I noticed a curious thing today. Singaporean drivers slow down when they approach a working ERP gantry, and speed up subsequently when they pass it. When I say slow down, I mean SLOW down. Like 60km/h on the rightmost lane. Which is ridiculous when the speed limit is 90 km/h.
The question then, is WHY. It’s a cashcard deducting contraption, not a speed camera dammit. There is always a traffic jam for no good reason at the Fort Road ERP gantry.
There is one instance where slowing down before an ERP gantry is justified though.
At 7.59pm today I was at the right turn from the Paterson side into Orchard Road, where the Tangs-Ion ERP gantry is. We all know this ERP gantry ends at 8.00pm. Grins. For the first time ever, I saw:
(1) Singaporean drivers declining to charge forward the moment the lights turned green; and
(2) A taxi uncle stopping in a most law abiding fashion the moment the light turned amber.
Being the car just behind the taxi uncle, I wholeheartedly approved. I got in at 8.01pm and didn’t have to pay a cent! Yes!
I (finally) moved into my permanent seat today (*gleeful dance*) and discovered that it’s quite dark.
The placement of the overhead light is not ideal – it’s behind me, so when I move forward, I cast a shadow on whatever I’m reading. I am very anal about not having shadows on what I’m reading. It breaks my train of thought.
As such, I went looking for a suitable table lamp. My associate directed me to Best Denki, where she said she bought her table lamp. So happily marched I into the nearest Best Denki at Century Square.
To my horror, I discovered that the cheapest table lamp there was a whopping $68!!! And had HELLO KITTY on it! Good God. I was not paying $68 for a pink travesty that had a cat without a mouth for a switch! The next cheapest lamp was a Bad Batzmaru lamp. Granted, the colour scheme for this lamp was slightly more acceptable, but I decided that I was letting go of too many cherished aesthetic and financial rules to live by if I deigned to pay $75 for a cartoon lamp.
The lamps that were acceptable-looking (read: non-cartoon) were all above $150. How can table lamps be so expensive?! It should be illegal to make lamps that expensive! At the end of the day, what is a table lamp but a damn bulb connected to a short stand?!
I must say the 3M table lamps were extremely tempting. They have this fantastic screen that makes the light extremely pleasant for reading. However, they cost about as much as a Prada wallet in Italy. That is unacceptable. Although, as the Parents did point out, it might be worth investing in a good lamp to protect my eyes.
I shall think about this. My most up-to-date Father has informed me that there is a Philips warehouse sale on Saturday somewhere in Toa Payoh. (Ah. What a great way to spend my only rest day. Jostling with uncles like the Father in TOA PAYOH.) But I suppose, for my eyes, and for my rather shallow pocket, I will have to do so.
Anyone else want to buy a table lamp? :D
I have nothing to blog about these days.
I am undoubtedly hormonal this week.
My mood kind of alternates between depression, sheer exhaustion, massive headaches and crazy highs.
But one thing remains constant. I am feeling highly reckless. Bungee jumping sky diving ski jumping reckless.
All this will pass when my monthly friend comes to call and my hormones finally settle down, but until then, WHO’S WITH ME?
I need a run.
On another note, I bought my stationery organiser! Yay. Finally made a trip down to Daiso. I hate it when my stationery is in a mess. The desk should be in a mess, but never the stationery. Nod.
Nong Poy. Who was born a boy but didn’t do any plastic surgery to get that face.
She doesn’t even sound male either!
During a golf lesson with Dad last week…
Dad: Address the ball. [For the uninitiated, this means put your golf
stick club next to the ball.]
Me: (looks at ball) Hello.
I can finally post again.
There was something wrong with WordPress for the past week or so and I couldn’t access anything on it other than the home page. And the Support pages, thankfully.
I had a good run just now. Although I discovered that my stamina is like PANGSAI after engaging in my sedentary lifestyle for 6 weeks.
Ah well. Back to writing this reply affidavit I go. In sedentary fashion.