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

How to clean up your online presence


A new website allowing Gmail users to unsubscribe from most websites and online services linked to their e-mail address is currently buzzing online.

There are, in fact, several online tools that can help declutter your inbox and keep personal data safe.

The website deseat.me works in a very simple way. Users connect using their Google account. Then, the application finds all the services, websites and mailing lists linked to that particular Gmail address. This can include accounts on social networks, online stores and dating websites, for example. It can take quite a while to find everything if your inbox is full or your online activity is particularly rich and diverse.

After completing the search, deseat.me lists all the services and accounts alongside a link to delete or unsubscribe directly. The tool is especially handy for digging up old sites or services you may no longer use, but which still hold personal data. Note, however, that the service is currently only available for Gmail addresses.

Unroll.me is a similar service that's available for any e-mail address (not just Gmail). For a while now, the site has been offering web users a quick, easy solution for unsubscribing from newsletters. After all, who hasn't complained about getting too many unwanted e-mails without ever bothering to unsubscribe?

Like deseat.me, the application lists all of the newsletters sent to a particular e-mail address with a link to unsubscribe from each one in just one click. Incredibly practical, it can instantly unclutter your inbox and stop you being inundated with newsletters that get moved straight to trash.

As well as cutting down on unwanted e-mails, this online clean-up unsubscribes users from sites that may still hold personal data, which could be stolen if the site is hacked. Reducing the presence of an e-mail address online in turn reduces the risk of it falling into unwanted hands.

— AFP Relaxnews

Toys: RC Fighter Shape 2.4GHz 4 Channel 6 Axis Gyro Drone (Tie Fighter)

Growing up as a child, I always wanted my own little Tie Fighter or X-Wing, about a week before Christmas, I decided that indeed, I should get one. Fell in love with AirHogs drones (there's 2 sets I fell in love with, the X-Wing vs Death Star set and the X-Wing vs Tie Fighter set) but somehow, the sites I visited does not deliver to Malaysia.


That's when I came across GearBest with this kit, RC Fighter Shape 2.4GHz 4 Channel 6 Axis Gyro Drone, which I guess is because they don't have the rights to market the Tie Fighter and had to use that name instead. A quick browse through youtube for reviews and I was grinning from ear to ear as I went about to splash my hard earned cash on a toy that won't last long in my hand. The damage? About $40 (RM220 when I include the delivery charges) but the prices varies from each sites so can't give you the exact price.


The product itself does have the label Tie Fighter on it with all the Star Wars (not the actual font) and Disney logo on the box. The package itself when arrived, isn't in the best condition but knowing the item came from an unknown factory in China, I never expected it to be in the best condition upon arrival.


The drone itself felt sturdy but the remote is your typical toy remote, well, it's a toy after all. No settings to fix the pitch and trim and it operates on 3 AAA batteries that is not included in the box. There's extra blades in case the ones you fly with out of the box breaks, an instruction manual in chinese (so it went straight into the bin), a USB cable to charge the drone battery and the battery itself. As I don't understand the instruction manual, I just charge the battery for 2 hours and took it out for some test flight.


The battery itself when mounting into the drone, doesn't fit that well so you'd have to mod the back a bit and you'd have the cable jutting out at the back. There's 2 modes of flight, the beginner and the expert modes, the beginner's mode will make the controller slightly sluggish and the drone's slower. You can also switch it in between the normal mode and the headless mode by pressing the 2 bottoms at the top of the controller. Don't do that if you're not familiar with headless mode as I've seen people crashing into stuff and killing the drones because they are not familiar with the toy.


Flight time is about 10 minutes, pretty simple drone to handle and if you are into 3D aerial maneuvers, you can easily execute rolls (forward, backward, left and right rolls) by pressing the right red button and flipping the right joystick in the direction you want. One of the most fun simple drones I've played with in a while.

Before you check out the rating, this drone isn't something you'd want to let your children play with if they have not played with any drones before, get one of those with protective case around the blades for them to fly with until they get familiar with such a toy before letting them near any drones with exposed blades, the propellers on this spin at a pretty high rate and can cut a child's skin easily if the child don't know how to control it and flew it towards themselves or other children. If you want to get it as a gift for a child, make sure he or she is at least 13 years old and has flown a drone or two before this.

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2017 Public Holidays in Malaysia

For those of you looking to plan for 2017, on when to take your holidays and which festive holiday falls on which days, here's the list for your reference.


Will update the list whenever there's changes but as for now, this is the confirmed list.

West Coast Swing and Lindy Social Venues in Korea - updated December 2016


A friend of mine asked me to help compile this list as a reference for Westies traveling to Korea. As West Coast Swing is growing and gaining a foothold in Asian countries, more and more venues are beginning to open up for social dance and Korea is no different. In fact, if you know of any venues that is also having Lindy socials as well, do let me know and I'll update this list.

