How much money did you arrive with?

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Re: How much money did you arrive with?

Postby twonavels » 29 May 2010, 09:27

tommy525 wrote:
twonavels wrote:I had NT$5000, but I had a job lined up and and I lived in an empty breakfast shop for the first six months. It was a lot of fun. I ate a lot of bread from the bread stores, and was very happy to get my first pay check after 1 and a half months! That was 10 years ago.


Did you write about it before or someone else had the same experience. LIving in a shop with those steel doors that you can pull down and once down is dark as heck without interior lights? Cockroaches coming thru on the bottom etc? Man some of you guys do "edge" onto the island thats for sure.

But hey i came to live in the usa this time bout ten years ago with tens of thousands in debt and now..... im in MORE debt. Ahh life in Merica.


Yeah, I did write about it before. I guess it was something to write about, which is always good. :)
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Re: How much money did you arrive with?

Postby maoman » 29 May 2010, 13:14

Huang Guang Chen wrote:I arrived as a student with a reasonable wad, but thinking about it, years later I left as an editor in debt!

Ha! I came with over $3000NT in my pocket, and since then I've more than doubled my nest egg! :discodance:
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Re: How much money did you arrive with?

Postby MJB » 29 May 2010, 13:20

I came with about 20kUSD, no idea that a teaching market here even existed, and a plan to stay for one year...

In 1986.
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Re: How much money did you arrive with?

Postby tommy525 » 29 May 2010, 13:30

MJB wrote:I came with about 20kUSD, no idea that a teaching market here even existed, and a plan to stay for one year...

In 1986.


One heck of a loooong year :)
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Re: How much money did you arrive with?

Postby Huang Guang Chen » 29 May 2010, 13:35

Maoman wrote:
Huang Guang Chen wrote:I arrived as a student with a reasonable wad, but thinking about it, years later I left as an editor in debt!

Ha! I came with over $3000NT in my pocket, and since then I've more than doubled my nest egg! :discodance:

My investments in Taiwan have since squared up that tally very nicely, and then some.

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Re: How much money did you arrive with?

Postby Durins Bane » 30 May 2010, 21:56

I had fifty USD in my pocket. I was so broke.....I taped a sign to the back of my shirt stating "English classes $400NT per hour" and rode up and down the escalator at the department stores. Taught in the park.
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Re: How much money did you arrive with?

Postby Tomas » 30 May 2010, 22:16

Durins Bane wrote:I had fifty USD in my pocket. I was so broke.....I taped a sign to the back of my shirt stating "English classes $400NT per hour" and rode up and down the escalator at the department stores. Taught in the park.


I remember that story. And if you didn't have a family that would suffer because of it, you'd go back to that day in a minute, wouldn't you?
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Re: How much money did you arrive with?

Postby Shimokitazawa » 01 Jun 2010, 01:24

Durins Bane wrote:I had fifty USD in my pocket. I was so broke.....I taped a sign to the back of my shirt stating "English classes $400NT per hour" and rode up and down the escalator at the department stores. Taught in the park.


How many years ago would that have been?

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Re: How much money did you arrive with?

Postby Brendon » 01 Jun 2010, 03:00

I arrived with about US$1500 in local currency, which I bought at Heathrow in London. The first time I tried to buy a drink at 7-11, I found out they had (unknowingly) sold me old currency and that it was all useless until I could change it at a particular bank -- which was way beyond me at the time.

So I starved for a month. It was fun!
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Re: How much money did you arrive with?

Postby Shimokitazawa » 01 Jun 2010, 14:46

Brendon wrote:I arrived with about US$1500 in local currency, which I bought at Heathrow in London. The first time I tried to buy a drink at 7-11, I found out they had (unknowingly) sold me old currency and that it was all useless until I could change it at a particular bank -- which was way beyond me at the time.

So I starved for a month. It was fun!


that would have been a great time to read Knut Hamsen's Hunger
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