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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 17 Aug 2012 3:43 pm

Or changing shift time.
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Post by Steve1960 » Fri, 17 Aug 2012 3:48 pm

Of all the many countires I have visited Makati City Manila Philippines was the worst taxi experience. Dangerous driving, many of the drivers on drugs so they can work crazy hours without sleeping (and they admit it), cockroaches roaming free inside the cars, many cars which were not fit for the road plus a high risk that the driver might just rob you and kick you out of the car in some side street.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 17 Aug 2012 4:56 pm

Sounds much like Jakarta used to be back in the early '80's - Specifically BlueBird taxis - used to be able to also see the road whizzing beneath you due to the holes in the floor.
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Post by v4jr4 » Fri, 17 Aug 2012 5:20 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Sounds much like Jakarta used to be back in the early '80's - Specifically BlueBird taxis - used to be able to also see the road whizzing beneath you due to the holes in the floor.
Now it's even worse. Some of the BlueBird taxi drivers even don't recognize Jakarta so well. Instead, they will give you "a free tour", and charge you for that :mad:

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Post by vishalgupta2 » Fri, 17 Aug 2012 10:41 pm

Steve1960 wrote:Of all the many countires I have visited Makati City Manila Philippines was the worst taxi experience. Dangerous driving, many of the drivers on drugs so they can work crazy hours without sleeping (and they admit it), cockroaches roaming free inside the cars, many cars which were not fit for the road plus a high risk that the driver might just rob you and kick you out of the car in some side street.
This scares the living daylight out of me. I never lived in South-west US just coz of Roaches (I admit this sounds stupid and probably un-wise, but I am just being honest).

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 17 Aug 2012 10:46 pm

No need to be afraid of a big roach in the car, no need at all!

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Post by the lynx » Fri, 17 Aug 2012 11:39 pm

vishalgupta2 wrote:
Steve1960 wrote:Of all the many countires I have visited Makati City Manila Philippines was the worst taxi experience. Dangerous driving, many of the drivers on drugs so they can work crazy hours without sleeping (and they admit it), cockroaches roaming free inside the cars, many cars which were not fit for the road plus a high risk that the driver might just rob you and kick you out of the car in some side street.
This scares the living daylight out of me. I never lived in South-west US just coz of Roaches (I admit this sounds stupid and probably un-wise, but I am just being honest).
I thought cockroaches are everywhere in the world, except the Antarctic and Artic :P

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Post by nakatago » Sat, 18 Aug 2012 12:22 am

sundaymorningstaple wrote:No need to be afraid of a big roach in the car, no need at all!

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Pass the dutchie to the left hand side!
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Post by zzm9980 » Sat, 18 Aug 2012 1:04 am

the lynx wrote:
vishalgupta2 wrote:
This scares the living daylight out of me. I never lived in South-west US just coz of Roaches (I admit this sounds stupid and probably un-wise, but I am just being honest).
I thought cockroaches are everywhere in the world, except the Antarctic and Artic :P
I saw more roaches my first month in Singapore than I did my entire life in the US. They were there, but not nearly as abundant thanks to the climate. I have no idea what the Southwest US has to do with roaches. Judging by the posters name and that theyre on this forum, I imagine they're either from Singapore or India, both places which should have significantly more roaches.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 18 Aug 2012 6:50 am

Well, I lived in Loisiana for 5+ years before coming to Singapore and there were roaches there, for sure, both the great big 'uns and the smaller German Cockroaches. But both were less a problem than the damned fire ants!
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Post by x9200 » Sat, 18 Aug 2012 8:41 am

Steve1960 wrote:Of all the many countires I have visited Makati City Manila Philippines was the worst taxi experience. Dangerous driving, many of the drivers on drugs so they can work crazy hours without sleeping (and they admit it), cockroaches roaming free inside the cars, many cars which were not fit for the road plus a high risk that the driver might just rob you and kick you out of the car in some side street.
Cockroaches are hard to beat so I think I would still prefer the taxi ride we had in Burma with large holes in the floor so you could see the road below. Something like they have here with the Santosa cable car but less hi-tech.

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Post by Brah » Sat, 18 Aug 2012 8:59 am

"Worst" is a bit harsh.

Some are perfectly ok, some are clueless, some do all those things documented over the years here like tailgating, that annoying constant pumping of the accelerator, or that annoying constant jerking of the steering wheel, or the annoying Stupid Questions Guy.

Usually these are just minor annoyances and most drivers are ok, there are a few drivers who are just downright dangerous.

I'm noticing more an more how annoying some of the bus drivers, especially the men, are lately.

Possibly due to the fleet of new buses, then going back to the old buses, where they pump the brakes making the ride full of uncomfortable lurches, or doing that pronounced unnecessary hard brake at a stop, and some driving nearly recklessly fast and aggressively.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 18 Aug 2012 9:32 am

Interesting observation. In particular, as I ride the bus 4 times a day (6 days a week). Recently, they have started getting new drivers. A number of them are local and/or Malaysians (nothing new for the Malaysians) and very few new PRCs (which caused a lot of the complaints recently). I find that the new local drivers tend to driver faster and lurch more, from speeding and too rapid lane changes. Whether this will slow down some after they are "run-in" I don't know, but I do know the new drivers are making some of the routes very uncomfortable. Fortunately, I only use them for feeder services to the MRT stations so it's sufferable.
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Post by the lynx » Sat, 18 Aug 2012 10:06 am

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Interesting observation. In particular, as I ride the bus 4 times a day (6 days a week). Recently, they have started getting new drivers. A number of them are local and/or Malaysians (nothing new for the Malaysians) and very few new PRCs (which caused a lot of the complaints recently). I find that the new local drivers tend to driver faster and lurch more, from speeding and too rapid lane changes. Whether this will slow down some after they are "run-in" I don't know, but I do know the new drivers are making some of the routes very uncomfortable. Fortunately, I only use them for feeder services to the MRT stations so it's sufferable.
Every time they do that, I cringe because I know that there are the elderly, pregnant women and also parents carrying their infants standing in the bus, and they will be the vulnerable ones.

Don't they think about it?

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Post by nakatago » Sat, 18 Aug 2012 11:04 am

Brah wrote:I'm noticing more an more how annoying some of the bus drivers, especially the men, are lately.
I'm been getting a workout for my balance and stances lately. Maybe I should also consider learning surfing while I'm at it.
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