I love Hong Kong's "Octopus"
We used this reloadable card to pay for all our public transportation expenses (except for cabs, but we mostly rode the MTR and buses anyway). Other than that, the Octopus card can also be swiped in their convenience stores, vendo machines, and some restaurants!
Buying bottles and bottles of water in the 7eleven
Waiting for the train
Convenience in a card!
Few days ago, I was going from a Taft meet up to an EDSA meet up which required me to cross from LRT1 to the MRT. If you're a commuter like me, you'll know the two entrances in the EDSA MRT Station: One for the general public, and the other is a "special" and less crowded entrance for the pregnant women, disabled, those with kids, the senior citizens, and those with Stored Value tickets already.
I already entered the "special" lane when I realized I left my stored value card somewhere! I was ready to brave the public entrance, when I saw right across the barrier the area's huge crowd which instantly triggered my claustrophobia even from that distance. Seryoso! I decided to have a gulaman in the food stalls while coming up with a plan, when I saw this in the pa-loadan booth:
This is a tap-and-go card for the MRT, launched by VMobile technologies. Sort of our very own "Octopus", except that it is only accepted in the MRT, and can't even buy you a KitKat in 7eleven. Hopefully next time they'll accept this at least in all three railways!
Still, the card was a lifesaver, and I only have to cash out P50 minimum, consumable. =)
Waley lang. Excited lang ako sa commuting experience in Singapore. Heard they have a really organize system! ;p