MICHAEL YIP

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I'm Michael Yip

I am a video producer and photographer by profession. As a photographer, one of my core skills is in dance event photography, as one of only a handful of photographers experienced in covering dance events, performances and portraits. I got a chance to countries around the Asian region capturing visuals to help participants of the events immortalize their moments. If you are interested in bringing me over to your festivals/events. Just head over to the contact section and drop me a message.

Through GEMNUINE - the idea co., my team and I also provides Brand Management and PR services. Our core expertise is in helping brands evolve and attract the current market. We also provides Digital Marketing and Management services, from web designs to social media management. Drop me an email today at mike@gemnuine.com and let us know how you want us to help you.

If you are stumped by the photo, yes, I dance as well, mainly Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, West Coast Swing and Argentine Tango. I have since stopped performing due to injuries but if you are looking for performers for corporate events/functions/parties/festivals. Do drop me a message as well as I manages some of the dance teams that is currently making the rounds performing for various clients.


Education
Kolej Bandar Utama/Central St. Martin

Diploma in Arts and Design

Kolej Damansara Utama

Diploma in Telecommunication Engineering

SMK Damansara Utama

SPM


Experience
Photographer/Video Producer

MIKE YIP STUDIO

Branding and PR

GEMNUINE - the idea co.

Digital Marketing Solutions

Abood Media Sdn Bhd


My Skills
Photography and Video Production
Brand Management and Solutions
Public Relations
Digital Marketing Solutions

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Confirmed Bookings for 2018

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Confirmed Destinations for 2018

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Confirmed Dance Festivals for 2018

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Talks Confirmed for 2018

WHAT CAN MY TEAM DO

Photography and Video Production

As our core business, this is what we are good at, capturing visuals that brings out the best for your brand.

Branding and PR

Through GEMNUINE, we specializes in helping brands redevelop, redefine and create a comprehensive marketing strategies reach the target market.

Social Media Marketing

Abood Media Sdn Bhd's core strenght in Digital Marketing Services focuses on Social Media Management and promotions.

Web Design

We also design and revamp websites as part of Abood Media Sdn Bhd's services.

Live Event Streaming Production

As part of a new offering from MIKE YIP STUDIO and partners, we also provides Live Streaming services for Events through dedicated sites or onto social media platforms.

Efficient

We pride ourselves at being good and efficient in what we do and we always try our best to deliver services that exceeds our client's expectations.

I also blogs

Guide to using the ‘one-win-everything’ negotiating technique

extract from Virgin

This is a new, thoughtful way to negotiate where everyone wins. And I do mean everyone - you, me, the other people at the table, the public, the environment… the whole entire word.

With the Dalai Lama being the peaceful type, you may be thinking to yourself - does negotiating like the Dalai Lama mean laying down? Well no, it doesn't.

It means getting exactly what you want, while making sure the other side gets exactly what they need. On top of that, you make sure the good of everyone else gets met as well.

Here’s how you can negotiate like the Dalai Lama


Step 1: Smile (and have a sense of humor). Remember, after the negotiation the people at the table do not disappear. When the deal ends, you'll be doing business together so be nice, have fun and make friends when ever possible.

"Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other." - Dalai Lama

Step 2: Sit together (be on the same side of the negotiating table). When you sit across from others, you're often seen as the challenger. You want to be on the same team, and friends sit together. Lose the table, or find a glass one because transparency and closeness is the key to friendship.

"I defeat my enemies when I make them my friends.” - Dalai Lama

Step 3: Find out what problems they want to solve (then help them solve those problems) In 'one-win-everything' we have added a new technique to negotiating, it's called 'helping'. Discover the other side's problems, then help them solve them. Simple.

"An open heart is an open mind." - Dalai Lama

Step 4: Never get angry (No matter what - don’t get angry). Someone will probably offend you, it’s nothing personal so don’t get mad. Take a calming breath in, then out. Think, one-win-everything.

