Spotlight on Bavaria | Monocle

Monocle worked with Invest in Bavaria for piece about the investment opportunities in the German city. Marketing messages aside, I did take note of some points the video brought up regarding what a forward-thinking and constantly innovating city makes.

Dr. Wolfgang Hübschle, Executive Director, Invest in Bavaria:

If you’re in the innovation business, proximity still matters. Locating to Bravria, you can locate many companies within a 3 hour radius. Along the Autobahn A8 access, almost 60% of German patent applications are done. So you can reach a lot of clients in your proximity.

Insights into what makes Bavaria tick as a place for innovation, business and industry

  • Highly-skilled workforce
  • Heritage of entrepreneurship
  • Proximity to other industries and markets
  • Infrastructure and Connectivity
  • Quality of Life

One thing that did stand out was the mention of quality of life. Often overlooked, it is a soft pull-factor that can attract talent. I also aegree with Monocle’s stance that culture is a soft foreign policy power, and that more governments should enable and grow what’s happening in the grassroots to maintain both a healthy mix of mainstream and alternative citizens. Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to make this a quantifiable metric, and I believe that it should also be the responsibility of culture growers to bridge the gap with government and regulation.

Matt Alagiah, Monocle:

We decide not to move to cities, not because of their annual GDP growth figures, but because of the restaurants, bars and cultural hotspots they offer. It’s also about the ease with which we can immerse ourselves in nature.


Shangri-La shooting: Trio missed a turn on way to Orchard Towers, Coroner’s Inquiry finds | TODAYonline.

Evidence given by the witnesses — including the Gurkha officers, the two passengers in Mohamed Taufik’s car, and a taxi driver — also pointed to the gunshots being fired after Mohamed Taufik’s car had crashed through concrete barriers at the Vehicle Check Station (VCS), set up as part of security measures for the Shangri-La Dialogue that day.

Bad timing for a wrong turn (and drug possession). I think the security personnel followed their procedures as part of their training, and there was no way to avoid this outcome once you’ve broken past the checkpoint and continuing to accelerate to the final checkpoint, compounded with the gravity of the event’s context that day.

Culture, Journal

My Week in Photos: 2016-03

Week 3 of the MWIP project has been rather challenging in terms of making the effort to take a daily photograph. While not a requirement of the project (I’m supposed to present my favourite photos from the week), I did form a tinge of guilt for not keeping up with a daily discipline.

What was fun though, was being able to take some macro shots with the Magniband, a strap with a macro lens that you can easily attach to your smartphone. Link

You can see this in action in 3 of the photos. I don’t think I need to say which. I took those in low light from a singular light source, and was just messing about with the subjects in my room. It’s really interesting when you have a new tool that lets you change your perspective.

Notes from this series

  • Rain always produces puddles of water which are great for catching reflections. My personal favourites are the ones where I caught the building’s reflection in the manhole cover, and the one where you can see the refletion of two girls sitting on a bench. The stains on the floor were also an excellent foreground for the frame. It’s sort of like a dirty dream.
  • Patterns. Not really a fan of how I captured the shot with the installation made from lights. But, the idea was there. Through my eyes, it was calming to see all the lights in a row, in a repeated system. Unfortunately, I didn’t achieve that through the perspective of my lens. Limitations of the photographer and the tool I reckon.
  • Composition and shapes. The shot of the balcony that was half wet and half over-exposed also struck me as one that I really like. It’s rather neat in the way the subjects are segmented, and all through the randomness of nature. It was one photograph where I did absolutely zero post-production.
  • The photo of the clouds was the most liked photo on instagram that week, which I find surprising. Personally, I find it boring, but I suppose it was a beautiful day, and people do like to look at clouds. I’m open to that, that these presentations are a dialogue with whoeever comes across them. I just find it boring, because I wasn’t really challenged in any way while taking the photo. I do think it’s nice though.

Maybe if you see something you like, or something that strikes you, I’d like to know! Leave a comment, and maybe we can start a dialogue regarding this project.

As always, the entire project is being archived here.














Culture, Journal

My Week in Photos: 2016-02

On the surface, routine can kill creativity, but I find that it discounts the necessary discipline needed in order to cultivate a process of creativity.

I didn’t have a routine of creativity for last week, since it was the routine of life. As such, I wasn’t taking photos during the day since I was pretty much going to the same locations, communting to and from work. However, the needs of the project required me to constantly keep one eye open, for things I normally would not have seen.

What I mean is that I wasn’t constantly looking at my phone while I was on breaks, or during my commutes. It’s incredible the amount of visual information there is outside of the confines of the phone, and I think it’s a good habit to keep even if this project was no more.

Look up, look around, you’ll find your subjects for your frame.

Some notes from this series:

  • The first photo happened on a Monday night commute, as I was feeling exasperation from not being able to find a subject, and a somewhat empty train, I looked out the window as it was moving and noticed the reflection of lights and a lone person. It’s not the sharpest of photos, but I think it conveys the fleetingness of our mortal coils.
  • The photo of the empty street is unremarkable, but I was confronted by this empty street one day after work. It was disconcerting to not be around the usual bustle of the workplace’s vicinity, and I decided to take the opportunity to walk in the middle of the road to take my shot.
  • The closeup of the leaf was inspired when I saw my partner take a similar photo. I wanted something with more shadow waves, but I’m still rather pleased at how this one turned out. The one-source light really brings out the pre-existing lines of the leaf, and I think it succeeds in highlghting the things you don’t usually notice about nature that’s around us.

