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Re: How much money did you arrive with?

Postby FormosaSmith » 27 May 2010, 00:36

I arrived in the early 90s knowing no one and speaking minimal Mandarin. I had US$400. Quickly started teaching privately and in schools.
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Re: How much money did you arrive with?

Postby ironlady » 27 May 2010, 03:50

Yep -- again, early 90s. No culture of entitlement of living in a nice apartment on Day 2, having a scooter right away, or going out every weekend. (Of course, work conditions were laxer then too for sideline jobs.)

Give me back the 1980s with no work permits. People would "proposition" you to teach their English class at very attractive rates of pay if you so much as got into an elevator with them. :s
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Re: How much money did you arrive with?

Postby Chris » 27 May 2010, 04:05

ironlady wrote:Yep -- again, early 90s. No culture of entitlement of living in a nice apartment on Day 2, having a scooter right away, or going out every weekend. (Of course, work conditions were laxer then too for sideline jobs.)

Give me back the 1980s with no work permits. People would "proposition" you to teach their English class at very attractive rates of pay if you so much as got into an elevator with them. :s

I remember those days well!
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Re: How much money did you arrive with?

Postby ImaniOU » 27 May 2010, 05:27

I came here with the $1000 dollars my dad gave me at my graduation party and a little bit extra from working third shift all summer. This was back in 2001 and I already had a well-paying job ($92,000/mo.) waiting for me here so money wasn't really an issue.
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Re: How much money did you arrive with?

Postby housecat » 27 May 2010, 07:07

ImaniOU wrote:I came here with the $1000 dollars my dad gave me at my graduation party and a little bit extra from working third shift all summer. This was back in 2001 and I already had a well-paying job ($92,000/mo.) waiting for me here so money wasn't really an issue.


Please tell me what that job was and how you got it!
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Re: How much money did you arrive with?

Postby Anubis » 27 May 2010, 07:26

I arrived here with just under NT$5,000 about ten years ago. Started work within a week and got paid my first salary six weeks later.

Lost about 10 kg on a diet comprised of 7-Eleven tea eggs. :lol:
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Re: How much money did you arrive with?

Postby bismarck » 27 May 2010, 15:19

Anubis wrote:I arrived here with just under NT$5,000 about ten years ago. Started work within a week and got paid my first salary six weeks later.

Lost about 10 kg on a diet comprised of 7-Eleven tea eggs. :lol:

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Re: How much money did you arrive with?

Postby Shimokitazawa » 28 May 2010, 22:13

ImaniOU wrote:...back in 2001 and I already had a well-paying job ($92,000/mo.)


10 years ago you were working a teaching job that paid NT $92, 000 a month?

Where?
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Re: How much money did you arrive with?

Postby k.k. » 28 May 2010, 22:24

I arrived with a job more or less setup to teach roller-blading, with AUS $70 in my pocket. And no, I wouldn't recommend that to anyone! :lol:

Back in the day you could get away with stuff like that, but nowadays it's wise to show up with enough money to support yourself for a while in case work doesn't pan out as you had planned right away.
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Re: How much money did you arrive with?

Postby kage » 29 May 2010, 07:27

Shimokitazawa wrote:
ImaniOU wrote:...back in 2001 and I already had a well-paying job ($92,000/mo.)
10 years ago you were working a teaching job that paid NT $92, 000 a month?Where?

The market was peaking ten years ago. Opening a buxiban was a license to print money. Things have been in a steady decline since then. Many , many schools have closed, and salaries have been stagnant for years. Or decreased.
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