Money is Indeed Everything

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Indeed in our world today, in this small island of affluent rich Singaporeans. Money is everything. It puts not just food in your mouth but also entertainment all day, all night long. What would you do without money? Cryptocurrency has taken a big fall along with traditional investments and the biggest news in town isn’t Bitcoin crashing down from it’s ATH (all time high lingo)

I also dabble in Cryptocurrency and at one point it made up about 20-30% of my entire portfolio. Which was amazing to be honest. It just raked on and on but I didn’t not take any profits. Instead I sink more into the ecosystem and punted for the 100x goal. Did I buy Luna? Did I do UST? No, I did not. Why didn’t I? I wasn’t too sure as well as I was playing MM.Finance and Dark Crypto Defi.

The Terra Luna Conspiracy

At one point I even pondered why didn’t I joined in the party at Terra Luna. But I had 0 holdings and I was wondering what did I miss out. Again, the 100x token. Unfortunately, things goes off in a snap this is part of the world and liquidity spiraled down to a level of pure single death tone. I’m not too sure how many people were hit locally but I do know there were plenty of suicidal comments online.

I read in many spaces that talked about having an asset allocation of not more than 5%-10% in your investment portfolio. But in that part of the space in my memory, it is just a 100% allocation into crpyto. I can’t help but feel sad to see it is down more than 50% but at least those were the profits that I ploughed in during the good times. Perhaps it is just time lost and research wasted.

Humble beginnings

In any case, It really brings back to the initial launch of why I started to note down my financial and blogging journey.

a. Don’t put in everything you can’t afford to lose when you invest. (Naysayers will say they took all the risk and became rich and that’s fine too if you made it) But I’m adverse. I have 2 young kids to feed, a mortgage and a car loan that is about to be paid up in a few years.

b. I’ve always been a bit skeptical about the all-in concept. How am I going to pay my bills for the next 6-12 months? Perhaps I’ve experienced this twice in my life. The first when I was in Secondary School where I had only $100 bucks in my bank account because I did not keep track of my spending. Needless to say, my parent’s scholarship eventually made up the bank book when I went to Tertiary.

This just proves that at a young age, it is hard to grasp the concept of personal finance. Especially when you can reach out and ask for money from your parents. This is non-existent in the World called America and Europe. Only Asian Parents do such things to spoon feed their previous child. (Laughing to myself – Who am I to say this as I also have 2 lovely girls)

My second experience of wiping out wasn’t exactly scary. It was when I got married and bought a house. Expenses were really tight and for a while, I scrimped really hard and saved on every little item.

My third experience was when I lost my job when I was 35. I had been living paycheck to paycheck. Bills, mortgage, expenses were what i needed but I lost my job. That made me think a lot. I was out of things for almost 18 months and I even tried to do a small business which put me in further financial disarray by the time I decided to pull out of it. Did I feel suicidal? I can’t deny it but I felt my existent in this world was worthless. But that thought didn’t stay long. So, for those guys who lost it all in Terra Luna, I can only say i feel you but money can’t buy you happiness.

Suicidal is an easy way out. Living is tougher. You can always rebuild but when you are gone, your loved ones will be distraught. Hence, the idea of depression can be really detrimental.

Cheers guys. I’m having a break today from work. Afternoon beer is a luxury – I understand that. My last few years were one of the greatest in a company whom emphasis is on getting things right and proper. Budget were never a budget issue. Everyone will have their day so keep on living. Don’t ever give up.

Conclusion

Health is Wealth guys. Don’t read it literally – Life is beyond just the money. Money gives you the capability and option to do many things. But life is beyond what you think it is. I can’t stress enough that when you think positive, you will get vibes and when you think you are young,  you will be young.

I’m not sure how many people do read this or follow me but if what I say matters to you, it tingles with you. This is human psychology. There isn’t a need to be connected physically. When things resonate, it doesn’t need to be reasonable. You just need to know it.

It is not literal. This post isn’t about money or referral or personal finance. I feel you and many of us experienced that at least once in our lives. Just make sure that it is a lesson you learned and it doesn’t deter you from exploring options. Because, you really cannot say never to something you have not tried.

Living is more important than dying. Easier said than done but get over it and restart again. With support, it will be easier but without it will just take longer.

Krisflyer and KrisPlus Making headways

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The opening up of Singapore seemed to be a cheer so far with the most recent news seemingly as a positive sign as all business would eventually open up to the rest of the world. Nonetheless, everyone have to still stay vigilant and not fall into the trap of Covid lockdown once more. It has been an experience with Covid and no one would wish that something like that will happen once again.

