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As some of you guys may know, I just moved to Microsoft Redmond and in the process I learned how hard is to say goodbye. I have been working in Microsoft Singapore as a developer evangelist for the past 22 months and I am truly happy that I got to know all of you through various conferences, meet-ups, events or just emails I exchanged with the developer community. You guys’ passion for technology always inspired me. Many events we held in weekends and many UG meet-ups happened night after working hours, but people always showed up and joined the discussion actively. I respect all of you for that “willingness to learn and the love for technology”. No matter what technologies you use, as a developer, you will always find a community in Singapore. Such an amazing place for developers!

Here below, I’d like to thank the people with whom I have worked on some events:

  • Geekcamp 2010 and 2011 with Justin Lee, Luther, Lawrence,Jason
  • Barcamp 2010 with Preetam
  • Organized BeermateJS JavaScript user group with Kenny Shen and Seebastiaan
  • Various PHP event and UG with Michael Cheng
  • SuperHappyDevHouse with Jason and Vinnie
  • Drupal Camp 2012 with Sven
  • WordPress meet up and conference with Hazrul and Lester
  • Echelon with Joash and Gabriel
  • Start SGGeekGirl community with Joyce Huang
  • All the developers I have worked with for various cloud projects, #WhereIsMyLumia Campaign or simplely meet-up during the events

I respect you guys for efforts you continuously demonstrate as tech community leaders and how you always dedicate your spare time to the benefits of local developers. As an evangelist, I have been talking about Microsoft technologies, but at the same time I have learned a lot about other technologies from you, THANK YOU!

Being an Evangelist is such a cool job where I kept learning and expressing my interest for technologies, it was an amazing time and one of most interesting city, Singapore. In the future, I will be working as a Program Manager in Media Team, we create video streaming technology.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email innovativesg@live.com for any inquiry. The team behind this email is my lovely team – Singapore Developer and Platform Evangelism (DPE). I will always appreciate what this team gave to me and how much they have helped me. They are having a upcoming event called Campfire and you could register here. Campfire proudly presents two days of cutting edge learning and inspiration from April 13 – 14, 2012, and the topics cover HTML5, design, cloud, mobile development and web development.

And one last things, if one day you visit Seattle, don’t hesitate to ping me, I’d love to catch up!

My contacts | yanmf@microsoft.com | @mingfeiy

To my community friends in Singapore

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Posted by on April 2, 2012 in Everything MS

 

Documentary Photo class

I am taking Documentary photography class recently. My instructor is awesome. His name is Mathias Heng, www.mathiasheng.com/, a photojournalist. In the first lesson, he showed us a lot of his work. He documented many war and natural disasters, such as Iraq war, Indonesia Tsunami, Afghan War, Japan earthquake. The richness of his photos blow me away. I am totally inspired by his life story – how he devotes himself to all these extreme situations.

Today we had our second photo outing. The first one was done in Little India. I was extremely sick that day. This time we shoot in Chinatown market. It got busy very early and people were buying vegetables and meat. Usually I am using my wide-angle lens for shooting but this time I switched to 35mm lens. It took me quite a while to get used to this new perspective. There are less things could be included in my lens and I always make mistake for estimating the distance.

This is one of the few photos I am happy with. I love the color and pattern inside. Mathias was telling me I were too far away from my subject. It is very true that most of the time I am really shy for stepping closely. He helped me to step forward and then I realize as long as you perform professionally, people will treat you as a professional that they will just ignore you. Blend in is truly very important.

I decide to go back this market later. By looking through all the photos, I could clearly see what I lack of. Using 35mm is a good practice for composition. Hope I could get better with it.

