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Cost of Living

Here’s a breakdown of my utilities for my first month:

  • Gas – 41,860 (~$37)
  • Electric – 7,881 (~$7)
  • Internet – 13,820 (~$12)
  • Cable – free (landlord pays for it!)
  • Water – free (as far as I can tell)
  • Cell Phone – 18,590 (~$17) but it’ll be 35,000 (~$31) starting next month

Some of these prices aren’t for the whole month, so next month’s bills will be higher. That’s okay because I think it’s still pretty affordable! And, I don’t have to worry about rent or pay for gas(oline), parking, or car insurance. I spend more than I think on the bus and subway (950-1300/trip), but it’s still a lot cheaper than driving my own car. Overall, living in Korea is 100x better for me financially.

I could budget my money for food, travel and miscellaneous expenses, though. I usually load 10,000 onto my transportation card at a time, which gets me 7-10 trips. So, I can go downtown or out to other places 3-5 times a week on that money. I end up spending more on the weekends because I take multiple trips around town and sometimes take a cab. And I could eat at home more or choose cheaper places to eat at once in a while. That’s my plan from now on since I’ve gotten to try different things and enjoyed myself the past month and a half. I got a cash book to record my daily expenses. My goal for next month: budget my money and save, save, save!

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Turning Point…?

Here it is… my first rant. This is my first post written in anger and frustration. It’s due to a combination of events. Actually, I still love being in Korea and I’m having lots of fun, so this isn’t actually a rant about Korea. I’m really frustrated with the complicated tax exemption process.

I’ve been waiting for my residency certificate (Form 6166) since February. Soon after I arrived in Korea, I asked my parents to mail Form 8802 to request the residency certificate. I would’ve done it myself, but things got pretty hectic before I left. My brother went into the hospital the day before I left for Korea. So, I understand that my parents had a lot to worry about. I would do it myself, but I can’t do much from Korea. I already filled out the form so all I needed to do it have it mailed to the IRS. Simple, right?

Turns out my parents never mailed it. alksdfjalskdjf. I’d been eagerly waiting for the past 2 months, thinking my residency certificate was on its way. But, my parents had no idea what I was talking about. They could’ve┬ásaid something earlier! They thought I was asking them to file my taxes. wtfff. I sent them detailed instructions, a copy of the form, and told them exactly where it was in my room. I am just going to have someone else do this for me. Parents = epic fail.

The worst part is that I have to wait another month once I send the form. I told my school I would have it soon. I hate having all the information and knowing exactly what needs to be done, but not being able to do anything about it.

Other things.. I tripped on the stairs at school yesterday. Ate it pretty bad and now I have a bruised knee. It didn’t put me in a bad mood though, it gave me a good laugh. But, lately I’ve been feeling accident prone and it makes me feel uneasy. Like I’m waiting for something bad to happen to me. I can’t shake this ominous feeling…

Some of my classes are becoming more rowdy. They picked a bad week for that. They shouldn’t give me any reasons not to be nice. Because when I’m not nice, it’s really, truly an unpleasant experience. Don’t want to unleash that anytime soon. I’m trying to enjoy myself here!

UPDATE: My parents did send my tax form back in February! My mom scanned a letter from the IRS saying they received my application and they’re processing it. But it took them 2 months to send me a letter telling me they are processing it… IRS= epic fail.

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