How far does 50 ringgit or $16 Canadian dollars go? Pretty far. And, I also have the same hat as this fellow.
How far does 50 ringgit or $16 Canadian dollars go? Pretty far. And, I also have the same hat as this fellow.

One of the most important things when moving to any country is to determine the cost of living – especially when you’re unemployed. And figuring out the cost of living can come in many forms. Like how much does a Coke cost? Or a beer? Or a human organ (who knows, you might need one some day)? While I haven’t been able to ascertain the cost of a used liver, I do have a pretty good handle on how much everyday things cost.

Put simply, it’s cheaper to live in Malaysia than in Canada. Outside of vehicles, pretty much everything else is the same or much cheaper. Here’s a rundown of a few things roughly estimated in Canadian dollars:

  • 1.5 L of Coke (they don’t have 2 litres here, they’re not gluttons for God’s sake) – $1
  • 24 beer – $28 (that’s the ‘special’ deal at a small local grocer who brings in Carlsberg from Thailand)
  • 1 pint – $5 (this can be as high as $10 depending on the place. However, if you hit up happy hour in some spots, you can get 3 pints for $10)
  • 1 litre of gas – 60 cents
  • 1, 2007 Suzuki Swif with 125,000 kms – $10,000
  • 1 year of comprehensive insurance for Swif – $400/year
  • Bottle of decent wine – $16
  • Chicken and rice supper – $2
  • Loaf of bread – $1
  • Steak supper – $10 to over $100 (we’ve found a great $10 steak, so no need to spend more)
  • Rent for a 1,500 sq foot, 3-bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment and a storage room for stinky hockey equipment – $1,500/month
  • Ice time for 1.5 hours of pickup hockey – $18
  • Power bill – $50/month
  • Home Cable/Phone/Internet – $45/month
  • 4 km cab ride – $3
  • Round trip flight to Myanmar – $170
  • A cleaning lady for 5 hours – $30
  • A house husband – Priceless

Anything else you’d like to buy, let me know. Take care.

Shaun

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