Interesting business ideas from West Borneo:
Many Indonesians cross over into Malaysia every day for work. At the border they leave their motorbikes with a valet service who parks them neatly and keeps an eye on them – while providing a unique additional service. He uses cardboard boxes to cover the seats, protecting the vinyl from the relentless Borneo sun.
In Borneo, like many other places in the world, the water is not safe to drink. But instead of bottled water, many people drink from pre-packaged plastic water cups. I’ve seen these elaborate holders for the water cups in many homes and offices here.
These informal petrol stations dot the road side. There are plenty of formal petrol around – and the prices at the informal spots are high and the measuring system far from accurate. When I ask why they still exist I am simply told “they are 24 hours”. Not to mention the friendlier service.
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