Diary of a DSLR – First entry

Diary of a (rich and famous) DSLR

Well, hello! This is all rather exciting, isn’t it?

Oh, but I am EXPLODING with anticipation and I simply must proclaim so or I shall BURST INTO FLAMES right here and now. A new adventure is on the horizon! I cannot wait for it to happen, I CANNOT!!!

No, no. I must refrain from hysterics. I am a dignified being, surely.

Let’s try again.

My story began in a large chamber where I slept alongside thousands of my kind for… oh, I cannot remember, far too long.

Admittedly, there isn’t much of a story to tell. Whilst all the empty-headed plebs chattered amongst themselves, I slept and dreamt of the day a genius photographer would rescue me from warehouse purgatory to begin the fulfillment of my destiny.


Nikon D750 + Genius photographer = Fame and fortune


The day has come!

I’ve always known that I was special. For what reason would I have been created but to become the DSLR that takes million-pound photographs? Yes! I will be rich and famous, the camera of the century, admired and praised around the world MWA HA HA.

Ahem. Excuse me.

I must confess, though, that I am plagued by the tiniest sliver of doubt. My new owner looks rather flighty and I wonder if she knows the first thing about photography. Has there been a mistake in assignation? Surely, my owner should be someone who looks more, I don’t know, distinguished and important?

This supposed owner is called Sheylara and I have observed that her home is full of heart motifs. How could that bode anything but bad? Look at where she has placed my battery charger: Atop a dainty and miniature cupboard FULL OF HEARTS, what?


The little cupboard with the hearts



Oh, I KNOW something is definitely not right with this girl.

I mean, it’s not just the cupboard! It’s literally EVERYWHERE! Are you ready for this? Even her dinnerware has hearts!


Dinnerware with hearts



What is that I CAN’T EVEN!!!

(Okay, calm down. Dignity.)


It is possible that I am mistaken about her. We shall have to see. They say that geniuses are quirky. Perhaps she is merely one of those eccentric things who have trouble conforming. She may yet turn out to be The One.

Or… OR! It could even be that she is the idiot daughter of the real genius photographer, and has misappropriated her father’s possession out of impertinence.

Ah, yes, that must be it. Hope blossoms.

I shall report again when I know more. Wish me luck!

Cartoon Nikon D750



You are invited to make some noise


I was tempted to take part in Noise Singapore when I learnt of it a few years ago!

Noise Singapore is a youth arts festival initiated by the National Arts Council to create noise around the creative talents of youths.

Noise Singapore 2010

Basically, anyone under the age of 35, regardless of skill level, background or occupation, can submit their art, design, photography and music and have it chosen for display or performance at Noise Singapore events and platforms around Singapore.

Well, I don’t want to bombard you with a long list of excuses why I never took part. So, let’s just leave it at that and talk about the people who did take part, because they are the ones we should celebrate!

I attended the Noise Singapore media preview last week to check out all the selected entries and to meet their creators. A nice, artistic space has been created on the third level of Raffles City Shopping Centre to house all this creativity.

Noise Singapore 2010

Pretending to be a part of it…

Noise Singapore 2010

Drawing and colouring materials are provided in the space for anyone to sit down and create an artistic masterpiece!

Noise Singapore 2010

Spot the Nanny Wen

Noise Singapore 2010

With Esther.

While they were busy being budding artists, I was busy going around taking photos!!!

The media crowd:

Noise Singapore 2010

The space has been divided into different segments for music, art and design, and photography, to simulate the actual working spaces of artists.

For example, a photography studio!

Noise Singapore 2010

Noise Singapore 2010

Noise Singapore 2010

And a music studio!

Noise Singapore 2010

This year, merchandise is being sold for the first time at Noise Singapore due to popular demand. You can find t-shirts, tote bags and shoes bearing the designs of this year’s participants.

Noise Singapore 2010

Noise Singapore 2010

Noise Singapore 2010

Noise Singapore 2010

This monster eating an SBS Transit bus is so cute right?!!!

