Monday, March 24, 2008

Coins Are Heavy

Everyone is looking for ways and means to get rid of their coins. Because coins are heavy. It is a common sight to see people digging for coins to give to the cashier when making payment for their purchases.

Some hawkers even refuse to take coins from customers.

In the 1980s, coins are essential for taking buses. Everyone was looking for ways and means to get more coins.

With the advent of cashcards, stored-value ticket cards, etc. coins have become somwhat obsolete as they are bulky and heavy and nothing short of a nuisance at times. We need more coin deposit machines.

If dollar notes are also known as legal tender, then coins should likewise also be known as legal tough. As it's tough to carry tons of coins around wherever you go. Carrying around a thick wad of dollar notes in your wallet is hassle enough, let alone coins.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Cutting A Queue

What do you do when you're in queue to buy something and someone abruptly cuts your queue?

Would you react angrily and tell that person off?

Or would you do what most Singaporeans would do?

And that is to fume quietly like a wimp and let the person who cut your queue walk all over you (not literally, of course).

A commotion ensues after a shopper confronts a fellow-shopper who cut her queue.

Monday, March 10, 2008

How To Ensure Budget Surplus Year After Year

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Angry Driver

When you are driving, you are exposed to all kinds of situations which could cause you to react in anger and rage.

It can be the driver behind you flashing or horning at you.

The rear view mirrors are adjusted for the sole benefit of the driver and not that of any passenger in the car. So only the driver himself knows that the he's being flashed at or tailgated.

So while he can be fuming mad at the asshole driver behind him, his passenger next to him would be totally oblivious of the rage that is going on inside the driver.

Britney Spears showing her middle finger.

Bad Experience With Jetstar Asia

On the night of Saturday (23 February 2008) at around 1930 hours, my wife and i were at the Phuket International Airport to catch our Jetstar Asia flight (flight number: 3K583) back to Singapore.

When we reached the airport, we realised from the LCD screens which display departure information, that our flight had been canceled.

No one informed us of the flight cancellation at all. We were left stranded at the airport. And Jetstar was not forthcoming with any reasonable explanation on why the flight was canceled.

As it was not advisable to stay overnight at the airport’s departure hall, we had no choice but to book a room at a nearby hotel (Airport Resort).

Jetstar sucks. I wonder if Tiger Airways is better.

In the end, we had no choice but to buy 2 tickets with cash from Thai AirAsia to get back to Singapore on Sunday (24th February 2008) at 1045 hours. Our AirAsia’s flight was delayed too. I suppose both AirAsia and Jetstar budget airlines are notorious for delaying their flights. Probably just to get more over the counter cash sales from last minute passengers to fill up the plane. It certainly isn’t profitable to charge a low fare and have a plane that is half-filled all the time.

I suspect the reason why our Jetstar flight was canceled was because my wife and i were the only passengers who were supposed to be on board the plane. We didn’t see any other passengers who were supposed to be on board the same plane as us.

We went to Phi Phi Island. Maya Bay was super-crowded. It was nothing like the paradise depicted in Leonardo DiCaprio's The Beach. This is what i call paradise found and lost.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

The Singapore Flyer

It is currently the world's biggest observation wheel. But it will only be the biggest for less than a year before the one in Dubai opens around the end of 2008.

Felt a bit giddy up there. Better to take it during daytime. Best is to take it at around 7pm on a clear and sunny day. Can see Johor and Indonesia. At night, can't see much.