It’s easy to forget how ubiquitous sights in Singapore used to be groundbreaking stuff at some point in our history.

Like how the tallest block of housing flats in Singapore used to be nine storeys in the early-1950s.

And the fact that cabs in Singapore didn’t always have an electronic meter installed in it until 1981. (Yes, the meter that we now take for granted didn’t always exist.)

Or how, once upon a time, you would breathe a sigh of relief when the answer to “Uncle, do you accept NETS ah?” was “yes”.

You could, of course, hope the cabby trusts you enough, reassure him/her that you would return with the money and run upstairs to get the cash as quickly as you can possibly manage…

But this seems far too anxiety-inducing, and not at all ideal.

Read more at Mothership.