I take buses a lot. And I mean A LOT. The places I have to visit for my HEN charity meetings or my museum docent trainings are located mostly in the city center. Hence, to avoid huge taxi expenses, I take buses. I used to hate taking buses because the journey time was just too long. But I have now grown to love bus rides quite a bit.
I plan ahead so as to ensure I'm not late for my destination. You see, I'm a stickler for punctuality. I keep on drilling into my girls about being punctual. It is a virtue, don't you agree? It shows how serious you are about that meeting and how important that person you are about to meet is to you. So, anyway I use apps to ensure there is adequate time for me to reach the bus stop on time and that I don't wait too long practically melting in the sweltering heat of Singapore. Can you imagine if your makeup is ruined with your perspiration even before the day starts?
Though so very long, I have grown to enjoy the bus rides. Why? Firstly I like that I don't have to make small talk with the bus driver like I have to when I take a cab. You can't avoid talking to the cab drivers when they strike up a conversation. Then, through the long winding roads of Singapore, I weave through and get to see places I haven't seen for a while. Just the other day, I had a meeting in Ang Mo Kio, north of the island. To my utter surprise, I found out I have a straight bus 55 to my destination in Ang Mo Kio. It was a long ride, no doubt but I ended up seeing Jalan Eunos, Upper Serangoon and eventually Ang Mo Kio housing estate. Then, on another day, I got to visit my old neighbourhoods in Pasir Ris where my girls were born before we moved to my present home. I get a great view from the uper deck of most of the buses I take. See the pictures I took today.
What do I enjoy most? Plugging in my headphones and listening to my fav hits of my Apple Playlist. As I type this on my way to NMS for an appointment on Bus 14, I am now listening to an old melody You've Got A Way by Shania Twain. I also love Could I Have This Kiss Forever by Whitney Houston, More than Words by Extreme, Love Will Keep Us Alive by Eagles and also some recent pop hits Not above Love by Aluna George, Be The One by Dua Lipa, Sweet Ophelia by Zeila Day, the latter all courtesy of my two teenage girls. Sometimes, I engage in my other love, reading.
I am currently reading This is What Inequality Looks Like, a collection of essays by Teo You Yenn a NUS sociologist who did indepth research on the less fortunate families in Singapore. I could relate so much to what she was talking about being a Singaporean and also having had first hand experience helping these families. Please do read this very insightful book.
My home is
usually in a mess and has dust settled on almost everything. But I believe laughter and love will win the day. In 20 years, my girls won't remember how messy the house was but will remember the time we spent together and the love they felt...