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You’ve Got Mail at Singapore Philatelic Museum!

Do you remember the time when you wrote a letter, pasted a postage stamp and posted it to your family, relatives, friend or penpal? As you are reading this, some of you might remember the good old days (I am sure you would say that, I would too!) when technology and the internet was not as advanced and sophisticated as today’s technology and communication platform and tools.

You’ve Got Mail!

On the other hand, the younger generation might not be to relate with this thing called, “You’ve Got Mail!”, they might have written some letters and post it, although most of the modern communication today is using technology and a host of different apps that they communicate with their family, relatives and friends.

There is a new exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum (SPM), taking place from 11thApril to 31stDecember 2018, titled “You’ve Got Mail!”. This exhibition seeks to re-ignite the good old days fond memories (for people like me) of writing, drawing and decorating a mail to your family, relatives or friends. For the younger generation, this exhibition would be excellent to know about how some of things were being done in the era whereby technology wasn’t as advanced as today’s technological standards. Hopefully, through visiting “You’ve Got Mail!” exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum.

Upon entering the gallery into the world of “You’ve Got Mail!”, I was reflecting and thinking … when was the last time I wrote a personalised letter/card, paste a postage stamp and mail it to a relative or friend? Maybe more than 20 years ago for me? Inside the gallery, there is a collection of 200 award winning decorative envelopes from the Washington Calligraphers Guild (USA). Take your time, to walk down memory lane, observe and admire the colorful and talented artworks, drawings and handwriting, each uniquely different and special.

There is still a certain charisma and attraction with the art of letter writing that the modern internet, technology and social media would not be to replicate. Every letter, envelope or card is unique and personalised, this is definitely a gift, a treasure that you can keep for memories sake and pass it on to your future generation because every letter, envelope or card tells a unique story.

Seeing Is Believing! Unusual Stamps

When you finished touring “You’ve Got Mail!” exhibition, it’s only the first segment, there is a second segment, known as “Seeing Is Believing! Unusual Stamps”. In this era of modern technology, stamps have innovaated along with modern technology as well, from stamp design and printing technology, accompanied with a bit of creativity, the modern stamp have transformed from the traditional and humble postage stamp (either square or rectangular shape) into today’s stamps that engage our senses – sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch.

In this “Seeing Is Believing! Unusual Stamps” exhibition, visitors are able to have a good look at all those new age new look stamps! Each unique new age stamps tell a unique story of each country they were from, let me share a few examples:

  • Singapore (2008): World’s first hand-pasted beaded stamps depicting the exquisite beadwork of the Peranakans

  • Bhutan (1973): World’s first “talking stamps” – plastic (vinyl) stamps embossed with melodies of native songs that are playable on a record player.

  • Switzerland (2001): World’s first chocolate scented stamps

 

  • Austria (2004): World’s first stamp embedded with Swarovski crystals

There are over 150 unusual stamps and philatelic materials from the SPM collection and lenders on display inside the gallery! Some of the stamps exhibits are interactive and fun, ideal for children to play and learn about unusual stamps and philatelic materials from all over the world!

You’ve Got Mail! Postcard Contest

There is a contest organised by SPM, a postcard design contest! Now is the time to let your creativity and inspiration flow into your own postcard design! Mail your creative postcards to this address:

Singapore Philatelic Museum

23-B Coleman Street

Singapore 179807

Closing date: By 17thJune 2018

There are exciting prizes to be won, there are six cash prizes of up to $500, winners will be announced on 16thJuly 2018 and images of the the winning entries will be posted on www.spm.org.sg. Terms and conditions apply.

The two new segments at SPM, “You’ve Got Mail!” and “Seeing Is Believing! Unusual Stamps” exhibitions are definitely worth visiting, it’s going to bring back some good old memories for you, they can also be an excellent experiential learning place for young kids too!

Pass it on and Pay It Forward, share about the two new new segments at SPM, “You’ve Got Mail!” and “Seeing Is Believing! Unusual Stamps” exhibitions with your family, relatives and friends!

