Last week before lecture, I had lunch with Aco at our own Faculty of Economics refectory at Depok campus. As years gone by, only few familiar faces I know at otherwise very crowded lunchtime in that place. One of them is my good friend Topik. He is the waiter, well, not really a waiter, but the man who gives us here luxury to have our ordered (cheap) student's meal delivered to our table. Eight years ago he was with the ice tea outlet, but now with less frequent traffic of chicken noodle delivery.
I told him that I did not feel like having chicken noodle at that time, and asked what is the best food in the refectory. Aco might think that I was crazy asking such stupid question on the quality of competitor's product, but Taufiq gave me his suggestion anyway . Mutton tongseng (ask google, if you don't know this), he said. I trusted him and we both had that meal. It was good.
On our way to the class rooms, Aco, himself the great skeptic of social capital, said that this should be blogged in the cafe. The title: "Oh my God, social capital exists!". It means if you invest in social capital (or trust), by befriended with Topik, it will help you to get the information, make the right decision, and raise your utility (good tongseng)
I think AP, the fan of Robert Putnam, would love to say to Aco, "I told you so"