"Hi. Good Evening. Where to?"
"Bukit Panjang please."
"Sure man," he said, as I noticed the flyer in the back of his cab that mentioned something about the cab being environmentally friendly."
"What's this all about?" I asked.
"Oh that! Funny you should ask. Ha ha ha! Its a new scheme. Nobody wanted to be part of it. So do you know what they did? They forced those drivers who's license is due for renewal to take part. Haha. So I knew what they were going to tell me when they called me to the office that day. Its a new natural gas powered taxi. Anyway. Do you know there's only one filling up station in this country?"
Shocked at the silliness of it. I laughed.
"Then, hear this. The Japanese engineer told me, through his translator, that the gas can last for 80km before a refill. Not too good, but its just a pilot scheme." Then the driver started to chuckle. "Guess what?" he said, "The gas only lasts for about 40km. So I went back to the filling station to tell the Engineer his calculation is wrong. He never accounted for all the stopping and braking and so on. His translator didn't dare to tell him. Ha ha! Anyway, the taxi is much nicer to drive."
"The clutch is easier because it's not diesel right?" I asked.
"Yes. Yes. Correct. Now my job is nice and easy. The secret of life is to enjoy your job and love your family."
Now thats some advice that I shall be heeding from this cool taxi driver.