Previously I was walking back to the ferry pier from the Grand Palace. I was told by a helpful local that the ferry wasn’t running as one had sank that morning. Presumably, a tuk tuk would have magically appeared if I had believed this. I just continued and said I would just go see if it was running.
More recently, I was approached by another helpful local at the exit from the MRT near a shopping centre. She said she was a teacher on her day off and offered to help us with our shopping plans. We graciously declined and said we already had plans. The next day we were in a coffee shop in the same area, only to spot her again.