It was about time we fully introduced you all to our family member and Asia correspondent Lai Yui Wai. For well over a year now he’s been the man behind the lens and reporting for most of the events via our Facebook Streams. We first met in Singapore and then joined me at 2016 and 2017 Thailand Toy Expo and Lai continues to share the amazing footage for you all to see.
Here’s Lai’s bio and read his journey of designer toys.
Born in Hong Kong 1971, raised and received my education in Singapore since 1975. Paper and pencil are my best friend since young as I love to sketch whenever comes in my mind or what I see and even to communicate. My mum recall when I was 1 year old, my mum uses a spoon to feed me milk, after I broke my one and only glass milk bottle. Since I did not resist drinking milk from a spoon, my mother did not get a new milk bottle until 1 day I drew a milk bottle and showed her……I was pointing on my sketch and say: milk….milk….milk…. But I stop drawing since 19 after I studied architecture and started using a computer to do the drafting.
I’ve lost my inspiration to draw but my passion turned into music and movie. I’ve collected thousands of music CD and DVDs since then. My very first designer toy was a 3 inch Dunny I found in Ozzo Collection at China Square Singapore after some friends introduced me this toy shop in 2009. The very same year, I attended my first toy show/exhibition in Singapore Toy Game Comic Convention ( STGCC 2009 ) and my first custom piece from the show was by an amazing local artist: Sheena Aw and her brand name is called: Caramelaw.
Let’s talk about Toy Photography….. Toy Photography has never come across my mind before as I always think photography I an expensive hobby for rich people only but thanks to technology, our smart phones are pretty well equipped with this feature and come in handy. So I started to take toy photos in various toy shows and exhibition since 2014 as some of the works by the artist are so inspiring that I decided to capture them using my handphone.
Since then I’ve made so many friends after posting toy pics on Facebook and Instagram. And I have to mention Jeffrey Koh from FLABSLAB, he added me on FB in 2014 after he saw the pictures of my toy display at home, since then we became friends and he recommended me to Andy in early 2015. And that was how I met my dear friend Andy Hung. And finally had a chance to meet him in person at Thailand Toy Expo 2016. So now I’m very honoured to be part of The Toy Chronicle family and hope to bring more surprises (pictures and videos of course) in the future.
Make sure you give Lai a follow on Instagram and enjoy is wonderful photography.
Meet me and Lai at this years STGCC 2017 Lai gives great hugs which are a bonus, but the down side is he charges for selfies.