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Singapore’s hawker culture shot on iPhone

These look stunning and appetizing

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Singapore is known as first world cultural melting pot in Southeast Asia. Despite the multicultural landscape, the country has managed to retain uniqueness, highlighted by their hawker culture.

Celebrating Singapore’s National Day, various local iPhone photographers shared various shots along with tips and tricks on hawker photography.

Lauryn Ishak — @laurynishak

Hawker

Scene at Ghim Moh Food Centre days just before Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) kicked in. This stood in stark contrast to the more subdued atmosphere at Maxwell Food Center several weeks later, when she visited her favourite ‘Ang Ku Kueh’ stall. Ishak’s tips:

1. Use Portrait Mode to create more focus around your subject. Also, get close! Shooting with an iPhone is less intimidating than a camera and allows your subject to feel more comfortable and natural.

2. Lighting is Key to give your photographs the right mood and emotion. Early morning and late afternoon light have a softer quality that gives your subject more shape, as compared to the flat overhead harsh light one gets in the middle of the day.

3. Use Burst Mode when capturing motion, as it allows you to choose the best movement for your image.

Yudhi Aristan — @aristan89

Aristan is a full-time architect and photography who has a soft spot for geometry and hearty fare. This is showcased through the images he captured of Amoy Street Market. Aristan’s tips:

1. Utilize the new and improved iPhone12 pro max Ultra Wide Camera while shooting in the public domain or small spaces to capture more action in your frame.

2. Turn on Smart HDR mode from the camera settings when shooting in harsh light and deep shadow conditions. The processor will intelligently blend the best parts of your separate exposures into a single photo. Look for unique shadow patterns to enhance the object and give the final image a bit of texture.

3. Portrait Mode is brilliant under natural daylight. Bring your subject outside for your photoshoot whenever you can. The combination of Smart HDR and Portrait Mode creates a highly dynamic range image in an instant. The depth of field can also be easily adjusted to your liking. The lower the depth of field, the more prominent the portrait subject will be.

Melissa Patrice — @Girleatworld

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Patrice is known for her food photography. She visited Bendemeer Food Centre during Phase 3 (Heightened Alert) for their variety of cuisines, ranging from authentic beef noodles with recipes from the 1970s to a modern take on Indonesian Curry Rice with queues that never seem to stop. Patrice’s tips:

1. Whenever possible, work with natural, indirect sunlight. Natural sun is by far the best way to create beautiful photos, and this applies to any photos! not just food photos. I also specified indirect sunlight, as direct sunlight tends to create harsh shadows on your photo. It’s not necessarily a bad thing if you’re going for a certain photography style, and iPhone’s Smart HDR feature actually would help you out by bringing out as many details as possible from the shadows. But for most photos, indirect works best.

2. When it comes to food photography, consider the colours on the plate to make it as appetising as possible. While this depends on what dish you are shooting, adding a range of colours helps. For example, if the dish is mostly brown, try adding a contrasting orange or yellow to spruce up the dish. You can even add the colours using background accessories. Did you know that a colourful dish tends to be naturally more nutritional too?

3. Portrait mode is not just for shooting people! Experiment with Portrait mode in food too, and you might just walk away with a photo that looks like it was shot by an expensive camera instead of your iPhone.

Yais Yusman — @yaisyusman

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Street photography is Yusman’s thing and he loves interplaying light and shadow. He visited Golden Mile Food Centre and Kampung Admiralty Hawker Centre late in the evening, and came out with interesting vantage points to photograph the food centres and captures some stunning images. Yusman’s tips:

1. Framing is one of my favourite shooting styles. It creates an illusion of depth and draws focus to the subject in the photo by using any elements around me or any objects I carry with me. Start finding simple framings like windows or fences and then move on to finding more unique ways to create frames.

2. The exposure function on iPhone native camera apps is an important tool to create a different mood in my photo. I specifically like to reduce exposure to increase the darkness of the image and focus on the main subject of the focus.

3. I use the ultra wide camera to show more space in the surrounding. It’s specifically useful to use it in a tight space giving it a whole new story to my photos.

Jason Lim — @jsnjnr

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iPhone photographer and Instagrammer Jason Lim captured the story of 33 years old Thomas Koh who had taken over his family business of six decades, Pig’s Organ Soup stall at Tiong Bahru Market at age 25. Amid the crowds staying thin, Thomas continues to persevere to continue his heritage. Lim’s Tips:

1. Press and hold the screen on your subject, to lock your focus.
2. Make use of grid lines when using the camera, allowing you to position your subject following the rule of thirds.
3. Use the wide-angle lens to include more details, but ensure that your subject focus does not get lost in the picture. Make sure there is contrast and proper framing.

