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Happy Chinese New Year 2023!

Goodbye Year of the Tiger, welcome Year of the Rabbit! First and foremost, wishing all a Happy Chinese New Year (CNY) 2023! We welcome Year of the Rabbit on Sunday 22nd January 2023.

I wish everyone would have a good time with their family, relatives and loved ones during this Lunar New Year festive period of reunions and gatherings, especially for those working or living overseas and traveling back to their home town for LNY celebrations. Have a good festive rest break too if you can.

I haven’t been taking photos of CNY 2023 around Singapore, therefore for my Happy Chinese New Year 2023 post, I am using old photos that I shot a few years back.

For this CNY 2023, my reunions are not that big and not that many as well. Personally, I would love to go for reunions with my extended family in Malaysia, I have to make time for more visits beyond CNY festive period as well. While I may not show or share my CNY / LNY reunions/gatherings photos, that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the time spent together catching up with my extended family.

May the Year of the Rabbit be a good year for you and your family, wishing all great health, peace and safety, great wealth, prosperity and full of abundance. To all those running a business, may this year be a prosperous year for you.

Once again, wishing all a Happy Chinese New Year 2023!

Happy 57th Birthday Singapore!

Today is 9th August 2022, it’s also Singapore’s 57th birthday! First and foremost, wishing Singapore a Happy 57th Birthday! Before we mark this year’s 2022 birthday celebrations with a big bang at our National Day Parade (NDP) 2022, let us all pause , take a look back and reflect on our past 2 years from 2020 (when the global pandemic hit us) till now in 2022, and what lies ahead in the future ahead for Singapore.

Lots of thoughts and feelings

I am filled with lots of thoughts and feelings, somehow it’s not coherent when I wrote it down, they can be all over the place when I looked back at Singapore’s growth over the decades as I grew old along with you, I look at the current climate, and lastly looking ahead into the future.

It’s not perfect, nothing is perfect in this world at all, yet I count my blessings. Yes, it can be very stressful living here, cost of living, societal pressure and chasing material wealth. On the other side of the story, a peaceful, stable, safe and vibrant cosmopolitan city.

The society and living landscapes are constantly changing and evolving, we don’t need to look further beyond the shores of Singapore. Beyond Singapore, Asia and worldwide, we are in for a period of more uncertainties and higher cost of living.

Lots of thoughts and feelings for today 9th August 2022 as Singapore celebrates her SG57 birthday. I would probably continue more on another day and time.

Emerging from 2+ years of global pandemic

Singapore is emerging from 2+ years of global pandemic situation, it was a very difficult time for Singapore, and for the rest of the world as well, from all aspects of daily living and work. Our financial, emotional and mental health took a heavy hit over the past 2+ years when we were hit by the global pandemic that started in 2020.

Singapore slowly and gradually started to emerge and moved away from this 2+ years of global pandemic in early part of 2022. This was a huge relief for all of us, while we are not totally out of the woods yet, this was a huge step for us in our route to recovery and a return to a more normal life, back to our pre-pandemic days, even though life will never be the same again.

Uncertainties ahead

As the world slowly and gradually move away from the global pandemic COVID-19 that turned the world upside down financially, emotionally and mentally for 2+ years (since 2020), we were eagerly getting our pre pandemic life back again to normalcy. While the recovery in 2022 wasn’t an exponential climb, it’s more of a slow gradual growth instead.

However, there are more uncertainties ahead that lie in front of us, even though we are not out of the woods in relation to the ongoing global pandemic situation. From escalating inflationary pressure causing our prices to go up quite steeply in the first half of 2022 that arises from the conflict situation in Europe.

A looming recession is ahead of us, regional and world peace and stability took another hit with new tensions in the Asia region. What lies ahead for Singapore, our region and the world in the near future?

Quite a lot of uncertainties ahead.

Stronger Together!

Just when we thought we would be returning a life back to normal in a post global pandemic world, we are facing even greater challenges and quite a lot of uncertainties ahead. From exiting one turbulent period and entering into another new turbulent period, this turbulence doesn’t seem to be ending.

One of the themes for SG57 is “Stronger Together”, it’s not getting easier as we initially thought that would be the journey ahead for Singapore as we move away from this global pandemic situation.

 

Where is Home?

A topic that was recently in the local papers, on where is home? What does home means to you and me? The global pandemic situation that caused the whole world that much trouble on all aspects of our daily living and work, gave us a lot of food for thought on where is our home truly?

Something for you to ponder, think deeply, into your heart, mind and soul, is Singapore the country you truly call it your home?

Happy SG57 Singapore! Majulah!

To all Singaporeans, we have to be stronger together, staying resolute and united together as one united Singapore, as we navigate a new set of challenges and uncertainties.

