Archive for May, 2012

BE2012 – WP’s Hougang Rally 24th May

This is the final rally for the By Election for Hougang SMC. I completely forgot about the cooling off day restrictions until the folks from TOC told me that it would be nice if I can give them some pictures before 1130pm so they can post them before midnight. The rally ended around 1030pm and from there, it was a race against time. I was happy to get afew out to them in time. After all that madness, I just thought to myself, it’s pretty tough to be a press photographer, especially when you have to rush photos for next day publications. The appeal of being a press photographer faded overnight.

The rally was pretty charged up, much more than the previous one. The crowd seem to respond to the speakers right from the start, unlike Tuesday’s rally where they took quite awhile to warm up. I enjoyed this rally alot more than the last. As for the rain I hoped for, it came the moment the last member left the stage. While walking back, I heard a conversation between two old folks.  Loosely translated,

A: It’s raining…

B: Ya, rained right after the rally.

A: It’s like “ang huay chui” (flower water, typically used to “wash” away bad luck) for the party

B: Yes! Wishing everyone good health! Huat ah!

Hougang reminded me of my childhood here (after all, I spent a considerable number of years schooling here) and in some ways the “kampung spirit” which we’ve been desperately trying to find seems to be present here. As WP’s Low Thia Khiang said, although Hougang doesn’t have the best amenities compared to other constituencies, but it has the charm of a “cosy village” (that’s my translation:D). I often complained that Singapore does not put in much effort in preserving history, tearing down every single old building that is standing on “expensive land” and “facelifting” anything that looks aged. Hougang is probably one of the last piece of land that still looked the same 20 years ago.  Taking a walk in Hougang is like a walk down memory lane. Like fine wine, it aged gracefully.

And yes! Finally tonight I’ll be at PAP domain. Hopefully I’ll be able to get some nice pictures there. Camera set… +2 EV.

The pre-rally cheer leading.

I saw this chap in the last rally and he came empty handed. But this time, he shouted, “I came with all my “家私” (meaning, props)”!

And he found a cheer mate.

One of his many “家私”. He asked Pauline (the other TOC photographer) if he wrote everything correctly. And yes he did.

The front row folks. Most if not all of them were very nice to photographers.

So it begins…

A fiery hokkien speech to start the rally rolling!

Today, we get 2 guys blowing the trumpet. The guy in red is the apprentice.

One of the few I caught out of 50 odd attempts. It pretty much sums up this rally.

Folks watching the rally from the block. It took me a long time to get up there because the lift stops at every single level. But it was well worth it to see what the crowd was like from 12 floors above.

It’s gotta be “HUAT AH!”

One of things that WP said they agree with the government was the budget which was “inclusive”. Mr Low said they do not oppose for the sake of opposing.

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BE2012 – WP’s Hougang Rally 22nd May

Elections are round the corner again. This time, voters in Hougang SMC gets to choose the person to represent them in Parliament. Last year, I was standing near the front row with my friends to watch the rally. I saw people from the media within the compound and as a photographer myself, I wondered how it was like to be in there. I didn’t have to wait 5 years for that opportunity. Many thanks to theonlinecitizen for this opportunity and also the folks from WP for making this happen. Special thanks to the WP staff/volunteer who offered me his umbrella when it started pouring. I hope I will get to cover PAP rally one day. For now, this is WP for you. As they say, Hammer Time!:)

Drumming up support. Pretty effective.

The crowd coming in after dinner. And I missed mine… adrenaline took over:)

The catchphrase for Hougang this month. It kinda dominated afew weddings that I’ve shot too:D

These ladies have been here since early afternoon. They asked if I was from 联合早报. I said no, I’m from “网报”… because I have no idea how to translate The Online Citizen.

As for her, she said she’s been here since morning. I was like… “what?” Especially if you know how scorching hot it was that day.

Pritam Singh meeting the people. He’s quite popular with the supporters.

And so the Rally begins…

Chairman of WP, Sylvia Lim. She must be wondering, who’s this new guy?:D

I salute this.

MIB: Man in Blue

Glenda Han!! I like her, because she talks about HDB for singles and she’s pretty and single too. But hey, that’s a serious topic. We get penalized like single travelers.

Pritam Singh. The crowd favourite. He has a good sense of humour, a little like Russell Peters.

WP heavyweight Chen Show Mao. His chinese speech delivery was awesome.

The crowd going crazy when the next speaker was announced.

The “pause”. It’s as powerful as the speech itself.

And the rain got heavier as he spoke.

And all the scripts got wet. I wonder what ink they used, it seems to hold up well. Good thing Chen Show Mao’s turn was over, otherwise his Ipad would’ve been Iwet.

She said “HUAT AH!”

Sylvia Lim took the stage.

Hammer time!

Hougang candidate Mr Png Eng Huat laughing heartily at the chants of HUAT AH!

A nice moment between the party members in the rain.

A quiet moment for Png Eng Huat.

Png Eng Huat acknowledging cheers from the crowd.

Party Secretary Mr Low Thia Khiang closing the rally. Rain or Shine…

The supporters.

Will Hougang be united? We’ll see on 26th May 2012

Singapore in 2 hours

Re-discovering my love for non-wedding and non-diving photography. That’s pretty much where I started. Felt the need for lines, so I went to look for it when the heat in the house becomes a little unbearable. The weather moderator is on leave. It’s either raining mad or hot like oven. It’ll be nice to average out.





Man-made jungle

Concrete jungle


Curvy lines

I love lines, clean curvy merging lines.

first shot of the day

I rarely get too excited over my first shot of the day, especially if I have to wake up before the sun rises. But when “Lucky” came up to me, he instantly perked up my day.

Meet my “new” wife

5Dmk3. And the newer one… soon.

The kind of shots that makes me smile

And goes straight into the portfolio.

Bride departs from maternal home.

Our job is done

A chinese custom (as far as I know) where the parents veil the bride before the groom picks her up. Very often, they get caught up with the photo taking and all, smiling at all angles. Most parents do not say anything during this part of the wedding. Very often, there is this silent connection between them. Some more obvious than others. I wonder what they were thinking.