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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

Created with flickr slideshow.

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

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ilovespm

Offical hashtags: #allaboutdogsSPM #singaporephilatelicmuseum

Created with flickr slideshow.

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

Tiffany Yong 熊慧婷
Peps Goh 吴宇冲
Da Lord Pojo (aka Tiger JellyFurbelly)The Cat

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