Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity

Serenity (noun): The state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled. If you live in a big city, daily routines may bring you to a boredom. Once in a while, you have to get our from the routines, and getaway. And these getaway, usually seek for serenity.

Actually, being calm and peaceful is also different to each person. Some people loves to travel into another bustling city, some people just wanna stop and enjoy the calmness of the nature.

When I travel to Kyoto, I like to go see the japanese rock gardens around. We usually know these gardens as “zen garden”. The garden is so peaceful and you can feel the time will pass so slow. Try to sit near one of the gardens, and feel the moment.

Zen Garden at Eikando Zenrin-ji
Zen Garden at Eikando Zenrin-ji. March 2014

The Japanese rock garden (karesansui) or “dry landscape” garden, often called a zen garden, creates a miniature stylized landscape through carefully composed arrangements of rocks, water features, moss, pruned trees and bushes, and uses gravel or sand that is raked to represent ripples in water.

They were intended to imitate the intimate essence of nature, not its actual appearance, and to serve an aid to meditation about the true meaning of life.

Visiting a zen garden, always made me feel at peace.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Serenity.”

Kakigori

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “A Moment in Time.”

Kakigori is a Japanese shaved ice dessert flavored with syrup and condensed milk. Popular flavors include strawberry, cherry, lemon, green tea, grape, melon, “Blue Hawaii,” sweet plum, and colorless syrup. To sweeten kakig?ri, condensed milk is often poured on top of it. It is not like a snow cone: It has a much smoother fluffier ice consistency, much like fresh fallen snow, and a spoon is almost always used to eat it.

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Picture above is “Boo!!! Kakigori” with matcha syrup and matcha ice cream. That’s why it is green. But the ears are made from strawberries. How cute! <3 They have it in many flavors: strawberry, chocolate, vanilla, matcha, ogura, black sesame. I choose matcha (green tea) because I love that flavor so much! So the green shaved ice dessert with a bear shape, came to my table, ready to serve. Below those shaved ice, there were some egg puddings lying there, waiting to be found and tasted. Sweet, but not extremely sweet :) I wanna go there again, someday. Prepare for the long queue line. Waiting time approx. 15-30 minutes :D Location: SumoBoo - Kota Kasablanka, Jakarta.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense

Photos can showcase your Events to the world. Whether you’re a third-party planner showing clients the magnificent programs you bring to life, an exhibition manager promoting upcoming events, or an incentive planner motivating attendees toward future goals, nothing works quite like high-quality photography.

But it’s important to get photography into the budget from the start, because costs can add up. Pricing for an event photographer can range from $150 to $300 per hour (typically with a two- to four- consecutive-hour minimum), and this could easily vary by 20 percent based on the photographer’s location and, most significantly, his or her level of experience. You could also see additional costs depending on how you receive the photos, for example via Custom Branded Websites, Secure Download Links, or USB.

A photographer with extensive experience and a solid client base is going to cost more, but what experience buys you is a thorough understanding of most photographic situations and an understanding of the challenges inherent in a meeting and trade show environment. The meetings business serves up challenges that require not only photographic skills, but also insight and flexibility, scheduling know-how, and a certain level of sophistication—your photographer may be working face to face with your C-level execs and VIPs.

15 Key Questions To Ask When Hiring A Corporate Event Photographer:

What percentage of your business is shooting meetings and trade shows?
How long have been in the meeting business?
Do you have a Web site with samples of your work?
Do you include unlimited usage rights in your pricing?
How and when will I receive my photo images and is that included in the price?
Do you have recent references?
Do you know the venue, and are there areas that are convenient for group photos or environmental portraits? Is there a backup location for bad weather?
Are you insured for at least $1 million?
What is your attire on site?
Do you arrive 15 to 30 minutes before you need to begin shooting?
Are you available 24/7 to respond to last-minute changes to the schedule?
Do you bring backup equipment on site?
Can you provide an on-site studio for updating attendee or board member headshots? Is there an additional cost?
Do you offer Web sites for viewing/downloading photographs for attendees or internal company use?
Do you offer photo-sharing technologies that are sustainable and interactive for your guests
Equally important as the questions you’ll ask the photographer is the question that he or she should be asking you: What are your goals and objectives for the photos? An experienced photographer should be able to shoot with the style and content that will achieve your goals, whether that be creating an annual report, amusing your guests, or highlighting your educational content.

