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2015.06.24 | 售滊水機

[Volume 10 Issue 6, #2033A]
Drinks from Vending Machines, Part 1 of 2 : Japan
Drinks from Vending Machines in Japan, Lots of Varieties
當我在日本嘅時候, 每日有件事係我好期待嘅, 就係去搵售賣機買嘢飲.. 補充水份係當然㗎啦, 其實真正原因係因為售賣機在日本實在係太過普遍喇.. 雖然係普遍, 但係周圍都係, 對我呢個鄉下仔嚟講就係奇觀.. 雖然係普遍, 但係所售賣嘅飲品種類繁多, 可有花多眼亂嘅感覺.. 好嘅, 以人類可以明白嘅語言再講多㳄, 就係普遍但不普通, 哈哈!! 所以每日都有呢個小小嘅「行程」去發掘未試過嘅嘢飲, 我樂在其中㗎, 同一樣嘢飲, 可能同一條街所有售賣機都唔會再有㗎.. 上面張相嗰啲只係小部份, 睇下啲包裝幾精彩~~

返到嚟馬來西亞, 就悶好多喇.. 售賣機唔普遍, 選擇又少, 賣嚟賣去都係嗰幾個品牌.. 我好少有興趣, 除非真係渴到一定要飲嘢, 而且要就腳囉..
when i was in Japan, one thing that i looked forward to everyday was buying drinks from vending machines.. of course replenishing fluid was one thing, but the real reason was because vending machines are ubiquitous in Japan.. though ubiquitous, the ubiquity was in fact impressive to a kampung boy like me, and though ubiquitous, the splendid varieties of drinks sold in the machines did not make a single brand seems omnipresent.. okay, in human understandable words, ubiquitous but not ordinary, haha!! hence, i enjoy buying new types of drinks everyday and this was one exciting little "itinerary" to explore new ones to try, one that may not be available again in the other machines down the same street.. those in the photo above are just a handful, look at the beautiful packaging..

back in Malaysia, i guess it is so much more boring.. not only vending machines are scarce, choices are so little and even the products sold are almost identical.. i rarely got the interest but of course at times when i really need something to drink, i still get one from the machines if it is convenient..
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  1. Everyone who visited Japan always went gaga over their many vending machines! I knew Thambee went bananas over them. Their machines sell the most drinks in the whole wide world as reported in news! I was excited too and took many photos but never posted them as I didn't know what to write.

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    1. Aiya ...why dunno what to write? Just post all the pixs of the vending machines will do, in point form. :)

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    2. Aiyo, so don't left behind your blog post like me....have to post right away or few days later, if not the memories won't last that long...

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    3. aiyo you guys makes me jealous la. Now am going to add japan as one of the places that i wanna visit before i konk out la. Adui...got the vending machine and also all the lavender field...so damn syok leh. SOme more all the fresh seafood at the market there

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  2. Hey all the above 8 bottles were being carried by the same sexy fat palms that looked like Thambee's! OMG your thumb is so cute and can bengkok one dei.

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    1. huh ? Anay is so observant! I didn't even notice thambee's sexy fat palms and thumb till I scroll up to see again! haahaha...

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    2. woi...if not Thambee palm then want what la. want one sexy girl wearing sarong holding the bottle and say konica meh...kihkihkih

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  3. When I was in Osaka, I bought drinks and toys from their vending machines everyday! Back here in Malaysia, I think I only bought the canned drinks like once a year only at emergency places! We often see our machines that displayed 5 rows of the same 3 brands only which are repeated ones. We would only be lucky to see assorted ones in places like airport only.

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    1. Usually it's during festive seasons or special occasions that most of us folks buy bulks of the drinks. For me, I do keep some isotonic drinks in my fridge to drink after a run.

      yeah, same as Singapore too, and also depends on the service providers, which carries their own brands of drinks. A provider have the same set of X brands while provider B supplies another set of brands in all their vending machines.

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    2. is the price of the drinks from the vending machine cheaper there as compared to malaysia. I mean dont convert yen and RM la.

