Cabby bloggers

Mr Lim Chun Hai (in white) and Mr Alan Tang.

The word "blogger" suggests a young person savvy in all things social media.

But taxi uncles?

Mr Lim Chun Hai, 67, known as James Lim in the local blogosphere, is a cabby who blogs about the trials and tribulations of his job. His blog, Diary of a Singaporean Cabby, receives 200 to 300 visits daily.

Mr Lim, who has been driving taxis for ComfortDelgro for about seven years, says that he was inspired to blog by Dr Cai Mingjie, a doctorate holder-turned-cabby.

"But his blog lasted for about a year. When he stopped blogging, I felt that something was missing, so I was inspired to start my own," Mr Lim says.

His blog at cabby65.blogspot.sg is filled with his encounters as a taxi driver, as well as taxi industry matters.

Occasionally, he discusses socio-political issues in Singapore.

The cabby, who works the day shift from 5am to 5pm, tries to blog at least once or twice a month.

The English-educated grandfather says he was able to pick up computer skills quite easily as he used to work with computers.

Mr Lim shares that he first learnt how to use the computer in the 1980s.

He recollects: "Back then, a computer was the size of two huge offices. The machine performed only simple mathematical functions. Now, technology has progressed."

His most popular blog post - A Millionaire Cabby with $7,000 per month Earning! - has garnered more than 31,000 views.

The post, written in October 2012, is about Mr Muhammad Hasnor Hashim, who was reported to earn $7,000 a month as a cabby. He later withdrew his claim, saying that he earned that amount only once.

"I wrote about it because I was indignant. It is impossible to earn that amount as a taxi driver," Mr Lim says.

Mr Alan Tang is another cabby blogger. The 51-year-old, who goes by the name Gintai on his blog, got to know Mr Lim through the blogosphere three years ago.

His blog at gintai.wordpress.com has more than a million views.

He blogs about anything and everything, and is passionate about current affairs and social issues.

"Blogging allows me to share my thoughts and feelings," he says.

Mr Tang's blog was also a Top 10 finalist in the Singapore Blog Awards 2012 under the Best What-The-Hell Blog category. The contest, organised by omy.sg, recognises outstanding independent blogs in Singapore.

An omy.sg spokesman says that when it comes to blogging, age is not a barrier. "The challenge of blogging is in putting up attractive content and knowing how to reach out to target audiences, and this challenge is present for all bloggers, regardless of age," she says.


This article was first published on July 13, 2014.
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