The other side:

Noise Singapore 2010

Okay, let’s meet some people now!!

Nicky Soh, an artist under the Apprentice Programme, showing us his portfolio:

Noise Singapore 2010

The Apprentice Programme matches promising young artists in Singapore with accomplished field practitioners for seven weeks of hands-on guidance, culminating in works displayed at Noise Singapore!

Nicky is working on a comic book:

Noise Singapore 2010

Rachel Wong, a property agent, talking about her photographs:

Noise Singapore 2010

Lim Seng Tiong, a former ST photojournalist and Rachel’s mentor:

Noise Singapore 2010


Noise Singapore 2010

LOL. I sneaked a photo of myself in!

Gillian Toh, an up-and-coming artist also under the Apprentice Programme:

Noise Singapore 2010

This is what it’s like to face the media:

Noise Singapore 2010

Yu Jie, winner of the Noise Singapore – Photography prize, posing with his winning entries:

Noise Singapore 2010

Amos Lu and Sarah Yap, winners of the Noise Singapore Celebration Theme:

Noise Singapore 2010

I was very impressed by this duo when I heard them perform their winning song. Sarah, particularly, has a beautiful, melodious voice that belies the cute, impish styling on her small frame. You just can’t get enough of listening to her!

Calling themselves In Finite Flight, both are NUS undergraduates, Sarah in third-year Communications and New Media, and Amos in first-year Chemical Engineering.

It’s quite a story how they paired and up eventually won this prestigious award at Noise Singapore.

Amos and Sarah first met as band members in Anderson Junior College. They were asked to write a song for the school’s annual orientation programme. Then a trio, they wrote the song “We Will Make It” together with ex-member Harry.

The response to the song was great, so when Noise Singapore offered an opportunity last year, Sarah and Amos decided to re-record the song and submit it for the competition. A few months later, they received a call to tell them they had won!

Noise Singapore 2010

You can hear the winning song here. Just scroll down or do a search for In Finite Flight.

Sarah recalls the time when they had to climb up neverending stairs to Amos’ flat in Bishan to practise their music (because Amos’ flat didn’t have lifts). Thus came the name for their group, “In Finite Flight”, a play on the words “in finite” and “infinite”.

Sarah plays guitar and sings lead vocals while Amos plays bass and provides backup vocals. It looks like the two of them are comfortable with the size of their band, with no plans to expand.

I think they sound good enough as they are. You can hear more of their songs on their MySpace page here.

It’s so nice to hear success stories, always! =)

Of course, In Finite Flight isn’t the only talented team to emerge from Noise Singapore. Why not check out more of such promising musicians at the Noise Singapore concerts? They’re happening at the Esplanade between March 5 and 7. Check this page for the schedule!

If you’re more interested in visual art, then Raffles Place Shopping Centre is the place for you! The art exhibition on Level 3 (which I have been blogging about) will be open to the public till March 10.

Noise Singapore 2010

Noise Singapore 2010

Ahh… who is this mysterious hunk walking out from the exhibition?!!

I have no idea, sorry. Was just randomly taking photos all day!

Some random pieces of art I was attracted to:

Noise Singapore 2010
crows by jakejake

Noise Singapore 2010
Joy by Phyo Myat Thu

Noise Singapore 2010
Bipolar by origamidreamer

Noise Singapore 2010
holly by alvelyn alko

Noise Singapore 2010
RED by Chou-Tac

Noise Singapore 2010
The Stare by Hanin

Noise Singapore 2010
Deskchild by c00ki3

There are a lot more I like which I shan’t include here or there will be too much scrolling!! You should just head down to Raffles City Shopping Centre to see for yourself. =P

Or, better yet, why not take part in next year’s Noise Singapore?!

There’s an artist in most of us. Never mind if you’re stuck in a non-creative job because you need to pay the bills and haven’t visited your art in ages.

Don’t give up your talent! Get into the swing of things! To get inspired, you can attend a series of Noise Talks by industry leaders.

Noise Singapore 2010

Zee Avi, Rob Campbell and Kelley Cheng will share their personal stories and inspire you into creativity. Happening on March 18! More details here.

