Published on June 12th, 20132
Only in Asia: Save a Dry Marker
We’re preempting our usual “Wordless Wednesday” blather today (which btw – in retrospect seems a bit silly as A. rarely have any of the WWs been the least bit “Wordless”, and B. seldom do I manage to post them on “Wednesday”).
ANYWAY… We’re necessarily preempting to bring you a purely sterling… “Only In Asia” moment.
The OIA tale:
So as I’m leaving “An Tiến” (the “American Academy”, the private English school I teach at here in Dalat) after my 5-7pm class Monday night, there at the front desk the dear receptionist lass is quietly and diligently…
Yup – she’s methodically REFILLING each and every red, blue and black DRY ERASE MARKER!
Not a matter of backwards technology – shoot, AMA here in Dalat is on the brink of installing the new “Interactive Whiteboards” soon.
Gently inquiring as to why the lass was so zealously poised with that wee nozzle slowly dripping ink into the spongy innards of every blessed pen…
She sweetly informed me that it was “very economical” – each bottle of ink costs just 10,000 vnd (about .50) and could refill up to FIVE markers!
In short – gotta love the frugality of such solutions in developing nations. Unlike we Western countries (where time = money), in Vietnam saving a few dong by reusing those many (can you spell P.L.A.S.T.I.C. – aka L.A.N.D.F.I.L.L.???) pens makes perfect sense!