Gahmen let the taxi companies hike their fares like crazy to "improve" the availability of cabs. But the wife and I waited for a cab for more than an hour at the neither-here-nor-there Great World City mall, and every cab was On Call. In this photo, there were four in a row.
Even cabs that wait in front of our taxi stands with their On Call signs on, allegedly waiting for their call customer who didn't show up, would rather drive away EMPTY than to pick up passengers at our stand. Maybe it was against their principles.
And the wonderful Great World City free shuttle seems to be taking people FROM Orchard to Great World only, because every time he drove up, he would wave his Off Service sign at those of us trying to get on board.
The taxi companies can go bust and I won't shed a tear. You all can go choke on your overly complicated surcharges and die.
Since I'm on a rant here, I'd like to highlight the new increased frequency of MRT trains. AT LUNCH TIME. Thanks guys! If we could take the train during lunch, I'm sure we would appreciate the trains whizzing into the stations at noon. We'll think fondly of this brilliant new initiative every time we try to get into your trains during rush hour in the morning and evening.
In the end, I took a chance and got on a public bus with the wife. Special thanks to the bus driver of the Number 16 who did not give me a hard time about my folding bike even though under the lovely new rules, foldies are only allowed on buses on weekends and public holidays. It fit nicely on the No Standing area in front of some blank tv screen.
It took us two hours to get home, including the time wasted waiting for a cab. We could have WALKED home in that time.