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    Willy Foo & the helpers

    Quite surprise on have to turn to Facebook for helps instead of calling friends though? Malaysia Embassy seem to be not helpful also.
    http://www.straitstimes.com/Singapor...ry_348541.html

    Quote Originally Posted by www.straitstimes.com
    Stranded in rural China, she turns to Facebook
    Robbery victim gets aid from online friends By Serene Luo





    STUCK in a remote part of China, robbed of almost all her belongings, and numb from hunger and the cold, a Singapore woman turned to the one resource she knew would get her rescued: Facebook. The woman, who wanted to be known only as Ms R. Yeow, 27, had been robbed of all her money, her passport and her cellphone in Kaiping, located 140km from Guangzhou.


    Desperate, she turned to a policeman for help - managing to borrow 100 yuan (S$22) - then headed straight to an Internet cafe and logged into her account on the social networking site.

    Three days after her first post went out, she was rescued. A friend who saw her appeal managed to get a business contact in China to help. The contact then asked friends to drive to the small town where Ms Yeow, a permanent resident from Malaysia, was.
    They paid the lodging charges at the hostel she was in, as well as the policeman she had borrowed the money from, and then drove her to Guangzhou. She will be travelling to Shanghai today to get new travel documents.
    Ms Yeow, a hobby photographer, had gone to Kaiping on a day trip last Friday. After she was set upon, she made a police report and begged a policeman to lend her money.
    Her first post came on Friday. '(I'm) devastated by my latest loss,' she wrote.
    She then put herself up in a hostel for 38 yuan a night, and spent the rest of the weekend there, hoping the police or Malaysian embassy could help her. But there was no news.
    On Sunday night, she filed this post: 'Nothing. There's no response.'
    Speaking to The Straits Times last night, she said she had been desperate. 'The embassy did not return any of my calls or e-mail messages, and I posted a note, hoping help would come.'
    Singaporean Willy Foo, 33, a professional photographer and a friend of Ms Yeow, saw her note on Monday morning.
    Mr Foo, who has more than 2,600 friends on Facebook, was not even in Singapore when he saw the message - he was in Kota Kinabalu on assignment at the time.
    But he swung into action anyway, using his Facebook, Twitter and Plurk networks to raise the alarm. Twitter and Plurk are micro-blogging sites through which users can use their cellphones or computers to send short, 140-character messages almost instantly to friends on their network.
    Within minutes of Mr Foo's first SOS, word spread like an ink blot.
    People who saw it also started calling police stations, consulates, and even contacted their friends who were in China to try and help - even though most of them did not know Ms Yeow.
    They did not even know which exact corner of China she was in, so some of them trawled online satellite maps to narrow down her location.
    Undergraduate Wu Huishan, 22, made a few calls to China on behalf of Mr Foo, who is not fluent in Mandarin.
    'I may not know her background, but a friend is worried about her. It makes sense to help a friend even if I don't know who it is I am helping,' she said.
    She was amused that 'the woman's first instinct was to get to a computer and Facebook'.
    'In the past, if I got lost, I would look for a phone,' she said.
    The rescue finally got on track on Monday afternoon, when Ms Yeow logged onto Facebook again and managed to give Mr Foo her exact location.
    She told The Straits Times: 'It's amazing. I've never met most of these people before!' serl@sph.com.sg
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    oh. i was still trying to find out what happened to her last week. good thing that nothing bad happened.

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    Wow. The amazing thing internet can do for you.
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    kudos to willy foo
    and all people in facebook that are so helpful...
    it's a heartwarming story for me

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    willyfoo, good job ar!
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    Glad that she's ok.

    she didt post here for help. Kudos to Willy
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    to Willy Foo and all helpful peoples in facebook

    Next time before you go China make sure to activite your account.

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    Such a coincidence, right after I read this thread, I read this:

    http://tech.msn.com/security/article...entid=18356911

    But I think this Ms Yeow's case should be legit lah.

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    i thought ONE phone call home would be enough?
    always the Light, .... always.

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    Anyone just came back from Lijiang,Kunming or Dali photography trip ? Are there many tourists, foreign or local , in these areas and based on your observation how would you rate the security ? I am going in the end of this month, more leaning towards cultural exposure with some sight seeing. Thanks in advance for any advice offered.

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    Similar thing happened back to me in Sept 2003. Really folks... Kudos to the people here at CS.

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    Willy Foo

    Good man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azul123 View Post
    Willy Foo

    Good man.

    ../azul123
    Kudos to Willy Foo.

    Singaporeans also should be careful when out of the country, because the rest of the world is not always as safe....

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    Quote Originally Posted by third3rdwheel View Post
    Kudos to Willy Foo.

    Singaporeans also should be careful when out of the country, because the rest of the world is not always as safe....
    never take safety for granted even in home ground... low crime doesn't mean no crime.
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    Good work Mr Willy Foo.

    Add : currently I am in Yunnan.
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    Don't know why she is alone. It is always better to get a partner to travel for photography. SIA has always been promoting "2 to travel". With at least 2 person, you can always keep a lookout for each other, especially with all the gears that makes you stand out as a tourists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManWearPants View Post
    Don't know why she is alone. It is always better to get a partner to travel for photography. SIA has always been promoting "2 to travel". With at least 2 person, you can always keep a lookout for each other, especially with all the gears that makes you stand out as a tourists.
    i think she works there.

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    Well done Willy Foo ..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canonised View Post
    i thought ONE phone call home would be enough?
    I'm sure nowadays if we lost our phone, we wont know what number to call as nowadays all contacts are saved in phone but not in our memory.

    But I do remember Facebook log in ID and pw cuz everyday type one.

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    Good job by willy and whoever that helps her.

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