MICHAEL YIP

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I'm Michael Yip

I am a video producer and photographer by profession. As a photographer, one of my core skills is in dance event photography, as one of only a handful of photographers experienced in covering dance events, performances and portraits. I got a chance to countries around the Asian region capturing visuals to help participants of the events immortalize their moments. If you are interested in bringing me over to your festivals/events. Just head over to the contact section and drop me a message.

Through GEMNUINE - the idea co., my team and I also provides Brand Management and PR services. Our core expertise is in helping brands evolve and attract the current market. We also provides Digital Marketing and Management services, from web designs to social media management. Drop me an email today at mike@gemnuine.com and let us know how you want us to help you.

If you are stumped by the photo, yes, I dance as well, mainly Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, West Coast Swing and Argentine Tango. I have since stopped performing due to injuries but if you are looking for performers for corporate events/functions/parties/festivals. Do drop me a message as well as I manages some of the dance teams that is currently making the rounds performing for various clients.


Education
Kolej Bandar Utama/Central St. Martin

Diploma in Arts and Design

Kolej Damansara Utama

Diploma in Telecommunication Engineering

SMK Damansara Utama

SPM


Experience
Photographer/Video Producer

MIKE YIP STUDIO

Branding and PR

GEMNUINE - the idea co.

Digital Marketing Solutions

Abood Media Sdn Bhd


My Skills
Photography and Video Production
Brand Management and Solutions
Public Relations
Digital Marketing Solutions

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Confirmed Bookings for 2018

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Confirmed Destinations for 2018

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Confirmed Dance Festivals for 2018

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Talks Confirmed for 2018

WHAT CAN MY TEAM DO

Photography and Video Production

As our core business, this is what we are good at, capturing visuals that brings out the best for your brand.

Branding and PR

Through GEMNUINE, we specializes in helping brands redevelop, redefine and create a comprehensive marketing strategies reach the target market.

Social Media Marketing

Abood Media Sdn Bhd's core strenght in Digital Marketing Services focuses on Social Media Management and promotions.

Web Design

We also design and revamp websites as part of Abood Media Sdn Bhd's services.

Live Event Streaming Production

As part of a new offering from MIKE YIP STUDIO and partners, we also provides Live Streaming services for Events through dedicated sites or onto social media platforms.

Efficient

We pride ourselves at being good and efficient in what we do and we always try our best to deliver services that exceeds our client's expectations.

I also blogs

Fragility of Cryptocurrency


Cryptocurrencies are not scalable and are more likely to suffer a breakdown in trust and efficiency the greater the number of people using them, the Bank of International Settlements (BIS)said on Sunday in its latest warning about the rise of virtual currencies.

For any form of money to work across large networks it requires trust in the stability of its value and in its ability to scale efficiently, the BIS, an umbrella group for the world's central banks, said in its annual report.

But trust can disappear instantly because of the fragility of the decentralized networks on which cryptocurrencies depend, the BIS said.

Those networks are also prone to congestion the bigger they become, according to the BIS, which noted the high transaction fees of the best-known digital currency, bitcoin, and the limited number of transactions per second they can handle.

"Trust can evaporate at any time because of the fragility of the decentralised consensus through which transactions are recorded," the Switzerland-based group said in its report.

"Not only does this call into question the finality of individual payments, it also means that a cryptocurrency can simply stop functioning, resulting in a complete loss of value."

The BIS' head of research, Hyun Song Shin, said sovereign money had value because it had users, but many people holding cryptocurrencies did so often purely for speculative purposes.

"Without users, it would simply be a worthless token. That's true whether it's a piece of paper with a face on it, or a digital token," he said, comparing virtual coins to baseball cards or Tamagotchi.

The dependency of users on so-called miners to record and verify crypto transactions is also flawed, according to the BIS, requiring vast and costly energy use.

It has issued a series of warnings this year after an explosive rise in cryptocurrency values attracted a wave of followers.

Agustin Carstens, general manager of the BIS, has described bitcoin as "a combination of a bubble, a Ponzi scheme and an environmental disaster".

The BIS has told central banks to think hard about the potential risks before issuing their own cryptocurrencies.

No central bank has issued a digital currency, though the Riksbank in Sweden, where the use of cash has fallen, is studying a retail e-krona for small payments.

The BIS also said in its annual report that effective regulation of digital coins needed to be global, targeting both regulated financial institutions as well as companies offering crypto-related services.

Grandparents Medical Advices that are lies


Growing up, we all experienced it (especially the Asian families), when we get sick or did something our grandmother doesn't like, she will throw out some medical "Facts" that makes us set things right faster than a lightning strike.