KrisShopper – Loyalty Programme

With these Krisflyer seemed to have extensively opened up and aggressively fronting their marketing dollars in Krisflyer shopping (KrisPlus or Kris+). Krisflyer launched their own loyalty programme called KrisShopper. The first 30,000 members who link their KrisFlyer accounts to KrisShopper will receive 1,000 miles, and the first 5,000 will receive additional SGD$20 to spend on KrisShop.

What do you need to do:

Link KrisFlyer to KrisShopper 500 miles
Subscribe to news & promotions while linking accounts 500 miles
Link before 30th June 2022 Status match

If you are eligible and done the correct steps, both miles and voucher will be credited within 10 business days after 30th June 2020.

Kris+ Couponmania (Co-brand/Partnership with Sqkii)

If you do not know what is Sqkii by now, you can check them out on their facebook or webpage. They first started out by letting people do the typical hide and seek treasure hunt for prize money by giving clues on a daily basis. How Kris+ is partnering with them is that they have created a game that allows anyone with a Kris+ account to merge coupon boxes. It is definitely not going to be easy as this is similar to the 2048 game that you play on your mobile. Each merging gets you a bigger coupon or prize which seems to be random. There’s also no guarantee that you will get the top prize which a a Nintendo switch or a Oven set.

You can only access this game with a mobile browser. Click on this link to go on to the browser: https://krisplus.couponmania.sqkii.com/auth?ref=GWWVAQT13P

Or you can key in the referral code: GWWVAQT13P

You would also get a mini coupon prize to start off once you have signed  up. Additionally, if you sync your Kris+ account, you get a speed up ticket that gives you a faster distribution per token. Once that is used up, you need to start referring more friends.

Remember not to skip the referral portion and also syncing your Kris+ account.

Everyone probably need referral to open up to more spaces to collect the coupons to merge the coupons. It takes 7 mins to be loaded with the level 1 coupon so 10 spaces means it will be full in 70 mins. Mindblown? haha.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you do not have a Kris+ Account or App

If you don’t have a Kris+ account, you can download it via IOS or Google Play.

Sign up now with my link below, and my referral code L329518, and we’ll each be rewarded with SGD 5 worth of KrisPay miles upon your first transaction.
https://sqkrisplus.page.link/2cf87APVrFXFHT5e7

There’s also a daily challenge per week to login once every 24 hours and you get to claim 150 miles which you can use to offset your shopping. This will end this week so while it lasts.

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The pictures were taken from KrisPlus website for this article.

 

Ez-Link deals and promotions

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You are probably no stranger to Ezlink. Recently, they have been trying to revive hard on their app and card usage and introduced a number of gamification tools on their app. But their marketing is way too quiet, probably because the rewards aren’t that enticing. Nonetheless, it is worth the effort if you have some time around doing this.

From 1 April 2022 to 26 May 2022, you can accumulate EZ-Link points to redeem those vouchers. These are limited by the way so that is first come first served.

Download the Ez Link App, use my promotion click on discover and Trivia. Key in my Referral code: 3197B5C and begin the daily login and daily answer to the questions. The promotion Tier will be:

30 Points: $0.50 Cashback

50 Points: $5 Fairprice Online Voucher

80 Points: $8 Fairprice Online Voucher

130 Points: $1 Cashback

250 Points: $3 Cashback

These cashback that is successfully collected will be credited to your Ez Link wallet.

All right then. Thank you for using my code in advance.

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These pictures were taken off Ez Link website for reference.

Huat Pals is back

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So, Google Pay has reignited Huat Pals and BB Loh is back. For this season, the Panda is the tough one to achieve digitally. On Telegram, plenty of people are just free riding on the free cash  prize without reading or understanding the rules of the game. For some, they are just gaming the system to maximum their probability.

Huat Pals

From 25 January till 15 February 2022, Google Pay users can collect Huat pals each time they complete the following actions on Google Pay:

  1. Making eligible transactions of min. S$5 to merchants via Google Pay. Such transactions include:
    • Tap & Pay (Android Only) or Purchase movie tickets or
    • Order food via Google Pay app
    • Once a day
    • Scan and Pay (via FavePay QR, PayNow SGQR, or a UEN) [Do the 5 times $5 Paynow top up for Singtel Dash app]
  2. Referring new users to Google Pay who make their first qualifying payment of min. S$10 (Once a day)
  3. Gifting Huat pals to friends (5 gift to 5 different users, once a day)

Conclusion

Good luck on collecting the Huat Pals but do it without affecting your mental health. Have fun doing so.

