Ride-hailing is a very lucrative business in Singapore. And although there've been many players who've tried to join the fray, few of them ever had a chance against Grab and ComfortDelGro. Could GoJek - the newest contender - be the one to break up the duopoly? The Indonesia-based operator has been in Singapore for about half a year, and now has a sizeable fleet of drivers and users. Personally I'm thrilled - after all, the stiffer the competition, the better the discounts, right? Let's compare the 3 ride-hailing services and take a closer look at their pricing models and other features. Many factors can influence your ride prices - what time it is, how far away your destination is, how many drivers/riders are nearby, and even whether or not it's raining. For this price comparison, I'm using an example journey from the MoneySmart office in Commonwealth to Orchard ION at around 4pm (off-peak) on a Friday. Ride-hailing service Price for a ride from Commonwealth to Orchard ION (7.1km) … [Read more...] about GoJek vs Grab vs Comfort Taxis in Singapore
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Bangkok has become one of our favorite destinations for obvious reasons: its interesting, preserved heritage sites that speak well of their glorious past, the rich flora and fauna, food and fruits (check out the pungent and buttery kanyao variety of durian; duku langsat or lanzones; atis or sugar apple, pomegranate, guava, dragon fruit) and a personal favorite, crispy banana chips with tamarind paste. There are good buys in weekend markets, while modern retail shops offer a wide variety of products and services. We can’t seem to have enough of it. To sum up our Bangkok experience, I’ll rate from bad (in a good way) to baad (a rip off). Bad: I booked our airport pickup online (Viator for P2,262.39 or US$43.14). The six-passenger van was new, clean and spacious. The driver was polite and experienced. Baad: It took us over 40 minutes to find the van. My name was spelled wrong, making it difficult for me to spot the welcome sign displayed among hundreds of signs. In exhaustion, … [Read more...] about Bad, baad Bangkok!
GUIRIA, Venezuela: A taxi dropped Maroly Bastardo and her two small children by a cemetery not far from the shore in northeast Venezuela. She still had time to change her mind.Eight months pregnant, Bastardo faced forbidding choices in a nation whose economy has collapsed. Give birth in Venezuela, where newborns are dying at alarming rates in shortage-plagued maternity wards. Or board a crowded smuggler's boat bound for Trinidad, the largest of two islands that make up the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago. Her husband, Kennier Berra, had landed there in February, found work and beckoned her to join him.Bastardo's mother, Carolina, begged her to stay.Neither Bastardo or her children could swim. Barely three weeks earlier, 27 people had gone missing after a migrant boat went down in the narrow stretch of water separating Venezuela from Trinidad. The 20-kilometer strait, known for its treacherous currents, is nicknamed the Dragon's Mouths.But the 19-year old hairdresser was … [Read more...] about They fled Venezuela’s crisis by boat