MICHAEL YIP

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Hello,

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

Publika Jazz 2016


The 2 nights of awesome Jazz musicians from within the country and across the globe has finally ended. A 2 night affair to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Publika, I had no regret getting my tired ass over to Publika despite being tired from meetings and work. Here's some photos I took the last 2 days.



And if you prefer to listen to some of the performance, here's the videos.









Hope they make this into a yearly affair and bring in more beautiful jazz tunes to the locals. Also, maybe can add a fan or two as I was totally drenched by the end of the night. I was sweating away even before I started dancing.

KFC's Top Secret Recipe - Could this be real?


Could this the real deal? The 11 herbs and spices that makes up the Kentucky Fried Chicken's secret recipe? Chicago Tribune recently did a story on Colonel Sanders and his Kentucky Fried Chicken, This is one of those stories. A mix of memory, mystery and a pinch of "what if?" It involves one of the best-kept culinary secrets of all time, and the man who's arguably the original celebrity chef.

The real Colonel was a bespectacled, white-haired guy named Harland David Sanders who spawned a fast-food empire. For decades, "The Colonel" was synonymous with snow-colored suits, black string ties and "finger lickin' good" chicken coated in a secret blend of 11 herbs and spices.

Attempts to unearth the Colonel's Original Recipe, or replicate it, have been made too many times to count. For KFC Corp., keeping the elusive mix of 11 herbs and spices under wraps has been paramount — not to mention a great marketing tool.

The recipe is, without question, a secret as juicy as well-fried fowl — and has been for the better part of a century.


That's until recently when the Tribune reporter met up with Joe Ledington in Corbin, Kentucky, where the Colonel first served his chicken more than 75 years ago to hungry motorists at the service station he ran. The 67-year-old retired teacher has spent his entire life in Appalachia. He still lives in the house in which he grew up, just north of the city limits of Corbin, a town of about 7,300. He shared with the reporter about "Old Man Sanders", his uncle, and flipping through the scrapbook he kept drew up a lot of interesting stuff, based on what is reported. But the aim here is the recipe!

The handwritten list of 11 herbs and spices, jotted down on the back of a document Joe Ledington described as the will for Claudia Sanders, the Colonel's second wife. Could this be what I think it is? The 11 herbs and spices?


"That is the original 11 herbs and spices that were supposed to be so secretive," said Ledington with conviction. "I mixed them over the top of the garage for years," he recalls, noting that the job came with the fringe benefit of getting to use the swimming pool at Sanders' motel-restaurant complex — a nice perk during the hot summer months.

The main ingredients for the coating, according to this recipe, are paprika (4 tablespoons), white pepper (3 tablespoons) and garlic salt (2 tablespoons). But Ledington says one ingredient is the real star.

"The main ingredient is white pepper," he says. "I call that the secret ingredient. Nobody (in the 1950s) knew what white pepper was. Nobody knew how to use it."

The Colonel's nephew isn't the first person to claim he may hold the secret to KFC's success.

On the internet, cooks have posted copycat recipes they say replicate the original. Only a few of those contain the white pepper Ledington claims is key.

A KFC spokesperson responded about the article via email:

"In the 1940's, Colonel Sanders developed the original recipe chicken to be sold at his gas station diner. At the time, the recipe was written above the door so anyone could have read it. But today, we go to great lengths to protect such a sacred blend of herbs and spices. In fact, the recipe ranks among America's most valuable trade secrets."

Anyway, now that we have it, why not give it a try and let me know if you are able to replicate the KFC flavor to the chicken you eat?

11 spices — mix with 2 cups white flour


  • 2/3 tablespoon salt 
  • 1/2 tablespoon thyme 
  • 1/2 tablespoon basil 
  • 1/3 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon celery salt 
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper 
  • 1 tablespoon dried mustard 
  • 4 tablespoons paprika 
  • 2 tablespoons garlic salt 
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger 
  • 3 tablespoons white pepper
Time to go make some fried chicken!

How Datuk Lee Chong Wei got his Datukship


While the whole Malaysia cheers Datuk Lee Chong Wei and the Badminton squad on at Rio 2016 Olympics. One would wonder, what did he have to do to get this title at the front of his name. Well, wonder no further as here's the story for all to read.

Lee Chong Wei when he started to surge ahead in the world of Badminton, would always meet his achilles heel, losing constantly to the Chinese players whenever he encounters them. Rosmah was worried and decide that enough is enough and she took him to her most trusted Bomoh (Witch Doctor). 

