Guess it's old news by now, the new fuel price. I got the news at ~5.30pm yesterday while still in the office, preparing to go home at 6pm & then to the cinema later on ('Twas cheap movie Wednesday).
Well, I'm usually not the kinda person that rushes straight to the nearest petrol station before losing out on a cheaper petrol price. According to my analytical mind (I had just double confirmed on that personality in the Emotional Excellence class today..), the amount you save from that last minute still-cheap-fuel will never offset the amount of time one has to waste waiting in line outside the petrol station. In fact some believes Time is money too. Furthermore, how much can you really save from that final pump? Say it's 20cents saved per litre - that's about the max price hike previously - and a full tank requires 30 litres (taking an easy-to-multiply number here), which means you'll save a mere 6bucks. 2 plates of char koay teows alone will have costed more.
Anyway, I realized my fuel level was almost down to 'E' while on the way home. Also, I'd passed a few stations as well and my, my, the queues sure were building up. "Hmm..maybe I should be pumping too" popped in my mind (Analytical mind kicking in -again). First, my fuel was reaching zilch. Plus it was a 78cents hike this time around! Besides, my movie would only start at 9.30pm and it was only almost 7pm then. I decided I would go home for a refreshing shower and join the crowd after. BUT not without preparations of coz! Girl Guides motto: "Be Prepared" :P
I had buns and a book to wait with me. I believed I was the only car with the interior light on after it had gotten dark outside!
~1.5 hours and a few chapters later, the station's signboard was finally visible. And thankfully, lady luck did not desert me either..Who knows, the station might ran out of fuel as my turn came up! Wouldn't that be Horror of horrors?!
All's well, ends well. And I still had time to spare to browse in a bookstore before the movie ;)
To wrap it up, this is an experience I wouldn't mind to miss LOL. If I had had a half tank of fuel left in the first place, I think I'll still be sticking to my first analysis result and stayed at home instead. I can't believe there were still cars queued up when I was heading back home at ~11.56pm. Precious final 4 minutes indeed!
A colleague told me today that she and her mum was one of those queuing up at 11plus pm but sadly it was 12am before their turn came up. And guess what? The petrol station's attendant literally walked up to every car in queue, knocked on their windows and informed them "Harga sudah tukar, ya." ("The price has changed, ya.")
Talk about immediate effect!
Well, some cars went ahead to pump too..consolation for a 2hours wait NOT!