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26th April 2022 – A major milestone for Singapore in the battle against COVID-19

On Tuesday 26th April 2022, this marks a major milestone for Singapore in the battle against COVID-19. This is a day whereby many Singaporeans, if not everyone of us here in Singapore are looking forward to in our ongoing battle against this global pandemic COVID-19 that had gone on for two years (and still ongoing) since 2020.

True Start of a New Route on a Return to Normal

Not too long ago, I wrote about “Start of a new route on a return to normal?” at the start of Q2 2022, a few weeks later on 26th April 2022, we mark a major milestone for Singapore, the real start of a new route on a return to normal for us. In Q1 March 2022, there were signs of further reopening in Singapore as we start to see light at the end of the tunnel, when PM Lee addressed the nation live on 24th March 2022, giving us updates and the next steps moving forward as we learnt to live with this ongoing global pandemic. Thereafter, on 7th April 2022, we marked 2 years of Circuit Breaker in Singapore, a reminder of the initial/early days/months of Singapore’s battle against this global pandemic.

Finally, this pandemic situation in Singapore is stabilising, the Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON) level will be lowered from Orange to Yellow. New measures are in place starting from 26th April. You can read them in detail in this ChannelNewsAsia article.

The key measures for me are

  • No limit on group sizes or visitors per households
  • Safe-distancing no longer required
  • Safe Entry and TraceTogether: Check-in no longer required, except at large events whereby there are more than 500 attendees and at certain nightlife venues

My stories, your stories, we all have our stories and struggles

2 years (and still counting) since 2020, we are still battling against this global pandemic, it’s not over yet, we are not totally out of the woods yet. Therefore, please don’t be complacent and let your guard down.

I had my stories and struggles, you will also have your own stories and struggles. If you are keen to read up my stories and struggles, you can find them here on this website as well as on my TGH Photography and Travel portal/blog.

I might consolidate my 2+ years of stories and struggles together, maybe some time down the road when we are out of the woods.

Singapore Otter ask “Are you going to miss me on the TraceTogether app?”

Our otters in Singapore have make their presence felt over the years in Singapore’s nature and urban areas. They eventually entered into our battle against this global pandemic by making their swimming presence seen/felt whenever we used our TraceTogether app.

Personally, it’s a mix bag of emotions for me with this swimming otter. I am really glad to say goodbye to this TraceTogether app, however, I will remember this iconic swimming/sliding otter on our TraceTogether app.

On the subject of whether to keep or delete the TraceTogether app, I am going to continue keeping it on my smartphone for a bit longer as I might be attending conferences/exhibitions/events that have more than 500 attendees.

Returning Back to Normal is Not Going to be Immediate

Returning back to normal just like our pre-covid days is not going to be immediate like the click of your fingers. Just like how we had to learn how to change, adjust and adapt at the start of the pandemic situation in 2020, how we learn to survive the Circuit Breaker (lockdown) period.

Returning back to normal, it’s going to take a bit of time to readjust, change and readapt, on our route back to normal living like our pre-pandemic days.

The Route Ahead towards Full Recovery

For those who have been reading and following my writing and stories, you would have an idea of my struggles, stories and journeys over the past 2 years battling against this global pandemic. Not many people will understand, or want to, or can and willing to understand.

The situation is still not rosy, we are still working to get back on track not just with our business or work, as well as our personal life. Some have it easier, some have it tougher than others.

My past 2 years had been nothing of rough seas and turbulence, ups and downs. My route ahead towards full recovery in 2022 is still bumpy, still full of ups and downs. No matter the amount and difficulty level of those upcoming obstacles and challenges, I will continue to strive forward and conquering them.

* A TGH Photography x Canon EOS R3 Explorer Series Production *

Reflecting Q1 2022, Updates and Thoughts

We are near to the end of March 2022, approximately 1 week+ away from today 20th March 2022. Since I had a number of thoughts and things going on in my mind, I was thinking why not combine them with my Q1 2022 reflections, along with some updates and lastly my thoughts and things going on in my mind.

Give peace a chance 

First and foremost, this matter had been troubling me inside my mind when the Ukraine and Russia crisis erupted. It’s all over international news networks, I wanted to write down and share my thoughts, feelings and views, however, I just got stuck trying to write it down into words.

Give peace a chance, stop the war, no more war please.

Social Media Marketing / Content Creation

If you remembered my earlier post, I have embarked on social media marketing / content creation for a food business. This is a heavy workload gig, it’s very challenging to be consistently creative and being able to produce unique content on a regular basis. Only very few friends would know about my work situation when I met them and shared about my work. Many challenges ahead with added workload too, a number of other areas to work on and handle as well. Let’s see where this would take me to.