After a long consultation, the Bomoh told Rosmah that the problem lies in Chong Wei's initial, LCW, which can also be deciphered as Let China Win. 

So to address the issue at hand the quick thinking Rosmah managed to get him a Datukship. So now, his initial becomes DLCW or Don't Let China Win.

And the rest, as they say, is History.

Yes, this is a figment of a cracked imagination, read it and have a good laugh. Don't take it too seriously and keep supporting the Malaysian athletes at the Olympics in Brazil. Vamos Malaysia!

Pokemon Go CP Tiers and IV Calculator


Some friends browsing my phone and looking at my Pokemon Go was wondering why instead of names, I placed a Letter and numbers in it's place instead. Well, it's to help simplify things when I'm looking for the Pokemon to attack a PokeGym or to place as Defender.

It also helps if you can calculate the IV (Individual Value) of the Pokemon in your collection to find out the best one to keep and power up. With plenty of sites out there that provides you with IV Calculator, it's getting easier for people to come up with their own values and calculations so I won't post much about it here. Just a note, most of the IV Calculators online are not approved by Niantic so use them at your own risk because they are now on a banning spree to destroy whatever advantages you can get out of those sites like MAPS and Calculators. If you're looking for a manual way to key in your own Pokemon's IV and their information to calculate IV, you can CLICK HERE for an excel sheet version.

Now, back to the CP Tier. This is the maximum CP Value that is added to your Pokemon when you power up, the numbers will change due to the multipliers and evolution so just take this as a guide/reference point. This Tiers are compiled based on the various lists available online so I definitely didn't spend hours sitting in front of the computer doing all the calculation, My part is just to go through the various sites and make sure all the numbers are the same or if different, then use the averaged number from the few reference points.

The best Pokemon with the highest CP Per Power Up are placed in the S Tier, These are generally to be considered the strongest Pokemon currently available.
S - TierCP Per Power Up
Dragonite50
Snorlax45
Lapras43
Arcanine, Vaporeon40
Gyarados39
Exeggutor, Muk38
Weezing, Flareon37
A - TierCP Per Power Up
Slowbro, Victreebel, Machamp35
Poliwrath34
Clefable, Nidoking, Venusaur, Charizard33
Golduck, Magmar, Nidoqueen, Vileplume, Blastoise, Weezing, Omastar32
Aerodactyl, Golem, Wigglytuff, Dewgong, Ninetales, Magmar31
Blastoise, Kabutops, Electabuzz, Starmie, Jolteon, Rapidash, Pinsir, Scyther, Tentacruel30
Gengar, Hypno, Pidgeot, Rhydon, Seaking, Kangaskhan, Cloyster, Pinsir29
B - TierCP Per Power Up
Primeape, Golbat, Raichu27
Cloyster26
Kingler, Tauros, Magneton, Venomoth, Alakazam, Tangela, Dragonair25
Arbok, Dodrio, Growlythe, Porygon, Machoke24
Fearow, Parasect, Sandslash23
Jynx, Lickitung, Seadra, Marowak, Ivysaur, Persian, Drowzee22
Electrode, Hitmonchan, Hitmonlee, Mr. Mime, Gloom, Ponyta, Weepinbell21
Raticate, Beedrill20
Butterfree, Pidgeotto, Haunter18
Eevee17
Dugtrio, Clefairy, Polywhirl, Kadabra, Bellsprout, Seel, Koffing, Rhyhorn, Kabuto16
F - TierCP Per Power Up
Oddish15
Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Dratini13
Onix, Vulpix, Paras, Pikachu, Mankey, Magnemite12
Ekans, Sandshrew, Zubat, Geodude, Gastly11
Pidgey, Doduo10
Abra, Chansey9
Rattata, Diglett7
Magikarp3



Hope you'd find this guide useful as I definitely do, using this as a chart helps me to determine among my pokemons, which to evolve and which to be send to the Professor to let him grind them down into candies.

Hungry Ghost Festival Experience


After dinner, I went for a stroll, Walked past a convenient store and I thought might as well buy some groceries.
When I was about to pay, I realised that I did not bring any money out so a quick phone call to my family and they would just come out to pass me some.
While waiting for my money, I saw an old man burning joss paper by the road side. I went to have a chat with him.
"What are you doing here ? " I asked him
"I m sending money to my family " he said.
Then he asked me, " What are you doing here ?"
"I m waiting for my family to send money to me. " I replied.
On hearing this, his face turned pale and he ran away quickly.
I shouted to him, " Hey, don't run ! I am just waiting for my family to send money to me !"
Suddenly, all the people burning joss paper nearby also ran away.
The end.


