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LTA Reply on PMD Ban

Previously I dropped enquires to NParks and also LTA as my estate don't even have cycling path nor park connector network (PCN) so I asked them how my wife can make use of the PMD to send our daughter to kindergarten, NParks say they are working with LTA and will update me again.

Today LTA replied, they pretty much just copied certain parts of the transcript of what Lam Pin Min said in parliament on 04 Nov 2019, the full transcript is here: https://sprs.parl.gov.sg/search/sprs3topic?reportid=oral-answer-2079

Like that I might as well just read the transcript right. These government bodies really don't know doing what, just copy and paste without addressing citizen concern. I already provided postal codes of our home, the kindergarten and told them my estate don't even have cycling path nor PCN and they still reply to tell me can ride on cycling path and PCN, wah kin nan na like talking to wall.

Sigh, ban also good la, if one day my family also kena knocked down then how, t…

Changed Wife's Starhub XS Plan to $25 Sim Only

Today is her mobile line's last day of contract so we went to change to the Sim Only plan.

For the XS plan I am paying S$49.8598 per month, the Sim Only plan is S$25 but not sure is inclusive of GST or not but still it is much cheaper, have more data 5+10=15GB, the XS only 3GB, the rest is the same, free 100 minutes outgoing call, free incoming calls, free caller number display, send SMS is 5 cents but these days hardly use SMS.

Too bad my own line will only end next year, my broadband contract end same day as my mobile, so next year can change together, probably will downgrade my broadband to the lower speed plan, now they giving me 1Gbps for S$39.90, I thinking of downgrading to 500Mbps for S$29.90, 1Gbps is just overkill for me.

Touting in Singapore

Diners scolded by drink stall assistant

I read this article with good interest, this brings into mind the times I was persistently approached by sales people on the street, and whether those encounters were considered touting, and whether touting is legal in Singapore.

From this link, looks like if someone tries to sell something for a business in a public place "persistently or in any manner as to cause or be likely to cause annoyance", it is considered touting:
https://sso.agc.gov.sg/Act/MOPONA1906?ProvIds=P1V-

If that's the case, many sales people currently on the street are actually guilty of touting, especially when they tell you they are not selling anything and they will take only 5 minutes, end up they take more than 5 minutes and trying to sell high premium insurance policy.

Touting is a seizable offence, which means police officer have the power to detain for up to 48 hours:
https://sso.agc.gov.sg/Act/CPC2010#pr68-

But I'm a nice guy, as long as it's noth…

My Samsung Syncmaster 2494hs is Dead

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If I remember correctly I think I bought this monitor between 2009 to 2010, it served me well, it's a good monitor, have built-in speakers but kind of heavy though. I think I bought it for $3xx.

So just now I threw it away, went to Courts to buy a new monitor. This time bought LG, model is 27MK430H, S$249, these days monitor really cheap. This model have so many features so I think it is a steal.
And also, these days monitors don't seem to come with built-in speakers, no wonder it's so much lighter. So I also bought a Creative Pebble speaker for S$39.90, it's wired so a bit messy but whatever la, have sound is good enough, but the sound quality is pretty good.

Update:

Just an update after using the new monitor and speaker. I like the monitor so far, great value for money. The speaker sound quality is good also, but one problem is when turned on, it will produce a noise which sounds like harddisk spinning, I think last time my cheap Logitech speakers also have this issu…

Settled Baby's Kindergarten GIRO

The kindergarten only accept GIRO for the monthly school fees, and the GIRO application was rejected by OCBC, the rejection was because my signature was irregular, worse still cannot setup the GIRO through internet banking, seems like the option is not available for CDA, maybe because CDA is a special account unlike the usual deposit account so it also comes with more restrictions.
Oh by the way, CDA must use signature, cannot use thumbprint.

Then today deliberately took half day leave to go kindergarten to settle this matter once and for all, then the staff told me to better get a chop from OCBC, wah piang eh reach there then tell me, lucky the bank very near within walking distance, so I immediately walked to the bank, weather damn hot, smelly and sweaty in my office attire.
So reached the bank, took a queue number, the staff took my ID card and the kindergarten GIRO application form which I already filled up and signed, they went to check for a while, finally asked me to sign a few…

GST Hike Coming

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Looks like GST is going to increase from the current 7% to 9% soon, not sure exactly when but definitely coming, according to the source, between 2021 to 2025.

I remember the last time when GST went up to 7%, from 5%, everything in general seems to have increased by 20% or so from a consumer's point of view, it felt as if a product has been taxed, and when it changed hands, it got taxed again, don't know how many times but when it finally reached the consumer i.e. people like me and you, we ended up having to pay 20% more, weird.

I also heard of stories where some unscrupulous business owners exploited the hike and further increased the prices, not sure how true or if there is any point for them to do so because if products suddenly become more expensive, people would just find alternatives, but then if all the businesses do this, then we won't have much of an alternative.

I wonder how all this will fall into place, it's like the movie 2012, we know the earth is…

Cannot Ride PMD Outside, Ride at Home! Haha!

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This is call make full use of it lol.





