August 2018 in Review

A quiet August due to reservist during final week but managed to get some gig photography done in the middle of the month. The main highlight of this month was Assault Fallen Reich South East Asia Tour Philippines.

 
 

Started off the month by going on the road again with Assault, and this time to Cebu and Manila in Philippines, as part of Assault Fallen Reich South East Asia Tour. The gig in Cebu was held at All Star Sports Bar while the gig in Manila was held at DSIDE BAR at Matchbox Yard.

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Assault Fallen Reich South East Asia Tour Philippines Day 1

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Assault Fallen Reich South East Asia Tour Philippines Day 2

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July 2018 in Review

A month with gig and event photography. The main highlight of this month was Assault Fallen Reich South East Asia Tour Johor Bahru.

 
 

Started off the month with a corporate event, Karcher at CleanEnviro Summit 2018 by Linburger & Wolfe.

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Karcher CleanEnviro Summit 2018

 

Followed by Assault Fallen Reich South East Asia Tour Johor Bahru, held at The Rockin Jamz Hall. This show in Malaysia was part of Assault Fallen Reich South East Asia Tour, where the band would also be playing at Philippines later in August.

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Assault Fallen Reich South East Asia Tour Johor Bahru

 

Ended off the month with Villes at IGNITE! Music Festival 2018 Day 2, held at Republic Polytechnic.

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IGNITE! Music Festival 2018 Day 2

May 2018 in Review

A quiet month for gig photography but a busy one as I started taking up a freelance copy writing work. The main highlight for this month was Metal United World Wide Singapore.

 
 

The month started with Metal United World Wide Singapore held at Decline, organised by Vent Box Productions. This gig is a world wide community project for the Metal world, with metal gigs organised on that same day in other parts of the world (41 countries and 61 cities), under this common banner of Metal United World Wide.

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Metal United World Wide Singapore

 

On another note, I am currently taking up copy writing and feature writing related freelance jobs in the upcoming months as well.

April 2018 in Review

Even though the month was quiet with little corporate events and gigs to shoot, it got a little more exciting towards the end because of Villes The Other Side Tour 2018 Taiwan.

 
 

Started off the month with DESTRUCTION (GER) – THRASH ANTHEMS II ASIA TOUR 2018 – Singapore held at The Substation. This gig was by one of German’s Thrash Metal pioneers, Destruction as part of their Asia Tour 2018. This was the second time after seven years the band had returned to Singapore to play.

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DESTRUCTION (GER) – THRASH ANTHEMS II ASIA TOUR 2018 – Singapore

 

Ended the month by going on tour with Villes to Taichung, Taiwan for Heartown Rockfest 山海屯音樂祭 2018 held at Taichung Intercontinential Baseball Stadium. This show at Taiwan was part of Villes The Other Side Tour 2018, where the band also played at Hong Kong, Thailand and locally, Singapore as part of their tour.

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Villes The Other Side Tour 2018 Taiwan Day 1

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Villes The Other Side Tour 2018 Taiwan Day 2: Heartown Rockfest

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Villes The Other Side Tour 2018 Taiwan Day 3

March 2018 in Review

A busy month with corporate events photography as well as a handful of gig photography. The highlights of this month were RUN FOR LIGHT 2018 and Arch Enemy – Live in Singapore 30 March 2018.

 
 

Started off the month with RUN FOR LIGHT 2018 held at Punggol Waterway Park. Similar to last year’s RUN FOR LIGHT 2017, this charity run event was organized by Ideas Room Consulting Pte Ltd and Linburger & Wolfe. As usual, I was hired by Linburger & Wolfe to cover photography under their team for this event.

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RUN FOR LIGHT 2018

 

Followed by shooting for Meiting 黃美婷 at TGIF Music Station 週五音樂站 160318, held at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. This gig was part of Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre’s bi-monthly TGIF Music Station series that is happening on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month.

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TGIF Music Station 週五音樂站 160318 Meiting 黃美婷

 

Shot Boxchild at GastroBeats 2018 260318. This gig was held at The Promontory Marina Bay, on the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival grounds.

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GastroBeats 2018 260318 boxchild

 

Ended off the month shooting Arch Enemy – Live in Singapore 30 March 2018 held at Violet Vault Dance Club Club ViVa. This show was organised by Inokii and it’s the first stop and a part of Swedish Melodic Death Metal band, Arch Enemy’s Will to Power Asia Tour 2018.

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Arch Enemy – Live in Singapore 30 March 2018

February 2018 in Review

A quiet month of February but as usual I managed to get some gig photography done.

