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Re: How much money did you arrive with?

Postby ironlady » 07 May 2009, 04:12

US$300 in 1993. More would certainly have been useful, but even with the wedding invite I got the first month, I made it through to my first paycheck from the disreputable study-abroad translation center. But making it through meant eating a whole lot of lu rou fan and 7-11 baozi in the meantime.
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Re: How much money did you arrive with?

Postby zyzzx » 07 May 2009, 09:19

I guess I wasn't organized enough to bring wads of cash - I arrived with maybe 100 USD and my ATM cards and just took out money from my US accounts as needed. Ended up getting dinged by ATM fees, but at least I didn't have to worry about whether I'd brought enough with me. It took about a month and a half to get my first paycheck, and I probably spent between 2000 and 3000 USD during that time, almost all on the 3 months worth of rent I had to fork out to move into my apartment (since I insisted on getting a real, non-studio, apartment that I don't have to share with anyone, it's probably on the expensive end of the scale)
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Re: How much money did you arrive with?

Postby Taiwan Luthiers » 07 May 2009, 16:04

I came with 57 dollars, I kid you not. But my parents helped a bit...
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Re: How much money did you arrive with?

Postby pieman1 » 07 May 2009, 16:42

I arrived with US$40. Nothing from my parents. But that was in 1984. I left twenty years later with a similar amount.
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Re: How much money did you arrive with?

Postby tommy525 » 07 May 2009, 16:48

pieman1 wrote:I arrived with US$40. Nothing from my parents. But that was in 1984. I left twenty years later with a similar amount.


But you got plenty of pie tho right? :)
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Re: How much money did you arrive with?

Postby pieman1 » 07 May 2009, 16:56

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Re: How much money did you arrive with?

Postby Chaon » 07 May 2009, 17:25

sandman wrote:400 quid. I don't remember having a problem with that.


How much did you pay for passage on the Galleon that brought you over?
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Re: How much money did you arrive with?

Postby Spitfire » 08 May 2009, 00:22

About $2000 3 years ago. Got a shitty cash in hand PT job from an ad placed in a hostel which really helped out in the early days (lots of fliers around for this sort of stuff). First proper job came nearly a month later plus I had to do a visa run to Thailand. The 2K + the PT cash just about covered these expenses plus some going out funds. It did take me a while to save up enough for the deposit (2 months rent) and the extra months rent mind; I stayed a further 5 months in the hostel partying with Canadians. It was a kinda cool time :cool:
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Re: How much money did you arrive with?

Postby burnerking » 08 May 2009, 18:34

My partner and I are coming over with £2,000 each. We'll be stopping at a friends place until we're sorted. No job sorted but currently having phone interviews.

We definitely have to do a visa run each so need to take that into account. Other than that, we should be OK.
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Re: How much money did you arrive with?

Postby occhimarroni » 09 May 2009, 00:29

I came here with $1500 almost 3 years ago with no friends and no contacts. I stayed in a shitty hostel in Taipei for 2 days and moved myself out to Taoyuan thereafter. I took over the apartment, scooter, and private students of a guy I just met who was moving off to Thailand. I saw his ad in Tealit called "Life for sale." I made friends with his friends and lived where he lived. I lived in Taoyuan for a year and a half and then moved back to Taipei. Overall, it was a good decision in the beginning, but I had to shell most of the money I saved. Although not having to worry about buying a scooter, finding a place to live/job was a big relief.
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