      Here seems like the vending machine drinks sometimes are more expensive la...though not in the case of the LRT station which SK highlight long ago la where the newspaper stand sold pricier than from the machine.

      One thing i dont like is the machine likes to "eat" our money. can't say for the new machine la but when i was schooling whe have such machine in my school and friday i would buy milo from the machine while waiting for the school bus to come. if am unlucky then the machine will eat up my coins. if lucky the coins will come out but like the machine cannot "scan" the coin. Have to go and change coin from the canteen uncle.

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  4. I would say the next country besides Japan that sells the most exciting canned or bottled drinks in machines is Taiwan! They have so many types of flavored tea in all colours. They have more healthy drinks as the folks there are health and clean freaks. You can find many folks who are vegetarians and sip only tea all day. Thambee might freak out living there!

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    1. yikes....Taiwan too lah...now seems every country have more choices than what we have here. even thailand too from what Thambee blogged about his trip to BKK.

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  5. Our vending machine is so boring lah. You can get the exact same thing from any convenient store. I don't use vending machines here. Often they'll telan my coins bulat bulat.

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    1. Merryn - I also kena many times... coins telan but no drinks!!! And it happened in SG too!

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  6. Kesian... kena tipu. Did you do anything about it?

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  7. I see the vending machine over here, the drink, 来来去去都是差不多一样的, dunno how long i didn't buy from vending machine liao...

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    1. Hey Sharon, but I've seen one very unique where I saw at my working at Singapore, they've very special vending machine, it has fried rice and soup noodles. My colleague said it was new to them also, it was just placed there few days before I went. Sad to say I don't have any chances to try it, because we always went out for lunch.

      And in here...MY...I saw one really 差不多一样 vending machine, at the Subang airport, it was like exactly the same as SK show on the second picture, but it's coca-cola...and you know what, the whole vending machine was just selling coca-cola, no other drinks else....=.=!!!

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    2. I think you kena tipu by that Kiasu Vending machine that served fried rice and soup noodles. There is a man hiding inside and took orders from public while waiting for the chef to pass him the plates from behind. Muahahahahaha

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    3. TM eh, that's true la...so unfortunately that office can't take picture, if not I will take a picture to show you...

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    4. LOL.....funny la you anay. got man frying CKT or no inside the vending machine?

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  8. When I went to Japan that time I seriously thinking that I can try everyone of the drinks inside vending machines daily, so like one day one drinks, not bad right? But on the same way I'm very scared that I might got sick if not having enough water, so after had water already then drink this...is that too much "water" to drink. Unfortunately I tried only two days then give up...

    For our local one....actually I won't think of that, coz usually I put it the money, it sure will have something came out one. But if you said thinking of the machine may "eat" your money, I had met one before...the gardens parking machine, but I wasn't the one losing money, was the person queue in front me, he said he pay RM6 for the parking ticket, so he put RM10 in, but the machine doesn't give him back the RM4 change...what?? So then here come the story he told me to put exact the same amount to the machine.

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  9. Yep, vending machines.. Everywhere in Japan.. Every few metres, got one vending machine already.. And Yoshinoya too.. When we travelled inside the bus, macam nampak so many Yoshinoya's... But I think I will be like you too, will purposely buy from the vending machines for collections, since the packaging so nice hor..

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    1. I seldom buy from vending machines here.. Got a mindset sure rosak one the machine, or masuk duit already the drink won't come out, haha.. Kesian hor, belum beli, sudah ada mindset macam ni..

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    2. Hahaha, you paid RM2 for a can of 100plus ahh.. Errr, hai kam ger wor, you buy from vending machines, sure more mahal one.. I know most vending machine punyer drinks is priced at RM2, but I dunno is it the bottle type or can type..

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    3. Aiya, suen bah la.. Next time, just put a water tumbler inside your bag lor.. Drink plain water refilled from your office pantry, kautim.. Kan?

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    4. I also have same mindset and terrible phobia about our vending machines that makan our coins. I had to kick and bang it 10 times to get my money back!!! Fulamak!