Did you experienced similar "advice" from your grandparents? Comment below and let me know what is the most common ones you get from your grandparents.

The following list explains the myths that just won’t seem to die.

Lie #1: “If you swallow chewing gum, it will never leave your body”

There are many variations of this myth. There are versions that specify the number of years it remains stuck in the body. There are those that say the gum gets stuck to the walls of your digestive system.

FACT: The gum will pass through your system and be excreted. Since it cannot be digested, it will come out whole as it was when it was swallowed. The chemicals that you cannot digest are those that give the gum its rubbery quality. But having said that, it’s not a good idea to swallow large amounts of gum anyway as there are cases of kids suffering from severe constipation after having swallowed too much gum.

Lie #2: “If you sit on a pillow, a boil will grow on your butt.”

This one is a Malaysian staple. In Bahasa Melayu it goes: “Kalau duduk atas bantal nanti punggung berbisul”.

This doesn’t make sense at any level but because it’s a scary enough thought, we still avoid planting ourselves on cushy pillows. A hundred years ago someone probably had some very nice pillows she didn’t want anyone sitting on and thought, “Why not scare the crap out of kids to stop them from squishing my pillows?”

FACT: A boil is an infected hair follicle. Technically, sitting on filthy pillows could cause boils but only if you did it buck naked.

Lie #3: “If you shave, your hair grows back thicker”

Nope, it doesn’t. It only looks that way. This might be right for the pubescent boy but only because puberty is making him more hairy. The act of shaving however, doesn’t contribute to thicker hair growth.

FACT: What might explain this phenomenon that many still swear by is that after shaving, stubbles appear which give the appearance of thick hair. However, once these stubbles start to grow out, it will be the same thickness as the hair before it.

Lie #4: “Eating watermelon seeds can cause appendicitis”

Appendicitis occurs when you have an infection of the appendix, which can be caused when debris is lodged in the tube-shaped sac. So, this “lie” should make sense, right?

FACT: Well, the answer is maybe. Some studies show there is a negligible correlation between swallowing fruit seeds and the onset of appendicitis. However, these studies do have their shortcomings as well. Therefore, it may be best to err on the side of caution and refrain from swallowing seeds. They don’t taste nice anyway. And definitely, don’t swallow durian seeds!

Lie #5: “Don’t give that kid candy or he will get a sugar rush.”

This is the biggest myth as many parents swear sugar is the culprit behind the hyperactivity of their toddlers.

FACT: This “sugar rush” state is simply not real. But it is still not a good idea to feed your kids too much sugar. Sugar addiction is a real threat to health and the rate of obesity among children and adults today is testimony to this. So, this just might be one of those white lies that we should keep alive.

Lie #6: “Chocolate gives you acne.”

Although this is a lie, don’t go grabbing that bar of Cadbury just yet. While previous studies have shown chocolate doesn’t cause acne, dermatologists point the finger at the sugar and fat content of chocolate, saying these ingredients can cause pimples. But this too has come under heavy criticism although subsequent studies show there just may be a link.

FACT: The jury is still out. Common sense says that if you experience a breakout after indulging in way too many Kinder Buenos, it’d be best to avoid them.

Lie #7: “Men don’t get breast cancer.”

This is a relatively modern myth. While the pink ribbon campaign to increase breast cancer awareness among women has been a success, men still often ignore early warning signs and are diagnosed only when the cancer is at an advanced stage.

FACT: Men also have breast tissue and after puberty develop ducts, lobules and connective tissues just like their female counterparts. The only difference is that women develop far more of these than men ever do. Even so, the male species can still get the same disease.

Lie #8: Vaccines can cause autism

This is a dangerous lie.

FACT: Vaccines do not cause autism. Vaccines not only protect the person who is vaccinated, but through the effect of herd immunity, has the power to eradicate diseases. No one who has been vaccinated has ever contracted polio and it would be a serious failure on the part of medical science if polio ever came back.

Lie #9: “Humans only use 10% of their brains.”

There’s a reason why people like this lie so much – it gives them some comfort that they actually have hidden potential.

FACT: Brain scans show that we use our whole brain pretty much most of the time. In fact our brain as a single organ consumes a high amount of energy given its relatively small size.

So how many of the above "advices" have you heard from your grandparents or aunties?

Restore accidentally deleted photos from iOS/Android


Accidentally deleted smartphone pictures are not irretrievably lost in most cases.

The Photos app on iOS devices, for example, has an album called “Recently Deleted” under the Albums tab. Deleted pictures and videos are stored in this album for 30 days before being permanently erased.

