Train breakdowns are the new norm, it seems.

Circle Line train services were down for two days in a row, affecting thousands of morning rush hour commuters. Funny that the Straits Times said it was due to a “mysterious signal interference”, since both the Hungry Ghost Festival and Halloween are both over.

In any case, SMRT, LTA and IMDA have announced that they are going to suspend telco signals along parts of the underground CCL, so that they can find out what the heck is going on.

The bigger problem, though, is that no telco signals = no mobile data coverage, which means NO INTERNET ON THE TRAIN! But, what are our Candy Crush aunties, Pokemon hunters and YouTube watchers going to do?


Fret not. Here’s our list of 5 things to do while on CCL. No cost, no need data connection. All you need is a sense of adventure (and maybe be a bit thick-skinned).

Staring competition with the uncle/auntie opposite you


Most young people will avert their gaze, but anyone above 50? Death Stare Warriors (especially if they can’t play Candy Crush). We claim no responsibility if you get beaten up though, so please, use some common sense.

Read your free copy of TODAY and My Paper


Let those poor folks distributing them at the MRT stations know that their efforts are being appreciated.

Be a Snake master (again)


Time to flex your thumbs and break your old records. The great thing is you don’t even need an old Nokia phone for this. The game has been recreated for iPhone and Android OS!

Start a singing flash-mob



Why not? It’s been done before successfully, plus this time people actually need the entertainment. Record it on your smartphone and upload it to YouTube … when you get out of the station.

Reflect on life



If you’ve always wanted to travel to some far-flung beach, relax in a hammock, sip a mai tai and think about life, congratulations. You can do all that (minus the beach, hammock and drink – no food and beverages on trains, please) in the comfort of your seat on an air-conditioned train carriage. Costs only as much as your usual train fare.


Tried these out? Have other suggestions? Let us know!