A fellow writing pal visited my office last Saturday and asked my colleague where I sat and if I blog at work. Horrors! I wouldn’t dare. So when do I find the time to blog nowadays when I am working full time? In the MRT going to work!
It’s been five months since I have been taking public transport daily to work. I used to read whenever I am traveling. I tried reading in the train but I am constantly being interrupted by the change of bus to train and then to a different line. So, like the majority of the train commuters, I whip out my phone instead.
I play my scrabble games, blog, or facebook. I take a peek at my neighbors and their mobiles -many are reading e-books, others watch K-dramas or texting. The men are usually playing games.
Those not on the phone appear meditative, looking blankly into space. Once, I watched in fascination as a woman put on full makeup with a small mirror, drawing eye liners on her top and lower lids. An incredible feat indeed when I can’t even do it in front of my toilet mirror and she could do it on a rocking train. Next, she applied her mascara, lipstick, before putting her hair up in a ponytail and drawing tendrils on both side ala Korean style. She completed her grooming just in time for her stop at Botanic Gardens.
The DTL is getting busier and once I went in with a crowd and came face to chest with a male stranger facing my entrance, with the crowd behind continuing to push me inwards. The close proximity was uncomfortable and awkward. It’s usually not a problem the other way around with my back pack acting as a buffer but that occasion was too close for comfort. I wonder how the Japanese do it in a video I once saw, as ushers pushed everyone into the cabin, layered like kueh lapis, in order for the door to close.
Humans are highly adaptable and I have gotten used to the daily commute by MRT. Having to sit for long hours in the office motivates me to keep moving – climbing up the numerous moving escalators as I transfer between stations.
I chat with the station ushers, who are now friends I greet every morning – Fang at Beauty World and Halimah at Newton.
So how long did I take to blog? It took me three trips before I completed this post.