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  10. I never buy any drink from our vending machine. I rather go koipitiam to buy mineral water. If I go to Japan, I will sure go to all vending machines to buy drink for my daughters. I love more healthy drink than those carbonated drink. I will buy yogurt drink or milk. Green tea will be a good option for me.

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    1. In our country, you will always not "what you get what you see"

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    2. I heard from my Japanese friend, they buy Udon and Ramen from vending machine too. The vending machine in Japan is so advanced and high tech.

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    3. Honestly we are so behind time like sakais! Back in late 70s, I went up the Nippon Maru's Cruise Ship what visited Penang Port, I was given those ramen bowls from the vending machines on their ship! These days their latest vending ramen & undons come with air dried vegetables, beef and even prawns. When added with hot water, they come alive like almost freshly cooked from restaurant! These chiteki folk are very innovative and smart to invent anything.

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    4. Yannie - if its kopitiams, I will buy a kopi ais gao already .... muahhhaaha...

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  11. RM 1 can get a can of 100 PLUS? I am more interested to know where is that vending machine?? I guess you have not been buying canned drinks from vending machine for some time? Those convenient stores/petrol station shops all selling at RM 2+ for a can now, the 500ml bottle goes for close to RM 3..

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    1. Dear RealGunners. Not RM1, SK mentioned in the post. He put 2 pieces of RM 1 to get a can of 100 Plus. He expected a bottle of 100 plus like the one showed at the vending machine. But he felt like being cheated to get a smaller can of 100 Plus only.

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    2. I am referring to the smaller can, he said another vending machine sells this smaller can at RM 1 only. I am interested to know about that another vending machine hehehe...

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    3. Ic Ic, now i got it. RM1 per can is really cheap. My canteen also sells one can for RM1.80.

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  12. I seldom buy drinks from the vending machine, not sure of their prices

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  13. So long already I haven't bought anything from a vending machine. We used to have one selling soft drinks at my hostel. It was quite thrill lah for us at that time to buy the drinks. Just put money and a nice can of cold drinks comes out. It was more of a novelty back then.

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    1. Ya, I hear that in Japan there are vending machines everywhere and selling not just drinks but foods and other stuff too. I hope to experience this one day. So it looks like you enjoyed trying out the wide variety of drinks from the vending machines in Japan. From your photos, there are 8 kinds and that is just a handful. Yes, the packaging is very attractive.

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  14. Before insert money got to pray that the machine actually works, huh? You must have experienced the machine makan your money and nothing comes out. So frust!

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    1. My experience was tekan lain, keluar lain. I press on coke but another drink came out. At least still can drink lah instead of lost money and empty handed.

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  15. Alamak, this is cheating case liao! Misrepresentation of the product sold. Supposed to be a 500ml bottle for RM2.00 and what you got was a 320ml can. I don't supposed there is any way you can complain. Even if there is, you know how it is like over here. Nobody gives a damn about customer complaints.

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    1. Seeing that our vending machines here may not be reliable, best to carry your own water. But may not be so convenient, right? I myself don't carry water bottle when I go out. Or better to buy from coffee shop or kedai runcit if there is any nearby.

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    2. After I read this post, I would hesitate to buy drinks from vending machines, unless absolutely necessary.

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  16. When I was in Japan, I didn't utilize the machine as I still prefer my plain water. Anyway, my girl tried for an ice-cream at the airport and it worked.

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  17. Go9d afternoon, sk

    Aiks... so many types ah. Hmm i seldom buy from vending machine. Last time small thatbtime buy syok la..niw..hmm...

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  18. Mak oi...apa tu ubi....whatbthe word ah...wait i scroll up and see ubiquitous. ..tarak tau the meaning . Gotta google it.

    Wah you really like a smalll boy in wonderland ah...or someone who had strike lottery. So happy see the vending machines.

