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Source: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/...-on-rm10-a-day/

Can you survive in KL on RM10 a day?
November 21, 2013
Could you survive living in the Klang Valley with just RM10 a day?
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By Matthias Sim

Could you survive living in the Klang Valley with just RM10 a day?

Stretching your ringgit in KV is definitely getting harder. The price of everything is increasing but wages are frustratingly stagnant. The problem is, that though there are those of us who have the opportunity to debate whether or not RM10 is enough – there are those (those earning minimum wage) who don’t have a choice.

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The RM10 survival assignment

We asked ourselves this question a week back: is it possible to go through a day in KL with just RM10? To get the answer, I was asked to go through a workday with just that little red note.

My commute wasn’t too far out of town (Kuala Lumpur to Petaling Jaya and back) and I only needed to survive the workday. Luckily, the office provides drinking water and basic beverages such as coffee and tea. Not every office stocks such amenities but if it does, it really helps cut corners.

The cheapest mode of transportation for my route was the bus service. A single journey from Kuala Lumpur to Petaling Jaya costs RM2.50. For two ways, it was RM5. That left me with only RM5 for meals. I chose to skip breakfast for a good lunch at an economy rice stall which cost RM4. With only RM1 remaining, I was forced to go home and eat a pack of instant noodles for dinner.

I did note that for those taking the LRT and Rapid Bus daily to KL for work had the option of a RapidPass Integrasi. This pass costs RM150 for 30 days, which equals to RM5 a day and has a no limit usage for buses, LRT and monorail services. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work for my route.

With RM10, I had just enough to eat a few meagre meals and get to work. Supper with friends, entertainment or any other form of recreation can be absolutely dismissed.

Readers sound off

After my findings, we posted an article on Yahoo! about the experience. It seemed to resonate with readers immensely if the overwhelming response and great feedback (which we are grateful for) is anything to go by.

According to a majority of our readers, surviving a day in KL with just RM10 was impossible whilst others shared how they got on with such a sum when finances were tight.

“You can’t expect people to eat roti canai or maggi goreng everyday… It’s a cruel life for someone who really does go through this daily, which I am sure a lot of people do. Most Malaysians are very underpaid!!” ~ Sharan

“Yes we need to have discipline and sacrifice at least one meal for the day. Not forgetting to bring along our home cooked food either for late breakfast or lunch.” ~ Arujunan

“This suggestion might work: 1. sleep under the flyover or kaki lima near your office – this will save you transport fee, 2. for lunch, buy packet nasi lemak which will cost between RM2-3 and get your water from vending machine which cost RM0.20 per liter. Then you will have some extra for tea breaks and some snacks.” ~ Mark

“…ten dollars where got enough? Try doing that 365 days per years, and for RM3650 you can survive one year?….even beggars spend more than that.” ~ Rita
Based on this and other feedback from readers, we created an infographic with 3 scenarios where RM10 could work. We admit that number 3 is particularly extreme but neither should be the way anyone is forced to live.


The verdict

The article was created out of curiosity and for good fun but the process of the challenge proved to be nowhere near comfortable. What we discovered was that whilst it is possible (I did make it through the day) it is more of surviving than living. It certainly wasn’t healthy nor a sustainable way for anyone to live.
And yet, a minimum wage worker who earns RM900 – RM1200 a month will find that RM10 a day (RM300 a month) is not a small sum.

The RM10 challenge was eye-opening for me. How did we get to the point where the minimum wage actually equates poverty? The saying of the simplest thing in life is to be enjoyed is perhaps redundant, since that it is almost impossible when everything, even the simplest thing, costs money.

Are we really robots to the economy, thinking that we are all living life, when in fact we are just surviving? Now that is something to think about.

This was brought you by Matthias Sim from RinggitPlus.com. RinggitPlus compares credit cards, balance transfers and personal loans to help Malaysians get more for their money.

This post has been edited by Kampung2005: Nov 22 2013, 12:36 AM
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eat instant noodles everyday to save money?

20 yrs later need to spend several thousands on hospital bills.
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Source: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/...-on-rm10-a-day/

Can you survive in KL on RM10 a day?
November 21, 2013
Could you survive living in the Klang Valley with just RM10 a day?
FEATURE
By Matthias Sim
Could you survive living in the Klang Valley with just RM10 a day?

Stretching your ringgit in KV is definitely getting harder. The price of everything is increasing but wages are frustratingly stagnant. The problem is, that though there are those of us who have the opportunity to debate whether or not RM10 is enough – there are those (those earning minimum wage) who don’t have a choice.

