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

14

Confirmed Bookings for 2018

4

Confirmed Destinations for 2018

6

Confirmed Dance Festivals for 2018

4

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

Happy 2018


Just want to take this opportunity along with the new revamp of mikeyip.com to wish all you readers a HAPPY NEW YEAR! May your 2018 be full of great wealth, health and happiness.

Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan were and never racist - Mior Rosli


WE ARE AND NEVER WERE A RACIST
By Major (R) Mior Rosli (TUDM)

I wish the Defence minister, the deputy defence minister read and listen to what I have to say very carefully.

Yesterday, Hishammudin accused Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan of being Racist.. I demand your apology to us because it is not us who are racist.. it is you. Don't you remember when you was the UMNO youth chief? You unsealth the Keris, waved it in the air and demand for Chinese blood? Isn't that Racist and dangerous? The police should have charged you under ISA, put you behind bars and throw the key. We don't need Racist people like you leading a multi Racial country. Now just because the elections is round the corner you have the cheek to talk about increasing the number of non malays in the Armed Forces. Something that we have heard many many times over many many years.

Let me tell you and all your bloody UMNO goons.. THERE IS NO RACIAL CONFLICTS NOR SENTIMENTS AMONG SOLDIERS WITHIN THE MAF. We have gone through tough and team training day and night for 6 months for the other ranks and 12 months training for the officers. We ate, slept, trained, sweat, cried and laughed together... After recruit or cadet training we were enlisted and Commission into various corps and services. Except for the Royal Malay Regiment, in all corps and services we were never bothered if one is a Malay, Chinese, Indian, Punjabi, IBAN or kadazan... Our loyalty only goes to our Commander what ever race and religion they are, to our Corps/services, to the MAF, to our King and country. That's was how we were taught and trained.

During both the emergencies (1948-1960/1960-1989), during the confrontation with Indonesia, and the war in Sarawak till the early 90s.. we fought like brothers..to defend this country and to maintain the independence of this country. We make sure people like you to be safe and maintain your freedom in this country.

You were never there to see our comrades died..got their legs and arms blown off. You were never there to see how their wives and children cried when their husbands came back in coffins or without legs or arms.

You were born with a silver spoon.. you are not more than a show off. Donning a military uniform, with a Commando beret, with senior airborne wings on your chest.. You made many veterans sick Looking at your stupidity.

During the emergencies combating the CTs there were many non malays did clandestine operations, became agents inside the enemy troops and acted as rubber tappers,farmers, etc.. some were caught and killed.

Our pilots, many were non malays too were shot down, and when they did their rescue, bodivac and medical missions, don't care the dead or injured were Malays, Chinese, iban or indians... Or what ever race they were.

Today UMNO is kissing lips with the CPC. Having closed doors meetings..all for power and money... Forgetting their sacrifice so that UMNO can continue to exist until today..

It is your (UMNO) policymakers who try to separate and divide us racially. It was your party that makes the quotas for entry and promotions.. it was your party Who control who should be generals and who should not.

Soldiering is a professional job. If you get unskilled people to be promoted, you will get a half baked Armed Forces. A half baked Armed Forces will Never be able to defend this country effectively.

If you want the Chinese to be seen of their loyalty, make the Armed Forces more professional and not Political.

We, the veterans Armed Forces Officers and the ex senior police officers are the real Patriots. More Patriotic than any of you, "power and kleptocracy" crazy politicians. DON'T EVER BELITTLE US. IF THERE IS A WAR TO DEFEND THIS SOIL, WE WILL BE THE SECOND OR THIRD LINERS BEHIND THE REGULAR FORCES TO DEFEND THIS COUNTRY... PLEASE DON'T MESS US UP WITH YOUR POLITICAL DREAMS!!!

What your party are doing towards the MAF are degrading them.. making them weak, making the Generals like puppet on the strings until they do not know to differentiate between what is right and what is wrong.

You are making the Rakyat live in a "BOILING FROG SYNDROME". The moment the Rakyat realised what happened to this country, it will be too late.

The problem with politicians like you are because you rose up not from grassroots leaders.. from the beginning until now you are just "A TORTOISE ON A POLE". Don't know how you got up there but just because your father was the PM, if not you are nothing.

We who served from 1948- 1989/91, majority are still very much alive. Your party betrayed us, ignored us, lied to us and many of us are struggling to live on with our lives.. while over all these years you and your party members became kleptocrats and took away what actually belong to us and the Rakyat.

