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Malaysia, Photo Booth, Photography, Singapore

Animated GIF Instant Photo Booth in Singapore

At the beginning of 2016, we have quietly launched our Animated GIF instant photo booth and we were met with so much excitement from our clients and guests!

With the enthusiastic feedback from our valued clients, we are pleased to announce the official launch of our new Animated GIF add-on for our instant photo booth packages.

Since this is an add-on to our current instant photo booth packages, that means guests still receive their instant photo prints before leaving our photo booth – double the joy!

To find out more about the Animated GIF or book us for your events, get in touch with us through email or simply give us a call!

Psst! For wedding couples on the lookout for wedding photo booths with animated GIFs, head over to Vivid with Love for packages designed especially for you.

Japan, Photography

Instant Print Photography for Event in Tokyo, Japan!

It has been our pleasure to be part of our client’s event in Tokyo, Japan this year! As always, we would like to share our experience that we hope would help you in planning an upcoming trip!

Airport Transfer to Shinagawa

Taxi is notoriously expensive in Tokyo. Our trip from Haneda Airport to Shinagawa, just shy of 20km, costed us ¥5000 which converts to about S$60. The return trip costed a little more at ¥5800, S$70. So if you don’t have a bunch of luggage to manage, try taking the train and save the money for a good meal.

Free Wi-Fi Hotspot in Tokyo

We would be spending most of our waking hours clicking shutter and pushing buttons in Photoshop, hence we didn’t subscribe to any mobile data package for our trip. Instead, we relied on free public Wi-Fi hotspots when we were out and about. We were surprised by the speed and availability of these hotspots, that were averaging 10mbps.

VividSnaps-Tokyo-Hotspot-Speedtest

Connecting to Public Wi-Fi Hotspot

We used Travel Japan WiFi app, and you can find this in your iOS App Store or Android Play Store. As we flew with Japan Airlines for our trip, we were issued premium code for more extensive Wi-Fi hotspot coverage. The app wasn’t flawless on Android though, we had to close the app completely and re-open it each time we connect to a new hotspot. And when it still doesn’t work, we rebooted our phones and re-opened the app, which would solve the problem.

Conversing in English

We could not speak Japanese and we survived just fine. We are not going to lie that we feel alienated at times, because not only does everyone around you speaks Japanese, the signs and poster ads are in Japanese too. The locals generally understand English but would still respond to us in Japanese. Leaving us to figure their intention through facial expression or otherwise.

The Railway Map of Tokyo

Some railway stations have hard-copy of the train maps that you can pick up to keep. We have linked a high-res copy of the map for your reference. Navigating the railway routes will surely appear daunting at first, but if you’d just spend a little more time to cross reference the maps at the railway stations, you will master it very quickly.

Tokyo Subway Railway Train Map

Conclusion

Our team was really happy to have been part of a successful event. Schedule was really tight and we didn’t have too much time to travel around for sight-seeing, but we still enjoyed the trip with amazing photography. We are excited to visit Japan again!

Malaysia, Photography

Instant Print Photography in Langkawi, Malaysia!

I am starting this blog post by thanking our lovely client for choosing us in their annual dinner! And a big thank you for providing our team with 5-star accommodation at The Westin, Langkawi.

While it was only a night’s event, our team arrived 1 night earlier. We had planned to reach a day earlier for ample time to respond in case of delayed baggage, or malfunctioning equipment. Spare equipment was prepared but we can never be too sure, right?

In keeping ourselves fit for the event, our team had avoided street food on our first 2 days. There was not too many street food tempting us near The Westin to be honest. If you prefer to eat something outside the hotel, it’s a 10 ~ 15 mins walk to the Jetty Point. Where you will find a local food court and some fast food restaurants.

We are writing this blog post to share some essential information we have learnt in our trip.

Traveling & Taxi

Travelling around Langkawi was hassle free. Unlike some tourist destinations where taxi fares are unpredictable, Langkawi taxis have fixed fares based on the specific location and number of passengers. You could even find a rate chart outside few restaurants. No haggling of pricing was required. If you are taking a taxi from the airport, you just have to approach the counter and will be quoted based on a standard rate, paid to the counter.

Renting a Car

If you might be travelling around a lot, renting a car would make sense. Rentals are very well-priced, we were quoted RM210 for 4-day rental of a Perodua Myvi at the Langkawi Airport.

Kuah Town

On our first day, we visited Kuah Town, this was about 15 mins drive from The Westin. Taking a taxi costed us RM12, which was reasonable. Here you will find many Chinese seafood and cooked food restaurants. They are generally open air restaurants, and one that we visited surprised us with great tasting dishes. Other than that, you will find an electronic appliance store, and many shops serving the local community.

Pantai Cenang

During our short stay, this was our favourite place, which we had attributed to the liveliness of the area and the atmosphere. Crowded with tourists and wide variety of restaurants ranging from Malay food to Italian cuisines. Street stalls are selling grilled corn, fried ice-cream, Ramly burgers and Chendol. You will definitely find something that suits.

Duty Free Products

In Langkawi, you will find no shortage of shops selling chocolates, beer, cigarettes and cigars. If you are someone who likes to indulge in any of these, you are in for a treat. A can of 500ml Carlsberg is as cheap as RM2.30 and box of cigarette starts at RM2.

It has been a pleasant trip and an overseas photography job well done! We are looking to many more.

Tech

How to Fix FTP Transfer Issue on SingTel AzTech DSL8800GR(S) Wireless Router

You may have been here because just like us, you have received a new wireless router from SingTel and transferring files locally on FTP is extremely slow or completely impossible. We made numerous phone calls to SingTel, but they refused to acknowledge this issue. The technician who came down understood our problem but he was not able to convince SingTel to provide any remedy. Fortunately, AzTech technician was able to provide a workaround.

 


 

The fix:

Go to ‘http://192.168.1.254’ using your browser (The IP address is different if you have changed it)

Click ‘Advanced Mode’ on the top right corner

Click ‘Advanced Setup’ on the left panel

Click ‘Quality of Service’ on the left panel

Uncheck the box that says ‘Enable QoS’

Now save and reboot your device, and your FTP should work properly

 

We hope this guide helped you save several hours in troubleshooting. Cheers!

Food Photography, Photography, Singapore

美食与食品摄影

想让您餐馆的菜单令人垂涎欲滴,让顾客看了食指大动、胃口大开?我们的美食摄影师了解您的需求,为您提供别出心裁的照片,让您的顾客对您的美食留下深刻的印象。

在拍摄之前,我们的团队将会与您讨论拍摄过程,向您了解拍摄细节,您想从美食带出的感觉,构出符合您餐馆和您喜欢的照片。一张美食照片展现的不单单只是食品,它应该能够展现出您餐厅的环境和特色,更是能展现出厨师精心的厨艺。

我们的美食造型食会在拍摄时尽心摆设您的美食,突出食物的质感、色泽和新鲜度,让它们在视觉上更加诱人,确保顾客对您餐馆留下深刻的印象。

美食摄影之外,我们也提供饮品摄影,酒吧和餐厅一样,需要高质量的照片。我们的团队有信心能够从照片中展现出您各种鸡尾酒鲜艳的颜色,和他们各自背后独特的调配秘方。享用鸡尾酒已成了一种时尚,您绚丽多姿的鸡尾酒餐单更是多了一个需要高质量照片的原因。

Vivid Snaps也为您提供其他商业摄影服务如商品摄影、空间摄影和活动摄影。

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