I decided to leave home without my wallet today (10 Nov). And will just use my mobile phone for all payments, communications and information.
Journey by GrabPay
We began the journey at 12.30pm. As I have some grab reward points left in my account, and it’s expiring end of the year, I decided to convert 7,100 points to a $20 Grab Credit. I booked a Grab Taxi from home to Kampong Bahru. The total ride cost $19.85. While in the taxi, we noticed that the taxi driver also accept PayNow and many other payment options.
Lunch by Google Pay
After we have arrived at Kampong Bahru, at the stretch just next to Neil Road, we began walking around, looking for good places for lunch. We decided on this popular Japanese restaurant in the area – MIZ Japanese restaurant. The meal was fabulous and portions are huge. The price – $62.00. And I used Google Pay – OCBC on my phone. With OCBC 360, I get another 6% off the total bill.
Heritage Visit by Peatix
Next we proceed to the NUS Baba House as we have an appointment to visit at 2.15pm.
The appointment was made by Peatix, and I just show the app and our bookings. It’s quite an interesting place to visit. There are enthusiastic volunteers that share about the house history, their restoration efforts, the design. A few fun facts from there – 1) one side of the master bed is faced towards the wall and it’s where the ladies will be sleeping, so as to prevent them from running away after marriage. 2) there’s a small hole directly above the entrance so people can leave home without keys and can just drop them down when a family member is back. 3) bats used to live on the 3rd floor and it’s considered to be auspicious so the owners kept them there.
Public Transport by Ezlink
We took the train from Outram Park station to Dhoby Ghaut station and its via Ezlink. There is an nfc option for the phone where we do not need an extra ezlink card. But the hurdle to it is the $37.45-priced nfc sim which I have to get at my telco. And it is only valid for 5 years. Compared to an ezlink card which cost $5 and it’s also valid for 5 years. As such, I decided to continue using the card, and just have a card slot for ezlink behind my phone.
Nomadx shopping by Taobao Lite App
We came over to Plaza Singapura for the new Nomadx shop by Taobao.
We went to the Taobao section where they have QR codes next to each products. We can just scan and it will bring us to the Taobao Lite app. From there, we can place orders which they will ship from China to our doorstep. I placed an order for a pair of wireless headphones which cost just $15 by Xiaomi.
Dual Sim Communication
We have an appointment from 5pm to 6pm at High Street Centre. It is here where I switch to my other number. I used to have two phones, but with the new Huawei Mate 20, I just use the dual sim feature to communicate with a counterpart. In the past, I used to transfer information from one phone to another phone via WhatsApp. Now with the dual sim feature, I can straight away transfer and communicate without switching lines. My primary phone has 4GB of mobile data, while the secondary phone has 5GB. There used to be excess data from my secondary phone and I will turn on the mobile hotspot so the phones can use the data. With the dual sim feature, I can just seamlessly switch mobile data the moment I notice one of them is reaching the limit.
Shopping at Robinsons with Google Pay
We need to get some mattress protector, so off we go to Robinsons at Raffles City. When we shop at Robinsons in the past, I always forget to bring along my Robinsons Card. It’s just a hassle to bring along an extra card. And this time round, I just use my Google Pay and I will still get the same discounts as the main card.
Italian Dinner with Google Pay
We took the train back and it’s Italian Dinner at the shopping mall opposite our house. And we settle the meal with Google Pay.
The 7 hours journey from home to city and back is all done cashless and cardless (except 1 ezlink card attached to the phone). With developments in smart devices, I am able to use 1 phone to help me get the tasks done for today. The battery is also amazing. I just used 35% of the battery for the 7 hours. We are already a cashless society.
To really fully realize cardless living, I hope a few more merchants can be onboard with smart phone apps – Kopitiam, Sushi Tei. And the possibility of Account-Based Ticketing (ABT) taking off to replace Ezlink as our transport mode. Finally, if we can eliminate the need for us to bring along our identity card or driving license for verification at security points (during weekdays), and be replaced by an App using Sing Pass, we can truly move towards a cardless society.