Wheels Asia - - Editor’s column - TEXT AND PHO­TOS AARON HIA

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.

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