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The RM10 survival assignment

We asked ourselves this question a week back: is it possible to go through a day in KL with just RM10? To get the answer, I was asked to go through a workday with just that little red note.

My commute wasn’t too far out of town (Kuala Lumpur to Petaling Jaya and back) and I only needed to survive the workday. Luckily, the office provides drinking water and basic beverages such as coffee and tea. Not every office stocks such amenities but if it does, it really helps cut corners.

The cheapest mode of transportation for my route was the bus service. A single journey from Kuala Lumpur to Petaling Jaya costs RM2.50. For two ways, it was RM5. That left me with only RM5 for meals. I chose to skip breakfast for a good lunch at an economy rice stall which cost RM4. With only RM1 remaining, I was forced to go home and eat a pack of instant noodles for dinner.

I did note that for those taking the LRT and Rapid Bus daily to KL for work had the option of a RapidPass Integrasi. This pass costs RM150 for 30 days, which equals to RM5 a day and has a no limit usage for buses, LRT and monorail services. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work for my route.

With RM10, I had just enough to eat a few meagre meals and get to work. Supper with friends, entertainment or any other form of recreation can be absolutely dismissed.

Readers sound off

After my findings, we posted an article on Yahoo! about the experience. It seemed to resonate with readers immensely if the overwhelming response and great feedback (which we are grateful for) is anything to go by.

According to a majority of our readers, surviving a day in KL with just RM10 was impossible whilst others shared how they got on with such a sum when finances were tight.

“You can’t expect people to eat roti canai or maggi goreng everyday… It’s a cruel life for someone who really does go through this daily, which I am sure a lot of people do. Most Malaysians are very underpaid!!” ~ Sharan

“Yes we need to have discipline and sacrifice at least one meal for the day. Not forgetting to bring along our home cooked food either for late breakfast or lunch.” ~ Arujunan

“This suggestion might work: 1. sleep under the flyover or kaki lima near your office – this will save you transport fee, 2. for lunch, buy packet nasi lemak which will cost between RM2-3 and get your water from vending machine which cost RM0.20 per liter. Then you will have some extra for tea breaks and some snacks.” ~ Mark

“…ten dollars where got enough? Try doing that 365 days per years, and for RM3650 you can survive one year?….even beggars spend more than that.” ~ Rita
Based on this and other feedback from readers, we created an infographic with 3 scenarios where RM10 could work. We admit that number 3 is particularly extreme but neither should be the way anyone is forced to live.
The verdict

The article was created out of curiosity and for good fun but the process of the challenge proved to be nowhere near comfortable. What we discovered was that whilst it is possible (I did make it through the day) it is more of surviving than living. It certainly wasn’t healthy nor a sustainable way for anyone to live.
And yet, a minimum wage worker who earns RM900 – RM1200 a month will find that RM10 a day (RM300 a month) is not a small sum.

The RM10 challenge was eye-opening for me. How did we get to the point where the minimum wage actually equates poverty? The saying of the simplest thing in life is to be enjoyed is perhaps redundant, since that it is almost impossible when everything, even the simplest thing, costs money.

Are we really robots to the economy, thinking that we are all living life, when in fact we are just surviving? Now that is something to think about.

This was brought you by Matthias Sim from RinggitPlus.com. RinggitPlus compares credit cards, balance transfers and personal loans to help Malaysians get more for their money.
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If Malaysia things are cheaper by the factor of 2.5, the money we spent is still well worth it! As in the UK, £1.20 can get you a Steak pie, £1 for a cup of soup...
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morning free breakfast from company (nestum 3 in 1)
lunch rm5
dinner roti + penut butter (1 roti can last 2-3 days)
transportation = rm7 per week (petrol motor)

consider rm7 per day
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so pity..
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eat those shity food everyday later medical bill more expensive doh.gif
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QUOTE(rickyro @ Nov 22 2013, 12:35 AM)
If Malaysia things are cheaper by the factor of 2.5, the money we spent is still well worth it! As in the UK, £1.20 can get you a Steak pie, £1 for a cup of soup...
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RM 1 can get 3 karipap and Rm 1 can get 2 bowl of chap fan soup
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i find it is workable, just not as enjoyable daily life
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QUOTE(Blofeld @ Nov 22 2013, 12:34 AM)
eat instant noodles everyday to save money?

