The Parable Of The Pencil

The Pencil Maker took the pencil aside just before putting him into the box. “There are five things you need to know,” he told the pencil, “before I send you out into the world. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best pencil you can be.

ONE: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in Someone's hand.
TWO: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you'll need it to become a better pencil.
THREE: You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.
FOUR: The most important part of you will always be what's inside.
AND FIVE: On every surface you are used on, you must leave your mark. No matter what the condition, you must continue to write.”

The pencil understood and promised to remember, and went into the box with purpose in its heart.
- Author Unknown


Google’s six rules for great data design

Data visualization is a form of communication that portrays dense and complex information in graphical form. The resulting visuals are designed to make it easy to compare data and use it to tell a story – both of which can help users in decision making.

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How to create 3D Photo for Facebook

Creating a 3D photo requires a little more work than taking a photo from a supported iPhone or Android phone but it is a great deal more flexible, as it allows you to customize the effect or even add depth to graphic images or even paintings.

First of all you must provide an image file and an associated depth map. The depth map is simply a grayscale version of the image where objects appear dark in the distance and become progressively lighter as they approach the camera. You will need Adobe Photoshop or any editing software than allow you to create multiply layers.

Below is an example of what I did to a graphic image by creating over 30 different layer with different tone of gray to create the depth.

After you have save the grayscale version of your image(save it as XXXX_depth.jpg). Together with your original image(XXXX,jpg), drag them together into the post box of your Facebook account and Facebook will do the rest. Enjoy!

You can see the effect here

3d photo.jpg

Great Photography Magazine

If you love documentary photography, read chinese, then you should take a look at Lens.



See photographs from the battlefield of Indochina wars (Mar 23 - Apr 10)

Catch hard-hitting war photography that spans three decades across Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. These vintage prints include ones by internationally renowned names such as David Douglas Duncan, Don McCullin, Larry Burrows. All the photographs showcased at Battlefield Lens Photographers of Indochina Wars 1950-1975 are a part of a private collection of Singaporean collector Judd Kinne, who was a US Marine Corps infantry officer in South Vietnam from 1967 – 69.

Battlefield Lens Photographers of Indochina Wars 1950-1975, Selegie Arts Centre, 30 Selegie Rd Singapore 188351


Both Side, Now

A very interesting community engagement project called “Both Sides, Now” touched on the sensitive topic of death; what it means to live well and leave well.

One of the highlight of the engagement is a participatory performance called the “Last Dance”.

Last Dance takes the form of a gathering 100 days after a man’s passing, where his wife and son ask questions about death, life and memory, and try to seek closure in the process. Through dance, shared stories and open conversations, Both Sides, Now aims to bring the community closer to understanding the plans we need to make, and the legacies we want to leave behind.

Beside the performance, a group of Chong Pang’s very own elderly has spent the past year exploring the idea of personal legacy, through art making workshops by four artists Alecia Neo, Han Xuemei, Jasmine Ng and Shirley Soh. The resulting artworks, through which the elderly share their thoughts about living and dying, will be exhibited around the neighbourhood.

Both Sides, Now is presented by Lien Foundation, Ang Chin Moh Foundation, Drama Box and ArtsWok Collaborative, in collaboration with Yishun Health and Montfort Care Goodlife.

Unfortunately, by the time you read my post, the exhibition will be over by then but do head to their website to find out more about Both Sides, Now and their future programme.


What makes Singapore one of the most diverse, dynamic and innovative countries on the planet?

The answer is all of us, and it’s time to tell your story through your camera lens.

Join National Geographic and MCI in this photography contest, as we celebrate #WhatMakesSG a unique city-state that has progressed from third world to first in a short span of 53 years, and what the future will be like for Singapore.

What makes Singapore a unique and exciting place to live, work and play? How would you best capture Singapore’s diversity, dynamism and future-ready spirit in transforming itself on the world stage?

Through your best photos, tell us #WhatMakesSg on Instagram or Facebook, and stand to win a National Geographic Photography Expedition trip to Yellowstone, Montana.


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Presenting “Fallout” in Singapore


绮颖让我想起了柴静! 俩个格子都不高大的女子却都很有勇气的做纪实采访和摄影的工作。柴静刚进中央电视台当主持人时被骂别当了主持人,就不是人了(这里说的是从人的角度和真相去看事物)。这和绮颖在分享会说了你得先是个人才是摄影师的道理是有点一样的。人往往以不同的身份进行着不同的决定,但我们有没有不时的停下脚步(以人的本性)看看我们所做的决定呢?

P.s one of her family history project "One Day We'll Understand" will be on exhibition at the Esplanade Singapore's Jendela Gallery until 1st April 18