Today, I appeared to have had two lucky breaks. Note, I use the word “appeared”, meaning I don’t know if in the end they are lucky breaks.
It started this morning with my rushing out to look for a tyre repair shop, because of what happened yesterday, detailed here.
Well, not exactly rushed out. Siti was sent to ask a neighbour’s chauffeur if he knew where I could get a patch for my punctured tyre. She came back to say that the Caltex station across the road has such a repair shop.
Huh? I pass that station day in and out but never noticed.
Alas, when I got there, the repair man told me there’s a queue and I needed to wait two and a half to three hours. But he took pity on me and told me to try the Shell station down the road.
I found only an Esso station but was kindly directed to continue driving, go over the flyover, keep right and then make a U turn to the Shell station there.
At last I found a repair shop!
This long preamble leads up to why I checked the value in my cashcard and then removing it from the IU for safe-keeping since I was handing over the car for a few minutes.
There was $33.17 in the cashcard.
The first lucky break came when I went into the CBD via the North Bridge Road gantry after 1pm and tadadada… found the ERP light was off.
I wonder why because I had seen the ERP light on at the Bencoolen Street gantry, although I didn’t go thru it.
Still who cares? I’m not the LTA. Just hope it doesn’t whack me for not paying the ERP charge!
Then much later in the afternoon, I drove out of Raffles City after a couple of hours there and lo and behold, my cashcard still showed $33.17 after I had exited, indicating that I wasn’t charged for parking.
Again I wonder why? Although I’m quite honest, I wasn’t about to waste time turning around to go back into the carpark and offer to pay!
I got out of paying perhaps a total of $5 to $6 in all.
What a cheap thrill!