When the folks from Calypso Crystal contacted me saying that they want to send me a Crystal iPhone dock, I was wondering: What is so special about a Crystal iPhone dock? To me, it’s just a iPhone dock made of crystal. Sounds normal to me.

Then I went to their website to check out the dock and discovered the amount of hard work it takes to create a beautiful crystal iPhone dock. The crystal iPhone dock from Calypso Crystal is handmade in Europe. It takes days and more than 15 pairs of hands to create a single CrystalDock. Pretty impressive.

The final product is a beautiful and elegant Crystal iPhone Dock. I’m no expert when it comes to crystal, but I know this is no ordinary iPhone dock when I got it. The CrystalDock is very clear. This is no surprise as all CrystalDock are carefully checked for flaws in clarity and colour, bubbles or shades. Only the perfect ones are branded and shipped to customers. The CrystalDock comes in a very nice looking box and is well protected by foam for the journey. I think it’s very suitable as gift.

The CrystalDock that I got is the Dune design. According to the website, the Dune CrystalDock is precisely hand-cut to create asymmetric waves, and then polished to achieve a crystalline shine. And yes, it does shine. Nice hor?

And judging from the look of the dock, it should be able to fit the upcoming iPhone 4. I’ll update this blog entry again when I confirm it is 100% compatible.
The only problem is that my table is not beautiful enough for the CrystalDock. I think I need to get a new table to match my Calypso Crystal iPhone CrystalDock. Hmmmm…..

Notice recently that quite a number of my friends are either falling in love or falling out of love.
Whichever group you belongs to, I wish you love.
Rachael Yamagata – I Wish You Love

I wish you bluebirds in the spring
To give your heart a song to sing
I wish you health
And more than wealth
I wish you love
And in July some lemonade
To cool you in some leafy glade
I wish you health
And more than wealth
I wish you love
My breaking heart and I agree
That you and I could never be
So with my best
My very best
I set you free
I wish you shelter from the storm
A cozy fire to keep you warm
And most of all
When snowflakes fall
I wish you love
My breaking heart and I agree
That you and I could never be
So with my best
My very best
I set you free
I wish you shelter from the storm
A cozy fire to keep you warm
And most of all
When snowflakes fall
I wish you love

Wow, it’s been a long time since I do a giveaway on my blog.
Anyway, I got a pair of ticket for a 2-hour photography seminar for
nature photography enthusiasts. The seminar will be conducted by Mattias Klum.

Mattias Klum (photographer and filmmaker) was born in Uppsala, Sweden and has worked as a freelance photographer since 1986. He regularly contributes to National Geographic Magazine, has published ten books, has directed or co-directed internationally released films, and has exhibited his photographs around the globe.
Mattias Klum has dedicated over 20 years to documenting Borneo’s unique flora and fauna and has been following the story of Tebaran, who resides in the forest, for nearly as long. On one expedition, Klum took a team of four assistants on a 14-month journey deep into the
100,000 acres of protected rainforest in Borneo’s interior. The team lugged over 4,400 pounds of gear to support the mission, including camera and filmmaking equipment, solar panels for power, and a hot-air balloon to provide aerial views of the forest. Their work has resulted in two feature stories in National Geographic plus books, traveling exhibitions, lectures, media interviews, and films.
In this seminar Mattias Klum will share what makes good storytelling and what it takes to get the story. Focusing first and foremost on the art of photography, he will touch on aspects which include but are not limited to: developing concept and narrative, research and preparation, establishing the photographer’s presence in the photograph, eliciting emotion, and using photography to inspire change. He will provide examples from his assignments for National Geographic and his numerous expeditions to Borneo to illustrate these points.


Date: 3 July 2010
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Venue: Asian Civilisations Museum
How to apply:
Just drop me an email me with the title: “Dee Kay Dot As Gee Giveaway: Photography seminar by Mattias Klum”. Closing date is this coming Friday, 25 June 2010, 2359. I will randomly select the winner via the usual method. Refer to the rules for more details.
Many thanks to Phish Communications for making this giveaway possible.

My blog entry regarding the *SCAPE balloon release was retweeted several times yesterday. Someone also posted the link to the blog entry on *SCAPE’s facebook fan page. I guess the message is loud enough. We don’t want balloon release. It does no good to the environment.
I’m glad that *SCAPE finally respond to the issue on their facebook page.

Thanks for the concern and comments you have made regarding the balloon release during our Launch Festival. The information has been noted and *SCAPE will take care to avoid such incidents in the future.
Moving forward, *SCAPE is committed to work together with you and push your environmental concerns forward! Tell us your ideas on how we can publicize and educate others regarding other environmental causes.
Tell us how *SCAPE can play a part in improving the environment! Suggest events, topics, campaigns, or anything that can further publicise the causes you feel should be more made known in Singapore. *SCAPE might just start a new activity to back these causes up!
We look forward to hear from you. 🙂

Salute to *SCAPE.
And thank you everyone for helping to spread the message. Let’s hope this is the last time a local company or organisation have balloon release.

I got a couple of SMS and emails from friends and blog readers last Saturday regarding *SCAPE doing a balloon release during their launch on 19 June 2010. The first thing that came to my mind was: What the Fuck were they thinking?

What is *SCAPE trying to do? Are they trying to tell our youth that balloon release is ok? “Hey, it’s the *SCAPE opening, the brand new park for the youth at Orchard. So why not just release 500 balloons into the air and see how they fly. Isn’t that a beautiful sight?”

Yes, 500 balloons floating in the air is a beautiful sight. But what about 500 balloons floating in the open sea for weeks or months? Or 500 balloons in the drains or forest as rubbish? That is not a beautiful sight. And you know what? That 500 balloons that Scape Park released on their opening night is most likely in the sea or the forest now. Good job Scape Park. Why not just give all attendees 500 deflated balloons and let them litter on your sparking new park?

I’ve been saying this again and again on my blog that balloon release is harmful to the environment. If we are lucky, the balloon just end up as litter in the sea or forest. If we are not lucky, a sea turtle or bird might mistook the balloon as their prey and choke on it. Balloon release is unnecessary and I still do not understand why any organization would put balloon release as part of their event.
It sadden me every time when I see ignorant organisation doing balloon release without researching or thinking. Common sense would tell you that the balloons that you release will fall back to earth as litter. Yet I do not understand why do they want to do it in the first place.
I can only spread the message on my blog. I’m glad I managed to convince some organizations to remove balloon release from their event. But there is only this much I can do. Please, if you are reading this, help educate the people around you. Tell them the harms of balloon release. Tell them not to take part in any activities that have balloon release as part of their program. If you see any events about to do balloon release, walk up to the organizers and tell them about the harm of balloon release.
As for the *SCAPE, my only question for them is: What kind of message are you sending to our youth? After reading their mission statement, I know 1 thing for sure that they failed in cultivating social responsibility.
PS: All photos on this blog were found online. I wasn’t at the event. If I am, I’ll most likely walk up to the organizers and tell them to stop the balloon release.
Update: *SCAPE responded on their facebook.

In case you guys/gals are wonder what am I talking about in my recent tweet, here’s the explanation.
From Sorry Sorry……

to Nobody Nobody.

I love my job. Its been just 4 weeks only and I’ve experienced a lot of things. A lot!