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

Vape / e-cigarettes banned in Singapore


Effective February 1st, 2018, Singapore is passed the law to ban all manner of Vaping in the country outright, from sale, import, distribution to smoking it.

Ms Fatima Yusof, 20, a waitress, said of vaping: "I like the flavours and it's cheaper than cigarettes but it's too difficult to find the refills."

With the total ban, Singapore will have one of the world's toughest stances against the controversial products.

Neighbouring countries are moving towards allowing regulated use of such products.

According to the Bangkok Post, Thailand is reconsidering its three-year-old ban on e-cigarettes.

Malaysia has elected three ministries in January last year to regulate the hand-held device that heat flavoured, nicotine-infused liquids to produce a vapour, reported the Malay Mail Online. The Sultan of Johor, however, has vowed to stamp out vaping in the southern state.

In Indonesia, only businesses that have been certified by the health ministry and whose products meet national standards can import and sell e-cigarettes, The Jakarta Post reported.

The Health Ministry considers them gateway products that get users hooked on nicotine, which then leads to cigarette use.Dr Lim Boon Leng, a psychiatrist in private practice, said e-cigarettes can be a boon or bane, depending on the user's motivation.

If they were given to people who are not motivated to quit smoking or to initiate non-smokers into the habit, they, particularly the youth, may become hooked, he said.

"Their consumption may increase for them to get the same amount of kick, especially when they are stressed out."

But those who are motivated to quit can moderate their nicotine intake by "titrating downwards very gradually and conveniently", he added.

For sales executive Matthew Goh, 25, who has been smoking since he was 18, the ban on e-cigarettes will not change his habit. But he does see the good in the ban.

"I've seen teenagers in their school uniforms using the e-cigarettes, and I think it's difficult to accept (the sight of them)," said Mr Goh, who had tried e-cigarettes for a few months and thought them to be a cheaper alternative. He then went back to his old habit.

"I cannot quite compare the effects, but I think I'm taking in more nicotine with the e-cigarettes because it's hard to keep count, unlike regular cigarettes."

Under section 16(2A) of the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act (TCASA), it is illegal to possess, purchase and use vaporisers in Singapore as of 1 February 2018. This includes e-cigarettes, e-pipes and e-cigars as the TCASA covers any toy, device or article:

  • That resembles, or is designed to resemble, a tobacco product;
  • That is capable of being smoked;
  • That may be used in such a way as to mimic the act of smoking; or
  • The packaging of which resembles, or is designed to resemble, the packaging commonly associated with tobacco products.

Persons found guilty of this offence can be fined up to $2,000.

In addition, under section 16(1) of the TCASA, it has been illegal to import vaporisers from 1 August 2016 onwards.

This means that buying vaporisers online and shipping them to Singapore for personal use is illegal. Those guilty of the offence are liable to a fine of up to $10,000 and/or up to 6 months’ jail. Repeat offenders are liable to a fine of up to $20,000 and/or to 12 months’ jail.

As advised by the Health Sciences Authority in a press release on 13 July 2016, members of the public should refrain from using vaporisers, and discard any vaporisers they may own, to avoid breaking the law.

So, now you know, if you are traveling into Singapore and intend to bring your e-cigs with you, leave them back in your own country or be prepared for it to be confiscated upon entry into the country.

Manchester United to Bring #ILOVEUNITED to Malaysia



Yup, you read it right! Manchester United is bringing the #ILOVEUNITED Live Viewing Party to Malaysia!

Together with Dwight YorkeDenis Irwin and David May, we'll get to  enjoy the home game against Liverpool FC on the 10th of March, at Berjaya Times Square in Kuala Lumpur.

The exclusive and free to attend event has been held all over the world and the club is excited to be hosting its first event of this kind in Malaysia.  Manchester United Ambassadors, Dwight Yorke and Denis Irwin together with Club Legend David May will be on the ground meeting fans, sampling local culture and giving pre-match views and half time analysis of the game.Supporters can also expect live entertainment, giveaways and competitions, including the chance to win a once in a lifetime VIP trip to Old Trafford. The event will also feature an interactive, online hub linking fans around the globe, with the opportunity to upload and post their own videos and pictures of themselves cheering on their team.

#ILOVEUNITED is free to attend and fans are asked to apply online for tickets by visiting www.manutd.com/iloveunited by no later than midnight on 4th March. Applications will then be entered into a ballot, with tickets issued at random. Successful applicants will be notified by email no later than 6th March.



Fans who are already Official Manchester United members are guaranteed a ticket to the event by simply submitting their membership number during the application process.

Manchester United’s Group Managing Director, Richard Arnold comments: “The club has a long standing affinity with Malaysia and we are pleased to be returning there to host our very first live match screening in the country, for one of the most popular games of the season.

