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Entitled Buyer

I recently had (yet another) bad experience with a Carousell user.

He seemed to be a genuine potential buyer at first. Pleasant, friendly and asking the right questions that a real interested party would be asking. But after a while he just left me hanging and when I prompted a reply, the situation blew up.

His Carousell name is williamng95 and he had shown interest in purchasing one of the extra Helix Cuffs I was selling.

Screenshots as evidence will all be posted at the end of this post. I’m not the only one to have a bad experience with him and I’ve highlighted those in screenshots at the end of my post as well.

The following is a transcript of our conversation so that it’s easier to read. You can check my words against the screenshots if you want. His words are in red, mine are in blue and I have added in my thoughts and comments in black.

Jan 28 4.25pm I’m interested!
Jan 28 4.25pm Can I see more photos? Of the black one with black
Jan 28 4.25pm Black with black embe
Jan 28 4.33pm Hello! Thanks for your interest. I’m not sure how extra photos will help though. The ones I’m selling are all wrapped in their cellophane wrap. I’ll send you pictures of the box of the black on black one when I get home tonight
Jan 28 4.36pm Sure
Jan 28 4.36pm I want to see
Jan 28 4.37pm Silver with black cuff emb and black cuff with black emebq
Jan 28 4.37pm Embe*
Jan 28 4.48pm Okie dokie 🙂 Will get those pics to you tonight. Probably around 10/11pm depending on what time I get home
Jan 28 4.49pm Sure no problem
Jan 28 4.52pm Happy new year btw
Jan 28, 4.53pm Hahah happy lunar new year bro

Jan 28, 6.30pm Hey man I just got back home for a short while. Here are the pics of the boxes.
Jan 28, 6.30pm *pic of boxes from the top*
Jan 28, 6.30pm *pic of boxes from the bottom*
Jan 28, 6.31pm As you can tell there really isn’t much to see
Jan 28, 6.31pm *pic of Black Cuff with Black Embellishments from the Ashley Chloe website*
Jan 28, 6.32pm This is what the black on black looks like from their website
Jan 28, 6.32pm *pic of Black Cuff with Silver Embellishments from the Ashley Chloe website*
Jan 28, 6.32pm Here’s the Silver on Black one. You can also see my Silver on Black cuff in this listing’s second picture

Jan 28, 7.15pm Which one nicer
Jan 28, 7.16pm Silver on black or black on. Black
Jan 28, 7.22pm Haha well I’d say the Black on Black. I chose silver on black at first because I liked the shine when it gleams in light. But after wearing it for a while now I think the black on black is nicer cuz it hides scratches and fingerprints. The silver on black requires more maintenance so it really depends if you’re willing to clean it every so often or like me are super lazy XD
Jan 28, 7.48pm Okay
Jan 28, 7.48pm I’ve decided
Jan 28, 7.52pm I get the
Jan 28, 7.54pm Black on black
Jan 28, 7.57pm Offered S$150
Jan 28, 7.57pm Please accept my offer to exchange feedback later 🙂
Jan 28, 8.01pm Excellent choice. When would you prefer to deal? I can deal at Boon Keng MRT anytime before 6pm on weekdays cuz I work near there. I can also meet up in Town area (See the meetup options in the listing) or in the East.
Jan 28, 8.01pm Accepted offer S$150
Jan 28, 8.01pm Can deal after CNY?
Jan 28, 8.02pm And able to check on spot and test ?
Jan 28, 8.02pm Sure. What days are you looking at tentatively? Like, date range, weekdays or weekends, etc?
Jan 28, 8.03pm Weekdays like wed or Thursday
Jan 28, 8.03pm Wonderful I stay near boon Keng so can deal there
Jan 28, 8.04pm This
Jan 28, 8.04pm I can help you set it up and Bluetooth it to your phone, but once it’s opened I can’t refund you cuz I won’t be able to resell it once it’s opened. It’s a new  product and I’m not a reseller. I just got them cheaper in bulk
Jan 28, 8.04pm Yes I know
Jan 28, 8.05pm (:
Jan 28, 8.05pm Yeap Wed or Thurs is fine. Anytime also can. My work I flexible so just give me 15mins to walk over to the station
Jan 28, 8.05pm But it’s working right no spoiled etc or got problem
Jan 28, 8.05pm Kk
Jan 28, 8.05pm My work is* flexible
Jan 28, 8.06pm Kk
Jan 28, 8.06pm Cool I’ll reserve the black on black for you first. See you after CNY 🙂
Jan 28, 8.06pm It’s fully working no problem right ?
Jan 28, 8.07pm Yeap. I took mine out of the box and it worked immediately
Jan 28, 8.07pm Just follow the instructions on the paper
Jan 28, 8.07pm Okay see you (:
Jan 28, 8.07pm I’ll show you how to take out and put back also
Jan 28, 8.07pm Okay
Jan 28, 8.08pm A bit fiddly, but you get used to it. Plus the coolness factor is awesome when you show off to your friends XD
Jan 28, 8.42pm Yep haha can use as fashion accessories

