So we are sitting at the train station, 2hrs early, and I’m thinking, I’m going to need something to drink on the over night train back to Kuala Lumpur. There is a local grocery store so I head on over there.
On this trip, I tended to stay away from Cola drinks as a regular supplement to balance off the buckets we sweat while walking around bird parks, Little Indias and outdoor market. I decided to go with those “powerade” type of drinks. Here they call them “isotonic drink”. While they have quite a number that are “cloudy but not clear” in coloring, they taste fine.
I had a whopping $2.00SGD left to spend and this drink was labeled as $1.50. Excellent! I bring it to the counter to pay. The lady says “That’s 15cents extras for cold. Okay?” I was stunned. Was she trying to rip me off? This was a large store, so that was unlikely. I just replied “The label said $1.50.” and gestured with my thumb towards the coolers. She basically repeated her statement and said “Sure, whatever.” Then she scanned a barcode and charged me $1.65.
It’s the little stories that make this(any) trip memorable.