My Most Memorable Travel Escapade of 2011: Being a Tourist on Home Soil


Frustrated at not having the means nor the time to travel overseas, I decided to visit touristy places in my own country (Singapore), and discovered a whole new perspective of viewing home.

To make my travel escapade truly authentic, I scoured malls, mom-and-pop stores, and supermarkets for local souvenirs that tourists would normally buy as a token of their trip here in Singapore. I got fridge magnets, postcards, toys, paperweights…anything that resembles popular tourist spots was fair game. These artifacts would later on determine my travel “itinerary”.

With a La Sardina in hand, I embarked on my solo journey to various local attractions as determined by the souvenirs I bought prior to the trip. The idea was to shoot these objects against the real thing as the backdrop. For example, I held a paperweight of the Merlion, a popular water-sprouting landmark in Singapore, against the real thing at Fullerton and got these:

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Then, I went to the Singapore River, a historic waterway that shaped the early days of the country’s trading and shot a magnet of a bumboat against the modern watertaxis used to transport tourists today.

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In Chinatown, I used a toy lantern to depict this ubiquitous Chinese object.

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And how can I not use postcards? Here we see the Sultan Mosque in Arab Street, and the renowned Raffles Hotel in City Hall.

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So there you go. One of my most memorable travel escapades of 2011, if not THE most memorable ones, happened right in my own city. I highly recommend everyone to try this out in their own country. Not only is it fun, it also gives you a newfound appreciation for the things/places we often tend to overlook.

written by izadrazi on 2012-01-24 #places #chinatown #tourist #location #souvenirs #magnets #urban-adventures #merlion #in-situ

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  1. jeffr
    jeffr ·

    very clever of you. :) nice photos!

  2. izadrazi
    izadrazi ·

    thank you @jeffr

  3. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    I really like your use of souvenirs to tell your photo story! :D

  4. riversiren
    riversiren ·

    I really love this photo story. The combination of props and the areas around them make it well told. :D

  5. izadrazi
    izadrazi ·

    Thank you @neanderthalis and @riversiren. Anyone anywhere can do this. Try it in your own cities :)

  6. boobert
    boobert ·

    great idea man. will do it, this coming summer. good job!

  7. izadrazi
    izadrazi ·

    Thanks @boobert

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