Geylang International FC renews sponsorship with Epson & announces 2017 S-League squad

On 10th February 2017, Geylang International FC (GIFC) officially announced that they will be partnering with Epson for another year. With this extension, Geylang International FC will be able to see increased partnership between the football club and Epson Singapore, the club’s Platinum sponsor.

It’s really great and wonderful to see Epson Singapore playing an important role in the outreach efforts for the local community and development of the sports scene in Singapore. Although there are government support, the sports scene still need the public and commercial entities support to help bring the sports to the next level.

Epson Singapore and GIFC has a commitment to develop youths through football, whereby talented youth footballers from GIFC are sent to for a training stint with Matsumoto Yamagata FC later this year. As a football fan, this is great news, to send young footballers overseas for training and exposure. The Epson Singapore Cup 2017 is taking place later this year, co-organised by GIFC and Epson, I am looking forward to this football competition for the youth in 2017.

At the official signing ceremony, we witnessed Mr Toshimitsu Tanaka, Managing Director (Southeast Asia) of Epson Singapore, and Mr Ben Teng, Chairman of GIFC, signing off and marking the start of another year of sponsorship and partnership.

After the official signing ceremony, GIFC also presented their 2017 S-League team line up, with an individual introduction of each team member being presented to the media and guests present at the event. Keep a lookout for some new faces. Fahrish Khan and Umar Akhbar who have moved up from the Prime League squad of 2016, Japanese centre-back Yuki Ichikawa, Victor Coto, Coasta Rican-born striker and Argentine attacking midfielder Ricardo.

Good luck to Geylang International FC for the S-League 2017 season and I am looking forward to hear more and cover on the youth football development between GIFC and Epson in Singapore!

Hokkaido 2016 Photography Adventure Day 1

21st October 2016 – Day 1

A good night of sleep and rest, I woke up to a cold, wet and overcast Otaru weather. That didn’t deter my plans to explore Sapporo and Otaru today on my Day 1 in Hokkaido. First and foremost, I went down for my morning onsen, refresh myself before heading out for my photography adventure. The weather in Otaru was pretty cold for the autumn season and the winds were a little bit gusty when I stepped out of the hotel as I walked towards the JR Otaru train station.

I had to exchange for my JR Hokkaido pass at JR Sapporo station and I hopped onto the local JR Hokkaido train towards Sapporo. It’s been quite some time back since I last sat on the JR local train and I happened to choose the train that made a stop at every JR station along the route from Otaru to Sapporo (I had forgotten about the semi-rapid JR train service!). The journey was beautiful, part of it was along the coastline.

JR Sapporo station is a pretty huge place, not just the central train station, it’s also a huge hub for the offices and shopping malls, all linked and connected together. My first stop was to visit the JR office and exchanged my JR Hokkaido pass, the procedure wasn’t too difficult. I gave them the exchange voucher, filled in a form, showed my passport and the friendly staff there processed my JR Hokkaido pass on the spot and I am ready to go riding on the trains.

Now to start on my Hokkaido 2016 photography adventure! First stop was Hokkaido University / Gingko Avenue.

Hokkaido University / Gingko Avenue

A short walk away from JR Sapporo station, about 15-20mins walk (slow walk due to ice/snow on the ground). I entered into Hokkaido University campus ground, it’s a nice and quiet campus, they reminded me of my St Lucia campus of The University of Queensland. Once I stepped inside the campus ground, I spotted the colourful autumn colours on the trees with snow on the ground, a gorgeous mix of both autumn and winter together.

The sceneries were really beautiful, even though the sky was overcast and gloomy, I didn’t let the weather affected me in my photography. I slowly walked, taking photos along with both local and international tourists visiting Hokkaido University.

Gingko Avenue is a very well known road inside Hokkaido University, very popular with both local and international tourists. Once I reached there, I was able to fully understand why they loved it so much. Two rows of trees, lining up Gingko Avenue, in the midst of the vehicles, cyclists and people along Gingko Avenue, this road gave a sense of aura of nature, peace and tranquility. I really had a good time along Gingko Avenue, taking photographs from different perspectives and angles.