May Allah curse all of you if you don't realise what you did wrong.

Wallahualam.

Maj Hj Mior Rosli TUDM (Bersara)
https://www.facebook.com/mior.rosli/posts/10155876786206092


Did You Know? You can't bring your Vape/e-cigarette into Thailand


Travellers heading to Thailand have been warned they risk 10 years in prison for taking an e-cigarette into the country.

Experts say as the ban on vaping introduced in the Land of Smiles in 2014 is little known, holidaymakers unaware might find themselves facing prosecution for having a drag and being fined or sent to jail.

Millions of tourists visit Thailand each year, according to the Foreign Office, and the South-East Asian country is a favourite among backpackers and gap-year students, for its accessibility and affordability.

Advice for tourists on the Foreign Office website states: “You can’t bring vaporisers (like e-cigarettes and e-baraku) or refills into Thailand.

“These items are likely to be confiscated and you could be fined or sent to prison for up to 10 years if convicted.

“The sale or supply of e-cigarettes and similar devices is also banned and you could face a heavy fine or up to five years imprisonment if found guilty. Several Tourists have been arrested for possession of vaporisers and e-cigarettes.”

There is no actual law against vaping or vapor products in Thailand. Instead, vapor products fall under customs law in a category called “goods that have not been taxed”. Here are the applicable laws:
  • Customs Act 27 states that avoiding import duty taxation is tax evasion and against the law. Violating Customs Act 27 is punishable by fines, five years in jail or both. The fines are calculated based on the cost of the products that evaded taxation and they can be steep. The five years in jail is obviously the source of reports of going to jail for vaping.

  • Customs Act 20 gives Thai law enforcement arrest powers without a warrant if you are deemed to be breaking the law. Basically, this provides the legal basis for arresting someone in possession of vapor products. Similar to “probable cause” in the United States.
We can debate the merits of the vaping laws in Thailand all day. At the end of the day, we are visitors in someone else’s home. Whether or not you can get away with it shouldn’t be a consideration. It was made clear to me by an official from the Royal Thailand Consulate that electronic cigarettes are against the law and not allowed. As visitors to their beautiful country, we should respect that.

That’s really the final analysis. First, we should not abuse the privilege of visiting Thailand by flaunting their laws. Second, there are potential consequences including arrest. Don’t vape in Thailand. Leave your vape gear and e-liquids at home. They will be there waiting for you when you get back.

Photos + Videos | Kizchata Christmas Edition 2017


The Kizchata Christmas Edition 2017 is finally over, the 13 hours of non-stop partying was a fun night to be at. 4 workshops back to back to kick off the dancing spree before the dancers sit back, relax and letting the music take over. Was told by the organizer that the next one will be in March and that's specially dedicated to the ladies! So make sure you stay tune to the updates and I'll keep you posted on the next event at this page. For now, I'll let the photos do the talking.


click here to jump to the Facebook Album : Kizchata 2017 Christmas Edition

Performance by Alex and Roslyn



Performance by Izzat & Karina



Performance by Jeff & Alex

According to Bank Negara, Merchants are not supposed to impose minimum amount for payment via credit card!


Did you know? According to Bank Negara Malaysia, merchants/retail outlets in the country are not supposed to impose a minimum amount when it comes to payment using credit/debit cards?





This was a question that was posted to Bank Negara recently and checks with the credit card operators (Visa & Mastercard) stated the same thing as well.

So why do the shops set a minimum amount that consumers must meet before they are allowed to pay via credit card? According to some that I talk to, they have to pay a transaction fee to the payment system operator for each transaction via the card machines and most shop owners does not want to pay for transactions that is below their stipulated amount as it would mean less profit for them.

While more and more shops/retail operators out there is starting to embrace the cashless transactions, some are still adamant about only allowing transactions to go through when a minimum amount is met. How I know? Some shops put up signs indicating the transaction terms and some, like one that I recently went to, told me so, even though I was buying amout 40+ ringgit worth of product and didn't carry cash with me and was told that they won't let me pay via debit card because it did not meet their minimum amount for transaction.

So what can you do? You can lodge a complain to Bank Negara Malaysia with the information they need. And they will take it from there.
  • Merchant Name:
  • Address:
  • Acquirer's name (can be found on the credit card transaction receipt)
  • Nature of complaint:

Hope this helps to clear up some misinformation that merchants selectively want to follow. 


