12 Oct Behind the Ride – Shu Jia’s Take on Carpooling
Hello Shu Jia! We’re happy to have you for this interview.
Maybe you could start by telling us a little bit more about yourself?
Hello! I’m Shu Jia, currently an undergraduate and I go around looking for the best bakeries in my free time.
Where do you live? What are your commuting patterns in the week?
I live in the East and my commuting patterns are pretty fixed for weekdays. I go to school early on two weekdays and pretty late on the other two weekdays. For my free school day and the weekends, it depends on who I’m meeting.
How did you know about RYDE? How did it change your life?
I got to know when I was on a private-hire car. The driver casually asked if I have carpooled before using other apps and recommended RYDE to me as he uses it while getting around in his free time. RYDE has provided me with an alternative to commute and also allowed me to play my part in reducing carbon emissions. It has eased my expenditure too since it’s much cheaper than normal cabs.
What was your most memorable carpooling experience?
It would be a time when I unexpectedly got a carpool trip just minutes after I had requested for one!
The driver was really easy-going and friendly and we started talking about our daily lives and our carpooling experience. He then got a call from his children and he put them on the speaker for me to hear their adorable voices. Even though I mistook his son’s voice for a girl’s, he took no offense and laughed it off saying that his son acts like a girl too. He even showed me a photo of his lovely family. We also shared the must-try delicious hawker stalls in the East.
I found it really heartwarming how two strangers could open up so easily and I look forward to more of such carpool trips! ☺
Would you support a Singapore start-up?
Yes, of course! It’s heartening to see so many Singapore start-ups springing up in the recent years. The concepts introduced by Singapore start-ups like RYDE are really refreshing and innovative, it provides an alternative to existing problems and hence would come in handy and relevant to me.