Details of You’ve Got Mail! Exhibitions

Venue: Singapore Philatelic Museum

            23-B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807

Date: 11thApril to 31stDecember 2018

Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday

                                     10:00am – 7:00pm

Admission charges: Free admission for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents

Admission charges for tourists: Adult $8 / Child (3-12 years old) $6

Telephone: 6337 3888

Website: www.spm.org.sg

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SingaporePhilatelicMuseum/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ilovespm/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ilovespm

Offical hashtags: #youvegotmailSPM / #artonenvelopeSPM


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Canon celebrates 15years of No.1 DILC Market Share

Canon recently announced on 28th March 2018, a milestone for the company, celebrating 15 consecutive years of number 1 share of global interchangeable-lens digital cameras (digital SLR and compact-system cameras) market from 2003 to 2017.

I had been a part of this journey, starting with my first DSLR, the Canon EOS 300D in 2004, followed by Canon EOS 30D, Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EOS 70D and currently using Canon EOS 1DX. This slogan by Canon, “Delighting You Always”, can be found in their Canon interchangeable-lens camera eco-system, from the sensors to their quality interchangeable lenses. Along this personal Canon journey of mine, I had the opportunity to review a number of different Canon cameras and lenses too.

My journey with Canon interchangeable-lens digital cameras had been pretty exciting on a personal basis, growing from amateur to freelance/semi-professional and running my own small photography business. If you would like to know more, do check out my archives for my various Canon stories, reviews!

Here’s a short write up of Canon’s journey in the interchangeable-lens digital camera market:

In 2003, the dawn of digital SLR cameras, Canon introduced its breakthrough EOS Kiss Digital (EOS Digital Rebel or EOS 300D Digital in other regions). This groundbreaking camera, which was competitively priced and featured a compact, lightweight design, captured the top share of the global market and set the stage for growth in the digital SLR market. Since that time, Canon has continued to launch a range of groundbreaking products, including the professional-model EOS-1D series and the EOS 5D series, which paved the way for digital SLR video recording. The Company has further bolstered the EOS lineup by continuing to introduce new products including accessories, interchangeable lenses and the EOS M series of compact-system cameras. During 2017, Canon introduced the EOS 6D Mark II as part of an impressive lineup of interchangeable-lens camera products[1] that supported the Company’s achievement of a 15th consecutive year at the top of the global market.

[1] A total of six digital ILC cameras were released in Japan in 2017: The EOS 9000D (EOS 77D in other regions), EOS Kiss X9i (EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D in other regions) and EOS M6 in April 2017; the EOS Kiss X9 (EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D in other regions) in June 2017; the EOS 6D Mark II in August 2017; and the EOS M100 in September 2017.

Source: Canon Singapore press release

What does the future holds for Canon in the interchangeable-lens digital camera market?

Canon will continue to refine its diverse imaging technologies based on its core optical technology, combining still-image, video and network capabilities to expand and create an even stronger EOS System that meets the needs of increasingly diverse users to promote the spread of photo and video culture. What’s more, thanks to advances in imaging technology, Canon is opening up new expressive avenues, where texture, three-dimensionality and a sense of realism can be recreated in both still images and videos, to support appealing imaging experiences.

Source: Canon Singapore press release

Looking ahead into the future with Canon, I am eagerly awaiting for their new cameras announcements!

* Information and photo courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *

All About Dogs at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Year 2018 welcomes the Zodiac Year of the Dog, affectionately known as “man’s best friend”. The Singapore Philatelic Museum presents, a children’s exhibition titled “All About Dogs”. This exhibition explores the history, relationship and close bond between dogs and human beings, that started last month from 14th February till end of the year, on 1st December 2018.

Make a guess, how many stamps and philatelic materials can be found in this All About Dogs exhibition at the Singapore Philatelic Museum? There are 300 stamps and philatelic materials (on dogs) from all around the world, making their presence here in Singapore. Beside the stamps and philatelic materials, there are multisensory interactive exhibits that the children can learn and enjoy when they visit All About Dogs exhibition with their family.

A short history on the relationship between human beings and dogs, it can be traced back over thousands of years ago. Originating from wolves, the early dogs ate the leftovers thrown away by the human beings. As time passes, the human beings and dogs developed a close relationship, a special bond of trust between them. Thereafter, dogs slowly and gradually became domesticated to the over 200 dog breeds that we have in the world today. Our dog breeds today can be divided into seven groups, namely working dogs, herding, hounds, toys, hunting, non-sporting and terriers.

