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I put on Rubbers on my screen

Hey, I reviewed Rubbers (2014) by Yew Kwang Han, a local movie and you can read it here on Catchplay (I think it’s only geolocked for Singaporeans or maybe SEA?): https://www.catchplay.com/sg/ed-says-article-1363-icsth6pc

Here’s some iconic screenshots I like:

It’s one of the more safe for work ones. THE REST AREN’T.

So go read my review.

Or just watch it on Catchplay.

How a Go Ahead Driver took hostage passengers in Singapore

EDIT 8 September 9.43am: GO AHEAD SG FINALLY CALLED. ALL MY QUESTIONS ANSWERED AND YES, ISSUE IS RESOLVED AMICABLY.

Just to be clear, this is the definition of hostage because we were clearly held by the driver before we could get out.

Here’s a timeline so everyone is clear and that I was ‘fair’ to the Go Ahead Singapore‘s customer service team. ALL OF THIS was from my twitter and facebook because there’s timestamps and if you want to search it you can.

I tweeted it “live” because I was worried on what was happening especially with all those terrorist attacks in other countries. Plus the Singapore Police Force did tell us to be vigilant.

It happened on 12 August so I sent a complain email straight to their website under their feedback form once I got onto a computer. That was 10.28pm on 12 August. It showed we will reply in 5 days. Ok can. Also it was a Saturday so fine, maybe people don’t work weekends I was expecting maybe a reply in that week of 14 August at least.

Click to enlarge. I posted on 14 August to notify them of my email.(You can see also me asking them on 30 August about any update.)

14 August, around 4.49pm they called and told me that they are investigating and will see what happened with the cctv.

I was happy on this. Generic but at least they said they will update me.

Ok, but from the FB, no updates on 30 August.

Because from other people, I heard they don’t reply to their customer service complains properly (is that true or false?), let me tell EVERYONE WHAT HAPPENED THEN.

PROLOGUE OVER, Let’s get to it.

12 AUGUST, around 9pm at Nex.

It’s that narrow street where cabs, uber/grab try to go pick up their passengers and the bus stop is also packed from turning around the corner. If you have been to Nex, you know where it is.

A cab blocked the road cause it didn’t want to go forward, silly really but someone had enough (it took around 5 minutes) and asked the driver to freaking move. All the buses were stalled and oh I could finally see the bus I needed to get on!

Hurray!

Got on the bus, everyone is happy finally that the road is not blocked and yay we moved in.

And then…

At that point, the driver starts to say “I KNOW YOU ALL DON’T LIKE ME BUT THIS IS CALLED DRIVER ABUSE”. I was sitting near the front and I was confused? It was so negative… but ok.

It was still moving along the road.

And then we realized it was really slow because he stopped the bus and said that because of the ringing he feels that he is unstable. HIS EXACT WORDS. If you can get the CCTV footage of it all, you’ll see this actually happened. He didn’t let us get off the bus and since it was just two or three stops journey it was still in the ‘beginning’ and people are starting to be ??????????

A nice teenage Chinese boy, maybe even polytechnic age came down from the double decker to ask him if he’s ok and he says he’s not if the bell keeps ringing.

The boy tells the driver to relax and he’ll be upstairs to see if anyone is pressing it and says loudly for us all too, we will see if anyone is pressing at the first floor. The driver insists it is the first floor because the bell dings and will only BUZZ if it is the second floor. The boy also told the driver, maybe the bell is broken? But the driver insists it is someone.

Anyway the boy managed to calm him down and he went back into the driver’s seat.

At that point, my friends were also wondering what the heck is happening.

You should totally note the time stamp on these, because IT TOTALLY HAPPENED AGAIN. The bell kept ringing, everyone looked at each other and really.

NO ONE IS PRESSING.

By the way, the bus wasn’t really moving still, just a super slow drive. The kind you walk next to it and still can over take it.

It gave us a brief moment of hope. And it made us wonder, faulty or is it someone? But then it rang again. If it was someone… we wouldn’t know because no one was touching the bell because at this point EVERYONE was looking at each other and wondering what the heck was going on.