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  19. never been to Japan but i know that seeing vending machine from one block to another seems like a common thing there.....that's what I observed in most animes I watched LOL... it's nice that you came up with an idea of trying different drinks.. at least that is one effective way to explore their culture

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  20. I'm wondering if you're keeping the bottles or at least the wrappers as souvenirs hehe.. that would be fun

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  21. Ah same here.. we got the same boring choices in our vending machines ... menus that will not excite you at all....I enjoy coffee vending machines though hehe

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  22. yikes.. 325 instead of 500.... imagine that 175ml of drinks you just lost..... it could have ease your thirst even more... and unfortunately, vending machines were standalone machine and you cannot find anyone to raise your complain... this is the reason why I prefer convenient stores like 7-eleven or Mini Stop .. at least I know that I am picking the right item haha

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  23. Oh dear. What a rip off

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  24. There's this vending machine at Lake Garden, near Tun Razak Memorial that sells a can for RM1. And still come out correct. Huhuhu

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  25. Japan is always Japan .... even we are impressed by their simple vending machines.... hahaha ... and it's everywhere but selling different types of drinks. Yes, if were you, I also excited! Go to one machine,different variety, another machine, another set of drinks! I bet you keep the cans and bring back after drinking it ?

    The packaging also look fabulous ! Again, that's Japan! Presentation is important! But, how about the taste of the drinks? So far, the quality of the drinks doesn't really impressed me, there's a lot of artificial colouring or perhaps I got these from the local malls which sell lower quality products?

    Anyway, I may buy some and keep it ! :)

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  26. From the pictures, I can only recognise the bottom left two , which is the green tea and the C1000. I saw both here in SG but didn't know the C1000 is from Japan. I thought of buying it but too bad, I can't find it anymore after a short while. Not sure if the authorities thought this contains too much Vit C. 1000mg is a lot and we shouldn't take more than that. hahahaha....

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  27. errrr... do you believe it I can't remember the last time I bought a drink from a vending machine in Malaysia!! There are even a few near my home but I never buy from it. Yeah, I agreed with you, the varieties always the same. From 100+ to 7up to Sarsi to Coke and etc....I have some of these in my fridge and cheaper too.

    Same as SG, there's also not much varieties, it's always the same set which you can guess. And, worst still, some of them are not replenished! I was at my gym and after I finished my workout, I noticed almost all the vending machines around the sports centre (which is owned by the garmen) were sold out! Sama-sama la...

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  28. BTW, my favourite drink or rather the drink I always buy is none other than 100+ as well as other isotonic drinks like pocari sweat , H20 and so on. Well, I almost had one daily after my workout. Can't help it, I needed to dehydrate and I find that plain water is not enough as it doesn''t have the ions and electrolytes needed for the body.

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    1. Most doctors would also highly recommend this 100+ drinks to help patients with dengue and severe diarrhea cases. It works faster than plain water. In US, everything is Gatorade which has been around since the great grand parents era.

      I also prefer this 100+ for its flavour and fast quenching abilities.

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  29. muahahahahha... the second part is so funny. So,it's not what you see is what you get huh? Well, perhaps that's the power of advertisement - to lure poor thirsty chaps like you to buy.

    But RM2 is ok wor ..for the 325ml can. Over here, it's $1.3,so, ok la....still affordable. Perhaps the RM1 per can sell different type of brands since the pix didn't show all the brand names. Oi...you got photoshopped or not ? muahahaha...

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    1. I am sorry to say that being in the advertising industry for so long, I am aware about "pretentious strategies" to mislead the "public unintentionally". They won;t get sued as the fools are consumers who fell prey without thinking twice. Thambee is such a perfectionist yet he was a victim pula.

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  30. Well, I guess vending machines are more for the convenience of us folks who needed a drink badly, just like 7-11. Thus, to me, I am ok if it sell the common brands like 100+ and etc.

    I might be kinda frustrated if I needed to go from one machine to another in order to search for my fav drink if the vending machines here are like those in Japan....muahahha... unless they got sell different brand of isotonic drinks (and my preference is without carbonated).

