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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Make It Right for A Better Ride with me!



Does this look familiar to you?


Remember the jingles and posters at the MRT station by the the Dim Sum Dollies?

They even had Phua Chu Kang's posters on the MRT doors prior to the Dim Sum Dollies to promote graciousness amongst commuters using the public transport. I thought that was cute.




Hmmm, tell me.

How many times have you taken public transport and felt like crap at the end of it?
 



Well, not always but sometimes it happens. Agree?

I personally have had a few nasty commuting experience before too.

There was once when a big-sized PRC woman pushed me into the MRT the moment the door opened and she rushed in to get a seat while I almost tripped on my face because she pushed me from the back - and the MRT was NOT even crowded and there were only the two of us waiting for the MRT at the yellow line. I wasn't even vying for the seat (which were aplenty), mind you. 




Disclaimer: I'm not trying to say that only PRCs do it. Singaporeans have done similar things to me before too and I get angry all the same, irregardless of their nationality.



There was another instance when a crowd of passengers near me and my friend didn't want to move aside and we had trouble alighting. 


Reason? 
They wanted the seat that we were sitting on. How were we supposed to stand up and alight when they were standing super close to us (almost touching our knees) and yet waiting for us to stand up at the same time?!! 
I politely said 'excuse me' a few times but no one gave way until I finally raised my voice to ask them "Don't you people know how to give way to others???" and they eventually moved aside to give way.
Same thing happened in the bus too.
*facepalm*

And many other nasty experiences.



But I've had happy commuting experiences too!!


An elderly lady ever gave me the warmest smile of all when I wanted to give up my seat for her but she didn't want it as she was alighting soon. She was so happy that I bothered to ask - I saw the twinkle in her eyes, I know. Then she chatted me up for a while to say she appreciated it and we had a good short conversation that made me feel good!




There was another time when a young man (of my age group) also gave up his seat for me when he saw that I was carrying many heavy things. And he wasn't even on the priority seat. 
I was so thankful to that gentleman and I'd definitely marry a guy like that LOL. 


Ok jokes aside, 
I really appreciated his kind act although it wasn't necessary for him to do that, so I said "Thank You Very Much" and flashed my most sincere smile ever in return.  :) 


You see the link between the two positive stories here?
For every good deed that you do, you get a big smile in return and in turn it makes both parties feel GOOD!


(In case you didn't realize, by mentioning "a young man" and "my age group", I was actually trying to tell you that I'm very young also la. HAHAHA.)






Thus I think there's still hope for Singapore if our commuters are more considerate and gracious
Everyone will be quite happy at the end of each ride and it would put us in a good mood on our way to work/school and back home! Singaporeans will be less stressed and then they can make more babies LOL!! Sounds like a good plan right?  =D



Anyways.
Being an experienced commuter who takes the public transport often, I've always had secret thoughts in my mind about how little acts of graciousness could make traveling in buses and mrts an enjoyable ride



So I'm very happy to share these thoughts now!! 
I call them my 
"12 Commandments" on how to show some gracious & considerate acts as a commuter:



1.  DO NOT INTRUDE SOMEONE'S PERSONAL SPACE WITH YOUR NEWSPAPER 
Do not raise your arms at 45 degrees (or worst, at 90 degrees) and read the newspaper with open arms and let your elbow or newspaper hit the person who is next to you. 
Especially not on a crowded ride.

Everyone needs their personal space and invading into it with your arms, elbows and newspaper is RUDE.


You know what's the acceptable way to read the newspaper in the bus/MRT (when it's not crowded)?

You should 'kiap' your arms to your hips like the way a chicken 'kiap' its wings to its side. Hold the newspaper close to you, confine it within your personal space and that's that. If it's uncomfortable, then don't read. Why should you be comfortable at the expense of someone else?
*Image credit to this website

The above is a good example but I think he should place the newspaper lower so that I can check out his handsome face.  #JustKidding  =D



2.  DO NOT RAIN YOUR GERMS ON OTHERS
Please do not cough or sneeze on someone's head. 
Your fellow passengers don't need free shower early in the morning. So, do take the effort to cover your mouth with your hands, tissue paper or a handkerchief if you are about to sneeze, cough or yawn.



