Mr Renganathan was the personal security officer to Singapore’s first foreign minister, Mr S Rajaratnam. He’s retired now. I interviewed him for a book I worked on documenting S Rajaratnam’s life through our first foreign minister’s photography.

The book is called Private Passion.

Mr Renganathan and his wife held Mr Rajaratnam is exceedingly high regard. In a personal tragedy that befell the couple, Mr Rajaratnam stepped in to help in his personal capacity. “He saved my life,” said Mrs Renganathan.

Although Mr Rajaratnam was assigned a personal security officer, he preferred to do things on his own. Not many know that Mr Rajaratnam was an avid photographer and his preferred shopping venue was Cathay Photo. He was very fond of nature as well.

I’ve been very blessed to have met so many people in the numerous books I’ve written. I’d estimate about 50% or less of our conversations make the book. Many times, after we’ve become comfortable with each other, we shoot the breeze and speak “off-the-record” about many things.

And they will remain off-the-record.

It’s my job.


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Some of you may have noticed that I’ve started to blog a little bit more. I’ve now added a photoblog.

Why? Facebook and Social Media is getting too cluttered, too messy. While I still see great value in it (hence the share of this post), it’s getting harder to find stuff I’ve posted. So for things I want to find later, thoughts I want to keep, I started to blog.

Same with photographs. Sure, I’ll still have my mobile uploads but for pictures I want to keep and find later, I’ll use Flickr. This new photoblog is something I wanted to do. Check it out. Why did I want to do this? This is why.

You got to give it to the Japanese. On one hand, conservative suit-wearing workaholics. On the other hand, the most wacky, creative guys around.

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So now, a 3-Dimensional photo booth. You go in, get a picture taken and out comes a 3-dimensional action figure of yourself. It’s not cheap (prices will range between 21,000 to 42,000 yen  or approximately US$264 to US$529) but I can see prices coming down as adoption goes up and in a matter of a couple of years, this will be commonplace.

Personally, I think it’s way cool.

It’s a pop-up store for now and it will open on November 24 in the Eye of Gyre exhibition space in Harajuku and run until January 14, 2013.

Called Omote 3D, the official site is here (in Japanese).

Hey Sam. Nice meeting you just now.

You spotted that Lytro well. As I mentioned, it’s day one so I’m still learning the ropes.

My LYTRO Page is here.

You can also find me on my Facebook page where I’ll have more pictures.

Ping me again in a month and I’ll give you the lowdown.