If you can’t see the license plate was 3457Y if you guys are into 4d or whatever.

I was tweeting this while waiting for a bus to get to my destination.

Other notes: The driver was on the radio with his HQ and calling them to tell that the bell is ringing and driver abuse is happening bla bla. Passengers were also getting disgruntled at him because he was NOT letting anyone off.

You know how we got off? The nice boy came down again from the second floor and told him maybe let us out at the next bus stop and can see how it is then?

The driver did it and WE ALL GOT OFF. (Some second floor passengers were still sitting because there were confused on what was happening in the first floor.)

He was already telling people who were video-ing/complaining to call the police because he was so sure it’s someone in the bus who did it and that there’s 11 cctvs in the bus! Another fact I learned.

SO IF THERE ARE 11 CCTVS IN THE BUS SURELY CUSTOMER SERVICE WOULD HAVE MANAGED TO INVESTIGATE RIGHT?

Because:

  1. He radioed the HQ to tell about it
  2. Got cctv

AND THAT IS THE END OF THIS INCIDENT.

Until now, no response from Go Ahead SG besides that call.

I’m going to cc LTA this blog post and also give a brief info about it because really, someone has to tell me something!

In my feedback email on 12 Aug to Go Ahead SG, I asked if the driver was going to get counselling and go on paid leave maybe? AND BEFORE ANYONE BRINGS ANY POLITICS INSIDE, the driver is a local senior Chinese man. So none of that nonsense.

WHAT I WANT TO KNOW:

  • HOW IS GO AHEAD SG HANDLING THIS
  • WHAT HAPPENS IF FUTURE DRIVERS HOLD HOSTAGE PASSENGERS WITHOUT LETTING THEM OUT? What do we do? Because he is the captain of the BUS, can drive anywhere, stop it or into ANYTHING.
  • What is your SOP!!!!

Edit: Edited for typos and tldr, driver didn’t let anyone out of bus until he knows who presses the bell.

Lifesense Band 2

Hey everyone! I got a lifesense band 2 to try out. It’s a step tracker with a heartbeat monitor. With all these healthy life style things that the government is promoting especially after the national day rally, items like these help you track and kind of give you a goal every day to keep to get fit.

I’ve my own mifit, fitbit alta and a free one I got during Health Promo board’s thing. Unfortunately that free one couldn’t sync to my phone and the mifit couldn’t sync to my phone after some of their updates (my friends who got it also had that issue after some software updates) that I gave up on it.

So hey, sometimes cheap or free trackers really depends on your luck or pretty much… your phone OS.

Oooh, it’s a pretty simple quick start guide, there’s a QR code inside for you to download the lifesense app (available both on iOS and Android) and another page with a QR code for you to scan your lifesense band 2’s serial number.

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Singapore Night Festival 2017

 

Check out the Night Fest happening from 18 August to 26th!

And guess what, it’s all FREE!! Well, except for some venues it’s free but with one drink purchase cause it’s a bar of sorts. But mostly free! Lots of art performances and oh hey GrappleMax is having a show too! Ok, I’m biased, it’s cause it is FREE I want you all to watch because wow, ok I did go to their showcase before and it is entertaining (plus I also tried out their sessions).

You get more info here. Or just put it in your calendar that it’ll be on 24 Aug & 25 Aug, 7pm – 7.30pm, 9.15pm – 9.45pm at SMU, The Pit.

They’re entertaining and work hard to put up their performances so, catch a show.

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VR Man: Fall from Grace (Part 1)

There are 13 episodes of VR Man. If you don’t know what or who VR Man is, he’s the first Singaporean Superhero on channel 5 premiering in 1998. This post isn’t going to be a listicle like everyone else trying to talk about. Bla bla ohohoh VR Man so funneee, ha ha hee hee ho ho.

No.

This post is going to be a review of each episodes because I AM ABLE TO WATCH IT AND WELL, it’s actually not as bad as what everyone remembered or perceived it to be. If you ever want to watch this, go petition to Mediacorp or something. Go FB/Tweet/Email them to bring it back onto Toggle. Heck, I bet a lot of people will actually get onto Toggle and increase their KPIs or something.

