i was walking along Orchard Road one night and after snapping a picture, notice lots of passer by staring at my hand carrying tis gadget and it make me feel sua koo (mountain tortoise) so left tat place and go home
they probably see you carrying a tripod and assume you are some hotshot phtographer but wonder why you only have a small p&s. they don't really know what a tripod is supposed to be used for, so they laugh to hide their ignorance.
if you violent type, beat them over the head with your tripod. (not advisable due to legal and criminal implications.)
if you garang type, ask them to pose for a picture. what's the worst that can happen? they say 'no' and shy away or you get a picture of them you can pin on your wall.
if you shy type, just ignore and keep walking.
or you can always point to their groin, laugh and say 'at least my tripod's bigger than yours.'
There was one night I looked damn funny - high end carbon fiber tripod, nice ballhead, and a HOLGA 120GN on top of it.. even my guys were saying there were people looking at me. Look lor.. doesn't worry me
Firstly, it's my only tripod that can handle my larger cameras. I had my digital with me, but wanted to take a few snaps for fun (cannot meh? ) so I brought the Holga, changed camera and took a few pics. Came out quite nice, I liked the Holga results.