Social media posts help Indonesian tourists get missing camera back
When the Bickham family came across an unattended camera at Siloso Beach in Sentosa, they waited for almost an hour for its owners to retrieve it.
No one did.
Instead of leaving it there, the family set out on a mission to find its owners by posting the holiday snaps in the camera on social media. They also contacted The New Paper about the matter.
TNP put an article up on Monday (Jan 18) night and shared the article on its Facebook page.
TNP's Facebook post has been shared more than 1,000 times since.
The owners of the camera — a family from Jakarta, Indonesia, who had been in Singapore on holiday — contacted TNP on Tuesday (Jan 19) for help to get in touch with the Bickhams.
“I was speechless when I heard that Mr Bickham went through great lengths just to return the camera to me,” said Madam Yuri Nursarasywati, 35.
Madam Yuri, who works for a telecommunications company, was in Singapore for a five-day vacation with her husband and four-year-old son last week. They had visited Siloso Beach on Saturday (Jan 16) and left the camera behind when they were about to leave for dinner.
After they returned to Jakarta on Sunday (Jan 17), they got word from acquaintances in Singapore that Mr Alan Bickham, who is from the UK but is a Singapore permanent resident, had posted their photos online in a bid to reunite them with the camera.
“He made me believe that there are still kind people in this world. I’m very thankful for him and his children,” Madam Yuri added.
Read the full report in our print edition on Jan 20.
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