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Exploring Angkor at Asian Civilisations Museum

An ancient empire that leaves a mark in today’s modern civilisation, a legacy that is artistic and spectacular, through its architecture and sculpture. They are a UNESCO World Heritage site and it is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is Angkor City, located in the Siem Reap province, Cambodia.

Angkor is listed down on my travel photography bucket list (for a number of years) and I have yet to travel to Siem Reap, Cambodia and visit them! I had watched a few documentaries on Angkor (this BBC article on Angkor Wat is pretty informative) and I am very intrigued by their rich history, heritage, architecture and legacy.

The Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) in Singapore presents a very special and unique exhibition titled, “Angkor: Exploring Cambodia’s Sacred City”, in collaboration with the Guimet Museum in Paris. Visitors to this exhibition are able to enter into the world of Angkor, exploring Angkor at the ACM, through the eyes, drawings, paintings, photographs and memorabilia of the French encounter with the Angkor during the 19thcentury that captivated the French public when the ancient civilisation made her debut in the international arena.

Visiting and Exploring Angkor at ACM, the experience was definitely an eye-opener for me, from the artworks, drawings, paintings and sculptures on display, they brought me into the world of Angkor, rich in history, heritage and culture, artistic, spectacular and amazing beyond words. Yet, there is a mystery and aura about Angkor, the Khmer Empire from 9thto 15thcentury, what happened between then before the French exploration discovered them in the 19thcentury?

When you visit Angkor: Exploring Cambodia’s Sacred City at ACM, take a leisure walk, observe the paintings, drawings and photographs. Some of the paintings and drawings were so detailed, sharp and real life-like. The artistic skills of the painters completely open my eyes and mind on the ancient Khmer Empire, with more questions than before. The sculptures on display, take a close look at them, don’t blink your eyes, observe their details and workmanship, some sculptures even look human life-like.

All the questions inside my mind started to pile up while I was exploring Angkor at ACM, this special exhibition got me more interested and motivated to plan a visit in the near future to Siem Reap, Cambodia, for my heritage and history photography coverage and documentation on the ancient site of Angkor.

After leaving the exhibition at ACM, I learned more about Angkor, Cambodia’s sacred city. An amazing, unique and special exhibition, definitely worth a visit to the Asian Civilisations Museum (and also check out the other exhibitions and galleries at ACM too)

There are also upcoming activities and events held in conjunction with this exploring Angkor exhibition at ACM. Keep a lookout for the Angkor Encore, a wekend festival taking place on Friday 25th May (7pm to 9pm), Saturday 26th May (1pm to 9pm) and Sunday 27th May (1pm to 5pm). There are also guided tours and workshops, visit ACM website for more details!

Exhibition details and information

Exhibition Title – Angkor: Exploring Cambodia’s Sacred City

  • Exhibition Dates: 8thApril to 22ndJuly 2018
  • Venue: Asian Civilisations Museum
  • Address: 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555
  • Website: www.acm.org.sg
  • Enquiries: 6332 7798
  • Email: nhb_acm_vs@nhb.gov.sg
  • Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 10am to 7pm (to 9pm on Friday)

Getting There:

  • By MRT – Raffles Place
  • By Bus – 75, 100, 107, 130, 131, 167
  • By Car – Parking is available at Parliament House, Connaught Drive, The Fullerton Hotel, One Fullerton, and Six Battery Road

Admission Prices (Exhibitions and Permanent Galleries)

Singaporeans & Permanent Residents $12
Friday evenings, 7pm to 9pm $12
Concession: Seniors, Students, Children aged 6 years old and below, NSF Free
Foreign Residents and Tourists $20
Friday evenings, 7pm to 9pm $20
Family of 5 $60
Foreign Students and Seniors $15
Friday evenings, 7pm to 9pm $15

Baisiri Maya Hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Modern, cosy, comfortable, boutique hotel with some awesome views from the Premier Room, located inside Chiang Mai city centre, 10-15mins away from Chiang Mai International Airport and major tourist attractions in Chiang Mai. Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce Baisiri Maya Hotel!

This was the hotel that Team #EpiphanyGoChiangMai (Team Epiphany Duplet: Tiffany Yong and Peps Goh, along with Valentino Tan and myself) stayed in during our recent travel adventure to Chiang Mai from 29th January 2018 to 3rd February 2018. Baisiri Maya Hotel was our home base when we visited, explored and covered a few tourist destinations in Chiang Mai.