Review : DJI Phantom 4 & Solving some issues with the latest firmware


Recently, for work, I got myself a Phantom 4. Like all new gears, there's definitely a time to sit down, play around with it and familiarize myself with the tech before I take it out for real world use and on assignment. Don't expect technical review like most reviewers out there, what you read is basically my own hands-on experience using the Phantom for work and for play.

Like the Phantom series before it, it takes some time for beginners to get use to but if you have previously flown drones before, it's basically as good as plug and play. Except that it is best for you to get the phantom to detect all the necessary signals before you get going.

I flew it quite frequently since I got it, to take videos of the places I'm at, for work and also just as a toy to fly around the field and obstacles when time permits. The system itself is quite intelligent so don't let it fool you into thinking that you're a great pilot once you got the hang of it.



Durability wise, it's quite a robust machine, as I got mine 2nd hand, I can't give you the best battery life as compared to reviewers that got new units from DJI itself. On average, the batteries in the drone does last me a good 15 minutes flight time and shorter if the drone had to battle with cross winds while in the air.

The controller can last a good long while before we need a good charge, I have flown 8 times before the battery on my controller drop to 15% which is when I usually will charge most of my batteries.



As for the software/app. The latest firmware is  v.02.00.0106 for the aircraft. v.1.9.2.0 for the remote controller and for the phone, it is the DJI Go 4 App for both iOS and Android. (v.4.1.3 and v4.1.2 respectively).


Here's some issues I encountered after I got both the drone and the controller updated. I'll constantly update the issues I encounter with my Phantom here and put the solutions in to help you readers with the trouble shooting.

Beeping sound on the controller - Solved

The Controller started beeping like crazy each time I turn on the controller, and the toggles would not be functioning properly too. I almost got my Phantom stuck in mid-flight when the controller started beeping and I lost all control on the right joystick. 
  1. Roll back the firmware
  2. Update the firmware again
  3. Calibrate the controller
The beeping has since stopped on mine and I'm flying as usual now.


 Erratic Video Transmission on DJI Go 4 app. - Solved 

  1. Switch Radio Channel Signal to Custom instead of Auto and select the best frequency you are receiving from your Phantom.
  2. Set Video Resolution to the highest 4K mode
  3. Restart Phantom
So far, I did that and the video glitch has gone away. It might be bad if you want to save space and not shoot at such a big file size but at the moment, that's the fix that worked for me, unless you dare to fly blind and just control the Phantom from the line of sight.

So far, several months in after I purchased my Phantom 4, I've been quite happy with it. Useful for me as a Photographer/videographer as it does add to my portfolio that my client can utilize. Yes, unlike the Mavic and Spark, it is quite big but the size does come in handy at times. Just like the dSLRs, clients gets more confident when they see a robust looking device being used for paid assignments even though there are some smaller equipment out there that can do the same thing.

Tips for Better Quality Video and Photo from the DJI Phantom 4

  1. Use Manual Settings for video and photo
  2. Configure the C1 & C2 buttons to launch often used settings you can quickly switch to.
  3. Spend some time on location to check the ISO, Shutter and Aperture. Using the histogram is useful in making sure the quality is at the optimum.
  4. For photos, try to shoot on Raw (dng) as you will edit the photo once you transfer the data into your computer anyway.
  5. For videos, shoot at 4K, it might be a bigger file size but you can always resize the video to your output size in edit.

Tips for those shopping for 2nd hand DJI Phantom 4/Mavic Pro/Sparks

  1. Ask the buyer to set the drone up and switch it on
  2. Hover the drone and see the stability of the drone
  3. Listen to the rotors and see how it's spinning, if it gives out a whiny sound or have an erratic spinning sound, it might be signs the drone's rotor might be at it's limit.
  4. Check for sticky controllers, the joysticks should rebound back to the center each time you push it up down and to the sides. 
  5. Check the camera and the stabilizers to make sure it rotates the way you want it to and does not jerk around especially when you are hovering the drone.
Do you have any more tips you would like to share? Comment below and let us know.

Hope what I wrote helps you with your purchasing decision when you want to get a drone, whether it's a new unit or a 2nd hand one.

*This is not a paid review, I bought the device and used it for work and was asked by some friends about my thoughts on the Phantom. Rather than repeating myself, I write a post about it.

Ratings :

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Phantom 4 | Seksyen 17, PJ x Dusk


Time: 7.21pm
Location: Seksyen 17/1

Settings:
Camera: DJI Phantom 4 x 3.61mm (FC330)
ISO800
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter: 1/39

The Rise of Social Media Influencers - Boon or Bane?


