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

Happy Chinese New Year 2017


We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our friends a Happy Chinese New Year 2017. If you want to know what this year will bring for your zodiac sign, here's the complete list for all the 12 animal signs.




Now, one of the most important aspect of the Chinese Culture is when would be the best dates to go back to work during the Chinese New Year celebration. For 2017, these are the dates/days you can look at to start work.

Most Auspicious Back To Work Date/Days

Western:  2nd February (Thursday)
Lunar: 2017, 1st month, 6 day

Western: 4th February (Saturday); some Cantonese don't like 4th that's all
Lunar: 2017, 1st month, 8 day
or  if can afford to close longer, then: 6th February (Monday) which is the 10th Lundar day

If cannot close for too long; and need to open as early as possible. Briefly do it in the morning of
Western: 29th January (Sunday)
Lunar: 2017, 1st month, 2 day

Cantonese don't like opening on the 4th. But no issue with Hokkiens & Teochews
Western: 31st January (Tuesday)
Lunar: 2017, 1st month, 4 day

Sorting out your Social Media Legacy upon your death

This might sound grim but it's something we all have to prepare to do while we are still alive. Most of us would have sorted out the wills in terms of our physical possessions but what about our digital foot prints? For me, my passwords to my accounts are basically written down and kept safely with my legal representative to be handed to my family when I do move on but there are some occasion where we would have missed out, in those cases, this article might help you.


For the past two decades, most of us in the modern world have gradually shifted our central living space online. That’s 20-ish years of documenting our real-life experiences while also creating entirely new versions of ourselves in countless places online.

These digital lives are basically immortal, so you may as well figure out while you’re still alive what will happen to them after you’re gone.

There are two main things to consider: What will happen to your accounts and what will happen to the data contained therein. For example, you can give someone authority to delete your Google account and to download all your photos stored there after you die.

It’s a grim thought, but like writing a last will and testament, this has become just another part of death preparation.

Many online spaces offer some form of death planning. But this is still a relatively new concept, and some of the most popular destinations on the internet don’t give users a way to plan for their death. In that case, it’s best to establish a plan now with a trusted loved one.

For the websites and services that do offer help, here’s what to know.

Facebook

Whom do you trust to mind your central online presence after your death? That’s probably the person you want to be your Facebook legacy contact.

This person will be able to write a post that will remain at the top of your profile, update your profile photo and respond to friend requests. You can also allow that person to download an archive of your public activity (including posts, photos and “likes”), but he or she can’t read your messages, so your most intimate secrets will be safe.

Alternatively, you can set your account to delete everything once Facebook is notified of your death.

Facebook legacy contacts, however, will not also have access to your Instagram account (Facebook owns the photo-sharing app). But Instagram accounts can be memorialised or, if requested by a verified family member, deleted.

Google

Google lets you choose up to 10 people to be the executors of your account once you die or your account becomes inactive via its inactive account manager feature.

To set this up, choose an amount of time between sign-ins for your account to be designated “inactive”. Once that threshold is met (for example, you don’t sign into any Google service for a certain number of months), your chosen contact will get a prewritten email from you with, presumably, your wishes for your account.

Unlike your legacy contact on Facebook, you can designate this person to have full access to your Google account, including email and chat histories, and he or she can download the data you specify. (You also have the option not to give that person access to any of it.)

Google also allows you to delete your account and all its data.

Twitter

Twitter has no equivalent to a legacy contact or a way to plan for your online data after your death. It does, however, let a “verified immediate family member of the deceased” delete your account if that person can provide your death certificate and other official documents.

A similar protocol is in place in the event a user becomes incapacitated, though in that case someone will have to have proof of power of attorney.

In certain circumstances, Twitter says it will consider removing “imagery” of a deceased person, based on “public interest factors such as the newsworthiness of the content”.

LinkedIn, Snapchat, Tumblr

These three networks offer no type of death planning, although all offer some form of account management for the deceased.

LinkedIn will let a verified next-of-kin have an account removed.

Snapchat said it can delete the account of a deceased person at the request of a next-of-kin (with a death certificate).

And Tumblr will let a next-of-kin request that an account be deleted.