Those with an Android smartphone can open the Menu on the Google Photos app by tapping it or swiping the screen from the left side and then selecting the Trash icon.

Google Photos stores pictures for 60 days before they are permanently erased.

Japanese Passport Trumps Singapore to be most powerful in the world


The Singapore passport is no longer the most powerful in the world, according to the latest Henley Passport Index. Japan now occupies the top spot and its passport can be used to travel visa-free to a record 189 destinations.

Singapore is tied with Germany in second place as the passports of both countries allows visa-free travel to 188 destinations.

Third place is shared by six countries: one Asian (South Korea) and the rest European (Finland, France, Italy, Spain, and Sweden). The US and the UK are tied in 4th place, along with Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Portugal.

The fastest overall climber is the UAE, in 23rd place. It has ascended 38 places since 2008 and secured more new visa-waivers for its citizens in 2018 than any other jurisdiction in the world. The UAE is quickly closing in on the lead that Israel, in 19th place, has historically held within the Middle East region.

China has significantly strengthened its position on the ranking, climbing from 74th to 68th position since Q1 — although the country’s relatively low score of 70 visa-free destinations means it is still near the bottom of the North Asian regional ranking.

Malaysia sits at no. 9 at 180 countries alongside Slovenia and Hungary.

The Henley Passport Index, which is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), has recently been updated through extensive research to include eight new travel destinations.

It surveys a total of 199 different passports against 227 different travel destinations, including countries, territories, and micro-states.

Tun Mahathir on being labeled a Dictator


-THE DICTATOR-

1. People and the media never fail to point out that I was a dictator. I presided over an authoritarian Government of Malaysia for 22 years. Any mention of my name must be preceded or followed with the qualification “dictator”.

2. Looking back now, I realise why, as Prime Minister of Malaysia I was described as a dictator. There were many things I did which were typically dictatorial.

3. Actually I showed this tendency very early. Upon being appointed as Minister of Education, the first command I made was for the “Menteri” plate above the number plate of my official car to be ripped off. Maybe I feared assassination. I don’t know. But, unlike other democratic ministers I did not have the “Menteri” plate on my car.

4. I also demanded for a six men police escort. But they told me that a minister gets only one plain-clothed policeman. I warned them to wait until I became Prime Minister.

5. When I became Prime Minister I demanded for UTK (Special Forces) plainclothes escorts as well as ten outriders. They gave me only four. It was really not enough. I felt very unsafe. I had to look right and left and also behind to identify assailants early. Now that I am not the Prime Minister, you will not see my numerous bodyguards. This is because they are invisible.

6. In America I was surrounded by six burly secret service men. If anyone shot at me they would take the bullet. President Kennedy was almost saved by them. President Reagan was more lucky. I wanted the same body-guards at home. But there were no six-footers in Malaysia to absorb the bullets. I have to make-do with smallish Malay policeman.

7. Now I dare not get into a crowd. I don’t shake hands and selfies are not allowed. My invisible bodyguards check all cameras and hand phones of those who get within 10 feet from me.

8. As Education Minister I demanded that schools must not be named after me. All my democratic predecessors had schools named after them. One even had a school named after his wife.

9. I did not want schools to be named after me because dictators normally do not like personality cults. So when I became Prime Minister I did not allow my name to be attached to any building, road or public toilets. Now the Najib Government is doing me a favour. Reference to me in text books have been erased. Thank you Najib for being such a democrat.

10. To continue the narration about my dictatorship, upon being appointed Prime Minister I ordered the release of 21 political detainees, detained under ISA by my predecessors. This release was of course the tradition with dictators. Previous democratic PMs did not release any detainees. They in fact added more because that was the democratic thing to do.

11. But what about Ops Lalang. Well, Tun Hanif is on video to say that it was his decision. He was my security adviser and he said I could not countermand him. He says that as my security adviser, he decides.

12. It is not true of course. I went over his head and ordered as many people as possible to be detained and tortured. If he denies it must be because of bran. Still he does not seem to like bran.

13. Then there is Tan Sri Abu Talib, the AG in my time. He recently declared that I was not responsible for Tun Salleh Abas’ dismissal. This just cannot be true. Everyone saw how I caught hold of Salleh Abas by the scruff of his neck and threw him out of his court. I don’t know why Abu Talib should deny popular belief. Maybe I gave him bran. I don’t remember.

14. As wife of Prime Minister, Hasmah was also known as FLOMH (First Lady of my house). She was fond of pink diamonds and Hermes handbags.

