Yesterday afternoon after work I was a bit thirsty ( surprise surprise ! ) and with no beer in the house, I got a hankering for my favorite beer San Miguel. There is a Mini Market called Brother Mart in Russian Market with a big cold fridge so I headed over there. Grabbing a basket , I was soon loading 8 tins of San Mig into it, as well as 3 packets of these little things called Num Trey ( literally – fish cakes ). These things are about the size of a small marble and have a red hot chili in the middle of them and they are great with beer. Just as I am about to finish in the fridge, I notice a nice chilled green can of Becks Beer staring out at me and I call the attendant over;
Me; How much are the Becks ?
Him; 2600 riel ( that is 65c for you western dwellers )
Me ; Struth that’s cheap ! How much are the San Miguel ?
Him ; 5300 riel ( that is …er..um….about $1.30 )
Me; Well……in that case…..screw the San Miguel…..gimme 8 Becks.
Then,when I go to the counter I decided to buy Leakhana a fabulously trashy Khmer fashion magazine which would gain me massive brownie points.
Now…back home I am pretty sure a can of Becks at a bottle-o runs to about $3 minimum so that is $24 for the beer. Fashion magasines are at least $8 and the fish cakes would have been about $3 each packet. So by my reckoning….this lot would have cost me around AUD$41
Total bill here in Phnom Penh for the beer, fish cakes and glossy mag ? $8.30 ( or about $10 Aussie ).
Sucks to be you.