The past couple of months, my clients has been pushing me to engage more and more "influencers" to help them drive traffic to their events and products. Going through all this process, some made me wonder, what or how do you define them as influencers? For me, an influencer is someone that can create an impact, that can create changes. Names that will automatically pop to your mind when you mention a certain thing or certain subject. But in this digital age, the term influencer has been greatly distorted, which bring me to this article I came across.

Continue reading, and let me know what you think of the article below.



Fake news. It’s a phrase that really didn’t gain serious traction until recently. Despite certain politicians using the term to reference an unflattering report or any news they don’t personally like, ‘fake news’ actually refers to phony or inaccurate ‘news’ articles that are purposefully placed to confuse, deceive, or just create a fog of misleading information. Today’s digital era facilitates this with shocking ease, and the consequences of intentional, coordinated ‘fake news’ campaigns can be dire.

However, lately it’s become clear to me that what’s also pretty fake these days is what’s being peddled by this new breed of would-be advertisers: the so-called ‘social media influencers’. What began as PR agencies tying up with bloggers and even sending them a few free samples in hopes of some positive word-of-mouth has mushroomed into an industry now valued at over a billion dollars. Now these same PR people are handing over thousands of dollars (in addition to free products and travel) in exchange for a pretty picture and a few hashtags.

On the surface, it might make sense. A brand engages with a self-styled ‘influencer’ who has tens (or hundreds) of thousands of followers on social media – Instagram is probably the most popular platform, but Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter are all heavily used, too – with the idea that a shot of their product or service will translate into engagement or, ideally, sales. It didn’t take me long on Instagram to see just how prevalent this is – and how potentially devious. You start following someone because you like their posts. Over time, they build up a huge following. Sometimes this happens organically, but there are far less scrupulous ways to amass thousands of Instagram followers, too, seemingly overnight.

Too often, these so-called followers are not even real people, but merely bots, purchased in bulk in a bid to drive up the number of followers. In fact, photos and reports freely circulate of actual vending machines in Russia where you can buy followers and likes on social media!

There are admittedly some pros (and plenty of obvious cons) to buying ‘followers’ in bulk. But as long as the numbers are there, once this person has so many followers – real or not – it’s not that hard to monetize it because marketers are lining up to throw money at these self-styled ‘social influencers’. And lest you think it’s just a fad, consider that in 2016, over US$23 billion was spent on social media marketing, a figure that doesn’t even fully take into account the estimated $1 billion-plus paid to private influencers (as opposed to being paid directly to the platforms themselves). And in 2017, there’s been only more growth, with no signs of it stopping any time soon.

Show me the money

How lucrative can it be? One jet-setting couple in the United States with over a million Instagram followers won’t even bother for anything less than US$3,000, a fee that’s paid on top of all the expenses being covered for the vacation that they’re posting about. In Singapore, one influencer with over 300,000 followers charges S$1,800 per Instagram post. Another, with around 20,000 followers, gets a more sedate S$500 per post, but S$2,000 for a YouTube feature. Anything over 100,000 followers seems to be the magic number; that’s the level where the coin can start really adding up. Currently, the average cost for a post by someone with that many followers is about US$600.

There are admittedly some pros (and plenty of obvious cons) to buying ‘followers’ in bulk. But as long as the numbers are there, once this person has so many followers – real or not – it’s not that hard to monetize it because marketers are lining up to throw money at these self-styled ‘social influencers’. And lest you think it’s just a fad, consider that in 2016, over US$23 billion was spent on social media marketing, a figure that doesn’t even fully take into account the estimated $1 billion-plus paid to private influencers (as opposed to being paid directly to the platforms themselves). And in 2017, there’s been only more growth, with no signs of it stopping any time soon.

It would be easy to write this off as mere jealousy on the part of naysayers, but what really frustrates me is how some influencers – especially the fake ones – are taking advantage of that precious, short time between an industry’s emergence and its maturity. These marketing people who are forking over such large sums of money at Instagrammers and YouTubers are just stumbling around in that ill-defined gray area when the metrics for this industry are still being determined. And when even Facebook estimates that up to 11% of its users are fake, it makes defining the parameters for the market all the more challenging.

Beyond that, even if the followers are real, how deep does the actual influence really go?

Read the rest of the article at http://www.expatgo.com/my/2017/11/24/real-fake-rise-social-media-influencers/


While real influencers will become a permanent part of the marketing landscape, fake influencers are not engaged in a sustainable business model. In some parts of the world, we are approaching the end of the time when you can just fake your way through it and dazzle people with a cursory knowledge of social media that only barely exceeds that of the average person on the street.

