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GrabHitch

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

The world is changing so rapidly. Earlier this year, rides like Grab and Uber were introduced. And then a few months back, bike-sharing entered the scene. The transport scene has changed so rapidly. I’ve lots of thoughts about that, but today I wanna talk about hitching. 

Grab had a $6 promo code for GrabHitch, and my ride basically cost only $2 after the discount. My normal train ride costs $1.23, so I thought, why not? 

The idea of hitching is essentially carpooling. Drivers can pick up others near their workplace, and drop them off along their way back home. In return, hitchers pay a fixed fee calculated by distance. Grab simplfies this by precalculating and collecting payment on behalf. 

But all I’ve typed so far is actually not the point of this post. What was “interesting” about this ride was how much a total stranger can tell you in just half an hour. Here goes ….

  • The driver has regular hitchers
  • He feels some other drivers abuses the hitch platform because they can’t get the license to do it as a profession
  • He works near me
  • His scrapped his car last year
  • His current car is from his recently deceased mum
  • It has 1 year more before it has to be scrapped 
  • He has a bicycle in his boot
  • He cycles occasionally at MacRitchie reservoir 
  • He believes excercise is important. 
  • He thinks Sweden has basic income, which allows their people to spend time on more creative stuff, and thus they have so many inventions. 
  • There’s a jap BBQ place Shima at Goodwood hotel, where you can eat but not come out smelling like smoke cause they have a booth that “febreezes” you
  • Something about good jap food at Takashimaya basement 
  • He’s weary about dropping me at the bus stop, because … cameras & fines. 
  • The other 2 hitchers – one stays in Bishan, one stays near him in Toa Payoh
  • 1 works at a JTC building, 1 works at Mediacorp

All this in just half an hour. This is just the stuff that I remember. It’s crazy how much one can tell a total stranger in such a short period of time. 

Btw, I hate small talk. But because I was sitting in front, I felt obliged to engage. 

So there. Haven’t tried another hitch so far, because … no promo code. 

D Speaks

Monday, June 12th, 2017

D just turned 3. He has been speaking in complete sentences for awhile now. He doesn’t parrot and seems capable of deducing things. 

Like I was telling his dad the other day “shhh … didi is sleeping”, and D promptly said to his dad “Daddy, Mummy said you must be quiet”. 

He also likes to gives instructions:

D: I kick the ball to daddy, then daddy will kick the ball to you. 

After our recent Parent-Teacher session, we made another astonishing discover. D apparently also speaks complete sentences in mandarin in school. Also he’s the only one that speaks complete sentences in his class. 

It’s a surprise to us because he hardly speaks mandarin at home, and we were actually worried he might have problems with mandarin in future. 

We have also been using mandarin as our secret language whenever we want to discuss something, which we don’t want him to hear. Apparently he understands most of what we’ve been saying. 

We had our suspicions – S & my mum spoke Hokkien, and instantly he had a frown on his face and looked upset that they were saying something he couldn’t understand. 

A new secret language is necessary. Time for me to learn Hokkien. 

When life shuts a door …

Monday, May 1st, 2017

… just reach out and open it if that’s still where you want to go!

My almost 3 year old has finally figured out how to open doors. And he’s been happily letting himself in and out of rooms. 

Ahh … the joy of independence, and a whole new world to explore!

Thunderstorms 

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

I find thunderstorms kinda therapeutic. The rumblings and the pitter patter of the rain drops. 

But now with D having developed a fear of thunder, whenever there’s a thunderstorm, I wonder if D is ok at school, if he’s freaked out. 

Hopefully he outgrows that fear with age. Then we can enjoy watching the thunderstorms together. 

Now mobile!

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Just installed the iPhone WordPress App. I don’t use my laptop that much these days. But at the same time, the phone isn’t enough to do everything I want, so I can’t ditch the laptop.

But now that I have this app, here’s to more random postings on this neglected site. ????

Singtel Mobile Broadband

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

I got the 1MB plan from singtel at the PC Show. So far it’s worked everywhere I’ve tried it, including my house, at the workplace carpark, and even in the mrt from bishan towards town!

The crowd was crazy at the singtel booth, but I think it was worth it.

Speeds underground is kinda funky though.

Pharmacy

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Posted by mobile phone:
Saw the doctor. Waiting to collect medicine now. I think i’ve been here almost 90min now.

Oh yeah, there’s wireless@sg in this polyclinic!

Huat ah!

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

Posted by mobile phone:
Didn’t strike toto. Haha.