If you need a new Dash account, do use this to sign up to get some perks: https://dash.com.sg/index.php/

If you do not have a Google Pay account, do us this to sign up to get some perks: https://pay.google.com/gp/promo/p_referrals/?referrer_id=t74cf8f

When the world drops in front of you

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Life is very strange. It can be tough for some, easy for others. Sometimes smooth sailing while some have to ride heavy waves for extended period of time. Covid-19 has not been great to many people and companies globally. This also pretty much sums up the cashflow situation most companies are when the economy shuts down for months. The typical companies who are in debt are just simply living on future money, future growth and future prospects. Never touch those companies.

Uncertainty

Life has a lot uncertainties but these should not be the decisions you make in your life. Life will also give you a fair share of knocks but these knocks when looking back ensures that these formulate and set you up for the future. It is actually kind if you look back in that way however at the very moment that things happen, it isn’t easy to take.

Personally, I do understand how it feels and it is totally fine to feel dejected, upset and even cry about it. Immerse into the whole dejection and slump but don’t drag that out for too long. It is equally important to pick up and build the self confidence from scratch.

Your plans will change. Your ideas will fail and things will not fall in the way you want it to be. Truth be told, that is reality. The world starts dropping on you and the worries start formulating in a strange way. Whatever the situation is – It is a setback and you need time to recover. Be it one month, one year for 2 years – that is a process that everyone have to go through. It strengthens your resolve and makes your mind work so much harder.

Moving Forward

The first step is the dismay and anger. Get it through thoroughly and do not withhold. The next step is actually crucial – your own support group. Your family, your parents, your friends, your spouse, your extended family. This is also the time when you will start to realise who you can depend on. Some friendships will be lost while new ones will be developed. The support group is important to keep the sanity going.

Step number 3 is the recovery part and at times, mood will change from step 1 to 3 but that is not a step back but a step forward because there is a plan to go ahead. Regardless you like it or not, you will have to accept it and move ahead. The important thing is to push ahead. At this point in time, confidence can be at a all time low and you will definitely know what you need and what you don’t need.

Moving Backwards

Many times, when you feel that the world has fallen right in front of you. You are not alone and it happens to many people. No one likes to share to tell you the bad things. After all, everyone really just tell you the positive and optimistic stuffs. Social norms say you can’t say but I beg to differ on that view. I’ll say, it is better to speak your mind than keep it under a smile or silence.

I can’t say that this is a good feeling but it is indeed a humbling experience. It can be a time to rethink and/or reevaluate.

It will not happen

Most often, things happen at the most unexpected moments. I often hear people say things like this will not happen. These companies are too big to fail. These are the monopolies or even “My plan is …..” Well, I would say that who knew Covid will actually be a global impact to our livelihoods. The thing is really never say never. Humans are forgetful but these setbacks brings you back to the ground. When you struggle to find a solution, the struggle makes everyone resilient. We are only resilient when you experience hardship.

The Impact

What is impacting is that being a majority middle-class, we are all sandwiched-class. Being financially savvy brings your step out of the sandwich class. A close friend of mine once said that your best gift to your child is getting your own retirement plan ready. I reflected on that statement multiple times and it is true to a certain extent:

a. It is intangible and your child will never be able to understand it until their later stages of life

b. Being financially free and getting ready for retirement gives less stress on your kids as compared to now when you are sandwiched between the seniors and your young ones.

c. By getting ready for retirement, you will eventually also prepare for your child’s education. This is reality and it is real. Imagine contribution CPF to your child’s account and compounding at an early age. This kick start their beginning where most of  us either started too late or had to little to begin with.

Conclusion

The purpose of this is really to gain some awareness about personal finance and how important it is over the longer term. You have to know what you have or what you don’t in order to cover what you are lacking.

As each and everyone of us are different, if you are in difficult times. Don’t worry, it will pass and something better will come by. You may or may not see it now but it will be better as time goes by. Health is important so take care of your own well-being and be mentally stronger over time.

Sustain, maintain and grow your wealth. There is no rush as baby steps are the ones which brings you confidence. Each time, you fall as a kid, you just got to get back  up. Similar with your own investments (Be it personal investments or monetary investments) every step of the way is an experience. No one said that it was easy. Tough knocks makes you a better person and let you make better future choices.