20 yrs later need to spend several thousands on hospital bills.
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a lot of ppl say this, but sometime you gotta decide to eat and die early, or not to eat and starving

i am student, i come from a poor family, my parents pay a lot of fees already, so i don't ask more from them

i work and i use my own money and that doesn't cover much especially with electric bill increasing


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QUOTE(ktek @ Nov 22 2013, 12:48 AM)
i find it is workable, just not as enjoyable daily life
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follow any of the above...3yrs to 10yrs later u will find urself going to doctor every week.
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In JB where got good public transport like KL, my petrol go and back to work RM15, tol RM4.80 and skip breakfast, take lunch nasi campur chicken and vegi, ais kosong RM7, Dinner roti kosong mamak and teh tarik RM2.70,

Thats the best i can fit my daily budget, total perday RM29.50x30 days = RM885/month
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QUOTE(party @ Nov 22 2013, 12:53 AM)
follow any of the above...3yrs to 10yrs later u will find urself going to doctor every week.
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nobody ask u to follow what the internet did blindly, use own creativity

walk to work. checked
everyday roti and self cooked meal (below rm10 not instant food)

i've been there and done that sleep.gif
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boleh , tapi kena masak sendiri . Maggie with telur and burger with roti at home or nasi goreng etc .

I bet almost everyone here survived with that much budget a year in uni time .
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QUOTE(V3nz @ Nov 22 2013, 12:53 AM)
a lot of ppl say this, but sometime you gotta decide to eat and die early, or not to eat and starving
i am student, i come from a poor family, my parents pay a lot of fees already, so i don't ask more from them
i work and i use my own money and that doesn't cover much especially with electric bill increasing
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im in similar case with you icon_rolleyes.gif

QUOTE(akidos @ Nov 22 2013, 01:03 AM)
boleh , tapi kena masak sendiri . Maggie with telur and burger with roti at home or nasi goreng etc .

I bet almost everyone here survived with that much budget a year in uni time .
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nah... some kiddo here live in much better life, dont even see the key word "survive"
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one bowl kl noodle aready 5+....
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QUOTE(ktek @ Nov 22 2013, 01:02 AM)
nobody ask u to follow what the internet did blindly, use own creativity

walk to work. checked
everyday roti and self cooked meal (below rm10 not instant food)

i've been there and done that sleep.gif
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i know but its really not good for health in long time. The effect wont show in short time. They usually comes when you are old.
I survive on RM5 per day (sometimes less than rm3/day if there is 1 friends gathering in that month) for 2yrs++..but not in kl and no need work yet.

Bottom line is...food maybe exp and even if there is no choice, always take care of your own health ( and also think of your family).
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QUOTE(V3nz @ Nov 22 2013, 12:53 AM)
a lot of ppl say this, but sometime you gotta decide to eat and die early, or not to eat and starving

i am student, i come from a poor family, my parents pay a lot of fees already, so i don't ask more from them

i work and i use my own money and that doesn't cover much especially with electric bill increasing
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why instant noodle when u can get eggs, n bread... make sandwich.. give better nutrient and energy
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the problem is all those meals within rm 10 are not healthy
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last time i study in kl, rm300 a month. that was 7 years ago.

can survive, pay rental, electric, food, education materials.

buy the meehon/bihun big packet from tesco, then buy instant noodles.

mix bihun with instant noodles on each meal.

breakfast,lunch,dinner same deal. sometime got extra cash can eat roti kosong or nasi lemak biasa.

survived for 6 months then finally education loan saved me biggrin.gif
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No. We should not live like rats.
Surviving with RM10 in KL is inhumane.
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rm 20 much more suitable
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seriously, with price hike in everything we're suggested to eat instant noodles?

wtf, is this some campaign to tell people to eat up instant noodles to boost sales?
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QUOTE(ironmaid89 @ Nov 22 2013, 01:33 AM)
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RM7 lunch

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errr now aday even nasi lemak kosong also reach rm2 liao..
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I travel from klang to KL by komuter. About rm5 (no monthly pass)

I cook at home and tapau for work. Cost me rm2 per meal (chicken, vege). Rice i buy at nearby restaurant = RM1

For breakfast nasi lemak or kuih2 RM1.5

In my office got water cooler for drinks

5+2+1.5+1=rm9.5

The notion that u need to suffer to survive on a rm10 is ridiculous.

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QUOTE(coolsarawak @ Nov 22 2013, 02:04 AM)
I travel from klang to KL by komuter. About rm5 (no monthly pass)

I cook at home. Cost me rm2 per meal (chicken, vege). Rice i buy at nearby restaurant = RM1

For breakfast nasi lemak RM1.5

In my office got water cooler for drinks

5+2+1.5+1=rm9.5

The notion that u need to suffer to survive on a rm10 is ridiculous.
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walau sure or not cook from home RM 2 /meal

i think cost more then that for me
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walau sure or not cook from home RM 2 /meal

i think cost more then that for me
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http://eshop.tesco.com.my/en-GB/ProductDet...tail/7002071673

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RM2.58 for 2 pieces. 1 piece is RM1.29. couple sens left for veges n seasoning and electricity (i cook with microwave). you buy in wet market even cheaper.

if you prefer 1 more chicken. sure y not. bust the rm10 budget couple sens only.

