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Tuesday, February 01, 2005

The MRT

The MRT can be an interesting place. There are a lot of people whom you can meet in the MRT. And if you have observed long enough...you can even classify them into certain groups.

"Sleeping Beauties"
This group of people can be found sleeping. Most of them fall asleep right when an old woman or a pregnant lady approaches them. Some however are genuinely asleep. If you are lucky enough, you can even find people sleeping while standing up. They choose to do this while leaning against the support near the doors. But there are some who sleep without any support. They must be leading a very stressed up life.

"Kopitiam Uncles"
This group consists of those who like to talk loudly on their mobile phones. Most of them converse in Hokkien while some converse in Chinese. They can get quite violent at times, especially when they get too engrossed in their conversation. Some of them may swing their arms in frustration while others utter some vulgarities, only to be stared at by the rest of the commuters.

"Bo Chap People"
A majority of the commuters belong to this group. They are just busy with their own thing. They board...and alight without any commotion. You can say that this group of people are the most boring ones as they just keep to themselves only.

"Students"
Ah...how can one forget this group of people? They are the future of Singapore. They can be from primary schools, secondary schools, JC/ITE students and Uni students. Uni students are hard to pick out as they don't have any uniforms. But the rest are quite easy to spot. At times they can get rowdy and laugh out loud, disturbing the commuters around and the auntie who is trying to sleep. Then there are those who can be seen studying...muggers...a term used to describe such people. Every once in a while you can find them, busy memorising facts and figures. Trying to imprint into their minds the Mendel's Law of Independent Segregation. Last but not least are the group of students who can be found holding hands. They can be quite "aggressive" in public. To the extent that commuters around them need to remind them that they are in public. Whispering sweet nothings and holding hands...these are obviously couples in school.

"Pregnant Ladies and Senior Citizens"
Hm...the group of people that is feared by some. When approached, those sitting down either fall asleep immediately or get up and offer their seats. It is not difficult to spot one of them. Initially this group of people would just smile and say no to the one offering their seats...but if the one giving up his seat insists, they will just choose to sit. Human behaviour...may be they are practising reverse psychology? Woah...if this is true...then these Senior Citizens can be used to utilise their reverse psychology skills. Who says that Senior Citizens are a burden?

"Couples"
These are people who are attached (duh!). Most of them know how to behave in public...not crossing the boundary. But there are some of them that are way too much...to the extent that the MRT is no longer a wholesome form of transportation for kids and toddlers. Parents can be seen trying to distract their children from the "scene" but to no avail as being kids, they are curious of the world around them.

I guess that's all I can think of. There may be some other types of people. Who knows? As society progresses, people with new types of characteristics and personalities would appear.

So...an MRT can be more than just a form of transportation. It can open your eyes to the different types of people found in the Heartland.

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4 Comments:

Blogger sam87 said...

Tis was written by my bro. a fine story but try to have the international touch in it

7:57 PM, February 01, 2005  
Blogger Steph said...

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8:31 PM, February 01, 2005  
Blogger Brady said...

Hey~! Its been a long time since i saw you haha. Nice blog you have here. Anyway, here's wishing you all the best!

9:19 PM, February 01, 2005  
Blogger peekae said...

hello!
nice entries. haha! will read when i can! anyway, take care and hope to see u soon! (=

10:24 PM, February 01, 2005  

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