This is all fiction and is just for laughs. Was queried by friends on Facebook when they first read it there trying to find out if it really happened to me or I just wrote a story to lighten things up on this 盂蘭節. Well, now you know. :)

Pokemon Go Spoofers/Cheaters Beware! Pokemon Go is shutting you down!


Finally, the news that we've all been waiting for, Niantic, the developer behind Ingress and Pokemon Go is putting their foot down and is now issuing permanent bans to players who violate its terms of service. Though TOS violations vary, these bans appear to be directed at cheaters who rely on GPS spoofing, bots, and other software techniques that allow Pokémon Go to be played beyond the realm of Niantic's design parameters. For instance, GPS spoofing lets you trick a smartphone into thinking you're located in a different country, allowing you to catch pokémon that may be more easily located in that area or restricted to certain regions. Bots, on the other hand, let you automate portions of the game.

In a note posted to its website that was spotted earlier, Niantic outlines violations of its TOS that can result in a permanent ban. "This includes, but is not limited to: falsifying your location, using emulators, modified or unofficial software and/or accessing Pokémon Go clients or backends in an unauthorized manner including through the use of third party software," the note reads. "Our goal is to provide a fair, fun and legitimate game experience for everyone. We will continue to work with all of you to improve the quality of the gameplay, including ongoing optimization and fine tuning of our anti-cheat system." The company includes a link to an appeal form for trying to reverse a ban if it was issued by mistake.

Spotted! 2 Cheaters chilling in a CyberCafe but protecting their PokeGym at KLCC.

It's still unclear how Niantic is going about detecting the use of GPS spoofing, emulators, bots, and other hacks. A number of threads on Reddit's Pokémon Go developer community, where much of the discussion around these techniques takes place, have popped up in the last two days. It seems users cannot seem to lock down what exactly results in a ban and how Niantic's internal systems may be seeking out cheating behavior.

It appears users have been receiving various levels of bans for quite some time. But this new permanent ban has the community advising its members not to use third-party application programming interfaces (APIs). Many of the makers of the game's most popular APIs have been sent cease and desist letters from The Pokémon Company over the course of the last two weeks as well. So it appears the company is increasing its efforts to crackdown on the kind of Pokémon Go playing it deems unsavory.

If you think a player is spoofing/cheating in the game, why not help Niantic out by reporting using this simple URL: http://tiny.cc/fuckspoofers . Just make sure you have the screenshot/proof to attach with your report for the developer to take action. Since the launch a week ago, we've seen numerous reports submitted, especially on the first day itself, so keep them coming, keep the cheaters at bay and keep the game fun for everyone else.

Pokemon Go Gaming Advices


With the Pokemon GO craze in Malaysia going overdrive. The nice people at Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has issued safety guidelines for Pokemon Go players, warning players and parents that the game collects and shares the personal data of its users.

"The game requires you to register and share personal information, including information from the phone's Global Positioning System. Consider whether you are willing to share such personal information, and parents should be aware that their children's data is collected as they play Pokemon Go," said the MCMC in a press release on Wednesday.

It added that people playing Pokemon Go should be aware of online and offline fraud while playing the augmented reality game.

"Be careful of fake and suspicious mobile applications that are offered to you. Such applications could be malware or expose you to hackers," added the MCMC.

The MCMC also advised players to be mindful of how much money was being spent while playing the game as there were incentives to encourage players to spend up to USD99.99 (RM403.86) to buy 14,500 PokeCoins.

It also advised gamers to be mindful of how much of their data plan was being consumed by Pokemon Go and to carry a power bank.

"Bring a power bank or a power source in case you need to call your family in an emergency," said the MCMC.

The MCMC also advised gamers to not wander into dangerous or forbidden areas and places of worship while playing the game and to be careful when meeting with people.

"Don't play the game alone and don't agree to meet strangers who contact you through the game. Be careful while using your phone, and don't ride a bicycle, motorcycle or drive while you play Pokemon Go or messaging your friends and family," said the MCMC.

Personally, here's some pointers that I think is important.
  • Play the game with your friends so you always have a buddy system. This is good as you can also work together to find the best location and move together. Sometimes, one person can spot something the others could not. "Rare Pokemons" for example.
  • Inform your family members where you're at so if anything were to happen to you, they know the first place to find you. You wouldn't want your parents to be worried if you return home late  or you went somewhere and they could not reach you.
  • For parents with children playing the game, bring them to malls or parks where you can easily keep an eye on them instead of allowing them to play the game on the street where they could easily be knocked down by vehicles. Certain venues and parks are blasting Lures on regular intervals to bring out more Pokemons so it's not hard to find at least some while you're there.  I've personally seen some players get so engrossed with the game that they didn't realize until a car honked at them that they have stepped out onto the roads. I wouldn't want to see my own children walk out to the street staring at their own phone not realizing there's oncoming vehicles.
  • If you value your privacy, create another FREE GMAIL account and use that instead to sign into the game. Or make sure you don't have too many information in the account you are using. Playing the game allows the Developer to have access to your user information and if you have too many information like address and contact details in your account, you might expose yourself to public scrutiny if their data server gets hacked.
  • Don't put your credit card information into the game as out of habit, we might accidentally click on certain features that requires payment and with the information already logged in, you might get certain amount deducted without you realizing it. I've already seen some friends spending quite a few amount on accidentally buying things they don't really intend to. At the end of the day, it's just an online game so don't have to take the game too seriously.
 Have fun, enjoy yourself but stay safe, it's just a game, you don't gain anything but lost time at the end of the day.

Past Career as a TV Producer

 
It's one of those days where you met some new friends and start talking about life and career. And one of the thing that always crop up in conversation is what I've done previously. After all, at 40, I have started to fall into the category of people who has been there, done that. Sounds amazing but also looking back, start to realize that the people I meet are getting younger and younger.
 
As a career, after graduating from Art school, there was only 1 direction I wanted to take, to be part of the TV industry. At that time, being 21, young and gung-ho with a few years experience of working in a Production House while I was still studying, made me feel I could take on the world! And at time, the biggest and hippest place to be at is ASTRO. Yup, never cross my mind to join TV3 or RTM after my team got merged with NTV7 and I decide to forge my own path elsewhere. 


And I would say it's one of those decisions I did not regret, ASTRO in those days was modern, taking on the digital technology and merging the old with the new so I got to learn all over again. Learning about some of the tools and tricks that is employed with older technology while putting in my own fair share of experience with the newer technology that I've picked up over the years shooting music videos and fashion shows.
 
It was a steep learning curve too! I've to start writing scripts, do my own research, edit footage and montages as well as learn to put a show together as a Producer. It was not easy but it was very exciting. I've also got to know a lot of new acquaintances that I still call friends today. Meeting international celebrities and working with them, you'd also realize, they are human after all. In a way, it made me a bit muted when it comes to celebrities cause we've worked with them, that glam around them was also shattered because of our close dealings too.


 
It wasn't easy parting ways in 2002 after I've been with the same company from 1996 but sometimes, we just have to move on when we realize that there is only that much that we can do and we've hit that limit. For me, I got burnt out, working Monday to Sunday since I started working without taking a proper break took a good toll on me.

I ended up in Mediacorp's Channel 5 though when some crappy thing happened in my personal life and I decide to leave for greener pasture in Singapore. But despite how much I try to find other work, I still end up working in the TV industry because of my experience. I have to say that the knowledge I've gained when I was doing my own shows as well as what I learn from ASTRO days was invaluable. Despite being new, I could jump straight into work and start producing stuff from the 1st day.
 
 
The past 6 years though, my career has shifted to a different direction but in terms of growth and experience, what I've learn in those 2 companies helped me a lot especially when it comes to managing projects and teams.  Only difference is, instead of dealing with a different team on a weekly basis for Live shows, I now do the same but with different projects. The juggle is similar, it's just a different environment and type of work I do.

Do I miss the TV life? Yes and No, Yes because I used to be able to travel around for quite a bit at the company's expenses covering glamorous events and stuff.   No because despite us producing the Live shows, we can never watch it LIVE ourselves but  get stuck staring at multiple monitors  and making sure graphics are ready, scripts are scrolling and VTs are marked for playback.

Ah.. .sometimes, it's nice to look back at life. Don't you agree?


Ingress Quick Introduction and Leveling tips


Thanks to the game of Pokemon Go, the world of Ingress started to see an increase of players coming into the 2 factions as they were recommended by various news site to use as a referencing point + a good starting point to use to get used to the style of game as introduced by Niantic.