Let’s all make some noise together, shall we? =)

Noise Singapore 2010

And congratulations to all the winners of this year’s Noise Singapore!

The longest ever Ping.sg party report

If I had sat down to blog about it right after I got home that night, this entry would have been much shorter. But three days have passed since the Ping.sg 1st Anniversary party. I’ve had a chance to reflect on the event and to read other bloggers’ responses. Which gives me more to say.

So, let me start by saying that Nanny Wen and I had to take the MRT to the party because Makkuro wasn’t home. We camwhored at the MRT station. What a great way to pass the time while waiting for a train that’s taking too long to arrive.

When we arrived, we found Arzhou posing at the Geek Terminal entrance, beside this plasma TV showing the Ping.sg website showing a live streaming video of the festivities inside.

(Except the festivities inside haven’t quite started yet thanks to a favourite Singaporean hobby known as latecoming.)

Apparently, there’s something very fascinating about the plasma TV showing the Ping.sg website showing a live streaming video of the festivities inside.

That must be why Chillycraps just had to take a picture of it.

Well, my opinion is that people make better subjects in photography, so I made Nanny Wen stand beside the TV to illustrate my point.

I’ll bet this photo is more attractive than Chillycrap’s photo of the TV.

Now, my turn!

Nanny Wen (who took this following photo) must not like the TV very much. She shot me ALONE.

I don’t know if that’s good. I suppose it’s subjective.

Continuing with our experiment in photography, we thought that tables and chairs might make good subjects.

(It also appears that badly-lit, out-of-focus photos could possibly be the rage these days. You never know. Nanny Wen might just start a trend in photography.)

Anyway, photography is tiring, whether you’re the photographer or the model, so that’s all for experimenting with creative photography today.

I have to talk about the party!

Much has already been said by the bloggers who didn’t sit on this task for three days like I did (I very busy lah). So I am faced with the unique challenge of reporting on a three-day-old event that more than 30 other bloggers have already reported on.

But don’t care. Don’t people like reading the same stuff all the time, anyway?

So, first of all…

I Didn’t Win

To those of my readers who are still wondering, I didn’t win anything. I already told you lah. But I love you for voting for me. You’re the best! ;)

I don’t think my blog will ever win any awards because it’s so… random. It’s not a very focused blog. But that’s just me. I’m not a very focused person (except when it comes to my acting work), having too many interests and too many personalities (which helps in acting).

The Awards Ceremony

I think it was really cool that the organisers tried to make the whole thing quite formal, almost Hollywood style. Of course, this being a scaled-down version, the event wasn’t exactly grand. It was obvious that the event wasn’t planned to perfection. The MCs didn’t have any rehearsals, the award presenters weren’t given briefings and the pace of the ceremony was quite slow.

But we don’t expect perfection here, do we, this being a low-budget community event. Everything was done by Ping.sg members with little or no experience in such matters, under a deadline, while struggling with day jobs. They’re not even paid for it. I think what they’ve achieved is great and the event flowed quite smoothly, all things considered. I believe the committee members and helpers did the very best they could and that’s what’s important.

Whether or not you enjoyed the event, I think everyone should appreciate the organisers for their hard work. And, since it’s a community event, I think every single member has the responsibility to help make the party as fun as possible.

So, if you didn’t enjoy it, it’s your own fault! =P

Some random photos from the ceremony.

Arzhou and Estee presenting the first award – Most Entertaining Blog.

Me and Daphne presenting the Most Entertaining Post award.

DK giving one of his award acceptance speeches.

Chillycraps double-checking the result slip to ensure that DK really won fair and square and not because he bribed the presenters.

Sexy Veron receiving the ultimate Blog of the Year award.

Veron giving a speech.

The Award Winners

There were a total of 11 awards but only six winners. Which is cool. Some people do have the tendency to sweep awards — that’s the nature of the game.

