Just the other day, on my way off from some work and travelling from Changi
Business Park to Tampines, took a cab and this young driver was asking me, "Hey
you know, I was a car mechanic." Ok, I thought, I know a little back in the days
of my ITE studies, so had a little chat which I normally try to avoid by just
dialing some dumb number and pretend to be listening to the phone. Most drivers
get the hint, I don’t wanna talk and is making a call. Repeat this whenever he
open his mouth but that day, no, I was in the mood, so, he continued, "You know
how speed gun works?" I don’t know but I’ve seen it serving my national service
in the Singapore Police Force goondu! Of course I don’t tell him, let him
enlighten me with his vast knowledge. He proudly declared, "It actually listen,
somehow, to the electronics in your speedometer". WOW, interesting look back at
him, he continued, you know why taxi speed won’t get caught? Cos we ain’t got a
Young Cab Driver, wake up lah. Here’s the facts –
And whenver you talk, you can’t seem to be able to concentrate on driving.
Oh, you forgot why people take a cab rather than walk to the MRT station for a
train? Number 1, I can claim that trip from my office due to work and a big fat
NUMBER TWO, it is because we wanna save time! That’s why we take a cab.
Everytime they open their mouth, they just seem to tell everyone that they’re
Of course, there’re smart ones who were actually lecturers, teachers,
engineers whatever but those are the ones who really know how to keep their
mouth shut and concentrate on driving. They seem to gather, they know better and
why should I tell you so much? That’s the spirit!
When I was holidaying in Taiwan 2 years back, even the tour guide had some
impression of Singapore and my god, through Taxi Uncles?! I corrected the tour
guide so many times, I eventually gave up since he began to believe what the
Singaporean Taxi Uncle who think they know it all say. Politics, more
accurately, Singapore’s politics MUST never be spoken of by a taxi uncle. Any,
and i mean any one of them will have something to say about that. Talk about
food, that’s hard to go wrong. But do not challenge the facts of life such as
computers, I once had someone ask me he know why his PC is so slow, it is
because his casing too big. WTF?! yeah, exactly my thoughts. That precise day I
encountered that, I was wearing my office polo tee with a embossed company logo
that represented this multinational company that I work in. ha!
So with IMF around the corner, I seriously hope Taxi Uncle can just STFU,
concentrate on driving and get the delegates from point A to point B safely.
Don’t act smart, simply smile, don’t forget to smile, and drive.