Through the taxi glass — a photo journey

Sometimes, when you need a taxi, it’s never there.

Sometimes there are taxis, but they’re not for hire.

Hail! A taxi!

It’s heading right for me!

Welcome, says it.

Sorry I’m a little dirty. I didn’t have time to get vacuumed.

A talking mat!

Cool! Even if it’s dirty.

I settle back, enjoy the ride, look out the window.

Singapore is clean and green. Everywhere. Even in the neglected wild.

But why is there an old man walking all alone on an empty stretch of pavement?

Does he have a family? Does he have a hobby? Does he have a smiling grandchild to welcome him when he gets home?

I wonder where he’s going.

Why is there a bag of trash sitting in the middle of nowhere?

Is it waiting to be picked up or was it left behind by mistake?

Hark! It rains!

I’m glad I’m sheltered.

But now my vision is foggy.

It affects the way I think about what I see.

What if I had to go through life with rain-spotted vision?

Why are there only trees and trees and more trees?

Once I thought I could be a hermit and live in the mountains. But I think I’d die of boredom if I had to see nothing but trees every day.

Hello! We have a neighbour!

Did the little boy
whose favourite toy was a little red truck
grow up to drive a big red truck?

Are his parents proud of him?

Does he have a loving wife?

I hope yes and yes.

I like when people are happy.

Time to slow down. “Camera Zone” ahead.

Musn’t go past the speed limit. Take it down to 80 just to play safe.

Heck, make it 70.

Who cares if traffic piles up behind.


When the traffic light turns green, don’t move off immediately.

Finish shaving your beard, pick lint off your pants, day dream a bit.

You never know. Maybe a stray dog (or even a human) will dash across the road this very moment and your daydreaming will spare a life.

Who cares if traffic piles up behind.


I wish it’d stop raining.

And I could get to where I want to be.

18 thoughts on “Through the taxi glass — a photo journey

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    I felt like I was in the story. Thanks for showing Singapore! I’m impressed! It almost looks the same her… though there’s more green there. :D

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    Wha piang .. take cab also can be so poetic, but very refreshing, arty, but really curious while u were looking out of the taxi window.. who took your photo hah, not a moving camera crew right ;)

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    uncle sha: Yay! I’m glad you liked it! :) And you’re observant. Haha. ;)

    misha: Hello dear! :) It’s great to see you here every day!

    modchip: You’re welcome! Thanks! Well, you realise this isn’t even showing much of Singapore. It’s like only a 30 minute taxi ride. :P

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    Starstruck: Haha. It was the rain lah. Made me all melancholic and thinking about stuff. And I was bored in the cab so I took pictures. When I got home, I got the idea to translate my mood of that time into this post with the help of the pictures. ;)

    I took my own photo, of course. Notice how I crop my face to close-up so that you can’t see my hands holding the camera out? lol.

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    Hmmm.. holding a camera & taking yr photo while looking so natural esp. with that melancholic look not easy to do leh.
    Another thing crossing my mind is was wondering how the taxi driver was thinking while u were doing it hoh.. lol, prob think u are a tourist or N_tz (joking).

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    Bet you scored very well in your 看图作文.

    BTW I like your post on the Slackiest Latecomer Award. A lot.

    Brings me back to the days when your tagline was “… and you’ll find me astonishingly talented in talking nonsense.”

    Remember that? :)

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    I always like journey ‘written’ photos.. as the saying goes… picture paints a thousand words… :-)

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    xiriss: Thanks! Glad you like it!

    crazyhamster: Haha. I don’t think this is emo enough to be called emo. :P

    darkelfin: Wah cool, first time you never suan me in my blog. lol.

    Starstruck: This is multi-tasking wat. The hand is doing one job while the face is doing another job. Can separate. lol. Anyway, I did keep worrying about what the taxi uncle must be thinking of me, taking photos of scenery and myself. Haha. But he didn’t say anything, didn’t talk to me the whole journey. :P

    Jesta: Er… bestseller consisting of like 20 photos? lol. Don’t think I can do a whole book like that. It doesn’t rain everyday. Haha.

    Miss Loi: Wow… you’ve read my blog since my very humble beginnings? I’m so touched and impressed! :) Thanks for the support!!

    Cloudywind: Ah, yeah. Thanks! I quite like that pic too!

    arachno: You mean like photo essays? :) Well, they’re usually better when the photographer is actually a professional photographer who takes awe-inspiring pictures. :P I wish I could take better pictures, but I don’t have a pro camera and I’m too lazy to attend courses anyway. lol.

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    At first I was half expecting an article of complaints about the ever-elusive local taxicab service… :P

    Cool entry, as the rest have said before me! :)

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    arachno: Yeah, but pros can do it better. I mean, like check out award-winning human interest photographs. Some of them can literally bring tears to your eyes.

    Edric: Hi Edric, long time no see! ;) Haha, I wonder if people would have enjoyed the entry better if it really had been a rant on elusive cabs? :P

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