There is no greater sight when your hungry and kinda broke (and quite possibly a little drunk) than the orange and green neon from the brightly lit store you can find one or more of within walking distance, which pretty much has everything you could ever need to survive. They are literally everywhere (probably more of them than pictures of the King!) and are open 24 hours. You really can live off of only 7 eleven in Thailand as it is cheap, they have all kinds of ready made food, microwaves to cook it in and ice cold air con to enjoy during your shopping trip. Being homeless and living on a budget we have spent many hours and eaten many meals at various 7 eleven's around the country (my favorite one so far was in Haad Rin, Koh Phangan - they had popcorn, a toastie assembly line and cute soi puppies outside!) and I thought I should showcase some of the finer points of this fundamental establishment.
A reader writes in looking for information about families and cost of living:
First off, I would like to thank you for answering many of my questions about South Korea. Chris, I have not found any information specific for families. I am married and we have two young children. Many questions have been answered, but is there any advice you can give? By the way, could you also give a cost of living price list such as rent, food, internet, clothing, etc...?
I'm thinking of going to korea and was just curious about what your monthly utilities (internet/electricty/gas) end up being.
For most teachers, utilities will comprise a pretty small portion of the money leaving your bank account. The set up on how to pay them depends on the school - some schools will automatically pay your bills and deduct the amounts from your paycheck. Others will take a hands-off role, and the bills will come to you.
Although the exact amount of a utility bill obviously varies with usage, you can expect the following (assuming one-person, smallish-sized housing as is typical for apartments provided by schools):
Electric: 15,000 - 20,000 won / month (peak: 30,000 / month)
Water: 10,000 - 20,000 won / month (peak: 25,000 / month)
A reader named S.Y. writes in: