Bruce’s in­ter­na­tional trav­els con­tinue at high speed

The Gympie Times - - NEWS GOOD MORNING GYMPIE - Bruce Dev­ereaux

Bruce Dev­ereaux’s lat­est ad­ven­tures.

“ARE peo­ple al­ways burning stuff by the side of the road?” I asked my cab driver as we took off to take in the Gar­dens By The Bay light show.

Peo­ple burning stuff on na­ture strips in a city renowned for its clean­li­ness was gen­uinely un­ex­pected.

“Is for the dead,” the taxi driver ex­plained. “Once a year they do this to feed the hun­gry dead.”

He went on to tell me there were four main re­li­gions in Sin­ga­pore: Bud­dism, Is­lam, Hin­duism and – he’d paused as though search­ing for the right word – “the one with the Jesus… Chris­tian­ity .”

“You be­lieve in heaven?” he asked. “When you die?”

It oc­curred to me at one point as we shot along the three or four lanes of me­an­der­ing high­way he seemed to pre­fer which­ever was the in­side lane.

I wanted to ask him if per­haps he was en­tered in the up­com­ing Sin­ga­pore F1 Grand Prix.It wasn’t just the pro­fes­sional lines he was tak­ing into the cor­ners ei­ther. “And the road signs?” I said. “They’re in miles per hour, are they?

“I’m only ask­ing be­cause there seems to be a fairly dra­matic dif­fer­ence be­tween the num­bers on your dash­board and the num­bers out there on the signs.”

His cus­tomer ser­vice was cer­tainly up to speed with his driv­ing – a nice dis­trac­tion from the pos­si­bil­ity of test­ing out which of us was right about the af­ter­life.

Hands down best (and scari­est) taxi ride of my life.

MEM­O­RABLE TRIP: Bruce Dev­ereaux got more than he bar­gained for with his taxi ride in Sin­ga­pore. PHOTO: BRUCE DEV­EREAUX

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