Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Project 365 : Day 62 of 365

I drove past the Palace today and i decided to stop to see why tourists are attracted to this place. In my whole entire 34 years, today was the first time i stepped into the compound of the Palace. One thing i notice and i felt sad is that these servicemen were treated like mickey mouse by the tourists. Some taunt them and a kid tried to be funny and touch and rub the horse. We have to show respect to these men in uniform. They are serving the country. This is not Disneyland. There were lines drawn on the floor and most of the time, these tourist went beyond the line to take photos. I took this photo, and i actually ask for permission, his eyes tells me that he is more than happy to let me do so, and i said my thank you after that.
Tools: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2. ISO80. F3.3. 1/80


  1. Dear OP Stupe,
    It is true. Guards are under tremendous pressure to maintain their demeanour at all times. They are not to flinch nor move. I suppose they are a special breed especially chosen. At the Admiralty and other places in London we could snap pictures sometimes one after another with them in the background. Maybe they expect you to! They never smile nor move for hours, only their eyelids, yes!

  2. Personally, I'd rather not mess with a dude who's holding a semi-automatic weapon.

  3. Tuan - they are indeed a special breed. To stand even at "senang diri" for hours is not an easy task, more so those on the horse. even when i ask if i can take the photo, he can only communicate to me via his eyes. No nod. No smile. Just eye movement, and standing proud. His chest expanded when i took the pic!

  4. Izso - :D not loaded la i think. THe M-16 in chrome is not in service...more for parade.