• Serena Tan

Pre Good Friday Eve

On my Pre Good Friday Eve evening, the colleagues (hard to categorize colleagues, in the small office we worked in, its more like friends tightly knitted bond together, but, technically, its colleagues) and I went for the SUCCESSFUL April renewal dinner at

JIM THOMSON, at Dempsey.

Jim Thomson, my first encounter with this ang mo, despite the how many trips I had in Bangkok, I never heard of this ang mo and his establishments. Now I did!!

Drinks at the bar before the Thai makan.

For my taste bud that very night, it was either I wasn’t feeling well yet or the food was just so so.

At the humongous pricey food and standard,

Tsk

I have tasted better , just that, The environment, the seats would be different of course. At Jim THOMPSON, the entrance range to the toilet was all in high end standard.

Dinner end, The restaurant called cabs for us to our homes, while I was going to pick the darling AK from specialist.

8464 NTUC blue cab happened to be the ticket I was holding and before I boarded the cab, one could see the driver was in terrible foul mood when he couldn’t do a straight u-turn to our side.

In Mandarin “going to 2 places, 1st to Specialist, the OLD specialist, to pick up person, then To Shenton…””

“” WHAT WHAT’’

And so I repeated…

“SPEACILIST cannot pick up la, no waiting no halting,. Ask him to wait centrepoint…””

So I called darling AK and ask him to cross over to centrepoint center taxi stand.

The cab and me was in Orchard already.

“”CHEK, CHEK…” the driver was pissing and pissing every other second showing his irritated-ness, either with me or the JAM or the fact that he had to drive or maybe, that he was alive in this world , CHEK CHEK”” getting more constant in the middle of Orchard, it was so so JAMMED and he had to halt in every 1 min, with more sighs of irritated – ness…

“CHEK, CHEK”” I was getting irritated by his pissing and jamming hard on his brakes by this time already! This went on for another 15 mins during the fish jammed in Orchard.

Centerpoint taxi stand. But 8464 NTUC CAB was all going on the right lane, nothing, no signal of him to the left towards the taxi stand of centrepoint.

15-20 mins, in orchard JAM!

“CHEK, CHEK”” driver started PISSING, sighing and CHEK louder and louder in his irritated pissing sound. Irritated with the JAM and that he had picked me this passenger to go ORCHARD!

At CINELEiSURE, 8464 TAXI CAB NTUC DRIVER made a right turn into cineleisure and halt, instead of a further straight to centrepoint!

“” CAN YOU ASK YOUR FRIEND TO WALK OVER HERE NOW..”” “Its too JAM …”

Cineleisure to centrepoint, only a 5 more mins to reach but he USING his own initiative swerved to right cineleisure without asking me. Instead, he took for granted i would call darling AK to ask him to walk over.

In Mandarin and TOP OF MY VOICE!

“”WHY SHOULD I ASK HIM TO WALK OVER !!!”” “ WHY DID YOU TURN RIGHT “ “DID I ASK YOU TO TURN RIGHT””??? JUST NOW YOU ASK HIM GO CENTREPOINT,…. NOW YOU ASK HIM TO WALK HERE !! ;’’

Driver:” ok now,I ask you to ask him walk here CAN?””

“NO!” I said,.

Driver:” THEN HOW NOW?”””

me: “”WHAT HOW NOW? YOU ARE THE ONE TO TURN RIGHT, YOU ASK ME HOW??””” YOU TURNED BACK AND PICK HIM UP AT CENTREPOINT !!!!! ”””

Driver voice getting softer:” but its JAMMED…….””

ME:” SO? YOU ARE EARNING MONEY HERE, I AM PAYING, I’M NOT COMPLAINING, WHY ARE YOU???…”””

And I continued

ME: “ PLEASE STOP YOUR “CHEK” ” CHEK” “CHEK” IN FRONT OF ME,

IF U ARE FRUSTRATED, I AM MORE FRUSTRATED,..


I’M PAYING YOU , YOU ARE EARNING MONEY,


STOP YOUR FRUSTRATION in FRONT OF ME AND DRIVE!”””

“ AND YOU BETTER MINUS MONEY FROM THE METER FOR YOUR MISTAKE”

BEHIND cars were horning on 8464 NTUC CAB already!

“”I AM PAYING FOR THE CAB CALLING AND PRE-CHARGE ALREADY, I’M NOT GETTING OUT OF THIS CAB UNTIL I REACHED MY DESTINATION! DON’T YOU THROW ANY HISSING FRUSTRATION DURING THIS TRIP, want ME TO CALL NTUC NOW?? !!!!!””

8464 NTUC CAB DRIVER WENT silence and made another round joined the jammed queue and we reached Centrepoint.

When darling AK boarded the cab, not knowingly the argument we had earlier, the driver suddenly became friendly and the driver stopped his pissing his CHEK CHEK and his jamming brake.

And then we arrived at Sabai!

Simple drinks one BOTTLE and we went home while some, to df..







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