To increase this article’s pep
I am writing in style of Rap.
The country itself is my muse,
If the poem is clumsy, I have to excuse.
For this post I want to give
An insight of the costs to live
In my new home, so far apart,
Taiwan, in Southeast Asian’s heart.
To show you how costly living is
I provide five common categories
That let you look through my lenses
To compare money value of expenses.
I would like to start with food
Because it not only tastes so good;
The costs in relation with the demand
Are a paradise for every gourmand.
For breakfast, lunch and dinner time
You hardly have to spend a dime.
To get enough food in your gut marched
There only will be two or three Euros charged.
There are some more expensive dishes
BBQ, Mexican Food and fresh deep-sea fishes
But overall, in average,
I spent less money on food but on beverage.
To continue with my red line
I will go on with beer and wine.
But first I have to do rethinking
Of the two types of social drinking.
The first is to sit in group together
Talk and laugh and try to gather
All the ideas of god and earth in pieces
With the time the beer increases.
Often we linger at convenience store
Order one beer, two or more
The cost of beverage is here
One euro for a 0.33 liter can of beer.
The second type of getting blue
Is going to clubs and pubs, so true.
When you have to pay each drink the night,
3.5€ for 0.5 beer is on the expense site.
In clubs you are able prove, you are a man
By paying entry and drink as much as you can.
Europeans reach the profit zone without hick-ups,
Because 15€ entry fee is evened in a few cups.
Although nutrition is fine for my bank account
The costs of clothes labelled at higher amount.
But again we have to differentiate
Between the kind of clothes that have to be paid.
If you want to go to flagship stores
Of famous brands with western cores,
You will have to pay the same price
As going shopping in Europe so nice.
In shops located on the street
It is more likely that you will meet
Merchants that will offer cheap
Clothes that you will probably keep.
To conclude the expenses in real numbers
And show the credit amount that cumbers
My bank account, it is in a range between
For a nice T-shirt downwards from 45€ to 13.
Another position I want you to inform
Is the expense of living in a dorm.
For a double room, tidy and clear,
I have to pay 500€ for half a year.
That is pretty cheap for a place to live
So I have a lot money to give
To stores to buy cleaning stuff
Because real men have to clean toilets enough.
The last category I talk about
is to pack your things and go out
into the world; travel without resistance.
It does not depend on time or distance.
For staying in a cosy hotel for a day
There are only between 10 and 30€ to pay.
For renting a car for a longer trip
It is only 40€ a day, including tip.
Also in Asia cheap are the flights,
So If you are not afraid of heights,
You can go to Japan, Korea, China
Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia,
Singapore, Hong Kong, Cambodia,
Thailand, Macau and even Australia;
For less than 200€ for trip there and back
So get ready and buy a backpack.
Now it ends, you are released.
I hope your interest in expense is pleased.
You see Taiwan is not financial rough,
And now I’ll go and buy some stuff!
Um meine Kreativität zu entrosten
Reime ich hier über die Lebenskosten.
Im Vergleich zum teuren Europa,
kann man hier leben wie ein Popstar.
Eine Mahlzeit kostet im Durchschnitt hier
Zwei bis drei Euros, teurer ist nur Bier.
Oder besser gesagt das alkoholische Ausgehen,
Denn hier zahlt man für den Rausch in Euro 15.
Beim Gewand zahlt man je nach Markennamen
Zwischen 45€ und 10€ für ein Shirt, kein Erbarmen.
Das Studentenheim ist wiederum ein guter Deal,
500€ im Halbjahr ist wirklich nicht viel.
Am meisten zahlt man hier fürs Reisen,
denn durch die Preise kann man sich Flüge leisten.
Nach Hongkong, Japan und ganz Asien
Kann man für 200€ hin- und zurückgehen.
Der kleine Reim über die finanzielle Ausgabe
Soll zeigen, dass ich es hier wirklich guthabe.
Und weil ich mich über die Preise freu‘,
geh ich jetzt raus und kaufe Zeugs!