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If you like what you are seeing, do remember to check they out and do your diligence. There is no one size fits all investment strategy.

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Able to write and share is my main objective is to create a community and blogging what I want to do. Being mentally well and put down content is something I always wanted to do. Trying out new things will definitely bring one’s horizon to a different level.

Human Nature and Psychology

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Humans are interesting. Technically and Fundamentally. There has been a lot of discussion around behavioural finance but I tend to see that as behavioural psychology. For the human mind, there is a sense/emotion that triggers a good feel or bad feel and that triggers almost every decision we make. I’m no exception but it very strange. How does this affect us? I believe it affect our decision to buy a company, invest a counter, sell a counter, buy a long-term product or even purchase a new gadget even though we don’t need one.

Needs versus Wants

The most old school human nature is the needs and wants. I kind of feel that this is forgotten after being used so extensively for so long. We are forgetful creatures so we have to be constantly reminded into the basics. As defined:

Needs – They are necessities and compulsory. These should be our main focus when living life to the greatest. As I have always said, there has to be a balance as well. Sometimes, it is good to take a step back and don’t follow the sense or what seem logical to be doing. It takes routine out of norm momentarily.

Wants – They are good to have and not mandatory. However, they are stuffs that has an alluring sense to being able to own it. It does not happen all the time but these are mostly things we want to own.

More often than not, we make our goals in order to achieve our wants. Those stuff are not sustainable. They make one feel good or even give a great sense of achievement.

Herd Theory

This is probably an ingrained set of behaviour that has always been affecting human being. If we win, we win together and if we lose, we all lose together so it isn’t that bad. But com’on, that isn’t really correct technically. Herd doesn’t give you immunity to anything. No one gains from the same damaging impact (If the end result is negative) but on the flip side the herd tends to celebrate when there is a success during the end goal.

It also doesn’t mean that by following analysts call, it is always the right call. How much of those really do impact your decision. I would like to think that most people decide to delegate the job of choosing a counter to the “experts”. However, it just means to always do your due diligence. If it matters to someone, you will take that extra effort to do so.

Investor Psychology

These days the market doesn’t just pick up everything from one big investor call. Geopolitical tensions and psychology plays a huge part in everything as well. The talk about the famous words Warren Buffett once said that it is wise for investors to be “fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful.” This is a little overused but it makes absolute sense. However, this need to be taken into context as well. Is this the typical trader or the long term portfolio building strategy? We can’t typically pull a rabbit out of the hat and apply this to every scenario.

To date, I still find too many irrelevant quotes applied to conditions that are simply not apt for the scenarios. Even when the scenario seems apt, it may not be because of the situation every individual is in. Which is why, time and again I emphasize that there is no one size fits all strategy but building and learning from each other.

The $1 million investable asset versus the $100k versus the $10k versus the $0 can really learn from one another. It is never too late to do so but by not doing anything, that’s not doing yourself the favour to plan ahead.

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Let me know what kind of articles resonates with you and what you would like to see or hear. I’ll try to make those more frequently. After all, the main objective is to create a community of sharing and learning from each other. The end goal is to be financially free.

The Brave Browser (Side Hustle)

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Side Hustles are stuffs that you need to take time to work on so being lazy or saying that it is too troublesome doesn’t make the cut. There’s is going to be some level of work or readings that is required to understand how things work. Some things work out and some doesn’t but my style is that I try it out, figure if it works, how it works. Calculate the time spent and or effort and if it is worth doing the side hustle. I guess constantly reviewing your side hustles is also key to saving time.

Brave Browser

As I do some form of crypto investing in my portfolio and exploring crypto apps, I came across this browser which is named as Brave. This is similar to Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo and many more. They are similar search engines just that they have curated advertisements instead of those massive adverts that you receive while surfing on the internet.

Downloading the Brave Browser is easy. Visit https://brave.com/ and choose the file to download.

Sign up and login the Brave Rewards to check on the rewards you have obtained.

 

You can then set the maximum number of advertisements that will push to you. You can also download the browser on your mobile app.

Before you get the BAT credited to your wallet. You can sign up for a Gemini or Uphold Crypto Wallet account to temporarily hold the tokens.