For those of you not familiar with the game, you can download in Google Play or the App Store for your android phone. Now there's a minimum requirement to the game so to some of the users with older phones that is slow or doesn't have GPS build into their devices, you would not be able to play the game. I've tried on my older iPhones and it doesn't work.

Here's some Tips to start off.

1. CHOOSE YOUR SIDES

Sign in and you'd be asked to choose a faction, I personally am in the RESISTANCE because there's a smaller number of players in RESMY and nothing gives a good challenge than being the underdog.  Right?

Once you're in the game, run through your OP menu so you know where is the inventory and so on and so forth. Also, a quick way to familiarize yourself with the game is to PLAY THE TUTORIAL MISSION. Get that over and done with, I did mine in 15minutes so it's not that long and it gives you an idea of how things works in the game.

You see the COMM panel at the bottom in the game? Use that, it is very useful for you to get in touch with some players that is closed to you, especially in your own faction, they will then guide you to the team's external pages/chat groups you can join and be part of. For Resistance Malaysia, you go to http://register.resmy.blue/ and follow the simple steps to get in.

2. GAME PLAY

Now that is sorted, the basic idea of the game is to Hack the various portals around you to gain weapons, resonators and so on but that is not all! Hacking also consist of a mini-game call GLYPH HACKING. To activate it, you hold down the HACK button long enough for the Glyph page to appear and follow the simple "drawing" when it appears. Getting the right GLYPH will give you bonus items as well as additional APs that you need to level up. (more on that later). Best way to remember the various glyph that comes in? Give each pattern a name you think it looks like it's just a matter of remembering those names. After awhile, it will become a breeze.


If you have enough weapons and is feeling dangerous, click and hold down on your opponent's Portal and you'd see more choices appear. Once you click on FIRE XMP, a new menu will appear with a list of weapons and power cubes, Power Cubes are your health potion so keep that in mind and know where it's at so you can flip across in quick succession to heal and also stay in the attack. Choose the weapon of choice and Hold Down on the FIRE button, you will see a shrinking ring appearing on your icon, release the fire button when the ring gets to the center (it gets a bit of practice but once you get it, you'd see the damage percentage goes up). For now, the additional damage inflected on the opposing portals is 20% extra when you get the ring to the center of your icon. Know the weapons you have in your arsenal and what they do and you won't waste much in your attacks. XMP Busters basically is used for destroying the enemy resonators, the Ultra Strikes are particularly useful for destroying the enemy shields (but effective only if you're directly in the middle of the Portal) and if you have ADA/JARVIS, that's a bonus and you'd best keep it to use in major battles.



To claim the portal, you just need to place your own resonators into the Neutral Portal and various other items will be made available, LINKING and FORMING field would be the next step but I would advise that you talk to some of the other players on the best strategies to do it. Certain location require certain series of planning and we've encountered situations where YOLO players even though from the same faction ruining the plan by linking across the path we want to take.

Now, how do we link? When you hack the portal, you might get a key to the portal, to link it to other portal, you would need to get to the next portal and link it from there. Combine 3 portals into a triangle of sort, gives you a Field, which accumulates up Mind Units, more layers in the field gives you more MU and that reflects in the huge numbers you see in the Intel page (below). That's where I'd encourage you to talk to the other players in your faction to understand and  create bigger fields to maximize the MUs collected. What we would call a BAF. 

3. GETTING TO LEVEL 8

The current record holder getting to Level 8 took just 3 days to do it. It took me 4 days (accumulated hours spend was about 20 hours of game play) and there are some that is still getting there after months playing the game. The best way to do it is work together with some of the senior players in the game, that's where knowing fellow players around you comes in handy. There are some public zones around us and by working together, you can level up in no time.


Utilize the INTEL PAGE by going to http://www.ingress.com/intel/, this is where you see an overall map of what's going on around the game. Across the globe as well as within the  region of play you are in.  This is a very useful page to check on before you plan your walkabouts as the game is not something you play indoor but need a bit of traveling. So want to maximize your trips? Plan ahead! Whether you are doing a solo grind or going out in a team. The page helps you to identify where certain portals of certain levels that you can tap/farm so you spend less time on the road.

