13 Oct '11, 8am

Indonesian overwhelmed by cabbies' Singlish hospitality

Indonesian overwhelmed by cabbies' Singlish hospitality

SWEATING after strolling for half an hour under the scorching midday sun, I stopped and grabbed a taxi in Buona Vista, a district that Singaporeans affectionately call an "education hub", where some of the country's most prestigious universities are located. Travelling by cab is fun in this tiny state. Singaporean cab drivers are the most friendly and chatty cab drivers I know. You can practise your Singlish conversational skills with drivers as much as you want while you cruise around this great city. Singlish is over-simplified English. You don't have to worry about the grammar and pronunciation. It's all spoken with a melodious Chinese accent. It's amusing and is often unbelievably effective for making friends with people in the street. "You from Malaysia, ha?" the cab driver asked me, pushing the meter button while I was buckling my seatbelt. "No, from Jakarta," I repl...

Full article: http://www.asiaone.com/Motoring/News/Story/A1Story2011101...

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