15. She bought many of them in the flea markets in London and Hong Kong. She wore them around her neck, arms and fingers every day. There are lots of pictures of her, loaded with expensive jewels. No one can fail to notice that she was the wife of a dictator. She also has a food taster.

16. My children held high posts in the Government and UMNO. They naturally got Government contracts which they sold at good prices. That is why they are among the super rich. Unknown to anyone, Mukhriz has been appointed PH’s Deputy Prime Minister in waiting.

17. I set up five heavy industries and pocketed a good percentage of the capital. The money is kept in secret accounts in numerous banks. The accounts are so secret that I myself don’t know which bank. Not to worry. The police will find out. Another RCI can be set up.

18. Tun Abdullah and Tun-to-be Najib conducted a search for the money I had stolen. So far they have not been able to trace any. But not to be disappointed, Najib discovered that 30 billion Ringgit was lost by Bank Negara 30 years ago. Since I was the Prime Minister at that time, it must have been me who had stolen the money. So he set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry and sure enough I was found guilty.

19. I inherited from Tun Hussein a Boeing 737 business jet. It was big and expensive. So I decided to sell it and buy a smaller aircraft. I believe the savings went into my secret account. I don’t know where. There should be a police investigation.

20. As a dictator I made sure the Prime Minister’s residence in Putrajaya had a tunnel connecting it to KLIA. If anything happened I could escape through this tunnel to a waiting plane. Until now the tunnel cannot be found.

21. With the money I had stolen, I built two private palaces in Country Heights and the Mines. They are surrounded by high walls and guarded 24 hours a day by security forces. I also have fierce dogs. Anyone visiting me is frisked for weapons.

22. When I was about to retire, some people suggested that they build a memorial library for me. All American Presidents have memorial libraries.

23. I commanded as a true dictator that the memorial be dedicated to previous Prime Ministers also. I instructed that it be called the Perdana Leadership Foundation. The great achievements of all previous Prime Ministers must be kept there. Of course my record as a dictator is preserved for eternity there. All the valuable gifts given to me as PM, including 26 cars, are kept in the Galleria in Langkawi. Unfortunately the Government refuse to return them to me.

24. There are many other authoritarian acts perpetrated by me. But, to cut a long story short, as a true dictator I decided to resign. All dictators do this. Hitler and Mussolini unfortunately died before they could resign. Franco of Spain and Salazar of Portugal were about to resign when they died.

25. But I was lucky. I was able to resign before I die. This confirms that I was a true dictator. I ordered some ministers to rush up to me and cry when I made the announcement.

26. No one should know about all my authoritarian acts. It is sufficient just to state that I was a dictator. If asked why you say I was a dictator, just say everyone said so before. Therefore it must be true.

27. So carry on calling me an authoritarian dictator, a Mahazalim and Mahafiraun, who was undemocratic, and has become super rich through corruption. It is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

-Chedet-

Azrene Ahmad & Fazley Yaakob opening a can of worms on Rosmah Mansor



No sooner after the dust settled in the Malaysian 14th General Election, we have Azrene Ahmad (Rosmah's daughter from her 1st marriage) and Fazley Yaakob opening a big can of worm on Rosmah Mansor on Instagram and Facebook. For those that have not seen the postings, here's the screenshots of the texts that was shared.


We even have postings from the Son-In-Law. Fazley Yaakob.


The famous handshake that all of those she despises has encountered. Even Fazley wasn't spared. The one who introduced Fazley to her daughter and matchmade them together, but when things got serious and he asked for her daughter’s hand in marriage she said no.
Then she asked her witch doctors if we were good for each other. Her witch doctor said, “The boy is good for the girl and vice versa, but your power won’t work on them, his family has too many religious members of the family. For every son she has as a result of this union, your power will decrease”.

Guess what? All hell broke lose right after! 


And here's 2 final screenshots from Fazley's brother.









All these juicy story from her estranged daughter, along with quite a few videos that is available online, compiled together, it will definitely be a great horror story that will put Mona Fendi's tales to shame.



Yes, this is unlike me to post these stuff out there but heck, once in a while, it's hard to pass a juicy story like this that is worth sharing for all to read. Right?

Photos | Afro-Latin Fest Asia 2018 : ALFA 2.0



ALFA 2.0 at Zell-V Wellness Club saw a fantastic turnout as fans of Latin and Afro gathered together in 1 venue for 5 days of social and 2 days of workshops. There's also the bootcamps but I always find that separate from the rest of the festivals. Here's the collection of photos shot during the Afro-Latin Fest Asia 2018.

