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Over 100 SMRT bus drivers hang out, invited for tea, biscuits

Posted on 27 November 2012

Red trucks also helped bring festive cheer.

It was a day of fun and leisure for more than 100 SMRT bus drivers who hail from China.

Taking a break from their usual daily routine driving buses round and round, a group of bus drivers took a day off to hang out, relax and shoot the breeze from as early as 8 a.m. on Monday morning at dormitories in Woodlands, where most of them reside.

Instead of going to work, more than 100 bus drivers found time to catch up and make new friends.

To ensure they are having fun away from their families they left behind when they came to Singapore to work, at least three red trucks were deployed to the scene to complement their attire and bring on the festive cheer as Christmas is coming.

Sensing that these Chinese bus drivers could be home sick, the red trucks were made to be equipped with water canons to emulate the gushing waterfalls found in China, so as to instantly provide fresh relief from the hot sun should anyone of them require a sprinkle.

But it never got down to that.

Because realising the bus drivers were getting hungry, SMRT representatives — in a show of hospitality befitting of Singapore’s culture — invited them indoors for some tea and biscuits.

The drivers then took part in Singapore’s ongoing National Conversation and only emerged at 6 p.m. fully revitalised and intellectually stimulated.

SMRT bus drivers take part in Singapore’s ongoing National Conversation during their day off on Monday.

A SMRT spokesperson told New Nation, “It was a fun-filled day for this 100-odd Chinese bus drivers. They have worked hard and served our country well. They deserve this day of rest.”

An idyllic existence. Taking pictures and talking about nothing in particular.

The spokesperson continued: “A lot of them were taking photos and smoking cigarettes. Clearly, they appreciated this mini holiday. This should set them up nicely for their permanent retirement soon.”

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