PHOTO TECHNOLOGY

A number of new technologies are available to make meeting photography more interactive, green, and innovative.

iLite Mobile Photo Booth – A tablet based camera system designed to be a great photo entertainment for your attendees. Our photographer can roam your evenT to interact with your guests and capture a branded photo that can be share instantly via e-mail.
Instant Wireless Slideshows – The photographer can instantly send images to screens creating an interactive entertainment and teambuilding experience.

Photo Kiosks – On-site kiosks allow attendees access to all photos for printing, downloads, or social-media sharing.
Remember that photography is not just photography. It can serve as entertainment, marketing materials, and memorable gifts. There is a fabulous emotional component attached to images that’s hard to duplicate in any other way. Shooting wisely and making the most of your event photos spreads out the cost—and positive impact—of a photographer’s services.

Weekly Photo Challenge : Lunchtime

Must-Know Guide To Corporate Event Planning

Events in a corporate environment are often staged to communicate company strategy, change internal company behaviour, launch a product or service, motivate, train or reward staff, or influence the external behaviour of customers towards the brand.

In many instances, they bring company employees together, support wider marketing or sales initiatives, incentivise team achievements, or entertain senior leaders.

What is corporate event planning?

Yet, corporate event planning goes beyond meeting planning. Although conferences and meetings may form the lion’s share of the workload, other events you may be asked to organise include corporate hospitality, client entertaining, conventions, exhibitions, and employees events—such as incentive travel reward programs, team building, motivational events, receptions, parties, and charity fundraising days.

Planning and executing a successful corporate event is no simple task. It’s typically a months-long process consisting of several stages and a variety of organisational steps.

To help you navigate the business of corporate event planning, here is everything you need to know:

Types of Corporate Events
Event budget
Event objective
Venue sourcing
Event marketing
Attendee engagement
Corporate event planning checklist
Types of corporate events
Corporate Events

As outlined above, corporate events can range from company conferences and internal training seminars to team away-days and client hospitality. When planning for any type of corporate event therefore, it’s best to assess them in terms of their size.

Micro events (otherwise known as ‘simple events’) are planned for up to 100 delegates and often take the form of meetings or more intimate training sessions.

The planning requirements for these micro events may simply involve a room booking, presentation facilities, break-out refreshments and registration. However, referring to them as ‘simple events’ can be misleading, as an away-day or hospitality for 50 senior managers can be as complicated as planning a conference for 500 attendees.

Small events are classed as between 100 and 250 delegates. They could be seminars, training days or departmental conferences.

Planners may need to manage a main stage itinerary and several break-out sessions, along with lunch, refreshments, audio-visual facilities, online registration and transport.

Midsize events rely more on technology. They could be company-wide conferences for up to 1,000 delegates or leadership summits for important client customers to meet with senior leaders.

A branded website, pre-event communications and an event mobile app should all form part of the budgetary considerations. Delegates may require hotel accommodation, plus transport which takes attendees to and from the venue. While a pre- or post-event reception or evening entertainment may be required as part of a complex multi-stream conference itinerary.

Large-scale events often require enterprise technology tools to manage elements such as hotel room bookings, delegate flights, budgets and online registration.

These may be multi-day events so could need offsite activities, dinners, partner programmes, an awards ceremony or other complex itinerary planning.

Staffing, catering, registration, speaker and delegate management will all need to be carefully planned at scale. Conventions, for example, can attract anything up to around 10,000 attendees and can last a few days.

Event budget
Event budget
The amount of available budget can impact every aspect of corporate event planning, from the choice of venue and speakers to the levels of catering, entertainment, technology and staffing.

Decide if your budget has outgoings only, or will you be able to supplement it with income from exhibitors, sponsors or other forms of external revenue?

Has this event happened in the past? If so, use the previous budget to establish a baseline but ensure that inflation and evolving needs are taking into consideration.

Figures from past budgets are useful in providing a clearer picture of how much certain suppliers will charge. Use these to ensure you are not being over-charged when you reach-out to suppliers for initial quotes.

Every event budget, however, needs built-in flexibility. Unanticipated expenditure is common and supplier costs are often provided as estimates, rather than fixed prices, so it’s vital that an overall budget is managed accordingly, and a contingency fund is in place.

Once you’ve sourced supplier costings, make a comprehensive list of all the budget line items in the event lifecycle, including venue hire, AV, food and beverage, accommodation and travel, speaker fees, staffing costs, marketing and service fees.

