I don’t mind taking the bus home. The MRT nowadays is brutally filled to the brim at every stop, and though the experience of riding it gives me plenty of rich stories to tell, at some point you really start to miss not having to be an amazon just to get through the doors.

But there are a few things about buses you should know before making it your choice for the next rush hour battle.

If you don’t get a seat, you can be standing for twice as long as the length of your regular MRT ride. While standing, you’ll be constantly thrown forward by the force of the brakes and swerves of your bus driver. Other commuters squeeze past you to get to and from the door. The conductor will pass you even more times than all the commuters rolled into one, and it’s not a pleasant thing if you’re a girl!

Let’s say you do get a seat. You can put up with being the third and last butt on a supposed three-seater, which means only one cheek will be supported. You think that’s better than standing?

Seated or not, you’ll definitely realize that bus aircons are rarely up to the task of actually cooling the vehicle, much less dealing with mephitic human smells. Your seatmate could be the source of it–you never have a choice. You’ll also be bombarded with a movie/TV show/radio station/music genre that is not of your choosing. You think ambient music or images aren’t as invasive as I make them sound, try enduring Riddick at full blast during a morning ride to work, and on an empty stomach.

By the way, I still take the bus. I find it relaxing and I get a lot of sleeping done. Now you’re ready to take your very own bus ride!

So far I’ve talked about airconditioned buses. Don’t let me get started on the ordinary ones–that’s another adventure altogether.

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