But what about clients that does not take up the tools available to help them weed out the fakes? How are professionals in the Advertising and PR agencies helping the clients? Or we just succumb to the fact that clients want this and that person because they think those people are real influencers even when a little search will tell us otherwise and we just go with the flow? Because in most cases, the ones that will be questioned when the "result" does not reflect the need is with the agencies. In such situation, the repercussion is sometimes huge even though the initial fact is that the engagement of the certain individuals are what the client wanted and what they needed.

Leadership Peak 2018 Signing and Official Launch


QUEST Entrepreneurs Mastery (QEM), an entrepreneur community builder, WeStyleAsia Academy, Malaysia’s leading personal personal grooming education platform and Focus Malaysia, one of Malaysia’s top business weekly officially sealed their partnership in the organising of
Malaysia’s inaugural Leadership Peak 2018 that is scheduled to be held on 25 January 2018.

The MoU was signed by Mr. Ivan Yap, Executive Director of QEM, Mr. Arthur Tan, Founder and CEO of WeStyleAsia as well as Mr. Dan Loh, Chief Operating Officer of Focus Malaysia along with the unveiling of Leadership Peak logo, the event was graced by Guests-of-Honours,
Datin Winnie Loo, Founder of A Cut Above and Mr. Raja Singham, Founder & Managing Director of Brickfields Asia College.



The signing ceremony officiates the launch of Leadership Peak 2018 and announced that registration
open to those who wish to be part of this value-packed conference. The Leadership Peak Conference
2018, with the tagline “No Title? Who Cares! You Are Still a Leader” is mainly aimed at corporate
leaders, C-Level management, SMEs, business owners, start-up owners as well as aspiring
entrepreneurs so that they can impart the theme to their team of executives. To be held on 25 January 2018 at Zebra Square, Kuala Lumpur. The 1-day conference will encompass topics revolving around leadership, personal empowerment and business management.

“The entire idea of running this Leadership Peak Conference is to disrupt the traditional approach of
running a business in order to revitalise and bring innovation to the entire business community,”
said Mr Ivan Yap. “And to do that, we focus on inspiring change at the core of every business –
leadership.”



The full day conference will feature power house speakers and panelists such as Raja Jesrina Arshad
from Purely B, Ehon Chan from MaGiC, Brian Tan from Futurelabs, Ili Sulaiman from Dishbyili &
Agak-Agak, Angel Tashveer from WanderClass and Andrew Tan from CrowdPlus Asia for the start-up scene as well as Ken Lim from Kens Apothecary, Hugh Koh from Pestle & Mortar and Joanne Kay from Ultron for the SME scene. An interesting session featuring Unsung Heroes of the business
scene include Giden from BloomThis and Jonathan Quek from Owners’ Circle. A session focusing on women empowerment is also scheduled to feature inspiring and influential women such as Hannah Tan. Speakers that will speak to inspire during the conference are Raja Singham of Brickfields Asia College and Datin Winnie Loo of A Cut Above Group of Salons. Other topics that will be included also throughout the day are branding, investment, relationships and management.

“We hope that through this conference, we can bridge the gap between market leaders and
entrepreneurs from all company sizes so that they can learn and inspire from one another,” said Mr.
Dan Loh, COO of Focus Malaysia.



This event is also one-of-its-kind where the organisers initiated a charity movement titled
“#LeadersAreGivers” in conjunction with Leadership Peak. With this, the Organisers hope to
empower participants of the event to ‘walk the talk’ as leaders by taking part in charity with their
effort and time. The charity is in partnership with Brickfields Asia College. “As leaders, we also need
to take the lead in giving back to the society,” said Mr. Arthur Tan.

An early bird rate of RM299 per person is available until 24 December 2017. A normal rate of RM499 per person will be applicable after that. Each entry ticket holder is entitled to get a goodie bag worth no less than RM1,500. To register or learn more about Leadership Peak Conference 2018, head on to www.leadershippeak.com or follow their progress via facebook.com/leadershippeak.


All-New Subaru XV (2018) appears in Malaysia


TC Subaru Sdn Bhd (better known to most as Subaru Malaysia) recently launched the 2018 All-New Subaru XV on Malaysian soil. It's a full model change since the original Subaru XV that was launched in 2012, the new XV is the 2nd model to employ the revolutionary Subaru global Platform.

