2007-11-05 16:51:52 UTC
pack of heineken tall boys cost about five bucks here. You can't do
that in Canada, and I might add there's less 7-11's there too which
only compounds the issue.
I pay just over $200 canadian (220 US) for a house, per month. A
house. I get paid about 2x as much as I used to make in Canada working
for an engineering company or a certain university's nuclear physics
department (as an outside contractor of course, thats where the money
is)... You might think it's strange, but the particular location I
moved to is always sunny and warm, with very little pollution. Most
people use scooters or bicycles, or just walk. Especially
schoolchildren. They don't use busses. The kids walk. At around 5pm
the streets are flooded with schoolchildren walking home. Oh and did I
mention I leave my bike unlocked outside my work, and my home, in my
suburb, because there is no crime? No grafitti anywhere either? My
food bill is about forty bucks a week (not including eating out of
course) and I might add I'm married with children. They even still
want to give me my canadian baby bonus.
Oh and did I mention, I only work for two and a half hours a day, and
can spend the rest of my time doing whatever I fancy, like.. martial
arts? Heck, even with a 2 hour practice schedule I have time to watch
tv for six hours a day. Not that I watch much TV, on my 42 inch that I
bought for about $200 canadian. After work today I was hungry on the
way home so I ordered a bucket of KFC and it came to six canadian
The catch? MMA schools are few and far between, that is, your choices
are limited. Oddly enough there is a dearth of traditional instruction
too. At least, most instruction which is, generally speaking,
publically available, does not advertise as such, even in chinese. My
advice is to come prepapred with what you already know. Mainly it's a
time thing. If you want time, you got it here. It's kind of funny
though, for all my digging I found much better instruction in Toronto.
Then again the city i'm living in is about 10% of Toronto's size.
I'm finding it hard to justify a move back to Canada at this point. On
the whole I actually enjoy more freedoms here than there, and I live a
far better lifestyle than my parents did, and if you knew my parents
and me back before I moved here that statement would probably
And with the manufacturing deficits and hyperinflation beginning to
grip north america, buying property over here is just starting to make
a whole lot more sense, too.