Buy My Life for $80,000 NT

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Selling My Life for $80,000 NT

Taiwan has been great, but I've been here too long and it's time for me to move on.  Would someone like to assume my life here in Taiwan?  I'm selling it for the bargain basement price of $80,000 NT ( about $2,600 USD ).

Arriving in Taiwan without a job and without a support network is certainly doable – I did it myself, but if you plan to stay for any length of time you need to have some savings to get you through the first few months.  Teaching jobs are more and more competitive these days and you should plan on having funds to carry you through at least two months without work here.  Hopefully you could find a job sooner than that – but even if you did, you wouldn't be paid until the next month.  A scaled down monthly budget of $15,000 could get you by – take that times two = $30,000 NT.  You'll also need to budget for key money – or rental deposit of 2 – 3 months rent – figure at least 20,000 NT.  You'll probably want a scooter or motorcycle too.  Plan on at least another 20,000 NT for that.  So..there is 70,000 NT – and you haven't bought furniture or found a job yet.  You want internet access don't you?  You'll probably need to sign a contract to get that – which you can't do unless you have an ARC card (work visa). 

So..what do you get if you buy my life for $80,000?

Fully furnished rooftop apartment – lots of space on the roof, perfect for houseplants and BBQ parties.  Apartment comes with built-in storage, sofa, two good solid tables – one of them is just huge – perfect for your rooftop parties, mattress, computer desk, chairs and more – all of this is owned by me and becomes yours.

A cool looking motorcycle in good condition with a top of the line helmet and good quality raingear – this helmet cost $4,000 NT.  Sure, you could get a helmet for $100 NT ($3 USD) and, if you have a $3 head, I recommend you do that – otherwise invest in a good full head helmet.

A HUGE fish aquarium set-up here on the roof with base cabinet.  If you're into fish, this is a great deal – the tank and all the equipment would cost you over $40,000 new.

Morning teaching hours – this is huge – you start earning right away and morning teaching hours are the hardest to find.  It's not too hard to find afternoon teaching hours but morning hours can be a challenge.  If you are coming to Taiwan to make money, you need some morning hours to fill out your schedule. This is 2 hours a day, 4 days a week for 8 hours @ $600 NT an hour – that's almost $20,000 NT a month, so right away you should be able to cover all your monthly expenses other than rent.

DSL Internet – already set up for you and included in your monthly rent.

Tons of other good stuff – like loads of teaching materials, books and flashcards, houseplants, all kinds of dishes, plates and other kitchen stuff – in addition to appliances – a blender, a rice cooker, a coffeemaker, a toaster oven, electric kettle and even a popcorn maker.  You get chinese language materials if you want to study chinese, alarm clocks, computer speakers, mirrors, extension cords, hand tools, books, blankets, and a complete wardrobe if you happen to be a guy about my size – 6' tall.  All the kinds of stuff that you'd never think of factoring into a budget but most of which you would end up buying eventually.

Refrigerator, TV and washing machine – these are owned by the landlord but not all apartments come furnished with them.

Orientation – I'll take you around, introduce you to your morning school, show you the nearest supermarket, the best breakfast shop, the closest MRT station, the gym I belong to – just $1600 a month with top of the line equipment, sauna, hot tub and great swimming pool.  Show you how to order gas for the hot water heater, etc. All the details you'd want to know and would take you weeks to learn on your own.

The details

First, the rent is 8,000 a month and this includes water and internet.  Electricity is on you and how much you use depends largely on how much you run the air conditioner or heaters in the winter – yes air conditioner and two good heaters are included!  Part of the $80,000 you are paying is my rental deposit of $16,000.  If you like, you can meet with the landlord, sign a new contract, pay her the deposit directly and then subtract that from my price – so pay me 64k and pay her 16k.  The choice is yours.  She'll be happy to sign a new contract with you – the only sticking point is that she may require you to have an ARC card to do so – which I why I included the deposit in my price.  My deposit would transfer to you and you could sign a new contract after getting your work visa.

How good a deal is this? It's a great deal!  Think about this – the 16k deposit you'd have to pay anyway and you'll get it back when you leave.  You should be able to sell the motorcycle for at least 20k when you leave too.  There are two gas tanks here – one for hot water and one for cooking – I paid a $1500 deposit on those, you get that back when you leave too.  And, right off the bat, you've got a guaranteed income of around $24,000 a month.  How can you pass this up?

When Can I Move In?

I'm flexible when I leave but I'm not really ready to go before June 1st so you'd have to pay some kind of premium if you want me out before then.  Anytime after that, just give me 2 weeks notice to wrap things up and the whole set-up is yours.  This is a complete turnkey deal.  I'll definitely have the apartment clean for you, but I am leaving everything that I can't pack into 2 suitcases – so you should expect to find some rice, coffee, laundry detergent, spices, condiments, etc. all waiting for you.  I may even leave you some ice cream in the freezer.

Photos are posted here.  If you're interested, just contact me.



Modelling Jobs for Foreigners in Taiwan

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Work As A Model In Taiwan

If you’re in Taiwan studying Chinese or teaching English and want to pick up some extra cash you may want to consider modelling.  Strange as it may sound, the Taiwanese do make use of foreign models to advertise products in commercials.  Foreign actors are also used as extras in some Taiwanese films.  You’ll have the best shot at landing a modelling or acting gig if you are what the Taiwanese consider to be stereotypically foreign – white – blonde hair – blue eyes.  If you don’t fit that description, don’t be discouraged, it’s still possible for you to find work as a model though it may be more difficult as there are many established professional Taiwanese models that typically get the high end modelling jobs for Asians.  Modelling experience is great but not really required or expected for most small modelling jobs.  Unless you’re really a professional model, don’t expect to make a full-time income doing this but at least you can pick up some extra cash for work that is not too demanding.

To find modelling agencies in Taiwan that have modelling jobs available and are hiring foreign models in Taiwan use the Taiwan Yellow Pages or try contacting the New Face Modeling Agency in Taiwan at +886 2.2394.4426.   Modelling jobs for foreigners are also sometimes posted on Tealit.  If you’re really interested in pursuing modelling as a career a good book to check out is Your Modelling Career – You Don’t Have To Be A Superstar To Succeed.  It’s available on Amazon.  Good luck in your quest for modelling jobs!

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