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Friday, June 17, 2005

MRT Musings - Scrap metal for sale...

Nung lunes, sabi ko "Cellphone mo, MRT card na!" Hindi pa rin naman nagkakatutoo. Pero malapit na siguro. Paano kaya gagawin? Pero bago iyon, pwede bang mag-labas ng sama ng luob?
Lagi ko siyang nadadaan sa Boni MRT station, ilang daang beses na. Mainit ulo ko diyan, eh! Simula pa nung 2001 andiyan na siya, nagpapa-cute lang, pa-display display lang! Ano akala niya sa sarili niya, pogi? Aba gumagastos pa siya ng kuryente! May guwardiya sibil pa. At sa buong bu-hey ko, 'di ko pa siya nakikitang na-gamit ni kahit sinuman. Eh kung kiluhin ko nalang kaya?...
The most expensive sign board of the MRT! May guwardiya sibil pa!
The most expensive sign board of the MRT! May guwardiya sibil pa!This chunk of metal's purpose in life: to announce that it is 'out of service'

"This is where your taxes go!"

That's what it should read. Our taxes go to a scrap of metal announcing that the damn chunk of metal doesn't work!

In a rolling voice, I say " Heh - loooow! Garci"

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Mabuti pa ang counterpart nitong ticket vending machine sa MRT-2 (along aurora boulevard) sa may Cubao Station. At least yun, gumagana at nagagamit. May silbi! 'Di tulad ng iba!

Drop some coins, press the button corresponding to your destination ....
Drop some coins, press the button corresponding to your destination ....And out comes your MRT card, mainit-init pa!

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And here goes my fearless forecast of how we can start to use the cellphone to enter the MRT.

Remember this advertisement of Globe many years ago.
Go to a vending machine in SM,
Mag-text ka sa isang number,
sabihin mo kung ano'ng drink ang gusto mo,
tapos the vending machine will dispense the drink for you.
Ang saya di ba? c-lap ... c-la..p..p

Yun nga lang, wala na yung vending machine na iyon. Baka ni-langaw o na meniggococcemia na siya! (ang hirap ispelingin!)

Pero the same technology can be used in the ticket vending machines at the MRT stations.

When you're in front of an MRT ticket vending machine ...
Text (or call?) the vending machine number ...
indicate your destination ...
and out goes your ticket, mainit-init pa!
I-a-awas nalang sa cellphone load (or g-cash or smartmoney) mo ang equivalent value ng ticket mo.
Ano sa tingin niyo? No hi-tech new technologies. Just making use of existing (old) technologies and making them work for us.

Ayaw niyo maniwala? Magbasa ka: Warren Mira's SMS Enabled Vending Machine

Ano sa tingin niyo? Agree? Disagree? Wan-hap? Wan-port?

batedong
hindi maka-tingin....
Warning: I can read your mind

1 Comments:

  • At 9:10 am, Anonymous Paul said…

    Sa Cubao umaandar na ang mga ticket vending machine. Sa wakas din. Coins nga lang ang tinatanggap.

    Yung SMS vending machine na binanggit mo, Coke had one in service at the Alabang Town Center some three years ago. Sinubukan kong gamitin pero it didn't work. :(

    Ito pa: dati sa may PLDT office sa Makati may Coke vending machine na tumatanggap ng PLDT Fonkard na pambayad. Sinubukan ko din but it also didn't work.

     

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