For larger or more complex budget planning, look into corporate event management software suites, which include a dedicated event budget management tool. This will ensure accurate collection of your budgetary information, help you track expenses easily, generate budget reports, and demonstrate the ROI of your event.

Event objective
Event objective
‘What is the event’s objective?’ This should be the first question you ask when a corporate event is requested. By gaining a deep understanding of the deliverables that key stakeholders are hoping to achieve, it’ll allow you to plan more effectively and communicate your ideas in a language your bosses will understand.

Once you’ve understood whether the event’s aim is, for example, to build brand awareness, communicate business strategy, reward and motivate, or launch a new product or service, you can then set goals, put the right metrics in place to track results, and determine who the attendees will be, along with their expectations.

When you have well-defined goals and objectives for your event, planning, promoting, and sticking to your budget all become much easier.

Playlist of the Week

Every morning and afternoon when I drive to my work, I often listen to the radio. Actually any kind of the radio, but recently I stay tuned on Cosmopolitan FM radio.

There are some songs that really into me.

First one is “Be OK” from Ingrid Michaelson.
This song actually was her first single. The song was featured in a commercial break, some TV serials. It wasn’t that cheesy and the very simple refrain of the song caught by my ears. I quickly soundhound the song, and found the title :D

“I just want to be ok, be ok, be ok / I just want to be ok today / I just want to feel today, feel today, feel today / I just want to feel something today”

Yes, I just want to be ok today, tomorrow, and everafter ^_^

Second one is “Home” by Phillip Phillips.
“Home” is the debut single and coronation song from American Idol season 11 winner Phillip Phillips. The lyric is so touchy, and I suddenly feel that I wanna go home. Yes, home. But where’s my home?

I want someone say to me that “….The trouble it might drag you down / If you get lost, you can always be found / Just know you’re not alone / Cause I’m gonna make this place your home…”

Third, “It’s Amazing” a song by Jem.
This song was the first single released from her second album Down to Earth. The song was featured in the 2008 film Sex and the City and on the official soundtrack.

It was a great song to encourage people who are in a deep frustration, and can get up back to their feet again. “It’s amazing, it makes my heart sing…. Yes you will hit a wall / But get back on your feet / And you’ll be stronger and smarter…”

Fourth, it’s The Sundays with their “When I’m Thinking About You” :)
It’s one of the songs in Static and Silence album of The Sundays.

Remember my post L’amour et la Douleur? At the end of the post, I wish that I don’t want to wake up? I think this song is good to go with that post :)

Let the daydream for a little while longer / ah.. yeah… / hope I’ll never wake / when I’m thinking about you / (yeah) hope I’ll never wake / cos now I’m thinking about you

Fifth, Way Back Into Love by Hugh Grant.
This song is a pop song, written by Adam Schlesinger, from the 2007 film Music and Lyrics. There are two versions: a demo version sung by Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore and the final version sung by Hugh Grant and Haley Bennett.
It was used as the love theme in the film, much of whose plot revolves around the writing and arranging of the song.

And the refrain really made me in a mellow mode of mood hahaha :D
“All I wanna do is find a way back into love. / I can’t make it through without a way back into love.”

And if I open my heart to you,
I’m hoping you’ll show me what to do,
And if you help me to start again,
You know that I’ll be there for you in the end!

There… are my playlist of the week. How about yours? ^_^

–inspired from Daily Prompt: Playlist of the Week

Weekly Photo Challenge : My Neighborhood

It’s a phoneography challenge from The Daily Post!

Every week Daily Post giving us photo challenge that we can post any kind of photos or pictures depends on the theme of the week. Since this week, Daily Post start to give challenge on phoneography. Phoneography means took a photo with your phone ^_^

Here’s the challenge :

To kick this off, grab your phone and head out the door. That’s right — get on your feet and go outside to explore — and document — where you live. I want to see your neighborhood: The path you take for your daily morning run. Your local coffee shop or dive bar. The nearby alley of street and community art. A shot of the intersection that perfectly captures the bustle of your own corner of town.

So?

Welcome to my neighborhood. I didn’t live in a town that full of green green grass of home. I live in a very busy city : Jakarta – Indonesia.
I also didn’t live in a house that surrounded by green park. I live in a simple apartment in the middle of the busy city.

What I like is… the morning scene from my 10th level window. Captured last year.

Sunrise from my window room
Sunrise from my window room, taken with Samsung Galaxy Note N7000.

Not every morning I found this scene, since I am not a morning person :D