Taximans Story Catherine Lim Analysis Essay

SINGAPORE: Ang Istorya Ng Taxi Driver

Literature of the World Subject pushes me to publish this short Singaporean story which has very hard to find an English version, thus I am picking up M.R. Avena Tagalog revision.

SINGAPORE: Ang Istorya Ng Taxi Driver
By Catherine Lim
Revised By: M.R. Avena

(1) Ayos, Ma’am. Sigurado-Darating kayo sa miting ng mas
Maaga sa t’yempo. Dito tayo dumaan, Ma’am. Konting
Trapik, konting bara ng mga kotse. Medya-ora lang,
Naro’n na tayo. Kaya h’wag kayong mag-alala, Ma’am

(2) Ano yon. Ma’am? Oho, oho. Ha, ha-dalawampung taon
Na ‘kong taxi driver, Ma’am. Panahon pa ng kopong-
Kopong. Di pa ganito ang Singapore-nanikip sa tao,
Bising-bisi. Noon mas tahimik, kokonti pa lang ang taxi
Drivers, at di-masyadong maraming kotse at bus

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Catherine Lim Poh Imm, writer of nine collections of short stories, five novels and a poetry book. She has won national and regional book prizes for her literary contributions. She is best known for her collection of short stories Little Ironies: Short Stories of Singapore and Or Else, The Lightning God and Other Stories.
Early career
Teacher, St. Andrew’s School, St. Patrick’s School
Teacher, Catholic Junior College
Project director, Curriculum Development Institute of Singapore, Ministry of Education
Administrator, Curriculum Development Institute of Singapore, Ministry of Education
Specialist lecturer in Socio-linguistics and Literature, SEAMEO Regional Language Centre (RELC)
Columnist, The Straits Times
Jan 1992 – : full-time professional writer

A taxi driver rides with a female teacher passenger
He talks about the changes in Singapore
He talks about his family
He talks about his observations about youth and prostitution
He talks about his problem with his daughter
The passenger got off he taxi and the taxi driver went to Hotel Elory hurriedly

Taxi Driver
The passenger
Lay Choo

Place – Singapore
Main setting – Inside the Taxi


•How young people of Singapore have grown to be bold and reckless; as compared to the youth’s
of the ‘old’ Singapore.
• Differences of the ‘old’ (taximan’s generation) and current (Lay Choo’s generation) Singapore
• How making a living in Singapore has overcome the need to stand up for our own beliefs and
make a stand to whatever opposes us

ı 1st person point of view

Man vs. man
Man vs. society SYMBOL
Taxi drivers and vehicles
Hotel Elory, Tung Court, Orchid Mansions
Young people observed in the story

When you are tasked to do a reporting on this topic, please see below for Study Guide questions:

1. Identify the narrator of the story. What does he say about teenagers in Singapore? Do you find similarities between them and the Filipino teenagers?
2. Describe the taxi driver. Should he be blamed for his daughter’s prostitution activities?
3. What lessons on materialism that the story provides?
4. How can the government address the problem on prostitution especially among students?

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What is the full story of The Taximan's Story by Catherine Lim?

