Posts Tagged ‘festival’

Holiday greetings: Happy Deepavali to our Hindu friends

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

Deepavali, or Diwali, is the Hindu festival of lights and is a public holiday in countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka and Nepal.

This is the signboard at the entrance of my residential estate - wishing Hindu residents a Happy Deepavali. Taken with an HTC One max smartphone - which debuted in Singapore today. The two flare spots at the bottom are due to two spotlights shining on it.

This is the signboard at the entrance of my residential estate – wishing Hindu residents a Happy Deepavali. Taken with an HTC One max smartphone – which debuted in Singapore today. The two flare spots at the bottom are due to two spotlights shining on it.

The word “Diwali” is the shortened form of “Deepavali” which literally means “row of lamps”.

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POTD: Selamat Hari Raya Haji

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Here’s wishing all Muslim friends: “Selamat Hari Raya Haji”!

Masjid Sultan, or Sultan Mosque, in the Kampong Glam district of Singapore. Shot handheld at f/1.8, 1/100 sec, ISO800. Photo taken with a Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II compact camera. Photo credit: John Tan.

Masjid Sultan, or Sultan Mosque, in the Kampong Glam district of Singapore. Shot handheld at f/1.8, 1/100 sec, ISO800. Photo taken with a Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II compact camera. Photo credit: John Tan.

It’s Hari Raya Haji. The festival is also known as Eid al-Adha in Arabic, which means Feast/Festival of the Sacrifice.

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POTD: Phantoms at the Opera – or Hungry Ghost Festival Getai

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

The Phantom of the Opera is playing in town at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. But in many places in the heartlands, special front row seats have been specially reserved for the “real” hungry phantoms from Hell.

Special front row seats for some very special guests. All photos taken with a Nikon D5200 with AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm DX f/3.5-5.6G VR kit lens. All the photos (except the one above which was taken at ISO 5000)  were taken at ISO 6400. Photo credit: John Tan.

Special front row seats for some very special guests. All photos taken with a Nikon D5200 with AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm DX f/3.5-5.6G VR kit lens. All the photos (except the one above which was taken at ISO 5000) were taken at ISO 6400. Photo credit: John Tan.

So I was driving back from the Lenovo launch in town, and thinking of the Phantom of the Opera musical that the family was going to watch the next day.

The MC for the night is this fancifully dressed lady. Does she remind you of Liu Ling Ling in the local award-winning movie 881? That’s because it is Liu Ling Ling!

The MC for the night is this fancifully dressed lady. Does she remind you of Liu Ling Ling in the local award-winning movie 881? That’s because it is Liu Ling Ling!

Another performer for the night. Each singer performs a few songs, which may include requests from the audience and the residing deity of the temple organising the Getai.

Another performer for the night. Each singer performs a few songs, which may include requests from the audience and the residing deity of the temple organising the Getai.

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POTD: Paying respect & entertaining hungry ghosts from Hell

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

The seventh month on the Chinese lunar calendar is the ghost month, when the hungry ghosts from Hell are released to visit their relatives on earth – and get a good meal as well.

As the seventh lunar month approaches, huge marquees are set up in many places in preparation for festivities. All photos taken with a Nikon D5200 with AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm DX f/3.5-5.6G VR kit lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

As the seventh lunar month approaches, huge marquees are set up in many places in preparation for festivities. All three photos taken with a Nikon D5200 with AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm DX f/3.5-5.6G VR kit lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Since this is the hungry ghost month, I will be featuring photos that I take during visits to celebratory activities surrounding the festival.

The festival has its origins from the buddhist scriptures and is celebrated by both Buddhist and Taoist believers in Asian countries such as China, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia etc.

An altar in the marquee pacifying the agents of Hell with offerings and (to the left) wads of Hell cash.

An altar in the marquee pacifying the agents of Hell with offerings and (to the left) wads of Hell cash.

The main theme is filial piety.

One of Buddha’s disciples visited his mother in hell and found her languishing as a “hungry ghost” (that’s a specific genre of ghost) which was perennially – what else – hungry.

She had apparently been stingy towards hosting Buddhist monks whilst indulging herself with the money that her son had left her.

As a punishment by the judges of hell, she was transformed into a hungry ghost after her death.

Buddha taught the son how to redeem his mother and the filial son succeeded after much effort to help his mother get reborn as a human.

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POTD: Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Here’s wishing all Muslim friends: “Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri“!

Custom designed twinkling lights specially for Hari Raya Puasa. Photo taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Custom designed twinkling lights specially for Hari Raya Puasa. Photo taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

It’s Hari Raya Puasa today.

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Holiday greetings: Happy Deepavali to our Hindu friends

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Deepavali, or Diwali, is the Hindu festival of lights and is a public holiday in countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka and Nepal.

The festival of lights is celebrated with light as the former subjects of Narakasura welcomed the victorious return of Krishna (on the night of a new moon) back to their city by lighting lamps and lanterns. I took this photo in a house in Barcelona, Spain back in 2009 with an Olympus E450.

