Yesterday on Wednesday 17 November 2010 I was about to meet with my friends at the mall. From the area around my home I could find public transportation easily. But once I got to the main road...it was as if no sign of living thing on the street. I doubt the busway would get to the nearest bus stop earlier. Finally when I saw an empty cab, immediately I stop the cab and sat on the front.
That taxi in a glance is similar with EXPRESS (one of many taxi's companies here in Jakarta). I sort of hesitated. But when I got in I did not feel anything unsettling. So, I trust my instinct that there is nothing going to happen and get ot with it. Can't help with the temptation of having cheaper taxi's fare.
So, here are my conversation with the taxi driver :
Me : Empty street like this is so exciting
Driver : Well, not really... It was like everything is not comfortable... During weekdays the street was so packed with vehicles I am barely able to move around. During holiday, the street is empty but I am finding hard to get passenger
Me : So, you prefer empty street but with loads of passengers, right?
Driver : (laugh) that's what I want... Actually, heavy traffic jam in Jakarta merely caused by motorcycles
Me (silently) : And I just posted how I hate motorcycles riders... Fit perfectly...
Me : So all because motorcycle drivers? Well, I heard hundred thousand of motorcycles being released to the public on and on... And not to mention the easy procedur to buy motorcycle these days
Driver : True. Long ago, I worked as a driver in Saudi Arabia and never experience traffic jam though there were many cars on the street. No motorcycles though...
Me : No bus as well?
Driver : Oh, there are buses... Mostly the users are foreign workers
Me : Have you ever had any problem with motorcycle riders?
Driver : Goodness... No... Hopefully not ever... They always tries to outrun everybody... Then they bumped our car...and fell... Then went mad like crazy
Me : And suddenly all motorcycle drivers come from everywhere beating you up
Driver : True. I say, people with heart condition should not be driving in Jakarta at all
Me : So there is no comfort living in Jakarta, sir?
Driver : Yeah, sort of like that...
*LOL... Then where we should be living then?*