2017 Week 23: Friendships Of Singapore’s Foreign Domestic Helpers

In response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Friend.

Friends Hugging And Putting On A NecklaceSingapore 2015: Foreign Domestic Helpers Meeting And Fellowship On Day-Off

Singapore has a lot of foreign domestic helpers from other parts of South East Asia. Most of them hail from Philippines and Indonesia, though a smaller number also come from Vietnam and Myanmar. They are usually referred to as “maids”. among the populace. Those who consciously wish to regard them with more respect and appreciation prefer to call them “helpers”. Continue reading

WPC: Local – The Cobbler, His Clients, And His Audience

In response to WPC: Local

The Cobbler And His Clients And His AudienceSingapore 2016: Chinatown – The Cobbler, His Clients, And His Audience
Nikon D610, 50mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO 1100

Though Singapore has developed into a modern, cosmopolitan and urban city, traditions still hold strong in certain locations. Perhaps they will disappear or change dramatically in another 30 years, as new generations are born with different points of view and ambitions in this ever-changing world. I am sure the cobbler-in-the-street here should probably vanish in that time frame. I was actually surprised to find them still active along the streets of Chinatown. Old neighbours, friends and customers still gather round for a time of comfort and familiarity. An image that one day may end up in the archives of history for this country. – WY

Seoul 2016: Chatting By The Art Theatre

Seoul 2016: Chatting By The Art TheatreSeoul 2016: Chatting By The Art Theatre
Nikon D610, 60mm, f/4, 1/1000, ISO 100

Two friends chat by the facade of an art theatre. Unfortunately I could not find a good vantage point to capture the entire building without including a distracting crowd. Still, an interesting snippet. – WY

Friends Hugging And Putting On A Necklace

Friends Hugging And Putting On A NecklaceNikon D610, 50mm, f/1.8, 1/250, ISO 900

Singapore: As Filipino helpers (or maids, though I prefer “helpers”) and other foreign workers meet each other on their Sunday off, this paves the scene for many warm smiles, laughter and hugging. Here a friend helps another try on a new necklace. An inexpensive accessory, but the smiles and warmth makes it most precious.