Today is 9th August 2022, once again wishing Singapore a Happy 57th Birthday! Let’s celebrate SG57 with a big party and celebration, be Stronger Together as a nation, as a society and Majulah!

** Photos shot with Canon EOS R7 review camera – A TGH Photography x Canon EOS R7 Explorer Series Production **

Happy Chinese New Year 2021!

Friday 12th February 2021! It’s the first day of Chinese New Year 2021! Wishing all of you a Happy Chinese New Year! This year’s Chinese New Year festive celebrations are low key and pretty quiet, due to the regulations in place by the authorities to prevent overcrowding. The mood is subdued and at times, I don’t feel the festive mood at all.

However, I am grateful and thankful that I am still able to catch up and meet with family and relatives even under those circumstances and constraints. Although we can’t catch up with relatives overseas, I am glad that we can still connect with them via social media and communication apps.

Although I am keeping low key and quiet during this Chinese New Year, I am thankful to my relatives and friends that I am able to meet up and catch up during this festive season, in smaller groups and within the limits for visitors per household in a day.

The year 2021 still has a lot of uncertainties, I pray that the global pandemic is able to be brought under control, our Singapore and world economies can start the road to recovery, it would not be a fast recovery, a slow and uneven recovery more likely though.

Overall, I am thankful and grateful for thing such as family and relatives, in good health and trustworthy friends in this period of uncertainty.

Wishing a Happy Chinese New Year 2021! Good luck and all the best in the Year of the Ox!

Singtel Celebrates Christmas with The Gift

The Christmas season is back in the month of December 2019. As we prepare to have the festive Christmas celebrations with our family and loved ones, Singtel celebrates Christmas with “The Gift“, they recently released a short film for this coming festive season, encouraging Singaporeans to spend quality time strengthening bonds and connections with family and loved ones. This film centres on a teenager who is very self-absorbed in the modern digital life, that disrupts the family’s annual Christmas tradition.

After watching “The Gift” by Singtel, some parts of the film resonated with me. There are times whereby even adults, not just teenagers, are spending more time on their smartphones instead of spending quality time with family, loved ones and friends. I hope that after watching this film, we would be able to spend more quality time with our family, loved ones and friends during this festive season and beyond.

The film took its cue from studies that show people of all ages are spending more time on their mobile phones than with family. According to a global study, Smartphone Addiction Facts and Phone Usage Statistics (The Definitive Guide 2019) by Bankmycell, smartphone users spend on average 2 hours 51 minutes a day on their smartphones, and less than 45 minutes a day on quality time with their families. Closer to home, most parents in Singapore do not limit their children to only the call and text functions on their mobile devices. A study by The Asian Parents Forum, commissioned by Singtel, found that more than half surveyed (51 per cent) are prepared to give their child a mobile line with mobile data.

Now, let’s watch “The Gift” presented by Singtel below:

“In our hi-tech world of shiny gadgets and devices, parents often feel compelled to indulge their children, even if their demands are excessive. We thought Christmas was the perfect time to reframe the spirit of giving in our increasingly digital society, that we really ought to be prioritising family time and connections in the deeper sense of the word,” says Lian Pek, Singtel’s Vice President for Group Strategic Communications and Brand.

“The Gift” is a part of Singtel’s on-going branded content campaign, which is served through a story-telling approach that allows the Group to articulate its brand values of family, community, diversity and inclusivity through a series of festive films. Focusing on the core themes of family and community, Singtel’s films have been well-received and anticipated. Last year, “Grace’s White Christmas” chalked up more than 11 million views on Facebook and YouTube. During this year’s Chinese New Year, “From Ma, With Love” garnered more than 19 million views.

“Our films are not solicitations to transact with us, but rather, to appreciate our values which would hopefully spark some desire to interact with our brand for the long haul. Today’s customers don’t just want to transact or buy from companies that meet their requirements profitably. They want to support and engage with companies that have heart,” added Lian Pek.

Conceptualised and produced in collaboration with Akanga Film Asia, the film will air on Singtel TV and various social media channels from 29 November to 31 December, and in cinemas from 12 to 25 December.

* Information and picture courtesy of Singtel Corporate Communications *

Updates – 1st December 2018

We are now getting close to the end of the year 2018, as of today, 1st December 2018. Time flies fast and furious, it had been a pretty eventful year, with my fair share of disappointments and achivements.

For the past week between 25th November to 29th November, I was away in Malaysia for my paternal grandmother’s 2nd year memorial service that took place over 3 nights of Taoist rituals. After the final rituals were conducted, it also marked the official end of the mourning period since my matriarch passing.

