03.10.2009 96 °F
After two unfortunate incidents (1-the boat company we took from Phi Phi back to Phuket promised us land transfer to our hotel in the cost, but supposedly does not go to the one beach we booked on 2-our hotel which we paid for online by credit card only charged us a deposit by credit card and then conveniently does not have a usable credit card machine for the remaining balance of our room tonight), we are officially poor. As in...we have maybe 200 baht (~$5) to our names. We had to use all our cash for the car from the pier to the hotel and then for our hotel room, so we almost couldnt eat tonight. no joke. By luck we passed a nice restaurant that takes credit card. Since we were ecstatic about being able to use credit card, we splurged and got 2 drinks each, soup, entrees and dessert (all for 750 baht, about $22). Then the bill came, we gave Conrads credit card, which "didnt work" so we gave my credit card. The owner told us to just go to the ATM on the corner, but I told him our ATM didnt work. he didnt seem to believe us. i asked him to try my card. it also didnt work...so when i went down to looka t the credit card machine it just kept saying "please try again later." obviously a machine problem. I told him we were leaving tomorrow morning and really had not enough money to pay for the dinner, so he told the waitress to take me on her motobike to his other restaurant on the beach (1km away) to use that machine. Once we finally go there, the card worked in less than 20 seconds, but geez, I was freaking out...
I hate not having money. This is just ridiculous. We are thankfully going to a big city tomorrow (bangkok) so we can go to a bank where people speak English and can hopefully help us with the cash advance. Thank goodness my aunt is picking us up at the airport!! I am so grateful!
It is so frustrating that 1) very few places take credit card 2) even places that say they take credit card dont want to or cant take credit card 3) our ATM doesnt work 4) no one believes me when Is ay my ATM doesnt work.
Oh well. C'est la vie!
P.S. Phi Phi Island was very nice. Clearer waters, a bit colder water, but very nice. We enjoyed the sun as much as possible during the day, and then took the boat back to Phuket. Conrad read all of my Patterson book (he is finished all his books) and I am halfway through my last book. Thank God we have Luxor to play once we get back on China Airlines!