Former Hokkaido Government Office

The city area of Sapporo is pretty well planned out, it’s not too difficult to walk around. I walked back to JR Sapporo station before walking down towards Odori Park, making a stop at the former Hokkaido Government Office first.

This is a historical building of importance and significance to Hokkaido. You can’t miss it, it’s a distinct red brick colour building and are you able to spot the red star? Due to time constraint, I didn’t visit the interior and exhibits inside the former Hokkaido Government Office.

I strolled around the compound, enjoying the peace and tranquility at the pond with beautiful trees. This place would look great during the spring and summer season with the flowers and greenery.

Before reaching Odori Park, I stopped by a convenience store at a junction facing a segment of Odori Park. Visiting a convenience store in Japan is always very interesting for me, there are so many different types of food, drinks, tidbits, magazines, daily neccessities that you can find inside a Japanese convenience store! Lunch was a simple sushi set with a bottle of green tea, at the corner of the convenience store where they have bar stools and bar table.

Odori Park

Odori Park is a pretty long stretch of green open space lined up with trees in the middle of tall concrete buildings in Sapporo. This beautiful green space gives people living/working there a nice area to take walks, relax, have their lunch etc. It’s a great place to visit major events held in Sapporo every season e.g. Sapporo Snow Festival.

I walked from one end of Odori Park to the other end where the iconic Sapporo TV tower stood. There wasn’t too many people at Odori Park during my time there, I saw some young children playing with snow and trying to build a snowman! I hope that maybe in the future, I can return to Sapporo again during a time whereby a major event/festival is held there and I am able to enjoy Odori Park.

The bright, colourful and beautiful autumn colours lined up the sides of Odori Park. I felt the aura of the autumn colours even though it was a bit cold with the winds blowing. It was a quiet and tranquil time for me when I was walking down Odori Park, I can’t explain how soothing it was for me, for my mind.

Sapporo Clock Tower

I began to head back up to JR Sapporo station, planning to take the JR train back to Otaru and explore the area in the night. While walking back, I stopped at the Sapporo Clock Tower, another iconic and cultural landmark of Hokkaido, it was built in 1878. The bell rings every hour to announce the time to the city of Hokkaido.

I would love to visit and know more about Sapporo Clock Tower history and culture inside the building. However, I had a number of places that I wanted to cover, therefore I didn’t manage to go in and visit.

Walking back to JR Sapporo station, I checked the timetable and caught the rapid express train to Otaru for a evening/night walk. The weather was overcast and there wasn’t much of a sunset scene as I reached the port area of Otaru. I felt the cold wind blowing coupled with the cold autumn season. I decided to head back to my hotel and rest for a few hours before coming out later in the night for night walkabout of Otaru.

Otaru former Temiya railway line / The Bank of Japan Otaru Museum (Ministry of Finance)

I like to explore railway lines especially those that were no longer in operation and remained behind as tourist/historical landmarks/monuments. I saw photos of the former Temiya railway line and wanted to check them out. Using the Otaru city tourist map, I found my way to a junction along Nichigindori Street. The former Temiya railway tracks and landmarks are still around, the platform and train waiting area.

I would love to return back to Otaru again and explore the former Temiya railway line again, in the daytime instead of going there in the night. There are still a number of places in Otaru that I wanted to go but wasn’t able to complete it due to time constraints and trying to cover as many locations as possible.

Not too far away from the former Temiya railway line junction, I saw The Bank of Japan Otaru Museum building. It looked pretty grand at night with the lights shining on the building façade.

Otaru Canal

The Otaru Canal is an iconic and cultural area of Otaru. A beautiful area in the night to walk along the canal, enjoying the night lights of the nearby buildings and former warehouses along Otaru Canal. Walking down from Nichigindori Street, I reached Asakusa Bridge of Otaru Canal, a good spot for taking photos of Otaru Canal.

A quiet stroll along the canal, towards Chuo Bridge, another good spot for taking photos of Otaru Canal and surroundings. This is really nice for a romantic couple walk along the Otaru Canal in the night where it is quiet, peaceful and tranquil. It’s always great to view history being preserved, the warehouses along Otaru Canal played a central role as part of the city’s busy port in the early 20th century.

I would love to explore Otaru Canal again if possible during different seasons such as winter and summer.

Night Singing Noodles of Dormy Inn Premium Otaru

The Dormy Inn Premium Otaru was highly recommended by my friend/Hokkaido Photo Guide Kato san. Not only was the location awesome, they have onsen, room rates are reasonable for a comfortable hotel room. There was also something special, they provided delicious, hot and heart warming singing noodles to the guests of the hotel during the chilly season.

The night singing noodles is known as Yonaki Soba, it might look like a small simple bowl of soba noodles. However, it was cooked with so much passion and care for their hotel guests to keep warm with a hot bowl of Yonaki Soba in the night from 2130 hrs to 2300 hrs.

After a heart warming, delicious and hot bowl of Yonaki Soba, I went for my daily onsen, to relax my aching muscles from a whole day of walking around Sapporo and Otaru. While it was a cold and overcast Day 1 in Sapporo and Otaru, I am very happy to be out there exploring, enjoying myself away from Singapore and taking photographs.

Hokkaido Autumn 2016 Day 1


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Hokkaido Autumn 2016


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ANALOGUE LOVE for Valentine’s Day by Lomography

Valentine’s Day is just round the corner, for photography enthusiasts who love capturing memories, I have some ideas to share for Valentine’s Day gifts with some analogue love by Lomography!

There are a wide range of Valentine’s Day gifts to choose from at Lomography, from instant cameras to Art Lenses to film and more!

Visit Lomography Online Shop and check out their Valentine’s Day gifts: https://shop.lomography.com/en/valentines-day !! They have some free gifts to give away for your Valentine’s Day purchase at their Lomography Online Shop!! More details on the website!!

Happy shopping and taking photographs on Valentine’s Day!!

* Information and picture courtesy of Lomography *

Hokkaido 2016 Photography Adventure Day 0

20th October 2016 – Day 0

My Hokkaido 2016 photography adventure began in the early morning of Thursday 20th October. I was taking Scoot TZ 216 to Sapporo (Hokkaido) New Chitose via Taipei, departure at 0615hrs. Scoot currently fly to Sapporo (Hokkaido) three times a week with their Dreamliner 787. This is an travel route worth considering for those who wish to fly to Hokkaido on a budget.

The Scoot flight schedule was as follows

TZ 216

0615hrs – 1045hrs Taipei (Taoyuan International Airport)

1155hrs – 1700hrs Sapporo, Hokkaido (New Chitose Airport)

During my flight from Singapore to Taipei, the flight encountered some gusty cross winds and a bit of heavy air traffic at Taoyuan, causing the plane to be slightly delayed in their arrival timing. The transit procedure wasn’t too difficult, just like any other transit procedure at international airports. After another round of hand carry baggage security check, I was back at the departure gate to board my next leg of flight from Taipei to Sapporo.

Overall, the flight from Singapore to Sapporo via Taipei was pretty smooth with the usual turbulence along the flight route. I did manage to capture the sunset at Hokkaido from my seat prior to the plane landing at New Chitose Airport.

Upon landing at New Chitose Airport, night time has arrived in Hokkaido. After clearing immigration, my friend, Kato san, who is also my Hokkaido Photo Guide for Days 4 to 7, picked me from the airport and gave me a lift to Otaru where I based myself for the next 4 nights

While driving along the highway from New Chitose Airport to Otaru, snow rain fell on the highway, winter season kind of arrived early for Hokkaido and my friend Kato san said, “The snow welcomes you back to Hokkaido!” This is really awesome but I am not prepared for early Hokkaido winter! The snow rain was pretty heavy at some stage and Kato san had to drive more slowly and carefully!