As a happy owner of the Subaru XV STi model, my 1st impression of the car is that it has a lower stance compared to the previous version. It gives the car a whole new sportier look. While the older XV looks and is higher due to the suspension set-up, the new one rides low, as a 5' 10" man, the top of the new XV was about 15cm lower than my shoulder. Appearing in the 2.0i and 2.0i-P variants featuring Direct Fuel Injection, the N/A engines which produces 156PS at 6000rpm, it does feels lighter on the pedal and supposedly have better fuel economy (that's what was written on papers but real world drive always give a different result). And I thought the XV I'm using is already quite economical despite my semi-aggressive driving style.


It also features the Lineartronic CVT transmission that is 7.8kg lighter and have auto-step shift control with 7-speed manual mode functions. I won't bore you with the technical jargon because I personally prefers to judge the car based on how it feels on the road. But with a sales personnel beside me when I took the car out for a spin, I can say it is quite comfortable, responsive shift but was unable to try out the torque and roll of the car (There was quite a heavy traffic flow in the area).

For those that fancy the Steering Responsive Headlights, it is fitted in the 2.0i-P variant which looks like a sportier version of the 2.0i with touches of carbon fibre in and around the car. OTR price starts from RM118,819 inclusive of GST w/o insurance, the 2018 XV will be available in 6 colors: Sunshine Orange, Dark Blue Pearl, Pure White, Ice Silver Metallic, Dark Grey Metallic and Crystal Black Silica. Check out the ride at the nearest Subaru Showrooms, they are available now for you to touch, feel and test drive. Anyone planning to get one so we can take it out for a test up the mountain pass?



UYA Asia's Grand Launch



Earlier today, along with my team, fought through the early morning rush hour to get to Sheraton PJ, a new hotel across from the Asia Jaya LRT station. Should have just taken the train over from Kelana Jaya instead of driving but then, it was early in the day and my body was moving on auto-pilot while my brain is still in sleep mode.

The occasion was the launch of UYA Asia, Asia's first ever Entertainment Market Hub, an emerging player in the e-commerce industry led by a team of individuals who are experts in the marketing industry. UYA Asia officially open their 'doors' for business today, creating a unified online business hub via www.uyaasia.com.

UYA Asia did not hold back when they say they want to launch the online hub with a bang, with 300+ guests in attendance, they wowed the crowd with interesting dance performances & a series of booths featuring some of the major brands they are working closely with.

“UYA Asia offers more than just an online shopping experience,” says Philip Chow, the Founder & CEO of UYA Asia. “We are dubbed as Asia’s first Entertainment Market Hub because our online platform also offers a range of entertainment for free including short movie clips, games, mingling with ambassadors and even an area for our customers to win attractive prizes!” Philip adds. 

While UYA strives to provide a platform that caters to people from all walks of life, the team behind this online platform ensures that businesses that would want to take up a space on their site will need to go through a stringent quality check before going live. “At UYA Asia, we are extremely diligent in ensuring that the merchants that sign up at our site are of quality. This will ensure that both the customers and business owners can enjoy a seamless online shopping experience at UYA Asia,” says Philip.

In addition, customers can read or watch reviews of the products they intend to purchase at UYA Asia. A pool of influencers and bloggers will be engaged to do reviews so that customers can make informed decisions before purchasing any product or services through UYA Asia. During the launch, Philip highlights that UYA Asia is placing customer service as the pinnacle of its service. While other major players in the market offers personalised customer service to large account holders, UYA Asia has recruited a large team to service every single business account holder with UYA Asia.

I've yet to put my faith in the local online market space, a lot of the sites are still not 100% secure and read enough horror stories of actual products not appearing as seen on the sites, so let's see if www.uyaasia.com can change that. 


Post event, on December 8, 2017. UYA Asia's CEO, Mr. Philip Chow was interviewed by Capital TV to talk more about why he came up with UYA Asia.





Photos & Videos from World Bachata Festival 2017



The World Bachata Festival 2017 has come to an end but that doesn't mean that we will just move on to the next festival, time to look back at all the wonderful visuals as we go through a week of post-festival boredom. The festival kicked off with a pre-party at B&Blanco and ended the festival running all the way til the early hours of the morning. Without further ado, here's the photos and videos:

Pre-Party

To jump straight to the Facebook Album, click here.




