Polaroid photo of siblings

Old polaroid photos

When I went back to Malacca for Chinese New Year this year, my aunt showed me some polaroid photos of my aunts and uncles when they were young. It was a rare glimpse of what they looked like when they were young. These were the rare occasions when a photographer was in town. There were […]

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year 2014

It was the second Chinese New Year since the passing of my grandmother. I am still getting used to not having her around. She was the anchor of the family and it was an annual custom for my relatives to congregate at my uncle’s home where she stayed. I am glad that we continued the […]

View from the OCBC walkway in the Gardens by the Bay

Shooting Gardens by the Bay

When Gardens by the Bay opened in Singapore last year, I went down to have a look at the new attraction in town. It was also a little outing with my brother and his family.

A group of Indian dancers in a flash mob along Orchard Road

Flash mob in Orchard

Flash mobs are not uncommon in big cities. They are even less so at the busiest parts of these cities. However, I did not expect to encounter one when I took a brief walk along Orchard Road.

A boy's sneakers and skateboard

Teaching improves your photography

Teaching others improves your photography because you actually learn in the process. When you teach, you discover how well you know a particular subject and, more importantly, the areas where your knowledge is lacking.

Teenager along Orchard Road

First photo walk of 2013

I took my first photo walk in 2013 on the first weekend of the year to kick off 2013 with a bang. This is the first time I am shooting on the street since my last walk in late September.

Mother and her two daughters in Orchard Road

2012 in review

A review of what I have accomplished and experienced in the past year.

Pedestrians looking over each other's shoulders

Unproductive days

There some days when you just feel disconnected from photography. I have found a few tricks to reset myself to get into the groove. But there are times when I know that it will be an unproductive day.

Self portrait of photographer wearing Fujifilm X100 t-shirt from Uniqlo

Runway in Orchard Road

A fashion runway is not a common sight along busy Orchard Road. I believe the event was held by the mall, Wisma Atria, to mark the completion of  renovation works on the exterior of the building.

Rui Ying taking a nap

Rui Ying’s first month

Baby Rui Ying had her first month bash in June. It is a Chinese tradition to hold a celebration when a baby is one month old.

Street photography - Little boy with a pink hat helping to carry shopping bags

Street photography with Fujifilm X100

Fujifilm X100 has been out followed me wherever I went. But I usually bring it along with my DSLR when I do street photography. I dropped my habit of carrying at least two focal lengths with me when I shoot.

Street photography - Lady wearing a hat and carrying a toy dog

Pets, hats and more street fashion

Street fashion and publicity stunts are just some of the interesting sights along Orchard Road. While it might be lacking compared to some other cities, it is certainly the busiest place in Singapore on over the weekends.

Street photography - girl in red dress and blue shoes

Street fashion in Orchard

If you want a taste of Singapore street fashion, Orchard Road on a weekend is a good place to start. You will come across a myriad of styles being worn by the people walking along the road.

Street photography - Puppy with adoption volunteer

Adopt a pet instead of buying one

There was a dog adoption drive in town sponsored by Subaru and LostPaws. The volunteers from LostPaws were encouraging the public to adopt a pet instead of buying one, and educating them about responsible pet ownership.

JCube stunt across the street

Publicity stunts

Whenever I shoot in Orchard Road on a weekend, I’ll encounter publicity stunts by various companies to promote their product or services.

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Weekends in Orchard Road

I’ve been spending my weekends shooting along Orchard Road in Singapore. This is to force myself to devote three to four hours a week to practice my street photography.

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Leica M8 – first impressions

My first few photo walks with the Leica M8 has seen a change in the way I shoot. In a nutshell, I’m really enjoying shooting with the M8. It’s like a new lease of life. However, my introduction to the Leica experience is not without some frustrations.

Leica M8

My first Leica

It still feels surreal but I’m slowly coming to terms with the fact that I bought my first Leica. I’ve always thought that I would get a film Leica before I move on to a digital Leica, due the the price difference. Nevertheless, my first camera with the legendary red dot is a digital Leica […]

Watermark

No more watermarks

I have decided to stop using watermarks on my photos. Many photographers and bloggers watermark their images to prevent image theft. However, it only discourages stealing. A thief can easily cropped it out to pass it off as their own.

Baby wrapped in a bundle

Baby Ruiying

Congratulations to my brother Jen Yi and my sister-in-law Xiao Lee on the birth of their first child, Ruiying.

Photos by Jen Xi

Portfolio – Photos by Jen Xi

My portfolio site is finally live. I have been fiddling around with several set ups but I’m proud to announce its official launch. It has been an interesting and, at times, frustrating, journey to complete this project.

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Brother’s ROM

December 22, 2011 will be a special day for my family. It is the first wedding among my siblings and a memorable day for my brother. While it isn’t the actual wedding day, the registration of marriage still bears much significance.

Ricoh GR Digital III

Ricoh GR Digital III

With Ricoh’s announcement of the Ricoh GR Digital IV two days ago, I felt that it’s time for me to share my experience with its predecessor, the Ricoh GR Digital III. The Ricoh GR Digital series is known for its popularity in Japan. Outside of Japan, it is less well-known.

Self portrait of photographer wearing Fujifilm X100 t-shirt from Uniqlo

Why do you photograph?

The reason that compels you to take photographs affects how you take your photographs.

Gundam Girls

Gundam Fiesta Singapore 2009 – Gundam girls

This final entry on Gundam girls wraps up my coverage of Gundam Fiesta Singapore 2009. In the previous entries, we talked about the history of Gundam and gunpla manufacturing. In this post, I will let the images do most of the talking.