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Can Grab or Uber monitor your driving pattern and use that as a reason to ban!

According to one driver in Singapore! they can. Below are the screenshots.

Average Hard Braking Events 4!

Average Sudden Acceleration Events 7!

 

How can GRAB provide such details on the way the driver drives! But cannot provide clear information on the driver’s earnings?

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To all those drivers who are banned! from Uber or Grab in Singapore! Consider it a blessing.

If what I said is wrong! please let me know in the comments.

Top 10 most popular destinations of the World

To answer a question like; “Where to go for a holiday” gets another question of “What do you want to do on your holiday”. The common answer from those traveling as a family is usually sightseeing and shopping. Husbands love to ‘sightsee’ and wives love to ‘shop’ as tourists.

Here I am going to share some popular destinations of the world where you can go and enjoy with your family and friends. As to what you can do in each and every destination is not possible in one post. So I have provided links for other sites which provide more information for tourists.

Bangkok: – Bangkok is the capital and the most beautiful city in Thailand. https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attractions-g293916-Activities-Bangkok.html

Ho Chi Minh – Ho Chi Minh is the capital of Vietnam. A communist country where the government takes care of its citizens. Really ironic. http://www.vietnam-guide.com/

London: – London is a is the city of England, which is famous for its surroundings, for shopping and museums. http://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do

Singapore: – This is another Asian city which is famous for its tourism activities. http://thesmartlocal.com/read/52-things-to-do-in-singapore

Kuala Lumpur: – Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. https://www.timeout.com/kuala-lumpur/things-to-do/101-things-to-do-in-kl

Hong Kong: – Hong Kong is the city of China, very well known for its nature and water sports. https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attractions-g294217-Activities-Hong_Kong.html

Enjoy your holidays.

Advantages of a Chauffeur Driven Vehicle when traveling

Many people tend to avoid, or don’t think about hiring a chauffeur driven car,  because they think it is expensive and usually for VIPs, celebrities and high flyers. In the past this could be true, but with the introduction of ride  sharing apps like Uber/Lyft and Grab in Asia, it has opened the doors for normal cars to come in and cater to the budget traveler.

We all travel at some point in our daily lives, obviously some more than others.  When traveling abroad, whether this is the small businessman on his once a year holiday, or the businessman who is in a different city twice a week, the problems of traveling in unknown places are the same…they need to take a taxi. Now if they were to travel to a place where taxis do not frequent, their return trip might be a problem.

With a hired chauffeured service, the problem is removed. Immediately you have at your disposal a safe and experienced driver with an excellent knowledge of the local area. Arrive at the airport, be picked up by the chauffeur and he will whisk you on to our hotel, via an excellent local restaurant if that is what you wish.

The point being that you have at your service a local tour guide, who knows were your hotel is, knows the good restaurants and will be able to deliver you promptly to your business meeting when needed, or perhaps take you onwards to the best beach in the area, if you are on holiday.

When in Singapore, visit Chauffeur Services in Singapore for the best hourly rates.

 

Where To Get The Cheapest Airplane Tickets in Asia

Traveling within Asia is a very dynamic and interesting journey.  There are so many countries to see and experience in Asia. Therefore if you plan on visiting Asia for a tour, then it is best to know how to get the cheapest airline tickets in Asia. Because of the huge market in Asia, there is a large market for low cost budget airlines. These budget airline carriers are in a constant price war. Therefore by taking advantage of these budget airline companies, you will save a huge amount of money on your travels in Asia. The more money you save on your plane tickets, the more you can spend your money on other things on your vacation! Here are a few of the most popular budget airlines in Asia.

Air Asia

Air Asia is headquartered in Malaysia, and is probably the biggest budget airline company in the Southeast Asia Region. Its flagship air terminal is located in the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. They offer numerous flights within the region, to places such as Singapore, Hong Kong, and Thailand. They also now expanded their routes, to long haul flights to places such as Australia, and even to England!

