most koreans i came across dun speak mandarin at all. the rare few speak with a very heavy accent. some celebrities managed well with mandarin though they may have just memorised it. i just find it very unusual for the person to approach you in mandarin rather than in simple english (which is more commonly spoken as a common language except for native mandarin speakers). beyond that, anything is plain wild guess.
i often get calls from strangers who do not know me, only want to speak in mandarin and who do not understand simple english at all, and i know they are not locals. given the rampancy of frauds, i typically ignore them. i guess supposedly if there is anything "suspicious", your offering to call the police, other than to protect your photographing rights, will also help to clear from further harassment arising from such possibilities.
they look like some sort of cult group siaaa..
D3s - (24-70 f/2.8)
D700 - (14-24 f/2.8)
some similar grp did approach me in Singapore b4.
| An army of sheep led by a lion are more to be feared than an army of lions led by a sheep. |
the girl with a headphone and a cup of drink on her hand is a victim. the other 2 gals with
back facing me are the approacher. they have been harassing the poor girl for more than 30
mins for all i knew.
becos these koreans were in group, so when i was shooting this pic, my only focus was on
the subject. little did i know the korean women were eyeing on me and the direction of my
cam was pointing. the older woman saw me first, she was in the frame at first but
i didnt triger the shot untill she walked away with a glum face, i knew it but i didnt think
i would bothered her. she than walked to the chinese speaking korean which was juz meters
away from me on my right. i sensed something amiss when i could see from the edge of my
eyes that they were talking to each other while looking at me. i than walked to the left
towards the bus-stop.
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Finally I got a response from NLB after almost a month :
My question sent on 04/05/2009 11:55 PM :
Is it true that the public cannot take photos OUTSIDE the Library ?
The response on Wed 27/05/2009 11:24 AM :
Thank you for your query and my sincere apologies for the delay in responding to you.
We have checked on this and would like to share that members of the public may take photographs outside the National Library Building, as long as they do not cause any nuisance or danger to themselves or other members of the public.
We hope this clarifies and thank you for your interest in our libraries.
Yogeeta D (Ms)
Quality Service Management
National Library Board.
Tangfolio, 9mm; CZ75 Shadow, 9mm; S&W 686, .38
What about inside the library?? The library is considered a public place also right?
I think I'll just have to shoot animals at the zoo....