Manchester United has over 8million loyal and passionate supporters in Malaysia and #ILOVEUNITED will be an unforgettable event for those fans.  Previous #ILOVEUNITED events have been attended by hundreds of thousands of fans, creating a great atmosphere among our worldwide family of fans and the interactive element will bring them even closer together.”



I've just submitted my entry for the passes, what about you? Join me for the viewing party?

I'M YOUR DJ Asia edition 2018


The Asian edition of the I'M YOUR DJ party has come and gone, did you enjoy the party as much as I did? For those looking for photos from the event, here's the complete album from the 3 days.

Day 1




Day 2




Day 3



Next on my calendar of event is the Miri Afro-Latin Festival in March, come join me there.

How to Block Annoying Ads in Google Chrome


Few things are more interruptive when browsing a website or reading news online than a giant, flashing banner ad that hogs the screen and distracts you from what you wanted to see.

Fortunately, it’s not too difficult to stop these window-filling troublemakers, at least when using the Chrome browser.

To activate the browser's built-in blocking function, copy the following URL and paste it into the Chrome address bar:

chrome://flags/#enable-framebusting-needs-sameorigin-or-usergesture

Then set the value in the top item to "Enabled". You can also find this function in the Android version of Chrome.



Users looking for a more extensive way to free their browser of ads can consider installing an adblocker add-on like AdBlock. But beware, a growing number of websites relying on advertising income are blocking users of such tools.

Personally, I have both on, always good to have double the security especially dealing with annoying ads that just jumps out at you. Right?

No More Grid Girls for Formula 1


Liberty Media, Formula One's organizers announces that the practice of using scantily clad race queens or grid girls has come to an end.

They said the practice of having the women milling about in the grid area before races was “clearly at odds with modern day societal norms”. Darts took a similar decision this month, banning the women who walk on with the players before matches.

“Over the last year we have looked at a number of areas which we felt needed updating so as to be more in tune with our vision for this great sport,” said Sean Bratches, Managing Director, Commercial Operations at Formula 1.

“While the practice of employing grid girls has been a staple of Formula 1 Grands Prix for decades, we feel this custom does not resonate with our brand values and clearly is at odds with modern day societal norms.”

Bratches said the practice was not “appropriate or relevant to Formula 1 and its fans, old and new, across the world”.


“We’re trying to respect all parties,” Ross Brawn told BBC Radio 5 live.

“There’s a lot of people respect the tradition of the grid girls and there’s people who feel that it has become a bit dated, so we’re addressing that.”

The decision by F1 bosses to axe the grid girls, one of the sport’s long-standing pre-race traditions, is expected to bring similar pressure onto organisers of boxing and motorcycling who routinely use attractive women in event promotions.

The treatment and media image of women in sport has been drawn into sharp focus after the momentum sparked by the #MeToo campaign which has highlighted allegations of sexual misconduct in the world of entertainment and politics.

However, boxing promoter Eddie Hearn said Wednesday he will not remove ring card girls from his fights.

“The ring card girls have been a part of boxing history for many, many years. As far as I am aware, darts will still have dancers on stage performing, but the walk-on girls were not really necessary,” Hearn told GQ magazine.

“From a boxing point of view, we want to keep the traditions of the sport going and in my opinion it has nothing to do with sexism or feminism. It is just a part of boxing and until we are told otherwise.”

Women’s groups, however, backed the F1 decision.

“Thank you @F1 for deciding to stop using grid girls. Another sport making a clear choice about what they want to stand for,” tweeted @WomenSportTrust.

Drivers preferred to concentrate on the positive side of the F1 announcement on Wednesday.

“I don’t care, I’m married with the most beautiful girl on earth,” tweeted Haas team driver Romain Grosjean.

Former Indian F1 driver, Karun Chandhok tweeted: “Would be a good idea to use the money saved from paying the ‘grid girls’ to make a small investment in getting more female drivers into the sport…”

F1 has experimented with changes in its presentation in previous years.

At the 2015 Monaco Grand Prix, four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel was less than impressed with the decision to employ “grid boys” instead of women.

“Why didn’t we have any grid girls today?” said German star Vettel. “What was that? You get there and park behind George or Dave. What’s the point?”

The new Formula One season begins on March 25 with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

Should local artists/performers get similar treatments from event organizers?


A friend in the dance community, Bani Alagesu raised the question of Why local artist/ performers is not being Paid at all by the event organisers on facebook recently. And thought I'd put this post here to get your opinion on it. What's your thoughts on this subject?

He posted: Why only external guest are entitled to get paid ?

