Two weeks ago, I packed my car for a weekend road trip.
I live in Singapore, an island city state in the South China Sea, measuring 26 miles by 15 miles. The drive was going to take me across the border, into the country of Malaysia, which is linked to Singapore by two bridges.
A friend of mine (she’s formerly from California) retired to a small Malaysian village last year, and I wanted to check it out. Before leaving Singapore, however, I had to ensure that my Mazda’s fuel tank was at least ¾ full. I pulled into a gas station, added $60 of fuel to the Mazda’s tank, bringing the gauge to the three quarter mark.
If I attempted to drive into Malaysia with less than three quarters of a tank, I might be stopped at the Singapore border and slapped with a $500 fine…