Jan 28, 11.04pm Hello I got one last request
Jan 28, 11.04pm Can u wear the silver on your hand and take pic ? And make it brighter
Jan 28, 11.07pm *pic with my Black Cuff with Silver Embellishments on my wrist*
Jan 28, 11.07pm How’s this?
Jan 28, 11.12pm Can take from a further angler
Jan 28, 11.12pm The whole thing
Jan 28, 11.13pm Oh okay hang on
Jan 28, 11.13pm *pic with my Black Cuff with Silver Embellishments on my wrist but further away*
Jan 28, 11.13pm *same pic but changed my wrist angle a little*
Jan 28, 11.25pm The black one
Jan 28, 11.25pm Also have the silver thing right but it’s in dark colour ?
Jan 28, 11.26pm Yeah. It’s more matt black I think, so it doesn’t reflect or sparkle in light. I haven’t actually seen it in real life.
Jan 29, 12.10am Okay black black for me

Jan 31, 10.00pm Hey man would you like confirm a day and time? You said either Wed or Thurs, so can you confirm which one yet so I can pack it into my bag now? (This was Tuesday night and by the time he replied I was already asleep)
Jan 31, 11.42pm Hey man after Chinese New Year I need to check my timing first
Jan 31, 11.43pm Will most likely be available next week my sed is quite pack tho will confirm on Tuesday or wed. Who the heck uses “sed” to mean “schedule”? But then again, what did I expect from someone who doesn’t put in as much effort as I do into communicating clearly?

Feb 01, 6.55am Oh after CNY as in after the 15days? Lol you didn’t give a date or date range so I interpreted it as after the CNY festivities of reunion dinner and visiting. Okay sure np I’ll ask again next Tues then 🙂 At this point I’m already mildly annoyed so I gave a slight jab at him when I said he didn’t give a date or date range. But still, fair enough, I was willing to wait another week.

Two days later
Feb 03, 6.19pm Yes sorry for late reply
Feb 03, 6.19pm Was really bisy
Feb 03, 6.19pm Busy*
Feb 03, 7.29pm Yeah np man, you have your priorities. Oh just to let you know I won’t be available on Thursday cuz I’ll be taking leave for a whole day thing. I’m still available to meet at Boon Keng Station any other weekday next week, anytime during the day.

Feb 07, 7.59am Hey bro is your schedule fixed yet? Ready to set a time to meet this Wednesday (tomorrow)? I’m not available on Thursday as I have a whole day event to attend.
Feb 07, 8.00am Best time for me would be 5pm cuz then I can leave immediately after I finish showing you the intricacies of the cuff

No reply the whole day. If you scroll up, you’ll see that on 31st Jan he said that he said he’d be available the following week, and that he’d confirm on Tuesday or wed (which is 7th or 8th Feb).
Feb 07, 9.35pm Hey man I need a confirmation by tonight so that I can pack the Helix Cuff into my bag.
Feb 07, 9.36pm I need check my sed tomorrow first

Five days later
Feb 12, 10.13pm Hi william, would you like to fix a date and time to meet this week?

No reply. Now I got really pissed and decided that I didn’t care if the deal went through or not. So on Monday night, nearly 24 hours after I sent the last prompt (which is the standard period of time I allow for a person to reply).
Feb 13, 9.29pm William I need a reply. I have tried multiple times to arrange a meetup with you but you never seem to get back to me. You will have 24hours to reply, starting from now, else I will report you.

Now things get interesting. After I sent a threat, he replied just three minutes later.
Feb 13, 9.32pm Hey sorry I’m. Busy
Feb 13, 9.32pm People busy you want to report ?
Feb 13, 9.32pm If your being this rude I won’t get from you .
Woah woah woah hold up. First of all, I had no issues if he was really busy. What I did have an issue with was his lack of response and that was what I’d threatened him about. Even if he was really busy, how hard can it be to take two minutes to acknowledge a message? Actually, how hard is it to plan out something when you have a schedule? Even if some things are up in the air, he ought to know when the next time would be that he could make a decision, and he could PLAN FOR THAT. Just be like, I can’t make a decision yet, let me confirm some stuff and I’ll get back to you by tomorrow night. Don’t tell me he’s not a planner; he has a bloody “sed” that he keeps talking about.

On top of that, he threatened me back with backing out of the deal, which, by Carousell rules, you cannot do, especially after you’ve made and offer and both parties have agreed to it. Backing out of a deal is a REPORTABLE MISDEMEANOUR.

In addition, it’s not like he wasn’t active on Carousell. He’d completed a deal just two days prior to this and I know because the other party left him positive feedback and I checked the timestamp. So it’s not like he couldn’t reply to me and I said as much.