"The way to change others’ minds is with affection, and not anger." - Dalai Lama

Step 5: Ask 'how does this effect the rest of the world'? If this is a win for all, move forward. If not, figure out if and how you can make it a one-win-everything before moving forward. And if you cannot, walk away.

"When you lose, don’t lose the lesson." - Dalai Lama

Step 6: If someone is rude, start over (return to Step 1: Smile). Begin again - never let others influence you in a negative way. Instead, do your best to influence them in a positive way, or walk away.

"Someone else’s action should not determine your response." - Dalai Lama

Step 7: Never say no (instead, give the other person an 'mpossible "yes, if"). This is a very sly Dalai Lama negotiation tactic... never say "no". Always say, "yes, if", then add an impossible contingency.

Here is how it works:

Let's say you are negotiating with a big oil company who want to drill a well on your bird sanctuary. They tell you: "Our study shows it's impossible not to spill any oil, and it kill many endangered birds, but we want to drill anyway."

You want to say: "No way," however using the Dalai Lama's technique you won't have to. Instead, you say, "yes, if you find a way to do it where not a single drop oil gets spilled and not a single birds gets harmed. Plus, you pay me $10,000,000,000 dollars for every harmed bird - do we have a deal?"

You won't have to say no because they'll say it for you - because of your impossible contingency.

The Dalai-Lama says "yes, if" and lets the other side say "no".

I hope you'll only use your new found negotiating powers for good.

And for now, i'll leave the last word to the Dalai Lama: "There is no hundred per cent winner, no hundred per cent loser - not that way but half-and-half. That is the practical way, the only way."

Places to Dance in Hong Kong – Updated May 2017


Since meeting some friends from Hong Kong at the recent dance festivals, and having promised some ex-colleagues that I'd go back to the island to visit them, I've been wondering about the places I can go to dance when I'm there.

Well, guess I don't have to wonder much further, and have since compiled a list of places to check out the local dancing scene. If you feel that there's some changes I need to put in, do feel free to let me know.


MONDAY

Rula Bula
58-62, D'Aguilar Street
Central
Time: 8pm til late.

Dance: Salsa
Entry: Free Entry


Kizomba Social
Picada, 2F, LKF29, 29 Wyndham Street
Central
Time: 9pm onward
Dance: Kizomba
Entry: Free Entry



TUESDAY

Viva La Salsa
Volar, B/F, 38-44, D' Aguilar Street
Central
Time: 8pm - 1am
Dance: Salsa
Entry: HK$150 (includes 2 drinks)
 

Afro-Latin Party
Mezcalito, 27/F, 18 On Lan Street
Central
Time: 9pm until late 

Dance: Kizomba, Bachata Zouk & Salsa
Entry: HK$130 (includes 1 drink)
 
La La Latin
Picada, 2F, LKF29, 29 Wyndham Street
Central
Time: 8.30pm onward
Entry: HK$120 (includes 1 drink)


Cuban Nights
Ce La Vi, 25/F California Tower
32 D'Aguilar Street

Central
Time: 6.30pm - 11pm
Dance: Salsa
Entry: Free Entry



WEDNESDAY

Sensual WedNite
Bar Six, 6/F Parekh House,
63 Wyndham Street, Central
Dance: Bachata, Kizomba & Zouk
Entry: HK$100 (includes 1 Drink) or HK$150 (includes 2 Drinks)


The Funkiest Salsa Party in TownFire & Ice, 9 Lan Kwai Fong, Central
Time: 9pm until late
Dance: Salsa
Entry: Free Entry

THURSDAY

Kizomba Party
Danzstage, 20/F, 148 Electric Road, Tin Hau
Time: 10pm until late
Entry: HK$120 (bring your own drinks)

Salsa Night
Rude Bar, pper Basement
79 Wyndham Street, Central
Time: 9pm - 1am
Entry: Free Entry