There were many thoughts, feelings and emotions that I felt over 3 days of Taoist riturals, our 5 generations of extended family coming together, it’s not about mourning her anymore, this has become a celebration of her life, rememberance and memorial service. I would share more about them along with some photographs from the memorial service.

Prior to traveling into Malaysia for that few days, there were some work matters that were held back that I couldn’t really take the time to look into while I was in Malaysia, my initial thoughts and plans that I would have some time to look into them. When I returned back to Singapore, there were some catching up to do and plan for my things to do in the coming final 4 weeks of the year 2018.

I am going to ensure that I clear my backlog as soon as possible, wrap up and close my finanical year 2018 along with my articles writing commitments. There would be a mix of technology articles, Christmas shopping deals, camera reviews, gadget reviews, travel stories etc etc … Do keep a lookout!

Meanwhile, I have also started into strategising and planning my business growth and development for year 2019. I have a multi-business philosophy and this new venture is just a new entry that I would be working on, to achieve my business philosophy approach.

As for my photography business, I hope to kickstart 2019 on a good note, I won’t disclose too many information at this point in time, getting things in place and confirmed before I release any official updates.

Although this is the festive season Decemeber month, I might not have much festive mood at the moment. Would the festive mood kick in later? Maybe yes, maybe no.

Have a good festive month in December 2018!

Looking back at Q1 2018

Writing down my quarterly, half yearly and yearly key happenings, reflections, thoughts, feelings and emotions over the past few years had been enriching and  eye opener at times, especially when I “go back” in time to read on a summary of the events and things that took place during that particular period of time.

I started off with a reflection on my photography (personal and business side of things) and you can read  about it here on my photo blog. On my personal/technology website/blog, it would be on the other aspects of things.

Spending time repairing and troubleshooting my photoblog that was down for a short period of time, took a toll on my writing and publishing of articles on both photo blog and personal blog.

Technology news articles sharing

For this particular news segment, there has been delays in publishing some new technology products launch or technology news updates. I had been looking at new areas such as blockchain and cryptocurrency, received a few news and articles on them, I didn’t get the opportunity to read and review them yet. Once I read through them, I would publish those selected articles in those areas. As for the brands that I work closely with, my apologies for the slower than usual reportage and coverage of your brands and products.

On the ground level

Things and situation on the ground level aren’t exactly rosy and comfortable, it’s difficult and tough, the society as a whole is stressful and under lots of pressure, the society might “look good” yet we are probably fighting a number of battles on different fronts.

Many a times, I don’t know how many of us, maybe a lot of us, might be fighting for survival and getting on with life instead of looking good and glamorous.

Ups and downs

Life has never been smooth sailing, ever since I got to know more about what life is all about. During the first quarter of 2018, there were hits, there were misses, ups and downs in life. There were disappointments, there were joy, life goes on, the show must go on, I have to perservere and carry on moving forward and upward.

Family is the most important thing

Qing Ming festival, a time for the extended family to come back together, to pay respects to their ancestors, remembering and honouring their legacy. This is also a time for extended family bonding and gathering.

Chatting with my cousins, uncles and aunties, we all might be at different locations, with their own families, work and commitments, yet we are still united and bonded as much as the whole extended family is can and able to do so. This will not be possible if not for the very strong and tough leadership led by the matriarch of the family, my late paternal grandmother, who helmed the extended family for 36 years (from 1980 to 2016) since her husband, my paternal grandfather passed on.

My late paternal grandmother is a very remarkable tough old lady and all of us, the whole extended family had the most utmost respect and admiration for her. Her legacy lives on, displayed and shown when the extended family gathers during Qing Ming festival and other major festivals.

Continuing to move forward

Personally, my gut feeling and views are that the society is getting more torn apart with all the spreading of news, ranting and imposing things/beliefs/ideologies/what you need to do.

Life is already not easy, fighting for survival and yet people are still “fighting” all over, instead of learning and improving themselves.

Avoid the nasty people, avoid the gurus, avoid those who make use of you, avoid those who put you down.

Living my own life with my head tall and proud, no gulity conscience, making a difference, creating an impact and making sure that I deliver my promises in my professional business work.

Onward I continue, upward I go.

100 Days

On the 27th February 2017, this was the 100th day since you left us.

In the blink of an eye, 100 days had gone by. You have left behind a legacy that few people can match up to, your best testimonial is the unity and bonding of the extended family tree of five generations under your matriarch leadership over the past few decades, beyond the times when you are no longer around us.

I wrote a tribute to you and your legacy as the matriarch of the extended family, after we marked the 49th day, this testimonial to you took a bit longer than what I had initially planned to write. I am glad and relieved that it was off my chest, into my own tribute and testimonial article for you and on you.

