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    Default Thaipusam 2009

    Event: Thaipusam 2009
    Date: 7th Feb - 8th Feb

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    Link: http://www.heb.gov.sg/thaipusam2009.html
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    Thanks for sharing. Anyone gg down?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JacePhoto View Post
    Thanks for sharing. Anyone gg down?
    I'm going. This is going to be my first Thaipusam photography
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    Many thanks for the information bro.

    This event is on a Sunday, do expect large crowds of foreign workers in the Little India area.
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    wah this year confirm very crowded

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    Default Re: Thaipusam 2009

    Saturday morning also right?
    The timetable is a bit messy...
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    Quote Originally Posted by lunas View Post
    Saturday morning also right?
    The timetable is a bit messy...
    saturday morning is the chariot procession only
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    Hmmm, never been one.....any suggestion where is a good position to start?

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    Hi
    I would like to go there, but I am quite confused on when and where to stay. I heard that activities start very early.
    Anybody had been there, any suggestion will be appreciate.
    Thanks a lot

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    Default Re: Thaipusam 2009

    For chariot procession : 7th Feb 5am Tank Road

    For thaipusam Preparation : Starts 7th Feb 8pm at SSPT at little india
    For kavadi carriers procession : From little india to tank road (if i'm not wrong starts as early as 1am or 2am)

    Anyway timing is only an estimate..but for sure this 2 days (7th & 8th) will be very crowded and will have lots of street photography opportunities. Safest bet is hang around little india area. Enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hlyeoh View Post
    Hmmm, never been one.....any suggestion where is a good position to start?
    One location I know of is the Sri Srinivasa Perumal temple in Sergoon Road where the devotee shaving their heads, piercing their tongues and carrying kavadi. Try taking close up to show the pain the devotee bear. Go there early in the morning, after the temple shoot you can move on to the street, to capture the processions. Hope that this will help.

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    Its a good try to .... ANyway wat are the necessary equipment, lens, items need to bring? Can anyone share?
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    Some important things to bring

    - Water bottle. Dont bring gassy drinks as they make u even more thirsty.
    - Towel. You're going to perspire bucket, bring 1 along to wipe your sweat.
    - Long lens - To snipe from far.
    - Prime lens for the nice bokeh
    - Comfortable pair of walking shoes
    - Bermudas with t-shirt would be good.

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    I think slippers or sandals will be good.
    You can put inside plastic bag and keep in your bag before entering the temple.

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    Hi guys. I'm an indian and been to countless thaipusam festivals. I'd like to share abit of info with you guys. Firstly, thaipusam falls on a sunday this year which means the route btw the two temples is gonna be flooded with the indian foreign workers so be careful to avoid the little india area as much as possible. I suggest you guys shd head to the Srinivasa Perumal temple(where the procession starts) which is along serangoon road pretty close to Mustafa Centre. Go there as early as possible. By 8am or so. Here you can get pics of the piercings, kavadi carriers dancing etc but note that the place will be very crowded. Once you head out of the temple they will all just be walking to the other temple in Tank road.

    It will be a big challenge for you to get into the Tank road temple to witness the end of the procession but you shd not have trouble getting into the big tents which will be set up outside the Tank road temple for the devotees to remove the piercings and the kavadis.

    Hope you guys have a good experience!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinothan View Post
    Hi guys. I'm an indian and been to countless thaipusam festivals. I'd like to share abit of info with you guys. Firstly, thaipusam falls on a sunday this year which means the route btw the two temples is gonna be flooded with the indian foreign workers so be careful to avoid the little india area as much as possible. I suggest you guys shd head to the Srinivasa Perumal temple(where the procession starts) which is along serangoon road pretty close to Mustafa Centre. Go there as early as possible. By 8am or so. Here you can get pics of the piercings, kavadi carriers dancing etc but note that the place will be very crowded. Once you head out of the temple they will all just be walking to the other temple in Tank road.

    It will be a big challenge for you to get into the Tank road temple to witness the end of the procession but you shd not have trouble getting into the big tents which will be set up outside the Tank road temple for the devotees to remove the piercings and the kavadis.

    Hope you guys have a good experience!
    thanks for the info. is it fine for us to take photos with flash of everything or is there anything taboo for us?

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    Quote Originally Posted by flipfreak View Post
    thanks for the info. is it fine for us to take photos with flash of everything or is there anything taboo for us?

    no problems taking photos with flash. generally most devotees and families are oblivious to the fact that there are photographers or they just don care. but there might be a couple who might not like it and if they don't then just look for another subject. you will be spoilt for choice anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinothan View Post
    Hi guys. I'm an indian and been to countless thaipusam festivals. I'd like to share abit of info with you guys. Firstly, thaipusam falls on a sunday this year which means the route btw the two temples is gonna be flooded with the indian foreign workers so be careful to avoid the little india area as much as possible. I suggest you guys shd head to the Srinivasa Perumal temple(where the procession starts) which is along serangoon road pretty close to Mustafa Centre. Go there as early as possible. By 8am or so. Here you can get pics of the piercings, kavadi carriers dancing etc but note that the place will be very crowded. Once you head out of the temple they will all just be walking to the other temple in Tank road.

    It will be a big challenge for you to get into the Tank road temple to witness the end of the procession but you shd not have trouble getting into the big tents which will be set up outside the Tank road temple for the devotees to remove the piercings and the kavadis.

    Hope you guys have a good experience!
    Informative! Thanks for sharing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sathea View Post
    I think slippers or sandals will be good.
    You can put inside plastic bag and keep in your bag before entering the temple.
    oh yes i almost forgot abt the plastic bag ..
    hope this yr don't see disrespectful people who walked in to the temple with their shoes on like last yr

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    Default Re: Thaipusam 2009

    Anybody knows the exact route taken? The Serangoon road area will be crowded so I am thinking of stationing somewhere along the route for more relaxing shots.

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