If there's any changes that I do not know about, do let me know by dropping a comment below as I'm not a Korean based in Korea, I can only rely on fellow travelers help in making sure this list is up to date.


Monday

WesTurn Swing
162-5 Donggyo-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul.
Time: 9pm onwards
https://goo.gl/maps/BmFJZhuhiYC2


Tuesday

Hong BarB1 Unbok B/D 52, World Cup Buk-Ro 1-gil, Mapo-Gu, Seoul, Korea
Time: 9pm onwards

*I heard that there is a social here on Tuesdays but need verification. Its all in Korean!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/hongbar/




Wednesday

WesTurn Swing
162-5 Donggyo-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul.
Time: 9pm onwards
https://goo.gl/maps/BmFJZhuhiYC2


Westie Korea
43 Teheran-ro 10-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea
Time: 9pm Onwards
https://goo.gl/maps/dLM292chPs42




Thursday

Sky Weko WCS
43 Teheran-ro 10-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea
https://goo.gl/maps/dLM292chPs42

*Need help to confirm as it's all in korean
http://cafe.naver.com/leddance/602 



Friday

All Star WCS
49, World Cup buk-ro 6-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Time: 9pm onwards
https://goo.gl/maps/sQ6uaE1SMPt



Saturday

Westie Korea
43 Teheran-ro 10-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea
Time: 7:30pm Onwards
https://goo.gl/maps/dLM292chPs42



Sunday

Westie Korea
43 Teheran-ro 10-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea
Time: 7:30pm Onwards
https://goo.gl/maps/dLM292chPs42



Again, if I missed out on any of the venues or if there's more venues to check out in Korea, do let me know and I'll update the list accordingly, especially for venues outside of Seoul.

Some people you can get confirmation with before your trip to Korea (Seoul) are:

1. All Star West Coast Swing Korea (Richard & Nam-lim)
2. Westie Korea (Sungjae Byun & Heejung Jung)
3. WesTurn Swing (JungEun Youn)
4. Swing Land
5. Sky Weko WCS

Have fun, have a safe trip and keep dancing.

The Flaw in Malaysian Education System


Although Standard 6 (UPSR) and Form 3 (PT3) students have to sit for national examinations, automatic promotions allow most to remain in school until Form 5 to sit for the all-important SPM.

Good SPM results are essential for admission into public university courses with limited seats, as tuition fees at private universities are high and beyond the means of parents with average income.
A university degree is needed to work in licensed professions, senior positions in the education field or in government agencies. But in the private sector, paper qualifications counts for little when holders are unable to communicate and interact well with others.

Many Malaysians can speak several languages or dialects but are masters of none. They can chat for hours but may not be able to write an intelligent report or describe well something everyone seems to know.

Few Malaysians can think, speak and write clearly as clarity of thought is not given due importance. Many tend to generalise instead of being accurate or specific.

Access to vast amount of information does not necessarily make one well-informed, as such superficial knowledge has little application and minimal benefit.

On the other hand, mastering a language and mathematics will empower any student to excel in arts or science subjects, or professional programs such as law or accountancy.

Deeper understanding and fuller use of a language would greatly help in personal development, which is grossly lacking in our education system, and not through rote-learning or memorizing religious texts.

One issue that is happening across the nation is that schools are competing with one another for top spots in the yearly ranking, pressures are placed on the teachers to make sure the students know how to answer during examination periods and with that, the children go through hours of memorizing information from the books instead of understanding them. Do the children understand what they are memorizing?

I have children of my own, they have no problems reciting information and produce answers when I quiz them from the books, but try asking them in a slightly different manner and my children looked like I've thrown a curve ball at them and they get lost. Am I supposed to get upset at them for not knowing facts/information that they've already studied?

We have succeeded in churning out millions of graduates lacking in confidence and acting immaturely during job interviews, with many unable to describe in their own words what they have studied for a few years.

I've had fresh graduates that shows up for interviews, knowing full well that I am hiring people who can converse and write well in English but during interview process,  requires me to repeat my questions several times over simply because they can't grasp simple English. I've also encountered similar situation when I patronizes certain outlets and restaurants at the malls. Especially in areas where majority of the foot traffic are tourists.

English are taught in schools but did the teachers provide the right tools for the students to learn to understand what they are learning in school?

While parents are prepared to spend a fortune on their children’s education, hardly much growth can be seen in term of education wise, especially in the rural areas. We get some fantastic results coming out from some parts of the country that even I have not heard about but talking to these same students with fantastic results made me wonder occasionally whether they are actually taught properly in school or they are made just to memorize texts without the tools to think and explore properly.