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QUOTE(coolsarawak @ Nov 22 2013, 02:04 AM)
I travel from klang to KL by komuter. About rm5 (no monthly pass)

I cook at home and tapau for work. Cost me rm2 per meal (chicken, vege). Rice i buy at nearby restaurant = RM1

For breakfast nasi lemak or kuih2 RM1.5

In my office got water cooler for drinks

5+2+1.5+1=rm9.5

The notion that u need to suffer to survive on a rm10 is ridiculous.
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u eated 2 meal 1 day only... pls dont think other ppl is strong like u...some ppl no time to cooking or no kitchenz/wife have 2 eated outside
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QUOTE(coolsarawak @ Nov 22 2013, 02:11 AM)
http://eshop.tesco.com.my/en-GB/ProductDet...tail/7002071673

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RM2.58 for 2 pieces. 1 piece is RM1.29. couple sens left for veges n seasoning and electricity (i cook with microwave). you buy in wet market even cheaper.

i mean if you prefer 1 more chicken. sure y not. bust my budget couple sens only.
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I think most important know how to earn extra money rather then make own suffer hmm.gif
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I think most important know how to earn extra money rather then make own suffer  hmm.gif
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lol.. cooking urself aint suffer

besides i am trying to squeeze to the rm10 budget while actually having quite good meal (not maggie everyday)
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QUOTE(kamfoo @ Nov 22 2013, 02:12 AM)
u eated 2 meal 1 day only... pls dont think other ppl is strong like u...some ppl no time to cooking or no kitchenz/wife have 2 eated outside
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i still have money for modest dinner at home. 50 sens. egg sandwhich, maggie etc etc

cooking takes only 10 mins of ur time. microwave u dun have to do shit.

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QUOTE(coolsarawak @ Nov 22 2013, 02:14 AM)
lol.. cooking urself aint suffer

besides i am trying to squeeze to the rm10 budget while actually having quite good meal (not maggie everyday)
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aha~ i cook my self just need to spend like 1 hour for each meal~
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QUOTE(wenten @ Nov 22 2013, 02:17 AM)
aha~ i cook my self just need to spend like 1 hour for each meal~
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aha~ i cook my self just need to spend like 1 hour for each meal~
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QUOTE(coolsarawak @ Nov 22 2013, 02:16 AM)
i still have money for modest dinner at home. 50 sens. egg sandwhich, maggie etc etc

cooking takes only 10 mins of ur time. microwave u dun have to do shit.
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can share ur recipe..?
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QUOTE(kamfoo @ Nov 22 2013, 02:20 AM)
can share ur recipe..?
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i like teppanyaki chicken. garlic, kicap, black pepper, ginger. microwave nice

start easy boss

kicap, black pepper, salt. with those you can season anything.

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Kesian, those who eat like that everyday...
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QUOTE(PVCpipe @ Nov 22 2013, 02:18 AM)
never cook izzit?
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QUOTE(coolsarawak @ Nov 22 2013, 02:18 AM)
if lazy or really no time. marinade big batch and then use microwave.
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QUOTE(coolsarawak @ Nov 22 2013, 03:22 AM)
i like teppanyaki chicken. garlic, kicap, black pepper, ginger. microwave nice

start easy boss

kicap, black pepper, salt. with those you can season anything.
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drills or it never happen!

oh, i'm totally noob in cooking. cant even fried a simple chicken already marinated from Jusco. LEL
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QUOTE(wenten @ Nov 22 2013, 02:27 AM)
just register tesco online shopping going to try try
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good luck bro!

no need full switch.cause that can be tough.. cook a bit also can help save money. esp during breakfast n dinner.

some ppl i know cook extra main dish for lunch. like fried chicken or even egg. those little thing save quite a lot.
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cook la...
beef 1KG 18RM can last one week
cheaper option chicken RM12 or fish RM11
pork also cheaper but not all can eat.. RM 16 per kg

vegetables 10RM for a week
rice 2.5RM/KG 1 kg last more than 1 week..

electricity and gas.. 10RM

RM50 a week more or less..
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QUOTE(jAkUn @ Nov 22 2013, 02:33 AM)
drills or it never happen!