Inside the All About Dogs exhibition, the children can play, enjoy and learn at the following interactive stations

  • Role play as a dog groomer
  • Test the sharpness of a human’s hearing as compared to a dog’s
  • Identify scents
  • See the colour of the world through dog’s eyes
  • Piece together dog stamp jigsaws

My current family dog is a Japanese Spitz (fat, lazy, chubby, fluffy and cute), we used to own a silky terrier and a pomeranian (left us due to old age and illness). When I visited the All About Dogs exhibition, I tried searching for a stamp that shows a Japanese Spitz, however, I can’t find it! For the comic fans, keep a lookout for the iconic Snoopy, as well as Tintin’s loyal buddy Snowy!

All About Dogs exhibition is now ongoing till 1st December 2018, it’s great for the children to visit and learn more about dogs, stamps and philatelic materials at the Singapore Philatelic Museum. Do plan a visit with your family and children!

Details of All About Dogs Exhibition 犬狗趣

Venue: Singapore Philatelic Museum

23-B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807

Date: 14th February to 1st December 2018

Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday, 10:00am – 7:00pm

Admission charges: Free admission for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents

Admission charges for tourists: Adult $8

Child (3-12 years old) $6

Telephone: 6337 3888

Website: www.spm.org.sg

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SingaporePhilatelicMuseum/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ilovespm/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ilovespm

Offical hashtags: #allaboutdogsSPM #singaporephilatelicmuseum


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Love At Second Sight Project (Videos)

A few months back, in October 2017, I was involved with a talented and diverse group of professionals coming together for a short film project. My role was the behind the scenes photographer during the filming, as well as the portraiture and products (sponsors) photographer for the duo behind the brains, ideas, vision and direction for this short film project.

For the past few months leading up to the launch of the videos in February 2018, there were sneak peaks and previews of the videos, from the behind the scenes photographs footage and coverage done by me. I would share more of the behind the scenes photographs and stories in another article post!

Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce to you, Love At Second Sight (二见钟情)!

Love At Second Sight 二见钟情 1 | Koi Plus Singapore

Love At Second Sight 二见钟情 2 | Gaston Luga

Love At Second Sight 二见钟情 1 | W Eye Clinic

Brought to you by #TheEpiphanyDuplet from #TheEpiphanyArtistry

特别鸣谢 Special Thanks:
W Eye Clinic for the use of location

KOI Thé SingaporeKOI PLUS SingaporeGaston LugaAmerican EagleBataShunji Matsuo

领衔主演 STARRING:
Tiffany Yong 熊慧婷
Peps Goh 吴宇冲
Da Lord Pojo (aka Tiger JellyFurbelly)The Cat

制作团队 PRODUCTION CREW:
摄影指导 Director of Photography: 郑馨文 Shian Wen
副导演 Assistant Director: 傅凯勋 Kasimir Poh Cieslak
制片经理 Production Manager: 蒋佳荣 Dextercjr
幕后花絮 摄影师 Behind The Scenes Photographer: 陈景晖 GengHui Tan from TanGengHui Photography

化妆师 Makeup Artist: Nhurul Hidayah (Yaya)

服装造型师 Wardrobe Stylist: Joanne Lim from Image Success
角色造型设计师 Character Lookbook Stylist: 梁嘉琪 Jq Reyna from Reyna Hearts Makeup Artistry
拟音设计 Foley Artist: 洪慧璇 Chris Chross

The Next Wave and Trends (from Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai)

In the earlier article that I wrote and shared on my visit to Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai, my photography walkabout journey inside Shanghai International Convention Centre, understanding and experiencing Canon’s history, culture, getting closer to Canon’s diverse range of products and business interests. This was also a time to have a better understanding of their slogan “Delighting You Always”, how Canon’s products and services connect and communicate from the organisation to their customers.

During the visit to Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai, this was also a maiden life experience for me, to attend two of Canon’s high level media interview/interaction sessions with Canon key senior management. An absolute golden opportunity personally to listen, have an idea on the new wave, the next wave and trends from Canon for the next 5 years and beyond.

