Cue this cabbie today.
"Hi, can you bring me to Funan Centre... it's near City Hall Mrt."
"uh..." *looks confused*
*thinking that perhaps he's new* "it's just after peninsula plaza! :D "
5 minutes later...
"it's not! it's along middle road (some 20-30 minutes walk away) opposite Peace Centre!"
*confused* "no.. it's not"
the place he mentioned happened to be... a plot of land with short, old buildings. i was going to a Tech Mall.... but he continued to argue that he was right, and i was wrong, going so far as to try and veer off course towards the road HE mentioned. finally, i snapped and stopped being nice. "CAN YOU JUST GO! TO! PENINSULA PLAZA!??!"
"ok ok ok "
so... he finally moved towards the right direction and kept quiet. then when he turned off the highway, he suddenly paused, and asked, "would you like to go straight or do a u-turn"
!!!! "does it make sense to come all this way, and do a u-turn back onto the highway? so why would i come out then?"
ok, i know it might be his first day, week, month or even year. however, i intend to go straight into the city, to a certain place. Even if he's not sure of where it is, why couldn't he let me tell him where it is? or ask where it might be? or TRUST ME when i said it's there?
what's more, why was he trying to get OUT of the city?
finally, i was trying to get out of the cab, and only had 50 dollars on me. he grumbled, and BLAMED ME for not having small change.
no, oh no, *I* the consumer need to be prepared for when the providers cannot provide adequately.