Also, he said “your” instead of “you’re”.

Feb 13, 9.34pm You complete a deal 2 days ago. The seller left feedback on you. Which means you were active. You didn’t follow up after you said you’d check your schedule. You couldn’t even reply to my message. I have to resort to threatening you with reporting then you reply.
Feb 13, 9.34pm You are threatening me now I can report you too. Hah! Please, go ahead. I have all the evidence I need to back me up.
Feb 13, 9.35pm Rude? After you’ve been so inconsiderate to not reply me and you call me rude? Such hypocrisy.
Feb 13, 9.36pm I said I’m busy can’t you read ?
Feb 13, 9.36pm Now your calling me hypocrisy ? Hypocrisy is a noun, not an adjective. #lern2ingleesh
Feb 13, 9.36pm This is how you treat you buyer ? You serious ? This is how you treat your seller? You serious? Also, you are not my buyer. You are a POTENTIAL buyer.
Feb 13, 9.37pm You’re not too busy to talk now are you? You’re talking to me right now. All I wanted was a response. You could have easily said Hey man I’ll get back to you in a few days time.
Feb 13, 9.54pm I said I will check my sed first means I will get back to you in few days Now this activated my full lawyer/sjw mode.
Feb 13, 10.01pm On 7th Feb you said you’d check your “sed” for tomorrow (8th Feb) but you never got back to me. Not even a message saying you couldn’t make it. I waited 5 days later on the 12th to ask you if you wanted to make plans to meet up, but again you didn’t reply until I threatened you nearly 24 hours later. So far I’ve been the one suggesting actual dates to meet up and you’ve been postponing. That’s alright, but you haven’t suggested any other dates. I’ve put in effort to meet your every request and query. Even when I was not at home I promised I would send you pictures by a stated time, and I followed through on that promise. On 31 Jan, you promised to confirm by the following week’s Tuesday or Wednesday (7th or 8th), and yet you didn’t confirm anything at all.
Feb 13, 10.01pm I said that means I will get back to you
Feb 13, 10.01pm When?
Feb 13, 10.02pm The sed one
Feb 13, 10.02pm Yeah, I’m asking when did you say you’d get back to me by?
Feb 13, 10.08pm There is a very simple fix for this situation. If you are still interested to get this, then state a date and time you’re next available. I will adjust my schedule to fit yours. If not, you can say you’re not interested anymore and we can part ways. Let’s see if we can finally get a firm answer out you.

It’s now Monday, 20th Feb that I’ve completed writing this. Almost a full week since this happened and he has not replied since. I will update this space if he does reply after I share this post when I leave him feedback.

In summary he was:

  • inconsiderate: Doesn’t reply in a timely manner.
  • unreliable: Doesn’t setup meetups. I was actively pushing for a meetup date/time.
  • a liar: Doesn’t keep his promises to get back to me after checking his “sed”, whereas I kept all of mine.
  • entitled: Thinks that just because he’s the buyer, I have to take all his crap lying down.
  • dishonourable: Didn’t end things properly when I gave him a chance to do so.

Update: I left him negative feedback and sent him a message after I posted this. As usual, screenshots are at the end of the post. I’ve updated the conversation section and added a new feedback section. I had to screenshot on my mobile because the text formatting on web was horrible.

Conversation
Feb 20, 1.04pm I have given you almost a week to end things amicably, but you have chosen to choose the coward’s way out. I have left you negative feedback. Yes I know I said “chosen to choose” LOL.
Feb 20, 1.26pm I said i was busy
Feb 20, 1.26pm Which part of English can you not understand.
Feb 20, 1.34pm I understand English perfectly. But I think you don’t. I stated very clearly multiple times in my messages and in my post that I have no issue with your busy schedule. I do have an issue with your unreasonable slow replies. No one is too busy to reply and you have even demonstrated that by replying now, which only proves my point.
Feb 20, 1.36pm I reply doesn’t mean I’m not busy
Feb 20, 1.36pm I Already told you once I found a suitable date I will buy
Feb 20, 1.46pm I am done wasting my time with you. I’ve got what I wanted. Have a nice life.

Feedback
My feedback on him Based on my experience, this guy is an inconsiderate, unreliable, entitled and dishonourable liar. Full story here (with screenshots) https://punslingerofthemildjest.wordpress.com/2017/02/20/entitled-buyer/
His reply to my feedback Tried to threaten me because I was busy never reply , some more call me a hypocrite because I did not reply

His feedback on me Tried to threaten me because I was busy and never reply
My reply to his feedback I didn’t “try” to threaten you. I outright threatened you and I was completely justified in doing so. The full story (complete with screenshots) is here at https://punslingerofthemildjest.wordpress.com/2017/02/20/entitled-buyer/

Screenshot evidence, as promised.