Upon reaching Otaru, we went for dinner together and I chose ramen for a cold chilly autumn night. My first Hokkaido meal, was simply amazing, authentic ramen in Japan! I had a good chat and catch up with Kato san, he also passed me some brochures and tourism information for the areas that I wanted to explore on my own during my first 3 days in Hokkaido.

My hotel was Dormy Inn Premium Otaru, right in front of JR Otaru station, very ideal location, they have onsen too! After checking in and settling down, I immediately head towards the onsen! I missed the onsen experience in Hokkaido, it was really amazing, soothing and relaxing, allowing me to have a good sleep on my first night in Hokkaido!

Hokkaido Autumn 2016 Day 0


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Hokkaido Autumn 2016


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Canon Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2017

Valentine’s Day 2017 is just round the corner, if you are planning something special and unique for your special someone, you would need something beyond your Valentine’s Day gift.

Let me share with you some ideas that can be helpful and important to help you capture down your Valentine’s Day 2017 memories (or proposal) with some technology gadgets recommendations from Canon and the steps to creating your Valentine’s Day proposal moments –

Step #1 – Creating the mood with appropriate decorations  

Canon PIXMA TS8070 (SGD $299.00)

From the moment that you both became “Instagram-official” countless of photos must have been taken and shared on social media platforms. Now’s the time to put these photos to good use by printing them out and decorating the event venue with them.

With the help of the PIXMA TS8070, which supports a new 5” by 5” (square) photo paper, you can easily print all the photos you shared on Instagram and use them as part of the venue decoration. As the printer is wireless and promises a quick and easy set-up, you need not waste precious time setting up the printer, but can instead print the photos straight from your phone.

Equipped with a six-colour hybrid ink system, the flagship printer delivers highest quality prints, ensuring that the venue is adequately jazzed up.

Step #2 – Going down on one knee

 Canon RAYO i8 (SGD $749.00)

With the RAYO i8 in one pocket, and the ring in the other, you are now all set for the perfect proposal. Now all you have to do is just ask!

Measuring at just 111 x 111 x 17.2mm and weighing only 269g, the RAYO i8 mini projector fits easily into the back pocket of your jeans. With the ease of portability, the video montage you prepared for the day can be stored on smart devices and streamed directly via either wired or wireless networks.

Despite its tiny size, the RAYO i8 punches above its weight. With its ability to enlarge content to a 158” image on any surface while delivering continuous brightness at 100 lumens, the RAYO i8 ensures that the video montage you put together will be delivered in great clarity, evoking all the necessary emotions for your partner to say yes.

Top this off with up to 2 hours of run-time on a single charge, you have all the time you need to muster up your courage and ask.

Step #3 – Photographing the big moment

Canon EOS M5                                                   
EOS M5 (Body) SGD $1,669.00
 
EOS M5 Kit (EF-M15-45 IS STM)  SGD $1,499.00

EOS M5 kit (EF M18-150mm) SGD $2,099.00

*Disclaimer: This step should be outsourced to friends or family present, least you miss the perfect photo opportunity and have to get down on your knee all over again*

Of course, you have to have a camera to capture your special day, and share the memories with the extended family.  The new Canon EOS M5 boasts of one of Canon’s most impressive features – the Dual Pixel CMOS AF. This state-of-the-art function helps provide smooth and precise AF for photos and videos even while staring through the camera’s EVF.

To top it off, the EOS M5 also shoots at a rate of 7fps with continuous AF and 9fps when focus is locked – perfect for capturing fast activity unfolding in the field. Every happy tear shed will be captured with absolute precision.  Plus, with a shutter that is virtually silent, you don’t have to fear alerting your partner before you actually get down on your knee and ask.

If you were too flustered before the actual proposal and had forgotten to find a photographer, fret not!

The inclusion of the new Bluetooth Smart feature allows the camera to stay fully connected to a smartphone or tablet running Canon’s Camera Connect application. All you have to do is to find a suitable spot to put the camera, dash back to your partner, get back down on one knee, and control the EOS M5 from your smartphone.

