Archive for January, 2012

The Elvis bus

January 25, 2012

When SMRT introduced the new MAN A22 bus, it invoked different kind of reactions from people. Some say it was ugly, to others, it was stylish & unusual :

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I christen it the ‘Elvis’ bus. The front top part of the bus reminds me of the hair style of Elvis Presley when he was young :

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Information overload

January 17, 2012

It is time of the year to do some spring cleaning. Threw away one very old computer which has been lying around for a long, long time.
In the drawer were the following booklets and leaflets:
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Out of curiousity, I counted the number of documents related to this one computer :
1 safety information in 25 languages, 119 pages.
1 limited warranty leaflet
1 product quality statement leaflet in 25 languages
1 installing your operating system leaflet
1 quick setup leaflet in 25 languages
1 V70 colour monitor user guide book in 6 languages, 198 pages
1 safety & comfort guide booklet, 38 pages
1 reference guide book, 184 pages
1 Windows 95 book, 94 pages
1 MS DOS diskette for CD ROM
Total number of pages : at least 637pages, counting the leaflets as 1 page.
Did I read any of the above pages?
Answer : No.
Incredible that the company bothered to print so much information which I doubt anyone else read these documents when they purchase a computer!

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Singapore Johore Express Mercedes OF1413

January 10, 2012

A scene from the 1970s of Queen Street terminus of Singapore Johore Express :
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Long queue of people were formed after floods at Bukit Timah and Woodlands disrupted the schedules. The bus is a Mercedes OF1413 bodied by Soon Chow. A shorter version with similar body style were also built on Mercedes OF1113 chassis by Soon Chow for Singapore Johore Express. The difference is that the OF1113s has only single door located at the centre.
The OF1413 buses were converted to aircon in the 1980s. To create more space so that the aircon can be mounted under the chassis, the last row of seats was raised higher. The half drop windows were not replaced which gave rise to problems as many of the windows cannot be shut properly resulting in hot air rushing into the passenger saloon. The company eventually tried out two ex-SABS Mercedes OF1413 aircon coaches. These Chua Heng bodied coaches were modified to include an additional exit door at the centre, similar to those of SBS’s ex-SABS aircon buses.

Acknowledgement : photo from National Archives Singapore

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Colourful double deckers

January 4, 2012

Some photos of tour buses from Thailand which travelled through Malaysia and ended up in Singapore.
These are typical Thai tour buses with fancy body designs (sometimes over exaggerated) and colourful paint work.

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