After two weeks of experiencing Swiss spring (temperatures) at Singapore, the warmth is slowly and steadily returning. Today morning, to enjoy the last few days of cool weather, I took an early wake walk to shop at FairPrice. Since it’s my regular grocery store, needless to say, it’s Singapore’s cheapest best store. Upon completion of shopping, I queued up at the cash counter and started observing.
The extremely well dressed aging lady took out her purse and from it a 10$ bill for a loaf of bread. I impatiently waited for the change to be given to her. She took the change, counted, re-arranged the notes in ascending order, put the notes and coins in separate pouches of her purse and then left.
On my turn, I took out my Amex credit card, waited for the swipe, waited for the printout, waited for the merchant slip to be handed over, waited for the pen, then signed the slip, handed over, took the customer copy, folded it, kept in my pocket and then got to picking my purchases.
As I was lifting my bags, the next in queue young bloke only wearing a vest, dirty (unwashed for long) pair of jeans, messy boots covered with mix of dry mud and cement, possibly construction worker class or equivalent, came up. He tapped his wrist watch on the card reader and took off with his purchases.
Moral 1: Looks can be very deceiving.
Moral 2: Younger generation will always lead in technology usage.
Moral 3: Clothes no more make a man!
Moral 4: Ability to adapt to rapid changing society, does.
It’s a fact, these days the wallet in my back pocket seems too thick (and uncomfortable) while sitting. Articles of wallet hurting the spinal cord have started floating in my social media feed more often.
Never felt the same, the past two decades!