Tag Archive | 2014

An old friend’s wedding

This is a post dedicated to my friend, Joanna who got married last Saturday and graciously invited me to her wedding reception at her church and dinner banquet at Novotel Singapore. I knew her when I was in Secondary School / High School and we were in the same class for the first 2 years. Even after high school, we kept in touch and I am glad she found her partner in life, Marcus. I wish them all the best in their marriage life and a great adventure ahead.

Marcus Joanna Bennyphoto credit to One Sweet Affair Production

Here is a lovely video of the morning events done up by one of the teams at Alanmitchi which was played during the dinner banquet:

I was also delighted to meet my other friends who were the bridesmaids for Joanna.

Jacqueline, Me and Kaiyun

Me and Lee Wah

All four of my pretty friends have found their partners in life and 2 of them, have already tied the knot. As a wedding filmmaker myself, I am glad that they have gotten wedding videography or have engaged a filmmaker to document their wedding as it is something that they could look back when they grow old and something that their kids and grandchildren will watch together with them. To me, having any form of video capture for a wedding, be it good or bad capture, is better than no capture at all. 

MiniCam Stabiliser Mark5

Minicam mk5

The Minicam mark5. A very compact and lightweight stabiliser with an arm brace to balance your camera for smooth video shots. I have tried it first hand when it was first release and although I do not personally own one of these or the earlier versions of the minicam series, I must say that it is especially good for wedding videography where you may need to carry lots of equipment if you plan to do fast cuts edits.

1. It is compact, the legs are able to fold up quickly and can be kept nicely within a lens pouch.
2. The arm brace helps the user to manage the minicam longer.
3. The total weight of the minicam is less than what you may carry in comparison to the traditional glidecam HD 2000.
4. The ends of the weights are round so that it will not poke and hurt people when gliding.

Two reasons why I am still using the glidecam pro 2000 stabiliser instead of upgrading to this minicam, the minicam is more sensitive on the fly than the glidecam as I am not used to it and it is in the price range of around S$900 which I can still survive on my existing glidecam pro. That said, if you do not own any glidecam or flycam kind of stabiliser equipment, do check out the MiniCam Mark5.

On a separate note, if you own a stabiliser of a different brand and you have the following issues,
1) Problems balancing your handheld stabilizer?
2) Problems getting smooth shots consistently?
3) Not sure if there is a systematic way to correctly balance your stabilizer setup under 5 mins, once and for all?
4) Unable to handle a handheld stabilizer to minimize fatigue?
5) Do not know why your stabilizer rocks like a pendulum when you change it’s direction?
etc…

https://www.facebook.com/MinicamSingapore is opening their studio for up to 5 participants on the 22 January 2014 for a free basic 2-hr workshops for users of handheld stabilizers. In any case the class is fully subscribed, do look out for future classes in 2014 at the facebook page.

Here’s leaving behind a video of the MiniCam Mk5.

Auspicious wedding dates in 2014

Auspicious Wedding Dates 2014above image credit to PerfectWeddings.sg

If you are planning your wedding in the year 2014, and believe in the Chinese Zodiac Animals closely, you may wish to refer to the above dates for reference. However true it may be, will be how one determines their marriage life to be. If it meant to be, it will meant to be.

In Singapore, since our ancestors’ time, the idea of selecting a wedding date has crossed many cultures besides the traditional Chinese. Many consultants derive the auspicious wedding dates through the couple’s exact dates and times of birth, years of birth and animal horoscopes of the couple’s parents and the month and year that the couple plans to get married on. Consultants may give advice such as avoiding people with a particular animal zodiac group when they first enter and leave the bride’s house.

If you are getting married and would like to find out the dates that a traditional Chinese couple follow, below are the dates that you may note:

Auspicious Wedding Dates (吉日)

~ ROM Wedding Date (Zhu Ce Ji Ri, 注册吉日)
~ Traditional Wedding Date (Hun Jia Ji Ri, 婚嫁吉日)
~ Betrothal Date (Guo Da Li Ji Ri, 过大礼吉日)
~ Hair Combing Date (Shang Tou Ji Ri, 上头吉日)
~ Bed Setting Date (An Chuang Ji Ri, 安床吉日)

Consultants may also give the exact hour (Ji Shi, 吉時) in addition to the auspicious wedding dates which are applicable to the Tea Ceremonies (Jing Cha, 敬茶) and Fetching of Bride to Groom’s House (Xin Niang Ru Men, 新娘入門) since they fall on the same day with the Traditional Wedding Date.

Generally, in the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the first and fifteenth day of the month are known to be auspicious date and the seventh month is known to be inauspicious due to the belief of the hungry ghost festival falling on the seventh month of the lunar calendar.

More importantly, it is good to find a date that both families and couple agree upon due to the beliefs that may or may not be different.