The light is blinking. Empty. Empty. Empty. Beep. Beep. Beep.
But kids kept pestering me to drive them to the hardware shop. (sheesh, what’s with males and hardware shops, huh?)
5xmom : Please la, I never pump petrol with this car before, you know?
Sons : Aiyoh, you just go, swipe and pump only la. We can do it for you!!!!
5xmom : What if I put diesel instead of petrol?
Sons : Just go lah!!!!!
So, I meekly drove up to the petrol station. I don’t know which side the lubang (hole) is. After that, I don’t know where the butang (knob) to open the lubang. Usually, they are below the driver seat mah.
Raba-raba here and there, cannot find. Rupa-rupanya, it is a button next to the steering.
Sked of swiping my credit card because I imagine my tank overfilled and the figures go RM200, RM300, flood, RM400, banjir, RM500 tsunami! So, #3 son happily volunteered to pay RM20 for me at the shop and he taxed a Cornetto.
Wuah, the knob to turn the petrol so hard to twist. *sweats*
Wuah, once open, the fumes are so strong. *pengsan*
Die! Which nozzle? F1 synergy? Regular? Decaf?
Die! Why tarak lubang one? How my nozzle batang want to go in?
#2 son : Aiyoh!!!! You just stuff it in, the valve will open by itself.
5xmom : Ahhh..son ah, do I have to hold on to the nozzle or not ha?.
#3 : 19.65…….19.85…….19.95……TWENTY RINGGIT
Everyone got into the car.
#2 son : Oi, you got cover back your petrol tank or not? If not ha…..the whole car will explode. The metal sharpnels will fly everywhere. Flesh will spattered everywhere. The whole island can catch fire.
5xmom : You shut the *teet* up la. Otherwise, we go home and you can forget about your hardware shop.
Moral of the story : I caaaaaayang my atm. For 2+ years I never have to lift a finger to pump petrol. Always full tank provided. I think the last time I need to pump petrol was before the Penang island petrol stations imposed self-service filling. Last time, just drive up and say, ‘kasi 20’ and then, sit back and sing song or dig nose. By the time you finished piak, piak, piak your booger out of the car window, your tank will be filled. Service with a smile.
Don’t you just envy me? An idiot at pumping petrol. Don’t even ask me how much a litre of petrol cost. I don’t have the faintest idea.