There is also a potential content creator/writer gig for a technology website, I am working on their trial and I hope to pass their writing test before I can be accepted. As of now, I won’t know how it would turn out, I will try my best, fingers crossed and see whether this would work out for me.

Photography Zine / Playbook update

In this article that I published on my TGH Photography and Travel portal/blog, I am excited with my new photography zine / playbook. However, I underestimated my workload and time management on this project, balancing with my photography business and social media marketing / content creation commitments.

My adjusted timeline is to get my curated photographs placed and layout nicely inside my book, a final check before a trial print to have a feel, look, followed by another final check and adjustments before talking to the local printing house.

Photography

Business

On the photography business segment, it’s not getting back on track as I would like to. Therefore, I would relook again into this, the areas that I can work on, changes and marketing/publicity side of things.

Canon EOS R3, RF600mm f/11 IS STM and RF800mm f/11 IS STM reviews

I have recently reviewed the Canon EOS R3, RF600mm f/11 IS STM and RF800mm f/11 IS STM lenses, glad to have the opportunity to do a more in-depth review after earlier hands on experiences with them in 2021 and 2020 respectively.

Keep a lookout for my reviews, coming soon on my TGH Photography and Travel portal/blog.

Training / Consultancy

An area that I found myself entering into, training and consultancy in the field of photography, camera technology. While I did consider photography/camera training previously, I didn’t embark on this sector due to prioritising my commitments and time.

With an opportunity coming onboard for a collaboration project, this is definitely an area that I would be looking into more in-depth down the road. I may have the photography / camera knowledge and experiences, the time is now for me to translate them into easy language, understanding and usability from a “consumer perspective”, for those just entering into photography, or moving them up from the smartphone photography / compact camera photography segments.

Personal Photography Projects

On the topic of personal photography projects, I have embarked and worked on different personal photography projects over the years, you can view them on my Flickr albums/collections!

I have yet to decide on which personal photography project to embark on, I might continue on some of my existing personal photography projects.

Personal Matters of the Mind, Heart and Soul

Covid fatigue

The past 2+ years (and still counting) had not been an easy time for many of us around the world due to the ongoing global pandemic situation. This year 2022 might be the year that the world can truly open up again, hopefully, this would not be a false sign.

Covid fatigue has brought some people to their breaking point, the whole world needs to work together closer and faster, as compared to 1-2 years back when we were still trying to learn and understand about this pandemic. The world needs to be break out from this global pandemic,  embark on the route to opening up and recovery.

Mental health / Emotional health

Our mental and emotional health/well-being has been severely affected, the future impacts and outcomes on the society and us in a post pandemic world still awaits to be seen.

I am still mentally and emotionally drained, exhausted yet showing no signs on the outside. The ongoing struggles are real, they are still very tough and challenging. Although comparing now to a period in 2021 whereby I was struggling, stuck in a rut, my mental and emotional health was not in a good state, the situation at this current stage has improved.

While I may seem to share a lot on Twitter, relative to my personal Facebook and Instagram, I don’t really share as much details and photos into my life, keeping my things and stuff private.  Most of you would also know or realised that I don’t show much of myself in photos unless I am being tagged.

A reminder to myself: We can choose and Decide to be Happy.

PRISM+ announced OLED Android TV series and Soundbars

Homegrown consumer technology brand PRISM+ announced its latest line-up of home entertainment systems, with the launch of the PRISM+ Alpha (AL) TV Series and the PRISM+ Soundbars. The PRISM+ Alpha TV Series is PRISM+ first foray into the premium OLED display space, they will be featuring two models – the 55AL and 65AL, priced at SGD $1,699 and SGD $2,799 respectively.

In addition to the PRISM+ AL TV Series, PRISM+ is also set to launch its first generation audio products to complete the home cinematic experience. The PRISM+ Symphony and Flow will be priced at SGD $699 and SGD $249 and feature Dolby Atmos® spatial audio and Dolby Audio respectively.

PRISM+ latest lineup of home cinematic products come off from the back of widely successful launches arising from the demand for entertainment, as well as work from home setups continue to rise. The brand’s popularity was accentuated by its growth in the past two years, having seen sales grow over 1,100% between 2019 to 2021. Last year, the Singapore-based brand also expanded its operations to Malaysia, where it continues to see rapid growth in the market.

Jon Ng, Managing Director of PRISM+ said, “The past two years presented a unique challenge for the brand – with the pandemic limiting logistic capabilities worldwide. At the same time, demand for our televisions soared as content consumption habits changed, while consumers became more discerning. The launch of our 4K OLED Android TVs as well as our soundbars is a step forward in the evolution of the brand as we continue to make premium home cinematic experiences more accessible while also supporting best-in-class immersive technologies like Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos .

PRISM+ Alpha Series 4K OLED Android TV

Following the successful launch of the Q-Series Pro 4K Android TV which saw the brand introduce its largest-ever TV to date, the Q86-QE PRO, the launch of the PRISM+ Alpha 4K OLED Android TV series represents the next step up in the brand’s quest to deliver affordable premium technology to the masses.

OLED, also known as organic light-emitting diode technology, has long been seen as the gold standard for home cinematic displays, capable of producing stunning picture display, while eliminating the need for backlights, leading to some of the slimmest displays on the market. For the PRISM+ AL TV Series, they boasts its slimmest displays yet at a mere 3.8mm, while featuring a near bezel-less design.

OLED TVs composed of millions of self-illuminated pixels, the key feature is their superior contrast levels that evoke the deepest blacks since unused pixels turn off completely. The display colours are also more uniform at a rate that regular LED TVs are simply unable to match. When you pair them with Dolby Vision ultra-vivid picture quality, PRISM+ AL OLED TVs guarantee that each image is produced is as true to the creator’s intent as possible.

The AL series also includes fan favourite features like motion smoothing technology (MEMC), hands-free voice control alongside the full suite of Google Features including Chromecast Built-In, Google Assistant and the 5000 plus apps featured on the Google Play Store.

With content partnerships with OTTs such as meWATCH, Viu and iQIYI, offering customers access to the premium experience on each platform, allowing them to enjoy a wide range of content on their new TV free of charge.

Premium Sound at Affordable Pricing

PRISM+ has climbed to the peak of visual clarity with their TV lineup, they are entering into the audio space for the first time with the launch of the PRISM+ Flow and PRISM+ Symphony soundbars. The soundbars are targetted at different audience segments, PRISM+ Symphony soundbars will feature Dolby Atmos for a fully immersive home cinematic experience and PRISM+ Flow soundbars will support Dolby Audio.

PRISM+ Symphony

Built for true audiophiles looking for great value, the PRISM+ Symphony’s star feature is undoubtedly the presence of Dolby Atmos – allowing the premium soundbar to immerse users in their favourite entertainment with sound that moves all around you with

breathtaking realism. Priced at SGD $699, the PRISM+ Symphony is the most affordable premium soundbar in its class. When coupled with the upward firing speakers, this 5.1.2 soundbar breaks new boundaries with an added height dimension for sounds.

In addition, the Symphony features a HDMI-eARC port that will allow users to play high fidelity audio, as well as a peak power output of 760 watts – allowing users to enjoy higher quality audio performance and a deeper, fuller bass without distortions even at higher volumes.

PRISM+ Flow

Users looking for an entry-level audio set-up need look no further than the PRISM+ Flow. Priced at SGD $249, the Flow is a 2.1 speaker that comes with 240W of peak power output and is powered by Dolby Audio Technology. The versatile soundbar measures at a length of 890mm x 82mm x 58mm, making it suitable for desktop setups, as well as small bedrooms.

Both soundbars will feature wireless subwoofers, allowing for a more versatile set-up, meaning that users can place the subwoofer in the optimum position in their homes. In addition, both the Flow and Symphony come with five preset modes for News, Music, Sport, Gaming and Movie – as well as adjustable LED brightness, and can be navigated via the TV remote to ensure a seamless home cinematic experience.

Ashim Mathur, Senior Regional Director, Japan and Emerging Markets, Dolby Laboratories said: “We are thrilled to collaborate with PRISM+ to elevate consumers’ entertainment experiences. Dolby Vision delivers a more vivid, lifelike image thus, bringing entertainment to life whilst, Dolby Atmos produces sound with incredible clarity that allows users to hear details they’ve never heard before. With more and more Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos content available, consumers will enjoy a spectacular entertainment experience in their living rooms with Prism+ TVs and sound bars.”

Jon Ng adds, “The launch of the PRISM+ Symphony and PRISM+ Flow is a realisation of our goal to bring true cinematic immersion into the living rooms of our consumers. We worked closely with trusted partners such as Dolby to optimise our products for a seamless user experience.

Pricing and Availability

The PRISM+ AL TV Series is now available for purchase on PRISM+ online store and all authorised online retailers.

The PRISM+ Flow and PRISM+ Symphony are now available for pre-orders, they are scheduled to ship by the end of March 2022.

For more information on price, details and specifications please see below or visit: https://prismplus.sg/collections/tvs

* Information courtesy of PRISM+ *