A WHOLESOME CAREER
Its been a great year and our Man reflects on a year’s worth of content
n a blink of an eye, the end of the year has come once again. 2016 has shaped up to be a year of challenges and surprises. While no one likes daunting tasks, it is this that helps us grow, mature and learn to adapt to developing scenarios. Talk is easy, but walking it is difficult and sometimes I find myself sighing more than I should.
During this short two years, I am proud to have brought my meagre experience to the table and have walked away with a wealth of experience that I had never expected. During this period, I’ve learnt to juggle several critical factors as the magazine’s editor, such as the ability to write comprehensive articles that would pique the interest of readers, or people who are simply looking for their next car. To have just words simply isn’t enough, therefore I learnt the skill of pairing the article with great photos.
“A picture tells a thousand words” and that holds true to me. I have been honing my automotive photography skills for almost seven years, learning about the “rules of the third”, picking
Iup pointers for shooting for magazine columns. Apart from just shooting photos, there is the part of learning basic photo-editing skills and cleaning the images up print. As it is, great images are what captivates the reader and provides a compelling piece, and just how stylish a car is.
Then there is the part of running the year’s worth of content neatly, packing it with relevant information that makes it the “Flavour of the Month”. It isn’t simply about plonking the upcoming issue with whatever is available, but carefully sorting and picking similar content that will pique the interest of fellow readers. It is a tight rope to walk then, since events, car launches and critical information come at different intervals of the month. If fellow readers noticed, October’s issue was crammed full of motorsport articles, inline with the Formula 1 circus that comes to Singapore every year.
Running a tight ship with a small, dedicated crew of writers is possibly one of the greatest assets I could ever have. It is a pleasure to be able to work with locally-renowned writers, such as Ben Chia, Azfar Hashim and Jonathan Tan; these chaps have had plenty of knowledge and it was always great to know that I could count on them to run great articles, and even chip in fantastic ideas that tantalise and stir the soul of readers. It certainly helps that Jonathan is an avid cyclist himself too!
It is with great pleasure to be incharge of Wheels Asia’s major revamp, combining cars and bicycles in an attempt to bridge the transportation woes that people have been speaking about. While it is certainly a touchy topic, Singaporeans are rapidly taking up cycling as a bid to improve their health, while negating the usual peak hour traffic jam. It is certainly heartening to know that we are gradually becoming an active populace, hence Wheels Asia’s push to carefully craft articles, such as Drive Ride, where we compare and liken the DNA between car and bicycle, as well as featuring state-ofthe-art innovations that have brought speed to the cycling community.