Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Unforgettable Lovely Lady Passengers.

Yesterday evening, I had the pleasure of ferrying two kind and lovely ladies to their residences. The first one that I fetched was from Takashimaya and she wanted to go to Shunfu Road where she lived. She was from Indonesia where she was born but grew up in Melbourne and Brisbane where she also met and married her husband, a Singaporean. She has been living here for the past 12 years and still loving it. I detected a bit of accent when she spoke and thats how we came about chatting and laughing throughout the journey to her destination. After she paid the metered fare of $12.00, we thanked and wished each other Happy New Year but just before alighting, she handed me a paperbag containing two pieces of chocolate cakes, my favourites, at first I refused to accept but she was persistent and kept insisting, saying "I have a few more in my other bag, please, please I want you to have them". I finally relented, "Thank you so much, you are very kind". Later during my break, I ate the two pieces of cakes and I tell you, it was really good and I really enjoyed them.

The second pretty lady whom I fetched was from Novena Taxi stand and she was going home to her apartment at Fernvale near Jalan Kayu Road. Coincidentally, she too was from Indonesia, also married to a Singaporean and has been living here for the past 10 years. She spoke in flawless English, telling me that she had recently tendered her resignation from her job. I asked why she did that and she told me, she has two lovely children, a daughter who is 5 years old and a 1 year old son. Her son has a slight medical problem and she wants to personally care for him till he is well. We were chatting away along the CTE and to my horror, I missed the left turn into Yio Chu Kang Road, that means I had to take a big round, exit into the SLE and into Jalan Kayu. I kept apoligizing and promised to deduct whatever additions incurred. She was not at all angry nor annoyed and said "Not to worry, its alright". I felt very bad and so when we reach her destination, the metered fare showed $20.50, inclusive of the surcharge of $4.00, I immediately said "Just pay me less the surcharge amount which is $16.00 will do, its my mistake, I'm so sorry". She answered, "No, no its was just an honest mistake, no,cannot" She then paid me exactly the metered fare of $20.50 no less and insisted she wants no change at all from me. She thanked me for having such a pleasant and enjoyable ride home and I did the same. We wished each other Happy New Year as she happily alighted.

What sweet and delightful journeys they had been with such excellent, kind and caring passengers.

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