It's becoming somewhat of a broken record as this situation is constantly being questioned year after year and every year, we get answers from the Ministry of Education that they will work on improving the standard of education in the country without actually seeing any results. How long can this go on?

Are companies expected to spend tons of cash trying to train and teach these young graduates that is joining the work force because they are ill equipped when they step into the work environment? If that is so, then the question is, what are they teaching these graduates in our local education system and higher education system?

1 Night at The Wembley - A St Giles Hotel, Penang

Lately, I've been taking short trips up to Penang for work, usually, I try to head up early in the morning and back home by night even though it's a 4 hours drive each way from Kuala Lumpur up to the island. On a recent trip, decide that rather than tax my body this way all the time, I'd just relax a bit and spend at least a night there.

I discovered The Wembley - A St. Giles Hotel (quite a mouthful) by chance when I was going through the various apps for a place to stay. Always out to hunt for the nicest accommodation at the cheapest price. I don't really rely one a single app to do my search though so I can't give you the price of a night's stay as I see 4 different rates in 4 different apps and the prices are different now from the day I booked the room.


Located on Jalan Magazine near the Komtar Tower, it look pretty new to me as there's still hoardings around it but flow of human was already heading in to the hotel at a steady pace. I got there as a tour bus filled with tourists from China was just getting off and ready to go into their respective rooms. Sort of dampened my check-in experience as their noise basically filled the entire lobby area as everyone tries to out-shout each other. Had to raise my voice several times in order for the hotel staff to hear what I was trying to say.

Since everything was done via the app in my phone, only payment I had to put up is a deposit (in case I use the room phone) and Tourism Service Fee (TSF) that was recently implemented by the Penang government, it's similar to the charges that is imposed in Malacca, the charges are based on the number of nights that I'm there, in this case, it's only RM5 for the room I'm getting (I think the type of hotel also plays a part as some of the other hotel's TSF is higher).


Getting to the room requires the use of the access card that the hotel provides to all hotel guests, I like it this way too as non-guests won't be able to get into any of the floors easily. Gives me that extra false sense of security. Yes, I know a lot of hotels are imposing such access cards but most of those I know in KL basically allow you to run free to any floors you want with the card instead of just the floor you are staying at.
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Room wise, I got the Superior King Room (fancy name for a small room that doesn't really look superior). Simple with a King Size bed, a table for me to put my notebook on and a single wifi password. Single because I can only connect 1 device to the wifi instead of the multiple devices that I have with me.

So each time I want to switch from my notebook to my iPad or to my phone, I have to log out of the other devices, it gets annoying after awhile especially when I had a discussion in the room and I have to log off after transferring files and emails via cloud in order for my guest to log in to download.

Easier to just go to a cafe to do it but I'm a lazy bugger and prefer to just get everything sorted in one location instead of moving around. The energy for that will be reserved for food hunts.
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Bed wise, it's comfortable, average if compared to some of the bigger hotels I've stayed in before but for a business hotel, it's pretty decent, as long as I get a good night sleep and properly rested, it's all good.
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Bathroom is a simple shower with glass doors, usual sink and seated toilet. No bath tub for the hour long soaks but then can't expect much from a business hotel, right? The usual essential toiletries are nicely packed and arrange in the toilet so for those that doesn't bring their own toiletries, it's all good.
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Noise insulation wise, it's pretty decent also. I can hear the neighboring guests when they exit their rooms cause the clicks of the doors when they shut echos over but apart from that, I can barely hear the TV in my own room outside the room door when I cranked up the volume to a fairly loud level (yeah, I'm a dick like that when it comes to watching TV, especially action packed movies or sports, like to watch em loud.). So well to them on that front.
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Along with my 1 night stay at the hotel is the breakfast, I know there's loads of tasty food out there but sometimes, I just don't want to get stuck in the morning rush hour traffic just to reach the restaurant and wolf down my meal in a hurry because I need to get to another place on time.

So off to the hotel's restaurant on the 2nd floor, it's not a huge place so best time to hit the payload is early in the morning before the tourists shows up, which is noticeable cause the noise will hit you before you see them walking in. Range of food is OK, skipped most of the local stuff as they tend to load plenty of chilies into those.

Not sure if it's done on purpose by hotels so that only a select few can eat them. I truly believe that there's a conspiracy by all hotels in Malaysia to make sure every local dish they cook contain loads and loads of chilies to kill off those of us who can't take it. Not everyone can eat spicy food and in my case, I can't but then, there's plenty of other choices for me to devour.
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Overall, it's quite an OK place if you just need a room to rest and you're on the island for work/business and not for leisure. Across from the hotel is a mall too so you can do some shopping there, it's a small hotel comparing to those that littered Gurney area but if you'd wanted a hotel with the facilities like those at that area, you'd have booked a hotel in that area, right?