Craving some hawker food? Here are apps to get some delivered to you: WhyQ Hawker Delivery, Hungryy: Halal Food Delivery, Burpple – Food Reviews & Deals, and Chope – Discover, Book, Save.

 

 

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Amazon Kindle PaperWhite Signature Edition Review

The best Kindle for every bookworm?

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It’s been a while ever since the Amazon Kindle PaperWhite had a refresh. To be particular about it, its 10th-Generation model was released last 2018 — merely three years ago!

This 2021, the new 11th-Gen Kindle PaperWhite offers better upgrades including a larger and brighter display, as well as USB-C and wireless charging support.

But are those enough to make you upgrade? Or should you wait for the next version of Kindle Oasis instead?

Head over to our unboxing and in-depth review of the Amazon Kindle PaperWhite and watch it in 4K too.

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The Mi TV P1 is a great first TV

A good self reward

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Mi TV P1

I still vaguely remember the first TV I ever bought. It was, if I recall correctly, a 24-inch Samsung TV. That was already a big deal for me at the time. I just landed a producer job at an online news outlet and got my first major salary bump. As someone who enjoyed watching TV shows and movies, I thought I’d treat myself by graduating from watching on a laptop.

The TV wasn’t anything crazy. It wasn’t smart either. At the time, Smart TVs weren’t as prevalent as they are today and it would have cost maybe two months worth of my salary then. But this TV I bought had what I needed. It can read from flash drives and external hard drives, and it has an HDMI port. That thing cost me somewhere between PhP 15,000 to PhP 18,000.

Fast forward to today, I would have been able to afford a pretty big screen 4K TV now with that money. Specifically, the Xiaomi Mi TV P1. Here are the price ranges for its various sizes:

  • 55″ — PhP 24,990
  • 50″ — PhP 22,990
  • 43″ — PhP 18,990

The same TV line also has a 32-inch variant at PhP 10,990 but it isn’t 4K so I excluded it from the list. By these standards, I would have been able to afford the 43-incher. Or perhaps, I would have opted to save up a little more to grab either of the 50-inch or 55-inch variants.

But even the 43-incher is already worlds better than what I had bought back then. I’m sure it’s a fantastic option for most people today. We already have an extensive review of the Mi TV P1. But indulge me in this little piece to share why I think it’s a great first TV.

Elevate your entertainment

Mi TV P1

One of my primary considerations for buying a TV was to give my laptop (and perhaps it’s a smartphone now for most people today) a break. I think it goes a long way to prolonging your laptop’s lifespan if after a long day of work, you’re not pushing it further to watch a few episodes of your favorite series.

At the time I was religiously following TV series like Suits, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow, and many, many more. It was my way to unwind and destress at night. The kind of shows or content we watch has shifted a little to more K-Dramas and plenty of YouTube creators. But whatever you choose to watch to unwind, it’s almost always better on a TV.

Mi TV P1

Other than anime, and whatever’s on Netflix. I use the TV to stream PLENTY of TWICE

The UHD screen on the Mi TV P1 is no joke. It even looks good even in brightly lit rooms. You can also tweak the settings to get the kind of picture that your eyes find pleasing. My personal settings lean towards a vivid picture quality but not too much that it compromises the cinematic integrity of what I’m watching.

It’s just an overall treat to your eyes. And watching shows and movies just feels more natural this way.

Encourages legitimate streaming 

Mi TV P1

Squid Game, the biggest show on Netflix, is best watched on TV

Let’s face it, we didn’t always access our favorite shows from legitimate sources. Owning a Smart TV discourages that old behavior. The ease of access to streaming sites like Netflix, HBO Go, and Viu is near frictionless. And there are a variety of subscription plans that fit your needs.

You can even be creative with your streaming budget. You can rotate among these apps every month or so. You’ll just have to plan which shows you want to watch, and line them up to when you want to watch. What I do is I have Netflix on retainer so I always have it, then month-to-month I switch between HBO Go and Viu. It just depends on where the shows I want to watch are.

It’s so much easier to fire up the TV, hit a streaming app, and watch away vs having to acquire shows in less than ideal means.

What’s more, you can install ExpressVPN directly on the TV. With it you can change regions and gain access to content and apps you otherwise would not have access to. If you’re worried about the subscription fee, there’s a nice offer here.

Home entertainment centerpiece

Mi TV P1

It’s also decent for gaming. And even if you don’t have a console, you can install supported gaming apps from the Google Play Store

Looking back, I really wish the Mi TV P1 was already available when I made my first TV purchase. I’m constantly fascinated by how much of what was then considered high-end tech is now available to more people.

What Xiaomi has here is pretty much more of the same of what they usually offer — a product with a fantastic price-to-performance ratio. The Mi TV P1 is no premium TV, but I’d argue it’s the best value for money you can get.