Everything we do in the game gives us AP,  Action Points or Experience Points in other games helps you level up. A brief guide to what gives you what points:

AP awards – Lowest to Highest
  • One recharge press – 10 AP.
  • Upgrade a resonator – 65 AP.
  • Destroy a resonator – 75 AP
  • Deploy a resonator – 125 AP.
  • Deploy a mod – 125 AP.
  • Destroy a link – 187 AP.
  • Link two portals – 313 AP.
  • Destroy a control field – 750 AP.
  • Create a control field – 1250 AP.
  • Capture a portal – Extra 500 AP.
  • Put on the 8th resonator onto a portal - Extra 250 AP.

So do it right and you'd get a lot of points. And what we normally do to get fellow RES or ENL up to speed in terms of level is by having players with higher levels to come in and create the necessary scenarios for the lower level players to maximize on points. Example of what I feel would be a good scenario is a Level 8 and above player clearing the field of play, and lower level players just go in and capture, deploy the Res and Mods and start linking. Irregardless of whether you deploy R1 or R8s, you will still only get 125APs, so plan it well and you won't waste much.


Planting MODS, in Public Zone, I would usually just put in a common shield just to get the 125AP,  but in a strategic fight, best is you have an idea of what each mod is for. Because, there are a lot of mods:
  • Shields.   Green = common, purple = Rare, pink = very rare.   AXA shields are a sponsored item (AXA Insurance) and are super powerful.
  • Heat Sinks.   These reduce the time between hacks.   If a portal is burned out, they “reset” it as well, when placed as a mod.
  • Multi – Hacks.   These increase the number of hacks possible from a portal.    You still have to  wait between hacks.
  • Link Amps.    For you, these are useless.    For nearly everyone, they’re useless.
  • Softbank Link.    These items increase the number of links that you can make from one portal – from 8 to 16.   It also increases the portal defense.
  • Force Amps and Turrets.    These attack the greens when they attack your portal.    Best used in pairs, like one of each.    Only a short step up in usefulness from the Link Amp.

Once you get to a certain level (Level 4 for me), you might realize that the inventory is filling up and each users are only given 2000 slots, once that's field, you are basically maxed out. That's where you can look at the lower level inventories to either drop or recycle (recycling the items help restore your health!), for me, I try not to recycle the resonators even though I accumulated a lot of Level 1s but I will look at recycling the Level 1 XMPs because aside from using it to annoy the opposing team, it doesn't really do much damage to a higher level portal. So I only keep some in hand to "ring the bell" when I see a cluster of enemy portals but not wanting to destroy them. Why ring the bell? Some users kept their alert on so when their portal gets attacked, they received a notifcation, imagine while in bed, having a good night sleep and your phone goes off like a crazy person alerting you to portals being attacked.  It's a bit evil I know but then, it's all in good fun in disturbing the enemy, right?

The Levels and AP/XM capacity. 
Basically the amount of AP you need to get to the next level (info is only up to 8).


AP Req             XM Capacity
Level 1           0 3000
Level 2 10,000 4,000
Level 3 30,000 5,000
Level 4 70,000 6,000
Level 5 150,000 7,000
Level 6 300,000 8,000
Level 7 600,000 9,000
Level 8 1,200,000 10,000


4. LIFE AT 8 AND ABOVE

Now, once you get to 8, the challenge is totally different, the weapons are basically maxing out at 8 so it's more of your own personal adventure in leveling up while arming yourself with as much 8s as possible to use in battles.


Every week, the local teams will organize a mass farming session, when you are free, join those, it's a good time to know new friends and find the best spots to sit down and farm as much items out of the portals as possible.  Can never say enough is enough as every bit of weapons, shields and PC counts. Join in Ops and feel the adrenaline when you plan your own BAF or counter the ENL's BAF, last couple of days have seen a few such ops and   seeing how everyone works together is amazing  and you think that this is just a simple game that can be played alone.

Ingress Level Requirements Table 9 – 16
     Level       AP Req       Silver          Gold   Platinum      Black    
Level 9   2,400,000 4 1 0 0
Level 10 4,000,000 5 2 0 0
Level 11 6,000,000 6 4 0 0
Level 12 8,400,000 7 6 0 0
Level 13 12,000,000 n/a 7 1 0
Level 14 17,000,000 n/a n/a 2 0
Level 15 24,000,000 n/a n/a 3 0
Level 16 40,000,000 n/a n/a 4 2

As for what you get for being a higher level, the answer is, basically nothing as far as your everyday game play is concerned. Officially, you get a longer range for recharging portals (and a higher percentage of recharge for portals that are far away but still within range for lower levels). You also get a higher maximum XM capacity. However, there are no items above L8, including power cubes, so really the higher maximum is usable just once, until you start playing, and then, you’ll have to re-collect up XM to the maximum. Assuming that XM was around to collect in the first place, then you could have just filled up to your old maximum, deployed, attacked, built, recharged, or whatever, and then collected more XM as you played, making the max XM a minimal advantage.


