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Qing Ming Festival 2018

Qing Ming Festival (清明节), also known as Tomb-Sweeping Day. A time for the extended family to gather and come together, paying respects to the ancestors, remembering and honouring their legacy. This is also a time for extended family bonding and gathering.


Reflecting Q1 2018 (Photography only)

31st March 2018, time flies fast and furious, it’s not something that we do not know. Today is the last day of the first quarter of year 2018 and I decided to take a few hours of quiet time for me to reflect on my personal and business side of photography during this first quarter of 2018.

First and foremost, let me start on the business aspect for my photography:

  1. Slow and small growth, not exponential, in this current economic climate, it’s still pretty difficult on the ground level.
  2. Photography business portfolio is expanding, need to upload and showcase more diversification when the opportunity arises.
  3. A partial travel familiarisation trip to Chiang Mai, Thailand during end January to early February 2018, a golden opportunity to add on to my travel portfolio and hopefully gain more traction for future travel opportunites in the near future.
  4. Phootgraphy and travel blog/website is back working again, my content still needs repairing and tweaking, this would take some time. At the same time, I am looking at making changes and improvements to my blog/website. A change of template is coming soon!
  5. Not chasing “numbers” anymore, I am chasing quality content over other benchmarks.
  6. Photography business can be cyclical, I must always be prepared, continue my marketing, content creation, awareness, engagements, collaborations, slow and steady growth is my motto.
  7. During Q1 2018, there had been hits and misses, all these are part of running any business and life. Learn from the life lessons and carry on moving forward.
  8. Always learning and improving my photography knowledge and skills, constant reminder to myself.
  9. Avoiding negative people and those people who “put me down” in my life, whether in business or personal life.
  10. Partnerships and collabroations: The foundations had been laid and built since last year, looking to grow and expand this segment even bigger, wider and further. Check out Hpility SG, The Epiphany Duplet and also Love At Second Sight project.
  11. During the most recent UQ alumni networking event in Singapore, I had the opportunity to catch up with my alumni seniors who holds management/executive level positions in their organisations, it was humbling to chat with them, listening to their advice on the difficulities in running a business (no matter how big or small). They were encouraging and helpful to share their work experiences, invaluable and priceless to me.

Next, let me share and reflect on my personal aspect of my photography:

  1. Less time for leisure/personal photography: when I am not doing commerical/work photography, majority of time were spent on planning, marketing, pitching, discussion, content creation etc etc
  2. Spend quality time on quality personal projects: Returning to my inner most photography self, taking on photography works/projects close to my heart.
  3. Commit to fewer organisations: Some organisations don’t deserve my precious time and photography. It’s time to reduce my commitment to just a few organisations.
  4. Not chasing “numbers” anymore, I am chasing quality content over other benchmarks.
  5. Always learning and improving my photography knowledge and skills, constant reminder to myself.
  6. Avoiding negative people and those people who “put me down” in my life, whether in business or personal life.

As Q1 2018 draws to a close, Q2 2018 opens, I am currently reading this book “The Little Book of Ikigai: The Essential Japanese way to finding your purpose in Life”. 生き甲斐 a.k.a Ikigai, has been my guiding principles for my photography, in both personal and business aspects.

Here are the 5 pillars of Ikigai (I brought this book along when I traveled to Chiang Mai, Thailand)

That’s me, reading “The Little Book of Ikigai” in Chiang Mai, Thailand; Peps Goh took this photo.

My journey continues, a big thank you from the bottom of my heart to those who have followed and supported this journey of mine that I embarked on. It has been very very tough and difficult journey, no words can describe it. There were times when a small pat in the back, or even pulling me up when I am down, small achievements and recognition lifted me up and kept me striving onward.

My Photo and Travel blog/website is back!

For a short time period of two and a half months since my last article post, there wasn’t any new posts on my photography and travel blog/website. For those who visited my website, you might have noticed some different during that time, the categories were gone and the links were broken. During this period, it was a very frustrating time for me, seeking help from the domain and hosting services provider reseller for answers and solutions. I had to ask my friend Brian to help me in the repair and migration of all my content to another domain and hosting services provider reseller.

How did this situation came about? To put in a short paragraph summary, making it a long story short, I was under Domains Priced Right, a reseller for GoDaddy. Around the last week of December 2017, I received an email from them that they would be applying an update to my account and I do not need to do anything about it. However, after Domains Priced Right did the update, my database was corrupted, my categories were totally gone! Beside that, I couldn’t login into my account because this data was also gone. Luckily, I had the help from Brian, who helped me to enter the backend c-panel and create a login folder for me. On hindsight, I have to say I am also lucky that the update didn’t wipe out my whole database/website!

This was the start of a painful, angry, disappointing and fustrating two and a half months of repairing the database, transfering the domain name from Domains Priced Right to Business Network Internet Hub (BNI Hub). I am most grateful to Brian for all the help that he had given me for my IT technical issues, he is running a few businesses and it was challenging to liaise with him to set aside his precious time to help me repair, migrate and resolve my IT/website/hosting issues.

From this big technical issue arising from my photography and travel blog/website, I learned some huge lessons. I have and I must backup my website/data regularly. I also learned the software and tools needed for data migration, this would come in very handy when I prepare to migrate my personal and technology website/blog to BNI Hub. Due to a clash of my c-panel database between Domains Priced Right and BNI Hub, my “new” website is http://blog.photojournalist-tgh.tv (sub-domain) and my original domain name http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv is being redirected to my “new” website.

With this post, I announced that my photography and travel blog/website is back, I also have a number of backlogged review articles, camera news, events coverage to catch up, on top of repairing 1342 articles links (categorising them and putting in my tags).

Some changes are coming soon, with a new revamp, I am looking for a new template that fits photography and travel blogging/website. I am also seeking my friend’s help to rewrite the About Me page.

This down time period for my photography and travel website/blog is embarassing and affected my reptuation, standing, branding, site traffic and search engine optimisation. The road to repairing all these things starts now.

I have to mention my gratitude and thanks to the brands and agencies that I worked with. During this period of down time, I wasn’t able to share my photography news, travel reportage, events coverage and camera review articles. They were very understanding of the technical issue situation that I went through.

Last but not least, thank you to all my friends and supporters for my photography and travel website/blog during this down time.

Like the phoenix rising from the ashes, I am ready to bring it on, to newer heights and beyond. Follow me as I bring you along my photography and story telling adventures.