As we marked the 100th day, the extended family come together again to remember you, your wisdom, stories and adventures. Walking up the hill on a beautiful Monday morning, paying a visit to your final resting place, we saw nice little plants growing on top of your little garden. I personally think it is a fitting tribute to you, I still remember you growing vegetables and crops in the garden beside your home.

There was a little red flower that stood out among the small plants and crops when we were there visiting you, blooming beautifully on your 100th day. Do I want to put photographs in this article? I should though, then I decided to do something different, a photographs only article of my 100 days tribute on my photography site.

Dearest Grandma, you may not longer be physically around us, your presence, aura, legacy, divine protection and blessings will always be among us, looking after us , all five generations under your charge, from above the sky.

Lest We Forget. Your memories and legacy lives forever. I will and we will always remember your teachings and wisdom.

3 weeks of pain, shock, agony and sadness

Today, is the 27th November 2016, it’s a Sunday. This is just like any other Sunday except that it is a day whereby I start to recover from a period of pain, shock, worry, anxiety, agony and sadness over the past three weeks. The year 2016 had already been a very difficult year for me with all the things that happened. The life events that took place over the past three weeks from 27th November 2016 just piled it up even further and higher.

In September 2016, I lost a senior Scout Master from Hawaii who passed away due to an illness. He was somebody that I respected and learned a lot from, his passing was a big loss to me. Two months later in November, I lost 2 more people, 1 is my university junior that I knew when she first arrived for her first semester and I was in my final year. The other is the head of my extended family, the matriarch, my paternal grandmother. This was a huge blow to me, receiving news of two people’s passing one after another.

Three weeks ago from today, I was feeling very worries and anxious over my Grandmother’s condition after my parents came back from Malaysia visiting hero over the weekend. I wasn’t able to come along due to a clash of schedule. I am going to live with this regret forever in my life when I wasn’t able to see my Grandmother for one last time before she passed on.

My university junior passed away suddenly in Hong Kong on 12th November and I was probably one of the earlier group of friends that received this heart breaking news first from my fellow university friends. I kept quiet and didn’t want to say anything on social media. Her passing was eventually reported by the newspapers. I attended her funeral wake on 19th November night, it was painful and sad to see a young lady, with full of zest and energy, a role model, lady entrepreneur, being taken away to another place in the sky above.

On 20th November early morning, I was awaken abruptly by parents that my Grandmother passed on. My biggest fear came true, it was very shocking and I had to make arrangements to cancel and postpone my scheduled things for the week. After that, our family quickly rushed into Malaysia for her funeral that was held for five days. Being the eldest grandson in the extended family carry some responsibilities and I went through them during the rituals performed during my Grandmother’s funeral.

My paternal Grandmother passed away at a ripe old age of 99. While everyone of us in the extended family were very sad and heartbroken, we were also celebrating the life of our matriarch, 5 generations under her, at a ripe old age of 99, a legacy and a role model for the 5 generations to follow under her. My Grandmother lived a good life with good fortune at a ripe old age.

I am going to write more about them in the coming weeks ahead. The past three weeks had been very very difficult for me, mentally and emotionally. The pain, shock, worry, anxiety, agony and sadness over the past three weeks. I was heartened by the messages, support and encouragement from relatives and friends.

Today, I begin another round of recovery process and journey, totally different from the situations that took place in the first quarter of the year 2016. I am very grateful and appreciative of the support and encouragement from relatives and friends. My emotional, mental and state of mind wasn’t exactly in the best of shape for the past three weeks

You’ll Never Walk Alone.

Lest We Forget, my matriarch Grandmother and my university junior Linda.

Happy Chinese Lunar New Year 2015!

Today marks the first day of  the new year, the Year of the Goat! I would like to wish all my friends and followers

Happy Chinese Lunar New Year 2015!

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Let’s all enjoy this festive period, a time for family reunion and friends gathering! May the Year of the Goat be a great year for all of you! Wishing all great health and prosperity for the Year of the Goat and may this year be like the River Hongbao 2015 CNY eve countdown fireworks, big and shining bright for you!

A Time for Family and Friends Reunion

Today, 18th February 2015, it’s the eve of the Chinese Lunar New Year. The eve is always an important day, for family reunion and gathering, enjoying the family dinner together. While some may have gone overseas for their holidays, or unable to spend their reunion dinner and gathering with their family since they are living overseas.

Let’s take the time to enjoy the festive Chinese Lunar New Year, welcoming the Year of the Goat tomorrow on 19th February 2015! It’s not just family reunion, this is also a time for friends gathering. Let this be a time for gatherings and reunions, I would try my best to catch up with family, relatives and friends.

Have a great and fun time at your family/relatives/friends reunion and gathering over the Chinese Lunar New Year festive period! Happy holidays too!