Snapchat and Tumblr declined to say whether they’ll eventually add a similar legacy-contact feature, and LinkedIn said it’s “considering” some form of death planning or account memorialisation.

Beyond that, many sites (including Yahoo, Microsoft and AOL) have relatively standard protocols in place for immediate family members to request the deletion of a deceased person’s account.

Online data backup services

Online data storage is an especially tricky part of death planning. The industry-wide push for privacy and encryption, while great for personal protection, has created its own problems.

“There’s a very real security and privacy implication that can somewhat conflict” with online death planning, said Ahin Thomas, vice president of marketing for Backblaze, an online backup service. “If you set up a private encryption key — we’re not joking — we don’t have access.”

In one recent case, a widow contacted the company for access to her late husband’s backups, but the data was inaccessible because it had been encrypted.

“It was heartbreaking and sad, and I wish we could’ve done something,” Thomas said. “But the stuff was encrypted.”

So what can we do? The best advice, Thomas said, is to simply give the keys to your data to someone you trust. (Some backup services have protocols in place for this. Check with yours.) — The New York Times

Gear: Insta360 Nano

Some time between Christmas and 2017, I got in touch with the sole distributor of the Insta360 Nano camera in Malaysia to see if I'm able to purchase one because I was looking for one and some of the other brand's camera is above my limited budget. They are nice enough to loan me a unit and ask me to go and play around with it to see if I really like it before splashing money on one. Why I got in touch with them? Because I saw the quality of the image posted by some friends and was pretty impressed with the image quality.


Even though I have seen some test images from friends and read about the device, I don't really know how big it is and when I first got hold of it, I was a bit apprehensive, looking at the size of the camera in my palm. But as I played with it, I begin to find the size comfortable to use, small enough to put into my pocket and carry it everywhere I go, easy to use even without mounting to a phone. And quality wise, especially in daylight, is quite good based on the size of the device. I don't expect it to pump out high quality GoPro multi-cam 360 quality but I needed it to retain details as compared to some of the other brands I've played with that has a softer output.

I'm not going to beat around the bushes and will look at the this device objectively, at the end of the day, I'm doing this review for my own purpose anyway because I want to get one for use at events and functions and I want to make sure that I get one that I'm comfortable using and won't fail on me when I'm using it for Live Streams. Before we go any further, you need to know that the Insta360 Nano is designed for iPhone 6 and above as it is mounted via the lightning connector. But that said, my iPad Mini can't mount it as the "drain" around the lightning connector does not fit the Mini. The design of the Nano is not universal in that sense.


What about Android devices? There's the Insta360 Air for the Android devices but I was told that it'll only be made available some time in the 2nd quarter of 2017. I'm more interested in the Insta360 4K and the Insta360 Pro that records in 8K but doubt that'll be in the Malaysian market unless there's a huge demand for 360 images in such high quality.

Unboxing the Nano, there's a little clothe pouch that holds the Nano and also act as the lens cleaner, USB cables to charge the Nano and the box that came with the device also acts as the cardboard VR viewer. Not included is the MicroSD card that you can mount to start capturing photos and videos without the need to link with an iPhone.


The Nano itself felt pretty solid, good build quality but the glass on the 210-degree f/2.0 fish-eye lenses looks good too. To use the device without an iPhone, the shutter button is just below the lens, to turn on the device, just press it once, wait about 2 seconds and allow the camera to read the SD card. If you want to selfie with it, the "front" is the part with the notification light. Press the button once for photo, twice for video and three times for a 10 second timer to capture photos. Simple, right?

In terms of image quality, the camera works beautifully during the day, and at night, with sufficient lights and an iPhone as your viewfinder, the camera can capture a pretty detailed and fast 360 image. In slightly dimmed place, it'll take the Nano a bit more time to process the image so you'd need to hold the camera still until the Notification Light appear again after you press the shutter button.

For photo quality, here's some photos from a few places, both in bright daylight, indoor and in low light. The first one are some photos I took at the Surian MRT station when it was first opened to public.



The following image is of a studio, mounted on a tripod and captured using the timer.

Testing 360 camera

This is the Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur during a bright morning.

Petaling St

For video quality, here's some videos I've captured over the last couple of weeks. The first is when I mounted the camera haphazardly to my car windscreen and drive it through an underpass into a shaded area into bright light to test the video quality and whether the camera has issues with the changing light.



