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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

What if you only have 3 ringgit?

The furniture installers from the furniture shop were supposed to come at 3pm. I was in the office at 12.10pm taking my sweet time returning calls and deleting junk mails from my inbox (yeap, emails from sub-cons, some of them fall under the junk category now... hehehehe).

Suddenly my cell phone rang, well it didn't really rang, you could hear Tam's husky voice singing Mabuk whenever people called me. My boss hates my ringing tone, that's why I'm not going to change it.

It turned out the furniture installers were already on their way to my house. I was rather mad because I was supposed to go to a customer's place which was at The Mall, KL during lunch hour. My initial plan was to rush home after the meeting so that I could supervise the wardrobe installation. I scraped the plan and threw it into the bin while making a mental note to make a courtesy call to my customer later.

I packed my laptop bag, locked the pedestal and headed to the car park. Since they told me they were arriving in 40m minutes' time, I decided to make a stop at the food court near LDP toll plaza for a quick lunch. I went to get nasik campur and sirap limau and was about to recite Bismillah when I realized I forgot to make a stop at the ATM and only have three ringgit in my wallet. Shite! Terus menyumpah, tak jadi nak baca Bismillah!

I started doing some congak-congak and prayed that the food and drink would cost less than 3 ringgit. When the towkey came to bring my bill I closed my eyes imagining the unimaginable. After a blink, then I saw what he wrote on the paper (as usual, a piece taken from a ciggie box).... 5 hinggit!!! I continued eating and maintain ayu, while my oversized brain was busy trying to locate where could my coins be. In the glove compartments? Under the carpet? Somewhere at the bottom of my handbag?

I didn't finish my lunch, lost my appetite and tension macam nak gile. I took out my 3 ringgit, unzipped the coin pocket and took out all the coins I have inside to sort them on the table. After fumbling for 30 seconds, I managed to get 5 hinggit! The towkey gave a pity smile when I handed over the money, especially when he saw my 5 cents. LoL.

Just when I thought I have things being taken care of, I came to another realization when I turned the car ignition: How in the world am I going to pay for the toll? Arghhhh!!!!! Thats when I started digging every inch of the car looking for coins that could've fallen or deliberately thrown because usually yours truly didn't have enough time to think of where to put loose change. Iye, saya bodoh piang boleh tahan.

Finally, after flipping the carpet, sifting the documents in the glove compartment and emptying the coin compartment (lah, keta aku memang ada coin compartment pun tapi selalunya aku letak tin Nescafe kat situ), I managed to get RM1.60 for LDP toll. Phew!!! Legaaaaa!

Lessons learned today:
1. Don't rush regardless of what's going to happen or what people expect of you
2. Keep enough money in the car. Well, at least an amount that could buy you lunch and pay for toll.
3. Jangan layan sangat furniture installer ni. Dah aku kata pukul 3, pukul 3 laaaa...

11 comments:

Zara in Germany said...

DNAS...wow factornya bukan that u forgot to take the cash out first, but that u managed to korek 3.60 out of other places plus your wallet! heheh. sib baikla ada...

Donut said...

another lesson : get yourself a touch-n-go! and make sure u have enough balance!

i heard u can use ur touch-n-go to buy foods (doughnuts?) in highways nowadays. betoi ke dak, tataulah!

wanshana said...

I would have panicked giler if I was in your shoes! Imagine - if you didn't have that RM5?! Alamat basuh pinggan lah you kat situ...

Like you, my car is also like a "wishing well" yang penuh dengan coins merata - kat glove compartment, kat tempat letak air, kat segala pockets yang ada dan juga di atas lantai...

Another moral of the story - biarkan ajelah kereta kita macam wishing well coz' there'll be times just like this when you need all the coins you could scrape out of every the little nook and corner...and you'll start praying and wishing for your own personal wishing well...Hehehe!

* I like the part "My boss hates my ringing tone, that's why I'm not going to change it..." Hehehe!

Leilanie said...

Dnas,

It has happened to me.... the toll thingie.
So now, I credit enough cash on my IC for T&G (as a back up).

I now also campak my coins in my handbag.... so, kalau I need money, I know, I can korek my handbag.
:)

D.N.A.S said...

Zara,
nasib baik kat sini guna Ringgit Malaysia, kalau pakai Rupiah, berapa juta aku kena korek agaknya?

donuts,
i akan beli TNG bila boleh guna kad tu untuk beli JCO and Big Apple donuts. I akan terus beli TNG dan-dan ni jugak kalau I boleh guna kad tu kat kedai kasut Nine West... hahahaha.

D.N.A.S said...

Kak Shana,
now that the people of the blogworld knows that both of us have wishing wells, 'Mari! Mari! Siapa nak mencari jodoh dan meneka nombor ekor boleh membaling syiling ke dalam kereta saya dan Kak Shana!!' hahaha.

I'm not changing the ringing tone coz everytime my phone rings, he'll kick me out of the meeting room. Tu yang best tu... hihihi.

Lanie,
wow, you're fully utilizing your IC. I'm still very skeptical lah about dumping all my electronic data into that smart card.

pijah said...

tulahh kann.. sebenarnya tak bagus jadi miss-tidy kann.. kalu jadi miss-tidy gerenti tader cent2 sepah dlm henbeg and keta. oleh itu, projek kemas keta postpone till further notice :p

raggedyanne said...

funny, this happened to me too yesterday! well, not that furniture installers were coming to my house and i got no money for nasi campur, but i had to rush somewhere too and i realized i just had rm5 in notes to pay for the penang bridge toll! korek2 coins, cukup la rm7. when i arrived at my destination, the only parking space available kena pay rm2! korek2 summore, cukuplah... but lucky parking attendant didn't come and claim. and that was the day i feel sooooo poor in my whole life, hihi

john f seademon said...

cerita 3 ringgit tak ada...

Cerita 30 sen ada...

I dah nak terkench sesangat at one mall nih...seluk punya seluk ada 10 sen aje and wallet cuma ada RM50 notes...boleh indon tu tak kasi i masuk....!!!

Apa lagi...belakang pintu kecemasan la...

MyMode Network said...

used to have only RM10 for 3 days before next gaji...we learn our lesson from all these funny (after lepas azab la haha) experiences...

Helena said...

hi... pernah experience macam ni bila the 3 ATMs i visited semuanya out of service....

i korek my handbag and got RM9..... yeay! hehe....