Other reviews:

Feedback:

Conversation:

-Jace

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Sweet Justice

To say it’s been a while since my last post would be an understatement. I know, I know, I’ve been completely lazy and not writing anything anymore, but I think writing this post has just reignited my fire to write again, although probably not as consistently as before.

Anyway, the main topic: Social Justice! … or at least, I think so.

I’ve been using Carousell for quite a while now and I’ve joined several groups to promote my listings (aka getting rid of my stuff quicker XD). Two of the groups I’ve joined are Kickstarter related, so that I could sell my extra Baubax Jackets and Helix Cuffs. I also found some people to share the Vue Smart Glasses with, but that’s a different story.

When I first joined the group, I noticed that there were many non-Kickstarter listings and I was quite annoyed. So about a week ago, I sent a message to the admin of both groups (who turned out to be the same guy) requesting that he (or the moderators) clean up the group, or grant me moderator status to clean up the group for them. To my surprise, he agreed to make me a moderator and said he’ll get someone to start the process.

So I waited. This morning I was going through the group again and got annoyed, so I started messaging people on the group who had listings that clearly did not contain Kickstarter products, asking them to take down their listings from the group. Most were cooperative, but there was one guy who was quite resistant and I want to highlight him.

Here are the screenshots of our conversation.

social-justice-01social-justice-02

Clearly he has no respect for rules, so I have intentionally showed his username here. I just replied that I’d report his listing, since that was the only thing I can do as a normal group member. At the same time, I sent a message to the group admin asking about the progress to make me a moderator, and about 20mins later, he granted me moderator status.

AWWW YISSS NOW I’M A MODERATOR! My first act as a new moderator was to talk to fuzifuzion again:

social-justice-03

FEEL THE BURN! Oh it felt SOOO sweet to shove my moderator-ness in his face. Petty revenge? Probably. But oh I was so drunk on power. From then til lunchtime, I was happily deleting listings that had clearly non-Kickstarter stuff, like services and second-hand clothes. I managed to delete so much nonsense that I condensed three pages worth of listings into just one. That means there was about 67% garbage listings!

Now the groups are all tidied up and I will enthusiastically enforce the rules, just because I can.

So do you think I’m a social justice warrior, or petty tiny tyrant?

-Jace

Ingress – Drama

Last Saturday morning, I was training at Bukit Timah Hill with a few friends from Ingress for the Goruck event and there was some drama from the Resistance.

Our team met at 7am and walked to the starting point of the hill, with each person carrying a load of around 9kg. While we waited at the foot of the hill for our last member, I was happily hacked and blasted away at the Resistance’s web of links. It was so satifying to destroy two of their portals which each had a SoftBank Ultra Link, supporting about 23 links in total, I think.

Anyway, about an hour plus into our training, I got called out in the Ingress Comm section by the owner of the portals I destroyed.

01

Like, whaaaat??? That’s kinda mean-spirited, rude and obviously a butt-hurt reaction to me poking a hole in his link web. I showed my fellow Enlightened Ruckers and they all had similar reactions. This was just after we finished the three sets of going up and down the steep part of the hill, climbing all the way to the summit via the stairs on the third run. We were just about to start our physical training, so I put away my phone after I showed them.

After the training, I decided to punch more holes in the Resistance web out of spite, then tagged bluwarrior back in the comms.

02 Drama

Yeah okay, I’m a childish, petty person. But he started it! *throws a tantrum*

My response about training for two hours was pretty funny, if I do say so myself. But I wasn’t satisfied. I was riled up, pumped with leftover adrenaline and itching for a fight. So I poked the bear. And this was his response.

03 Drama

Like I said, Pokemon Go came out, so we all lost interest in Ingress. Just FYI, Bukit Timah hill has a ton of Eevee and Clefairies. Nearby, Beauty World has Pikachu, Vulpix and Ryhorn, though they’re still fairly rare. You’re welcome.

Back to the main story. Okay, I admit, I don’t personally know who bluwarrior is or what he looks like, but the opportunity to return fire was too good to pass up. To be honest, I don’t know who PathToNowhere is either, but I’m glad a fellow Enlightened Agent came to my defense, which just goes to show how supportive we Enlightened as a community are, unlike the unfriendly – almost militarian – Resistance. Guys, come on, haven’t we had enough of Singapore’s crap army system?

Side note: PathToNowhere seems to be a portmanteau of two cards from Magic: the Gathering (MTG), named Path to Exile and Journey to Nowhere. Both cards are white and do similar things: They exile a creature. Of course, it’s entirely possible that the handle PathToNowhere holds it’s own significance to its user, but it’s a curious little coincidence.

04 Drama

I MADE A TERRIBLE MISTAKE. I FORGOT TO SCREENSHOT BLUWARRIOR’S REPLY. But I remember it went something like this:

bluwarrior: “You want to challenge a guy three times your age?”