Tiger Airways

Tiger Airways is one of the main competitors to Air Asia. They are affiliated with Singapore Airlines. They offer similar routes as Air Asia, with the exception of long haul flights. They also have flight routes from certain cities in China to Singapore. Their prices often can be found lower than Air Asia, however the interior of the plane is slightly older. Either way, the prices offered are quite competitive, and therefore you cannot rule them out as an option.

Jetstar Asia

Jetstar Asia is a raising competitor in the budget airline industry in Asia. Jetstar Asia is affiliated with Quantas Airways. Their focus is mainly the Asia Pacific Region, including countries in South East Asia, to Australia, China, and Japan. Their airplane’s are quite well equipped and new, therefore travelling with Jetstar Asia is very good value for money.

There are definitely more budget airlines in Asia that were not mentioned in this article. However the three mentioned here are the most reliable and popular ones. You can search up their names in google to visit their websitesComputer Technology Articles, and just simply select the destinations you wish to go to compare the prices. These are just one of the many simple strategies on how to get the cheapest airplane tickets in Asia.

 

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Why Riders Should Appreciate Uber In Singapore

Taken from Uber Trooper

Despite all the angst, rantings and complains on social media by riders, I feel that many of us have forgotten what it was like less than 3 to 5 years ago. Although private hire cars such as Uber is the new normal in Singapore now, in the not too distant past, things was not that rosy for passengers.

Waiting & Calling Frustration

Most of you would remember how difficult to get a taxi in the morning and evening peak periods last time. You would be standing on the streets and jostling with other people for “prime” spots to get a taxi. If you decide to make a phone booking, you would be lucky if your call was connected and you were not put on hold. (COMFORT did improve their system by having a a booking app. However, I had to try booking many times as there were no drivers available).

It the late afternoon, often we had to haggle with taxi drivers because most of them are changing shift.  In the bewitching hours between 11 pm to 12 midnight, count yourself lucky if you can get a cab on the road. Most taxi drivers are either waiting for call bookings or waiting for the midnight charge to start.

At Your Doorstep

Now, you can literally get a ride within minutes at your doorstep. The average arrival time is about 5 minutes. Maximum 10 minutes tops. Your booking is done through the app and completed in less than 1 minute.

Affordable fares

With the ongoing various options,  competition and increased supply in the market, this has resulted in lower fares generally. What you were paying $20 back then, would cost you about $15 now. For those taking rides from the airport or after midnight, you save on the airport and midnight surcharges. Double joy for those who book an Uber at the airport after midnight!

Still there are passengers who complain about the high fares during surge pricing. Remember, out of 10 rides that you made, you would have probably saved quite a bit for 7 rides as compared to taking normal taxis. You would have probably enjoyed perks such as promo codes. So stop whining if you have to pay a bit more for the 3 rides!

Multiple Destinations

Unlike its competitor, Uber does not charge an additional fee for multiple stops. You are only charged for the additional distance travelled for the stops. You don’t have to argue with the driver whether the additional stop is along the way, within 5km or more than 5km from your drop-off point. (Do note that Uber drivers are not obliged to agree to multiple stops. It helps if you ask nicely and let them know early.)

Every Booking Is A Surprise To Drivers

When  a booking comes in, an Uber driver cannot see the destination of the booking. The driver can only see the name, ratings and pick-up location. We do not know the fare and the drop-off location.  The driver will only know the drop-off destination once the trip is started. This system benefits the passengers as drivers cannot cherry pick passengers. For Uber’s competitor, the drivers can see the fare and the drop-off location.  Do you think they are more likely to reject bookings that are for short distance or to remote areas?

Uber Started The Evolution

With Uber’s brand recognition and presence overseas, this has helped the authorities and the public to accept the concept of private hire car community in Singapore. With such a big brand making headlines abroad, Singapore as a modern city, cannot be seem to be afraid of the new tech economy. This caused  seismic change in the whole transportation landscape where you as consumers benefit.

So before you rant any further on Facebook, Stomp, ASS about your Uber ride, please imagine if Uber did not exist.

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Uber in Singapore

While the Uber service has come under fire in most countries with taxi drivers attacking both Uber drivers and its passengers, the service operates peacefully together with its rival Grab, which is backed by the Government.