FRIDAY

Salsaman Social
Danzstage, 20/F, 148 Electric Road, Tin Hau
Time: 8.30pm until lateEntry: HK$120 (bring your own drinks) 

Salsa FeverMorrison Restaurant & Bar
284 Queen's Road Central
Time: 9pm until late
Entry: Free entry 


Latin Beat PartyMahalo Tiki Lounge, 29/F, QRE Plaza,
202 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai
Time: 10.30pm to 2am
Entry: HK$120 (includes 1 drink)

SATURDAY

Saturday Night Live Salsa Party
20/F Richmond Plaza
496 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay
Time: 10.30pm - 2.30am
Entry: HK$120 (bring your own drinks)


Saturday Night Latin Fever
Picada, 2F, LKF29, 29 Wyndham Street
Central
Time: 10pm - 2am
Entry: Free Entry



SUNDAY

Las Noches Locas
Mazu, UG/F, 8-11 Lan Kwai Fong
Central

Time: 7.30pm - 1am
Entry: Free Entry

Salsa Fusion
Rula Bula, 58-62, D'Aguilar Street
Central
Time: 9.30pm til late.

Entry: Free Entry


Again, if you feel that I left out any locations to dance, do drop me a message at info [at] mikeyip.com or message me on Facebook. Until then, I'll see you on the dance floor.

Reporting Lost MyKad or Passport via Online for Klang Valley Folks


For people in the Klang Valley looking for faster ways to lodge police reports for non-criminal cases such as lost identity cards or passports can do so online now. The Online Police Reporting System, which is available at http://ereporting.rmp.gov.my, means complainants no longer have to go to the police station to make a report. E-reporting is open for Malaysians aged 18 and above.

“In 2015 and 2016, 80% to 90% of reports lodged in Kuala Lumpur involved people losing their IC or passports, misplacing handphones, and runaway maids,” said City police chief Comm Datuk Amar Singh. "E-reporting would make the process easier for these people."

“There was positive response, so we decided to expand it to the whole contingent in Kuala Lumpur. “Perhaps in the future, it will be open for the whole country,”

Besides e-reporting, there is also the Online Checking System at http://sso.rmp.gov.my, which allows people who have lodged police reports to check the progress of their case.

What about those of you who wants to apply for Replacement of lost Identity Card (MyKad Or MyPR)? You can use JPN's portal to do it at http://www.jpn.gov.my/en/kp/permohonan-gantian-hilang-kad-pengenalan-mykad-atau-mypr/

I tested it over the weekend as the chip on my MyKad is faulty but there was a bit of bounced connection from the site. Hopefully they will improve on the backend to keep up with the incoming traffic.

Tips to Reduce Snoring


As many as half of adults sometimes snore. Snoring occurs when air flows past relaxed tissues in the throat, causing the tissues to vibrate as you breathe, which creates those irritating sounds.

Sometimes snoring may indicate a serious health condition.

In addition, snoring can be a nuisance to your partner.

Lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, avoiding alcohol close to bedtime or sleeping on your side, can help stop snoring.

In addition, medical devices and surgery are available that may reduce disruptive snoring. However, these aren’t suitable or necessary for everyone who snores.

Snoring is often associated with a sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). Not all snorers have OSA, but if snoring is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, it may be an indication to see a doctor for further evaluation for OSA:

• Noise during sleep

• Excessive daytime sleepiness

• Difficulty concentrating

• Morning headaches

• Sore throat

• Restless sleep

• Gasping or choking at night

• High blood pressure

• Chest pain at night

• Your snoring is so loud it’s disrupting your partner’s sleep

• You wake up choking or gasping

To prevent or quiet snoring, try these tips:

• If you’re overweight, lose weight. People who are overweight may have extra tissues in the throat that contribute to snoring. Losing weight can help reduce snoring.

• Sleep on your side. Lying on your back allows your tongue to fall backward into your throat, narrowing your airway and partially obstructing airflow.