And our replies:

05 Drama

I don’t know how old the other two are, but I’m 23, so I tripled it to 69. Heh, 69 XD

Sadly, he didn’t respond, so that was the end of my fun. But for my last jibe, I took over his church with a JARVIS Virus.

Disclaimer to the Resistance: This burn post is targeted at bluwarrior. I’m sure there many of you nice agents out there. He just isn’t one of you. Sorry for any smack talk, we are opposing teams after all XD

Here’s proof that we made it to the summit.

08 Drama

-Jace

Money Digest’s Customer Service

I’m back! Yeah okay, I know, I know, I’ve been out from the writing world for about nine months and a lot has happened since then. But this amazing thing happened to me last week and I just had to write about it.

As you can tell from the title, this post is going to be a review of the way Money Digest treated me. I started following MD’s Facebook Page a few months back and set the notifications to let me know whenever they post something new. Money Digest frequently posts about places that have discounts, or value deals, or generic articles on how to stretch your dollar. I mostly look out for discounts and every so often I find a discount that I can actually use, like I did last week.

I saw this article and I just knew that I had to take advantage of it. 18% off all deals, with extra 2% off if you’re on the mobile app and no minimum spending?? Groupon is already known for it’s cheap deals so getting an extra 20% off is super awesome. I immediately started browsing for something I could buy. However, when I finally found something decent, I was unable to apply the 18OFF code. When I entered the code, I would just get pushed back to the Confirm Purchase page, but with the Confirm Purchase button disabled. I entered the code several times each for different items, but each time I tried it I got the same result, leaving me with nothing else to do but go back and restart the purchase flow all over, or exit the Groupon app completely.

I was disappointed, to say the least, and I said as much when I commented on MD’s Facebook post. I figured it was a bug with the app, so I gave step by step instructions on exactly how to recreate the bug. Being a programmer myself, I appreciate feedback like this because it lets me easily trace the whole process, figure out where things go wrong and fix it. I thought it would be helpful for the Groupon software team because everyone else who had experienced the same bug and commented on MD’s Facebook post just kept saying that the code didn’t work. There were no constructive comments save for mine.

Since I didn’t really need to use the code, I gave up using it at all. Later that night, Money Digest sent me a private message, which is exactly what I want to share with the world. Take a look.

01 MD Convo 1

02 MD Convo 2

03 MD Convo 3

04 MD Convo 4

05 MD Convo 5

I LITERALLY GOT A FREE GROUPON!!! I ain’t even kidding. And here’s proof.

06 Groupon Voucher

(I’ve already used the voucher, so don’t even think of using it yourself :P)

IT’S A $10 CASH VOUCHER. FOR ICE CREAM. AWWW YISSS

They were so kind to offer to buy it for me and let me use it before I paid them, but I didn’t think it was worth the trouble for all of us. I felt bad, because it wasn’t their fault and I wanted Groupon to fix the bug, not for Money Digest to offer a workaround. And, like I said, I didn’t really need to use the Groupon anyway.

The initial Groupon was $5.90, so after the 18OFF discount (MD had no trouble using the code and I think they used the web browser, not the mobile app) it actually cost them about $4.84. It’s not much in the grand scheme of things, but it’s $10 of value to me, which is a lot. And Money Digest has now gained a loyal fan (which I hope means a lot to them as well XD). MD really didn’t have to do that for me. They’ve really gone above and beyond what I expect of customer service, so I’m writing this article to express my gratitude, appreciation and amazement.

I used the Groupon last Monday with my girlfriend (yes I have a girlfriend now. Like I said, a lot has happened in the last nine months) and we had a blast. We went to the outlet at Somerset and ordered a Chocolate Ball with a scoop of Vanilla Bean ice cream, which totalled up to $11.80, meaning that I just paid $1.80! And oh my the vanilla was sooooooo gooood and the chocolate ball was a novel thing. As you can see from the pictures below, it’s a ball of biscuits covered in a layer of dark chocolate. There were other flavours as well, like white chocolate, strawberry chocolate and chocolate with peanuts.

Here’s us with our purchases. They gave us a wooden hammer, because you’re supposed to wrap the ball up in the paper and have a fun time smashing it to bits. The next picture below shows the inside of the chocolate biscuit ball after we smashed it.

09 Chocolate Ball Innards

Oops, it doesn’t look very appetising, does it? I don’t think I took a good picture, but in all honesty, the biscuits inside were quite plain and dry. I’d expected more chocolate, roughly evenly distributed inside so it was a bit disappointing. We ended up dipping the biscuit bits into our vanilla ice cream. Chocolate sauce was provided with the ball, but I preferred the vanilla ice cream as a dip. I personally wouldn’t order the chocolate ball again, but it was a novel experience that I wouldn’t have gotten if it weren’t for Money Digest going the extra mile to make me happy.

Thanks, Money Digest!

