Living in Sin ...
...... has to be much nicer than living here.
I've recently discovered a lst of Living in ...
links set up by Elmer, a Filipino living in HK. He's feeling the strain of being a single expat ~ I wish I had a wife and kids to relate to. Wouldn't it be good to end the day looking forward to going home and play with the kids and share your day's good and bad sides with your loved one? I guess that's what makes a day worth enduring when you see smiling faces despite a tiring day at the office
~.so he's explored the world of expat bloggers.Living in HK FoodCooking at home is a healthier (if cooking the right food) option and saves you money compared to eating out especially if you have a family. Typical cost of going out is at HK$15 for breakfast and about HK$25 for lunch or HK$30 for dinner. Having to eat out on weekends and spending about HK$40 daily on weekdays will bring us to roughly HK$2,800 per month including extras like beer, tea, bread or yum cha.
Elmer's site is a mixture of prosaic and useful, but hardly entertaining. Cheer up, mate!Living in LondonWe're back in London.It was a particularly pleasant train ride this morning. We waited in the Eurostar Business Premier Salon at Gare du Nord for the first time and it's really nice. It really makes waiting for the train much more pleasant.
John watched dvd's on his computer for most of the ride while I just listened to my iPod, which is what I always do. A quick taxi ride from Waterloo Station and we're home!
Wow, what a fun week. I'm more in love with Paris than ever. I think it's the most beautiful city in the world.
There are many good Living In London blogs written by Londoners: this isn't one of them.
Check out Diamond Geezer
who is consistently interesting and informative, even for an Arsenal supporter.Living in SingaporeThis week I have mostly been bathed in Christmas lights, as has most of the island. In fact if one is to believe the papers, and we are certainly encouraged to here, then over 6 km of Christmas lights are now twinkling away until January. This means 1/7 of the length of the island and a bit over a third of the width is lit up. Pretty impressive stuff as was the effort from Tangs department store who has managed to find that elusive biblical statement that says Christmas is in fact a commercial exercise and nothing to do with any religious beliefs.
It came from Matthew apparently.
A healthy dose of cynicism.
Living in Jakarta
And, yes, it's Jakartass. I'm flattered, especially as my blogging has recently been more sporadic than at any time since I started. But that's because I've been busy writing.
What's more, I've been writing about living In Jakarta as I've been commissioned to update Derek Bacon's tome Culture Shock - Jakarta.
A number of fellow bloggers have contributed to my knowledge and will have their names, or pseudonames, in print some time next year. Occasionally I'll be asking for help.
Like now. If there are any local (preferably Jakarta-based) expats reading this who have a car and drive it, or a motorbike, could you please email me
the procedures for a. claiming ownership, if that's possible and b. getting a driving license.
Both the official (legal) and accepted procedures would be of interest.