This video is pretty stationary shot in bright light taken at a friend's wedding recently.



This last video is at a dance party where the light condition is pretty low. The camera do struggle a bit as it worked overtime to bring out the details from the low light. The Nano's body also felt visibly hotter (not til the extend that you can't hold the camera) due to the hard work the camera had to endure.



I didn't touch up the images and videos you see, there are the Insta360 Player and Insta360 Studio you can download to view and edit the images but it is only as far as embedding watermark of your choice or clipping the videos to the desired length, the Insta360 Studio doesn't have the fancy ability to edit or combine footage but I hope that'll change so that we can be a bit more creative in terms of creating interesting contents.

There are some accessory that you can pair with the device but I've yet to actually shop around to find them. I'm pretty happy with the device as a whole but there are some niggling stuff that I needed checking but that's just me being anal about what I am getting into.


It's also not waterproof so not advisable to bring it into the pool even though I was pretty tempted to (by covering the various exposed areas). It's not the best tool for professional quality production but for quick sharing on facebook and youtube, it's pretty good. The device via the iPhone can also do Youtube LIVE but I've yet to test that as I don't really have an iPhone with me at all times.

In Malaysia, the device is being sold at MYR950 and you can get it at http://www.myinsta360.com, use the Promo Code MIKEYIP to get 10% off your purchase. If you have any question about my experience using the device, do feel free to ask at the comment and I'll answer the best I can. I might have missed out a thing or two from this review.

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Selangor government offers full overseas scholarship for PhD students


The Selangor government is offering scholarships for selected residents to pursue doctorate courses at renowned universities abroad even as Putrajaya slashes its education budget amid an austerity drive.

The scholarship, under the state government’s special “Selangor Brain Bank” programme, was announced by Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali on his Facebook page.

The special programme requires applicants to have their research proposals accepted by their respective universities of choice, and also for the proposal of their choice to “contribute to Selangor’s development.”


The main 11 fields of research as listed under the state’s “#SmartSelangor” programme ranges from governance and housing to education.

Another 10 related fields of research are also accepted — including culture, manufacturing and Islamic affairs.

The universities chosen by the applicants have to be listed as among the top 50 universities in respective fields of study — going by the Ranking by Subject in the 2015 Times Higher Education or the QS World University Ranking.

Applicants are also required not to be more than 40 years old at the time of starting their respective courses.

The scholarship is open for both civil servants in Selangor and the public — but both must have served either in the Selangor civil service or in private firms for five years at the very least.

Civil servants are required to to submit applications via respective department heads while private workers are required to obtain release letters from their employers.

Selected applicants will be called in for an interview.

The closing date for applications is on January 31.

The scholarship funds come from the Selangor Consolidated Scholarship Fund Board, which had also financed other scholarship offers in the state before.

Last year, the fund, under the “Selangorku” special programme, sponsored 110 Selangor students from poor backgrounds to pursue higher education at Universiti Selangor (Unisel) and Selangor Islamic International University College (KUIS).

Applications for the Selangorku programme are also open until January 16.

The application forms for both scholarship offers are available on the fund’s website (click here to be directed to the form).

So while Putrajaya slashed scholarships last year under the Public Services Department during the 2016 budget revisions and the Higher Education Ministry's overall budget getting a 29% cut, the Selangor State government is stepping up in doing what a proper government is doing, by providing the right tool to encourage education to grow in the state.

Definitely feeling proud to be a Selangor boy. Now, the next question is, do I have the energy in my 40 year old body to get back to the education trail?

1 Day 3 Meals in Kuantan, Pahang

Just want to do something different from the usual food review, instead of writing an elaborated review of a single restaurant/cafe, here's a summarized version of the 3 meals I had when I was in Kuantan. Hence the title, 1 Day 3 Meals. This is just going to be especially for meals where I didn't order a lot of variety of dishes but just what I ate.


Now, there's no advance planning for what I'm going to eat for the day, the plan is just to reach, drive around a bit to look at the various locations around town and see which one to go for. Of course, as the day tick away, I had to also put a shout out in Social Media for some hint of places to go, as it's a Monday, I know it'll be tough for me to hunt for pork dishes.


