Traveling keeps you alert and humble, knowing that you’re just a tiny dust in this universe. And that they are so many awesome, talented, kind and wonderful people in the world. You are also great in your own way.
Got an fb message from a friend, “Sis, are you still in the US?” (Bad feeling, cuz this person has never even whatsapp me)
“Yes, pa kabar…?”
“Baik. Sis, aku boleh ngga titip …..? Di walmart ada kok, kutransfer uangnya.” (to the point)
Me: (I knew it)
Don’t worry, I’m not so much like many Indonesians who is sungkan to say no. Hehehehe.
After I said sorry I don’t go to walmart, she only said, “Oh ok, sis.”

Not even a thank you or whatever. That’s, my friend, an indonesian friend who has never travelled abroad. She doesn’t even know where I am and how far Walmart is from my place and what kinds of stuff being sold there. The product she wants is more than $35. I had so many cases when someone nitip something, but never take the stuff from me. I ended up with the stuff I don’t need or want (and burnt my money), e.g. books, etc.

My fellow traveler friends or foreigners rarely nitip whenever I’m away, cuz they know how hard it is to make time to buy something for someone, with the liability that if the thing breaks, you will not get paid. With no extra delivery/ transportation/ tip fee. For example, it takes $5 to reach the store. Of course, that friend in Indonesia will not care 🙂

So, next time you want to nitip, think about it carefully. If the person himself/ herself offers, then it’s fine. I usually give money in advance before the person is going (in the currency she/he uses there). #usatrip #solotravel

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