A big thank you to all who contributed on Stay Strong, this post is dedicated to you! (Your names are below!) Kareen and I are deeply touched by the generous support you have shown us. You have helped to pay for Kareen’s medical expenses with excess to be donated to The Lupus Association of Singapore! Your kindness has been picked up by the local press and I am proud to share the article with you.
The New Paper has done a good job in raising Lupus awareness with this article. An incurable disease a handful of people suffer from – 99% of lupus patients are female. I am very encouraged, both as an artist and a person, to see my work actually helping someone I love so much.
*UPDATE* Lian He Wan Bao, shared our story too!
Kareen’s personal facebook status.
Our love goes out to all contributors:
Four nights ago, I made a donation webstie, Stay.Strong.sg, to raise funds to pay for my girlfriend, Kareen Chin’s, medical expenses. She was warded at Tan Tock Seng hospital on the 9th of October for Bacterial Meningitis (Brain Infection) and will hopefully be discharged by the 25th of October with an estimated bill of SGD$10,000.
Her case is difficult for the doctors because she also has Lupus, an auto immune disease, where her immunity system would attack healthy cells and cause organ failure. There is no known cure for Lupus so she has been taking medication to suppress her immunity system. Her low immunity system causes her to be susceptible to all types of infections – this time she got the worse kind, an brain infection. Lupus is also the reason why she does not have insurance as no one wants to insure a lupus patient.
The doctors have put her on three types of antibiotics because they are not sure what is the nature of her infection and they seem to be working. Her headaches have stopped though she still has fever and muscle aches. It breaks my heart to see her so weak.
Thank you so much to all the contributors on Strong.sg, we are now at 66% to our goal. Your generous donations means a lot to the both of us!
Looking like a ninja
Hey guys, DUDE.SG is honored to be the first in Singapore to have Sony Mobile‘s latest waterproof creation, the Xperia Z1. This phone will only be released next month on the 4th of October in Singapore.
Here are pictures of the phone (with my DUDE.SG sticker):
I’ve been using and testing the shit out of it and concluded that it is awesome! If you ever spent money replacing a water damaged phone, you’ll want to continue reading because this phone could save you that money – it is 100% waterproof. I went swimming with the phone (With open ear-phone jack and speaker holes) Yes, water went into those holes. Yes, the phone was dripping wet and yes the phone still works fine.
Very fast with no lag, it probably has the best camera in a phone to date! Being waterproof changes the game for smart phones – think of all the places you could bring your phone with peace of mind (and its camera), out in the rain, in a Jacuzzi, in the shower…
The camera app comes with a manual mode where you can adjust, exposure, white balance, image size ratio, scene selection and a whole bunch of other options.. very useful! But to my disappointment – No manual focus I wonder why phones cameras don’t let you manual focus. I means, just give us a slider to control the focus distance why don’t they? it shouldn’t be that hard to implement.
The Sony Xperia Z1′s camera also works like a compact camera. It auto-focuses when you touch the shutter button on screen, and takes the photo when you release. Sometimes this can be quite annoying when you want to capture “the moment”. Let me explain: the phone’s back camera does not take photos immediately when pressed, unlike its front camera, it always takes a second to auto-focus before capturing. The work around for this would be to auto-focus first, by pressing the camera half-way before going in to capture “your moment”.
Here is the full water test. (Swimming pool test)
I tried texting and answering calls while underwater but I couldn’t – the touch screen goes inactive when submerged and needs to be dried off (with a towel) before the touch screen can be “touched” again. So forget about answering calls / replying texts / updating your facebook status while underwater. You can however go into water while already talking to someone, the person on the other line can hear you scream underwater.
While under water, you can control the camera with 4 physical buttons that comes with the phone. The power, the volume up, the volume down and the camera shutter.
To quick activate the camera, press and hold both the power and the camera shutter buttons together (you have to press them at the same time!). Sony’s Superior Auto mode camera will activate. I wish they had the option to quick activate with my last manual settings where I have a different aspect ratio and fixed exposure for my pictures. The phone only remember my settings if I access the camera App normally (which I can’t do underwater because the touch screen is inactive). Maybe in the next software update? with programmable short-cuts?
The image quality is amazing. Here are some pictures I took with the phone:
They are holding hands!
The Human Caterpillar made its debut appearance at PASSPORTS: Through the Red Dot Into Other Worlds
The group show was at a unique location – a renovated shop house in Geylang (Singapore’s red light district)(in case you didn’t know)
Eugene Soh’s Honorable Mention Speech at 2nd France + Singapore Photographic Arts Award 2013
So I was awarded with an Honorable Mention at the 2nd France + Singapore Photographic Arts Awards 2013! Surprised, I stumbled up and gave a “speech”. My baby kittens helped me to film. Thank you Alliance française de Singapour!
Me with Emmanuel Laine and Susie Lingham.
2nd France + Singapore Photographic Arts Award 2013 group shot.
Left to right: Benedict Tan (AF Gallery Manager), Alfred Zheng (Finalist), Marianne Drouet (Finalist), Jasper Yu (Finalist), Matthew G Johnson (Finalist), Marie-Sophie Leturcq (Winner), Elwin Goh (Finalist), Eugene Soh (Honourable mention recipient), Marisse Caine (Finalist), Chelsea Wong (Finalist), Susie Lingham (Guest of honour), Emmanual Laine (AF Deputy Director). Photo by: Chee Weiteck / Artitute
The 2nd France + Singapore Photographic Arts Award 2013 exhibition was featured on OKTO Arts TV Channel (Singapore) on 6th August and replayed on 9th August, 6pm! My work was included in the feature!
Knockout Carnival Episode 19
You can catch the programme through this online catch-up TV weblink (@ Video Timing 21:25)