3.  DO  NOT FLIP YOUR HAIR LIKE THE LADY IN THE SHAMPOO COMMERCIAL
If ladies (and maybe some men) with mega long hair have an urge to flip their hair or suddenly turn their head towards another direction in a dramatic manner, please don't vigorously flip your silky hair (and spread dandruffs lol) without caring for the person behind you or next to you. 


Your uber long hair is gonna whip someone's face or brush against their bare skin when you do the "shampoo commercial" hair flip. Really, no one wishes to smell your hair or touch it. Be more demure, please.


The only time you should flip your hair is when you are modelling for a hair/shampoo commercial.

Or you can act like one and flip it in the bathroom like me:

LOL!!! That's my real hair btw. It was cut short and dyed blue black when I model-ed for a hair show last year.



But I guess she's more professional at doing hair flips than I am:
*Image credit to this website



4.  DO NOT TREAT YOUR BAG LIKE A HUMAN
Do not place your bags & belongings on empty seats.
Place it on your lap or near your legs on the floor if its heavy. The point here is to try to not take up unnecessary space so that others could sit down at the available seats or at least have some space to stand a little comfortably when the bus/train is crowded.


Don't be like her ok?
*Image credit to this website


5.  DO NOT LET YOUR BACKPACK PUNCH THE FACES OF COMMUTERS
If you are carrying a HUGE backpack, please carry it considerately so that it does not knock onto someone's eyes or face. If possible, carry it in your hands and let it hang low nearer to the ground. Apologize if your backpack accidentally hits someone else.



6.  DO NOT DEPRIVE OTHERS OF THE POLE
Do not lean your body against the poles in a crowded bus/mrt unless you want to do a pole dance performance (hahahaha). The pole is meant for standing passengers to hold on to it so that they do not fall during the ride. Think of their safety and yours too.


*Image credit to this website


7.  DO NOT ANNOY YOUR FELLOW COMMUTERS 
Do not blast your loud music (via speaker). 
Other passengers are not interested to hear what you are listening to.

Also, do not scream, shout or talk loudly like you're having a party - remember that most people want to rest and have peace during their ride instead of being disturbed with rowdy behaviour from fellow commuters. Some commuters might not even be feeling well, you'll never know. So keep the level of noise down.


Make It Right For A Better Ride - Poster



8.  DO NOT TREAT PUBLIC TRANSPORT LIKE YOUR HOME
If you really must dig that gold from your treasure nose, caress your boyfriend/girlfriend for more than 30 seconds or clean your tooth with a toothpick, do it in the comforts of your HOME and not in the public transport. These are not socially accepted behaviours. Its an inconsiderate thing to do in front of others.

*Image found in Google search engine and credited to NEA (National Environment Agency)

This is an anti-littering campaign by NEA but I thought this advert is applicable to public transports too 










9.  DO NOT PUSH OTHERS ON YOUR WAY OUT 
Politely say 'excuse me' instead of simply pushing the one in front of you to alight. Alight in an orderly manner; respect your fellow passengers. Treat them like human beings, not like doormats.



10.  DO NOT PRETEND TO BE A STATUE
Please learn to give way when someone wants to alight after saying 'excuse me' to you. Do not simply act deaf and stand still like a statue. Make way please! 



Statue of Sir Stamford Raffles says: 
"I like to stand here leh. So what if I don't want to move?? I refuse to move lah!
So please don't be like his statue lol. You can be like him (the real person) though - smart & awesome.
Image credit to this website


Sometimes, I'd notice that passengers who are standing near the door in a crowded mrt would refuse to move when someone from behind wants to alight. 


It is very easy actually - if there's no space to move in a packed train, those at the door should get out of the door, stand at the side and let those who are stuck inside to alight first before going back into the mrt again. 
I don't know why so many people are scared to get out of the MRT door for a mere 5 seconds to give way to those who are alighting.