Step #4 – Printing photo souvenirs for friends and family

Canon SELPHY CP1200 (SGD $199.00)

*Disclaimer: You may wish to skip this step if your partner said no. Sorry. *

Now that the difficult part is out of the way, it’s time to show your appreciation for all that helped you put the event together. Weighing at only 860 grams, the SELPHY CP1200 can be easily brought to the proposal venue.

The simple button layout easily allows you to easily print photos from your Canon EOS M5 via Wi-Fi, on a variety of layouts and sizes such as postcard prints, while the date printing function ensures that you never forget this memorable date.

A simple handwritten thank you note can be crafted on the back on the post card print, and given out to all those who are present.With the optional battery pack, you need not worry about finding a power socket should you decide to propose on a yacht out at sea!

If you are planning to propose to your special one during this Valentine’s Day, hope the 4 steps and gadget recommendations help you in some way or another!

However, if you are planning to celebrate with your Valentine’s Day with your special one, all the above photography, printing and technology gadgets are definitely useful and handy to have a romantic and special time with your special one, take photographs with the Canon EOS M5, project them on the screen/wall using RAYO i8, view the precious and priceless moments together as a couple! After viewing them, you can print them out as memories using the Canon SELPHY CP1200 and PIXMA TS8070 for both of you to keep!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Happy Friendship Day!

* Pictures courtesy of Canon Singapore*

Lego Batman is coming to save the City!

Batman and Lego fans, this is the time to get hyped up and excited! Lego Batman is coming to save the City, showing today on 9th February 2017 in Singapore! The adult fans of Lego would love it (especially if you are also a fan of Batman) along with their children!

I am a Lego fan, I have collected some Lego toys although I haven’t reach the hardcore serious Lego collector yet (I should write a post on my cousin’s huge Lego collection if he allows me to)

Lego Batman is coming to save the City, with a fun event at ION Orchard, new Lego Batman toys for you to play with and the movie is showing today on 9th February 2017! 

Lego Batman Escape Room Event at ION Orchard B4 ION Station (24th Jan to 18th Feb, 10am to 10pm)

If you are a parent, bring your children down to ION Orchard and have fun inside the Lego Batman Escape Room, it’s a fun hands on experience with Lego bricks and toys, your children would love it! I am also quite sure that inside you, there is still a child in you that wants to play with Lego, go in, play and build Lego with your children, this is going to be a great family bonding and fun time with Lego bricks!

As an adult fan of Lego, I had fun playing with Lego Batman bricks and toys! I didn’t take much photographs because I was too busy and engrossed with playing Lego Batman toys or looking at the new Lego toys!

Thank you Bricks World for inviting me down the Lego Batman Escape Room Event prior to watching the premiere of The Lego Batman Movie!

6181406 Lego Batman Movie Maker

Would you like to make your own Lego based video? With this Lego Batman Movie Maker, you can use your smartphone to produce your own stop motion videos! Here’s the link!

Premiere of The Lego Batman Movie

It was an honour, a great pleasure and fun to watch the premiere of The Lego Batman Movie at Shaw Lido theatre prior to the official release of the movie this week in Singapore.

I just want to share some personal thoughts and feelings after I watched The Lego Batman Movie. First and foremost, I am not a movie/film critic and it’s also not meant to be a movie review.

The Lego Batman Movie is not like the ones you saw on the movie screens, this movie is family oriented, the bonding, relationships and friendships. The starting and ending movie segments were really comical and funny, I was thinking what happened and why, followed by me laughing at Batman’s wisdom of words!

Colours and quality of the digital animation works are really excellent, for those who love digital animation videos, you have to watch The Lego Batman Movie.

The Lego Batman Movie is ideal and suitable for children, parents, bring your children and watch it together for a fun family bonding time. Parents, if you are an Adult Fan of Lego too, you don’t need more encouragement, you are probably more excited than your children to catch the movie!

The Lego Batman Movie would be starting to show in cinemas today on the 9th February 2017! Time to bring your family and children down to the cinemas and catch this family fun movie!

