, the campaign aims to excite consumers with the creative use of the OPPO Red phone in Instagram stars’ ‘red-handed’ mugshots.

In addition to Instagram celebrations, OPPO will transform part of the OPPO Suntec City concept store into a picture-worthy experience zone, where consumers will be able to try out first-hand the Red R11’s camera capabilities against stunning backdrops – guaranteed to attract more Instagram likes. Consumers will also have the exclusive opportunity to experience beauty products by MAKE UP FOREVER in their Red R11 photoshoots.

The perfect accessory for fashion enthusiasts, the R11 features a sleek and streamlined appearance and boasts the world’s first 20MP front camera and 20MP+16MP rear dual camera, allowing fashionistas to capture their #OOTD’s and everyday moments in greater clarity. Makeup aficionados can also master the art of clear and beautiful portraits with the R11, thanks to the foreground bokeh effect, the automatic HDR function, and intelligent skin tone beautification technology that ensure every shot is captured to perfection.

The limited edition Red R11 retails at S$699 and is available for preorder from 21 to 28 July at all OPPO concept stores and online at the official OPPO Singapore website at https://www.oppostore.com.sg/.

For more information about the R11, visit http://www.oppo.com/sg/.

* Information and pictures courtesy of OPPO Singapore and MSLGROUP *

Double Rainbow spotted on 8th July 2017

A rainbow, a beautiful sight on Earth, one of the many wonders by our Mother Nature. I was able to spot rainbow a number of times over the years at different locations in Singapore, it’s always a blessing to be able to see a rainbow.

A double rainbow, is much harder to spot and I haven’t personally spot a double rainbow since the year 2012, check out my previous post here when I shared about my double rainbow story!

On 8th July 2017, I was at the Marina Bay area, on the Esplanade side, photographing National Day Parade (NDP) 2017 rehearsal, this was the National Education 2 (NE2) show. While photographing the pre-parade performances around the Marina Bay, a rainbow appeared above and behind the skyline of Marina Bay Sands! The sight was really gorgeous! A lot of the visitors present around Marina Bay were probably photographing away the view of the rainbow!

As the time quickly progressed, a faint second rainbow appeared at the side of the main rainbow! Finally, I managed to spot a double rainbow again! I quickly turned my attention to the double rainbow, photographing and capturing this wonderful image down on my cameras and my memories. This photograph, was a perfect theme for my number 5,000th post on Instagram, a personal milestone for me, a perfect fit with this double rainbow!

It’s not easy at all to spot a double rainbow and this is a blessing for me, considering the difficult and tough times for my photography business. I am glad that I managed to capture this with the Huawei P10 Plus, a smartphone that I am reviewing currently!

This article titled “Journey with me along with Huawei P10 Plus“, is a prelude to my review articles and photographs that I would be sharing at the end of the Huawei P10 Plus review. For the next few weeks, walk with me, through my eyes, thoughts, views and journeys with the Huawei P10 Plus.

I am also taking this opportunity to constantly remind myself again and again, in this post that I wrote … it’s time to return back to creating quality content with my photographs and stories, through my own vision and direction.

Concentrating and focusing on this area, I can let the toxic and bad wolfs stay away from my brain, heart and soul. I must and I need to let go of the toxic and nasty people around me.

The Huawei P10 Plus smartphone review set is like a lucky star for me, spotting the double rainbow and re-igniting the photography and creative spark inside me again.

You’ll Never Walk Alone! Onward!

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 *