oh, i'm totally noob in cooking. cant even fried a simple chicken already marinated from Jusco. LEL
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try microwave or pressure cooker. easier than frying. i also dun like frying,.
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QUOTE(x_suncai @ Nov 22 2013, 02:39 AM)
cook la...
beef 1KG 18RM can last one week
cheaper option chicken RM12 or fish RM11
pork also cheaper but not all can eat.. RM 16 per kg

vegetables 10RM for a week
rice 2.5RM/KG 1 kg last more than 1 week..

electricity and gas.. 10RM

RM50 a week more or less..
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cook at night.... mornig reheat... during lunch... use ofice microv=wave to reheat again.... no need to eat instant noodle... thats expensive
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QUOTE(coolsarawak @ Nov 22 2013, 03:39 AM)
try microwave or pressure cooker. easier than frying. i also dun like frying,.
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at one time, i wish i can afford the mini deep frier.

i like regular food, and not much a fan of fancy food.

just a regular ayam goreng in kunyit, nasi, and kicap, that alone is enough.
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QUOTE(x_suncai @ Nov 22 2013, 03:39 AM)
cook la...
beef 1KG 18RM can last one week
cheaper option chicken RM12 or fish RM11
pork also cheaper but not all can eat.. RM 16 per kg

vegetables 10RM for a week
rice 2.5RM/KG 1 kg last more than 1 week..

electricity and gas.. 10RM

RM50 a week more or less..
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tak reti masak.. sad.gif
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QUOTE(jAkUn @ Nov 22 2013, 02:43 AM)
tak reti masak.. sad.gif
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QUOTE(PVCpipe @ Nov 22 2013, 03:44 AM)
trial n error...  weekend aku tyry masak...  resepi banyak kat tenet
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haha.. aku lemah bab goreng2 nih..
aku takleh budget bila bahan tuh dah masak..
kadang2 overcooked, kadang2 tak masak lagik isi dalam.
api dah try jugak adjust, sama..

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My friend survice for RM20 a week. What he done, every day makan nasi masak sendiri + mayonis (don't what food taste he got) and then he tapau all kawan punya makanan yang tak habis. Minyak motor bila nak habis dan dan kasi kawan pinjam.

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QUOTE(swasts @ Nov 22 2013, 02:46 AM)
My friend survice for RM20 a week. What he done, every day makan nasi masak sendiri + mayonis (don't what food taste he got) and then he tapau all kawan punya makanan yang tak habis. Minyak motor bila nak habis dan dan kasi kawan pinjam.
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QUOTE(swasts @ Nov 22 2013, 03:46 AM)
My friend survice for RM20 a week. What he done, every day makan nasi masak sendiri + mayonis (don't what food taste he got) and then he tapau all kawan punya makanan yang tak habis. Minyak motor bila nak habis dan dan kasi kawan pinjam.
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maybe savings for bigger thing?
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QUOTE(jAkUn @ Nov 22 2013, 02:43 AM)
tak reti masak.. sad.gif
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easy bro... it's not a rocket science..
if you have slow cooker.. at least you can make fool proof soup
just put all the ingredient before you sleep
and prepare the rice in rice cooker as well (rice cooker nowadays so canggih have heater not like those on my high school time)


voila when you wake up.. you got soup and rice served....
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easy bro... it's not a rocket science..
if you have slow cooker.. at least you can make fool proof soup
just put all the ingredient before you sleep
and prepare the rice in rice cooker as well (rice cooker nowadays so canggih have heater not like those on my high school time)
voila when you wake up.. you got soup and rice served....
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QUOTE(coolsarawak @ Nov 22 2013, 02:36 AM)
good luck bro!

no need full switch.cause that can be tough.. cook a bit also can help save money. esp during breakfast n dinner.

some ppl i know cook extra main dish for lunch. like fried chicken or even egg. those little thing save quite a lot.
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aiya tomorrow slot all fully booked zz

thinking wan to cook chicken chop cry.gif
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QUOTE(jAkUn @ Nov 22 2013, 02:43 AM)
at one time, i wish i can afford the mini deep frier.

i like regular food, and not much a fan of fancy food.

just a regular ayam goreng in kunyit, nasi, and kicap, that alone is enough.
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u know those jusco pre marinated fried chicken. try microwaving it

for microwave fried chicken recipe
http://www.ifood.tv/recipe/microwave-fried-chicken

but i say bbq chicken is better with microwave
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aiya tomorrow slot all fully booked zz

thinking wan to cook chicken chop  cry.gif
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aiya. no need so complex.

do egg sandwich, chicken slice sandwich, hot dogs. scramble eggs.

those thing take 10 minutes oni. good for dinner. savings oso good.