Workshops

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Denim Night

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Bling Night

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Elegant Casual Night

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Definitely a great weekend of dancing, taking me a few days to recover from it. There's more festivals around the corner and as we wave goodbye to 2017, we can now look at the calendar for 2018 to plan our festival get-away.

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Dinner @ Stoked Kuala Lumpur


A friend decide that we should have a nice dinner to celebrate my birthday and I decided on a nice romantic place for it. Well, that was the hope. When we got there, there was 2 big groups celebrating birthdays at the same time and it got pretty noisy after awhile. But the restaurant itself is nice and cozy and we believe that it would have been a nice quiet dinner if not for the celebrations.

The menu was simple, which is great as we don't have to flip through pages just to decide on what to eat. So choosing what we want for dinner was easy.




To start off the dinner, we ordered the Truffle, King Mushroom, Maitake, Mushroom Broth, a clear broth with a strong earthy scent. The mushrooms are fresh and crunchy to the bite but as a person that's not into mushroom, it didn't appeal to me. But a restaurant doesn't produce food to cater to a single person's taste bud, right? If you're a fan of mushroom, definitely give it a try.

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My friend ordered the Wild Mushroom Pasta with fresh autumn truffle. The cream isn't too heavy and the pasta is just at the perfect texture. Portion wise, if you are a small eater, and you ordered the dish as a main course, then share as there was plenty to go around. We shared this plate of pasta and couldn't finish, but then, maybe  because I also had another dish for dinner.

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Yup, this is what I ordered, 450g of Spanish Iberico Pork Ribs. The 450g made it look like a huge thing but it isn't. Beautifully roasted but the flesh take a bit of effort to be removed from the bones though. Maybe because I've been eating ribs that just melts in your mouth that I forgot how much of a fight it takes to do this. The glaze on the meat itself is beautifully caramelized and doesn't need any additional sauces or dips to go with the meat. Personally, wish the pork ribs to be bigger but then, I'm a huge pork person and a small rib like this is never enough. 

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Before the starters arrive though, we had these House Baked Breads, smokey and crunchy.


And these caramelized potato chips. Pretty addictive stuff simply because it is at the right sweetness and the inside was soft to the bite.


Will definitely visit the place again for another meal at a more quieter time. At least to enjoy the night because this trip, by the time we were done with our meal and planned to sit around and chat over a bottle of wine was spoiled by the noise of the party.

Yes, for a man who spend a lot of his time in loud music environment, there are more days than not that I prefer a quiet time to unwind and have a nice conversation. Especially in a cozy environment like Stoke. Price wise, it is a tad on the pricey side but I don't state the price of the meals I eat as I always believe that if you want to eat, be certain that you can afford to pay for it.

STOKED

120-122, Jalan Kasah, Medan Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2096-1645
Opening Hours: 12:00pm - 11:00pm
Waze: https://waze.com/ul/hw283c78u9

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It's the row behind Victoria Station / El Sid's ... Below Vintry.

Note: Since a lot of friends asked whether I get sponsored food for reviews. Meals was not sponsored, we pay for our own meal so that I write the review based on what I feel and not hampered by the restaurant's need to have the review done in a positive manner. Photos taken on this page was shot using my old smartphone. 

US wants Airlines to Ban Cameras in Checked Bags



Recently, the buzz that got around the photography world is that the American government is encouraging the Airlines around the world to ban cameras, laptops and various other electronic devices from checked luggage, citing risk of batteries causing fires.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the recommendation was made in a paper that was recently filed with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), an agency that’s part of the U.N.

The FAA conducted tests that involved placing a heater against a fully-charged laptop’s lithium-ion battery, causing the battery’s temperature to continually rise. The agency found that overheating batteries and aerosol cans in close proximity to one another can cause fires and explosions in less than a minute — events that could bring down a passenger plane.

Batteries packed with other permitted items such as rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizer, and nail polish remover also caused large fires. These fires can burn up to 1,100 °F (594 °C), close to the melting point of aircraft aluminum, and are responsible for 3 cargo jet crashes and 4 pilot deaths since 2006, the Associated Press says.

As a result of these findings, the FAA is recommending that electronics larger than a smartphone should be banned from checked luggage unless they’re specifically approved by the airline. Other major agencies and companies, including the European Safety Agency (the FAA’s European counterpart) and Airbus, agreed with the recommendation.

The ICAO is responsible for creating global airline safety standards, which may then be adopted by member countries and airlines. This proposed ban will be considered during an ICAO meeting within the next two weeks.

