Celebrating a little over two years since the incident involving my A380 flight with Qantas to Sydney, Mayday / Air Crash Investigation has published their last episode of the season, highlighting the accident:


I chose not to get involved in this one. As much as I like Mayday’s shows in general, I think ABC’s Four Corners had a better, more factual and well rounded report (which I did choose to get involved with a little).

San Francisco Without People

October 19th, 2012

Good old San Francisco. See you again in 2013. The circle closes.

2012 – a new year, a new me

January 18th, 2012

2012 is upon us. A new year gives us the chance to reflect and the chance to look forward. I feel like it’s right about the time to do both. In 2011 I moved back to Los Angeles from Singapore. Nine months into the journey it’s time to reflect and see if the decision was right, if the place was right and if the time was right.

Let’s just say, I do see myself back in Singapore this year. Back with my friends. And do something… well… completely different.

Stay tuned.

Someone posted ABC Four Corner’s great documentation about last year’s Qantas QF32 incident on my flight from Singapore to… well… Singapore on Youtube. Check out the video below. I was part of the documentation in several small segments throughout the show.

And here are some pictures of the ABC Four Corners Team filming in my apartment in Singapore:

World traveler once more

April 1st, 2011

The world is a small place. I grew up in Europe, studied and worked in America and now lived and worked over the last year and a bit here in South East Asia. It’s been a rewarding and eye-opening experience that I don’t want to miss. I do know that I will miss my wonderful friends here though that I was fortunate to meet!

But now it’s time to get back on the moving wagon and head to where my heart is – California. In mid May I’ll be joining a Los Angeles-based gaming platform startup as their Head of Mobile. Exciting times! I’m very much looking forward to be able to catch up with everyone in California again soon.

Garena Messenger launches today

December 9th, 2010

One of the worst-kept secrets is coming to light: as many of you know, at Garena we’ve been working diligently over this year to completely rework the Garena experience for our gamers. In that time, we have surveyed hundreds of our users, completely written hundreds of thousand lines of code and released over ten updates to out faithfull beta testers who have been testing Messenger for over four months now. Today already over 200,000 people have tried and are using Garena Messenger.

I am happy to announce that starting today, Garena Messenger will be available for all Garena gamers.

With the new messenger you can chat, meet and and play with your friends around the globe. Set up a group chat with your friends and arrange a game together or enter the familiar Garena rooms to find new friends to play with over the net.

You can customize Messenger to your liking – choose from a variety of themes and your favorite game avatars – with loads more to come over time.
You can play a range of newly launched Garena games, from BlackShot and Heroes of Newerth to the new Garena GO Kart and Leagues of Legends (the availability of these games is dependent on region -mostly South East Asia).

Also check out my video intro for the Messenger:

Thankfully I landed safely after a bad engine incident on my A380 Qantas flight QF32 from Singapore to Sydney.

Here is me talking to CNN right after arriving at Singapore Changi:

And here to CBS News right thereafter:

Followed by NBC:

Here are a few impressions from the incident:



And here is the scary sight that I saw when looking out my window:

Myself with French voice-over:

And apparently there’s already an internet meme on my twitter posts:
Tweets inspired by @Ulfw’s two-tweet account of Airbus A380 engine failure
How ‘woots’ turned to ‘damn’

My sincerest thank you goes to Captain Richard Champion de Crespigny and his crew of our Qantas QF32 flight for bringing us home safe and sound!

[Update 1: Added CNN and CBS links]
[Update 2: Added pictures]
[Update 3: Added WaPo meme]
[Update 4: Added Richard Champion de Crespigny acknowledgment]

Empty LA

August 30th, 2010

If Los Angeles’ roads where always like this, I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

It’s an interesting video from Ross Ching taking Matt Logue’s still photography concept and applying it to a time lapse video. By taking lots of still photographs you are basically able to edit out all cars on the road. Quite meticulous work this!

I love the video because it reminds me of many of the places I loved, lived and worked in: Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and everything in between, Downtown LA etc.

RING OF CHAMPIONS: THE ROAD TO L.A. PRESS RELEASE

Garena Holds Tournament To Send Southeast Asia’s Best League Of Legends Players To L.A.

SINGAPORE, August 18th 2010 – Garena, the world’s leading online gaming service provider, is organizing a League of Legends tournament from 4th to 5th September 2010 to determine Southeast Asia’s best League of Legends team. The winning team will be sent to the World Cyber Games Grand Finals 2010 in Los Angeles, California, where they will compete against the top League of Legends teams from USA, Europe and China.

Ring of Champions will be one of the biggest gaming events held in Southeast Asia, with 40 gamers from Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam battling it out at the Singapore Expo for a chance to fly to the City of Angels. All the action from the tournament will be broadcasted online in the form of a video miniseries at lol.garena.com/roc, and will feature exclusive player profiles and interviews in addition to recaps of the games played.

