I became a Millionaire today.
Yup, I just became a Millionaire right after I exchanged my dollars to Indonesian Rupiah. :D *hehehe*
The running exchange rate is $1 = 9170 but the bank’s rate at the airport is $1 = 8,800 rupiah. So, if you have $115 US dollars, you’ll get just over 1 Million rupiahs with it.
There’s no worry having to carry around bundles and bundles of paper notes since denominations are in the 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000 and 100,000.
Still, one needs to get to use with it. I still automatically convert stuff into US dollars when looking at prices. Imagine paying Rp 180,000 for a taxi ride from the
Soeharto-Hata Soekarno-Hatta airport to the hotel? *heh*
What’s funnier is the reaction I got from the bellboy after I handed him a Rp1,000 tip. That’s like just 5 pesos! :D