A driver who became our friend.
18.04.2008 - 26.04.2008 25 °C
We need a driver.
Tony gave us 2 numbers. We already set out mind on the one he said "speaks perfect English".
Alvin called him and asked him if he remember “Pak Tony”. In his cheery voice, he said, “Oh yes of course I remember Pak Tony from Malaysia.”
“Ok good.” As reserve as Alvin already is, he told him that we are in Bali and was wondering if he is free to take us around Bali.
“Yes of course I’m free.” Very very cheery.
And then he asked us which hotel we stay, jotted down the hotel’s phone number, discussed roughly how much he’s gonna charge and so forth and so forth and told him to be here at 10am.
Alvin likes him already.
He came in blue stripe shirt, black slacks and a pair of good shoes. A Ray Ban sunglasses resting on his nicely gelled hair. Tan skin, great smile, and everything nice.
He knows the importance of making a good first impression.
We exchanged some small talks. Everytime we asked a question his answer will always be “yes of course”, “it’s up to you”, “yes no problem”, “sure please”.
Basically he meant, "Everything is what makes the customer happy. Tourism is about good service. I will go all out to make things right for you."
When he found out that Alvin is the youngest in the family, he said, “Oh~~~ you are the youngest child. The youngest child is always well loved by the family.”
So I asked him how many siblings he has.
He chuckled, “I have 2 older sisters.”
“So that makes you the youngest child in the family!” I said.
Alvin looked at him and teased, “Wow! You must be well loved!”
“Yea… and a lot of responsibility too!” He laughed.
Son is very important in Balinese family because boy have to take care of the elderly parents and expand the family.
And then we talked about how Indonesian drives. He said many license of motorists on the road can be easily bought.
“Like Pak Tony said, everything in Indonesia can be discussed.”
It’s a surprise that there’s hardly any accident on the road when Malaysia road accident is one of the highest in the world.
And then we asked him how long had he been driving. He said 3 years
“How old are you?”
“I’m only 17.” He said it like a sweet young boy with a naughty smile.
We laughed. Alvin said, “So you bought your license when you were 14?”
“No no no!!! My license was not bought.”
He laughed and confessed he is around 25 year old.
We were never bored on the road with him.
He turns out to be a good travel guide too!
- Photo courtesy of Damien Photography.