5. OTHER TIPS

  • Try to build fields within fields, this way more fields will remain intact when they take down one of the fields portals. Remember you cannot link from a portal within a closed field, you will have to link from the edge-field portals.
  • You also get AP for installing mods and remote recharging portals with the portalkeys. Also you get AP when updated portal requests are approved. Or by replacing other players resonators.
  • Make your agent stats private. You can do this under OPS > Agent profile > make agent stats private.
  • Disable the sounds to save some battery life, and invest in a power bank to charge your device on the go.
  • Connect with other players, together you will achieve more with less resources. It is a social game after all.
  • If you claim a portal, deploy it fully! Your enemies will have more trouble claiming the portals back. and you can start linking.
  • Try hacking enemy portals before destroying them, you will get better items from higher level portals.

If you have any other tips you'd like to share that I might have left out, do share by commenting below. Until then, catch you at the next ANOMALY.

[Ingress Post-Op Report] Operation Clear Sky


Recently, I've been actively playing INGRESS again, playing on the side of RESISTANCE. Prior to the recent week, I've been basically quite inactive and only playing alone but as I start to made a couple of new friends through the game from within the area I normally play in. I start to get more absorbed into the game. Anyway, this is about a recent counter-Op we executed on a last minute notice  on a fine Sunday afternoon. How it all started?

Like most times, it was a casual chat session on Slack on the Sunday morning when suddenly, an alarm went off around 10:46AM. Those of us on the Intel page saw the whole map around where we are in turned GREEN! Yup, I thought at first that maybe my browser has crashed on me but it's the same in my app. And I wasn't the only one that sounded the alarm in Slack cause soon, everyone else verified that it is the same, even in the game's COMM, Resistance players was asking what's happening as all they see on their screen was green!

 Agents @luinithil and @aavenchen, who was also looking at the Intel map decide to see the exted of the huge bloom and discovered that ENLIGHTENED had just moments ago raised several multilayered fields, with an anchor in Bentong, another one in Port Dickson and the final one across the ocean to Belawan, Indonesia. Yup, it was massive!

Resistance agents up and down the West Coast were in a flurry of communications, amidst much grumbling over aborted field ops. Smurflings and confused tadpoles asked panicked questions over comms and shared intel snapshots of the green algae infestation. “What can we do? Is anyone doing anything? What’s going on?”

RESMY’s Slack channels now was abuzzed with plans. Agents in KL couldn’t do anything for those further north-- but we could at least reach the anchors in Bentong and Port Dickson. @luinithil, having located the various anchor points and marking the ENL agents still in the area, issued the call for volunteers to head out for a takedown. The anchors were easily within an hour’s drive, but who was available to go? The last time something like this had happened, senior agents had gone out to clear the moss.



This time, the senior players turned solemnly to the junior agents, and told us: “It’s your turn now.”

Trial by Fire

@mikeyip, @warrenen, and @amuyot responded immediately with plans for a road trip with agent @berbacat. @luinithil remained as Ops/Dispatch/Intel (with advisory input from @afredlee). None of the guys had any experience conducting such an op before but spirits were high as the team sorted out their targets. @berbacat and @mikeyip had a quick plan and work out the deployment details and spread the information out via a private operation room and made  their way to Bentong, where two anchors awaited, along with ENL agents @JasonSng and @expediter.

@warrenen, as PD team lead, would travel southwards with @amuyot and last-minute addition @imjoel around 1.30PM. A second group consisting of @gaffor with agents @Spunkme and @ianlty would join them later to take on the cluster of 5 anchors and remaining ENL controlled portals there. @aavenchen remained on standby to fire blocking links once the fields were taken down.

The Battle of Bentong

Agents @berbacat and @mikeyip arrived at 1:15 but we detected the presence of ENL agents in the area just as we entered into town, we had to be careful to avoid detection by the ENL teams. Moving into positions, we quickly got into the app and deployed Ultra Strikes to disable all the VR Shields. Fortunately only one portal out of the two anchors were heavily shielded; after taking down the heavily guarded one, however, ENL detected our presence and started recharging the second portal instantly. Fortunately enough, ENL couldn't rush to the portal to redeploy their shields and we took the second portal down successfully.


