Sunday, January 18, 2009

Mr. Money Bags

If you're a Bangkok taxi driver and you're wishing for money, there are multiple superstitious activities that are supposed to bring prosperity.  I've mentioned some of the "get rich quick" schemes before, but today I discovered yet another way to pray for cold hard cash.  The driver had placed coins inside six bags printed with lucky Thai, Chinese, and Khmer script as a way to multiply his profits.  I asked the cabby if the number of bags had any significance, and he told me that each bag represents one million baht.  He added that he would be satisfied if he had six million in the bank.  I suggested he hang up a few more bags.  After all, the cost of living is going up.