Last but not least, here are some key websites for all Lego Batman fans –

Lego Batman Movie

Lego Batman Toys

Lego Batman Twitter

Bricks World

Alright folks, it’s time for Batman to catch The Joker, save the city and bring him to watch The Lego Batman Movie screening today in the cinemas!

Thank you Bricks World for the invitation!

Battle for Singapore 2017 – 75th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore

On 15th February 2017, everyone of us needs to remember one of the important dates in Singapore’s history. 75 years ago, on 15th February 1942, Singapore fell to the Japanese and we entered into a period of history known as the Japanese Occupation of Singapore. It is very crucial and important for Singaporeans (especially for those that did not experience the Japanese Occupation of Singapore) today to learn more in depth on this part of our history.

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore, the National Heritage Board (NHB) has organised many different initiatives across the year 2017, starting from the annual Battle for Singapore commemorative event, starting from 16th February to 12th March 2017. There are different activities, guided walks, public talks and activities at the various Museum Roundtable (MR) museums to learn more about the events leading up to the Fall of Singapore, the stories of the Japanese Occupation from the survivors and veterans.

The Battle for Singapore 2017 commemorative events runs from 16th February to 12th March 2017, a total of 49 tours to 11 World War II (WWII) related sites and structures in Singapore. They are interesting and informative guided tours, I strongly encouraged my readers to sign up to learn and know more in depth of the Japanese Occupation of Singapore. There are four new tours for the Battle for Singapore 2017 –

  • Singapore Occupied: This offers a visit to the buildings and sites that held the Japanese Broadcasting Department and the Kempeitai (Japanese Military Police) Headquarters, to name a few.
  • Botanic Gardens to Bukit Brown – a WWII Trail: Walk through the heritage corridor from the Botanic Gardens to Bukit Brown cemetery, and hear the brownies share stories of WWII heroes and prominent personalities at heritage landmarks, including the Jacob Ballas Garden, old Raffles College as well as Former Command House. Explore the remnants and stories of the ‘kampong’ life that was once at Bukit Brown cemetery.
  • Fort Serapong @ Fort Siloso: Discover the fascinating structure of the former Fort Serapong, which was one of the three forts that were built at Pulau Blakang Mati to defend Singapore’s waterways.
  • The Last Days of Empire: Japanese Advance Along Bukit Timah Road, 1942: This walk attempts to tell the harrowing story of the battle based on the grim testimonies of the soldiers who fought in the last days of the British Empire.

(Information courtesy of National Heritage Board)

For more information, please visit www.museums.com.sg and check out their website for more details. Sign up for the guided tours begins on 6th February 2017 at 1000hrs, slots are limited and allocated on a first-come first-serve basis.

During the media preview of the Battle for Singapore 2017, we went for one of the guided tours: The Last Days of Empire: Japanese Advance Along Bukit Timah Road 1942. Here are the details of this guided tour if you are keen to sign up when registration opens –

Tour dates: 25, 26 Feb; 4, 5 Mar 2017

Timings: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon

Meeting point: University Cultural Centre, National University of Singapore

Let me share with you some stories and photos of the locations along this guided tour.

This tour is organised by the National University of Singapore, Southeast Asian Student’s Society in collaboration with National Heritage Board. The tour is led by Dr Mohamed Effendy and Syonan Gallery Docents. The start/meeting point is University Cultural Centre, National University of Singapore.

There is a grass patch beside the entrance of University Cultural Centre, overlooking Clementi Road and Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE). Clementi Road connects to Upper Bukit Timah Road, whereby some of the heaviest fighting between the Japanese forces and British forces, as well as the Australian, Indian, Malay and Chinese volunteers took place along this stretch of road.

WWII marker near to Clementi Road and Dover Road

Our next stop was along Dover Road, at the edge of University Town, National University Singapore. Behind this bus stop, there is a World War II marker/plaque that marks the area where captured commandos from Operation Rimau in 1944 were behaded near Clementi Road and Dover Road. Having read up and research on World War II, I came across Operation Jaywick and Operation Rimau, knew about these two operations conducted by the Allied forces. The location whereby the captured commandos of Operation Rimau was something that I didn’t know and from the tour, I learned something new that afternoon.

