Well hello there readers! I see you managed to have some time to wander here although the last entry was a good 2 months ago. Since you’ve already arrived, I shall bore you with useless knowledge which you probably would have known by now because I’m gonna talk about the pros and cons of the LRT!
“OH! JOY! What a wonderful topic!” *Now, now, don’t have to be sarcastic*
I’m gonna write ’bout it cause yours truly am considering ditching a drive to work for a fuss free LRT ride to work.
So let’s get to the good old pros and cons shall we?
1. 2014 for me, hasn’t been a good year for driving
– Mid January , I hit a branch and dented the back of my car
– A week later, I scratched the side of the car with a shopping mall parking lot pillar *le sigh…..*
– 2 weeks ago, my car overheated
– Today, my car got hit at the parking lot by a lousy driver, who probably was trying to reverse park but failed miserably and hit my car and left it there like that without leaving a number. Just wonderful.
As you would have guessed, my car seems to be in a pretty bad shape with an average of slightly more than 1 incident a month. Odds aren’t very good.
2. The accountant in me says I’ll save money.
Cost of taking the car to work:
– Parking = RM120/month (RM6/day x 20 working days)
– Petrol = RM210/month (RM70/refuel x 3 avg refuels/month)
– Total = RM320/month
Cost of taking LRT to work:
– RM84/month and a lot of parents good faith (RM4.20/day x 20 working days)
Savings = RM236/month = RM2,832/year!
My oh my, I could buy a telescope with that money (which I said I wanted since I was in High School)! AND I haven’t taken into account car maintenance cost!
3. I get regular exercise by walking from the station to my office
4. I can avoid those dreaded jams! Especially the horrid Friday ones
5. It reduces my carbon foot print!
1. A major lack of freedom to move about
2. The reliance on my lovely parents to drop & pick me up from the station. At my age, it’s kinda sad. 😮
3. I may get pick pocketed on the LRT if I was caught off guard (stoning or napping)
4. Carrying a heavy laptop in the LRT isn’t the coolest thing ever. It’s heavy!
5. I’ll constantly be facing a moral dilemma of whether to sit at that empty row of priority seating dedicated to the needy when there are no needy people around. “No one’s around, should I sit? Should I not? What if someone needy comes in then barrages me for sitting there? Why is that uncle/auntie standing right in front of it instead of sitting? He/she looks needy, he/she should sit. Gah!! Look away, look away.” Think you get my drift.
And…. that’s a round up!
Conclusion: There seems to be some serious pros to it and well the cons are easily solved apart from #1 & #2. My own conclusion? I’ll just take the LRT if I’m working from office and don’t have heavy stuff to carry. For other days, I’ll just drive. I already knew the answer before I did this pros and cons thingy. I just wanted to rant about the lousy driver who can’t reverse park. Tsk.