In order to level the playing field so as to maintain the peace between Private Cars used as Taxis and Taxis, new rules and regulations were put in place.  In addition to that, additional requirements for child seats! were placed on cars doing Uber and Grab services. See “Private Hire Cars not exempt from child seat requirement, But Taxis are.

Then there are the additional services like GrabHitch which is unique to the GRAB ecosystem. This falls under the real car pooling system where a private car owner can select and pick up a rider traveling his way.

This has been abused by some retards! who found that it is cheaper to travel by GrabHitch! than the Public Bus or MRT system! when you have a group of 3 or more passengers.

Reason is, Under the Public Transport system, fare is based on the number of passengers. Under GrabHitch, fare is based on the distance.

While the authorities in Singapore have successfully managed to allow Uber, Grab and Taxis to coexist in the environment, something must be done to the misers who exploit the system for their benefit and use public resources for it.

My suggestion is for GrabHitch pricing to be charged by the number of passengers! and not by distance!

This is required in order to protect the public transport charging system.

In the mean time, kudos to the Singapore Government for being the first in successfully having UBER operate peacefully together with Taxis! even though UBER claims to just be the technology partner and not a Taxi operator and the ones who are bearing the brunt of all this are the Uber Drivers.

UBER Cheap Rides

Uber! The service which uses private cars to double up as taxis has enforced the saying “shooting yourself in the foot”, in every country they start operations in.

The start off low key with advertising just by word of mouth, in a new country.   With false advertising, they are able to convince car owners to literally trust Uber! to decide the cost of providing a service, which costs Uber nothing, while Uber charges a commission rate to car owners for providing the service. All due to false advertising.

Problem starts when Uber gets greedy and starts to lower fares through the app. As long as the fares are not lower than taxis, they are ok. But once they become lower than taxis!  they attract attention.

Uber says lower fares are good for consumers. True.
Uber says lower fares means more business for its drivers. Not True.  It is more money for Uber as Uber collects a percentage of the price it quotes.

Consumers love cheaper fares and will always support Uber and the saying is true in any country.  Taxis are always more expensive than Uber! in most parts of the world. That I feel is because that in every country, the Taxi Industry and Tourism Industry is controlled by the Government of that country.

But then why is Uber seen in negative light all around the world? Is the Taxi and Tourism industry so tightly linked with the Government worldwide?

Are Taxi prices dependent on what the Government sets! Is UBER trying to be a World Government! for Taxis!

 

UBER killed the Chauffeur Service Industry

Uber provides rides on demand, which is similar to the process of booking a taxi in any country.  Initially when it started, it was in direct competition with the Chauffeur Service Industry as it offered Limousines on Demand with its “Uber Black Service”.

Next step forward was allow normal vehicles into the ecosystem, making it in direct competition with the taxi booking system in whichever country this was implemented.

How they spread so quickly worldwide by just providing an application! without having to bear any of the costs or responsibilities for providing the actual transportation service and by actually charging those responsible for providing the service (The Partners)  a 20 to 35 percent charge which Uber sets, is simply an amazing business concept.

The best part comes in the form of fare surges! which Uber deems appropriate according to the rules of supply and demand. This happens when there is a sudden catastrophe and Uber comes to the rescue with “Helicopter Taxi” pricing. They (Uber the app provider) still get between 25% to 35 percent for each trip.

The industry grew because UBER offered a better option and cheaper option for Taxi Booking in every country without dipping in its own pockets for having a Taxi Fleet in these countries.  Yet UBER posted a lost of a few billions.

Did UBER kill the Chauffeur Service Industry? They could have if they did not get greedy!

 

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WAZE and your Privacy

Just to highlight some points taken from an article posted on Digital Trends.

Registered users can earn points which unlock additional features in the app, but this comes at the cost of privacy such as knowing your travel patterns, speed of travel, the routes you take and so on.

If your account is linked with FaceBook, all these info would be made available there too.

Link to the full article here.  Waze is a privacy accident waiting to happen