So I went over to this HDB flat today to buy a used air conditioner. That’s when I really realized that a great number of elevators suck in Singapore. Actually, technically, the elevators don’t suck. It’s the elevator system that sucks in HDBs. In older HDB flats the elevator system only stops on certain floors.
In this building, the stops were on the 1st, 6th and 10th floor. So, if you lived on the 3rd, 4th or 8th floor you have to take the lift two extra stories up and walk down two flights of stairs or start two stories lower and walk up two flights of stairs.
I believe this system was put in place so that if you lived on one of those odd floors, your unit is bigger. But, after carrying a portable air conditioning unit up a flight of stairs. I’ll take the elevator over the smidgen of extra space anyday.