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QUOTE(coolsarawak @ Nov 22 2013, 03:07 AM)
aiya. no need so complex.

do egg sandwich, chicken slice sandwich, hot dogs. scramble eggs.

those thing take 10 minutes oni. good for dinner. savings oso good.
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can you survive in the UK for £10 per day?????

can you survive in the Australia for $10 per day?????
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QUOTE(buzzfizz @ Nov 22 2013, 12:32 AM)
Going to kl itself costs me RM 10
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initially thought of KFC...
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instant noodle everyday? and buns for dinner?
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1 bag of chickpeas cost rm3 that can last about 3 days, better solutions to eating cheap.
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get more healthy food...
Morning any fruits/Apple+cereal 3 in 1 = Rm1+1 = 2
noon Any fruits /watermelon + nasi+sayur = Rm1 + 3= 4
dinner Milo 3 in 1 + roti ( makan celup dgn air) = Rm1 + 2 = 3

total = Rm9+1(air kosong) = RM10
like this you will get slim body,good for digestion , prevent diseases...

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mana dapat roti canai untuk lunch? kedai mamak area kl tarak jual roti canai waktu lunch

where can we get roti canai for lunch?
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I can survive on SGD10 per day in SG. hew hew.
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mana dapat roti canai untuk lunch? kedai mamak area kl tarak jual roti canai waktu lunch

where can we get roti canai for lunch?
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Rather than eat 3 subpar "meals" (bread/instant noodles/etc), might as well splurge on ONE proper meal (rice/noodle/meat/vege); maybe around mid-day ... If hungry can hold off using office pantry what ...

RM10 for food and another RM5 for (public) transport sounds OK. Also if working minimum wage job, high possiibility that the workplace is "minimum expenditure" right?



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QUOTE(jAkUn @ Nov 22 2013, 02:46 AM)
haha.. aku lemah bab goreng2 nih..
aku takleh budget bila bahan tuh dah masak..
kadang2 overcooked, kadang2 tak masak lagik isi dalam.
api dah try jugak adjust, sama..
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Use rice cooker cook lah. Put the meat in together with rice. Rice cooked in 40 min, your meat also cooked.
If you use the basic rice cooker, after rice cook, keep warm another 20- half hour to make sure rice cooked
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Source: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/...-on-rm10-a-day/

Can you survive in KL on RM10 a day?
November 21, 2013
Could you survive living in the Klang Valley with just RM10 a day?
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By Matthias Sim

Could you survive living in the Klang Valley with just RM10 a day?

Stretching your ringgit in KV is definitely getting harder. The price of everything is increasing but wages are frustratingly stagnant. The problem is, that though there are those of us who have the opportunity to debate whether or not RM10 is enough – there are those (those earning minimum wage) who don’t have a choice.

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The RM10 survival assignment

We asked ourselves this question a week back: is it possible to go through a day in KL with just RM10? To get the answer, I was asked to go through a workday with just that little red note.

My commute wasn’t too far out of town (Kuala Lumpur to Petaling Jaya and back) and I only needed to survive the workday. Luckily, the office provides drinking water and basic beverages such as coffee and tea. Not every office stocks such amenities but if it does, it really helps cut corners.

The cheapest mode of transportation for my route was the bus service. A single journey from Kuala Lumpur to Petaling Jaya costs RM2.50. For two ways, it was RM5. That left me with only RM5 for meals. I chose to skip breakfast for a good lunch at an economy rice stall which cost RM4. With only RM1 remaining, I was forced to go home and eat a pack of instant noodles for dinner.

I did note that for those taking the LRT and Rapid Bus daily to KL for work had the option of a RapidPass Integrasi. This pass costs RM150 for 30 days, which equals to RM5 a day and has a no limit usage for buses, LRT and monorail services. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work for my route.

With RM10, I had just enough to eat a few meagre meals and get to work. Supper with friends, entertainment or any other form of recreation can be absolutely dismissed.

Readers sound off

After my findings, we posted an article on Yahoo! about the experience. It seemed to resonate with readers immensely if the overwhelming response and great feedback (which we are grateful for) is anything to go by.

According to a majority of our readers, surviving a day in KL with just RM10 was impossible whilst others shared how they got on with such a sum when finances were tight.

