Ben, a family friend, recently got back from a trip to Asia.
His daughter lives in China, so off he went to visit her. After catching up, he took the opportunity to gad about Asia a bit. His itinerary included, besides China, visits to Taiwan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and the Philippines.
We have a collection of foreign money that friends and family have given to us. I wrote about the coins in a previous post – Naked People on Coins and Other Fascinating Numismatic Discoveries. Ben was nice enough to bring home a handful of paper money for the kids, in duplicate even (so there would be no fighting). I couldn’t believe how vibrant and colorful the money was!
I decided this pile of rainbow money was blog worthy. And since I am writing a post, why not turn it into a contest? I am not running a suburban soccer league, so not everyone will be a winner. Of course, there is no prize or even recognition beyond the microliter of fame awarded to those currencies mentioned on my blog, so the banks of the countries that lost have nothing to fear. But if it does get back to the Prime Minister of the Philippines, Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, that I voted his country’s currency my favorite out of all 6 that Ben brought back, maybe he will send me a postcard. Or even better, a nice plate of lumpia! So let’s get to it. The winners are…
1. Volcanoes and Parrots and Whale Sharks, Oh My!
2. Kiss My Bhat.
3. Smooth Like Buttah.
4 -6. Thanks for Participating.
So there you have it, the first and last Asian currency contest. I know many countries were missing, but you will have to take that up with Ben. I could be persuaded to have a second currency contest, but that would require many many many more examples of currencies to cross my palm. My greedy, sweaty palms…