  
   

Started off the month with Rock and Rollmance held at Hard Rock Cafe, organised by CITY 65 Music. Local bands and singer-songwriters, Cadence, Orangecove, Falling Feathers, Fym Summer and Asia Tay played for this gig.

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Rock and Rollmance

   

Ended off the month shooting for Goose 我鳥 at We are Singer-songwriters 我們是創作歌手. This gig was held at Esplanade concourse and as a part of Esplanade’s Huayi Festival 2018.

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Huayi 2018: We are Singer-songwriters 我們是創作歌手 Goose 我鳥

Hostel Review: 4Plus Hostel 斯格加旅店

In my trip to Taipei last month, I stayed in a Single room accommodation at 4Plus Hostel 斯格加旅店. 4Plus Hostel is a Scandinavian style backpacker’s hostel located at Linsen North Road, Zhongshan District of Taipei City. With 4Plus Hostel’s convenient location in the commercial center of Taipei city, situated in between Taipei Main Station Metro (MRT) on the Tamsui-Xinyi and Bannan MRT line, and Shandao Temple MRT Station on the Bannan MRT line, which makes traveling around Taipei city a lot easier. Coupled with the positive review from a Taiwanese friend from Kaohsiung city, who stayed at 4Plus Hostel during her previous stay in the capital city, I decided to give this hostel a try.

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4Plus Hostel 斯格加旅店

Taipei 2018

Lobby and reception counter

 

The Single room at 4Plus Hostel is a 2 square metres size room that comes with a single bed, a bedside desk, dressing mirrors and wall power sockets. Even though the air-con was switched off and the room has no windows, but the room temperature still gets cold like the winter temperature outside especially at night. Also, the room floors might get cold due to winter and I do suggest wearing slippers or footwear when moving around the hostel.

This single room is located on the fifth floor or rather the rooftop level but the lift only serves up to the fourth floor, and might be a little inconvenient for anyone carrying heavy luggage as there is a need to carry up or down the fourth floor to take the lift. However, the reception counter staffs are able to help if the luggage is too heavy.

There is free WI-FI connection in the hostel but on the fifth floor, connection is rather weak and unstable, so I would suggest using the free WI-FI at the common dinning area or lobby area on the ground floor as it has stronger and more stable connection.

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Single Room

Taipei 2018

Dressing mirrors and power sockets

The bathroom is a shared common bathroom located on the fourth floor. It has shower cubicles and hair dryers. The free toiletries provided are only shampoo and body wash, while other toiletries such as toothbrush and toothpaste are for sale, and towels are for rent.

There’s also a saloon and a garden on the fifth floor for guests to chill and hangout.

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Saloon and garden

Taipei 2018

Saloon

The common dinning area of 4Plus Hostel provides drinking water, coffee and tea, and every morning there is complementary breakfast for guests. There is also a guest kitchen and refrigerator that guests could use.

This common dinning area double up as a common working space as there are power sockets available and as mentioned previously, the WI-FI connection here is a lot stable and stronger.

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Common dinning area and working space

Taipei 2018

Common dinning area

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Refrigerator and working space

 

The location of 4Plus Hostel makes it accessible to various places within walking distance such as the URS27- Mountain Prairie 華山大草原, Huashan 1914 Creative Park 華山1914文化創意產業園區, Guanghua Digital Plaza 光華數位新天地, Taipei Artist Village, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Taipei and Shin-Kong Mitsukoshi Nanxi Departmental Store 新光三越台北南西店.

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4Plus Hostel located at the intersection of Linsen North Road and Changan East Road

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Huashan 1914 Creative Park 華山1914文化創意產業園區

Taipei 2018

Zhongyangyiwen Park 中央藝文公園 at Huashan 1914 Creative Park 華山1914文化創意產業園區

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Skate Park under Xinsheng Elevated Road 新生橋下滑板場 located beside Huashan 1914 Creative Park 華山1914文化創意產業園區

 

Overall, I would highly recommend 4Plus Hostel for someone who prefers convenient access in getting around Taipei city or even out of the city due to the location being close to Taipei Main Station, the city’s main transport hub where the MRT, Taiwan Railways (TRA) trains and Taiwan High Speed Rail (HSR) services, as well as the local and intercity bus services are based at. Not only that, 4Plus Hostel’s Single room are suitable for solo travellers who are looking for a cheap private room accommodation, while as for group travellers there are also other types of hostel rooms available that caters for couples or groups and are reasonably priced. Arts enthusiasts are also highly welcomed to stay at 4Plus because of the various art museums or creative parks that are located within walking distance.

For more information, visit 4Plus Hostel website here.