Introducing TGH Photography & Hpility SG

In an earlier post on my photography and travel site, www.photojournalist-tgh.tv, I introduced my photography portfolio website, my photography business logo and my partnership with Hpility SG. That post was more of a formal announcement, in this post that I am sharing here on my personal website, it’s more informal and personal, while introducing TGH Photography & Hpility SG.

First and foremost, let me introduce my photography portfolio website www.tghphotography.com, I wrote and shared about my new portfolio website in an earlier post. They were kind of a soft launch type instead of an official announcement launch. Building it up from scratch, setting up a small business, lots of hard work, sweat, tears, stress, pressure and some voices from the sides (from both good and bad angle).

When the earlier article was posted on my FB personal wall and FB page, I received congrats from a few friends and I really see it as a blessing, in lieu of the slow economy in the year 2017 and taking a big plunge into this journey. At times, there were also voices and opinions that weren’t as encouraging, critical and a few times, putting you down, looking down on you or maybe don’t want you to enter and become their competitor. I had to shut them down, away from my ears, heart, mind and brain.

The journey had never been smooth, always a roller coaster, some friends who are small business owners from other industries, fellow photographer friends and close friends who always listen to me ranting from somewhere behind, are among a few group of friends who can and are willing to understand this journey that I took. I really appreciate all these (small and big) help and encouragement that you had given me from behind the scenes that cannot be seen here (and it’s going to a few pages of essay writing to get it out here too). Thank you very much!

Next, there were things that I learned along the way, the hard way, since I am currently a one person business operation. There are some things that are needed to be done and it gets slipped out of your radar due to the magnitude and quantity of things to be done. One of them was a company logo.

This is my company logo, designed by hatchdesign on Fiverr.

http://www.tghphotography.com/
http://www.tghphotography.com/

Now, let me tell you the story behind this logo. I was “pushed”, in a good way by Hong Peng of Hpility SG, to get the company logo done up because it was needed for the partnership collaboration on Hpility SG, a Digital Lifestyle Blog-Portal. There were some delays and procrastination that I admit, not knowing where and how to go about doing it as well. Finding my own way through, shortlisting designers and finally settling on this design by hatchdesign. I am impressed with his logo design for my photography portfolio website www.tghphotography.com

Last but not least, let me introduce Hpility SG!

https://www.hpility.sg/
https://www.hpility.sg/

Hpility SG is founded by Hong Peng, it is a digital blog-portal that covers a variety of interests from lifestyle, travel, food, gadgets and entertainment. We had a good discussion on this partnership between Tan Geng Hui Photography and Hpility SG, we are currently building up the foundations, procedures and networks for our partnership to grow and expand further down the road.

This is a new start, a new hope, there are still a lot of things to work on, explore, expand and push forward to greater heights. A new journey ahead, time for this partnership between TGH Photography and Hpility SG to light up and open up a new path ahead.

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.

Happy Chinese Lunar New Year 2017!

The Year of the Rooster has officially started, on the 28th January 2017. Saying goodbye to the Year of the Monkey, we all welcome a new year ahead in a period of economic slowdown and political uncertainty.

First and foremost, I would like to wish everybody Happy Lunar New Year, good health, wealth and prosperity for the Year of the Rooster!

For the year of the Rooster, I am not celebrating as much like previous years because of my matriarch, my paternal grandmother’s passing in November 2016.  However, we have our small reunion gatherings and dinners too! While this is going to be a quiet Chinese Lunar New Year, it’s also a time to reflect and treasure family, relatives (maybe with some exception for some particular ones) and friends. A time for bonding and rekindling relationships during the Chinese Lunar New Year period and beyond.

The year 2017 is going to be another (more) difficult year, the slowdown in the economy and the political uncertainty. Lots of changes and disruptions in work and life. We must not let all these defeat us, in our quest for our own goals and objectives. We must innovate, change and adapt for all these upcoming disruptions and changes.

Let’s all work hard together and make the Year of the Rooster a success!

Remembrance – A 99 year old matriarch of 5 generations

She might be small in size, however, don’t ever underestimate her. She was a fierce and commanding figure, the head of the extended family for 36 years since her husband’s passing in 1980. Her awareness of situations and meticulous to details, numbers and things gave her a reputation of – don’t try to pull any tricks or cheat me. Growing vegetables at the side of her home, tending to her ducks and hens in her backyard, climbing up the starfruit tree in her front porch to pluck fruits. She was full of life, energy and zest till doing all the above things until she was in her 70s to 80s.

Having to take charge of the family, she was fierce and protective at times because she loved her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and a great great grandchild. Being the eldest grandson of the family probably has its perks, extra pressure and responsibilities. I do get quite a lot of nagging and scoldings from her, all in the name of love, care and concern for me.

I remembered an incident very clearly when I was a young kid, probably during my early primary school school days. I was back home in Malaysia, celebrating Chinese New Year festival. I was running around and playing in the village, I encountered a wild dog bigger in size than me, barking and chasing me. Since I was just a small young boy, I got scared, turned and ran back to my grandmother’s home, I dropped a slipper behind. My grandmother asked me what happened, I replied that a wild dog chased me at the corner of the road down from the house. She held my hand, walked with me to the place where I encountered the wild dog. She chased and scolded the wild dog with my other slipper, helping me to retrieve my other half of my slipper back. That’s my grandmother in action!

