My girlfriend was not okay taking the bus in Singapore, but whenever we were overseas, she wanted to take the bus to act like a local there.
She said that it would be a great way to learn about the country and its culture, and that it would be much more interesting than taking taxi everywhere.
Always complains about public transport in Singapore
In Singapore, she always complains that there are a lot of passengers on the public transport and it felt like she had no sense of personal space.
She would always want to spend money on taxis even if the distance might just be two to three bus stops away.
It didn’t matter if the prices for taxis were surging at that moment or even if it was peak hour, she would rather spend $20 dollars on a short 5 to 10 minutes journey instead of just taking the bus for a much lower fare.
She would also think that it is a waste of time to take public transport in Singapore and insists that taxis are faster, even when there is a traffic jam.
I tried explaining to her that sometimes in traffic jams, taking the bus might also be faster as there are lanes specially delegated for bus usage in certain hours but she does not want to listen to me.
Acts like a local overseas
Whenever we go overseas, for instance in our recent trip to Bangkok, she would always want to take public transport.
She would say that we need to act more ‘local’ and blend in with them and by achieving that, we need to take public transport.
She would then go on about coming to holiday means must save money.
Even when times where a one end to the other end train ride overseas takes a long time but Grab takes maybe 20 minutes maximum, she would still insist on taking public transport.
I don’t know how she can contradict herself so well, there might be something wrong with her but well it was my choice to date her.