Sometimes, I “don’t know what to say”…

How much effort and time it is going to take for this driver to just reverse this small car and park it back properly? Hours? Minutes? Seconds?

No doubt there are other empty parking spots – so occupying 2 parking spots is not really a big issue – it does not really “bother” anyone else but that is not the point. The shot that I took last week or so is just an example.

There are others selfish acts that you will see on daily basis, on and off the road – double, triple parking creating traffic jams and obstructing other vehicles, abusing the emergency lane to a point that you could kill others, jumping queue the moment you see a traffic jam and in doing that, creating even more traffic jam, throwing rubbish wherever and whenever you like, etc.

Why can’t they take a moment out to think about others and do a quick run of some “what-if” scenarios? What if there is a lack of parking space later? What if an ambulance had to use the emergency lane? What if someone had an emergency but your car is blocking their car? What if…?

Think about it…

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Parking Paranoia

Just a quickie on a Monday morning…

(With more people having cars, getting the right parking spot is fast becoming more crucial too. Image source:

Call me paranoid but the last thing I want to do is to park my car somewhere far from the restaurant where I am having my dinner.

To recall back, I have lost count of giving amiss of good restaurants just because the nearby parking lots was full or the parking was far away or the available place to park simply looked too unsecured (read back lanes and dark alleys). Best restaurants ends up as restaurants with good parking spaces rather than restaurants with good food.

So problematic of me! And this usually does not go well with family and friends but then again, I do the same with temples and shopping malls. So, over time, they would have come accustomed to my peculiar preference of place of dining, worship or shopping.

The best, ideal situation would be where I can see my car directly from my dining table. So, if any suspicious characters start to linger near my car or if some idiot runs his car into mine, I could keep a close eye and act fast before my car is not broken into or before the idiot do a quick “hit and run”.

The next ideal situation would be where I park at secured, well maintained parking lots (hotels mainly come top of the list although parking lots at shopping malls has a lot to be desired – well maintained but poorly secured).

And there is no other choice but to park my car far from the restaurant, I would leave the fate of my car in the hands of the Al-Mighty and have a rather restless dinner. It could be just me – worrying for nothing and being suspicious of everything.

Other Perils of Basement Parking

When mention about the perils of basement parking, most of us would be thinking about Canny Ong who was abducted from a basement parking, raped and subsequently murdered.

Ever since the tragic incident, most of the operators of basement parking have improved the level of security (I said most). There are now frequent patrols by the security guard, CCTV that actually works and some sort of checking at the entrance. However, I still get request from some of lady colleagues to (ahem) “escort” them to the car because you will never know what is lurking behind some beat up Kancil (ya, my Iswara does not like Kancil either).

The other perils of basement parking that I am going to talk about has nothing to do with situation like Canny Ong. Nah, it is something that most of us don’t think much about it whenever we venture into the place called basement parking.

Stealth Driving

The good way to drive in a basement parking is to switch on the headlight, drive slow and stop at various junctions to ensure the traffic is clear. The idiotic way of driving is of course doing the reverse.

In basement parking where is the lights are dim and sight often obstructed by other parked cars & concrete beams, driving without a headlight makes it very difficult to distinguish between a stationary vehicle and a moving one. Further with 90% of the time, the drivers are too busy looking for an empty parking spot; it is unlikely that they will be watching out for the traffic (unless there are reserve parking lots waiting for them)

I have lost count of the times where near-miss happened when the other drivers cannot see a moving car (driven fast without the headlights switched on). On 1 – 2 occasions, I myself was almost run over by cars without their headlights on (I don’t think they were aiming for me but then again I won’t know)

Quality of Air

That right – the quality of air in basement parking. I am not sure about other buildings but at the place where I work at, the quality of air is just bad (despite the fact that building is still new). Dust, sand, exhaust fumes and get this – frequent dogs “waste” (ya, there are a group of dogs, from my last count – about 7, who often roam around in the basement parking in the late afternoons) had badly degraded the quality of air that we breathe from the moment we get down from out cars.

As the traffic in the parking lots is “heavy” in the morning and afternoon, I find the dust constantly being stirred up, forming an almost “misty looking” atmosphere. If I have parked near the exit, then all I have to do to hold my breath until I reach the exit. However, if I have parked far away, imagine the quality of air that I had to breathe while walking towards the exit. It is almost a Fear-Factor akin of desperation.

In my previous workplace, the building management actually cleans the parking lots with high pressure water every 6 months. In the current building, we hardly see any cleaners – after some complaints, the cleaners were back but they just do “touch-up” cleaning but the layer of sand is still there. Anyone who has parked their car for more than a day will find a good layer of dust on their car.

(Picture: It seems like the dogs “reserve” the parking lots to do their “business”. Our theory was that once it has dried up; it turns into fine dust, polluting the air in the basement parking, only to be taken in by us when we breathe. Ouch, what a disgusting thought!)Despite of the above perils, I still prefer basement parking. I do. It is safe (for my car of course – I don’t think people dare to “kacau” me because I myself look like a killer gangster after the morning rush) and keeps my car out of the sun & “acid” rain (ya, it is acid and it is actually my main reason – sun & rain on my car’s shining metallic paint? No way brother!)

Until then, I just have to watch out for the perils in the basement parking.
(Filed under Tag: Miscellaneous – Motoring)