For today's posting, I'm going to write about a tourist couple who took my cab during the past week. Tourists are usually the conversationalist type. I normally break the ice by throwing a few comments about anything that comes to my mind. It could be the weather, people walking along the street, the advertising signboards or anything and then the conversation would take off like a breeze. I'm a chatty fellow but would reverse my attitude once I feel the slightest hint that my passengers are the quiet type.
Now, lets get to my plain story of that tourist couple who took my cab last week..
I had this young couple from London boarding my cab at the Changi Airport just after midnight. They had a long 15 hours flight from London, but were surprisingly fresh and chatty. This late twenty something couple were on their honeymoon to the Far East and Singapore was their stop over before their next stop at Bali and Sydney. As it was their first visit to Singapore, they wanted to make the best of those precious 6 hours stop over time to explore a bit of Singapore. With tongue in cheek, I proposed to make their impromptu visit here unforgettable. My charge was $100 for next 5 hours of night excursion with a return to the airport. They accepted my proposal after some discussion. I won't bore you with details of our chit-chat but instead, I'll tell you where I brought them in the wee hours of the night:
Geylang Legal Red Light Area
Clark Quay with river view
An hour later, I brought them to Clark Quey, another popular night spot for late night revelers. This place boast a colorful kaleidoscope of restaurants, wine bars, nightclubs, retail shops and you name it, they have it. It's the opposite of "Geylang" district, with clean fun and mostly decent patrons Though it was close to 2am, the place was still bursting with activities of all sorts like people dinning and drinking at wine bars, water taxi plying along the river, loud music from nightclubs and shoppers at roadside stalls.We spent an hour strolling through the canopy of shops, bars, and live bands playing at some spots They had a few glass of wines and also bought some souvenirs like black pearls, silk slippers and a collection of Singapore stamps. For me, I would never had a chance to visit this place if not for the couple's impromptu excursion.
ChinaTown in the Day
Finally, my watch showed 5am and we hurriedly drove to the airport to catch their connecting flight. They paid me $150, the extra as tips. It was good money for a few hours of work and at the same time, I had the rare opportunity of visiting Clark Quay and gained some experience as an unofficial tour guide.