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cashless society and drab black clothes

11 Dec

london 5.56am 6.6C dry. sunday 2016

ever wondered what it is like to be a cashless society? well, india is going to show you. govt is trying to force people to go cashless. trouble is it has not got the infrastructure set up for it. unlike here in uk, where most people got some kind of card that can let them pay small sums of money without needing identification. once the buses and tubes show the way, it makes people familiar with how it works and become more willing to try it for other transactions. even so, there will be people like me who resist going cashless. and fortunately for me, the govt is willing to give us the choice. in india you dont have the choice. as seen in this article about goa fish sellers, who are losing out because their customers dont have cash.

then there is this article about london’s hotels fully booked for christmas and new year. the tourists like coming to uk, because the low £ make their money go a long way. usually christmas is a quiet time for hotels, nothing is opened on christmas day so tourists avoid that. butnot this year it seems. though what are they going to do during the christmas period? that period between christmas and the new year. this year christmas falls on a sunday… i wonder how are people going to go to the church services as there will be no public transport. it might mean people will just walk to their local churches and leave st paul’s, and westminster cathedral empty … haha. 

i was on the bus along regent st yesterday around 1pm, and the pavement was absolutely crowded with people. but they were not carrying shopping bags. in the past, u see such crowds and many of them will be carrying many  colourful shopping bags . this time you can see a sea of black, as so many of them wear black clothing…and seemingly not a colourful shopping bag in sight to relieve that sea of black;  and all those black clothing, quite drab looking ones at that, which is in such stark contrast to the clothes u see in the shop windows.

oh i just have a thought, now we have to pay for our shopping bags in the supermarkets, does that policy extend to clothes shops and they are charging? that might account for no shopping bags seen. people are just putting all their purchases in their backpacks or in just one bag.

i was wondering how come all these shoppers are not dressed nicer? if people are buying all those clothes we see hanging in the shop windows, how come none of them are wearing them out in the street? are they saving those fancy clothes for special occasions only? 

teh tarik time

5 Jan

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I have been saying to garfieldblog that writing on my blog is like yakking away  with a teh tarik in a mamak stall in KL with friends and kakis. (legs in malay, dont know what the origin of this word is to refer to good friends but we just use it.)

 I have come back from the budget supermarkets aldi, asda, to buy loads of toilet paper. one lot is 6 rolls of double size rolls, 400sheets. this is for the wc. another pack is from asda who sell theirs of 12rolls of 200sheets. the latter is perfect for hand tissues. i first saw them being used by hawkers in malaysia. they take out the central cardboard and pull out the central bit and use it as hand tissues. then even that was getting expensive, so they resort to selling packs of tissues to customers.  but the lesson of the previous way of using toilet rolls for hand tissues stayed with me and so i bought one of those containers and am using it in my flat.

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from the label i see it costs Rm$2.10. i bought it years ago, maybe 7-8yrs ago. wish i bought another one haha. they are very useful.

simon had been telling me he found out he can transfer his credit card debt into a interest fee card that dont charge him interest for 12months so allowing him to pay off the debt without paying interest. it is basic economics.

it surprised me that he did not know of it. ah well, it is no wonder his finances are such a mess. haha. he had been paying about £75 a month in interest, he said, so the debt must be rather large. well better late than never i suppose. like i said, people are poor because of ignorance.

i laughed and told him knowing you westerners u will start buying some more stuff and defeat the whole purpose of the exercise. and he said ya, that happened to his friend, who cleared his debt on one card by transferring it to another interest free card, but the wife took the old card and bought more stuff. hahaha.

Ah well, it is only money. haha.

people are booking their air fares now as the urge to travel is on them. that is the thing about westerners, they so like to spend even when they cannot afford it. they want it now, and pay later. that is why businesses like to set up businesses here, so many people who will spend even though they cannot afford it.

thrifty people like the japanese just dont spend, and so the economy stays still. stagnant.

My friend john says he has booked his flight to goa, in february 2015. it is a long flight with a stopover in mumbai and a 4hr wait, going there, and a 8hr wait coming back. i would not have bothered but john wants to be bothered.

just this morning i see in the papers some british families with children were stranded in mumbai because their flight from goa was late and they missed the connection with BA. it must be really late, because they usually give 4hrs between the two flights. ( it seems there was long delay in the airport to get from the airindia goa flight into the other). BA was so fully booked for later flights , the only ones available was 8days away. it is just after the christmas new year holidays so they are all coming back that is why the flights are so chock a block full. those flights over the christmas are not cheap. john paid £678 rtn for his but it is in february. 

well, we hear of it because they all start to tweet about it. haha. nowadays these things get thrown out worldwide for the world to see… who cares really but because of tweeter, everyone knows and start re tweeting it. and it appears in a national newspaper. in fact more than one newspaper reported it. when i read it i thought sigh only john would bother going there. typical english person go half way round the world for what?? esp when india has just passed a law that makes gays illegal there where before it was legal. we should boycott india. 

 at least he is going there for a month, rather than these rich families going there whipping in and out for 2wks with kids too.

but it does make all of us here in uk rather pleased to see them having all this trouble haha. it must cheer those up who cannot go abroad. haha hee hee.

oh but we must not be uncharitable. haha. so banish the thought. 

added. i am seeing a old program of room 101, where they nominate their pet hates to be dumped in room 101. one of them nominates the barbeque, he is a tv chef, and the MC said maybe because u are a professional showbiz cook and want us to think cooking is difficult. whilst cooking is just making food hotter.i thought that is funny.