Travel Blog with Ms. Mandy Tay

We invite you to MEI Salon, a series of special events conducted in a casual relaxed setting aimed at making Middle Eastern culture more accessible to everyone. We strip away the academic jargon, and keep things light-hearted and interactive with topics that range from the sublime to the ridiculous.


In 2013, a last minute decision to visit Iran led to two magical weeks of passion and friendship experienced by Ms. Mandy Tan. Her video of her Persian trip showed the world a very different side of Iran and attracted some 20,000 views within one week on YouTube and Vimeo. In this session, she will share her experience working in Dubai as a trailer producer and how travelling in Iran as a solo female traveller transformed her.

This public talk will be conducted online via Zoom on 28 July (Tuesday), from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm (SGT). All are welcome to participate. An e-invite will be sent to you closer to the event date.

This event is free, however, registration is compulsory. Please find the link to register here:

About the Speaker:

A visual storyteller by passion and profession since the age of 15, Ms. Mandy Tan spent three years in Dubai working as a trailer producer for the Middle East Broadcasting Centre. While based in the United Arab Emirates, she travelled around the region and discovered there was more to the Middle East than what is normally reported in mainstream and mass media. Finally back in Singapore after spending eight years abroad, including four in Hong Kong, she is on a quest to expand the hearts of everyone she meets, one video at a time. She also shares her technicolour dreams on Instagram @taymandy.


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