Blogging Slowdown and Singaporean Taxis


It’s lunchtime now and since I’m not hungry, I’ll just tap a little message out.

You may have noticed a slowdown in blogging activity here. It is not deliberate as I still enjoy writing nonsense. However, my hard disk crashed on me, so I’ve been scrambling around looking for replacement parts because in the process of replacing my hard disk, other components also decided that it was a good time to breakdown, perhaps as a show of solidarity.

It never rains but pours.

And speaking of pouring rain, I’ve been using taxis in this inclement weather in my pursuit of procuring parts and peripherals, I am getting very annoyed at the treatment I get from taxi drivers in Singapore.

Be it Comfort Cabs, CitiCab or even the smaller operators, it seems that all passengers now have to take a test upon boarding. While it is reasonable to ask for the destination, I think it is ridiculous when the driver insists that you tell them how to get there and not only that, you get a sneering critique of your directions.

Me: XXX please.

Inquisitorial Cabbie: Which way you want to go?

Me: Use III Expressway and then cut across JJJ road.

Inquisitorial Cabbie: Why go that way? Just use KKK road since it is faster?

Me: If you know the way, then why ask me?

Inquisitorial Cabbie: I want to know how you want to go mah.

I mean what the hell? Why can’t it be like this?

Me: XXX please.

Inquisitorial Cabbie: I go by KKK Road since it is faster OK?

Me: OK.

Typical UK Student Garb

Posted on 21st May 2010 in Food and Drink


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Camemberu commented on May 21, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Wow teruk cabbie! The ones I get are just clueless about directions. “How would you like to go?” means “I don’t know the way there”. Or sometimes they just meander without asking! I once looked up from my iPhone and realised the cab driver going opposite direction of where I needed to be going!


xiix commented on May 22, 2010 at 9:40 am

Have you ever encountered cabbies who mumble and told you off because you are an ethnic chinese but converse in english mainly? I actually have to stop mid conversation on my mobile, told the cabbie off in fluent mandarin and hokkien and continue my conversation in english. That shut the F up with him.


Ivan commented on May 22, 2010 at 11:18 am

@Camemberu: Well, after I pass the quiz, they seem to know where they’re going.


Ivan commented on May 22, 2010 at 11:23 am

@xiix: No but I try not to have any conversations in the cab because the cabbies eavesdrop and tend to offer unsolicited views and advice.

One cabbie actually tried to solicit sympathy about his “recently” deceased son. I stopped feeding his psychosis when he whipped out a laminated copy of his son’s death certificate.

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