“League of Legends is a top-quality title and Garena is very excited to be bringing it to gamers throughout Southeast Asia”, said Ulf Waschbusch, Chief Product Officer of Garena. “Ring of Champions is a fantastic opportunity for our gamers to be sent to Los Angeles and showcase their skills on the world stage. It is the first of many League of Legends events that gamers can look forward to in the near future.”

This will be the first time that League of Legends will be included in the WCG Grand Finals.

“Riot Games is extremely eager to see the outcome of the Ring of Champions tournament,” said Marc Merrill, co-founder and President of Riot Games. “Some of League of Legends’ best players hail from Southeast Asia and we know they are going to be well represented at the WCG Grand Finals.”

Event Details
Date: 4th – 5th September 2010
Venue: Singapore Expo, Conference Halls H and J (Beside Hall 2)
Timing: 4th September – 9 AM to 6 PM
5th September – 9 AM to 6 PM

League Of Legends – Riot Games’ debut title is a session-based, multiplayer online game where teams of players compete for victory. Built by a veteran development team and the original creators of Defense Of The Ancients, one of the worlds most popular player-made mods, League Of Legends combines elements of the role-playing and strategy genres with addictive competitive action.

For more information about League Of Legends, please visit www.leagueoflegends.com and lol.garena.com.

About Riot Games, Inc.
Riot Games is a direct-to-consumer video game developer and publisher of premium, competitive online games. Riot Games, based in Los Angeles, is funded through venture capital firms Benchmark Capital and Firstmark Capital and China’s largest online services corporation, Tencent. The company was established in 2006 and has quickly become a leading global developer and publisher of premium free-to-play online video games for hardcore gamers, launching their debut title, League of Legends, in October 2009. To date, more than 3 million gamers play League of Legends and log more than 15 million hours of playtime each month.

For more information, please visit www.riotgames.com.

About Garena Online Private Limited.
Founded in Singapore, Garena is today the world’s leading online gaming service provider and game content distributor serving over 50 million users.

For more information, please visit www.garena.com.

GARENA LEAGUE OF LEGENDS PRESS RELEASE

Garena Partners With Riot Games To Bring League Of Legends To Southeast Asia

SINGAPORE, July 23rd 2010 – Garena, the world’s top online gaming service provider, is partnering with Riot Games, a leading developer and publisher of premium online video games, to bring award-winning competitive online title League Of Legends to gamers in Southeast Asia.

Later this year, gamers in Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines will be able to experience League Of Legends on dedicated Southeast Asian servers, ensuring the best connectivity and quick load times. There will also be localized customer support and customized content especially for these territories, on which Garena and Riot Games are working together closely.

League Of Legends was first launched in launched in North America and Europe last October and has grown rapidly. The title has reached nearly 3 million downloads and secured numerous industry awards. Due to its unique and immersive gameplay, passionate community and frequent content updates, League Of Legends has expanded far beyond its initial territories to secure a massive global following.

This collaboration between Garena and Riot Games can be seen as the catalyst for establishing League Of Legends as one of the most competitive online titles in Southeast Asia. Garena will be hosting major tournaments and running promotions in these countries as well.

“We pride ourselves in offering some of the most compelling and competitive games on our platform and we are extremely excited to be adding the critically-acclaimed and immensely popular League Of Legends to our library,” said Ulf Waschbusch, Chief Product Officer.

Riot Games cites Garena’s e-sports expertise and software as a key success factor for this collaborative effort.

“Garena has an amazing track record for bringing competitive online video games to countries all over the world, specifically Southeast Asia,” said Brandon Beck, co-founder and CEO of Riot Games. “We are thrilled that Garena will be helping us expand League Of Legends’ reach and establish the game as a top global e-sport.”

League Of Legends – Riot Games’ debut title is a session-based, multiplayer online game where teams of players compete for victory. Built by a veteran development team and the original creators of Defense Of The Ancients, one of the world’s most popular player-made mods, League Of Legends combines elements of the role-playing and strategy genres with addictive competitive action.

League Of Legends is rated “T” for Teen and available via download at www.leagueoflegends.com. It can be played on both PC and Mac computers.

For more information about League Of Legends, please visit www.leagueoflegends.com.

About Riot Games, Inc.
Riot Games is a direct-to-consumer video game developer and publisher of premium, competitive online games. Riot Games, based in Los Angeles, is funded through venture capital firms Benchmark Capital and Firstmark Capital and China’s largest online services corporation, Tencent.[toot]The company was established in 2006 and has quickly become a leading global developer and publisher of premium free-to-play online video games for hardcore gamers, launching their debut title, League of Legends, in October 2009. To date, more than 2 million gamers play League of Legends and log more than 15 million hours of playtime each month.

For more information, please visit www.riotgames.com.

About Garena Online Private Limited.
Founded in Singapore, Garena is today the world’s leading online gaming service provider and game content distributor serving over 50 million users.
For more information, please visit www.garena.com.