The Wembley - A St Giles Hotel, Penang

183, Jalan Magazine, George Town,
10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Tel: +604-259-8000
Waze: https://waze.to/lr/hw0zqg4d53

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*Service - Overall service by the hotel staff
*Comfort - Comfort level during duration of stay
*Cleanliness/Ambiance - Overall Cleanliness of the hotel and room
*Security - Sense of security during stay
*Value for Money - Bang for the bucks in comparison with hotels equivalent to it.

Desserts @ Moody Cow Cafe Penang


It's one of those specialist cake house, or in this case, cafe located at the little island known as Penang (Pulau Pinang), As I wasn't familiar with the Island, and coming from the Komtar direction, I had problem finding the place as the only indication of the place is a signage that faces Transfer Road and not one that faces Lebuh Dickens. But a quick phone call to the cafe and they were more than happy to direct me to their place.

It's a dimly lit cafe so for those going in the afternoon, prepare for some adjustment when you step out of the cafe into the sun. It can get disorienting. I decided that, with an empty stomach hungry for dinner, that's the best time to go, especially if you're a cake person. Stepping in to the cafe, you'd find a narrow little space with a row of cakes and counter top on one side which is mind blowing to me. From the window to the end of the counter are massive cakes ready for all to devour. But the other thing that I thought of was, whether we are supposed to take our food to go or stay to eat as there's a limited number of seats.


That didn't really matter anyway as the fragrant of the cakes I'm after beckons me with open arms. Like a kid in a cake shop, I skipped along from cake to cake, looking at the names to hunt for the gems among the mountain of gems... um... wait.... what? Placed the order for the cakes I'm after (but took a bit of convincing as the staffs of the cake shop had to ask me a million times if I really ordered what I ordered), the boss man guides me to the back of the premise (I started to get worried, thinking maybe he see a big round man, all juicy and fattened up properly like a wagyu beef ready to be send to slaughter) and through a curtain into another space with more tables and chairs. Ah... more space which, from the outside looked like a closed shop. Sneaky bunch of cows these people are.




In about 5 minutes, one of the young staffs appears from beyond the curtain with my victims on plates ready for me to devour. Again, she looked at me again like I'm a crazed lunatic in a candy store. Guess she must be wondering if she is at the wrong place at the wrong time. First of the trio that I ordered was the Nutella King, a big slice of cake, filled with Nutella covering a few layer of chocolate. Giving it that extra oomph that I like in my chocolate cakes. Did I mention that their slices are pretty big? The amount of Nutella on the cake are quite generous too. It can be quite filling, now that I think back to it. Maybe another raid of that cafe is in order to clarify on this.
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Next to enter my domain is the Chempedak Madness, it's truly madness with a hearty amount of chempedak sitting on top of the cake, after a while, I would surmised that the cake themselves are all the same, just the topping that is different, but then, trying to ask the staffs and boss of the place is like duck & chicken talk as they answer everything I asked in fast flowing mandarin and I stand there repeating my questions again not knowing whether they have answered me or not. Best of all, the chempedak is awesomely pungent, giving me the wonderful fragrant with every bite I take, with every move I make.
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This is the kicker that wins it all, for me. A tourist actually got up and left when this was served. The wonderful Durian Madness, with the aromatic durian meat sitting atop the layers of cake that slaps every unsuspecting tourists awake with aplomb. As I'm a Malaysian, the slap did nothing to me but just makes me beg for more. By this time, the staff actually poke her head in to see if I'm still alive or not. The meat themselves are quite rich, but not Musang King rich as the boss say those are hard to come by these days (not in season). Doesn't matter if it's Musang King or not, it was still delicious and satisfied my cravings for durian and cakes in 1 slice.
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Would I go there again when I step into Penang island? Yes, I would, there are still quite a variety of cakes for me to try. I spoke to a Penangite friend about the place after my adventure there and to think back, now I realized why the staffs of the place constantly checks on me when I was there. According to my friend, normally, people would go in, order a slice and shared it with friends as it can be quite filling and most people wouldn't be able to finish one by themselves, let alone 3 in my case. Guess that's why I'm growing sideways these days more than vertically.


Price wise, depending on what you order, some of the cakes are quite pricey. Like the ones I ordered along with 2 glasses of Iced Lemongrass Tea set me back quite a bit but you have to keep in mind the food that was served and the atmosphere of the cafe. It's not a lot for working people but for travelers on a budget, pick the right stuff and you'll be fine.


MOODY COW CAFE PENANG

170 Transfer Road, George Town, Malaysia
Tel: +604-226 2646
Opening Hours: 11:00am - 12:00am
Waze: https://waze.to/lr/hw0zqg4d53

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