Before you start, if you have content, Websites, YouTube, etc… to connect your channel to, you will need to verify your channel. One way is through WordPress plugin. It is not instant and requires sometime to verify so be patient. Visit here to read more: WordPress Installation Guide

Benefits of the Brave Browser

  1. Pages load 3 to 6 x faster.
  2. Importing and continue where you left off.
  3. Support your favourite sites with Brave Rewards
  4. Safer Browsing with privacy and security
  5. More curated advertisements which you can view to get some BAT Tokens.

You can send a tip to my website if you wish to.

There is a guide here to do so here: Thank you for your support

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The pictures were taken from the Brave browser website for this article.

Leisure of Life

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It has been almost 6 months since I have started working from home. The wife, not so much, roughly about four months or so. We have gone past the two months of Circuit Breaker and food delivery. At Phase 2, we are glad not to eat our lunch and/or dinner in a container box. Cooking at home regularly has also come off, though that was way better than ordering delivery. By working from home, we actually spend more time whacking away at our computer. That includes lunch time and after dinner. Depending on how you look at it, it can mean more productivity or we just can’t really draw a line to when is work time and home time.

Exploring Singapore – National Gallery Singapore

This is brought some delight to us. First, the mood in the National Gallery is soft and quiet. There was literally no rush walking in the Gallery. By taking some time off our work, we brought our little one to visit and rediscover Singapore little by little. While looking through the artifacts and history of Singapore, I did felt a sense of pride to call Singapore Home. Second, I really like it when it is quiet and the National Gallery provides that serene form of art. No noise was coming out from anywhere and we could just walk where ever we wanted.

In my previous post which you can access here. (https://lifejourney.blog/2020/08/04/ndp-2020-promotion-1-year-free-membership-for-gallery-insider/) The Gallery Insider is still available to all Singaporeans for one year so do visit them before end of October 2020. It is a worthwhile visit and stop by the Courtyard Cafe (Level 1) for some drinks and snacks. They make pretty good food and snacks. Blueberry cheese muffin, pandan kaya coconut cake and the fried wantons are my top choice. Local and Western delights are available – It is much better than most places.

The Corner Grill

To end the day, we must always do what a true blue Singaporean does. Find a good and decent hideout for a nice hot dinner for a good meal. It is rare that we have such “me” time and we found some hidden gems in the alley of 1 Ann Siang Hill. Hidden within the red and black shop houses and sloped roads, right at the intersection of Club Street lies The Corner Grill. The restaurant brings the impression that they serve quality food over quantity and I truly respect that. Link here: https://www.facebook.com/thecornergrill.sg

Still, we ordered too much for dinner and will definitely come back in the near future.

Fried Onions

For Starters, the Onion Stickles make a perfect appetiser. The complement is the mild but savory curry sauce which went really well with the thinly sliced onions.

Lobster Roll

The classic lobster burger which you once ate at the market grill or Pince and Pints somehow just tastes awful. Biting into the Lobster Roll at The Corner Grill, it is a sequence of experiential taste which starts with the freshness of the seawater, followed by the buttery creaminess of the sauce and tender warm lobster meat with the toasted bun. Simplicity at its best.

Pork Chop!

One of the classic highlights would be their Pork Chop which they really should rename it as a Tomahawk Chop or Pork Steak bone taste perfectly pinkish. This is cooked/grilled slightly Pinkish and well charred. The whole Pork Chop weighs around 300g and is easily the best thing I had during the last 6 months. The condiments compliment so well with the Pork Chop that I have nothing to say but to go try it. I also never knew olives, fig, onions and cauliflower tastes so good when preserved and mixed

Lemon Tarts

Desserts turn out as a surprise with Lemon tarts. They were not too sweet and perfect to end the palate. I’ll let the picture tell the story.

It is one of those rare times that we took time to explore and find good food but it has indeed been a great Friday today.

By chance, during a chat with the owners, The Corner Grill license was approved two days before the Circuit Breaker rules were announced. With the current Phase 2 ongoing, their business has been affected. I do hope they can manage to tide through this phase. The quality of ingredients is definitely a high standard but I am guessing that they have too much on their plate at the moment.

Support Local. Support our Food Culture. You can’t miss quality once you try it.

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The pictures were taken from The Corner Grill website for this article.

GIGA with OCBC Frank Credit Card (Part 3)

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There is even more stuff of GIGA customers now. Now this is rather interesting on how they are developing as a company. First come first serve.

GIGA – A Subsidiary of Starhub

This is pretty cool now although i’m not quite sure if I am within the first few who applied for the OCBC Frank Credit Card. I’m not really a fan of OCBC cards as they are generally very traditional and they do not go out that much to get the deals or promotions as much as the other cards do.