The whole series can be found here.










Culture, Journal

My Week in Photos: 2016-01

Well, the very first week of 2016 is over, and there are 51 more weeks of this project to go.

I don’t really know why I’m approaching this as a countdown, but one of the useful byproducts is that I get to keep track of where exactly in the year I am, and how much time we have left for the year, before the cycle starts again. Kinda like how for some of us, when it’s Friday, we’re already thinking of Monday, and the dread that follows it.

One of the challenges of this project is taking time to either take photos, or compile them into a post. As such, quite a few photos from last week involved shadows, because whilst I’m at work, I do leave the office at different times and notice different things.

I usually hang out near some corners, so you do get some interesting shapes at different times of the day, and I am starting to get a bit of a handle on the sharpness of the shadows based on the time of the day.

I’m not too sure what I’ll be exploring for Week 02, but pray that I find something.

_The whole collection can be found here












Business, Technology


Original tweet by Jack Dorsey, Twitter, CEO: Here

And by focusing on conversation and messaging, the majority of tweets will always be short and sweet and conversational!

We’re not going to be shy about building more utility and power into Twitter for people. As long as we’re consistent with what people want to do, we’re going to explore it.

As long as that feature doesn’t get in the way of the core product feature, which in my opinion, is brevity. If I wanted a feed that pushed me long-form content, I’d go look for Medium.

To me, the best thing about Twitter (I’ve found myself going back to it and engaging on it), is that it clearly distills thought from people, making us choose our words better. Too many people think that more words means more meaning. But, If it doesn’t fit a tweet, it’s not worth saying.

At least on a medium like Twitter.

Jack Dorsey on potential 10,000 characters on Twitter


Anatomy of a Crushing | Daring Fireball.

John Gruber quoting Marciej Ceglowski (Pinboard, Founder) on his blog, Daring Fireball in 2011:

If Pinboard were not a paid service, we could not have stayed up on December 16, and I would have been forced to either seek outside funding or close signups. Instead, I was immediately able to hire contractors, add hardware, and put money in the bank against further development.

If you start as a business, not a company and earn revenue from paying customers from day one, market forces have less sway on your business than customer sway.

So are you a company with no business, a company with one business, or a company with many businesses?

Pinboard might be small in size compared to unicorns, but it serves a loyal customer base, and is run by one man. Damn, I love this guy thinks.


Ozzy Osbourne Remembers Lemmy: ‘He Was My Hero’ | Rolling Stone

If you’re a fan of Motörhead, you might still be thinking of or mourning at the passing of frontman, Lemmy Kilmister. I’m not too educated on the way Lemmy chose to live his life, but I always felt that his music did the talking. Born to lose, lived to win. Perhaps it’s especially the way he approached the music of Motörhead, that made him such a force to reckon with. Say what you mean, mean what you say. Life’s too short for regrets, live it to the full extent of your abilities and count your blessings. Maybe that’s why Ozzy Osbourne was able to give such a heartfelt eulogy in his contribution to Rolling Stone

You know what? There goes a hero for me. He was my hero. He was fucking great, a good friend. I’m missing him already. I’ll never forget him. I don’t think a lot of people will forget Lemmy. He’ll be so missed in my camp. He was a good guy, a good man, a good friend of mine. He was just a fucking great dude, man. Not enough time for him.

Also, just reading about what a voracious reader Lemmy was, makes me crack into a smile. It’s as if his appetite for life, translated into an appetite for knowledge. Maybe he had an appetite for meaning.

To look at Lemmy, you’d never think he was as educated as he was. People look at the music we do and the way we look, and they go, “Oh, this bunch is a bunch of yobbos. They don’t know what they’re doing. They’re bad people.” But it’s not true. Lemmy looks like an old biker, but he was so well read. He was very up on a lot of things. He was a very clever guy. On his bus on the first tour, he had a plaid suitcase and all he had in there was a pair of knickers and a pair of socks, and the rest was books. When he stayed with us, he’d stay in the library for three days, reading fucking books. And if I got up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, he’d still be reading. And I’d go, “Why don’t you sleep?”

Culture, Journal

My Week in Photos: 2015-52

The last week of 2015 was a cool one, weather wise. The end of of the year is usually colder in Singapore as the monsoon season kicks into high gear. I was indoors most times, either at work, or while having a break at home with my video games. However, the times I found myself outside of work or home settings, were usually at places of food and the company of my partner, who has been encouraging me with taking these photos, and giving her own inputs as well.

Despite the lack of external stimuli, the week has been an exercise in composition, and I find myself gravitating toward empty space. I’m not too sure how that plays into my attempts at photography, but perhaps I wanted to evoke a sense of barreness due to the colder temperatures.

The only one I wished I could have improved on much more, is the shot of the sea cucumbers on a bed of ice. The textures were foreign to the usual urbanscapes I’m familiar with, yet, I don’t think I did it much justice.

You can see the entire collection-in-progress here.