Bruce’s international travels continue at high speed
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