Very good,Madam.Sure,will take you there in plenty good time for  your meeting,Madam.This way better,less traffic,less car jams.Half  hour should make it,Madam,so not to wor…ry. What is it you  say,Madam?Yes,yes,ha,ha,been taximan for twenty years  now,Madam.Long time ago,Singapore not like this-so crowded so  busy.Last time more peaceful,not so much taximen,or so much cars  and buses. Yes,Madam,can make a living.So so.What to do.Must work  hard if wants to success in Singapore.People like us,no  education,no capital for business,we must sweat to earn money for  wife and children. Yes.Madam,quite big family-eight children,six  sons,two daughters.Big family!Ha!ha!No good,Madam.In those  days,where got Family Planning in Singapore?People born many,many  children,every year,one childs.Is no good at all.Today is much  better.Two children,three children,enough,stop.Our goverment say  stop. Lucky for me,all my children big now.Four of my sons  working-one a businessman,two clerks,one a teacher in Primary  school,one in National Service,one still schooling,in Secondary  Two.My eldest daughter,she is twenty plus,stay at home,help the  mother.No,not married yet-very shy,and her health not so good,but a  good,obedient girl.My other girl-Oh,Madam!very hard for father when  daughter is no good and go against her parents.Very sad,like  punishment from God Today,young people not like us when we are  young.We obey.Our parents say don't do this,we never  do.Otherwise,the cane.My father cane me,I was big enough to be  married,and still,got caning.My father he was very strict,and that  is good thing for parents to be strict.If not,young boys and girls  become very useless.Do not want to study,but run away,and go to  night clubsand take drugs and make love.You agreewith  me.Madam?Today,young people they are very trouble to their  parents.Madam,you see this young people over there,outside the  coffee-house?See what I mean,Madam?They are only schoolboys and  schoolgirls,but they act like big shots,spending  money,smoking,waering latest fashion,and making love.Ah Madam,I  know,I know!As taximan,I know them and their habits.Madam,you are a  teacher,you say?You know or not that young  schoolgirls,fifteen,sixteen years old,they go to school in the  morning in their uniforms and then after school,they don't go  home,they have clothes in their schoolbag,and they go to public  lavatory or hotel and change into these clothes,and they put  make-up on their face.Their parents never know.They tell their Mum  got school meeting,got sports and games,this,that,but they really  come out and play the fool.Ah,Madam,I see yuo surprise,but I know,I  know all their tricks.I take them about in my taxi.They usual is  wait in bowling alley or coffee house or hotel,and they walk up,and  friend,friend,the European and American tourists,and this is how  they make fun and also extra money.Madam,you believe or not when I  tell you how much money they got?I say!Last night,Madam,this young  girl,very pretty and made-up,and wear sexy dress,she told me take  her to Orchid Mansions-this place famous,Madam,fourth floor  flat-and she open her purse to pay me,and I say!all American  notes-ten dollar notes all,and she pull one out and say keep  change!as she has no time already.Madam,I tell you this,every  month,I got more money from these young girls and their American  and European boyfriends in my taxi,more than I get from other  people who bargain and say don't want go by meter and wait even for  ten cents change.Phui!!Some of them really make me mad.But these  young girls and their boyfriends don't bargain,they just  pay,pay,and they make love in taxi so much they don't know if you  go round and round and charge them by meter!I tell you,Madam,some  of them don't care how much they spend on taxi.It is like  this:after 1p.m. taxi fare double,and I prefer working this  time,because naturally,much more money.I go and wait outside Elroy  Hotel or Tung Court or Orchid Mansions,and such enough,Madam,will  have plenty business.Last Saturday,Madam,no joking,on one day alone  I make nearly one hundred and fifty dollars!Some of it for  services.Some of tourists don't know where,so I tell them and take  them there,and that's extra money.Ah Madam,if I tell you all,no end  to the story.But I will tell you this,Madam.If you have young  daughter and she say Mummy I got meeting today in school and will  not come home,you must not say,Yes,yes,but you must go and ask her  where and why and who,and you find out.Today young people not to  trust,like young people in many years ago.Oh,Madam,I tell you  because I myself have a daughter-oh,Madam,a daughter I love very  much,and she is so good and study hard.And I see her report cards  and her teacher write'Good work'and 'Excellent'so on,so  on.Oh,Madam,she my favourite child,and I ask her what she want to  be after left school,and she says go to University.None of my other  children could go to University,but this one,she is very smart and  intelligent-no boasting,Madam-her teachers write 'Good'and  'Excellent',and so on,so on,in her report cards.She study at  home,and help the mother,but sometimes a little lazy,and she say  teacher want her to go back to school to do extra work,extra  coaching,in her weak subject,which is maths,Madam.So I let her stay  back in school and day after day she come home in evening,then she  do her studies and go to sleep.Then one day,oh Madam,it make me so  angry even now-one day,I in my taxi driving,driving along and hey!I  see a girl looking like my Lay Choo,with other girls and some  Europeans outside a coffee-house but I think,it cannot be Lay  Choo,how can,Lay Choo is in school,and this girl is all dressed up  and make-up,and very bold in her behaviour,and this is not like my  daughter at all.Then they go inside the coffee-house,and my heart  is very,very-how you describe it,Madam,My heart is very 'susah  hati'and I say to myself,I will watch that Lay Choo and see her  monkey tricks.The very next day she is there again I stop my  taxi,Madam,and I am so angry.I rush up to this wicked daughter and  I catch her by the shoulders and neck,and slap her and she  scream,but I don't care.Then I drag her to my taxi and drive all  the way home,and at home I thrash the stupid food and I beat her  and slap her till like hell.My wife and some neighbours they pull  me away,and I think if they not pull me away,I sure to kill that  girl.I lock her up in her room for three days,and I ashamed to tell  her teacher,so I just tell the teacher that Lay Choo is sick,so  please to excuse her.Oh,Madam,how you feel in my place?Make herself  so cheap,when her father drive taxi all day to save money for her  University.What is it,Madam?Yes,yes,everything okay now,thank  you.She cannot leave the house except to go to school,and I tell  her mother always check,check in everything she do,and her  friends-what sort of people they areâ�¦What,Madam?Oh,so  sorry,Madam,cannot wait for you to finish your meeting.Must go  off,please to excuse me.In a hurry,Madam.Must go off to Hotel  Elroy-there plenty people to pick up.So very sorry,Madam,and thank  you very much.thank you madam


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