Try sleeping on your side. If you find that you always end up on your back in the middle of the night, try sewing a tennis ball in the back of your pyjama top.

• Raise the head of your bed. Raising the head of your bed by about 10cm may help.

• Nasal strips or an external nasal dilator. Adhesive strips applied to the bridge of the nose help many people increase the area of their nasal passage, enhancing their breathing.

A nasal dilator is a stiffened adhesive strip applied externally across the nostrils that may help decrease airflow resistance so you breathe easier. Nasal strips and external nasal dilators aren’t effective for people with sleep apnoea, however.

• Treat nasal congestion or obstruction. Having allergies or a deviated septum can limit airflow through your nose. This forces you to breathe through your mouth, increasing the likelihood of snoring.

• Don’t use an oral or spray decongestant for more than three days in a row for acute congestion unless directed to do so by your doctor. Long-term use of these medications can have a rebound effect and make your congestion worse.

Ask your doctor about a prescription steroid spray if you have chronic congestion.

To correct a structural defect in your airway, such as a deviated septum, you may need surgery.

• Limit or avoid alcohol and sedatives. Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages at least two hours before bedtime, and let your doctor know about your snoring before taking sedatives. Sedatives and alcohol depress your central nervous system, causing excessive relaxation of muscles, including the tissues in your throat.

• Quit smoking. Smoking cessation may reduce snoring, in addition to having numerous other health benefits.

• Get enough sleep. Adults should aim for at least seven to eight hours of sleep per night. The recommended hours of sleep for children vary by age. Preschool-aged children should get 11 to 12 hours a day. School-age children need at least 10 hours a day, and teens should have nine to 10 hours a day.

See your doctor if you have any of the above symptoms. These may indicate your snoring is caused by a more serious condition, such as obstructive sleep apnoea.

If your child snores, ask your paediatrician about it.

Children can have obstructive sleep apnoea too.

Nose and throat problems – such as enlarged tonsils – and obesity often can narrow a child’s airway, which can lead to your child developing sleep apnoea.

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Of Parameswara, Hang Tuah & Malaysia's History that is more Fiction than Facts


A number of common errors regarding Parameswara and other matters need to be clarified. Historical records referring to Parameswara are attributable to 3 sources:

1. The Portuguese Gordinho D'Eredia, son of a Portuguese mariner and a Malaccan lady from Macassar, referred (circa 1600) in his writings to a Malaccan ruler called 'Permicuri.' Not much more information emerged from this source. The Sejarah Melayu for example, makes no mention of a Parameswara at all.

2. The Portuguese mariner Tom Pires who lived in Melaka, referred to a ‘Xaquem Darxa’ and a ‘Modafarxa’ in his 1513 Suma Oriental .

3. The Chinese Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) archives have records of the visit to Nanking of the envoys and rulers of Melaka. These were:

(a) Pai-li-mi-su-la in 1405

(b) his son Mu-kan-sa-yu-ti-er-sha in 1414 and

(c) his grandson Hsi-li-ma-ha-la-che in 1424

These visits to China and the court of Emperor Yung-Lo were to pay tributes to China and seek protection for Melaka against Thai and Indonesian invaders. The three above have been interpreted respectively as:

(a) Parameswara

(b) Megat Iskandar Shah

(c) Sri Maharaja

The two visits to China in 1414 and 1424 were also to report the deaths of Parameswara and Megat Iskandar Shah respectively, and to re-affirm the close relationship between China and Melaka. All three Rulers of Melaka and their envoys made their respective journeys to China in one of Admiral Zheng He's (Cheng Ho) several fleet-ships.

It is clear from these records that Parameswara never converted to Islam. He was an Indian Hindu or an Indian/Malay/Aboriginal Malay mixed Hindu who fled Palembang in Sumatra to eventually found Melaka circa 1400 AD.

