Commuting on the MRT is part of most Singaporeans’ daily lives, but let’s admit it, despite our first-class rail system, the experience is not always pleasant. We’ve seen them around, and even have up-close-and-personal encounters with them. People who make an already tiresome commute even worse. We uncover the top 5 pet peeves against other passengers on the train.
The kiasu Singaporean
They are surely one of the most common-types, and we have at least been pushed by one of them at least once. These are the panicky sort who can’t seem to wait to board the train without giving the chance to other passengers to alight first. They come in different shapes and sizes, but typically the more fit aunties who are eager to get the seats when they spot a vacant spot even before the door opens. May get violent at times.
The self-proclaimed DJ
Eye-Spy With my Lil’ Eye
The problem with being in a packed train is having our personal space invaded by other people who are not welcomed into that space. Sometimes we may encounter people looking over our shoulders trying to see what we are reading or even playing on our phones. These are the sort who do not know how to keep their eyes to themselves. I know the train is packed, but can you mind your own business and let me enjoy my Bejeweled game alone?
Gossip Girl: Now in Singapore version. Not on subways, but on MRTs.
The MRT version of Gossip Girl not as glamorous as the one on Upper East Side. This is the kind who talks SO LOUDLY the whole world knows what happened to him/her last night. So they had a rough day, so they fought with their spouse, so they had pasta for lunch yesterday. But I admit, at some point I am guilty of it too as with many of you reading this. Oops.
The Sticky and the Slimy
The ultimate most annoying kind of MRT passenger we may encounter, and you will agree with me on this one, is the man who forgets to hit the shower in the morning. Come on! The train is squeezy enough, we don’t need to rub shoulders with someone who’s soaking in his sweat from the day before. That’s disgusting. Very annoying especially when they enter the train at peak hour and you are forced to take a whiff of their very “pleasant” body odour. YUCK!
The next time you board the train, keep a look out for these very dangerous kinds of MRT commuters. Nonetheless, at the end of it all, there are experiences on our trains that can entertain us as well (remember popular video on Youtube of bhangra dancer on the MRT?) So what are your other pet peeves of other passengers on the MRT?
By Rasyida Samsudin.