Kicking off the day, for breakfast, I head to Restoran T&L, seems it's quite a popular place in the evening but during the day, there's only 1 stall that's open and their poached chicken and noodles seem to be a crowd favorite as the flow of people going in throughout the morning was endless. The poached chicken was quite tender and the soy sauce they used compliments the taste and texture of the chicken.


Price wise, pretty cheap. It would have easily cost me RM20 in Kuala Lumpur but here, with 1/4 chicken and a large bowl of Kuey Teow noodle with shredded chicken. It cost me about RM10 which is cheap in comparison. Right?

Restoran T&L
Lorong Seri Kuantan 46,
East Coast Garden, 25300 Kuantan, Pahang
Waze: https://waze.to/lr/hw29mz2q3w

Food :
Price : 




Lunch time, one of the hardest meal to figure out on a Monday as a lot of shops I went to seem to be closed for the day, eventually, found a place with what I'm looking for at Lot 66 Food Court, I was told that there's quite a number of stalls here that's pretty nice but most of them are closed, so I decide to go for the Chicken Rice with Roast Pork and Barbecue Pork as the side dishes. The Roast Pork's skin are quite crispy and the barbeque despite without much fat is pretty tender. The Roast Chicken are quite nice and the meat is pretty juicy. Again, like the noodle shop in T&L, they are pretty generous with the soy sauce.


Price wise, I ordered portion enough for 2 person and the price is equivalent to the amount we pay for a single person's meal. Pretty cheap if we want to compare to Kuala Lumpur's price which is good.
 
Lot66 肥佬生煲肉骨茶.
Lot 66, Jalan Haji Abdul Aziz, Pahang, Kuantan
Waze: https://waze.to/lr/hw29mxmgq5

Food :
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For dinner, a friend recommended me to go check out Oui Chef that's just around the corner (5 minutes drive) from the hotel I'm staying in and that's where I went for dinner. Been having noodles and rice for both breakfast and lunch, might as well go western for dinner. Right?


I ordered the Beef Strip Loin steak and a Chocolate Shake. According to the waiter, these are one of their more popular dishes. I'll write a separate post on the various dishes I ordered at the place but for now, it's about the main dish.

I asked for Medium Rare and that's what was served, Temperature was just right with a nice sear, the meat is juicy and is pretty much on par with most of the western restaurant of the same price bracket in KL.  In terms of price, it's similar to what we would order in KL, after eating all those cheaper than KL food during the day, to pay the price similar to what I'd pay in Kuala Lumpur felt a bit weird.

Oui Chef Restaurant
Lorong Seri Kuantan 79,
East Coast Garden, 25250 Kuantan
Waze: https://waze.to/lr/hw29mz2q3w

Food :
Price : 





At the end of the day, I was pretty filled, with all the sitting down during meetings and the 3 meals, I'm expanding sideways again after taking considerable amount of time slimming down last year. Oh well, guess I'll have to start again .... After Chinese New Year.

What do you think? Should I do more of this kind of post at the various locations I go to? Do let me know by commenting below.

Going to Myanmar for Holiday? Remember to apply for Visa before travel


Since September 2016, when Myanmar increased their Visa fees, they have also restrict the Visa-On-Arrival only for those traveling to the country for Business purposes (you will also have to provide the supporting documents included an invitation letter from the company in Myanmar registered with the Myanmar Foreign Investment Commission and a recommendation letter from the company the business traveller was employed with). By raising the prices, the immigration ministry aims to bring visa fees in line with other countries, which generally charge more than Myanmar. The rise in fees affects 12 types of visas, not including diplomatic visas, which will remain free of charge.

This is listed in the e-visa website's FAQ.

But the silver lining in this is that the e-visa system is quite reliable (but remember to turn off your pop-up blocker before visiting the site). If you don't want to use the e-visa system, you can also walk in to the Myanmar embassy.

Only exception to this rule regarding the visa status is if you're a Singaporean. Since Dec 1 (2016), Singaporeans travelling to Myanmar for short trips will no longer need to apply for a visa. Myanmar nationals visiting Singapore will also not have to apply for a Singapore visa under a 30-day visa exemption announced on June 7, 2016.

