Saturday, 16 February 2008
Throughout my journey in life ,I had been on many taxi and in my home city , where driving could cause you serious heartache and being in a snail motion of traffic jam while taking trains usually cost time and being treated like you're a sardine stuffed in a tin can, taxi is the best option at least for me.
Taxi drivers in Malaysia have to wear white shirts and they have to display their identity card in the car interior. Taxis in Malaysia mostly are Proton, our national car .I met some taxi drivers who are nice and polite like Abang Joe (Abang' is brother in Malay).When I booked him to take me somewhere, I tip him, when friends from abroad came to visit, I got him to take my friends for sightseeing and that's business for him.
But there are numerous times that I had downright scary experience such as taxi driver making eye contact with me on the mirror while licking his lips in a very perverty' manner while giving me a wink and...
A taxi driver who looks like Randy Jackson told me to pay him triple the journey’s price on my way to home, and he said that I look hot like 5 times on that 5 minutes journey, and...
A guy who was like 100 years old told me about his sexual preference, oh where do I stop?!!(rolling my eyes)This is only half of what I had experienced.
What did I do to get this? some might ask but this is typical of what girls in Kuala Lumpur or any cities have to face .Taxi meters being shut, asking for silly amount of money for a short journey and other weirdness. I am reaching out for my sisters and say ,be strong girl! take your pepper spray with you and always inform someone that you are on your way preferably stating the registration number and say it on the phone when you just boarded the taxi. There are also fake taxi drivers, where a guy rob a real taxi driver's car and pretend to be a taxi driver instead,
This is downright scary and numerous rape cases had been reported done by 'fake' taxi drivers.
Dubai taxi drivers... their cars are mostly Toyota's and some hotel's one are Lexus .One night , I boarded from Buddha bar wanting to go to Dubai marina, and the driver were nice at the first place and was joking and all and later he got excited and talk about his religious beliefs and ideology that I think was much better kept to himself , but the main issue was, he started questioning me on various issues and all the questions ended with "I know its none of my business", because I had my men with me ( I won't say anything if I were on my own)..I said to him that its true all those are none of his business and few more inches of preach that shuts him off. I am glad that night at a place called Boudoir I ended up with bumping into 50 cents as in 50cents the rapper, we smiled at each other and I can't stop talking about it till today at least that calms me down ( a bit).
Where I stayed in England, taxi drivers are mostly nice but I am seldom on one too, they would open the door for ladies and take their bags to the doorstep and maybe only once, a taxi driver said to me that he is on Prozac and need me to watch his driving and temper
Nevertheless they are not all are ugly robbers, some are very nice and some are funny .But some of them especially in Kuala Lumpur who often ask for 50 ringgit just from Bukit Bintang to the Hilton which is like 5- 10 minutes journey, I know they work hard and money does not come easy for them but just like any business you are doing, taking care of your customers are essential.Happy customers are repeat customers.
It's Saturday and its grocery shopping day, I am off now and I am not driving (ever in Kuala Lumpur) my mum is. See you all later xoxo
Note for the ladies: Always be alert when you board on a taxi , look at the registration number and if the driver is acting weird , stop at a police station half away or just say you forgot something and wants to get down.Trust your instict when it says the driver is a loony.This is a reminder for me too.