Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Samsung A8 Series Launch

One thing I love about this latest A Series is the amazing selfie camera that has adjustable focus resulting in a very realistic bokeh effect. Not everyone should be in the focus.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Street Photography by Jose Jeuland – A Reflection of Diversity Across Cultures

Step into a world of diversity just by looking into Singapore-based French photographer Jose Jeuland's latest photography exhibition in Czech Republic! Sri Lanka is an amazing country with colourful culture, and this was all captured and presented for the world to see at the Czech Photo Centre as part of a global collective photography exhibition organised by Fujifilm.

According to Aneta Změlíková, organiser of the photography exhibition in Prague, collective photography exhibitions such as this, are designed for renowned photographers – including Jose Jeuland, to inspire other amateur as well as professional photographers.

Jose Jeuland’s journey to becoming a professional photographer in itself reflects the convergence of diversity across cultures. Hailing from Brittany, France, Jose Jeuland has always been fascinated with capturing the elusive moments in life as reflected in his unique approach to street photography.

As a Fujifilm X and professional street photographer, Jose Jeuland utilises Fujifilm X Series cameras to explore the realm of photography while documenting the lives of his subjects.

At the exhibition in Prague, Jose Jeuland weaved the narrative of the native Sri Lankans through his portraiture in both colour and monochrome. Shining the spotlight on Sri Lanka, Jose Jeuland audience was transported through the realm of photography to experience first-hand the rich culture and diversity of Sri Lanka. Resplendent in their traditional costumes, his storied subjects and the grandeur of Sri Lanka were brought to life at the exhibition.

With a majority of his photographs capturing the human element in close up portraiture, contrasting tones of black and white accentuating the human features of his subjects and colour setting the context of the story, Jose Jeuland audience were left in awe at the intricacies and stunning attention to detail of his portraiture as they were immersed in the culture of Sri Lanka.

Photography is one of his many passions in life – from the hulking metropolis of Colombo to the populous city of Jaffna, Jose Jeuland continues to let his passion for pursuing the untold story guide his journey as a photographer.

Congratulations Jose!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Cosentino’s Guide to Becoming an Awesome Magician

AXN’s new magic series, The Elements: Cosentino, follows the escapades of Australia’s most successful magician, illusionist and escapologist as he travels to Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan to perform mesmerizing street magic and epic stunts. The four-part series is themed around the four elements – earth, wind, fire and water – and you can expect Cosentino’s unrivalled showmanship while he performs astonishing large-scale illusions and death-defying escapes. Each episode features special appearances by popular celebrities, including Singapore’s Aaron Aziz, Tabitha Nauseur and Sezairi and Malaysia’s Diana Danielle, Juliana Evans and Joe Flizzow.

If you have always wanted to be a magician, Cosentino has some tips for you!

Tip 1: Dexterity

Dexterity is the most important skill for any magician. To have nimble fingers and sleight of hand will take ten or even fifteen years to perfect. Still to this day, I practice my sleight of hand artistry by manipulating objects anytime, anywhere!

Tip 2: Control

As a magician, power and control is crucial. If you rule over the elements, then you can control everything, including your audience!

Tip 3: Practice

Magic for me is an absolute obsession. As a teen, I would isolate myself in my room and practice my magic over and over again. You cannot be a great magician unless you like, and have the discipline, to practice. If you’re a singer and you hit a bad note, possibly somebody will hear. If you’re a magician, or an escape artist and you hit a bad note, you’re in the emergency room. Big difference.

Tip 4 : Always keep an open mind

Magic is an interesting art form. No matter what you do, it seems to surpass all cultural, social and economic backgrounds. If a person's floating through the air, it doesn’t matter what language you speak, it transcends. Always keep an open mind as you never know when inspiration strikes and what you will be able to learn.

The Elements: Cosentino premieres 18 January and airs every Thursday at 9pm on AXN. For more information, visit www.AXN-Asia.com.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Hong Kong, Macau and Shenzhen (2017)

So glad the video is finally released! Hope you love it as much as I do. For best viewing experience, watch it in 4K Ultra-High-Definition and surround sound. 🖤

Monday, January 8, 2018

Feeling So Balanced at Sofitel Singapore City Centre

I need a break from having too much break.

I am loving every bit of Sofitel Singapore City Centre. It is new and pretty much close to everything. Since it is right above Tanjong Pagar MRT, it makes travelling around town a breeze. Its room is an inspiration for my bedroom design. I am still dreaming of a bedroom so lush it triggers some sort of euphoria to the five senses. Lush carpets, warm lightings, heavy furniture, gold fittings, ultra huge mirrors, high beds, woody scent and a lossless sound system are just a hint of indulgence here!

I adore the flavoursome desserts at Club Millesime! The lounge is very close to the pool and Sofitel's in-house gym - SoFit. The entire floor is simply playing area where one can gym and swim, then eat. Everything in the bedroom is exquisite. Welcome notes and chocolates are always welcomed because it is heartening and makes anyone happy! The first thing I did was to connect my music to the Bose speakers.

I love things that are neat and tidy and felt wasteful to mess the bed upon entering. I am one who does not want to mess it up right away! Who is likewise? ✋

Ain't nobody got time for colouring contest but got time for gym and swim. This colouring book is for kids to enjoy throughout their stay. Genius way to keep kids engaged and importantly quiet while daddy is on a business call! What can keep me quiet though, is the Nespresso machine where I could request certain flavours available and make coffee neatly. Same goes for its TWG tea collection too! There is an exclusive flavour available only at Sofitel.

SoFit - Sofitel's in-house gym is da bomb! The treadmill and cycling machines faces greenery and the pool which is ever calming. It has enough equipment for full body workout. There is even fruit cart outside for your indulgence after a workout. Loving the gym! Beautiful gyms are motivation to workout.

If you love the outdoors, its lap pool is the to-go. There are cabanas free for use too. There is an extraordinary balance at Sofitel Singapore City Centre be it for those who love to enjoy the sun and fresh air, and those who prefer to spend their energy on weights.