“You can’t expect people to eat roti canai or maggi goreng everyday… It’s a cruel life for someone who really does go through this daily, which I am sure a lot of people do. Most Malaysians are very underpaid!!” ~ Sharan

“Yes we need to have discipline and sacrifice at least one meal for the day. Not forgetting to bring along our home cooked food either for late breakfast or lunch.” ~ Arujunan

“This suggestion might work: 1. sleep under the flyover or kaki lima near your office – this will save you transport fee, 2. for lunch, buy packet nasi lemak which will cost between RM2-3 and get your water from vending machine which cost RM0.20 per liter. Then you will have some extra for tea breaks and some snacks.” ~ Mark

“…ten dollars where got enough? Try doing that 365 days per years, and for RM3650 you can survive one year?….even beggars spend more than that.” ~ Rita
Based on this and other feedback from readers, we created an infographic with 3 scenarios where RM10 could work. We admit that number 3 is particularly extreme but neither should be the way anyone is forced to live.
The verdict

The article was created out of curiosity and for good fun but the process of the challenge proved to be nowhere near comfortable. What we discovered was that whilst it is possible (I did make it through the day) it is more of surviving than living. It certainly wasn’t healthy nor a sustainable way for anyone to live.
And yet, a minimum wage worker who earns RM900 – RM1200 a month will find that RM10 a day (RM300 a month) is not a small sum.

The RM10 challenge was eye-opening for me. How did we get to the point where the minimum wage actually equates poverty? The saying of the simplest thing in life is to be enjoyed is perhaps redundant, since that it is almost impossible when everything, even the simplest thing, costs money.

Are we really robots to the economy, thinking that we are all living life, when in fact we are just surviving? Now that is something to think about.

This was brought you by Matthias Sim from RinggitPlus.com. RinggitPlus compares credit cards, balance transfers and personal loans to help Malaysians get more for their money.
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I once worked for a TV Station in Kl... the show that I was a crew of started at 8.00 A.M for 4 days every week so all the male crew members was highly encouraged to sleep at the office... shower room and refrigerator etc was provided... but for sleeping you have to find a space at the office yourself...

The one thing about working with a production is that there is always catering especially for my show as it involves several guests coming in...

Crew members are also allowed to eat the food... So I didn't rent any houses or spend little to none for food as they were provided...

There is also internet and the only money that I actually spend on was on KTM... so yes in those days... RM 10 was enough in KL

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skip breakfast cover via early lunch= rm5

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How about surviving at RM0 in KL everyday ? 10 bucks a day is not considered challenge worthy enough.
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I can survive on SGD10 per day in SG. hew hew.
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here my way :

1)wake up at 5:30am, bath (water cost ~rm8 monthly, so is free), use hot shower ( TNB only costing below rm15 monthly, free again), brush / sabun etc etc....

2) driving, from KL to KL, KL near P.V. J.Genting Klang to Selayang, near Gaint. both ways cost fuel ~rm4.20 a day.

3) start driving at 6:30am, avoid jem, arrive at 6:59,
speed 50~70km/j, slow speed to not use much petrol

4) arrive at opis, drink warm water or rm1 milo ping /
neslo / coffee / teh from mamak, or drink from opis
free 3-in-1 beg

5) eat biskut or not eat any.

6) lunch, eat nasi campur, cost only max ~rm5.

7) balik at ~5.00pm, driving from KL to KL again
same route diff direction, more or speed at 40~70km/j

8) eat nasi at parents house

9) tido at 8pm, if can't tido, play candy crush........ laugh.gif laugh.gif until 11pm, tido....... sweat.gif

10) repeat Monday~Friday....... (only try this from a month,
give up bcos very stupik) whistling.gif whistling.gif
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QUOTE(Human10 @ Nov 21 2013, 04:47 PM)
Cheapskate level: Hardcore
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i wouldn't call it cheapskate. imagine yourself in people who are poorer than you are and trying hard to survive.
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QUOTE(TY-TY @ Nov 22 2013, 07:56 AM)
here my way :

1)wake up at 5:30am, bath (water cost ~rm8 monthly, so is free), use hot shower ( TNB only costing below rm15 monthly, free again), brush / sabun etc etc....

2) driving, from KL to KL, KL near P.V. J.Genting Klang to Selayang, near Gaint. both ways cost fuel ~rm4.20 a day.

3) start driving at 6:30am, avoid jem, arrive at 6:59,
speed 50~70km/j, slow speed to not use much petrol

4) arrive at opis, drink warm water or rm1 milo ping /
neslo / coffee / teh from mamak, or drink from opis
free 3-in-1 beg

5) eat biskut or not eat any.

6) lunch, eat nasi campur, cost only max ~rm5.

