Silent Buses

They have put a ban on the subwoofed – amped – nightclub on wheels we all once knew as the “bus”.

They’ve also taken away sound systems from taxi’s and most cars are now being fined if they are in possesion of a “loud” in-car sound system.  It doesn’t stop local retailers from heavily promoting the “NEW JBL SPEAKERS FROM THE U.S.A! GET IT, FOR YOUR CAR NOW AND SHOW OFF TO YOUR FAMILY FROM OVERSEAS” thats no joke, thats the ad in its entirety. *smiles*

I miss the noise, I agree that some of the buses were loud and my ear drums were so sore they started to cry, but in respect to the elderly who used to catch the bus with the volumes that we were accustomed to, its a welcome relief.

I still miss it though, Music. In all its variety, all in one place at both markets in Apia.

A sad loss.

*goes for a smoke, and moment of silence*


0 thoughts on “Silent Buses

  1. I remember sitting at the back of the bus one time tripping from Moto’otua hospy to town. The music was cranking and the bus was filled with an evenly spread demographic. I wasn’t sure where it was the bumps on the road or the people were naturally swaying to the beat but damn the proverbial ‘club’ or ‘bars’ on wheels is not far from the truth. I distinctively remembered also the fare was 20 sene. I would hop off the bus with a slight buzz in my ears due to the decibels that be rockin down the aisles lol!! Looking at the picture you put up, even the bus designs have come a long way. Back then it was just block colors, now, they is lookin like they prepped for NASCAR lol!!!

    *nods at the bruh and takes his ice tea outside and his ganja for a cerebral walk down auala sopo lane (that be the Sa version of Memory Lane btw.. ahem) *

  2. oh no way!! lol… ths music played in most of the bus/car rides are like book marks of my trip in samoa years ago..oh man thats sucks hard ha-ha

    and LOL@ad ‘show of to the family from overseas’ LOL…*smiles*

    thanks for that kilifi
    *rushes off to tell the others* ha-ha

  3. hehe@ Dre (man, the 20 sene from Moto’otua is now 1 tala) and your right about the demographics!! 🙂

    its an inexpensive way to get around town (for tourists) as well as just being part of life for the locals.

    and your right @ nascar, im still kinda bummed out tho, i miss sitting @ the bus-stop and trying to figure out which song I wanna listen to! 🙂 now its kinda like an elephant graveyard..

    we can all live in memory right?

    and 🙂 @ jayfoo!! 🙂 hehehe thats exactly how i’d put it, a book-mark for every trip.. or you’d remember a particular busride by the song that was played…

    i still keep “Sha La La La La La” by the Vengaboys as my memory song for my first ever bus ride 🙁 aww those were the days!

  4. Classic memory would be on the bus to Aele with 2 of the village boys me & my cousin met a week b4 .. Driving down Rhiana Take A Bow came on and by know means being the outsiders we were the only ones singing the words with all the others laughing at us.. The next song happened to be a well known techno song that we were all familiar with .. The funny bit?? The 2 aele boys tryna impress us with their english spraking skills during the chorus .. From humming to 2 TIMES!. do do do dododdo ! :L .

    Swear to who the buses will never be the same without the music maaan.. Toooo funny . Lol

  5. At first I was quite puzzled but after reading the SILENT BUSES post I now understand why the bus driver of the bus I boarded in APIA (no names going to be mentioned) LOL would turn his music right down to zero in the city area…subsequently I would be giving him the evil eye in the rear view mirror as I was enjoying the song he just cut short.As soon as the bus approached the outskirts of APIA BOOOOOOOMMMMM BOOOOOOMMMMM BOOOOMMMMMMM all the way across ALEIPATA …………………Im so glad the silent rule dont apply to da KUABAKS lmaoooooo!!!!!

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