Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific Expands Direct Sales Operations to Cambodia

The First in the Office Equipment Industry to Establish Presence in Emerging Market
SINGAPORE, September 30, 2015 – Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific Pte Ltd announced today the establishment of direct business operations in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, making it the first in the office equipment industry to enter the emerging market to meet growing office needs for multifunction devices and document solutions. The Branch of Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific Pte Ltd in Cambodia will begin operations on October 1.
Currently, Fuji Xerox provides multifunction devices and printers in Cambodia via local dealers through Fuji Xerox Vietnam. With the establishment of the branch, Fuji Xerox will continue to provide dealers with support in carrying out sales activities and consulting services related to multifunction devices. Targeting mainly the foreign companies, the branch will manage the sales of production printers as they require greater support in print applications, as well as offering direct sales and services related to office business solutions.

With the establishment of the Association of South-East Asian (ASEAN) Economic Community in 2015, the region’s economic performance is expected to be 4.7 percent in 2015, above the 3.3Note1 percent global growth projection. As an ASEAN Member State, Cambodia’s market growth is envisaged to accelerate and Fuji Xerox aims to fully capture this market growth opportunity by establishing a local presence.
To understand the Cambodian market and to establish the branch, Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific, which controls Fuji Xerox’s Asia Pacific sales operations, started a task force in 2014. With an average annual gross domestic product growth rate of 7.68 Note 2 percent from 1994 through 2014, Cambodia is experiencing economic progress and seeing an influx of investment and entries by foreign corporations.

With a direct sales branch in Cambodia, Fuji Xerox will be better equipped to offer quality proposals to foreign companies that demand similar services to those provided in their home countries, as well as products that meet the needs of national and private companies of Cambodia.

“Over the past decade, we have actively increased the servicing of our dealer base in Cambodia through our Vietnam operations and it is now opportune for Fuji Xerox to establish a ground presence in this dynamic country to better serve our customers,” says Masashi Honda, president, Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. “The opening of our direct sales operations in Cambodia will enable us to provide a more comprehensive product and solutions line-up to better provide value to our customers, demonstrating Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific’s commitment to placing our customers at the center of our business.”

The establishment of the Cambodia branch office marks Fuji Xerox’s latest geographical expansion in the region leveraging on its experience and expertise in the field of Document Services and Communications through years of operations in Japan and the Asia-Pacific region.

Overview of the Branch of Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific Pte Ltd in Cambodia

Branch name
Branch of Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
1st floor, Phnom Penh Tower
#445, Monivong Blvd. (St.93/232), Sangkat Boeung Pralit, Khan 7 Makara, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Wataru Yamaguchi
Business details
    Providing support for dealer sales activities (including maintenance and customer support)
    Manage direct sales and services activities for production printing equipment
    Manage direct sales and services related to office business solutions to foreign companies
Start of operation
October 1, 2015

Note 1: Source: World Economic Outlook – International Monetary Fund, updated July 2015

Note 2: Source: National Institute of Statistics of Cambodia

Fuji Xerox establishes Innovation Office, a New Research Organization in Singapore

Accelerates Research by Virtually Connecting Japan, Singapore and Silicon Valley to Provide Solutions and Services That Meet Global Needs
 Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. announces the establishment of a research organization in Singapore—the Innovation Office—beginning full-scale operation on October 1. As Fuji Xerox’s new research base of the Asia-Pacific region, the Innovation Office aims to quickly correspond to global customer needs collaborating with Fuji Xerox’s existing two research facilities—Japan’s Fuji Xerox R&D Square in Yokohama and FX Palo Alto Laboratory Inc. in the United States—by conducting research activities with a mid- to long-term perspective in aims of commercializing them as Fuji Xerox’s solutions and services.
With an aim to ultimately deliver technologies that resolve customers’ business challenges, the Innovation Office will create new values by verifying Fuji Xerox’s technologies—including its latest technologies under research—through working closely with customers and partner companies in the Asia-Pacific region excluding Japan. Following the verification, Fuji Xerox researchers and technical staff in Japan who are specialized in areas such as image processing and text analysis will be assigned accordingly to commercialize those values by developing specific solutions/services to offer to customers.
Further, Fuji Xerox will create a virtual showcase, which is a three-dimensional (3D) modeling of some of the research activities taking place at Fuji Xerox’s R&D locations in Japan, the United States and Singapore. Visitors at the three locations can view the latest researches being conducted under a long-term perspective at FX Palo Alto Laboratory, such as Multimedia Processing and Computer-human Interaction Technology, as well as global case studies reflecting the localities of the Asia-Pacific region including Japan and Singapore. The virtual showcase is created incorporating Fuji Xerox’s multimedia technology Note 1 and remote communications technology Note 2, allowing its customers and research staff working remotely in Japan, Silicon Valley and Singapore to jointly experience the technology and verify its values, as if they are working in the same room.  
“We are pleased that Fuji Xerox has chosen Singapore to establish its new research hub, the Innovation Office,” says Mr. Beng Kong Pee, director of Electronics at the Singapore Economic Development Board Note 3. “By being in Singapore, Fuji Xerox’s Innovation Office will be able to leverage on our multi-disciplinary R&D environment and diverse talent pool to co-create solutions with the large base of clients and partners headquartered here.”
To date, Fuji Xerox has promoted R&D focusing on solving customers’ business challenges at its main R&D site in Japan, Fuji Xerox R&D Square, while working closely with FX Palo Alto Laboratory that conducts advanced researches in the innovative climate of the Silicon Valley.
Now with the establishment of the Innovation Office in Singapore—which is not only a geographical center of the Asia-Pacific region but also a leading country in terms of commercial distribution, logistics and latest technological research activities—, Fuji Xerox will enhance its R&D structure by incorporating (1) a global perspective to tackle customers’ challenges, (2) latest technologies and (3) business models, to further accelerate its solutions and services business.