The Bentong team hung around waiting for the ENLs to show up, but received no signs of activity. Considering their job done, they went for a celebratory lunch of wantan mee, before making plans to head back home while still keeping in touch with the rest of the ops that is happening across the other state.

The frogs weren’t about to go off quietly into the grass, however. @aavenchen was caught by ENL agents @keretapir and @ptewe23, who soon had his blocking links and fields down.

Barely 5km out of Bentong, @mikeyip and @berbacat was alerted by Ops central that the ENL were going to redeploy their fields, U-turned back to Bentong. On the way back to Bentong, we attempted to create our own blocking links, farming keys along the way back to Bentong town so that we could fire our own blocking links after we took the portal down a second time. We still weren't low on ammo yet, but our Ultra Strikes were used up so we had to kill the Bentong anchors the crude way by using up all our X6 and X7s first.

Fighting it out with @expediter and @JasonSng to keep ENL’s attention occupied. The two agents repeatedly duelled over the portals, capturing and and recapturing one of the anchors until they ran out of bursters;

After we took the field down for the second time, we proceeded to create our own block links  while @aavenchen blocking links were still active. However, once again ENL managed to coordinate another BAF, where @expediter drove to the anchor of the blocking link we were defending to destroy our blocking link, and @JasonSnG fielded from the Bentong anchor once again. This time, they sat at the Bentong anchor waiting for us.

@berbacat and @mikeyip got in some sweet revenge when they JARVIS’d one of the Bentong anchors with filled mod slots, rendering the ENL team unable to re-establish the outgoing link to Belawan from that portal before the checkpoint was crossed.

Meanwhile, @luinithil broadcast requests to support the Bentong team and @aavenchen. @bananasminion came to the rescue, with two long blocking links going up into Seremban, giving the Bentong team and PD group some breathing space. The blockers didn’t last very long however: with the fields being successfully rethrown at 3:15PM, the skies turned green again for a second time that day...

@berbacat and @mikeyip had spent most of their weaponry in the first round. They were running out of cubes, XMPs, Ultra Strikes, even resonators, everything. Yet they hung on, fighting it out with @expediter and @JasonSng to keep ENL’s attention occupied. The two agents repeatedly dueled over the portals, capturing and and recapturing one of the anchors until they ran out of bursters; when that happened they began to employ distraction tactics: walking over to meet their ENL opponents in person to chit chat, creating smaller blockers forcing the ENL agents away from the anchor points in a game of cat and mouse, attempting to delay so that the PD team could get to their targets without being noticed.


Hail ADA!

The PD team were now under immense pressure: 50 minutes to checkpoint, and it was now all down to them, as the Bentong team were reduced to harassing the opposition, but could no longer deal significant damage and were about to head home. @aavenchen stood by yet again with his remaining stock of keys, waiting for the fields to come down. Bad news came-- due to their late start, @warrenen and his team were going to be cutting things very fine, with their ETA maybe only half an hour or less before deadline. Concern was high, as the original plan had been to blast the portals-- but there was no more time for that. 5 portals in under 30 minutes, and the driver unfamiliar with the route. Could they make it in time and still blast their way to victory?

A call from @amuyot came: @imjoel had brought 8 ADAs-- could they use them?

YES. @afredlee confirmed that ADAs were a go.

@warrenen’s F1 style driving got them to the first of the PD anchors, and one by one the fields dropped, as their anchors fell before the mighty power of the ADA Refactor, @aavenchen firing blocks without being prompted as soon as his scanner cleared. The green fields were downed for good with 15 minutes to spare.

@gaffor and posse, having earlier been delayed by traffic, had by then finally managed to join up with the victorious strike team, and together they proceeded to clean up ENL presence around the PD waterfront, creating fields that netted at least several hundred MUs. A happy ending was had for all as the PD team celebrated with a well deserved beachfront makan.

“That was fun, wasn’t it? Same time next week?”

The ENL agents conceded a game well played, retiring from the field with ominous promises of repeating the BAF. Even sending messages over COMM to the RESMY teams to congratulate us on a game well fought. Signing off from Bentong, the team even drove home together in a convoy with the ENL team until we decide to lose them on the highway after we exited Bentong.

It was an exciting battle, and with new bloods coming into RESMY that is willing to do their parts, We can stands firm. We will be watching, and we will be ready to #ClearSkies as needed, defending humanity against continued Shaper ingression.

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