Under the agreement, both countries will grant an exemption of visa to each other's citizens for a stay of not longer than 30 days, and subject to prevailing entry requirements. The arrangement applies to those holding ordinary passports, and will be implemented by both sides on Dec 1 (2016). The announcement of the visa exemption is part of a growing relationship between both countries.

So before you think you can just pop over to Myanmar whenever you want, apply ahead of time before you buy your air tickets or you'd be in for a rude surprise when you reach the airport and get stopped before you even step out of the airport.

Will update this if there's any changes to the status, especially for Malaysians wanting to visit Myanmar.

Simple Kizomba Social Dance



Just a simple Kizomba social dance (not choreographed at all) at a 36 hours Kizz Social that started from 31st December 2016 and ended on the 2nd of January 2017.



Photos and more videos from the event will be posted up at the usual channels soon.

2017 Dance Events & Festivals in Malaysia


For friends visiting Malaysia and planning to participate in dance festivals or events happening in the country, this list is for you. This might not be a complete list as I can only update it based on the events that my friends in the dance community is promoting and might missed out on those outside of the circile of friends I'm involved with.

If you would like to have your event list in here, do email me at zique76 [at] hotmail.com with the relevant information and I'll update this list. This list DOES NOT INCLUDE Workshops as there's just too many being organized and a lot of them are announced within weeks of the workshop itself.


March

10th Kuala Lumpur Tango Festival 2017
Date: March 9th - March 12th
Venue: Kuala Lumpur Dancer's Association
Details: http://tangomalaysiafestival.com/pages/registration.html



April

ALFA : Afro-Latin Fest Asia 2017
Date: April 28th - May 1st
Venue: Kuala Lumpur Dancer's Association
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/events/1169169643148931/
Details: http://alfa-asia.net/




July

Zouk SEA 2017
Date: July 20th - 24th
Venue: Pacific Regency Hotel Suites, KL
Contact: jaxen@rhythm-id.com
Details: www.zouksea.weebly.com


ALIA : Afro-Latin Invasion Asia 2017
Date: July 27th - 31sh
Venue: Beringgis Beach Resort, Kota Kinabalu
Contact: info@aliafestival.com
Details: aliafestival.com


August


Outcast Dance Show 2017
Date: August 12th
Venue: KL Performing Arts Center (KLPAC)
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/events/1154134324712358/
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1154134324712358/


Sibu International Dance Festival 2017
Date: August 28th - September 2nd
Venue: Sibu, Sarawak
Contact: info@sidfestival.com
Details: http://sidfestival.com/



September


Salsa-Lah 2017
Date: September 15th - 17th
Venue: The Royale Bintang @ The Curve, Mutiara Damansara
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/events/241303083005543/
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/241303083005543/


November

World Bachata Festival 2017
Date: November 10th - 12th
Venue: Bentley Auditorium, Mutiara Damansara
Contact: Liitha Krishnan - 0162203237
Details: https://www.facebook.com/BachataMalaysia/


2017 World Open Championship - Professional Latin
Date: November 25th
Venue: Spic Convention Center, Penang
Contact: http://www.mda.com.my
Details: http://www.mda.com.my



Festivals around Asia.

Hanoi International Latin Festival ( Hanoi Vietnam)
31st March - 2nd April 2017

Thailand International Latin Festival (Bangkok Thailand)
7 - 9 April 2017

Singapore Bachata Weekend (Singapore)
19 - 21 May 2017

Colors of Latin Dance : Latin Dance Congress Bangkok 2017 (Bangkok)
21 - 25 June 2017

Salsa Jeju Island (South Korea)
14 - 16 July 2017

Singapore Latin Extravaganza (Singapore)
24 - 27 August 2017

Latin Dance Madras (Chennai India)
22 - 24 Sept 2017

Osaka Latin Dance Festival (Osaka Japan)
22 - 25 Sept 2017

Salsa Bangkok (Bangkok Thailand)
3 - 5 Nov 2017



I hope this list do come in useful for you and if organizer(s) would like to engage me to cover your event(s), do drop me an email at info@mikeyip.com and we can work out some arrangement.

The 2018 Listing is open so organizers in Malaysia, if you wish to have your event included in the list, please drop me an email. For dance photography, 2018 calendar is ready for booking as well.

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