Here are the winners:

– Best Blog Design
– Blog of the Year

– Most Interactive Blog
– Most Controversial Post
– Most Entertaining Post
– Post of the Year

– Best Citizen Journalism Post
– Most Insightful Post

– Most Entertaining Blog

Cobalt Paladin
– Most Insightful Blog

– Best Photo Blog

Congratulations, all! I voted for four of you. But I’m not saying who. Haha.

The Birthday Cake

What a sweet birthday cake! Arzhou and his partners from SweetHut contributed this cake. Totally yummy!

But my photo sucks, so check out the gorgeous photos of the gorgeous cake by Keropokman.

The Ping.sg People

Camwhoring time again!

Really, what else is there to do at a party after you’ve devoured all the food?

I was happy to finally meet Kevin with the nice nose.

He’s that “Mr Walking Camera Guy” I illicitly took a picture of at BlogOut 2007.

Remember… this photo?

He brought his walking camera again, but this time it was just for show. Hahaha, how funny!

Pretty Estee also wanted a picture with him.

Wow, I think they make a really attractive couple.

Uh… not starting any scandals here, ok. I don’t even really know them that well. Maybe they’re both attached, and not to each other. I don’t know! I’m just saying they look good together. In this photo.

Kevin was a hapless hijack victim this night. He was on the verge of leaving the party when I first hijacked him to take a photo with me. When he tried to leave again, Estee hijacked him.

Then, in the middle of taking photographs, he got hijacked by Ming, who wanted to talk business. But before the business was done being discussed, Nanny Wen hijacked him to take more photos. Haha.

You can see how he was still talking business when we made him stand in position to be photographed. I wonder if he felt like a zoo pony or something with people queueing up to take photos with him.

The final hijack by all guilty parties!

My next victim target was Ming from Nuffnang.

He is Nanny Wen’s boss and my source of income (from Nuffnang ads, haha).

Next up: Just the gals! Nicole, me and Estee.

I don’t know why Nanny Wen wasn’t in this shot. We had made a pact to be Siamese twins throughout the event but she kept detaching herself and disappearing. Tsk tsk.

Oh, and here’s the most important person, without whom this party would never have been. Ping.sg founder Uzyn! Whee!

During the founder speech, Uzyn happily advertised the fact that Ping.sg was born as a bedroom project. Some bloggers tried to scandalise this bit of trivia by honing in on the word “bedroom”. But Uzyn stressed that he was alone at the time of conception of his baby. And, anyway, Uzyn is too steady a sort of person to be scandalised.

Another photo.

Nanny Wen finally resurfaced to attach herself to me again.

Only to detach herself yet again to take a photo with DK.

How come DK never take photo with me??!! Idiot. Not only did he not give me a laptop, he posed for photos with Wen and not me! Hmmph.

Mmm. Maybe I forgot to ask him. Hahaha.

Estee and me, Estee and Wen. Estee is a hot girl!!

Estee and Wen have hairstyles that are symmetrical to each other! Haha!

And, finally, me and Ming Yeow, founder of The Digital Movement.

I regret not having the chance to take photos with more people, but one can’t be camwhoring the whole time. Like I said before, photography is very tiring. There are other things to be done, food to be eaten, conversations to be had, hijacks to be executed.

I love the people at Ping.sg. Everyone is so friendly and it was great meeting them all. Well, I didn’t get a chance to meet everyone, but that’s how it is. A party isn’t like speed dating, and friendships are sometimes forged by chance.

Like maybe you’re hanging out in a group and, suddenly, everyone has to go to the toilet all at once, leaving you and an almost-stranger to hold the fort. And you’re forced to talk to each other whether you like it or not. You may end up liking it. Or not. But you get to know someone a bit better by chance.

I hope to meet and get to know more Pingsters in time to come.

The Flame War

There was some unhappiness over the way the Blog of the Year winner was chosen. A harsh blog was written and feelings were hurt. Cross words were exchanged, some words got twisted, reputations got hurt and friendships were torn.

I have nothing to do with this unpleasantness, so maybe I don’t know how the involved parties feel exactly, but I want to say this: Take it as a compliment.