For the duration of our stay at Baisiri Maya Hotel, we stayed in the Premier Room. Personally, I really love this room, it’s very spacious (in the bathroom too!), beautifully designed, comfortable and cosy, together with a great view in front of you, a landscape scene of the mountain range located at Doi Suthep National Park. The late afternoon sun rays shine through and into the room, lighting up the chandeliers on the room ceiling, projecting light artwork on the room walls. When the sun sets over the mountain range, you can sit down on the bed or sofa inside the Premier Room and enjoy the tranquil moment and gorgeous sunset scenery. Late in the night, switch off the lights in your room, look up into the night skyline of Chiang Mai, observe and enjoy the pretty starry starry night!

Breakfast is available at the hotel lounge, just beside the hotel lobby. With a mix of local Thai breakfast choices along with Western breakfast choices, guests can have a hearty breakfast before starting off on their Chiang Mai travel adventures!

If you just want to relax in the hotel, they have a swimming pool inside the hotel, this is definitely not your conventional swimming pool design, rather unique and special, they are great for relaxing by the swimming pool , remember to pose and take lots of instagram photos, selfies and wefies! Oh, do remember to look up above and spot the decorations hanging from the glass rooftop!

There is also a gym that you can visit and do your exercise workout, if not, you can also relax in the hotel lobby with some snacks and drinks that you can purchase from the hotel front office area. Keep a lookout for their iconic and distinctive chandeliers inside the hotel!

Thinking of heading out to somewhere nearby for delicious local Thai food, there is a night market opposite Chiang Mai University, about 20 mins walk, a relatively short 1.4km distance from the hotel. The night market is trendy and hippy, with students from the Chiang Mai University hanging out there for night market shopping and food!

That’s another night market, smaller in size, around 300m away from the hotel, about 5mins walk away. Team #EpiphanyGoChiangMai had a local Thai food feast at the night market, a great and fun local dining experience! Do check out the photos in my Flickr photo album for more photos! There is also a 7-11 convenience store beside the night market too, if you need to stock up or buying something, you can visit 7-11 convenience store before heading back to your hotel.

A further distance away from Baisiri Maya Hotel, you can visit Warorot Market and Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. These two locations are excellent locations to visit for night market shopping and eating local Thai food. In order to get there, I would recommend taking their local taxi or private car hire such as Grab.

Baisiri Maya Hotel, is suitable for families with children, cosy and comfortable, located at a pretty convenient location, not too far away from Chiang Mai International Airport and major tourist attractions! I highly recommend the Premier Room if you are bringing your family with children to Chiang Mai for a holiday!

I would like to thank Baisiri Maya Hotel for their warm and friendly hospitality during our visit and stay in Chiang Mai. Thank you Baisiri Maya Hotel for hosting Team #EpiphanyGoChiangMai during our travel to Chiang Mai! A special shoutout to Tiffany Yongof Team Epiphany Duplet who worked tirelessly on the media trip planning to Chiang Mai for Team #EpiphanyGoChiangMai! Do visit her website and check out her article on Baisiri Maya Hotel!

Information

Address

21/190 Moo 2 , T.Changphuak, A.Muang, Chiangmai , Thailand 50300

TEL. +66 (0) 53 219595

FAX. +66 (0) 53 216837

EMail.info@baisirimaya.com

Website

http://www.baisirimaya.com

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/Baisirimaya/

Nearby amenties

Fresh Food Market / Small night market / 7-11 store

Night market / food eating place – opposite Chiang Mai University

Maps

Baisiri Maya Hotel – https://goo.gl/maps/WQbqZQMLfkH2

Fresh Food Market / Small night market / 7-11 store – https://goo.gl/maps/rENpbRecmPw

Night Market opposite Chiang Mai University – https://goo.gl/maps/4uVn3oY54kN2

Baisiri Maya Hotel


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Chiang Mai, Thailand 2018


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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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Sony launched A7 III

Sony recently launched the latest A7 III to their line up, a full-frame mirrorless camera (model ILCE-7M3). I had the opportunity to view, touch and try the Sony A7 III for a short time, testing and shooting it inside the function room, giving us an opportunity to test the capabilities of the Sony A7 III.

I have seen the Sony Alpha series develop over the years, tested and reviewed the Sony A7and Sony A7R previously, they have developed and improved over the years through their different series, A7, A7R, A7S. When I got my maiden hands on with the Sony A7 III, the feel of the camera body was solid and more balanced.