PMD Owners in Singapore

Delivery Riders

From this link looks like there are about 7000 delivery riders who are affected by the PMD ban on footpaths:
https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/s7m-trade-grant-set-help-food-delivery-e-scooter-riders-switch-other-devices

I think if the number is provided by the delivery companies, I suppose it is reliable since they would know which of their riders are using PMD, in fact when a person registers as their partner, they are required to indicate the mode of transport.

All Other PMD Owners

From these two links looks like there are about 100000 registered PMD, of which 20000 are UL2272-certified:
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/parliament-e-scooters-to-be-banned-from-footpaths-from-nov-5https://mothership.sg/2019/11/ul2272-certified-pmd-singapore/ As for the 100000 registered PMD, of which 20000 are UL2272-certified, I think at this point it doesn't matter whether they are certified or not, the point is money has been spent on the devices be it for work …

Wow $7m to Help Delivery Riders

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This government implemented a ban so suddenly in the name of the greater good which resulted in breaking people rice bowl, but at least never leave them in the lurch, otherwise I would have thought our government is run by a bunch of robots with no emotions.

Then again if you think about it, actually the government screwed up badly, just look at the stopgap measures that they are throwing out, it's just ridiculous and embarrassing. Screw up already then now trying to clean up.

And the sudden ban leaving people with no reaction time only goes to show that they did not engage most if not all stakeholders or at least representative groups who can actually decide for the rest, that's why people are so shocked and frustrated.

Reminds me of my project managers in current workplace, they just commit dates to users without engaging all stakeholders, end up date come cannot deliver, malu as fuck, everybody looks bad. Bunch of overpaid clowns. Brainless decisions anyone can make,…

Register PMD with LTA

Just checked out the registration of e-scooter at LTA website, have to pay $20 and also fabricate an Identification Mark which costs around $3.

But what's the point, can't even use at all, surely park at home to collect dust no need to waste $23 to register right, this is so silly, still can't believe they just banned it overnight, damn fast and furious.

Update

Looks like I don't even need to register at all, because for people who wish to ride on cycling path and PCN, they need to register, for me since there is no cycling path and PCN at my area, my wife can't even use it at all haha.

https://www.onemotoring.com.sg/content/onemotoring/home/buying/vehicle-types-and-registrations/E-Scooters.html

Registering Your E-scooter

To encourage greater rider responsibility and improve safety for all path users, owners who wish to ride their e-scooters on cycling paths and PCNs must register their devices with LTA.

Cannot Refund/Exchange Fiido Q1

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Today the shop got back to me and told me they are unable to refund or exchange, well at least I tried and have a closure with the shop, anyway this is not their problem, goods sold are non-refundable and not exchangeable is a very common term and condition in Singapore.

But I'm not done with LTA yet, I have sent them an email about the sudden ban, I think everyone affected should send them an email, otherwise they might not know the impact they are causing.

Anyway since cannot refund/exchange, might as well try to make use of it even though we can't really legally make good use of it, so told wife to open up the box and play in living room or the grass patch at our block lol.

I think the Fiido Q1 is a great product, looks really cool, well-made and sturdy, but the alarm feels a bit wonky. I saw on youtube if someone move the handle bar it will sound off the alarm but mine doesn't do that, it will only sound the alarm if I kick the rear part of the device, or carry and sha…

PMD Banned from Footpath

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Just now while taking a break at work and happened to read this news, got a huge shock because I just ordered a Fiido Q1 last Saturday and already paid for it. It was only yesterday that they announced the ban, just two days after I ordered and paid for the PMD!

So banned from footpath means my wife cannot use at all, because our home to daughter's kindergarten don't even have cycling path or park connector network! Wtf!

Anyway I dropped the shop an email, just trying my luck to see if I can get a refund or swap for other products, but this is not their problem really, how can a ban just suddenly pass like that without any regards for existing PMD owners and retailers who have probably invested quite heavily into the products, not to mention the UL2272 certification which I suppose is not cheap.

But then again, the accidents and deaths caused by PMD is indeed a big concern, even I also fear for my daughter's safety when PMD rode past, and some really go very fast.

I…

Ordered Fiido Q1

Previously.

Now there is the 11/11 sale, Fiido Q1 is $799 instead of the usual $899. So I ordered a black version, paid via PayNow, waiting for them to confirm and then send to my home. Delivery is free by the way.

https://www.passiongadgets.com/fiido-q1-electric-scooter-36v-10ah-ul2272-certified/

The DYU D1 also on discount, now $499, I think last month or so was $699 then dropped to $599.

https://www.passiongadgets.com/dyu-d1-seated-electric-scooter-ul2272-certified/

I'm now eyeing a foldable bike, not sure which one should I get but the Bickerton looks really nice and comfy.

Security team at Eight Riversuites replaced

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Wow, whole security team got replaced after the incident, hopefully it is really unrelated to the incident.

But anyway this is not strange because in places I worked previously, I see a different team of security officers probably every half a year or one year so I am not surprised, so maybe it is just coincidence.

I also spoke to some of the SOs that I know, they told me their company is very big and have many sites, so if one site gone, they will just get redeployed to other sites.

Anyway, wondering when JPM will fire that asshole.