Some clues on where I’m heading in +/- 16 hours from now.
During a phone call with a staff at the money changer where I usually buy foreign currencies...
Me: Do you have stock of XXX? *the currency of the country I’m going to*
Guy: Come again?
Me: XXX... *saying it slowly this time*
Guy: What is that actually?
Me: You know, the currency of XXXXX *mentioning the country’s name*
Guy: Oh, sorry, we don’t have that.
Very few Malaysians go to the country that the money changer guy had no clue of its currency!
Chatting with my colleague Mr. K who just returned from US last week...
Mr. K: Do you need USD? You can buy from me. I have some leftovers.
Me: Sure. At what rate are you selling them to me?
Mr. K: Why don’t you check the buying and selling rate at the money changer. Then we’ll take the average. It will be a win-win.
Me: I’ll do that. Will let you know later.
Mr. K: Do you need other currencies? I have some other currencies too.
Me: Do you have XXX?
Mr. K: Huh? No.
Me: What about YYY?
Mr. K: No. People don’t go to those places that you are going to!
Oh well, all the more reason why I want to go there!
I’m calling this trip “South to South to South”.
My travel book, containing printouts of necessary documents for the trip (i.e. itinerary, maps, booking confirmations).
This time around I took extra measures to make sure that the binding was done on the correct side, so no, last year’s booboo didn’t repeat itself. I think I might have scared the girl at the binding shop in the process. Closely watched her punching pages after pages, just to be safe ;-)
So, can you already guess where I’m going to? Should be easier now. Those who already knew... ssshhhhh... let others have fun guessing!