There were two setups to test out the Sony A7 III capabilities, the Eye AF with continuous 10fps on a model, the other setup was a model shoot with Sony flash, testing their ISO capabailities. Although the Sony A7 III test shoot and try out were pretty short, I was able to get a feel of their new mirrorless camera, their Eye AF is impressive and fast, the AF in the Sony A7 III is inherited from the Sony A9 model, the AF response and tracking is fast. In the low light high ISO test, while the Sony A7 ISO can expand up 204,800, I would probably not use it, I would stick to their ISO range of 100 to 51,200.

Here are some of the sample images that I shot with the Sony A7 III (resized and no edit, straight out JPEG)

If the opportunity arises to do a review of the Sony A7 III, I would share more in-depth with photographs and videos. Meanwhile, let me share and highlight the key points for the Sony A7 III:

  • Newly developed Full-frame 24.2MP Back-Illuminated Exmor R CMOS Image Sensor with Evolved Image Processing
  • Wide ISO range of 100 – 51200 (expandable to ISO 50 – 204800 for still images) and 15-Stop Dynamic Range at low sensitivities
  • World Class AF system featuring 693 phase-detection AF points covering 93% of image area, 425 contrast AF points and fast and reliable Eye AF
  • Continuous Shooting at up to 10fps with either Mechanical Shutter or Silent Shooting and full Auto Focus/Auto Exposure tracking
  • 5-axis optical in-body image stabilisation with a 5.0 step shutter speed advantage
  • High Resolution 4K Movie Shooting with full pixel readout and no pixel binning across full-width of full-frame sensor
  • The longest rated battery life of any Mirrorless camera at 710 shots per charge

The key points from the Sony A7 III that caught my attention are the AF Speed and Performance, 425 contrast AF points that work with a 693-point focal plane phase-detection AF system inherited from the acclaimed A9 model. Their AF response and tracking has been greatly improved, with almost 2x the focusing speed (as compared to the Sony A7 II, Sony test conditions) in low-light condition and 2x the tracking speed (Sony test conditions for still images) compared to the previous model as a result of the faster image sensor readout.

Their acclaimed Eye AF is also available in the Sony A7 III, even in AF-C mode, this would be extremely useful for situations where the subject is moving, looking down or otherwise obstructed.

Pricing and Availability

The Sony A7 III and SEL2870 lens will be available at selected Sony stores, Sony Centres and Sony authorised dealers.

  • A7 III body only – SGD $2,899.00 (inclusive of GST)
  • A7 III with SEL2870 kit lens – SGD $3,299.00 (inclusive of GST)

For more information, do visit Sony Singaporewebsite and check out the latest  Sony A7 III!

* Information courtesy of Sony Electronics Asia Pacific and Poter Novelli *

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.

祭祖,感恩,全家团圆,亲情最重要。

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.

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 *

Canon EOS M6 Review

The Canon EOS M6 was first announced in February 2017, adding to the mirrorless range of cameras inside the Canon cameras family. The EOS M6 sports a modern all rounder design, lightweight, portable and armed with an easy to use functionality.

On a personal basis, I really like the aesthestics, buttons layout design and feel of the EOS M6, the dials and surface feeling, giving a retro feel of the film camera, this vintage style design of the Canon EOS M6 packed with Canon’s modern camera and photography technology.

When the Canon EOS M6 was available for a loan review in December 2017, I took up the opportunity to loan and review the Canon EOS M6. This lightweight and easy to use Canon EOS M6 accompanied me for various photography adventures, attending events, taking photos of dogs and cats, product shoot, food photography, street photography and priceless memories from my gatherings with friends and family.

Let me first give you, my readers, a recap on the key technical specifications of the Canon EOS M6

Canon EOS M6 Product specifications

Image sensor: 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor

Imaging processor: DIGIC 7

Focal plane AF: Dual Pixel CMOS AF

Max frame rate: 9.0 fps (AF fixed), 7.0 fps (AF tracking)

Max standard ISO speed: ISO 25,600

Monitor: 3.0-inch LCD, approx. 1.04 million dots touch panel tilts up to approx. 180, and down approx. 45 degrees (selfie mode)

Movie: Full HD 60 fps

Connectivity: Wi-Fi / NFC / Bluetooth Low Energy technology

EVF: External

Dimensions: Approx. 112.0 x 68.0 x 44.5mm

Weight: Approx. 390g

The Canon EOS M6 is available in 2 kit options, EF-M18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS kit and EF-M15-45mm F3.5-6.3 IS kit. For this review, I had the EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5 – 6.3 IS lens.

