When I was in Indonesia, I really rarely use coins. Well, because I don’t really need to anyway. We don’t use cents. Even the smallest amount of money used in Indonesia is Rp 25 which is super rarely seen. Oh btw it’s equal to about 0.002 USD.
But after I moved to Singapore, things changed. With the cent system, paying something is very complicated. One glass of teh peng (ice milk tea) for 80 cents. Canned drink for 90 cents. Food for 3 dollars and 20 cents.
However, given the fact I’ve lived in Indonesia for 17 years, I am still not used to use coins. I just instinctively put out my paper banknote while actually I have coins with the same amount.
And the result? Ha. I put those spare coins in a box, this box :
And it’s now half-full. Ha ha.
There is no other way to get rid of those coins but to use it. So, now, if I want to get some snack or supper from the ubiquitous 7-11, I only bring coins. I can bring coins worth 10 dollars, you know. Ha ha.
Today is no different. My stomach has grumbled and there’s no food in home. Going to kopitiam? Too far.
Off to 7-11 I went.
I bought instant noodle (read : a daily necessity for students). Cost 2.20 dollars. Unfortunately I just brought 1 dollar and 50 cents coins with me today, so I gave the shop assistant two 1 dollar coins and one 50 cents coin with the hope she will give me one 20 cents coin along with 10 cents coin or maybe three 10 cents coins.
She gave me…
six 5 cents coins.
Which means.. I get more coins than I want to spend.
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