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2011 in Photo

 

a random holiday

There is no place like [New York], no place with an atom of its glory, pride and exultancy. It lays its hand upon a man’s bowels; he grows drunk with ecstasy; he grows young and full of glory, he feels that he can never die. – Thomas Wolfe
I made this photo before arriving into the city. NYC city looks grand from the bridge. I stayed in Roosevelt island this time, and everyday I could see Manhattan view from the window. This was a normal day before sunset.
I had a really relax holiday, catching up with friends, having good food and experiencing the city. I caught the first snow in the city, end of October. It was a bit disappointed I only saw one day of sunshine. However, it was also good to feel winter, which I could never get in Singapore.
New York city is huge. Though I stayed here before, I feel this city is still unfamiliar to me. It is like a maze. Standing on the street, you see people walking from different directions and going to different places.
I’ve been living in a dream about you
And now I know you were all I ever wanted on my mind
And if I never see
My own reality
Well, I’m okay to leave it all behind

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2011 in US

 

Wake me up when September ends

This is a very busy month and finally I stopped travelling. I spent most of the time for preparing Microsoft Singapore Techdays, which will be held at Oct 13th. I was toying with Surface, Kinect, Windows Phone 7, Augmented Reality, NodeJS and more. As I said in email to my friends, “Happy Geeking” everyday. Below is the event detail, and using promo code DEV0100 for $20 off. Sadly this portal below will only go live next week, so we are using a temporary page for hosting the registration: http://innovativesingapore.com/techdays/.

Update: portal supports at : http://www.microsoft.com/singapore/techdays/Default.aspx

I was watching f8 this week as well. http://www.facebook.com/f8 and i am on Facebook Timeline from developer mode. Interesting conference. 27 year old Mark delivered a very energetic show! Facebook is a platform with 800 million users. They don’t have to focus on growing their fans number anymore. It is wise that they see themselves as a Distribution Channel(I believe the biggest one in the world). All the information could flow through this platform and reach end users, by leveraging on Facebook applications. And that’s where they could get their platform monetized, by collecting tax from merchants, news publishers, or any information providers. I see a very promising future and nice work Facebook~

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2011 in Everything MS

 

2011 Summer in Shanghai

Life is a journey. not the destination, but the scenery along the should be and the mood at the view.

This is one of my favorite places near where I stay in Shanghai. They serve nice salad and juice.

Shanghai Microsoft ZiZhu Campus. Where I worked for more than 2 months of time

The product I was working on for the past two months will be shipped via codeplex this week. It is not a big product and it won’t be like office that have millions of users. It’s just a small test tool for group of developers. But as the first step, it means a lot to me.

Building a great product needs patience. There are a lot of tradeoffs along the way. Every feature design stayed till the end must have a strong reason behind. As a program manager, you need to be good at discovering great feature design. But more importantly, you need to find a good way to sell your idea. You need to be able to listen to others, eat your words at any time or push a feature through with valid reason. I had the moment I couldn’t control my emotion when arguing for a feature. Or I couldn’t fall asleep in the middle of night for some of the feature decision.

At the end of day, when I took at the product, though its far from being perfect by this release, I know how it gets improved day by day, and became how it looked like today.

Few weeks ago, Hong Kong TVB project is over. We had great time for developing this product. After the last day, we were seating together, eating crab at 2 am and cheers with beers. Such a great pleasure to be in this team and meeting great people. I am honored.

Lastly, I couldn’t post photos on fb these days so i will post some photos here. With friends in Hong Kong.

–Right after I tot I will close this blog by the picture above, I ran into Samantha’s blog. One of the most amazing friends I have so far. Quote from her blog (The latest one updated on 2010.6) : …Riverside那间公寓是个神奇的地方,那里有特别好的朋友,特别适合跑步的小花园…

Because of reading her blog and adding this last paragraph, I am having the risk of missing my flight tonight. Airport, nice to see you again in a while. 🙂

Have a great evening everyone!

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2011 in Shanghai

 

A goal is a dream with a deadline

I found out some old letters from friends and one of them caught my eye.

He wrote in the letter for sharing a quote with me:

“I don’t live in either my past or my future. I”m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival; because life is the moment we are living now.”

I doubt he will find out my blog but truly want to say thank you for sharing. At least for now it means a lot to me. Sometimes thinking too far ahead could take a lot of one’s attention and make one fail to appreciate what he has at present.

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

On the way home

Happily back Singapore and received a warm welcome. And when i reached home, I saw a gigantic Angry Bird hiding in my bed.

I lived in a tiny place in Singapore but it feels home to me.

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2011 in Uncategorized