Note 1:       Technology that enables, for example, images and videos of the real world to be built into a virtual three dimensional world. Another example is to enable a real sensed information to be reflected onto a model.

Note 2:       Technology that enables several locations to be connected with a remote conferencing system via web interface. 

Note 3:       Singapore's lead government agency for planning and executing strategies to enhance Singapore’s position as a global business center.

The Speaker 
The speaker for the press event was Michael Chong, General Manager, Fuji Xerox Innovation Office.  As part of the global Fuji Xerox organization comprising R&D and technology management centres in Japan and in the US, Michael will lead Fuji Xerox's drive for innovation and customer value creation from and within the rapidly growing Asia Pacific Markets.  Michael has spent more than 20 years in the telecommunications and infocomm technology businesses, He has extensive professional and management experience in roles ranging from product management, business development, strategic planning, new emerging businesses to corporate venture capital and innovation program management. 
Michael holds a Bachelor's degree with Honours in Electrical Engineering from the National University of Singapore and has attended the Executive Development Program at The Wharton School, Unviersity of Pennsylvania. 
Michael is based in Singapore, the regional headquarters for Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific.
During the presentation, a slide showing the word "Genko-Itchi" in Japanese. Michael explained that Fuji Xerox adhered to Genko Itchi principle which means to match words to deeds and actions. 
About Fuji Xerox
Founded in 1962, Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. is a leading company in the Document Services & Communications field, offering solutions and services to help customers resolve their business challenges. Underlying our solutions and services are our world-class office multifunction devices, printers and production printers that we develop and manufacture for worldwide distribution.
Together with cloud and mobile solutions, Fuji Xerox builds a communications environment that enable our customers to access the right information, at the right time, and in the right form—thereby contributing to their valuable communications. Fuji Xerox is a 75-25 joint venture between FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation and Xerox Corporation, and its direct sales force covers Japan and the Asia-Pacific region including China. We employ approximately 45,000 people globally, with more than 80 domestic and overseas affiliates / sales subsidiaries.

About FX Palo Alto LaboratoryFX Palo Alto Laboratory is a leading multimedia research lab established in California, the United States by Fuji Xerox in 1995, conducting long-term research in the Document Services & Communications domain. Its research expertise is in the areas of multimedia, human computer interaction, and information systems. FX Palo Alto Laboratory inherits the innovative culture and far-sighted technological background of Fuji Xerox and honors that tradition by fostering an open and collaborative environment of intellectual exchange. Researchers of FX Palo Alto Laboratory are from diverse professional and academic backgrounds and unite their expertise on multi-disciplinary projects.

Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific Establishes Regional Solution Centre to Deliver Greater Solutions-Centric Value

Integrates Resources to Leverage Wide Knowledge Base and Capability for Speedier Delivery of Solutions
SINGAPORE, September 30, 2015 – To meet the needs of the growing IT market in Asia Pacific, which is catalyzed by the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Community and the expanding China market, Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific announced today the launch of the Regional Solution Centre in Singapore by integrating key regional operations and aligning functions from research and development (R&D) to customer service. The center will cater to businesses’ emerging need for industry-specific solutions and cloud-based IT infrastructures. The globally integrated center will help to accelerate the move towards increasingly global, borderless operations by capturing market opportunities and maintaining Fuji Xerox’s distinction in the Asia Pacific market.
The center will offer value to Asia Pacific customers through the best of its knowledge on local business environments and needs as well as expertise and resources to develop leading-edge solutions, while the integration of resources at the center will allow global expertise to be applied to solutions development and delivery within the shortest turnaround time. By tailoring solutions for both emerging and high-growth markets, the center will establish a common framework to deliver a consistent Fuji Xerox experience for all customers. In addition, the center will collaborate with the R&D departments responsible for solutions and services in Fuji Xerox of Japan to provide insights to solution needs in the Asia Pacific region, and shape product roadmaps. This collaboration will complement Fuji Xerox R&D expertise with the continuously-evolving local market knowledge, thereby enabling Fuji Xerox to provide value to customers that meet their needs.
“The Regional Solution Centre will be vital in enabling Fuji Xerox to nimbly develop solutions to meet the changing needs and fast moving pace of the Asia Pacific market,” says Leon O’Reilly, general manager, Regional Solution Centre, Marketing, Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific. 
“The center will be a catalyst for pulling together years of rich expertise to meet customers’ changing needs. We will drive the development of our solutions business by bringing a cohesive regional approach to our clients and delivering excellent solutions that fit with our clients’ current and future needs.”
The center will focus on the following areas:

  1. Build consistent offerings by gathering market insights and visualizing how new solutions work for businesses
  1. Provide regional pre-sales with expertise skillset and ensuring quality of delivery to meet customers’ expectations
  1. Regional center of excellence for software development activities, ensuring the application of the best methods and processes to solutions development and delivery

Monday, September 28, 2015

Looking for the Ideal Man in this year ManHunt Singapore 2015

Sipping my coffee at Alkaff Mansion Ristorante which is located on top of a hill somewhere in the southern part of Singapore, I briefly went through the notes of the contestants and was pleasantly surprised to see one of contestants who have recently participated in the Nutriman 2015. I greeted and shake his hands. 

I started photographing various WBPF and International body building competitions way back in 2013. Then came along other related competitions such as NutriMan, StrongMan. And now, it is my honor to be able to photograph and blog for a coming well-known competition, ManHunt. 

Before coming to this ManHunt press event, I did not know much about the competition. In fact, it is a competition where it helps to search for an "ideal man". A man who not only embodies looks and strength, but possesses the charisma, talent and passion to achieve his ambitions, just like the following leading men which are now managed by Beam Artistes. Names such as Russell Ong, Shane Pow, Richard Herrera and Paul Foster. 

Organizer Beam Artistes and presenting sponsor Phyto Singapore unveiled the 30 finalists for Manhunt Singapore 2015 and Senior Manhunt Singapore 2015. 28 years ago, it first started as a male model contest, Manhunt has come a long way and is moving beyond mere aesthetics to the search for a man who embodies positive male attributes which would make him stand out in a crowd. 

For this year competition, out of more than 100 contestants, only 30 contestants are shortlisted. 20 Manhunt Singapore finalists and 10 Senior Manhunt Singapore finalists. There are a few firsts for this year in the long history of 28 years for this competition. A pair of father and son, Poon Weng  Kee,48 and Ryan Poon, 24 will be competing in their respective Manhunt category. A heart-warming stories such as of Ngen Ge Liang got his inspiration from the story of last year's winner, Nicholas Ngoh. The widely branded as "MRT hero" or "Ahang Hanafie" in a viral video where he stand up for a man who was being verbally assaulted by another man.

The Grand Finals of Manhunt Singapore 2015 will be held on

5 December 2015

Hotel Jen Orchard Gateway

Tickets for the Grand finals will be available for sale at

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Singtel launched Apple Iphone 6S

Thanks to Singtel, DK and Wee Wu for extending the invitation to me to attend this special iphone 6S launch. I have never witness an iphone launch before even though I am a fan of iphone since iphone 4 ( I am still using it but will be getting the iphone 6S soon ). 

The queue

The friendly Singtel girls who distributed tibits to the customers in the queue. 

Singtel staffs welcome the customers. 

The gifts fro the first 10 customers. 

The invited guests, Singtel Management staff and the media

The Emcee for the event

One of a kind T-Shirts

It was a grand event where the first 10 customers get to receive gifts from Singtel Management staff on stage. The customers were well taken care after they left the stage. Personal attention have been given to each and everyone of the first 10 customers. 

Mr Yuen Kuan Moon, CEO of Consumer Singapore attended to the first customer, Mr. Daryl Lee Zhen Hui.  The second customer, Ms Charis Ng. was lucky to receive a big Hello Kitty goodies bag from a Management staff who attended to her. 