For this article, I would not touch on financial reports because I am not writing this article as an analyst or an economist, nor business expansion plans in Asia Pacific. This is purely from me, first and foremost, as a photographer, followed by being a technology gadget enthusiast. I would be sharing my notes that I took and wrote down from the media interaction sessions with Canon key senior management during Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai.

Inside my article, I shared about Canon’s zone on the first floor of the Shanghai International Convention Centre titled “Beyond High Image Quality”. This is the zone where I was able to have a first hands on view of products and services, the next wave and trends from Canon. For my regular readers and supporters, you would probably have guessed which particular products that I am most interested in!

There were two media interactions with Canon’s key management over two different days –

  • 19th May 2016 Media Interaction with Mr Fujio Mitarai, Chairman and CEO of Canon Inc

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  • 20th May 2016 Media Interaction with Canon Imaging Products Group – High level intereview session with
  • Mr Kazuto Ogawa, Managing Executive Officer of Canon Inc, Chief Operation Officer of Canon Asia Marketing Group, Executive Vice President of Canon (China) Co. Ltd
  • Mr Go Tokura, Executive Officer of Canon Inc, Chief Executive of Imaging Communications Products Group
  • Mr Ishii Toshiyuki,Vice President of Canon (China) Co. Ltd

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  • 120MP EOS Camera

This is the one and only prototype Canon DSLR in the world and it definitely attracted a lot of international media attention. Canon’s senior management highlighted that there is no timeline fixed on when the 120MP sensor would be out in the market.

With the development of the 120MP Canon EOS DSLR for the future, higher level quality lenses are being looked into for the future, to complement the 120MP EOS camera.

Personal views: At this juncture in time, Canon has 2 DSLRs, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R in the market equipped with a 50.4MP sensor. I am making a guess that a 80MP sensor is already in the works and might be ready in 2 years time before the 120MP sensor arrives in 2020?

  • 8K Technology

The 4K technology is now getting more popular and widely accepted around the world today. The infrastructure and technology for 4K are now a part of our everyday life. Therefore, the next level up is the 8K technology, it is gentle to the eyes, sharp, clear and precise, watching 3D without goggles.

8K technology will take some time to be an integral part of our life, like the 4K technology of today’s society. Canon is targeting Tokyo Olympics Games 2020 as a good starting point for 8K broadcasting. For the further development of 8K cameras and videos, they would start after 2020.

  • Mirrorless System

A topic on photographers minds, including myself. The mirrorless camera market has made headway over the past few years from competitors such as Sony, Fujifilm, Olympus. While for Canon, their mirrorless line up, the Canon EOS M is not as fast compared to their competitors.

From the media interaction sessions, Canon remains committed to the EOS M mirrorless line up. We should be able to see more of EF-M lenses, EOS M accessories and maybe a new EOS M mirrorless camera body in the near future.

This statement that I heard from the media interaction sessions, that I quickly wrote down, sealed my thoughts and thinking

“We may look conservative but we know the trends”

Would Canon produce a full frame EOS M mirrorless camera body? I certainly hope so and I certainly think so!

  • High resolution printing

When I started learning photography with film SLR cameras in the late 80s and 90s, our photographs were printed at least on 4R photo paper, placed inside photo albums. With the revolution of technology, digital photography and storage solutions, printing photographs are not like before even there are more people taking photographs (professionally or leisure basis).

I re-discovered the art and love of photography printing again, moving beyond 4R prints into A3 photo prints and large format prints. Personally, I owned the PIXMA Pro-10 photo printer and it’s a good investment for me!

The famous and iconic Red Line in Canon’s photography family can also be seen in their printers, bringing professional quality photography printing up to A2 size that photography owners can have it in their homes with the ImagePROGRAF Pro 500. For commercial and large format photo printing solutions, Canon also has a wide range of printing solutions. At Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai, I personally experienced Canon’s high image quality printing and printing technology innovation, learning from their strong B2C base, bringing it into the B2B markets.

  • Security Surveillance Systems

The need for security surveillance systems today have grown a lot, it is getting more important and crucial for business, organisations and governments around the world. The major cities around the world are expanding bigger thus leading to an increased demand for security surveillance systems.

Although security surveillance systems are predominantly a B2B market, there is potential growth for B2C market too.