Junction of Clementi Road and Ulu Pandan Road

After Dover Road, we went on to the junction of Clementi Road and Ulu Pandan Road. I grew up in Clementi and Clementi West areas (and still living in this area), thus I know the area quite well. Dr Effendy shared on the importance of the hill on the left side of Ulu Pandan Road (where the Singapore Police Force had taken over the Mowbray Camp, formerly used by the Singapore Armed Fores). The area where Pine Grove now sits, was another high point where there were artillery guns placement to defend attackers coming in from the sea but not from inland, that’s where the Japanese came in from.

Junction of Clementi Road and Upper Bukit Timah Road/Bukit Timah Road

This is a major arterial road junction, with Bukit Timah Road and Dunearn Road leading to the city centre of Singapore, while Clementi Road leads towards Pasir Panjang followed by the harbour and city centre. Dr Effendy shared a few stories at this location, on how the Japanese forces advanced towards the city of Singapore.

Bukit Timah Hill (WWII marker at foot of Bukit Timah Hill)

The Bukit Timah area saw some of the heaviest fighting between the Japanese forces and Allied forces. Bukit Timah is a strategic and important location for both British (to defend) and Japanese forces (to attack). The Bukit Timah and Duneran Roads lead towards the city area. There is a WWII marker at the foot of Bukit Timah Hill, giving visitors information on the battles that took place in the Bukit Timah area during the Battle for Singapore in 1942.

Bukit Batok Hill – Syonan Chureito

A beautiful hill park, surrounded by nature and wildlife. This hill has some WWII history behind it, during the Japanese Occupation, a Shinto shrine and war memorial was built on this hill, to commemorate the fallen Japanese soldiers who were killed in action during the Battle for Singapore. Today, the only remains of the Syonan Chureito were the 121 concrete steps built by the prisoners of war.

Former Ford Factory – Syonan Gallery

During the media preview, the Syonan Gallery was not ready to host us thus we did not manage to visit the revamped Syonan Gallery at the Former Ford Factory. This would be the end point for this guided tour. I would try to arrange my timing and schedule, I would visit the revamped Syonan Gallery and add on to below after my visit.

Attending a guided tour is good, informative and interesting. Listening to the subject matter experts do give you a greater, wider and more insights into the history for the Battle of Singapore. Do sign up for the different guided walks that you are interested in.

I am planning to sign up for a few guided tours that I am interested in. I would share my stories and photos after attending the guided tours that I signed up, stay tuned!

* I would like to thank National Heritage Board the invitation to the Battle for Singapore 2017 preview event *

Shoutout for N.E.mation! 11 – Final week to cast your votes!

The 11th edition digital animation competition is reaching its climax soon, the Top 10 digital animation videos were officially released on 14th January 2017 and this week would be the final week whereby the public can cast their votes for your favourite Top 10 teams digital animation videos!

N.E.mation! 11 has produced pretty outstanding digital animation video clips and all the Top 10 teams have excellent and solid content showcased in their digital animation video clips. This is going to be an exciting competition!

During this voting period, I had been following and observing my 5 teams under my care. The students were very active and enthusiastic, balancing their new school term studies with rallying and garnering votes for their digital animation video clip. They all deserve a big pat on their back for all the great work and effort that they put in during the production phase and voting phase.

I am also taking this chance to give the 5 teams under my care, helping them go give a shoutout in their final sprint to 5th February 2017, the last day of the voting period for N.E.mation! 11 digital animation competition! Their digital animation video clips are shown below, if you have not voted for your favourite Top 10 teams of N.E.mation! 11, take the time now to support and help my 5 teams below, cast your 3 favourite digital animation video clips –

Snakes and Ladders

C04 – Team Doughnuts & Donuts from Cedar Girls’ Secondary School

Building Our Nation

C05 – Team Finding Sanity from CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School

A Beautiful Song

C06 – Team Geekstrux from Crescent Girls’ School

Our SG Dollar

C08 – Team MADEit from Cedar Girls’ School

Just A Little Something

C09 – Team N.E. HEH HEH from Singapore Chinese Girls’ School

There are 4 different methods of voting, check out the diagram below –

Picture courtesy of Animagine

Good luck to all the Top 10 teams of N.E.mation! 11!!

