Bras Basah.Bugis Trishaw Night Tour

Thanks to OMY.SG and Radio 100.3 for inviting me to this special Trishaw Night Tour yesterday.

Trishaws(三轮车、人力车) used to be the main transport in the past where taxis(霸王车)was a luxury way of transport.

Nowadays, Trishaws are very seldom seen except for the areas in Bugis and Chinatown. Trishaws are now a business mainly for tourists. Maybe the older generations will reminisce about the good old days when they pass by and saw the Trishaws. But for us, the youngsters, we will not care much for them. At most we will be curious for maybe the first time we see the trishaws.

I am quite excited yesterday as I have never been on a Trishaw before. How will the ride be like? How different will it be compared to being on the usual ways of modern transport or even being on a bicycle?

All I can say is that, it was an unforgettable ride.

You know how often when we take cabs, we will meet drivers who can talk a lot, but usually about how their day is or how the traffic is like, current news and stuff. Things we are often not interested in and will really appreciate a quiet ride. I don't blame the drivers though, being cope up in the car all day, they could only talk to their passengers. I don't mind small talks but not complains about how bad the driver's day is.

On the Trishaw ride, the driver talk to us too. But it's different. As we pass by various streets, the driver will tell us about the history about the place. The driver whose Trishaw Sortie and I was on, shared with us how the Trishaw business is like, his experience with tourists and tell us about fun things on the road. Like how they and taxi drivers aren't agreeable on the roads.

The Trishaw, is not doubt the slowest transport on the road as compared to those running on petrol. A Trishaw moves because of it's driver, peddling hard and bearing the weight of the Trishaw and passengers. The taxi drivers have the air-con to enjoy at the very least. But the Trishaw driver was sweating buckets, although the breeze is quite strong. And it's at night, imagine if it's in the afternoon where the hot sun rays are glaring at them.

Now, more about the ride itself. The route that we took ain't the usual ones. We go though many streets and alleys that we will not go to or even know of their existence. The breeze blowing against the face, the neon lights all around. The ride was very comfortable though it might not seem so. Trishaws are not the safest vehicle at all, hence the driver had a big responsibility. And because of the responsibility, we know we are safe. We are able to look at our surroundings with ease and there's time to process everything. Maybe not slow enough for the camera lens but definitely enough for the human eye. Often in a car/bus, the surroundings looked like they are fast forwarded.

Oh, the Trishaws have speakers on time where the drivers connected to their mp3s and blast music from. The playlist ain't the most modern but there are songs from 草蜢, which I used to listen when I was a small kid while my brothers play them on the CD player.

Alright, I think I have said quite enough. Time for some photos~ XD


Our driver took that photo for us without us asking. I guess that's experience when 99% of your customers are tourists.

Look at those neon lights around~

Through the streets and alley.

Our Trishaw ride ended at Queen Street when we alighted and made our way to Settlers cafe at SMU. Settlers cafe is a hybrid cafe like Minds Cafe or Pit Stop Cafe. Over there, we had light refreshments and also played some games. Sortie and me were sitting with a pair of mother and son. Oh and today's the auntie's 69 birthday. Happy Birthday auntie! 

The four of us played this game called Bamboleo. In this game, there are small black and red blocks of various shaped on top of this circled-shape flat board balancing off a stand which tip is a wooden ball. The objective of this game is to remove the blocks without the board falling off. It's really fun and exciting! All of us had fun playing it. XD

Before they end the day, a lucky draw was held and both Sortie and me got a free Settlers Cafe membership. Sortie got it first and I did not expect that I will get it too. XD


And I shall end my post here. But before you leave, do take sometime to watch the video below. It's some footages that I have took on the Trishaw Ride. XD

Thanks for reading and watching! Hope you guys will learn abit of knowledge about Trishaws! XD

11 Response to "Bras Basah.Bugis Trishaw Night Tour"

  1. kenwooi says:

    lol.. BRAS BASAH.. wet bras? lol..
    anyway, i've never been on a trishaw before.. =)

    Forest says:

    Kenwooi: Hey, Bras Basah refers to an area around Bugis FYI. XD

    Anonymous says:

    bras basah literally means, wet rice grains.

    that area was were people used to hang their grains to dry duh!

    this blogs is very interesting.....the information is very usefull....thanks...

    Anonymous says:

    Interesting Post !

    Bugis Trishaw ride was unique experience for her..i also got chance to get a ride in Trishaw it was unforgettable ride for me also...i enjoyed that ride..i was with my friend..its true that its transport slow as compare to other means..and every driver has his own way of maintaining it..i had the same experience when i was on the ride of Trishaw

    Wonderful to share all this information with us! I liked reading this blog and being inspired to check it out. This is really useful! Thank you so much.

    nice post show real information about Bugis Trishaw ride very unique.. love it

    Things we are often not interested in and will really appreciate a quiet ride. I don't blame the drivers though, being cope up in the car all day, they could only talk to their passengers. I don't mind small talks but not complains about how bad the driver's day is.

    INCREDIBLE PHOTOS ! It sounds like you people really enjoyed neon light all around. It is looking great place for visiting. I hope that I will also be there soon :))

    Lovely photographs! It seems like you enjoyed lot in Trishaw night tour. I am guessing that Trishaw ride was unique experience for you. I wish I will also get a chance of ride in Trishaw.

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