The Straits Times
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Published on Nov 29, 2012
 

Bus driver doesn't know landmark along route

 
 

I WAS recently on board bus service 980 on my way to Thomson Medical Centre. As it was the first time I was travelling on this bus service, I was unsure of when to alight and asked the bus driver. He seemed unsure when told him my destination. When I realised that he did not understand English, I spoke in Mandarin and even explained it as the place where women go to give birth. When he subsequently spoke, I could not make out what he was saying; he seemed to be speaking a dialect. Eventually, I missed my stop and had to alight and catch a taxi.

Prior to this incident, bus drivers had always been able to advise me on the approximate stop to alight for my destination, especially if it was a landmark. Now I know I cannot expect this service.

Lim Pei Lu (Ms)