Here’s the proposal that was submitted by the FAA:



If the ban goes into effect for international flights around the world, it could cause issues for photographers who need to transport large amounts of camera equipment in checked baggage. One possible solution, however, might be to separate your lithium-ion batteries from your cameras and equipment and bring them into the cabin with you in carry-on baggage.

Transporting camera equipment on flights has become much more regulated in recent years due to safety and terrorism concerns. The US temporarily banned cameras in the cabins of planes from a number of Middle Eastern countries earlier this year, and the TSA recently started requiring a separate screening of cameras in security lanes.

(via Chicago Tribune)

REVIEW: DJI Osmo Mobile


Recently, I got hold of the DJI Osmo Mobile as I was looking for a hand held stabilizer to shoot videos. Several reasons why I went for the Osmo Mobile instead of buying the other range of products is quite simple:

1. Price wise, it's quite ok (RM1,099 or USD300).
2. I can mount any phones to it.
3. I can use the GoPro with it (with an adapter)

What I don't like about it:

1. It only came with 1 battery
2. The USB to RCA cable used to charge the Osmo is so small that you will easily misplaced it
3. Should have come with the external charger + extra battery (cause getting those added unnecessary cost for me)
4. The angle of the hole for tripod mount on the side of the joystick is in a weird angle



The Osmo Mobile gimbal itself is quite easy to use, charge it up with the supplied cable, download DJI Go into your phone, sync the 2 devices together (brand new ones will require a firmware update that takes about 15min to do) and you are ready to go.

I've used it for about 2 months now, and I must say that I did not regret buying the Osmo Mobile. I've used it on several shoots and with phone technology these days, I am shooting at 4K with great results. Most of my clients doesn't even realize that some of the footages they receive was shot from a phone! Yes, I'm still learning and figuring out how to smoothly do certain stuff but in general, it is easy to use. Much more easier than my old steady-cam rig that I had to mount a beta cam onto.


With an adapter, I even save money on a GoPro Karma gimbal as I can mount the GoPro cameras to the Osmo and use. Only downside to it is, the GoPro do pick up a bit of noise from the Osmo (Might be due to the gimbal constantly moving to right itself due to the weight of the GoPro). So if you are not planning to use your GoPro with sound, it's a good fit.

That's about the gimbal itself. Now, the DJI Go software itself. It connects to the Osmo via Bluetooth so you can still use your wifi to do Live Streaming when you needed to. Overall, the software is quite intuitive, simple to use and with a bit of practice, easy to navigate around (it is less cluttered compared to the DJI Mavic interface).


The one part that I wish they'd improve on is the tracking system. If you intend to use the system to do vlogging, it's OK. Slow moving objects, just walking about (as long as the side you want it to track faces the camera) works smoothly. The problem came in low light, it will hunt for the subject even after you lock the box in. And if you intend to track a faster moving object, it'll go haywire. I was trying to use it to track a dance routine, but when we go into the fast movement, I can see the Osmo going bonkers and start rotating about looking for the subject it was locking into even though I am just in front of it. If they found a solution for that, I would say it's going to be my go-to device for all my dance demos and performance.

Photo quality wise, it works off your camera's sensor, so on that, I won't comment much as I am still using an old Note3 and you know how the quality of a Note3 is like. The DJI Go app itself does not shoot in 4K but a workaround to it is, I do the video recording off another app while I use the gimbal. It doesn't really affect the device itself, you can still rotate, tilt and move with the Osmo, only thing that will be disabled is the ability to control when you want to start recording on the Osmo itself and rely on poking the screen with your finger.

Overall, I am quite happy with it, didn't regret spending money on it as it's one of the things I carry with me whenever I work. A little "Pro-Tip" for you before you start using yours, always balance the phone or the GoPro (adapter mounted) on the gimbal first before you turn the Osmo on. It will work less hard in making your camera balanced which means your device consume less power.


A friend of mine used his without balance and the battery lasted only 2 hour ish (continuous use) with the joints heating up fast while I managed to use it for up to 4 hours and there was less heat coming from the joints. A balanced Mount would mean that your camera will be facing upright (like the photo) even without the power turned on. An unbalanced mount will have the camera dropping to the side before getting upright after the power turned on.

Well, hope this helps. Will update this post with more things as I discover more about the device. Until then, here's a video montage I shot in Bali using only my phone with the Osmo Mobile.



*This is not a paid review, I bought the device and used it for work and was asked by some friends about my thoughts on the Osmo Mobile. Rather than repeating myself, I write a post about it.

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