Pages

Monday, March 24, 2014

Changed My Water Changed My Life........

It has been three months since I last drove a cab. I have suddenly found so much freedom and not bound by any rules, regulations or restrictions. I can now please myself at anytime, except that I sometimes miss driving a cab each time I see a taxi.

I have become a very much relaxed person and am enjoying every bit of it. Meanwhile I have also kept myself busy by giving free Kangen water and delivering them to anyone who needs it. Meeting and getting to know so many more new friends, networking I call it.

I have just returned from a trip to Hong Kong recently. This was a place which I last visited in 1970, more than 40 years ago. I remembered staying in Nathan Hotel which is still there and it brought back full of memories of that time where I encountered and experienced a real live typhoon called 'Rose', and now, last stayed at Prudential Hotel also situate along Nathan Road. It has changed hands with two different governments, the latter being in 1997 and yet still very similar in lifestyles I think, except a more built up environment, new and additional facilities. It was good and I enjoyed the trip. Somehow, I feel I am catching the travel 'bug' as I am now planning to travel to at least four more places in the next two months, most likely Thailand, China, Canada and Japan soon.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Hearty Laughter.

I returned my Silver Cab taxi to Premier Taxis to be scrapped on 23rd December last year. A few days later, I had to borrow my son's vehicle to deliver some Kangen Water to a prospect staying at Ghim Moh. Having done my delivery, I instinctively proceeded to Holland Village Taxi Stand which is nearby and parked my vehicle at the empty second lot behind a blue NTUC Comfort taxi (still thinking that I am driving a taxi). Anyway, when a passenger boarded the taxi in front of me and drove off, I drove forward, stopped at the first lot and began waiting for passengers. After a while I saw this potential lady 'passenger' approaching my vehicle, so I got ready, but to my surprise and disappointment, she walked right past my vehicle and boarded the taxi parked directly behind me. At first I felt angry and annoyed by the potential 'passenger' who went for the taxi behind me. Then, all of a sudden, I realised that my vehicle is not a taxi. Laughing aloud, feeling very awkward, I quickly drove away, 'red faced', ashamed and looking silly but at the same time visibly amused at my behaviour. Well, cannot blame myself can I? I mean, having been a taxi driver for the past 15 years, you have to excuse me, but I suppose old habits do die hard. I continued laughing quietly to myself, felt utterly amused as I drove home, thinking about the good times, the thrills, the adventures only a taxi driver can experience.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Changing Lifestyles.

Hello and Good Morning Folks!
First of all, I want to wish especially my Chinese followers "GONG XI FA CAI" and a Happy and Prosperous Lunar New Year to Everyone. Well, it has been quite a while since I last wrote a post. I have so much to tell you. First of all, my beloved Toyota Crown taxi has finally been retired and recalled by Premier Taxis just before Christmas Day on 23rd December 2013. It has served me well for the past 4 years, never gave me any serious faults or problems other than the usual wear and tear of the four tyres. Its air-conditioning system has always kept me and my passengers very cool and has never broken down at all but alas, it has to be terminated and put to rest as required by LTA's taxi life span expectations.

I chose to take a longer break from driving for the time being and will decide later whether to continue as 'Hirer' or become a 'Super Relief" driver in future or maybe even a lifestyle change, I don't know yet.

I have not driven a taxi for the first time during last Christmas, New Year and now this Chinese Lunar New Year after being behind the wheels everyday since 1997, I get this awkward and weird feeling, like being 'lost' at times during this past month. Luckily for me, my interest and passion as a Kangen Water Distributor has helped keep me continuously occupied, like getting to meet so many new friends as I keep giving free water everyday and hearing wonderful and positive testimonials about Kangen Water's healing powers from the recipients.

As a professional cabby all these years, I have inadvertently also become a writer of sorts, an actor, a Kangen water demonstrator, a performer as well as a presenter, a motivating speaker, giving talks for Distributor groups and recently being called upon to be a Master of Ceremony for a big function held by a well known Health and Wellness Practitioner and Educator, he owns three Master Degrees and is also a Lecturer for Teachers Training Colleges. I was called to participate in a popular TV series called Food Detectives which will air on TV Channel 5 this Tuesday at 10pm. As you can see, I am presently very occupied, surrounded and enjoying every bit of the various activities.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Once Again........

                      "MERRY CHRISTMAS and A HAPPY NEW YEAR" to one and all.

