They say, choose a job you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life. Is this the same thing with riding a motorcycle and delivering food for a living? To find that out, we interviewed two foodpanda riders about their experiences and asked them of the items they think are essential to bring to work.
Jeab: During the rainy season, I make sure I always have a raincoat at hand. Also, a waterproof phone cover is good to protect my phone and I think this is one of the most important things to bring to work since my job is dependent on my phone.
Vick: When it rains, I pay special attention to the way I drive. The roads are slippery and if I am not careful enough, I can easily get into an accident. I would say preparing a highly concentrated mind is crucial during this season.
Why did you choose to become a foodpanda rider?
Vick: Without a proper education, job opportunities are very limited. So, I chose to become a delivery guy because I really like the autonomy I get from this work. Basically, I get to manage my work, my time and it makes me feel like a boss of myself.
Jeab: I hate administrative work and doing things in repetition. Becoming a foodpanda rider is challenging and is definitely not repetitive. Being a rider means you need to solve problems independently, like looking for the route the works best to deliver food at the right time. Plus, I get to practice my English skills by delivering food to expats because many of them order food from foodpanda.
What are the most important qualities of a good foodpanda rider?
Jeab: I would say discipline, patience and emotional intelligence.
Vick: I agree (with Jeab), plus the passion to do this job. I think having the passion for this kind of work is extremely important.
Female rider: K. Suchada (Jeab)
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Riding a motorbike and delivering food from one place to another is far from a simple task. Due to the intensity of the job, some people expect that only men are able to handle this. “As a woman, some people think we (women) are not capable of being a rider. For me, I don’t feel discouraged by what others think, I actually find it rather motivating,” Jeab explained.
“I take care of myself as much as other women in other jobs do. I wear makeup and I protect my skin by applying sunscreen. Yes, you can still be a lady while doing a man’s job and I am proud of it,” Jeab added.
Male rider: K. Somsak (Vick)
1. Phone and charger
2. Small changes
3. Google maps
“I have been working for foodpanda for the past 3 years. Although I am very familiar with Bangkok routes, I still love to prepare a fully-charged phone and I still look at my Google maps app in case I get lost. I’m just making sure I won’t delay the delivery time. Also, preparing coins and smaller bills is definitely crucial as most of the customers still prefer cash over debit or credit card.”
“I love this kind of job because it’s challenging and I enjoy driving a motorbike. This job also allows me to explore new areas in Bangkok that I’ve never known before,” Vik explained.