If you’re looking to splurge a little on a big ticket item, the Mi TV P1 is an easy recommendation. If I were back in my situation as a young professional looking to reward myself, this is certainly it.

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5 ways to enjoy Huawei’s MatePad gift bundles

There’s plenty to do!

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Tablets are always a convenient tool for users to enjoy, whether they’re looking for entertainment or simply unwinding.

As the holiday season is fast-approaching, Huawei is offering customers gift bundles for its MatePad tablet series for them to score exciting promos while saving on huge freebies.

Whether it’s a gift for yourself, an early Christmas gift, or an investment for the next year, the Huawei gift bundles campaign includes everything from budget tablets to premium ones to help grant those wishes.

Five ways to enjoy

With more than 141,000 apps available on AppGallery, users can unlock new ways to be entertained and inspired at their fingertips especially nowadays with safety guidelines outside still in place.

As the year winds down, here are five ways to begin a new journey in 2022 with the HUAWEI MatePad series:

1. Reconnect with your loved ones online

 

Stay connected to your friends and family over the holidays with a variety of essential social media platforms ready for download on AppGallery and Petal Search.

That includes WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook Messenger, Tiktok, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit and Twitter!

2. Catch a movie marathon

MatePad Pro 12.6

Whether it means staying up to date with local dramas on MeWatch or catching the latest blockbusters on HBO Go, keep your serotonin flowing with the immersive displays and sound systems tuned by Harmon Kardon on the Huawei MatePad tablets.

Apps that you could consider include HUAWEI Video, Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, Spotify, and Twitch so you don’t miss out on safe and sound Christmas bonding sessions at home.

3. Maximize productivity

With apps like Zoom, Slack and Microsoft Office, Teams, and Outlook at your disposal, staying productive amidst the Christmas rush is a breeze.

You can also keep an eye on your kid’s tablet use with a smart monitoring solution like Plano or amp your multi-tasking game with Huawei’s multi-window and multi-screen collaboration feature on the tablets.

4. Explore your creative side

Huawei MatePad

With infinite possibilities on a digital canvas, you don’t have to worry about paper wastage or harming the environment.

Whether you’re a pro or just starting to find your inner artist, the Huawei M-Pencil gives a realistic drawing experience equipped with pixel-level precision.

Take a stroke of faith with Nebo, ibisPaint X, Concepts available from AppGallery.

5. Find your flow with journaling

The world can get a little noisy at times. Take a moment to disconnect and develop a calmer mind through journaling with suggested apps like Journey, Grid Diary, and Calm.

Gift bundles to choose from

Huawei has four packages available depending on what plans you have for a tablet. All deals include a free gift bundle worth as much as SG$ 396.

MatePad model Retail price Free gift bundle Best for
HUAWEI MatePad SGSG$ 448

(U.P. SGSG$ 498)

Get it for only SG$ 398 during the Lazada Huawei Brand Sale from October 26 to 28

Smart Magnetic Keyboard worth SG$ 148 Families looking for a

budget-friendly tablet

for work and for fun.

Includes a Kirin 820

chipset, Wi-Fi 6 and

EMUI 10.1.

HUAWEI MatePad 11 SG$ 698 Worth SG$ 346:

  • Huawei M-Pencil (2nd gen)
  • Smart Magnetic Keyboard
Young adults and

students looking for a

reliable productivity

tool.

Includes a 120 Hz

refresh rate for a

smoother visual

experience and a DCI –

P3 colour gamut

feature.

HUAWEI MatePad Pro 10.8” SG$ 998 Worth SG$ 254:

  • MatePad Pro Flip cover
  • Huawei M-Pencil (2nd gen)
  • Huawei Mini Speaker
An all-rounded

productivity machine at

home, school, or the

office.

Includes 10.8 inch 2K

HUAWEI FullView

Display with a 4.9mm

ultra slim bezel body.

Up to 11 hours of

battery life.

HUAWEI MatePad Pro 12.6” SG$ 1,398 Worth SG$ 396:

  • Huawei M-Pencil (2nd gen)
  • MatePad pro 12.6” Smart Magnetic Keyboard
Professionals and

creatives running

sophisticated programs

on-screen.

Features a powerful

10,050mAh battery

capacity and a large

12.6 inch OLED

FullView Display.

Pricing and availability

The promotion will run from October 26 to November 30, 2021 and will be available at all Huawei Authorized Stores, selected consumer electronic stores including Best Denki, Challenger & Hachi.tech, COURTS, Gain City, Harvey Norman, Sprint-Cass, and Huawei official online stores in Lazada and Shopee.

SEE ALSO: 11 most notable things about the Huawei MatePad 11

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