> Our practise TIME
> Costume
> Studio Rental (if not with any studio)
> Performance Fees (if with the studio)
> Transport, Petrol, Tolls
> On top of that have to Pay Performers Pass for not even half the Price.
> If abroad: Flight, Accommodation, Food
> We are inviting our friends to watch our performances ?

Is giving 'opportunity' good enough reason ?

Is it because we are rich and can afford bigger charity ?

Why people reluctant to join Performance Team ?
Why people do Performances ?
Why people leave after a couple of attempt ?

No Right No Wrong .......


A fellow dancer, Azzy Soraya Hassan summarized it well with the following:

The question is NOT "organisers vs local dancers" OR "why we appreciate International dancers but not our local ones.

I'm not sure a lot of people really understand the nature of organising a festival; a lot of subjective issues. If an international artist comes to your city, for sure you want the opportunity to learn from them right, and we would be willing to pay for 'workshops'. Festivals is just a larger scale of that... Us as regular festival goers to pay for workshops with people we want to learn from.

Also depends on the scale of the festival.

Sometimes, up and coming local artists just want to be 'sponsored' (ie. Hotel, pass and sometimes flight) so that they have no cost to attend the festival but they don't receive any monetary compensation. And as they are able to build their reputation sometimes that's enough for them.
International artists have set contracts and rates and they are usually booked months before a festival....

If you are a local instructor being invited to a local festival and you feel you are big enough name to get paid but the organizer doesn't have a budget for you... You don't need to attend la. Simple as that. But surely if there's a festival happening in your own city you won't wanna miss it... So why not be a part of your local community especially when an international crowd is coming into town.

Organisers undertake financial risk with every event just to bring in a few headliners...So most of all, there would be no incentive to be a festival organiser if everyone coming to your festival wants to be a performer and get paid.

Also, we are not doing any 'charity' by paying for a performer pass for a festival. That is the payment for the service for someone to organise an event you want to attend. Same way we pay tickets for a concert.. we want to attend the event, so we pay.

On the question of performers, I guess it's a lot of pressure for some people, and they just want the experience of saying they had tried it once, but unless they really feel passionate about dancing or enjoy the thrill of performing, some people won't re-join performance teams.

Some people just like social dancing for example. Or some people can't commit to practice.


What do you think? Why not comment below and share your thoughts on this subject. Again, there is no right or wrong in this whole discussion.

13 Things To Give Up If You Want To Be Successful

by Zdravko Cvijetic

To become successful and get closer to the person you can become, you don’t need to add more things — you need to give some of them up.

There are certain things that are universal, which will make you successful if you give up on them, even though each one of us could have a different definition of success.

You can give up on some of them as soon as today, while it might take a bit longer to give up on others.

1. Give Up On The Unhealthy Lifestyle

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”
If you want to achieve anything in life, everything starts here. First, you should take care of your health, and there are only three things you need to keep in mind:


  1. Quality Sleep
  2. Healthy Diet
  3. Physical Activity

Small steps, but you will thank yourself one day.

2. Give Up The Short-term Mindset

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” 

Successful people set long-term goals, and they know these aims are merely the result of short-term habits that they need to do every day.

These healthy habits shouldn’t be something you do; they should be something you embody.

There is a difference between: “Working out to get a summer body” and “Working out because that’s who you are.”


3. Give Up On Playing Small

“Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone, and as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
If you never try and take great opportunities or allow your dreams to become realities, you will never unleash your true potential.

And the world will never benefit from what you could have achieved.

So voice your ideas, don’t be afraid to fail, and certainly don’t be afraid to succeed.

4. Give Up Your Excuses

“It’s not about the cards you’re dealt, but how you play the hand.”

Successful people know that they are responsible for their life, no matter their starting point, weaknesses, and past failures.

Realising that you are responsible for what happens next in your life is both frightening and exciting.

And when you do, that becomes the only way you can become successful, because excuses limit and prevent us from growing personally and professionally.

Own your life; no one else will.

5. Give Up The Fixed Mindset

“The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways.”
People with a fixed mindset think their intelligence or talents are pre-determined traits that cannot be changed. They also believe that talent alone leads to success — without hard work. But they’re wrong.

Successful people know this. They invest an immense amount of time on a daily basis to develop a growth mindset, acquire new knowledge, learn new skills and change their perception so that it can benefit their lives.

Who you are today is not who you have to be tomorrow.

6. Give Up Believing In The “Magic Bullet.”

“Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better”
Overnight success is a myth.

Successful people know that making small continuous improvement every day will be compounded over time and give them desired results.

That is why you should plan for the future, but focus on the day that’s ahead of you, and improve just 1% every day.

7. Give Up Your Perfectionism

“Shipping beats perfection.” 
Nothing will ever be perfect, no matter how much you try.