It was Sri Maharaja who converted himself and the court of Melaka to Islam, and as a result took on the name of Sultan Muhammad Shah (possibly the ‘Modarfaxa’ of Tom Pires) sometime after 1435.

Megat Iskandar Shah was thought to have changed his name after marriage to a Pasai princess, the name ‘Megat’ signifying a marriage between a commoner and one of royal stature. But his conversion to Islam is in doubt, given that his son was named Sri Maharaja and therefore, the possibility of another non-Malay wife emerges.

These details of Parameswara and the succession to the Melakan throne were resolved definitively by our own Professor Wang Gungwu in his paper ‘The First Three Rulers of Melaka’ published in 1968. This is the basis on which current school history text-books are constructed vis- B -vis the Melaka Sultanate.

With regard to Raja Chula, we can take a more definitive stance, ie, that without a shadow of a doubt, this is a reference to Raja Chulan/Cholan of the Chola Dynasty (7-13 century AD) of South India. The most famous of these Indian Hindu Kings were Rajaraja Chola and his son Rajendra Chola who invaded Southern Thailand, Kedah, Perak, Johor and Sumatra about 1000 AD.

With regard to the legend of Hang Tuah and questions about his origin/ancestry, I believe that many have been misled that Tuah and his musketeers were of Chinese descent. That it was verified by DNA tests. Such a claim can be found on the Internet and refer to a source, viz., The Federal Association of Archaeology and Research of Michigan, USA.


This is a spurious claim and the association referred to, in fact, does not exist.

There is also a hypothesis that ‘Hang’ is associated with the Chinese Princess Hang Li Po from China who married Sultan Mansur Shah of Melaka in 1459. But there is nothing offered by way of tangible proof/evidence by those who espouse this line of thinking. What is true though, is that, Hang Tuah is dismissed in a single line in school history text-books. The Education Ministry will have to answer this mystery.

But what is really sad is that our children are taught as though Malaysian history suddenly began in 1400 with an Islamic Melaka. The cultural influences of India in particular, and China, in South East Asia span over 2,000 years, starting perhaps with the arrival from India of the Brahmanical prince/scholar Aji Saka in Java in AD78, through to Vietnam, Cambodia (Indo China), Thailand, Burma, Indonesia, Bali, Borneo, Brunei and beyond.

We are led to believe that the Indians and Chinese first arrived on the shores of Malaysia in about 1850 as desperate indentured labourers, farmers and miners. Nothing could be further from the truth. The findings at Bujang Valley speak of an ancient Indian/Hindu presence in Kedah. There were Chinese settlements in Pahang and Kelantan around the 13 th -14 th century and in 12 th century in Singapore. The early Brunei Sultanate had a Chinese Queen. One need not ponder at length the implications of Angkor Wat and Borobudur or that 40%-50% of Bahasa Malaysia comprises Sanskrit/Tamil words.

Why is the study of Hang Tuah taken out from our school history text books? Even if Hang Tuah’s a different race altogether, what significance does it do to our history? The time has arrived for us to record our history as the facts tell us and not as we would like to wish it for. The truth will never hurt anyone. Lies, always will.

My advice for parents? Let your children fail - Richard Branson


By Richard Branson

I am where I am today because I have been allowed to fail. Learning from failure builds character, and teaches us so much more than not trying ever will. But don’t just take my word for it, read this letter from my mum, Eve Branson.

Dear Ricky,
We saw it in you from virtually the first moment you began to talk. But even before that, when you learned to walk we realised we were going to have our hands full; you were just a toddler but you were clearly someone who liked to do things his own way and on your own terms.
To make matters even more interesting, as you grew you perpetually had some crazy new scheme or other up your sleeve that you were convinced was either going to change the world, make lots of money, or both! 