-Jace

Ingress – CBD Mission Series

Hey guys, here’s another mission series I did: the CBD Mission Series created by Resistance player Sharkzy!

01 CBD Complete Mission

Mission Series notes:
– Consists of 24 missions, all hacking and about one passphrase per mission
– All mission waypoints can be completed in any order
– Missions are arranged in alphabetical order, so just follow the mission titles starting with CBD Adventure and CBD Bank, all the way to CBD Zone (there’s no mission K or X)
– It’s a really long walk. You’ll go from Fullerton Hotel -> Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) -> Merlion Park -> down Fullerton road -> follow the river bank to Bayfront side -> up to the ArtScience Museum -> across the Helix Bridge -> and then around the Singapore Flyer.
– If you, like us, parked near the start point, it’s a 25-30min walk back once you’ve completed the series.
– We took nearly three hours to complete the mission series, not including the walk back to the car

SPOILER ALERT: Answers to all passphrase waypoints will be shown below. Turn back now if you don’t want to know.

Dad parked on Phillip St, because we drove around and couldn’t find any other parking spots. That itself was actually a good distance from the first mission. We started at 11.30pm and finished only at about 2.15am. By the time we walked back to the car, it was 2.45am and we ended up sleeping at about 3.30am.

Sigh.
The things we do for Ingress…

Anyway, the first two missions were all hacking missions. Do take note that you may have some trouble getting two of the portals in CBD Bank, because they’re actually inside Fullerton hotel. If you can’t wait and drift about, then here’s the solution: go into Fullerton hotel (to enjoy the aircon for a bit), then sign into Wireless at Fullerton wifi and set your GPS to high accuracy. It’s free and you’ll be able to get the last two portals.

CBD Caper had the first passphrase.
02 CBD Caper Passphrase

03 CBD Caper Answer

Also note that, at the time we did this, missions D to J had some construction work going on, so it was quite difficult to manoeuvre around the site to get the missions. Please do be careful and be hyper aware of your surroundings, especially if you go at night like we did.

CBD Deed
04 CBD Deed Passphrase

05 CBD Deed Answer

CBD Feat
06 CBD Feat Passphrase

07 CBD Feat Answer

CBD Gamble
08 CBD Gamble Passphrase

09 CBD Gamble Answer

CBD Jeopardy has one Visit Waypoint and this is around Merlion Park. Remember that there’s no Mission K, so just move on to CBD Limit. The next few missions were all hacking waypoints, but this part has the most walking. You’ve got to walk down and around the river bank to get to Bayfront area. Along the way, I managed to get my Platinum Translator Medal!

10 Translator Medal

And here’s a shot of two lines of the mission complete! Halfway though.
11 Two Lines Complete

Once you get to Bayfront, CBD Peril starts the passphrase thing up again.

CBD Peril
12 CBD Peril Passphrase

13 CBD Peril Answer

CBD Romp
14 CBD Romp Passphrase

15 CBD Romp Answer

CBD Stunt
16 CBD Stunt Passphrase

17 CBD Stunt Answer

Okay this mission was quite interesting. It starts at the ArtScience Museum, then takes you over the Helix Bridge. There aren’t any portals on the bridge itself, so put away your device for a bit and enjoy the walk over. When you reach the other side, there’s a whole cluster of portals, which will be very tempting to blast and hack and capture.

DO NOT HACK THEM YET. Focus on completing the missions, because I stupidly hacked them and had to wait for them to cooldown before I could hack for CBD Trial. Interestingly, the passphrase provides a clue if you make this mistake. Not a lot of people realize that if you deploy a Heat Sink (regardless of rarity), it completely resets the burnout counter on a portal. When I first found out about this several months ago, I used to deploy a rare Multi-Hack on my home portal, hack it 12 times over an hour or so, then deploy a common Heat Sink immediately after the 12th hack to hack it again.

So don’t cast aside common Heat Sinks. Stock them up when you do missions, just in case you make the mistake of hacking a non-mission portal that turns out to be a waypoint for the next mission.

Also, I leveled up to Level 14!
18 Level 14

And we’re three quarters of the way through now.
19 Three Lines Complete

CBD Undertaking has two passphrases (I hope you paid attention when I said to enjoy the walk over the Helix Bridge)
20 CBD Undertaking Passphrase 1

21 CBD Undertaking Answer 1

The answer for this can actually be found on the plaques in the area. Go treasure hunt a bit, if you don’t want to see the answer here.
22 CBD Undertaking Passphrase 2

23 CBD Undertaking Answer 2

CBD Venture (Math involved!) I kinda guessed the answer to this one and just chose 1.2M to start. I got lucky XD
24 CBD Venture Passphrase

25 CBD Venture Answer

There’s no Mission X, so move on to CBD Walk. The last few missions takes you around Singapore Flyer and back to the portal cluster. And that’s the end of that.

