Mandy Tay

Travel . Film . Photography


Buenos Aires is not the prettiest city in the world but it’s my favourite.  Maybe it was that electrifying feeling I got from just roaming on the streets or the amazing people I met there.   Anyway I planned only to stay for 4 days but ended up staying there for 3 weeks instead.  I just didn’t want to leave.     AIRPORTS There are two airports in Buenos Aires. One within the.. Read More

Long Way Home – The Argentinians

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1. Atins, Brazil.  31 August 2014 The thumbnail of my Long Way Home video features Martin, the hero of my travels. Because of him I became the special guest of an Argentinian superstar everywhere I went.  We met in a Brazilian desert so remote that you needed to climb a tree to get phone reception. I have a map of the tree if you ever find yourself there.  Incidentally the map is that piece.. Read More

17 foreign phrases you should learn in every language


Besides the usual “hello”, “please” and “thank you”s, here is my tried and tested list of words that have served me well whenever I travel.  The following list may not get you to your destination but these are the ones that will find you friends.  Very impressed local friends.  At first sight they might not seem very applicable but trust me, you will use them more than you expect.  Much more often that “go straight.. Read More

Iran is the safest country I have ever visited


It is not an Arab country at war. First of all, Iran is not Arab. It’s Persian. The last war in Iran was against Iraq between 1980 and 1988. In other words, it hasn’t been at war for the last 27 years. Ironically, it might be the most stable country in the Middle East at the moment. The first tourist I met was an American woman. She was about 50 years old and.. Read More

A Singaporean in Iran


I couldn’t have been the first one to visit Iran, but I was one of the few to come back with a film which showed the world how it really was.  Within hours people were sharing my film across every continent and it clocked more than 20,000 views in one week (close to 200,000 so far).  Iranians, especially those away from their home, thanked me for showing the Iran that they have always.. Read More