Her travel wanderlust was just as amazing and inspiring, traveling to many different countries. In the village, she would probably be one of the most well traveled seniors! I have yet to match her travel feats at this point in time! She traveled down regularly to visit my family in Singapore during my childhood and teenage years.

My paternal grandmother was an amazing role model, I think I got some of her traits from her – hardworking, not giving up, travel wanderlust and very meticulous.

At her 90th birthday celebrations, I still had many fond memories of her big birthday bash and those photographs will be wonderful memories for the entire extended family when they all came together to celebrate a milestone for her.

As she started to age over the past few years since entering into the 90s age band, old age and deterioration of the body was inevitable, every human being will face it some day in the future. Her movement became slower and she required walking aid. Yet, she was also very amazing, still being alert of her surroundings and people when she was in her 90s.

She was planning to celebrate her 100th birthday in the month of May 2017. Sometimes, things in life don’t go as planned like we all want it to be. She passed away peacefully on 20th November 2016 at a ripe old age of 99. I was very shocked, not expecting it to happen even though I was pre-empt by my parents a few weeks ago to be ready in case it happens. I had it really hard because I attended my university junior funeral wake on the night of 19th November 2016, she was just 36 years old. Their passing, were like “back to back”, this was a double blow that shook me really hard and to be honest, I was lost for three weeks – pain, shock, agony and sadness penetrated inside me heart, mind and soul, you can read all of them here.

I did not visit my Grandmother as often as I should and could, over the past few years. I would like to confess that I am very sad and disappointed that I did not get to see her alive for one last time before she left us. I was still having hopes that I can do something special for you on your 100th birthday celebration in 2017 with my photography and story telling. This is not going to take place at this point in time and I am planning of another photography channel to remember and honour your life.

During her funeral, it only dawned upon me on my role and status in the extended family since I was the eldest grandson in the family. I had to perform some of the rituals along side with my dad and uncle.

Reaching a ripe old age of 99, she’s the big mother of the extended family of five generations under her. That’s another remarkable feat that not many people can meet up to. She led a good life with a big extended network of descendants under her, guided and taught by her authority, teachings and lessons. She may not have live a life of rich and wealth during her life time, she definitely live a great and good life with many filial descendants of good upbringing and teachings.

Our dear matriarch is now watching all over us from the sky above, taking care and blessing us, just like before, nothing much has changed. I have a personal photography project (on my grandmother and the 5 generations under her) in my mind that I hope that I can produce and show it to you when the time is ripe. This will be a testimonial and tribute to your matriarch status as well a legacy for the current and future generations to remember you.

Goodbye and farewell to my beloved Grandmother, I will always remember you in my heart. Yes, I do miss your scoldings and nagging on me.

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.

Happy New Year 2017!

Hello 2017, goodbye 2016!

The first day of the new year 2017, I just want to start everything new and fresh, a brand new start, A New Hope! I also want to put 2016 behind me, strive forward, ahead and climb higher mountains!

I also want to remind myself, not so much of setting new year resolutions

  • Be thankful, grateful and stay humble at all times
  • Adapt, change and upgrade in the age of relentless growth, change and disruptions.
  • Pay It Forward, Pass It On and Give back to society

A New Hope has started for me in 2017!

Happy New Year 2017! Good luck and all the best to everybody in the new year 2017!

Reflecting 2016 – Part 2

In an unprecedented move, I split my reflection of the year into two parts for year 2016, with Part 1 written on 30th December 2016. How this actually came about was that I started writing Part 2 first before I saw a number of various articles on my social media channels that struck a very deep chord inside me that were part of my reflection process for the year 2016.

For part 2, this would be more about more personal, more in-depth, inside my heart and soul. The life lessons will be some of the most invaluable life lessons that society is going to teach and impart to me. A friend mentioned to me that taking stock of the life lessons, take comfort in the trials that ended and focus on a greater year ahead.

Around the world, the year 2016 had taken away quite a long list of people from Earth to another world out there. Personally, I had to deal with the painful loss of three people close to me, a senior scout master, my university junior and my paternal grandmother. I would handle my own closure of the loss of my university junior and paternal grandmother in remembrance posts, similarly to the post that I wrote for my senior scout master in September 2016.

Amidst all the painful life lessons, picking myself up and getting myself back again. I am also very thankful and truly appreciative of all those people who helped me, encouraged and picked me up from the fall, walking with me through the storm, with my head held up high. This is a very humbling experience for me too.

This is also the time to put aside all those horrible memories somewhere behind and also to exile some people away from my life into space.

As I round up my year 2016, slightly earlier than the usual New Year Eve countdown to year 2017, this youtube video by Stephen Colbert & Michael Stipe during the The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, a very interesting and slightly remixed REM song to “celebrate” the end of the year 2016.