    This brought me to my yesterday night shopping for isotonic drinks as I was looking for those non-carbonated ones like H20, Pocari Sweat or 100+ Edge. I can't find these and the mall has was 100+ original only. I gotta go to another mall to get it...

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    1. Talking about the convenience of machines for folks like you!
      Aha! You should go to Taiwan where they even put individual machines inside hotel rooms for your kinky needs! Muahahahaha

      I have posted this before http://twilightzone518.blogspot.com/2008/09/beware-hidden-cameras.html

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  31. There are all types of vending machine in Japan. Here much less but I remember seeing drinks vending machine in Ikea.

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    1. It would be a big boom business if someone here would place many interesting vending machines everywhere for public's convenience. Then again, we need to have civic minded and honest people not to rob the money from these machines. This menace happens in US too.

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  32. I heard the vending machines in Japan sell all kinds of merchandise, the unusual ones which I have seen before, they sell T shirts, plants, etc etc.

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    1. *which I have not seen before

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    2. I often saw special corners in the shopping malls of Japan where the whole place is filled with like a hundred vending machines!!! They would sell anything from snacks, food, drinks to manga toys and disposal underwears! So fun!!!

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  33. I am opposite to SK, I am more lucky, once I inserted my money to buy a can drink, the can drink came out and the machine "returned" my money, my money came out from the machine so I got a free drink, muahaha

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    1. Hello?? You talks from your dreams kah!!! Quick tell me which machine and I will try my luck there. Such miracles will never happen in our country as our machines also function as robbers sometimes.

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  34. Indeed a lot of choices, so interesting! But one downside is, don't know what is written on the label, yala some got English words but what about those which doesn't have? Don't know what's the ingredients inside, if for normal people ok la, what about for those who got some health issue, like diabetic, pregnant/lactating woman and so on..

    Anyway, if I were you, I will looking forward to the same thing if I am at Japan, haha! One day try 2 types also don't know can finish or not, hehe! Actually at oversea, macam macam ada inside the vending machine, not just drinks.. Kan bagus if Malaysia also can copy the idea? But then, if Malaysia really have those special vending machines, kinda dangerous and useless also la, sure kena curi very soon, or kena vandalized, and sure won't have maintenance. There's a soft drinks vending machine at one of the private hospital here, everytime I go sure say rosak one, it's been so long! If don't plan to service at least move it away la right? If wanna let it stay there at least please have the staff to check and maintain properly.

    I am sorry for you kena cheated by the vending machine, sure is 货不对板 even though both also are 100 plus. Can go consumer department and complain ar? Hehe! May be they forget to change the poster, haha!
    Now 100 plus got new packaging, same design but taller can, looks so much more nicer leh~

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  35. 好簡單你已經上當囖!

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  36. 十年都没买一次 LOL

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  37. good afternoon. am back. Now baru have a bit of time to read more about this post/ Initially i thought you raving about vending machines in japan having so many type of driks to choose from'
    ahem...you go bring back all those bottles ka or just throw into recycle bin over there? The bootles does have lovely design leh. can be collectors items one of these days. Hmm...remembering you guys likes to travel light. so i guess it is unlikely to bring home those bottles la

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  38. LOL...100 plus vending machines...when was it the last time i use ah....i think must be quite a few years ago lor coz i see the price at the machine very mahal leh. so tak jadi buy la. anyway, now usually bring own water to travel so seldom get to buy from vending machine too la. Must not start J with that or else habis pokai me

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  39. alamak! pay RM2 for a 325ml can of 100plus. This must be one of the what the fuck moment la

    this is clearly a case of cakap tak serupa bikin ni. The photo advertise is a bottle and come out is a 325ml can.

    SK ...go write and complain to this email fnbm.support@fn.com.my. Last time i have purchased defective 100plus drinks in can and i wrote in. they call me back to apologise and gae me replacement of 6 cns of the drink. The sales person came to my house

    wei...must complain leh else others will also be "cheated" . Were there any label that says 325ml come out? If not then false advertisement la

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