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Mandy Tay in Shiraz. She said, "Iran is only two hours away from Dubai but it is so much greener. Reminds me of Singapore." (Photo courtesy of Mandy Tay)
It’s not every day a Singaporean Chinese girl gets a marriage proposal -- in Iran, no less, and from a mullah (religious leader) searching for a suitable wife for his son.
That’s just one of the many interesting encounters 33-year-old photographer and TV producer Mandy Tay had during a two-week adventure in Iran two months ago. She shot a video, showcasing a side of Iran most people are not familiar with, and it has since attracted at least 20,000 views on video-sharing platforms YouTube and Vimeo.
Having moved to Dubai in 2011 for work, Tay started getting “distracted by the video function in her new camera” and began recording and editing short videos of her travels.
She was keen to explore the region more, especially since she had visited only one country -- Jordan -- in the two years that she has been in Dubai.
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