Party | Back to School



Workshops | Saturday



Party | Hawaiian Night



Workshops | Sunday



Party | Police & Thieves



Party | Nighties



I was not at the pre-parties as it's a normal work day for me so priorities goes to the paying clients. Next festival for me will be the KK Latin Kiz' Escapade 2018 that'll be held in Kota Kinabalu. Will you be there? face

Pakatan outlines 100 days' fiscal reform review plan


As the dust settles over the PRU14 battlefield, Pakatan Harapan (PH) will be working on fulfilling the fiscal reform review plan which they announced prior to May 9, which includes consulting prominent Malaysian business leaders, in its first 100 days after taking over Putrajaya.

In a joint statement by the coalition's presidential council members, PH said "respected, eminent, patriotic Malaysians" will be invited to contribute in undertaking these reforms.

"Some have already agreed to be part of this endeavour, including experienced captains of industry, a former President of Petronas, a successful Hong Kong-based tycoon, respected former senior civil servants and economists. They will provide guidance for the formulation and execution of the reform plan," it said, without giving any names.

"Malaysia is blessed with a hard-working and talented workforce, good infrastructure and abundant resources. Irresponsible fiscal policy conduct since 2009, and steady erosion of the quality of our institutions have set the country back. The time for progressive change, not a witch hunt or retribution, is long overdue," it added.

The council comprises PH Chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, deputy President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Lim Guan Eng, and Hj Mohamad Sabu.

PH said it will also undertake an evaluation of the responsibilities, commitments, expenditures and liabilities in relation to its revenue, assets and income of the government in the first 100 days of its administration in order to achieve greater fiscal responsibility.

The evaluation will focus on three key areas: federal government budget and finances, accrual accounting and asset-liability management, and outstanding government debt obligations — including government guaranteed debt, especially foreign obligations.

PH said the review of Federal Government Budget and Finances will cover both expenditure and revenue.

The coalition also said it will assess the sovereign risk and capital market management to evaluate and consider better market instruments to manage liquidity and price sovereign risks more effectively.

"The treasury function of the Federal Treasury will be enhanced and the pricing of government-guaranteed liability improved. We will come up with a comprehensive reform plan at the end of the first 100 days which will put us back on a path of sustained prosperity for all Malaysians.

"Subsequent reforms will seek to ensure fiscal conduct that is more sustainable, inclusive and growth enhancing. This will, in turn, seek to improve the investment climate, reduce the cost of living and doing business, raise national competitiveness and promote greater economic prosperity," it added.

Some of the touch points of the fiscal reforms are as per the following:

Expenditure:
  1. Review all major public projects, especially those financed outside of the development budget, and related contingent liabilities.
  2. Review incurred future debt-related operating expenditure commitments.
  3. Reprioritise publicly funded projects responsibly.
  4. Shift expenditure allocations to prioritise general well-being, including social protection for the disadvantaged.
  5. Ensure government procurement by open tender.

Revenue:
  1. Assess the entire revenue base of the federal government to improve its breadth, responsiveness and progressiveness.
  2. Improve accountability of state-owned enterprises and other public assets to enhance efficiency, accountability and revenue contribution.

Deficit and liabilities:
  1. Reduce borrowing and restructure liabilities to ensure greater fiscal sustainability.
  2. Fully account for federal government liabilities – both direct and contingent liabilities incurred via government guarantees.

Inter-governmental (federal-state-local) fiscal relations:
  1. Restructure federal-state-local government relations to more equitably share revenues and costs of providing public infrastructure and services. In this regard, special consideration will be given in the spirit of the constitutional commitments made in the 1963 Malaysia Agreement to Sabah and Sarawak.

Accrual accounting and asset-liability management:
  1. Adopt accrual accounting to better take stock of federal government's assets and improve the asset-liability management framework that would identify mismatches and risk.

Sovereign risk and capital market management:
  1. Evaluate and consider better market instruments to manage liquidity and price sovereign risks more effectively. The treasury function of the federal treasury will be enhanced and the pricing of government-guaranteed liability improved.


Hence, PH said it is "fully committed" to undertake responsible and progressive fiscal reforms, to be implemented in an orderly, transparent and systematic manner to enhance fiscal equity, transparency and accountability, and support accelerated productive investments and economic growth.

It's a brand new uncharted territory for a lot of us, especially those of us who was born into a country that was ruled by Tun Dr. Mahathir, and see the debacle that happened after he stepped down and now with him leading Pakatan Harapan into Putrajaya. Time is changing and it is exciting.

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