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HSBC SPRING DINNER. GETTING IN THE “MOOD”.

It’s almost like a favourite personal past time for me having a go at interesting words or names that I come across. When I first met HSBC CEO, Tareq Muhmood, in person for an Asia Inc interview I couldn’t help working the name into some meaningful and useful puns—Teh Tareq was one that is so rare yet so appropriate. For this blog, mood completes the picture—no pun intended. 🙂

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Last night, HSBC hosted their annual Chinese New Year Spring Dinner 2008 at the International Convention Centre. I’ve worked at this venue on countless occasions and there’s a perfectly good reason why HSBC has to have their event here—to accommodate the capacity crowd that’s expected to fill the hall to the brim—it was packed last year, this year was no different!

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Chinese New Year may be officially over but last night we immersed ourselves in the festive celebration even if it was for a few hours, it was a few hours to relive our cultural tradition once more! No Chinese New Year celebration is complete without lion dance performances and I noticed [chuckle] that tradition has made way for commercialism or perhaps commercialism is keeping tradition alive. The shirts worn by the performers each bore the Chevrolet logo, an American auto manufacturer exclusively distributed by Goh Hock Kee Motors. Give it another decade or so, expect to see highly decorated lion heads like an F1 car! 🙂 Captured this moment where lion and cymbalist engaged in a gaze!

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While the performers carried the massive stilt structure off the stage, MediaCorp artiste Bryan Wang emceed the evening. Pictured here, Brian reminded guests to have a go at guessing the number of oranges in the container for a chance to win a lucky draw!

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Mrs Muhmood admiring the stage performances. Elsewhere in the hall lied interesting silhouettes waiting to be discovered—the little details that are often overlooked.

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Tareq Muhmood, born in the year of the rat himself knows more about the rat race than anyone in the business, promises an exciting year ahead. Already I’ve been told of two mind blowing events planned for the year—I can’t wait!

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Traditional to this part of Asia is tossing of Yee Sang to usher in good health and prosperity. Here’s a more dramatic pre-toss event as restaurant personnel prepared to serve each table, a gesture that according to emcee Bryan was “unique” not previously practiced in Singapore where he lives.

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Ceremonious Yum Sing toast by HSBC Management on stage. Seen here are two of three yum sings by Mrs Muhmood. I couldn’t help but noticed the size of the rock on her finger. 🙂

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17 thoughts on “HSBC SPRING DINNER. GETTING IN THE “MOOD”.

  1. I like all those pics u took last night, are really unique..i mean ur style..:)..my photos sucked bro..i think i still need 2 get more improvements in photography …:(

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  2. Wow, Jan…you really were busy up front that evening! We weren’t aware what you were really doing (that floor shot – how in hell??)

    Thanks for these gorgeous photos, you really are a pro and made the whole evening look so magical!

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  3. A really talent for taking photos and writing words that capture the fun and festive mood of the night! It was an honour to have your there Jan! Btw – the rock on A’s finger is not real!

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  4. And again, fate intercedes, I was in the Multipurpose hall working, while you were in the Main Hall doing your thing.

    We could’ve met many times but well … 😀 At least I have the pleasure of meeting you here, Jan. 😀

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  5. wow, elegance at its best, man u have proved that nothing is too big or too small for you to bring out the inner beauty within it. great work again Jan, u r the best in my book, keep up the good work, peace.

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  6. Lovely pictures. That last picture – were you lying on the floor?

    Not at all though it appears that way. I was lowriding the camera ie holding the camera really low, close to the floor!

    lol no pun indeed. Nice pictures and I can feel you’re in a very lively mood while writing this piece.

    I had a good time. It was great to meet the folks at HSBC whom I had a project with one time or another and it isn’t everyday you get so many faces from all branch offices in one location.

    I like all those pics u took last night, are really unique..i mean ur style..:)..my photos sucked bro..i think i still need 2 get more improvements in photography …:(

    Thanks Vinc! As a photojournalist you have a 24/7 job, doesn’t leave much time to learn new things and photography isn’t a skill you take a day off to learn.

    the poison continues… hahahahah… great works there….. u needa enjoy the dinner !! hahahahaha…… great there. love the vignetting..

    Glenn, glad you’ve joined the full frame EOS 5D camp. Congrats! May there be many High ISO moments for you to capture from now on! I’m not much of an eater and being a RoosterI could never sit still and do anything. If I hadn’t brought my 5D/70-200mm along I’d be bored senseless since it’s not a kopitiam where it’s culturally OK to hop from table to table for a chat (with people I know of course).

    Wow, Jan…you really were busy up front that evening! We weren’t aware what you were really doing (that floor shot – how in hell??) Thanks for these gorgeous photos, you really are a pro and made the whole evening look so magical!

    Hehe! For once sitting upfront was useful and gave me opportunities to sneak out to the stage intermittently where the real magic was! The evening was great reminiscent of last year’s event.

    A really talent for taking photos and writing words that capture the fun and festive mood of the night! It was an honour to have you there Jan! Btw – the rock on A’s finger is not real!

    Many thanks Tareq! Among other things, HSBC also stands for Hue, Saturation, Brightness & Contrast .. all the elements of which when put together create that ‘magic’ and MAGIC was in the air! I gotta get one of them not-real rock for Mrs Shim’s finger someday! 🙂

    That’s what you call ‘Capturing the Moment’! Fantastic capture of pictures Jan! And yeah, you must have been pretty happy =)

    I am indeed. It’s been quite a journey moving from capturing everything to capturing the moments and how rewarding it is now to tell a story from a few discerning and meaningful pictures compared to an album full of photos and missing the plot completely!

    And again, fate intercedes, I was in the Multipurpose hall working, while you were in the Main Hall doing your thing. We could’ve met many times but well … At least I have the pleasure of meeting you here, Jan.

    Perhaps it’s meant to be Zul. Who knows you might be disappointed when you actually meet me in person! 🙂

    wow, elegance at its best, man u have proved that nothing is too big or too small for you to bring out the inner beauty within it. great work again Jan, u r the best in my book, keep up the good work, peace.

    Thanks Vern. Perhaps one day I’ll get to visit you in Jamaica and we can do something together! Take care.

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  7. Tareq,

    Your success doesn’t surprise me; you were always candle lights the way for people around you so they don’t stumble!

    Nibras

    Baghdad – Iraq

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