So I know I promised a photo post and that’s coming next, I promise. But we just had the funniest taxi ride yet! Our driver immediately started telling us jokes and spitting out accronyms with a Chinese accent for everything! We laughed the whole way back to our apartment.
First off, we got in and he told me it would take 3 hours to get to where we said we were going. Ha Ha!! We laughed and I told him we could drive around the whole island in 3 hours. He said we could fly to Hong Kong in three hours.
He asked us where we were from and we said America. He said, “Oh, USA!!” That stands for “U Should Agree”. So after just about every thing else he said, he followed it up with “U Should Agree”. :)
Then I asked him how he was today and he said he’s not so good since he has congestion. Funny… The H1N1 is still a pretty big deal here. I told him I had hand santizer.
So the first accronym he gave us was for SINGAPORE. Seek Independence, Never Give-up, And Push On Repeatedly Everyday. His other one for Singapore ends with And Pray On Rain Everyday. He said that he prays to the Hindu rain goddess and showed us a picture on his hand phone (cell phone) because rain brings him business and he gets to go home early. He also said we should be praying to Michael Jackson but I’m not real sure what he could do for us at this point.
The second one was for SENTOSA. It’s an island here where I guess people of wealth go. He said he’s never been. I can’t remember what it stood for to him but it had to do with people like him not being able to afford to go.
Then he had an accronym for BUSH- Beat Up Sadaam Husain (sp). They love Obama here. According to our taxi driver, he has travelled alot over here and helped many people. He didn’t say anything negative about Bush, though. So don’t go commenting about politics. I’m just reporting. Plus, I like the BUSH accronym myself.
Another was ATOM. He asked Jakeb who the most important person in his life was besides his father. He said Jesus. I thought that was cool but according to the taxi driver that was the wrong answer. It is his mom. When he sends an email or letter to his mom (haha), he needs to sign his name and put ATOM beside it. It stands for Always Thinking Of Mom. That’s shwit! No, I’m not cussing. Mr. Taxi Man said “that’s sweet” with a Chinese accent.
I tell ya’, this guy had ‘em comin’. He spoke 90 to nothin’ the whole ride home.
There’s a new shopping mall on Orchard Road called ION. He asked each of us how we say it and we were all wrong. Okay so we said “I ON”. He said with passion, “NO, it’s “I ON ORCHARD!”. Get it? If we were being grammatically correct, we in the “U Should Agree” country would say I’m On Orchard. But a Chinese would say I On Orchard.
Oh, ASAP. You think it stands for As Soon As Possible, right? Wrong!! Mr. Taxi Man says it stands for three (shree) things, rather three versions. Most all of his accronyms had “shree versions”. Always Say A Prayer or Always Stay Aware and Positive and one other that I don’t remember. I’m surprised I remembered this much actually!
Anyway, it was a super enjoyable taxi ride and will be one of my favorite memories of our beginnings here. I also didn’t mind paying him the S$7.60 at all! We left him and told him we’d pray for rain. Anna asked me if we really were going to pray for rain and I told her yes, but to our God. And now, it does actually look like it’s going to rain.