  • Smartphones and their impacts on the compact digital cameras

Smartphones, they have enormous impacts on how we live today, in both good and bad ways. The impacts of smartphones on photography are inevitable, the outcomes are in both good and bad ways too. The media contingent at the media interaction sessions were keen to know more about the impacts of smartphones on cameras.

Mr Fujio Mitarai spoke about this topic –

“Digital camera compete against smartphones. Use-ability, smartphone is better than digital camera. Digital cameras – better image quality and resolution.”

“Co-existing and collaborating with smartphones”

“Smartphones are part of daily life. Idea for the future, co-exist together with digital cameras”

In the other media interaction session, the key Canon management executives also spoke about this topic too –

“Smartphones affected the share of digital cameras, especially compact digital cameras”

Smartphones had eaten a lot into the compact digital camera market share worldwide and it doesn’t just affect Canon, it affect all the other camera brands that have compact digital camera models in their line-up.

“High end (high performance, high quality) compact digital cameras, complement smartphones”

This line that I wrote down during the media interaction, showcased Canon’s professionalism, business acumen and commitment in the areas of technology trends, market analysis, innovation and progression

“We are not complacent”

Mr Kazuto Ogawa gave a technology perspective insight on how smartphone helps photography growth

“More smartphone wars, more people interested in photography, attract more people”

“Smartphone complement photography”

From the words of the key Canon management executives over the two media interaction sessions, Canon understand and analyse the impacts of the smartphone on digital cameras, formulating and designing high quality high performance compact digital cameras to complement the smartphone.

There is a surge in people owning digital cameras and taking photographs nowadays, especially in the past 5-10 years. The impact of the smartphones, mobile phone photography helps to grow the consumer markets.

Looking at Canon’s compact digital cameras line-up (at this juncture in time), the Canon PowerShot G3 X leads their line up, followed by Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II and PowerShot G5 X are the high end compact digital cameras that are suitable photography solutions to consumers in complementing their smartphone usage and lifestyle. I have reviewed the Canon PowerShot G5 X before and I liked this compact digital camera!

There was also a question asked by a member of the media contingent on whether Canon would be following a similar move embarked by Leica, whom Leica partner with Huawei in a smartphone collaboration known as the Huawei P9 smartphone. The Canon senior management replied that they would not be considering this option at this point in time.

  • Internet of Things and Canon Eco-System

During Mr Fujio Mitarai during his keynote speech, he mentioned about the Internet of Things (IoT) as an area that they are looking into, to integrate the various Canon’s range of products and services together, forming the Canon Eco-System that seeks to live up to their corporate slogan “Delighting You Always”. After returning from Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai, I wrote a short article on Internet of Things, drawing my experiences, thoughts and feelings from what I saw, felt and learned during Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai.

The Internet of Things is opening up new worlds and Canon Group recognises the importance and significance for the future growth and expansion of their businesses. It’s about Experiencing, Communicating, Educating, Engaging, Exciting, Entertaining, Participating, Getting closer to each other between people & people, people & things, things & things. The relationship and ecosystem between Canon, their products and their customers, get closer and inter-connected right now, even more so in the future with the power of technology and the Internet of Things.

Many organisations around the world are talking about the Internet of Things as the next growth area, revolutionising business and their outreach towards their customers with technology, connectivity and gadgets. This growth area is estimated to be worth a potential of $14.4 trillion for companies worldwide (Source: Salesforce)

Internet of Things, connecting people, connecting technology, connecting eco-systems between people, devices and technology. Is the Internet of Things a whole new world out there or is it a world growing more connected?

Canon has the products, services and outreach. In my personal opinion, it’s about connecting everything together in their Canon Eco-System to make it a more holistic and enjoyable experience from the input (camera/video) to the output (printing/sharing), living up to their slogan “Delighting You Always”.

At the end of the Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai trip, I learned a lot more about Canon, their other products and services beyond the Canon photography that I know. The next amazing thing is to have a view of the the current wave, the new wave and trends of Canon’s products and services that might be arriving in the next 5 years or the near future.

Looking forward to the next 5 years ahead and eagerly awaiting for some of Canon’s products to be launched in the market! Which Canon products do you think that I am eagerly looking forward to?