The festival of lights is celebrated with light as the former subjects of Narakasura welcomed the victorious return of Krishna (on the night of a new moon) back to their city by lighting lamps and lanterns. I took this photo in a house in Barcelona, Spain back in 2009 with an Olympus E450.

The word “Diwali” is the shortened form of “Deepavali” which literally means “row of lamps”.

The festival commemorates the victory of Lord Krishna over the tyrant King Narakasura in ancient India and is symbolic of the triumph of good over evil – and light over darkness.

Indians wear new clothes and paint their hands with henna, treat themselves and each other to sweets and snacks, while the streets are alit with bazaars and light to celebrate the festival.

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

Here’s wishing all Muslim friends: “Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri“!

The Floating Mosque in Kuala Terengganu.

The Floating Mosque in Kuala Terengganu.

This is the Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque in Kuala Terengganu in Malaysia. It is also known as the Floating Mosque – situated in Kuala Ibai Lagoon, about 4km from Kuala Terengganu Town.

My family was on vacation back in 2004 and driving to Kuala Terengganu when we were attracted by this beautiful mosque enroute.

This photo was shot from the playground across the lagoon, using a Sony compact digital camera, handheld in the dim twilight, and output directly to JPEG.

 

Singapore wins Young Lions competition at CANNES

Monday, June 18th, 2012

James Holman (Copywriter) and Nuno Teixeira (Art Director) from TBWA, Singapore has won the prestigious Young Lions Print Competition at the 2012 Cannes Lions advertising festival.

Winning entry from Singapore for the Young Lions Print Competition at the 59th Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

Winning entry from Singapore for the Young Lions Print Competition at the 59th Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

Second and third places go to United Arab Emirates and Belgium.

The Young Lions Competition is designed to catapult the careers of rising stars that are set to redefine the future use of imagery in advertising.

First runner-up from the United Arab Emirates.

First runner-up from the United Arab Emirates.

The Young Lions Competition is being sponsored by Getty Images for the 15th consecutive year.

Getty Images was the exclusive content provider for the competitions, enabling contestants to draw from its broad range of creative, editorial, multimedia and archival collections.

This year’s brief, disclosed to competitors on 16 June, was set by Control Arms – a global civil society alliance campaigning for a “bulletproof” Arms Trade Treaty, founded by Oxfam.

The society disclosed a brief to raise awareness amongst State leaders and negotiators at the United Nations in the build up to the Arms Trade Treaty meetings in July of this year.

Second runner-up from Belgium.

Second runner-up from Belgium.

41 teams, comprising of an Art Director and Copywriter under 28 years of age, had just 24 hours to interpret the brief and develop a print advertisement, using content sourced from Getty Images’ range of creative, editorial and archival collections.

The work was scrutinised by the Jury members, headed up by this year’s Cannes Lions Jury President, Tham Khai Meng, Worldwide Chief Creative Officer at Ogilvy & Mather.

All That Matters in May

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Music, Digital and Gaming entertainment are All That Matters from 22 – 26 May this year. The annual global conference is dedicated to the business of digital and live entertainment will be held at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore.

All That Matters will be at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore from 22-26 May 2012.

All That Matters will be at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore from 22-26 May 2012.

Music Matters is into its seventh installment while Digital Matters is back following its successful inauguration last year.

This year sees the premiere of Gaming Matters which will help companies gamify their products to attract a larger customer base.

Jasper Donat - President, Digital and Music Matters; CEO, Branded Ltd.

Jasper Donat - President, Digital and Music Matters; CEO, Branded Ltd.

The 5-day event will culminate with Music Matters Live – a live music festival held at Clarke Quay, which will be streamed live for the first time to a global audience via YouTube, an Official Broadcast Partner.

More than 50 bands from Singapore and around the world will rock the city during Music Matters Live.

Another highlight of the conference is Troy Carter, famed manager for Lady Gaga. Carter will be one of line-up of speakers at Music Matters.

Music Matters will also play host to thousands of global entertainment digerati and music A-listers, showcasing the global online entertainment and music industry, with a focus on the Asian region.

Digital Matters will address the critical issues of content monetarisation and production in the digital age.

Michael Roche - Executive Director, Singapore GP, at the Media Roundtable for All That Matters.

Michael Roche - Executive Director, Singapore GP, at the Media Roundtable for All That Matters.

It will cover a range of topical and informative panels that includes: how to create social media success; opportunities for the entertainment industry to diversify into gaming; financing options for the entertainment industry; developments in mobiles; monetising Over The Top; connected devices; innovations in digital advertising and more.

Digital Matters will also see the introduction of the Adobe Digital Publishing Matters Workshop, which will provide insights on the changes to the publishing industry as it undergoes a digital transformation.

The workshop promises to show participant how leading publishing houses are paving the road towards monetising online content.

As Adobe Creative Suite 6 would have been launched by then, I would expect the the workshop to also provide an opportunity for attendees to view the suite close-up.