7) balik at ~5.00pm, driving from KL to KL again
same route diff direction, more or speed at 40~70km/j

8) eat nasi at parents house

9) tido at 8pm, if can't tido, play candy crush........  laugh.gif  laugh.gif  until 11pm, tido.......  sweat.gif

10) repeat Monday~Friday....... (only try this from a month,
give up bcos very stupik)  whistling.gif  whistling.gif
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QUOTE(Ms.t12o11 @ Nov 22 2013, 04:07 PM)
ahaha wait ! do you mind sharing how much you get to save from that way you mention?
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actually is ~rm10-15 daily usage X 5 (weekdays) : rm50-80per week. Sat & Sun not included. blink.gif

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post Nov 22 2013, 04:24 PM

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going to kl using bus 6 going and coming.
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post Nov 22 2013, 05:14 PM

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i tried it today and seems good enough. i started with an empty tank of petrol on my bike.

so the break down is liek this

eat menu sarapan 1malaysia (roti canai + teh tarik) = rm1
for lunch i eat 2 bowl of taufufah and 1 cup of soya = rm3
go eat menu 1malaysia again before going home at 6pm = rm1

the rest go into my bike as fuel =rm5 < this can last me 2 days at least.

total is rm10... but i think by 1 week i kill myself of hunger ady.

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post Nov 22 2013, 05:31 PM

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extreme level can sustain for 1 day. 2nd day collapse while walking. cause-low glucose level.
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post Nov 22 2013, 05:37 PM

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QUOTE(daerkelani @ Nov 22 2013, 06:31 PM)
extreme level can sustain for 1 day. 2nd day collapse while walking. cause-low glucose level.
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during fasting month ok je.
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getting to and fro work is already RM10... >.<
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post Nov 22 2013, 05:45 PM

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Got rm1.20 nasi lemak in kl?
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post Nov 22 2013, 06:00 PM

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Meal 1 - breakfast,
3 eggs (Somewhere RM0.90)
Oat Meal (Somewhere around RM1.30)
Milk, 500ml (Somewhere around RM3.50)
1 banana (Somewhere around RM0.50)
Total: RM6.20

Meal 2 - breakfast,
Protein shake, 1 scoop (Somewhere around RM2)
1pcs of Chicken fillet without rice (Chicken rice boss charge RM4)
1 banana (Somewhere around RM0.50)
Milk, 500ml (Somewhere around RM3.50)
Total: RM10.00

2 meals already cost me RM16.20, and that is just my warm up for the day.

Meal 3, Meal 4, Meal 5, Meal 6 and occasionally Meal 7.

Macam mana kira?
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post Nov 22 2013, 06:03 PM

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post Nov 22 2013, 06:09 PM

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QUOTE(jubz @ Nov 22 2013, 03:02 PM)
Rather than eat 3 subpar "meals" (bread/instant noodles/etc), might as well splurge on ONE proper meal (rice/noodle/meat/vege); maybe around mid-day ... If hungry can hold off using office pantry what ...

RM10 for food and another RM5 for (public) transport sounds OK. Also if working minimum wage job, high possiibility that the workplace is "minimum expenditure" right?
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bread is sub par meal? OMG.... BREAD IS STAPLE FOOD IN OTHER COUNTRY

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post Nov 22 2013, 06:10 PM

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scenario 3 how u get the biscuit? fall from sky?

n my office no biscuit?

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QUOTE(Amy09 @ Nov 22 2013, 06:10 PM)
scenario how u get the biscuit? fall from sky?
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last time... i makan biskut that manager buy for the team... its meant for night nibble... but since not many ppl like n prefer to order mcd/pizza... i eat la... got biscuit, soup, drinks.. instant one...

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QUOTE(PVCpipe @ Nov 22 2013, 06:12 PM)
last time... i makan biskut that manager buy for the team... its meant for night nibble... but since not many ppl like n prefer to order... i eat la
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urs ok my office got biscuit thief somemore..i brought whole packed new n don kno who take it
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QUOTE(Amy09 @ Nov 22 2013, 06:13 PM)
urs ok my office got biscuit thief somemore..i brought whole packed new n don kno who take it
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i eat other ppl food also lol..... if u put on the table, means u want to share it with everone
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QUOTE(PVCpipe @ Nov 22 2013, 06:15 PM)
i eat other ppl food also lol.....  if u put on the table, means u want to share it with everone
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i put on my desk..not pantry n hor my desk got open one he dont take...n take new one
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QUOTE(Amy09 @ Nov 22 2013, 06:16 PM)
i put on my desk..not pantry n hor my desk got open one he dont take...n take new one
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thats my office unwritten rule la... u put food on table means u want to share... sometimes i malas order food, i jalan2 n see got what on the table

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QUOTE(PVCpipe @ Nov 22 2013, 06:18 PM)
thats my office unwritten rule la...  u put food on table means u want to share...  sometimes i malas order food, i jalan2 n see got what on the table
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I can be extreme and not.

Walk anywhere. Breakfast rm1.50. Lunch skip. Dinner marie biscuit.

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