I feel that success can be measured by how much crap and criticism you get. If you’re a nobody and don’t mean anything at all, nobody can be bothered to criticise you. And, most of the time, people who make negative comments are the very ones who are seen in a bad light by casual bystanders, so they’re only shooting themselves. Most readers are smart enough to figure out for themselves what’s right or wrong.

Cheer up, all who are involved. I hope it all turns out to be a big misunderstanding and friendships can resume.

Post-Party Posts

So many members blogged about the party. Some of them posted three, four, five, posts about the event. For three days, Ping.sg was continuously inundated by party posts. The top 10 most popular list was totally monopolised.

It’s interesting to read all the different perspectives from different bloggers about the same event. Yes, I read all of them. To prove it, I’ve compiled and categorised all the links. (Please don’t kill me if I missed out your post, I’m only human.)

Photos and Videos
Ping.sg turns 1, The Slideshow of 58 photos tells the story – by Keropokman
Photos: Ping.sg 1st Anniversary Party (plus blog award winners) – Kevin
The ping.sg 1 year old Birthday Cake – by Keropokman
Ping.sg 1st Anniversary Party Photos – by Adam Zhang
Behind the scenes of the Ping.sg Party – by Rinaz
what the fish – by Chillycraps
A video guide to the Ping.sg celebration – by an absentee – by ClappingTree
Ping.sg 1st anniversary party – by sylvdoanx

The 3 Persons I met at Ping.sg anniversary – by Paddy Tan
The 3 person I regret not talking to at the ping.sg anniversary – by DK
Ping.sg 1st Anniversary Party – DK’s self debrief – by DK
Communication101 for Pingsters – Jayson Ang
Could have been better – by Claudia
Ping.sg’s 1st Anniversary Party! – by Farinelli
Ping.sg’s first anniversary party by Yuhui
Ping Pong-ed at Ping.sg 1st Anniversary Party – by Teeming
Ping.sg 1st Anniversary Party – by Hendri Budi

My first ping.sg gathering – by Daphnemaia
Ping.sg 1st Anniversary Party… – by uglyfatchick
Ping.sg 1st Anniversary Party – by Simply Jean

pinging party – by Chillycraps
party supporter – by Chillycraps
Ping.sg is One Year-Old – by Brennan
Ping.sg Party: A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL – by Arzhou
Just short update for ping.sg gathering – by hg86
My 2nd time to go Geek Terminal to attend Ping.sg – by Surfslayer
The highlight of the ping.sg anniversary party… – by ntt
Ping.sg and Bloggers Celebrates 1st Anniversary – by Hongkiat
brief entry of ping.sg bash :) – by Nicole
07/07/07 – Ping.sg Bash – by Nicole
after thoughts. – by Nicole
Ping.sg Party – A Late Rerport. :P – by Xizor
Ping.sg Party @ Geek Terminal – by Izel
Ping.sg anniversary party: Thank you and feeling good/much better – by Mark Choon
the beautiful, charming and lovely rinaz aka My First Ping Event – by Jzin

Thank you for your support – by DK
And the Winner is ……….Eastcoastlife! – by Eastcoastlife
Ping.sg First Anniversary – sparklette.net Thanks You! – by Veron
most entertaining blog – by Chillycraps
Ping Anniversary Celebration – by Cobalt Paladin
A close up of the Ping.sg Plaque – celebrates with the NDP Rehearsal Fireworks – by Keropokman

Post-Party Commotion
And the best loser award goes to…….. DK – by DK
The most hurtful things a friend can say – by DK
Backstabbed – by DK
You are SO MEAN! – by Princess Sabrina
Aftermath: Ping.sg Anniversary – by Paddy Tan
Flame war in ping.sg? – by Defector
For ping.sg Community.. – by Defector

Final Words

Okay, I’m seriously exhausted after writing the longest blog entry I’ve ever written. This report is far from comprehensive, but I’m not going to say anymore because I’m tired. Haha. So I’m just going to end with a summing up:

Thank you, Ping.sg.

It was an awesome party.