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Date:   22 January, 2013  
Focus: Small animals - dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs & rabbits
First Romance or Fall In Love With You?
Dr Sing Kong Yuen, BVMS (Glasgow), MRCVS
First written:  9 January 2013
Date:   22 January, 2013 
Be Kind To Pets
Veterinary Education
Project 2010-0129
For the past 20 years, I have been writing text and inserting images.

In 2013, I will try to learn how to create interesting videos.

The following is one of my first few attempts to create a video with interest. This video was filmed by me on the first night of the 25th Anniversary of the Nonyas and Babas in Malacca in late 2012. I was not really keen to go as such functions would be boring as I am not a Peranakan and I don't know anybody in this Association. Surprisingly, there were around 700 participants from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Australia. The organisation was superb as compared to heavy rain at the outdoor function and separate hotels for the group in a previous anniversary.


Instead of sitting down with strangers making small talk during dinner, I took my camera to the dance floor and tried to create some videos. The following video with a story line may be of interest to viewers.

The following is how I teach my vet interns in video production. The same principles of a compelling story applies whether you produce a veterinary education video or a dance video.


Hook - Protagonist -- An attractive woman with flowers in her hair. She loves dancing and found a capable dancer hopefully. Is she a Nonya? Is he a Baba? I don't know them.

Introduction - Competition for attention or for partners. A crowded dance floor. Some dancers may fall in love with their partners as that will be their first romance.  Focus on this Protagonist whenever possible as a good story is all about a specific person and his or her character.
Middle - Antagonist -- Another good-looking woman who loves dancing too came into the scene. Is she a better dancer? Who is her beau? Is he a good dancer? Is he a first romance? Will she fall in love again?

To break the boredom of just showing dancers, I angled the zooms lens vertically. Not a good idea as conventional movies don't do it. This makes video harder to view. 

I have edited the video by making the frames continuous.

The side-kick is the singer. He sings like the famous Cliff Richard? Listen to his voice. My lens zoomed on him. A camera man went into the dance floor and blocked my view.

I zoomed back to the Protagonist as she is a good dancer. But more dancers blocked my view.
The Antagonist is hearing some conversation but the music is loud. What does she hear? What does her partner say? I zoon on other dancers to show a crowded dance floor. Too soon, this 1-minute video had to end with the end of the song.

Ending - Quite abruptly. Without a visual impact. This is my first video and I have much to learn to create a strong closing.

Conclusion: Is this video capturing the attention of viewers? I don't know. The audio is loud and the words clearly heard. This is very important as it is boring not to be able to hear the song.  

Tips & Advices:  Join the fun rather than just eat and watch the poor quality TV screens of the dancers at the dining table. Get up. Take your camera. Go and see the real people and appreciate life. If you know how to dance, find a partner from your group of friends. There are many women who know how to dance well but unfortunately, there is a scarcity of men as partners. "Bibi" likes to dance, a husband at my dining table told me. But he did not take her to the dance floor. I guess "Bibi" is a Peranakan term as I have seen such words as "Bibi" and "Baba" in Peranakan literature.     

I thought the song was "First Romance" but could not find it in You Tube. I grow up listening to Cliff Richard's songs but there are so many other singers. At that time in the 1960s, there were no distractions like coloured TVs, the internet multi-role gaming  or mobile phones. So the young ones are not distracted.

The song at the 25th Anniversary of the Babas and Nonyas was "Fall In Love With You" by Cliff Richard and his songs are at: includes Mean Woman Blues (with lyrics)

Other Songs:

The Young Ones:


The Minute You're Gone

I Could Easily Fall In Love With You

Bachelor Boy

Theme For A Dream

These songs are for baby-boomers who grow up with music of the 60s and are present of the young ones in their late 20s and 30s. We still get the screaming girls in 2013! So the younger baby-boomer generation's screams are still prevalent in their young ones.  

I would be going to Cliff Richard's performance in Singapore in Feb 2013 and the audience would be mostly in their late 40s. No more screaming women now that they have had grown up with responsibilities. They would be more controlled in their emotions. I hope most of them have not fallen out of love. 

I just booked the seats today Jan 13, 2013 but the good ones are booked. Although Cliff Richard is 72 years old, I am not expecting him to be at his peak. Just enjoy the music.  After all, the baby-boomer generation has matured too and the younger generation has taken over.

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