Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Penang Trishaw--my story....

I walked past this trishaw man and got curious as to what he is doing. I walked up and took a peek. Oh, he is copying numbers. Toto numbers onto a piece of paper. Toto, Magnum (for all non Malaysians) these are our pool results. Hmmm, hopefully he did strike and win some money. Now a little on this trishaw or as we Penangites likes to call them, 'King of the Roads'. A visit to Penang will not be complete without a trishaw ride. What better way to see Penang city than a ride in the trishaw? The trishaw man will take you down alleys and lanes, somewhere where cars and buses can't enter. How nice the sight-seeing will be, just imagine that. Of course, you have to be sure that you have no phobias of big vehicles because it will get a little scary when you are in between or amongst the heavy traffic! Trishaws aren't just used by the tourists for sight seeing trips. Back in yonder days when I was schooling, trishaws are used by many of my school mates as transport to school. How I yearn to travel to school in a trishaw! School is located quite near to the town area and staying about 3 miles away from school.....sigh; I never had a chance to ride a trishaw to school. That is me and the schooling part of this trishaw story. Mom had her share of the trishaw story as well. Mom isn't local so as far as trishaws are concerned, there is nothing wrong with riding in one. Oh boy was she wrong. Mom is a shopaholic so she'll park her car at a car park on one road and walk to many roads away from the car. Then when her feet refused to move anymore she'll wave a trishaw and ride in one. Oh dear, the ruckus she caused when pa found out that she rode in a trishaw. You see, trishaws was the cheapest means of transport back then and it is usually used by ladies of the night. I can only imagine how my pa felt. Red faced maybe.
It is different now. Trishaw rides are for tourists, you and me......to enjoy the beautiful sights of Penang and to feel the wind blowing in your hair. For all non Malaysians or Penangites, if you intend to ride in one it would be good to note these points: 1) Decide on a price before getting on the trishaw. There is no fixed price for any route/destination. By the way, trishaws are called Beca in our Malay language. (pronounced as Bear((not sounding the r) Cha) 2) Some trishaws come equipped with a radio/player. It will be better if these are not switched on. Reason being you won't be able to hear the trishaw man or your partner talk. 3) If it is raining heavily, it is better not to ride in one because some small alleys do get flooded and you might have to stop and get down from the trishaw. Oh, that happened to me one night (of all nights) when hubby decided to give both BB and me a treat.....a trishaw ride! We ended up sitting on the side walk waiting for the rain to stop and at the same time being amused by stories the trishaw man had to tell. Ahaahaaa.....we did have fun after all. :o)

6 comments:

kenwooi said...

honestly.. i've never sat on a trishaw.. =P

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Bubbles...ooo said...

Oh,think u gotta try. Atleast once. Good experience. All the best.

Arief Arf said...

somehow,i think a trishaw ride is kinda romantic.
hahaha

Bubbles...ooo said...

Hey Arief, you talking from experience? Heeeheee Cheers....

Rengam Boy said...

I was told of a classic joke about Beca some 30 years ago but it is too repugnant to mention here.Perhaps, you too know about the joke. It is about a lady waving down a beca ...

Bubbles...ooo said...

Hey Rengam Boy, Sorry no, I have not heard of this joke. Maybe I will have you tell me more?