GrabCar makes driver’s holiday dreams come true

Life has improved dramatically since GrabCar partner Lim Eng Hua abandoned his retirement and started driving for Grab some four months ago. He tells us about his holiday plans – his first in five years – and the little treats he and his family can now afford.

When I retired a few years ago, I depended on my savings and had zero earnings coming in. Although I had planned for my retirement and had enough to spend on my daily needs, I still felt somewhat restricted when it came to spending.

Now, I earn about $4,000 a month, after taking into account the Grab commission, petrol and car rental cost. I don’t spend like crazy but I feel comfortable enough financially to spend on some luxuries, such as bringing my family out for a restaurant meal every weekend. We usually eat Japanese food – my son’s favourite. I’ve also upgraded my phone from an old Nokia to a touch-screen Samsung smartphone, which also helps a lot with my driving.

Happy family, happy life

I can even give my wife and son some allowance each month and that makes me happy. With the car, and the flexibility of the job, I can drive my wife to and from work.

I’m also now planning for a holiday – my first in close to five years! I’m planning to head to Taiwan at the end of the year for a family vacation. So, you can say that me driving a GrabCar makes all of us happy!

Own time, own target

Flexibility is a real bonus in this job. Unlike a full-time, desk-bound or sales job, I don’t have to fulfill a certain number of hours that someone else sets for me. For instance, if I have an appointment with a friend or an errand to do, I can easily take time off. If I’m not feeling well or I’m tired, I can also choose not to drive. I can then make it up by driving more the next day.

At the end of the day, while I definitely benefit from my earnings, I also appreciate my job for the mental stimulation it provides. I get to meet new people and learn new things by talking to them. Some of my customers are really very nice. There was this time I received a tip of $38 from a young man whose fare was only $12. That really made my day!

My life has definitely changed for the better. Before I drove a GrabCar, I was a full-time retiree. Now, I have my own little business.

– Lim Eng Hua, 61, GrabCar (Economy) driver

Komsan Chiyadis

GrabFood delivery-partner, Thailand

Komsan Chiyadis

GrabFood delivery-partner, Thailand

COVID-19 has dealt an unprecedented blow to the tourism industry, affecting the livelihoods of millions of workers. One of them was Komsan, an assistant chef in a luxury hotel based in the Srinakarin area.

As the number of tourists at the hotel plunged, he decided to sign up as a GrabFood delivery-partner to earn an alternative income. Soon after, the hotel ceased operations.

Komsan has viewed this change through an optimistic lens, calling it the perfect opportunity for him to embark on a fresh journey after his previous job. Aside from GrabFood deliveries, he now also picks up GrabExpress jobs. It can get tiring, having to shuttle between different locations, but Komsan finds it exciting. And mostly, he’s glad to get his income back on track.