Fear of failure (or even fear of success) often prevents you from taking action and putting your creation out there in the world. But a lot of opportunities will be lost if you wait for things to be right.

So “ship,” and then improve (that 1%).

8. Give Up Multi-tasking

“Most of the time multitasking is an illusion. You think you are multitasking, but in reality, you are actually wasting time switching from one task to another “

Successful people know this.

That’s why they choose one thing and then beat it into submission. No matter what it is — a business idea, a conversation, or a workout.

Being fully present and committed to one task is indispensable.

9. Give Up Your Need to Control Everything

“Some things are up to us, and some things are not up to us.”
Differentiating these two is crucial.

Detach from the things you cannot control, focus on the ones you can, and know that sometimes, the only thing you will be able to control is your attitude towards something.

Remember: nobody can be frustrated while saying “Bubbles” in an angry voice.

10. Give Up On Saying YES To Things That Don’t Support Your Goals

“He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly.”
Successful people know that in order to accomplish their goals, they will have to say NO to certain tasks, activities, and demands from their friends, family, and colleagues.

In the short-term, you might sacrifice a bit of instant gratification, but when your goals come to fruition, it will all be worth it.

11. Give Up The Toxic People

“Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution.”
People you spend the most time with add up to who you become.

If you spend time with those who refuse to take responsibility for their life, always find excuses and blame others for the situation they are in, your average will go down, and with it your opportunity to succeed.

However, if you spend time with people who are trying to increase their standard of living, and grow personally and professionally, your average will go up, and you will become more successful.

Take a look at around you, and see if you need to make any changes.

12. Give Up Your Need To Be Liked

“You can be the juiciest, ripest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be people who hate peaches.”
Think of yourself as a market niche.

There will be a lot of people who like that niche, and there will be individuals who don’t. And no matter what you do, you won’t be able to make the entire market like you.

This is completely natural, and there’s no need to justify yourself.

The only thing you can do is to remain authentic, improve and provide value every day, and know that the growing number of “haters” means that you are doing remarkable things.

13. Give Up Wasting Time

“The trouble is, you think you have time”
You only have this one crazy and precious life. That’s why you owe it to yourself to see who you can become, and how far you can go.

However, to do that, you need to ditch meaningless time wasters and stop allowing them to be an escape from your most important goals.

To do that, you should learn how to take control over your focus, attention and make the most out of your 24 hours within a day.

Remember that you will die, so never stop creating your legacy and doing the things that will enrich your life.

5 Tips to save more on your next flight ticket


Everyone wants to save as much as they can when they travel. So do I, and I'm sure you as well. So here's 5 tips to maximizing your savings when you plan your next destination holiday.

1. Time it right

Airline fares are always going up and down in price depending on supply and demand.

And according to Which?, choosing the exact right moment to book flights is crucial if you want to save money.

Its consumer experts suggest that signing up to price alerts is the best way to know when fares are cheap.

This is because websites will email passengers and notify them when the flight price drops. 'Simply click the price-alerts button on the results page of your flight search and enter your email address,'

2. Be flexible

Fridays and Sundays are the most expensive days to travel.

Be flexible with travel dates, travelling before or after, in order to save money.

Instead of traveling on a Friday and return on Sunday, why not time it a day later on both ways? The flight cost can be greatly reduced.

However, if the dates are set in stone, the consumer experts say travelers could be flexible with their destination instead.

Several websites such as Momondo and Kayak, where you can enter your dates and budget and they will come up with a destination for you.

3. Look for alternatives

Booking flights usually means flying from and returning to the same airport using the same airline.

However, If you don't mind moving around a bit, sometimes money to be saved by using multiple airports and airlines.

With a bit of research, you can easily find flights with different airlines giving you lower prices as most airlines like AirAsia would normally give you a low fare on way and a higher fare on the return trip.

And on long-haul, consider going indirectly.

4. Be in the know

Many websites scour the internet looking for cheap deals on flights.

And you do travel frequently, sign up to them so you are kept informed of deals and offers.

5. Avoid airline extras

Many low cost carriers making their money through charging for extras such as checking in luggage, printing boarding passes and on-board food.

However, being aware of these charges allows you to plan in advance to make sure you aren't stung by them.

But if you need to check a bag, I would suggest pre-booking this online to get it at a cheaper price than arranging this at the airport.

Downloading an airline's app on to your phone means you can sometimes download your boarding pass on to it.

Most people won't be surprised that a bit of forward planning and flexibility can help cut the cost of your next flight - but probably won't realise just how much they can save.

Flying Saturday and Monday rather Friday and Sunday, using price alerts and shopping around airports as well as airlines can knock hundreds off your fare.

Hope these tips helps, have a safe travel!

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