I’m going to split each episode into 2 parts because oh man. It is so wild.

Not as wild as Singapore’s NDP but wild enough because you guys. You guys, I wish you could just watch it for yourselves to see. I’m not going to be a pirate and upload the episodes somewhere, so yeah, go ask Mediacorp.

I can’t fit all my comments and screenshots for one epi in one post but here we go. PART ONE.

Get on wifi. There’s gonna be a ton of pictures. The first episode is when they try to pack in all info of the characters since I watched the other episodes and it feels “faster”.

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In which I finally went to Pesta Ubin

Pesta Ubin 2017 was on 15 and 16 July and I wanted to go to it at least once since I kept putting it off for the previous years.

This year would be the year I woke up and actually headed there for the festival.

To head to Pulau Ubin, I went to Changi Point Ferry Terminal nearby Changi Village and pretty much got my money ready. It’s $3 per trip (from the time of my post) to get there so please have exact change.

If you guys are wanting to have an Ubin adventure, don’t forget to keep some cash since there’s no ATMs on the island (that I know of). And no, you don’t need a passport to get to Ubin. You just need 12 people to fill up the boat or if you’re impatient, pay the captain $36 all by yourself.

Once I reached there, I finally got to try the famous Ubin lontong. It’s just to the left of the boardwalk after you’ve reached Ubin.

I call this a success since I reached there around 10am and yes, it is so rich (lemak) and the sambal was hot (pedas) but not overwhelming. Paired with just teh, this was a good start of my Ubin adventure.

I wanted to geocache but realized I totally needed gloves for some of the places and there were too many people around so I hecked that and went on with the festivities for the day instead.

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This is Home Truly at Cine65

I was invited to the media briefing of ciNE65 IV at Objectifs where I learned more about this season of competitors and the winning films.

Of course I got to know who they were before the actual event half an hour later but shhh. Shhh.

It was informative because the judges were able to tell the media what went through for this year’s entries since the actual awards ceremony would celebrate the participants more.

That’s Colonel Joseph Tan, the director of Nexus by the way. (His favourite out of all the entries is Ang Ku Kueh.)

He stated the students category this year blew him away.

Jeremy Sing of SINdie also noted that with the rise of technology, there had been very interesting shots although a bit unnecessary? He recalled a scene where the shot began in the kitchen and it went out of it and then pulled out to the HDB flat.

I guess that’s pretty interesting but so extra but hey if you got access to a drone, USE IT RIGHT? Hahahah.

Other judges like Sanif Olek preferred the messaging for this year as it is more subtle compared to the first time Cine65 was out. The stories had heart. For judge, N.Mohamed Yahssir, he found that it brought him back memories of Singapore as many of the short films try to bring the nostalgic feel in their stories.

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Selamat Hari Raya!

It’s YB! #catsofinstagram

A post shared by Seriously Sarah (@sarahcoldheart) on

So here’s YB, at my Grandparent’s house where we clipped his nails, wiped and brushed his fur.

RPG Day at Cairnhill CC

It was the first RPG Day I attended on the 17th of June this year. Not sure if it was the first RPG Day in Singapore though but it was held at Cairnhill CC which was quite convenient since it was so close to Newton MRT. Entry was free and I knew there were going to be free games to play or try out and tourneys.

Aircon! So good, it was so hot outside. And hey everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves at the tables. The games available were various D&D campaigns, Star Wars minis and a few card games.

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Geylang Ramadan Bazaar 2017

Mostly, I keep going to the Geylang bazaar is to just hope and find that one shop ever since it closed years ago. Anatolia. I miss it and before it closed shop at Far East Plaza, they used to have a stall at the bazaar. Le sigh. If you know any of the staff or the boss, tell them that I miss their salads and the lahmacun and my friends miss the pide and kebabs too.

Anyway, since then I keep going to it just to have a glimpse, to see if I will see them return.

For now, this post is for those friends who aren’t in Singapore and want to see how the bazaar is like now.

Warning. Lots of food pictures.

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