I have taken quite a long break this time and have not posted any blogs for more than a month but, to tell you truthfully, I really needed a bit of rest just now. I have been very active, on the move practically non-stop, engaging in and participating in activities like writing monthly articles for example in Time Out Singapore magazines for more than a year but have recently stopped doing so. I wrote for Agelesssonline, Insing.com, local and overseas Institutions, others and also, at the same time giving talks on 'Healing water' and performing 'Kangen Water' demonstrations for private groups of people as well as 'one on one' demos here and there. Did film shoots for television, attended and given so many interviews to individuals, magazines, papers, etc, more about my taxi vocation and also my other interests as well. Apart from all these activities which I enjoyed tremendously, I still continued driving my taxi everyday, 7 days a week, plying my trade tirelessly everywhere in Singapore. All these activities were indeed very tiring and has taken a toll on me and I think I needed to slow down for awhile.

Meantime, with so many lively, some even shocking news and happenings going around at home, like the Little India riot saga, the discovery of the headless corpse and our speedy local law-enforcers' detective work to arrest the murderer so swiftly and also, not forgetting the 2013 Christmas light-up and year end shopping frenzy, parties, celebrities performances in the act everywhere, it is just so exciting, so very fast paced, so much so, before we even know it, 2014 has appeared.

I would like to let you know that I am now passionately involved with giving 'free' Kangen Water to so many people, 'baby boomers', (ages between 50 to 75), especially those with medical issues of all kinds, and watching healing taking place, as well as hearing good and positive testimonies from happy and thankful people from all walks of life who is drinking this 'Healing' and 'Miraculous Water'. I am presently a legal Global Distributor of Kangen Water and would gladly give you one month's Free trial of Kangen Water without any obligations whatsoever. For more information, you may call me anytime, any day on my mobile no. 91079351 or e-mail me: Frankehyap@yahoo.com.sg  

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Greetings.

            I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my Hindu readers and Friends a                                                                  
                                                "  HAPPY DEEPAVALI  "

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Memorable Passenger

                                 
One day, driving this famous 'ang mo' passenger, who else but none other than Neil Humphreys, author of a number of books including #1 best-selling-book in Singapore titled "Return to a Sexy Island" was indeed an unforgettable experience for me. I would like to share with you a glimpse of what a working day is like in the life of a taxi driver. Welcome to this link below and enjoy............

                                



Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Beautiful Lady Passengers

Yesterday evening, I had the pleasure of fetching two young, pretty and charming expatriate ladies. My first pretty lady passenger whom I picked up at Holland Village taxi stand hails from France. She has been working here for the past three years and loves living here. She wanted to go to M Hotel which is at Anson Road to meet up with friends for dinner and drinks. Along the way to her destination, we spoke quite a bit, generally about her stay here and somehow, she just seems to be 'bumping' into her countrymen everywhere she goes, in Singapore as well as in many other Asian countries that she has been to. She loves to learn more of the Asian way of life and finds it very interesting, she has so far managed to speak a very little bit of Singlish, especially the "lahs", and she loves the food here. We laughed and enjoyed chatting all the way to the Hotel.

My second passenger, a young and pretty Indonesian Indian lady whom I picked up at International Plaza taxi stand at Anson Road and she had just finished work and wanted to go home to Bedok South. She told me she studied in Malaysia and has been working in Singapore as an Assistant Producer in a well known International media organisation for the past five years already. She has been living here with her grand parents all this while and she also added that she will be getting married very soon and I congratulated her. We started chatting along the way and yes, she spoke very good English. I thought at first that she was from the States. She too enjoys and loves living in Singapore. During our conversation, I started telling her about the healing properties of 'Kangen' water, (electrolytic ionised alkaline water), which I give away free to friends and anybody everyday. I went on talking and telling her about this water which has similarities to the much known 'miracle or holy' water found in Lourdes, France. She was a keen listener and found it interesting and also asked if it can help her grand parents' medical issues. When I gave her my calling card and told her that I am a taxi blogger, she exclaimed excitedly that she has been reading my blogs and now surprisingly meeting and talking to me in person. All of a sudden, I felt so proud and happy to be acknowledged by someone who has been reading my blogs. She was pleasant, enthusiastic and showed interest to know more about 'Kangen' water and so at her destination, I gave her a couple of tapes and some literature for more information and also invited her to call me anytime she needed this water. She paid me the metered fare of $16.00 as we happily wished each other goodbyes.
The encounters with these two lovely young ladies made my day.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Relaxing Evening and Hectic Morning

Yesterday evening, around 7.00pm, I had the pleasure of giving a short and hurried Kangen Water demonstration to my young handsome friends, 12 year old identical twin brothers, Ben and Aaron, together with their mother, in their Eastern apartment residence just before the arrival of the boys' private tutor. Incidentally, all of them were my taxi passengers whom I picked up and befriended two weeks ago from United Square taxi stand. The boys have been drinking and loving Kangen Water which I have been giving them for the past 2 weeks, and they were very excited and attentive as I demonstrated and explained the three unique features of Kangen Water to them, which are, (Oxidation Reduction Potential, Alkalinity and Micro Clustering). Both the boys are very active and intelligent. Ben is learning the violin and Aaron the piano. It was fun for all of us while it lasted. I left at about 8.00pm to continue plying my taxi trade. I love times like these which is so relaxing, a break away from the 'humdrum' of activities and of everyday life pressures.

