Monday, May 05, 2008

Less than three


The weekend was spent in Singapore with The Girlfriend.

The economic conditions in Singapore continue to amaze me – purchasing power is remarkably high. A decent meal of mixed rice can be acquired for a mere 1/500 to 1/1000 of one month's pay (a fresh graduate's pay). Yeah you can buy food for a mere 2.50 SGD, while the monthly pay is close to 2000 to 2500 SGD.

In Malaysia, a fresh graduate probably gets 2000 to 2500 MYR a month; food costs about 4.00 MYR.

In Australia, a graduate earns 1750 to 2250 AUD per month; a meal costs about 7 AUD.

In China, a graduate earns close to 2000 CNY; food costs about 5 CNY.


This long distance business can get rather depressing at times.


I'll be flying for Tianjin tonight; after that horrible trip last week (it took 20 hours to get from Tianjin to Petaling Jaya, TMD), I'm not looking forward to it.