Piso

Ever been in a situation where you find out you’ve got absolutely no money on your person — and you’ve absolutely got to pay for something?

Happened to me this morning. After rushing off to the gym, late because my alarm hadn’t woken me up early enough, I went through the motions of a workout then showered and dressed for work. (I also had a teensy wardrobe malfunction which explains why I still look like I’m going to the gym, but that’s a story for another time.) When I got down to the basement parking area, which has a fee of 40 pesos, I realized that I hadn’t brought any money with me.

(I had bought lunch the previous day from my office building’s canteen, but they couldn’t give me change for my 500-peso bill. I told them I’d be back for it later — and then I proceeded to forget about it completely.)

So there I was inside my car, scrambling for any loose change I could find. I could only summon 20 pesos from my coin purse, so I decided to look for an ATM so I could withdraw money. It was just my luck that payday was yesterday and people were lined up for blocks behind each nearby ATM. (I exaggerate a bit, but it certainly seemed like that.)

I returned to my car and proceeded to ransack all the compartments again. By God’s grace, I stumbled onto 38 pesos worth of one-peso coins in the console box and only had to add two pesos from my coin purse to make the fee.

After that experience, I’m definitely never taking coins for granted. Not even the lowly piso.

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6 thoughts on “Piso

  • February 17, 2007 at 2:51 am
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    “After that experience, I’m definitely never taking coins for granted. Not even the lowly piso.”

    Tama ka dyan wheew… nangyari na rin sa akin dati yan… me bibilhin ako pero wala palang pambayad hahahaha ibang wallet nadala ko.

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  • February 20, 2007 at 7:55 pm
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    Just like our fingers, kapag nabawasan ng isa, hindi ka na makakahawak ng maigi 🙂

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  • February 21, 2007 at 4:51 am
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    ^ Same with “Di makakabuo ng piso kung kulang ng singko. Di makakabuo ng isandaan kung kulang ng piso.” Never underestimate the power of the, uhm Power Piso!

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  • February 22, 2007 at 8:08 am
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    Hi, Noelle!

    Yup, never underestimate the power of the piso! No matter how annoying coins can be, they still have their purposes.

    Hehe, incidentally I wrote an article on how to save coins and their various uses.

    Fatten that piggy (bank)!

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  • February 25, 2007 at 5:36 am
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    Lemme see, right now. 🙁 I left my wallet at my Manila apartment and now I’m literally penniless here in Batangas. *hikbi*

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  • February 26, 2007 at 4:59 pm
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    I always have a lot of change lying around when I don’t need them. When I need them the most, they’re not there. Curse you, pixies living under my bed!!!

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