While queuing at a money changer, standing in front of a young couple who are university students based on their other conversations, who also don’t know the basic concept of personal space plus volume control…
Boy: Frankfurt where, Russia ah?
Girl: (hesitation) Hmm… Yeah
Boy: What’s the difference between Chinese dollars and Chinese Renmenbi?
Girl: Read somewhere that there is a difference but can’t remember…Chinese dollars and US dollars used to be the same, now they change…
Girl: I also read that we can use British pounds here
Boy: We used to be under British what…that’s ages ago
Girl: No leh…can use it until about ten years ago
Girl: Hong Kong and China same what, why have Hong Kong dollars
Boy: Dunno… Wah Won a lot leh but not much value like Dong. Eh, must go to ‘atas’ countries so people look at you more ‘atas’
Girl: I know right. What is “we buy”, “we sell”….how come got different rate one?
Me (throughout this conversation): 😲🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️💆🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️💆🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️💆🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️💆🏽♀️Thank God it’s my turn…
Moral of the story:
(1) there is nothing wrong to admit that you don’t know than pretend to know with hesitation
(2) smartphones can be used to Google instead of just scrutinising your classmates’ IG
(3) personal space + volume control is a basic concept