I know why actually. 
Because they are scared that if they walk out of the door to give way to those alighting, those who are already waiting to board from outside will rush in like elephants and leave the courteous one stranded outside. So much for being kind right, I get it.
  
That's why EVERYONE has to start being gracious so that such things will happen no more!



Make It Right For A Better Ride - Poster



11.   DO NOT RUSH IN LIKE HORDES OF SHEEP
I cannot emphasize enough but I bet everyone is gonna agree on this one with me: 


PLEASE TAKE THE INITIATIVE TO QUEUE UP WHILE YOU WAIT TO BOARD THE BUS/MRT.
Stand behind the yellow line (for mrt). 
Queue up behind one another.
Quit pushing others.
 

Most importantly, please do not block the way and do allow the passengers inside the mrt to alight first before you move to the center of the door to board. 



The bus or mrt is NOT GONNA SUDDENLY GROW WINGS AND FLY AWAY.
*Image credit to this website



 12.  DO NOT FORGET YOUR BASIC COURTESY
Lastly, I believe that most people will know the basic courtesy of giving up seats for the needy and the elderly.

 
You don't have to be on the priority seat to do it. 
Don't do it for fear of being shamed on STOMP website but do it because you want to be thoughtful. Do it because you really care.
Put yourselves in the shoes of the needy and the elderly. When you're old or grow weak one day, I'm sure you'd wish for a seat too.


Make It Right For A Better Ride - Poster



If you follow all the above 12 Commandments, I'm sure that 99.9% of the commuters will be happier even if we have to cramp into sardine-packed public transports during peak hours! Everyone will be smiling, feeling contented to have fellow gracious Singaporeans who are kind to each other even though we are strangers and the younger generations will eventually learn from us too. 


Spread the love and reduce the stress! 
How lovely that would be!  :)



This is my personal message for my readers:

Being gracious and considerate should BEGIN WITH YOU. 
Don't expect it out of others if you personally cannot lead by example. Begin your next ride with my pointers in mind, be the gracious one first and others will follow suit!  :)



So I shall start the ball rolling first! Who's with me??!!
I made this poster out myself!! How?? Nice??  :D


Can you feeeeeeel how sunshine-y my smile is in the self-made poster above?  :D

It helps to lighten the atmosphere during peak hours if you have a smiley face, ya know! 
There's a saying that goes like this: "SMILE and the whole world will smile with you!!
Are you already smiling with me now?  :)



And if you thought some of the SMRT posters in this post are interesting, you can check out more of those at We Keep Your World Moving on Facebook! The quotes there are rather meaningful.


On a final note.
(Erm, maybe they should add my poster too.. like.. erm... make me their campaign ambassador or engage me to spread some joy.... I mean, hey just look at my happy smile!! The more I see it, the more I fall in love with myself all over again... LOLOLOL! I think I should do this(smile) more often in the bus and MRT. Then maybe everyone will let me in & out of the bus & mrt peacefully.......)


Oh yes, here's a chance for you to win something:


Join the “Make It Right For A Better Ride” Twitter contest and stand to win a pair of movie tickets! More details on http://on.fb.me/betterride



Loves,
With lots of sweets & chocolates.

5 comments:

Blackswan said...

Wonderful post, dear! Thumbs-up!

Sadly, this happens everywhere in the world, even in polite Japan. So let's all move towards a more gracious society & be kind to others.

FoodieFC said...

Hi

Nice poster!

have seen too many cases of quarreling on train during morning peak hours!

on a side note, bishan commuters really queue in a single line (tt stretches over 10 people) during morning rush hrs! Amazing sight!

thomas said...

Oh!Yes,make it right,it will be less stressful when everyone is courteous.

Ruiting said...

HAHAH I love ur pictures! And yah, ppl shld start to be more considerate on public transport!

Loo Yee said...

share your post for my school assignment, ok ?

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