Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Riddle me this

What goes up but never comes down? The usual answer to that riddle is age. But, nowadays, we can add more than a few answers to that question. Petrol prices for one. Food prices is another. This is probably old news by now, but have you noticed how the prices of food have gone by so much but the portion either remains the same or has even become smaller? A plate of my favourite watan ho now costs RM5 (up from RM4.00); a mug of teh tarik from my favourite local coffee shop now costs RM1.50 (previously RM1); even the so-called 'economy rice' isn't very economical anymore, what with prices now hovering at RM4.50 for white rice with two vegetable dishes and one meat dish (previously RM3.50). And these are prices of food at local coffee shops! Such prices were unheard of just 2 years ago! You'd think you'd be dining at some upmarket restaurant or something for that kind of money.

But, such is the situation now and apart from eating in more often to avoid spending the money, there's nothing much we can do about it. There's supposed to be an interesting debate going on tonight between Anwar Ibrahim and Information Minister, Ahmad Shabery concerning the fuel price hike, but without access to terrestrial tv broadcast (is there such a thing as extra-terrestrial broadcasts I wonder?), someone will have to tell me what it was all about. Either that or I just wait for tomorrow's papers. But, come to think of it, what's the use of the debate anyway? The reality is the current fuel prices won't drop, so it's all just a purely academic but totally fruitless exercise.

I prefer a reasonably-priced plate of watan ho over brain-busting, verbal gymnastics anytime.

Please?

6 comments:

maslight said...

T_T so sad...
everything naik harga..ekonomi rice is not RM3.50 sudah..it's RM4.50 ancus

Inda lama nanti reach RM8 mmg ancus

chegu carol said...

im listening to the debate now..i think thats a repeat. interesting but i dont really get everything been said cos mau get ready to school (and blogging) :P

Nick Phillips said...

That's the sad but true reality of things these days.

I remember back then, for a mere RM3.50, you could eat like a king! These days even RM5.00 won't get you anywhere near to eating like a prince even ... siggghhh ...

That's why I prefer eating in these days.

Perry said...

maslight: tell me about it.

chegu carol: i didn't see o read about the debate myself, but my friend tells me the minister got fried.

nick phillips: yes, it is sad.

Ann said...

Unfortunately, this is the situation in most countries, incl. Aus...

Btw, how much is the kaya toast from that famous shop now?

Perry said...

ann: RM1.20.

 
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