Sunday, October 31, 2010

EZ-LINK CARD, WHICH YOU CANNOT USE TO TOP UP ITSELF!


New POSB Everyday Card...

Well, a new Credit Card, new design, new functions... It should be all good right?

WRONG!!

I don't understand what they were thinking when they came out with the design of the card.

The New features that give you peace of mind and more convenience (Really??)

Link your savings and/or current account to your new POSB Everyday Card and use it as an ATM Card at over 1000 DBS/POSB ATMs islandwide.
Enjoy improved security with an EMV Smart Chip embedded in your new POSB Everyday Card. This new technology can reduce the chances of your card information being cloned and used by fraud syndicates for illegal transactions.
Experience contactless payment with MasterCard® Paypass™ for purchases of $100 and below at over 800 shops & restaurants in Singapore, no signature required! With this new payment functionality, you can now enjoy the convenience of having your transactions put through in a matter of seconds!
Your new POSB Everyday Card works like an ez-link card, which you can easily top up at the following places:
  • DBS/POSB ATMs
  • General Ticketing Machines (GTM)
  • Add Value Machines (AVM)
  • Transitlink ticket office at bus interchanges and train stations
Charge your insurance, town council service and conservancy charges/license fees and other recurring bills to your POSB Everyday Card and never lose track of your bills again. Plus earn cash rebates, hassle-free! Click here for more details and frequently asked questions on the new POSB Everyday Card.

As I already own a ez-link card, I now cannot put my ez-link card in my wallet. It does not work if I have both cards even when the POSB card has no value inside.

I decided to just use my new POSB card, and thought it was good as now I carry 1 less card. But when I was at the machine, I realized one thing.

YOU NEED TO PUT THE FUCKING CARD ON THE MACHINE, AND IF YOU WANT TO PAY BY NETS (MOST MACHINES ACCEPT ONLY NETS) WHEN YOU TAKE THE EZ-LINK CARD (WHICH IS YOUR NETS CARD) THE MACHINE RESETS.

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I will never use this card as it is now worthless in my wallet, just simply an inconvenience.

Was I given a choice when they send me a new card and discontinue my old card?

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Good job.

-- Iron Bowl

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Singapore - Non-Eco-friendly


I don't understand the over reliance on plastic in Singapore. My mom will ask for "Extra plastic bags" from the supermarket, just to throw them away at home, citing "They are free bags, so take loh." and "What if the bags break while I carry my groceries, need to double or triple bag them."

I can't remember the last time I had fast food before today, but I remembered that everywhere I go, I get take away in brown paper bag. I don't know when it started but getting fast food in plastic bag is just weird. When I get food in paper bag, I recycle the paper bag, and when I get it in the plastic bag, it gets tossed in the bin.

When I asked McDonalds, there is not an option for paper bags anymore. I believe Singapore is the only country where McDonalds do not offer paper bags. There is lots of talk on Green, but absolutely no action. I'm very disappointed.

-- Iron Bowl

Monday, October 11, 2010

What Grinds my Gears!


With the increased in population, the Public Transportation in Singapore is constantly running at "FULL CAPACITY" Even when they say that trains will run at a 2 minute interval, I was shocked to see the trains run at 1 min / 6 min during 6pm today, and as I have thought, I could not get on -- BOTH TRAINS.


It is very simple to say, that the people in the country is not ready to deal with the additional crush of immigrants and tourists. There are also many inconsiderate people adding to the problem.

The following are things that piss me off.

1) People on their phones, or playing games while at the doors of the MRT trains.

These people like to crowd around the doors of the trains, preventing people from getting in and out of the Train and pretending that there is no one around them -- even though they are in the way of most people.

2) People with Baby Strollers.

Going up and down the escalators endanger your kid. Why the hell do you need to bring your kid out and take the MRT during peak hours? Strollers take up so much space, and when inconsiderate people block the entrances and exits, it just gets infuriating.

3) People who sit on the floor of the MRT Trains.

Yes, some of the trains do not have seats. Sitting on the floor!!! The reason why these trains do not have seats is because they want to pack more people. Sitting on the floor takes up so much space!

4) People blocking entrances of the Train.

I could say that a lot of new immigrants, domestic maids and "Kiasu Aunties" fall under this category of NEEDING TO ENTER THE TRAIN BEFORE PEOPLE COME OUT.

Singapore would be a nice place if everyone just show a little more Graciousness.

-- Iron Bowl

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Wonderful Planning Work.



I was away from Toa Payoh for a bit and I noticed new "Block" signs which light up at night getting installed. It felt like a good idea, perhaps to help people navigate at night, however, I realized that there seemed to be 2 lighted signs on every point block.

After searching around for some of them in the day, I realized that for most blocks in Toa Payoh Blk 81 area, there is one sign visible and the other sign hidden. I do understand that with 2 signs, you can get a coverage of every block and view it from many different angles, however I really doubt if the person that came out with the idea, really going down to check what was happening on the ground.

I realized that 1 sign was always blocked and HIDDEN from view, yet it continues to light up at night. When I highlighted it to the town council in a friendly phone call, the response was, "NOT MY PROBLEM, CALL HDB" And this is a wayyyyy overused excuse.

It brought me to recall my previous interactions with the POLICE here in Singapore.

1) When I pointed out that there is a car without license plate parking around the corner to a few policemen in a patrol car, they informed me that it is LTA's problem, and not their problem.

2) When I pointed out to a policeman by the road that there are a few "Weekend plate" cars driving without a permit in the wrong direction on the road, they told me that it is the responsibility of the traffic police.



Back to the lighted signboards. I do not understand why the planning for such "Upgrading" us always so "Perfect" and when the new lighted block signages are up, they decided to paint the block.

It is lucky as the plastic for the board on Blk 81 is still there, and they could take it off after painting, but for the other blocks, they need to paint around the signboards and ensure paint does not drip on them. (if they do not get painted over)

Would it not be easier to paint over the blocks then install the signboards?

Is it that difficult for the people who propose the location of the new signages come and look at what is really happening on the ground?

These problems will always exist when you have public servants working for HIGH salary, and not because they are passionate to serve.

-- Iron Bowl