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Wanna go drinking on a Friday night in Singapore … prepare to line up … unless you’re a Trini!!

One of the things that is inherently Trini about me, is the absolute lack of any sort of patience for a lineup. I hate lining up for anything in the world … see my Trini mindset with dialect in bold

  • Best restaurant in Barcelona, Paris, New York, etc … “I ent lining up … I going for a tapas, baguette, bagel, etc”
  • Sporting event … “Trinidad playing World Cup in Germany … I ent lining up for no tickets … I must know somebody … and in fact I do”
  • Airport … “I have priority status and will not fly on any metal that doesn’t allow me to line bypass … seriously”
  • Chicken and Chips … i.e. KFC in Trinidad … “I ent lining up for none at them … even when is 100 Trinis in front of me … all more stouche than me”

So imagine my surprise when we go out drinking at Clark Quay and I was greeted by this …

Then followed by seeing this …

Then this … like really??!? This was like a never ending scene from a horror movie …

For a flecking taxi? Seriously, D* and I watched from a bar 10 m to the right and we saw that the line up for a taxi from about 12am – 3am raged and it took about an hour of waiting to get a taxi. Now my thoughts went from the following

  • “These people are really orderly”
  • Rain pouring … “These people really patient”
  • Couple drinks in …“These people crazy!!”
  • Finally talking to Rahim (the manager at the bar I was drinking at) … who explained that if you walked two mins down the street, there was a shorter line of 30 mins … and if you continued walked for another 5 mins, you could find a shorter queue of 10 mins … “These people fricking crazy and maybe a little dotish”

It took D* and I about three minute of walking down the street to flag a taxi down and be on our merry air conditioned ways. Coming from Trinidad does equip you for places like Singapore … it’s like Tigers eating Gazelles … it so “suck-eye” (see Trini dictionary link for meaning)

I’m sure that smart Singaporeans cannot possibly line up for taxis like this …

Here is an excellent link on Singapore Taxi Culture …

http://singapore.thinkexpats.com/places/67-uniquely-singapore/80-the-singapore-taxi-experience.html?start=1

About Rishiray

Rishi Sankar is a Cloud HRMS Project Manager/ Solution Architect. Over the past 15+ years, he has managed to combine his overwhelming wanderlust with a desire to stay employed, resulting in continuing stints with 3 major consulting firms (IBM, Deloitte, Accenture). He documents his adventures around the world on "Ah Trini Travelogue" with pictures and stories from the road/tuk-tuk/camel/rickshaw. You can follow him on Twitter at @rishiray and on Facebook at "Ah Trini Travelogue . He doesn't like Chicken Curry but loves Curry Chicken and is always trying to find the perfect Trinidadian roti on the road. He also doesn't like cheese and kittens ... and definitely not together. E-mail from his blog is appreciated like a 35 yr old Balvenie at [email protected]

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