26 CBD Mission Complete

-Jace

Ingress – CNY Mini-Series and Mystic @Haw Par Villa Mission Series

Back again with a new mission series less than a month after the last one. The way I use my mobile data only lets me do one major mission series a month, which suits me well XD

Anyway, I made new friends! After finally fixing all the broken links as a result from my blog split, a couple of happy Enlightened players contacted me and one of them (Andrew | floodplug) invited me to his group to do this mission series last Saturday.

I’m very honoured to receive all this recognition and appreciation. 🙂

Before the actual mission notes, here’s a short part on the “CNY mission mini-series” my dad and I did to create a separator (Dad likes a line of six missions to separate the large pictures).

01 CNY Series

Mini-series mission notes:
– All missions are made up of four hacking waypoints in any order
– All missions are clustered in the Tampines Central Park, so it takes less than half an hour to hack everything
– You might want to prepare some multi-hacks and heat sinks, because all the portals in the are make it very tempting to farm and very confusing at the same time. Sometimes I forgot which portal I already hacked
– I suggest you only hack the portals on the missions first, then once you’re done you can go bananas

Okay it’s not actually a proper mission series. Each mission gives a picture of a Chinese character on a red background. Since I can’t read Chinese, I have no idea what each character means. Apparently there were supposed to be eight missions, so perhaps they were meant to be two sets of four-character idiom-type things. Only seven were approved, so pick any six Chinese character missions to create your separator.

02 CNY Row Complete

Now that that’s out of the way, I can dive into the Mystic @Haw Par Villa (hereafter referred to as HPV) mission series notes and report. Created by Resistance player Halette, here’s what the entire mission series looks like. It’s a Kirin! A flying dragon horse thing that’s on fire. SO MUCH BADASS! Halette might have chosen the wrong side, but she chose a really awesome picture.

03 HPV Kirin

Mission Series notes:
– Consists of 24 missions, and mostly hacking and capture/upgrade waypoints
– All mission waypoints can be completed in any order
– Mission series starts at Exit A of Haw Par Villa MRT station and ends at a Korean restaurant just across road from the starting point.
– The last two missions contain passphrase waypoints, so details on the questions and answers will be shown later.
– Even with the passphrase waypoints, we completed the whole mission series in about an hour
– I recommend you go in the morning (9am, like what we did), or in the late afternoon (5-6pm). You can’t do it at night because HPV has opening hours of 9am-7pm daily. Free entry, but I think you’ll get kicked out by the wardens if you stay beyond the opening hours. Besides, HPV contains depictions of Hell, so going in after dark would be super creepy.

04 HPV Opening Hours

SPOILER ALERT: Answers to all passphrase waypoints will be shown below. Turn back now if you don’t want to know.

So Andrew had invited to me to join him and a few other players for this mission series. I met him first at NUH Burger King for breakfast and we talked for a quite a bit. I found out he loves puns so now I have a new best friend XD

After breakfast, we headed down one stop to Haw Par Villa station and met Jwei (jwei_jwei), an Enlightened agent from the West. Two other Enlightened players Derek (ShagGamer) and Jeremy (Skulldaeron) were supposed to join us at 9am, but they were late, so the three of us set off first to claim all the unique caps we could. 😛

We had a good time racing each other to capture portals and complete the mission, as well as explore Haw Par Villa. I haven’t been there since… Hmmm I do remember going once before, but I was very young. Can’t remember if it was on a school trip or one of those family and friends outings Mum used to organize.

As I mentioned in the mission notes above, the first 22 missions consisted only of hacking and capture/upgrade portal waypoints. The last two missions had some passphrase waypoints, so here are the questions and answers.

05 Mission #23

06 Passphrase #1

07 Answer #1

08 Passphrase #2

09 Answer #2

10 Passphrase #3

11 Answer #3

12 Mission #24

13 Passphrase #1

14 Answer #1

15 Passphrase #2

16 Answer #2

17 Passphrase #3

18 Answer #3

19 Passphrase #4

20 Answer #4

And when I finished it…
21 Mission Complete

At about mission #5, there was a section of HPV that was roped off and we thought we’d have to climb over to ropes to get to the next waypoint. I was like, we’re going to hell for this – oh wait, we’re already here!

We had quite a few hilarious moments, like when Andrew said “Ingress: taking you to interesting places only for you to stare at your phone”. Then after the mission when we went to have lunch/brunch at Vivo, all of us were staring at our mobiles hacking whatever portals we happened to drift over and I said “Ingress: Making people be anti-social together!”

I finally met Derek while he was on mission #7 and I was doing #18, so note the overlap of waypoints. I also met Jeremy only after we finished the whole mission. We took a group picture together with the Haw Par Villa sign.

22 Group Pic (Original)
Left to right: Me, Derek, Jwei, Jeremy and Andrew

I sent the original to the Telegram group, and I got “scolded” because the picture wasn’t sharp. I said I was a writer, not a photographer, so John (FortMax) edited it for me.