Now let me share my thoughts and views of the Canon EOS M6 through the paragraphs below:

Aesthestics / Body

  • Solid and rugged feel on the camera body
  • Knobs on the tops of the camera body for adjusting shutter and aperture are solid, easy to use
  • On / Off switch is a lever, improved from the small button of the earlier EOS M models
  • Exposure compensation dial on the top
  • Dial mode on the top, easy to access and use
  • Touch screen, easy to use, can drag and choose AF point
  • Tilt screen can go 180 degrees, ideal for selfies/wefies and countdown timer individual/group shots
  • Tilt screen can turn to 90 degrees, horizontal level, making it easy for low level or tilt/looking up photography
  • Level and Histogram can be switched on during shooting that allows the photographer to have more information
  • Lightweight
  • Camera handgrip is well built and solid
  • Wi-Fi button on the right side of the camera, easy to press, connect and use.

Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Review

  • A good focal length range, wide to mid-telephoto zoom
  • Decent bokeh
  • Versatile
  • AF not fast when tracking fast moving subjects
  • Lightweight, easy to carry around
  • Quite solid build and feel
  • In-built Image Stabliser (IS)

Photographs Quality

  • Sharp and accurate details of subject
  • Colours – vibrant and accurate
  • ISO 25,600 is the maximum, noise level is quite high, not recommended unless necessary

Notes:

  • No in-built EVF, optional accessory
  • No 4K video

I have to confess that the vintage style design of the Canon EOS M6 won me over along with its lightweight, easy to use, excellent buttons/dials layout design and strong capabilities.

The Canon EOS M6 is ideal and well suited for travel, family, daily usage camera that allows you to carry a lightweight and portable mirrorless camera out for leisure and work purposes.

While there is no 4K video capability and no in-built EVF (optional accessory EVF-DC2 is available), the two capabilities that I would love to have inside the Canon EOS M6. With regards to the EVF, I am from the “old school” of photography, thus I always prefer to take photographs through the viewfinder.

I let my photographs do the talking as much as I can write here, do visit my Flickr photograph album showcasing my photographs shot during my Canon EOS M6 review.

The Canon EOS M6 camera is an easy to use, lightweight and portable, packed with pretty good technical capabilities. It’s suitable for first time photographers, as well as for seasoned photographers too. Is this the Canon mirrorless camera that should be in my everyday bag?

For those who prefer a Canon mirrorless camera with built-in EVF, I suggest you you take a look at the Canon EOS M5. Both are very similar cameras in terms of their technical specifications and capabilities. Canon EOS M6 verus Canon EOS M5, which mirrorless camera model wins my heart?

* I would like to thank Canon Singapore for the opporunity to review the Canon EOS M6 *


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MDIS at Chingay 2018

Chingay is one of Singapore’s major events, it is the largest street performance and float parade in Asia, attracting many participants from both local and businesss communities, as well as international guests from around the world.

The Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS), one of the leading private education institutions (ranked Top 3 among PEIs) in Singapore, participated in Chingay 2018, their 4th year participating in this iconic and major Singapore event, bringing with them their youthful enthusiasm and energy to the visitors at Chingay 2018.

Thanks to MDIS, I was invited to visit the MDIS Chingay 2018 contingent during one of their rehearsals, the Chingay 2018 NE Show. Visiting the MDIS students contingent at their rest/preparation area, I got to learn more about MDIS participation and involvement over the years, it was great to hear students coming back year after year to participate in the Chingay parade because they had great fun and wanted to continue to be involved in Chingay!

The MDIS Chingay 2018 contingent featured 60 international students (from Japan, Russia, Myanmar, Indonesia, South Korea and China) across 10 countries, showcasing the multi-cultural and international diversity of the student participants at Chingay 2018. Their costumes were made of holographic fabric, dancing to modern music and hip hop while performing at Chingay 2018. For Chingay 2018, they also have something special and unique, a life-sized “flying car” model, built by MDIS, conceptualised, designed and fabricated entirely in-house using new industry standards 3D printers at the MDIS School of Engineering.

Here are some of the photos of MDIS Chingay 2018 contingent performing during Chingay 2018 NE Show!

I went back on 24th February to continue photographing/documenting Chingay 2018 Parade at the Floating Platform, here are more photos of the MDIS Chingay 2018 contingent!

MDIS “flying car” showcases their “Future of Education”, encompassing both 3D printing technology and precision engineering. Combining the hard sciences with soft skills of communications, creativity, talent and multi-cultural diversity, this MDIS 2018 Chingay contingent displays the multi disciplinary and international diversity of MDIS from education to unity and cameraderie among students from around the world, shining brightly during Chingay Parade 2018.

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

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Offical hashtags: #allaboutdogsSPM #singaporephilatelicmuseum


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