Train services on the Circle MRT Line got disrupted yet again from “intermittent signal interference” on Wednesday (Nov 2), causing multiple delays that lasted for nearly three hours!
Line operator SMRT said that services were disrupted between Botanic Gardens and Serangoon stations, after one train stalled in the direction of Dhoby Ghaut. Other parts of the Circle Line were also affected by delays after trains travelled at a slower speed from the signalling issue.
Needless to say, the delay left commuters angry and frustrated, with many saying there were insufficient shuttle buses for those who were stranded.
The incident came after train services on the Circle Line were repeatedly delayed for five days straight in September due to signalling issues.
No one knows when such delays will happen again, but the next time you find yourself trapped on the Circle Line, instead of wasting time feeling helpless and being angry, do THESE to make a few extra bucks while you ride out the commotion!
1) Write a few jokes
Always look on the bright side of life, right? Websites like cracked.com don’t just welcome your humour, they pay you for it too!
The website, known for its entertaining articles, pay up to US$100 (S$138.80) for submitting content that they publish on the site.
One way to approach this is to scan through the website to get an idea of what they look out for, before you take the time to come up with your masterpiece.
They currently accept articles, photos, infographics and videos, take your pick.
2) Make a list
If you like making lists, you would love this (as will your wallet). Listverse.com a content portal that carries only “list-icles”, pays contributors for submitting a list to them that they publish.
These lists will need to have at least 10 items, and at least 1,500 words. You’ll probably have a higher chance of getting published if you wrote a list on something offbeat. Think: “10 People Who Died Following Interaction With A UFO”!
Listverse pays US$100 (S$138.80) for every article they publish. Who knows, you might just score some easy money while caught up in the next Circle line delay.
3) Take photos with your smartphone
Singaporeans simply love to take photos about absolutely anything and everything. Now you can step up your camera game and actually get paid for it!
Foap, a photo app, lets you upload your photos to the platform and collect royalties from it. Once uploaded, your photos become available on the Foap market to millions of photo buyers all over the world.
Foap sells copies of your photos for US$10 (S$13.84), and split the money with you, so you make US$5 (S$6.92) every time a photo is sold. The best part is, you can sell the same photo several times and make money again and again from the same shot(s).
However, as you might expect, there are thousands of pictures on the site, so the best chance of actually making sales is by making sure that your shots are of excellent quality or of unique subject. In any case, the app is free!
4) Take surveys and get paid
Cash in on your boredom by filling out online surveys and getting paid for it. Depending on the platform and the nature of the survey, survey participants stand to earn cash, gift vouchers, free products and more.
While such opportunities are a dime a dozen, make sure you go to a reputable market research panel like SurveySavvy that actually pay you for your efforts.
You don’t want to fall into a paid survey scam and have your personal details compromised. And as we all know, there is no shortage of scam companies out there.
Good luck and safe commute, everyone!
Image source: TodayOnline