Monday, November 9, 2009

Money Fish

The other day, my taxi driver was chatting with me about inflation in Bangkok. The topic came up when he started talking about his fish made out of folded money. He pointed out that the paper bill used to make the body is a twenty baht note, while the fins are made from out-of-circulation ten baht bills. The cabbie went on to reminisce about the good 'ol days in Bangkok when you could buy a huge bowl of noodles for ten baht. And then he complained about how the price of street food has tripled in the last twenty years. I almost suggested to the driver that he use the money from his fish. If he disassembled it, he'd have enough cash for a big bowl of "bamee" noodles, a glass of "cha yen" (Thai-style iced tea), and he'd even have some spare change left over.