On a few such occasions we would say things like, ‘Oh don’t be ridiculous, Ricky! That’s never going to work.’ More often than not, however, your father and I instead opted to give you plenty of scope to learn by your mistakes and so left you to get on with your Christmas tree growing, bird breeding and all the other weird and wonderful enterprises you came up with. 
Almost without exception they all ended in some form of a disaster with us picking up the pieces – literally and metaphorically – but we’d soldier on and just kept hoping that one day the lessons learned would help you in life.
And that certainly would seem to have turned out to be the case. After a rocky beginning, once you and Virgin had become an established success, Ted and I would often ponder on just how differently you might have turned out had we been more controlling, or some might say ‘better’, parents. 
What if we had insisted that you not take so many silly risks and, rather than allowing you to drop out of school at sixteen, forced you to buckle down and complete your education? Like your headmaster at Stowe, who famously (now) predicted that by twenty-one you would either be in jail or a millionaire, we too shared some very serious misgivings about what the future might have in store for you. 
As we now know, of course, we needn’t have worried. What we saw as being a pig-headed little boy who was utterly determined to do his own thing, turned out to be nothing more than the growing pains of a budding entrepreneur. If only we had been able to recognise that at the time we might have had a lot fewer sleepless nights! 
Love,
Mum



Too often adults keep kids safe, ‘protecting’ them from the hurt that’s associated with failure. This is a big mistake. The more children are told they can’t do something, the more they will lose their curiosity and determination.

I am grateful to have had encouraging parents, who instead of blockading and trouncing my curiosity, allowed me to figure things out on my own accord.

Demo Videos : ALFA : Afro-Latin Fest Asia 2017


For those looking for the demo videos, look no further, but these are just the few that I managed to record as I was running around a lot during the workshop part of ALFA.

1. Ronie Saleh & Stefanie Egger Urban Kiz Demo


2. Ronie Saleh & Stefanie Egger Urban Kiz Connection Demo


3. Helio Santos & Hannah Melder Kizomba Demo


4. Azlan McKechnie & Mabel Kok Urban Kiz Demo



I'll try to upload more if I could get my hands on the rest of the other workshop videos. Until then, looking forward to seeing you guys at the next festival.

Performance Videos : ALFA : Afro-Latin Fest Asia 2017


The performance videos are up! Do take note that these are not the official videos as these are recorded off my little camera. The performances are from Saturday and Sunday night for your enjoyment. If you are looking for the photos, it's here.

1. Ronie, Stefanie, Hannah & Florian Urban Kizz Demo.


2. Zoukeros Prime aka JXT Zouk Team.


3. KL Son Project.


4. STYLEMVMNT.


5. COSMOVES STUDENT PERFORMANCE TEAM.


6. Alex Bryan & Karen Lacey.



That's all the videos from Saturday night. Below are the videos from Sunday night.

1. Jaxen Tan & Sara Lim.


2. Cuban Salsa Indonesia.


3. Alex Bryan & Karen Lacey.


4. Hannah Melder.


5. Helio Santos.



Hope you like all the performances that was featured and we'll see you at the next festival.

Photos : ALFA : Afro-Latin Fest Asia 2017

For friends that's been waiting for the photos from ALFA. Wait no more, you can check out the galleries below. The 3 days 4 nights of dancing doesn't seem sufficient as there's just so much to learn and I didn't want the instructors to stop teaching. But all good things must come to an end so until the next one, we'll just have to hold the urge back or pursue the education elsewhere until the next festival comes around.


Workshops (Day 1 - Day 3)



Party Day 1 : White Denim Night



Party Day 2 : 50 Shades Darker Night



Party Day 3 : Corsets & Suspenders Night



Party Day 4 : Red & White



That's all the party we've experienced over the past 3 days and 4 nights. I'm disappointed because it isn't a longer festival but then we won't be able to look forward to ALFA 2.0 in 2018! Yup, save the date now ALFA is going to be back next year!


For Festival organizers, if you would like me to cover your event like what I did for ALFA, do drop me a mail at info @ mikeyip.com or via Facebook Message.

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