I totally agree with this song “It’s the end of the year as we know it and I feel fine”

Goodbye year 2016, you had taught me many valuable life lessons, many painful and disappointing lessons during this difficult year.

Hello year 2017! It’s A New Hope! A brand new year, a brand new and fresh start!

Reflecting 2016 – Part 1

Today is 30th December 2016, we are just 2 days away from the end of the year 2016, getting ready to welcome the new year 2017. Writing this post – Reflecting 2016 – Part 1 is influenced by a very talented friend, a musician, an artist, a writer, a photographer, Fernando Gros, whom wrote a post titled “This Week I Quit 2016”, during a few weeks back.

We all have something similar in certain aspects of year 2016 that bonded us together in writing an article to share our year 2016 journeys. Although we all led very different life in different continents, the things that happened to us in our personal life and the world matters drew some similarity. I was inspired by Fernando’s article, his article struck a big hit in my heart, mind and soul. Therefore, I wanted to write my own year 2016 article, in two parts, part 1 on the eve of New Year Eve, with part 2 on New Year Eve night.

Year 2016 had been a very difficult year for me in both my professional and personal life. Due to unforeseen circumstances, I left my workplace, basically hitting rock bottom, hurt, disappointed and lost. My mind and brains were definitely not in the best of shape and thinking. The damage took a bit of time to recover, climbing up from the rock bottom, to getting myself out of the rut, standing up and walking on my own again. If you would like to know more about what happened to me, the archives bar is on the side column!

I did not ask for sympathy, not judgement and putting me down, on my plans, why I do things much slower than before. None of you knew what I went through. All I ask for is just understanding.

During the period of recovery, I started planning to start something, met with delays and hiccups beyond my control that I also had to take responsibility for, in my slow start. Things in life are not that smooth sailing at all, besides that, I am also being more prudent and tactful, not lazy and slow.

In part 1 of reflecting 2016, I read a number of articles recently that gave me a lot to think about, deeper and further, that I also wanted to share here –

How and why I wrote my own year 2016 article was firstly inspired by his words in this article.

This article was shared on my Twitter lists, I read them with great interest. Which stage am I exactly in? The discussions inside that got a lot of my attention was on the areas of “inter-stage conflict” and “what gets us stuck”. The final phrase in the article “And life will go on”.

While the year 2016 had not been kind to me, it had provided me with a lot of life learning experiences that are priceless in teaching me more about life than I can ever imagine and wanted. Being grateful that I still have a home, a roof over my head and can do things to get myself back to life and work again, I am grateful. To be grateful and being able to appreciate and grateful for the things I have in life, to enjoy them. This is also a reminder for me to pass it on and pay it forward, to help, share and give back to society.

The inner critic is something that can be very powerful and dominate you, if you do not know how to manage, tame and control it. You might have heard of this before, the inner critic is life a bad wolf, that can eat you up. Sometimes we faced a lot of our inner critic, the voices inside you. Take a read and it might help you out.

Another article that resonates with me deeply, I might have found my calling, in some certain ways, similar to the points written inside, especially on point 2 ~ “Your calling often comes out of difficult experiences” and point 3 ~ “Calling often takes courage and ruffles feathers”.

Year 2016 had been a painful and difficult year for me. They had slowly moulded, shaped and toughened me up, after I picked myself up on my feet again. It’s true that in the earlier stage after the situation, I was a bit lost and out of sorts. There were still times when I still felt bitter and angry, slowly over time, I let it go (just like the Disney theme song)

Reflecting year 2016 – Part 1, yes, it was a painful, disappointing and difficult year. You taught me many universal life lessons. For that, I thank you for the teachings, to make me wiser and tougher.

Christmas 2016

Today is Christmas 2016, this is one of the most quiet Christmas for me. This year’s Christmas isn’t so much of a celebration and gatherings for me, this Christmas is a quiet time, to rest, relax and reflect for me, and to prepare to bid farewell year 2016 and welcome year 2017.

I am looking forward to say goodbye to year 2016, a difficult year, reached the rock bottom, lost and out of sorts for a while. It had taught me so many life lessons and trials in life. Now is the time to consolidate and learn from the lessons and trials that happened to me in year 2016. I am not going to repeat my stories here, they can be found inside my personal website if you are interested to know what happened to me in year 2016.

This year 2016, I lost three people from my life, a senior scout master mentor/friend, my university junior and my paternal grandmother. It wasn’t the easiest time for me. As a form of healing, I am planning to write remembrance posts for my university junior and paternal grandmother.

Today, Christmas 2016, I am taking the time to rest, relax and reflect for me. I am also using it as the start of the time to forget and put aside all those people, situations and memories that happened/impacted on me.

Today, on this festive holiday weekend, it’s all about being thankful, grateful and appreciative of my friends who gave me Christmas gifts, my family, relatives and friends who supported and encouraged me when I was at my rock bottom of my life in March and April, and also the time when people close to me passed on when I was really feeling very down and sad.

Thank you everybody who has supported me, encouraged me and helped me along my journey in 2016.

Wishing everybody Merry Christmas and happy holidays!