Thursday 1 March 2012

A Fellow Blogger

The "Real" Ron & Monette

Wednesday night is Ladies Night, a night for ladies to enjoy free entry and/or drinks at popular clubs, bars, discos and pubs in Singapore. Gentlemen are welcome too but no freebies.

It was a good night for cabbies with lots of customers, especially after midnight. But, I wasn't lucky to take part in trolling the large school of "fish". Last night, I had to call it off early due to an early medical appointment the next day. I made only five trips with just enough fare collection to cover taxi rental and fuel. But I was rewarded with an interesting encounter with my same kind - a blogger and I would like to share a bit about him with you.

He boarded my cab outside Ziok - a popular disco in town. Instantly, I knew hew was a conversationalist from his friendly demeanour, especially his broad SMILE and this is what he told me about himself on our way to Woodlands. It was an unforgettable trip for me.

His name is Ron, born in Hawaii  31 years ago with Filippino ancestry. His father works New York, mother lives in Hawaii and sister study in Philippine. His last residency was in Canada where he worked as an insurance investigator before he left for Singapore two years ago. In Singapore, he works as a male nurse attached to an ambulance with Singapore Civil Defence Force. He will become an accredited doctor - a pathologist - after his internship with SCDF.  I was impressed and wished him the best of luck.

More interestingly, I learnt that he has a travel blog with a female partner (Here) - I revealed mine and we agreed to visit each other's blog asap.

This real life story might seems trivial but it has a moral lesson in it. I won't know about Ron if not for his broad SMILE. That simple smile breaks down the barricades that separates strangers from friends.

"A SMILE costs nothing, but gives much. It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it, and none is so poor but that he can be made rich by it. A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in business, and is the countersign of friendship. It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and is nature's best antidote for trouble. Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no use until it's given away.

So, SMILE more as you journey through life. 

                                  A Video of Ron & Monette
                                  The "Fake" Ron & Monette



RON said...

Hello sir James! I'm loving your blog! And I have a loooong back reading to do! hahaha I hope we can get a chance to sit down for a coffee and talk about our blogs!

However the picture above is not me, it was a joke sent by a reader hahaha

See you soon my friend!

Diary of a Singaorean Cabby said...

Hi, Ron,

Glad you got back to me.

Since the picture is a "fake' from your reader, I had replaced it with the "real" Ron but will keep the formal for "fun".

Don't read all my postings. You'll be bored to death.

See you soon my friend