A special mention to my 5 teams under my care – Team Doughnuts & Donuts, Team Finding Sanity, Team Geekstrux, Team MADEit and Team N.E. HEH HEH!

To all my relatives, friends and readers, give them the care and support with your 3 votes across the 4 different voting methods!

Happy Chinese Lunar New Year 2017!

Today, on the 28th January 2017, marks the start of the new Chinese Lunar New Year, the Year of the Rooster! Let us all welcome the Year of the Rooster with the fireworks photo that I took during River Hongbao 2017, at the countdown on Chinese Lunar New Year Eve.

I would like to wish everybody Happy Chinese Lunar New Year, good health, wealth and prosperity for the year 2017.

祝大家新年快乐,万事如意,身体健康,步步高升,年年有余,财源滚滚,金玉满堂,生意兴隆!

This year 2017 is going to be a challenging year for everyone, we all can do it and overcome all the obstacles ahead! Good luck everybody!

Singapore Motorshow 2017

The Singapore Motorshow 2017 took place recently, held at the Suntec Convention Centre and Exhibition Centre between 12th to 15th January 2017. I was there when it was officially declared opened in the morning and started visiting the various car brands, keeping a lookout for their new car models launch and announcements.

I was invited by Borneo Motors to Singapore Motorshow 2017, therefore spent more time there checking out the many different types of Toyota automobiles after visiting the various car brands in the exhibition hall. Do check out my earlier article that I wrote on my coverage of Toyota at Singapore Motorshow 2017. This new car, the Toyota C-HR (Coupe-High Rider) is coming soon and it caught my attention, beautiful, sleek and sporty. Yes, I am a fan of coupe cars.

Singapore Motorshow was organised by Motor Traders Association of Singapore (MTA) and this year 2017 Singapore Motorshow saw an exciting 20 new car launches! At this year’s Singapore Motorshow 2017, there were new features such as the usage of virtual reality (VR) experiences for visitors for the first time. A total visitorship of over 47,000 visitors came down to Singapore Motorshow 2017 over the four days period. This is an encouraging figure considering the challenging economy climate for Singapore in year 2017.

“We’re encouraged to see a good crowd considering that many have said that this will be a challenging year for Singapore’s economy,” said Glenn Tan, President of the Motor Traders Association of Singapore. “It’s great to see the brands working together to present an iconic automotive event with new activities and launches that the people of Singapore can look forward to each year.” 

“Despite smaller numbers this year on the weekdays, we had very solid turnouts on both Saturday and Sunday. Crowds packed our popular activities with sold-out shows at Russ Swift’s stunt performances, live radio shows, contests and lucky draws. We’re glad to see families and car lovers having a good time throughout the 4-day event and we’re committed to keep this momentum going for next year’s event.

Statement by Mr Glenn Tan, President of Motor Traders Association of Singapore (Source: press release information courtesy of Rice Communications)

It was great to see Singapore Motorshow 2017 taking on new experiential activities and experiences for visitors, beside just looking at all the various car brands and their automobile models on display. While I wasn’t able to catch the Mediacorp artistes and celebrity DJs making their appearances at Singapore Motorshow 2017 and Russ Swift breathe-taking stunt-driving performances sponsored by Subaru, I had a good time walking around on Thursday and Friday, checking out the various car brands and their new automobile models launch.

Overall, the Singapore Motorshow 2017 had shown that it was more than just a motorshow, with new visitor experiential activities, engaging artistes and DJs to liven up the motorshow with their engagements. I hope that the next motorshow in 2018 can leverage on the new things that they did for 2017, bringing it further and beyond for the 2018 motorshow edition.


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