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ST readers share their lives, wherever they are

Photos and videos stream in from as far away as Canada, Peru and Sweden

Published on Jul 20, 2013 7:42 AM
 
Singaporean Joanna Fong reads the Straits Times in Sydney, Australia. When Ms Wong Poh Peng, 55, took a break from viewing paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art on a recent trip to New York, the first thing she did was check The Straits Times (ST) app on her iPhone. -- FILE PHOTO: JOANNA FONG

When Ms Wong Poh Peng, 55, took a break from viewing paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art on a recent trip to New York, the first thing she did was check The Straits Times (ST) app on her iPhone.

The senior administrator in tertiary education has lived and worked in Vancouver, Canada, for 24 years, and does her best to stay connected with Singapore issues.

"I still marvel at the easy access that enables me to read The Straits Times anywhere I go at the touch of one finger," said the Singaporean in an e-mail interview.

The photo of Ms Wong in the museum, which was snapped by her visiting niece, Ms Pearlie Wong, was among more than 300 entries that were submitted to The Straits Times' Wherever You Are contest in its first week of launch.

The contest, in which ST readers are encouraged to send in wacky photos and videos of how they live their lives, kicked off on Monday. (See graphic above for details.)

Entries have since poured in from readers as far away as Ms Wong in Vancouver and Singaporeans in Peru and Sweden.

 

Here in Singapore, Ms Noor Azmiah Johari, 31, a nurse, has sent in a string of photos featuring her children, Imelda and Irfan Faisal, who are three years old and 13 months old respectively, on bus service 120 and in an MRT carriage.

 

Ms Noor Azmiah has been snapping pictures on daily trips as she wants her kids to see the mundane journeys as "adventures".

If she wins the grand prize of two return air tickets to London, it will be the biggest adventure yet for the little ones.

"We are definitely taking them if we win," said Ms Noor Azmiah. "We will get extra tickets if necessary."

On top of two return air tickets to London and a five-night hotel stay courtesy of the Millennium & Copthorne Hotel, ST has also unveiled a new prize: two tickets to watch the English Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City on Oct 27.

The London trip will fit in well with the honeymoon plan of Mr Fathul Hakim Sakariah, a co-curricular programme executive for primary education, who is getting married in September.

He sent in a photo from his future wedding album. It features him and his wife-to-be, Ms Izyaty Shahidah, both 27, running through Punggol Park with a bunch of balloons in hand.

Mr Fathul said of the photo, which was shot by his fiancee's friend, Ms Nur Fadhilah: "I want it to say, 'Love is in the air.'"

oliviaho@sph.com.sg

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