Early this morning, just before 2.00am, I received a call from Thomas, one of my taxi buddies, that he was involved in a serious traffic accident when he smashed his taxi (belonging to the same taxi company as mine) into the rear of another taxi along Newton Road just in front of Hotel Royal, and was experiencing pains in his chest. I immediately drove to the scene of the accident and found my friend in his driver's seat dazed and having chest pains. I attended to him until the ambulance arrived 10 minutes later and brought him to the Emergency ward at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. Meanwhile, I stayed back, waited for the police to arrive and reported the accident details to Traffic Police from information given to me by Thomas. I had to call the Taxi company, inform them of the accident and then called the tow truck company for assistance. All these activities and waiting time lasted till nearly 5.00am after which, I immediately visited my friend in hospital and was glad he was not seriously injured after being treated by doctors and being x-rayed. He had to rest awhile in hospital until doctors can discharge him. There was nothing much I could do except to return home and so, after having some supper, I finally reached home nearly 6.00am, This is truly a "happening" on an eventful October the first morning and I feel really tired and drained. I have to sign off now and 'hit the sack', Cheers and good morning to all.

Friday, August 30, 2013

More Problems Ahead

Last Wednesday afternoon, the very first passenger whom I picked up at Whampoa Food Centre was the start of my taxi meter giving me weird problems. This passenger wanted to go to Toa Payoh Lorong 5 and when I drove to his destination, my taxi meter showed $15.00 which was incredible for such a short distance. I knew straightaway that the meter is going 'Bonkers'. The actual fare should have been around $9.00 and that's what I asked for and collected from my surprised passenger. I could not get to repair the meter till the next day because it was already too late and so, I decided to take a break and went on to deliver 'Kangen' water to friends for the rest of the day.

New hi-tech gadgets sometimes give unexpected headaches to many senior taxi drivers especially those who are less educated in operating computer-like stuffs, having to press all sorts of buttons here and there causing them great distress. The Chinese educated taxi uncles are most affected by these changes. Attending classes conducted in English and learning to operate new gadgets makes it worst, takes a long time and also causes loss of income to many. Also nowadays, we need to go to our office at least once a month for them to check up and record on how many kilometres we travelled per day during peak hours, whats next and so on and so forth. Mind you, these appointments to attend are all on compulsory fixed times and dates. New rulings and regulations have made taxi driving more and more difficult, stressful and strenuous.

Because of continuous complaints from the general public on difficulties in 'catching' a taxi, too many 'On Call' signs, disappearance of taxis when most needed and to ugly behaviours of drivers and etc, Authorities are coming up with more new Rules and Regulations for taxi operators in the near future. It is definitely going to be more difficult and harder to be a taxi driver.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Festivals and Celebrations

                     "SELAMAT HARI RAYA ADILFITRI" to all my Muslim friends!
                                     and "HAPPY BIRTHDAY SINGAPORE"

Its so unusual, so exciting, so wonderful to witness the sharing, co-existence of so many different races and religions celebrating their festivals at the same time and at the same place. This only happens in SINGAPORE. Yes, the Chinese festival of the 'Hungry Ghosts' month, the Malays celebration of the end of Muslims fasting month, Ramadan and the celebration of Singapore's 48th Birthday, all of these happenings during the same week. 

Our Malay taxi drivers will enjoy their Hari Raya by taking the long weekend break while the others will carry on with their usual driving routines with extra passengers and holiday revellers as well as some increase in fare earnings. 

Meanwhile, taxi drivers are facing more and more new rules and regulations being carried out and implemented, such as the compulsory 250 kilometres on the road per day, more emphasis on taxis to be on the road during peak hours of between 6am to 11am in the morning and between 5pm to 12 midnight daily. This is because of daily complaints of difficulties in getting a cab during these times made by the general public and taxi drivers will face more disciplinary actions such as getting demerit points for this and that, or being sacked. Already it is a hassle having to report to their respective companies for compulsory routine meter checks and mileage recordings at least once a month. I feel it is no longer true that we are self employed. There is going to be greater pressure and hardship falling upon drivers in this vocation with taxi rentals continuing to rise with replacements of newer taxi models from time to time.