Benefits of the FRANK Credit Card

They have this collaboration about giga’s perfect match with the following:

a. Unlock 6% cashback with the all-new FRANK credit card on online spends, grocery shopping and retail therapy (Using Samsung Pay, Apple Pay, Fitbit Pay, Garmin Pay or Google Pay)

b. S$50 giga bucks as credit to deduct off your monthly giga telephone bills within 2 months upon card approval.

c. Minimum monthly eligible spend of S$600 (online or offline and get S$75 back a month)

The GIGA offer is limited to the first 1,000 sign-ups and valid until 31 October 2020 so do find out more before application.

(link here: https://www.frankbyocbc.com/campaign/meet-giga?AgentSourceCode=GIGEDM

**You have to be a new to FRANK Credit Card member to apply though.

More Perks

On the side, You can also leave a Facebook Review on GIGA’s office Facebook page (Here: https://www.facebook.com/gigaexperience/) and stand to win a S$10 Grabfood Voucher.

Nothing is for free. There will be a small registration fee for the SIM card. You also need to choose the date of delivery of your SIM card. However, you can use a referral code to supplement the discount. You will get a discount if you use my referral code – “LhS9Ng”. The referral credit is only valid for any plans except the basic $10 GIGA plans.

You can visit their website to find out more: https://www.giga.com.sg/

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The pictures were taken from GIGA website for this article.

Code of Conduct for Pedestrians

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Earlier something nearing the end of July 2020, LTA (Land Transport Authority of Singapore) announced that there is a code of conduct for pedestrians. Hmm…okay….Initially, I was kind of like – Do we really need something like that. As a human, common sense will prevail. You know, e-scooters, mobility devices and all things including cars and bicycle are at fault all the time.

Annoyingly and also partially true, pedestrians do cause some of these issues similar to what these personal mobility devices does. So, eventually I read and I came to terms with the new code of conduct (It is not a rule or regulation) but a recommended code. So fair enough, if you have one for everyone sharing the footpath, there need to be one for the pedestrians.

Sharing FootPath Sensibly

But truth be told, when there wasn’t such devices available back then. All humans walked on pavements and not watching a show/movie on their devices. Frankly, it is annoying – How are people watching shows while walking on the pavements and crossing the road. It is akin to someone who lights up and walks in front of you. There is just no regards for anyone around you. Since I was young, I was often told to be alert when walking and when I was really young, I had to be yanked back from a traffic light pedestrian crossing by my aunt because a car wanted to beat the red lights.

The smart phone is and will be the greatest invention in the history of mankind. The way you can use a handheld computer in the form of a mobile is just pure genius but that in the same sense has made life and our lifestyle extremely different. Sure enough, it makes it better to avoid awkward silence when you see someone you don’t really know very well in a public space. To a certain extent, I’m sure we are all guilty of using the phone as an excuse not to see someone on the streets.

But the real issue here is that people stop talking to each other. People stop doing stuffs that communicate with one another (like looking into the faces and chatting meaningfully) Tech and gaming companies are going to grow even bigger. The Chinese Tech firms are just bringing that addiction to the next level. I can’t really say that it is a bad thing.

People actually like certain genre of stuffs (Facebook, Snapchat, Tiktok, Instagram and plenty more), it even create a different industry of jobs/entrepreneurship) – so it isn’t a bad thing but eventually anything excessive is. Even work counts – I would say.

Summary

In Summary the pedestrian code of conduct and simply put:

a. Use the footpath and pedestrian crossing whenever possible.

b. Pedestrian to keep left at all times. That is fair, we are a right-hand drive.

c. Stay alert and avoid operating mobile communications and/or other functions (Listening to music) in a way that preventive of dangers that may creep up to you or in front of you.

Click here to read the actual code of conduct: (https://www.lta.gov.sg/content/dam/ltagov/getting_around/active_mobility/rules_public_education/rules_code_of_conduct/pdf/am_coc.pdf)

Will anyone read it? Yes. Will many read it? No. Will anyone obey it? Probably, after many years. Nothing will change habits and these are too harsh to be implemented as rules. The Pioneer and Merdeka generation wouldn’t really give a damned though. Mobile phone usage has become more widespread and the result from distracted walking will eventually be accidents occurring more frequently.

The whole idea is to continue to engage and educate the public on how all can play a part in building “a safer and more responsible path-sharing environment”, hopefully people become more gracious over time.

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