Jun 14, 2012|
BK: Why did you become a motorcycle taxi driver?
After finishing sixth grade, I worked in my family’s rice field in Srisaket province for five years. But I realized there was little future in that, so I headed to Bangkok. I attended non-formal education and worked in a factory. But everything about the factory was so systematic that I didn’t get to see the world or socialize. So I quit and became a motorcycle taxi driver.
BK: What drew you to online social networking?
I’ve always been into technology. When there are no passengers, I go to an internet cafe. I started with a blog to promote my community in Srisaket. I wrote and posted photos and videos about the local lifestyle, farming and tourist attractions. Then I thought it would be good to advertise my messenger service on my blog. A few years later, I signed up for a Twitter account, just hoping to follow the news. But then I started using it to report traffic incidents and promote my business. And interest in my work has obviously increased.
BK: What does your service cover?
I mainly deliver documents, but I also deliver flowers on Valentine’s Day. Sometimes I even have to choose and buy them! And when I post photos of my favorite food, sometimes people pay for me to go buy it for them. Once a customer contacted me from Japan wanting me to buy things for his family in Bangkok. So, my service includes practically everything. I go to nearby provinces as long as it doesn’t take longer than a day. The furthest I’ve been is Rayong.
BK: What’s your income?
I earn B400-900 a day. Here in Bangkok, I live alone because my wife is in another province. We have no kids, so there aren’t too many expenses and we can build up some savings. Although I use gadgets to post online, I don’t really spend that much money on it. I only have a smart phone. I have to go to an internet café to use a computer.
BK: Got any social media tips?
Social networking has blurred the line between public and private. We have to be more conscientious when receiving and sharing news. We should always be on the lookout for accurate facts. I pride myself on only sharing factual information. I try not to state my opinion too much, especially regarding politics. It would only cause conflict and I just don’t want that. Interview by Benjamaporn Meekaeo
Follow Dejchat at twitter.com/motorcyrubjang and www.oknation.net/blog/motorcyrubjang.