06/10/2008

Tourists in Singapore

Ah Boy said, "One day, someone is going to walk in front of you, take your camera handphone and smash it to pieces!!"

No, it's not what he said. It was my wild imagination that went through my mind because I am just shooting everything I see. Practically anything. He sometimes ends up walking in front by himself because, along the way, I have probably taken a different detour or stop by and took some pictures.



Last weekend as we drove towards Suntec - I saw from afar, a group of tourists taking shots at the skyline towards the Marina Bay. Then, my instincts to grab my camera handphone just got activated and I shot these fellas instead. Then someone in the group pointed at me, in the car. And they waved their hands, and they had a flag with them too. They waved their flag frantically and smiled. To be the perfect host, I wind down the car window and wave and gave them a cheeky grin.



Wow! Lucky they weren't angry.. hahaha I think they were part of the many tourists that stayed behind in Singapore after the Formula 1 Night Race ended.

In Singapore - Chinatown, if you take photos, you'll be expected to get some angry stares and shouts from the shop owners or vendors. They are not very happy with cameras, and I wondered why. If one can help them publicize their stores, why not? Perhaps they have some underlying secret they are afraid others know? Or they are worried about spies from competitors?

14 comments:

Tammy said...

They must have really enjoyed their stay there. It was nice of you to wave back at them! :o)

Dragon said...

yaloh, free ad wor!!! shd be happy!! some gong gong one. kia si la!

Umbrella Rec said...

Those are South Africans I believe based on the flag. I also had a white South African friend that used to carry a flag wherever he went. He even used it as his towel :) Patriotic? Nah...I don't think so...not as a towel...

I was stopped from taking photo by a hawker in Budapest too. I had no idea why because I could not understand what he said...maybe it's a four letter word in Hungarian. I don't know why they're so secretive...do they sell drugs? Maybe they were former Russian traitors that the Hungarians want them killed?? If they're scared of us taking the prices of their goods, I don't think it makes any sense because we need a macro lens and zoom in really close to get the prices clearly. I wonder where are their brains!! Some people are born with brains in their butts I believe....

JO-N said...

That's the time when we left Singapore. Oh Constance, the next time I visit Singapore, I would love to meet you.

stay-at-home mum said...

Most foreigners are usually happy to wave back when they are waved at. Guess it makes them feel welcome. When travelling, I frequently wave to the locals along the route.

*SAHM waves to Constance!!*

My daughters PSLE only ends on Thursday as she takes Higher chinese. I am soooo looking forward to thursday. Then I will have to worry about my son's exams which only end on 29 Oct., and that is a BIGGER worry. A mother's worries never ends, I guess. Thks for coming by.

jepunlauee said...

You ada member la,hoon..I also keep a camera in my hangbag..and I will shoot what I find amusing...anywhere ,any place..coz my handphn camera is not so good..photos taken is not so sharp...kekeke...

FAMILY FIRST said...

I think many blogging mommies have camera in their handbags now, not just lipticks ... hehehe.

Me dont dare take pics of people in public .. takut kena whack!

Constance Chan said...

tammy - yes they really looked so pleased too

dragon - some dunno about marketing by customers ma

umbrella rec - oh south africa ka..i thought so but dare not confirm. thanks for confirming it. lol

jon - hope your holiday was wonderful!

Constance Chan said...

sahm - *waves back*
you will have half the burden lifted off your shoulder on thursday, eh. ya the rest of the SA2 is still on till end month.

jle - yaya as long as can keep some pictures very happy liao.

family first - ya camera is the new 'in'! i remember there was one particular cameral shaped like lipstick, was it samsung? and one had a mirror too!

Nancyew said...

I am an ardent photographer. For your info, no one has the authority to grab our cam and smash it. I am love to take candid shots and I have seen unhappy faces. Yet they dared not say anything. So feel free to shoot as much as u like.

Darlyn said...

good they enjoy posing when you take pictures... not all people maybe hate being the subject of photography

constance said...

hahaha nancy, i can tell you like to take pics... rememeber all that pics you took of penang..wah really alot lah.

darlyn - yes it is just heartwarming when they smile and pose and even wave. makes me happy too. things like tat are infectious. and thanks for coming by too. :P

Raynebow said...

I have my camera with me all the time too... and so far no problem with anyone whenever i snap pics, hehe!

K3ViN said...

wah lucky they didnt angry or nope? ohhhh my