23 Group Pic (Edited)

-Jace

Ingress – Gardens by the Bay Mission Series

After more than two months since our last mission series, we finally completed another one: Gardens by the Bay by Sharkzy!

01 GBTB Complete Pic

We did this series with two new Ingress friends: husband and wife couple Ann and Jen Hwa. They’re almost our neighbours, we only live a few blocks apart.

Mission Series notes:
– All 24 missions are in Gardens by the Bay area, and waypoints can be completed in any order
– The order to complete the missions is to follow the alphabet of the missions. Start with “Assemble in GBTB”, followed by “Balance in GBTB” and so on, until you hit “Yearn in GBTB”
– The letters “X” and “Z” aren’t used in these missions, so don’t look for them
– I recommend you start from Bayfront MRT and walk in. We parked below and so when we came up, we had to backtrack quite a bit before we completed the first mission.
– The whole series takes about three hours to complete on foot. We took three and a half hours (7.30pm to 11pm) because we stopped halfway for prata
– Most of the missions consists of hacking waypoints and an average one passphrase waypoint per mission. Two exceptions: the “Kiss in GBTB” mission contains TWO passphrases, while the last mission (“Yearn in GBTB”) only has hacking waypoints.
– All the passphrase waypoints are questions related to the layout of the Ingress tabs and in game actions. Very easy to figure out.
– When you reach a passphrase waypoint, DO NOT HACK IT FIRST. Some of the missions overlap portals, so do prep Multi-Hacks and Heat Sinks in case you make mistakes

As we drove in, I managed to snag a picture of the GBTB sign. I thought it wouldn’t come out nicely since we were moving, but it came out well.

02 GBTB Entrance Sign

I came loaded with water and my charger pack and I was so efficient that I managed to complete two Carousell deals at Raffles MRT before we started. Go me. Anyway, we took a group shot before we started.

Most of the missions were uneventful, so I’ll just post the screenshots. Since there was no order to the waypoints, I soon realised that it was futile to take the mission map screenshots. Instead, I took screenshots of the passphrase questions and answers.

SPOILER ALERT: THIS IS A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO THIS MISSION SERIES. ALL ANSWERS TO THE PASSPHRASE QUESTIONS WILL BE PROVIDED.

Assemble in GBTB
04 Passphrase A1

05 Passphrase A2

Balance in GBTB
06 Passphrase B1

07 Passphrase B2

Cultivate in GBTB
08 Passphrase C1

09 Passphrase C2

Discover in GBTB
10 Passphrase D1

11 Passphrase D2

Exercise in GBTB
12 Passphrase E1

13 Passphrase E2

Fashion in GBTB
14 Passphrase F1

15 Passphrase F2

First Row Complete
16 GBTB One Row of Six

Glitter in GBTB
17 Passphrase G1

18 Passphrase G2

Hibernate in GBTB
19 Passphrase H1

20 Passphrase H2

Illuminate in GBTB
21 Passphrase I1

22 Passphrase I2

Joy in GBTB
23 Passphrase J1

24 Passphrase J2

Kiss in GBTB
Take note that in this mission, there are TWO (2) passphrases and that the last passphrase portal is the first portal of the next mission so DON’T HACK IT FIRST.

25 Passphrase K (Double passphrase)

26 Passphrase K1

27 Passphrase K2

28 Passphrase K3

29 Passphrase K4

Learn in GBTB
30 Passphrase L1

31 Passphrase L2

Two Rows Complete
32 GBTB Two Rows of Six

Move in GBTB
33 Passphrase M1

34 Passphrase M2

Navigate in GBTB
35 Passphrase N1

36 Passphrase N2

Orchestrate in GBTB
38 Passphrase O2

37 Passphrase O1

Photograph in GBTB
39 Passphrase P1

40 Passphrase P2

Quest in GBTB
42 Passphrase Q2

41 Passphrase Q1

Revitalise in GBTB
43 Passphrase R1

44 Passphrase R2

Third Row Complete
45 GBTB Three Rows of Six

Sleep in GBTB
46 Passphrase S1

47 Passphrase S2

Transform in GBTB
48 Passphrase T1

49 Passphrase T2

After this mission, we decided to have a break. There was a 24 hour hawker centre that reminded me of the one at East Coast Park. We had prata and decided to take a group picture while we ate.

I didn’t take a very good photo…

50 Group Pic (Prata Break)

Unite in GBTB
51 Passphrase U1

52 Passphrase U2

Visualize in GBTB
53 Passphrase V1

54 Passphrase V2

Wanderlust in GBTB
55 Passphrase W1

56 Passphrase W2

Whole GBTB Picture Complete!
57 GBTB Four Rows of Six

After we finished, we took another group picture. Man, were we tired!
58 Group Pic (After)

-Jace