Here are some information gathered from the first two customers. Mr. Daryl Lee, a 31 years old working as a customer service staff was in the first in the queue at 4.45am. He was buying for himself an iphone 6S, Rose Gold ( the new colour for 6S ), 128GB. He had been using Singtel for the past 6 years. A fan of iphone. He commented that he just want to buy and collect the phone as soon as possible.

An early morning crowd at the launch

The second customer, Ms Charis Ng, a 26 years old, working as an Operation and Admin executive who came in at 5.30am. She opt for the same iphone configuration as the first customer. By coming here, she save on the queuing time and was able to go straight to work. She was on Singtel subscription for the past 1 year plus. 

       Ms Charis Ng together with a Singtel Management staff at the iphone 6s registration counter.

From what I was told, only Singtel organises new iphone launch in Singapore. The other telecommunication company do not have such a grand event launch. 

I am going to switch from M1 to Singtel when I purchase my iphone 6S, so that I can take advantage of mobile phone discount up to 30% on my family mobile phone bills. Any further discount for a Singtel and Iphone fan ? 

The new iphone 6S Plus

Friendly and approachable Singtel girls

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Singapore's #1 beauty app Vanitee raises $2 million

Vanitee, Singapore’s fastest-growing app to find & book beauty services, has received a $2 million shot in the arm to boost its business expansion. This first round of financing for the four-month-old start-up comes from luxury fragrance and cosmetics company Luxasia Group and angel investor Robert Yap, the executive chairman of supply chain management company YCH Group and a veteran in the logistics industry known for his smart use of technology to gain a competitive edge.

Douglas Gan, co-founder and CEO of Vanitee said: “We are in the business of helping people look and feel good, and nobody knows this better than Luxasia with its commanding 19-year leadership in this industry. We are excited and humbled by Luxasia’s interest in us - which will open doors for us to collaborate with the leading beauty brands of the world.”

In just four months since its debut in May 2015, Vanitee has quickly grown to become the leading marketplace here to discover and book appointments with independent nail and make-up artists, hair stylists and other beauticians. It has signed up over 400 beauty and wellness providers and commonly clocks 70 bookings worth over $3,300 in transaction value in a given hour during peak timings.

Sony launched the world's first 4K smartphone, Xperia Z5 Premium

Sony unveiled its next-generation Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact and the world's first 4K smartphone Xperia Z5 Premium. 

Hiroki Totoki, President and CEO at Sony Mobile Communications said,

"Smartphones are part of people's lives. Since users already create, share and enjoy most of their content on the go - we've set out to bring Sony's latest innovations in camera, design and display to ensure the Xperia Z5 series is the best possible lifestyle and entertainment platform."

Here are some of the awesome features of the new Z5.

  1. Brand new large 1/2/3 Exmor RS for mobile 23MP sensor and F2.0 G lens
  2. Fastest autofocus and accuracy in a smartphone which delivers a ground-breaking speed of just 0.03 seconds - faster than the blink of a human eye ( average 0.1 - 0.4 s)
  3. Combine 23MP mobile sensor and advanced processing software, provide a 5x image zoom with minimum loss of quality. 
  4. Waterproof and dust tight IP 65/68
  5. Low light photography when you capture your images at night. 
  6. Unlock your phone in a single movement.
  7. Up to 2 days battery life.
  8. World first 4K smartphone.
  9. Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, 64-bit Octa-core.
  10. Sharp vivid 5.5 inches 4K Triluminos Display for mobile ( Z5 Premium )
  11. High capacity 3430 mAH battery with quick charge capability ( Z5 Premium )
  12. Large 32GB internal memory, with the capability to take a 200GB external microSD card. ( Z5 Premium ).
  13. High-Res Audio. DSEE HX upscales the audio fidelity of your existing MP3.
  14. Digital Noise Cancelling with MDR-NC750.
  15. Connect to PlayStation 4 (PS4 )
  16. Access to Xperia Lounge Gold

In my opinion, Sony borrowed the various technologies from her camera, TV and audio department to create Z5. It was a technologically capable smartphone in this competitive smartphone market. Sony is truly innovative technology company. 


You can now pre-order your favourite smartphone.

Xperia Z5 - $998 (October 2015)
Xperia Z5 compact - $828 ( October 2015 )
Xperia Z5 Premium - $1098 ( Available in November 2015)
High-Resolution Audio Headset MDR-NC750 at $49 ( SRP $149 )

For the full specifications please visit :

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