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July 6, 2013

John asks…

How can I find a place to live for the summer?

I’m a college student and I don’t want to live with my parents during the summer. At my university they kick us out during breaks, but you’re required to live on campus during school. I need someplace furnished and cheap for about 3 months, and I don’t know where to start. What kind of housing should I look for?

Administrator answers:

Various ways. Craigslist, ask whatever related office exists at your school for this advice, ask your friends who live there.

Housing is probably on campus dorm or apartments. If you want to live by yourself, consider a studio apartment.

George asks…

How to deal with Roaches in my new home!?

I just moved into an apt, and did not know that there are many cockroaches in my unit!!

Should I tell the manager to manage the cleaning service or something?

The worst thing is that the manager is a racist. She does not want us to talk to her.
I dont think she will do something but at least I hope I can do something to my place.

Any legal protection to us?
Any suggestions?

Administrator answers:

Putting boric acid powder, from places like Ace Hardware, maybe Walmart, made to kill roaches, behind and in between things in the kitchen and under the sinks will help to kill a lot of them.
They crawl up pipes.
You can buy boric acid tablets from the grocery stores, by the bug sprays, cheap.

They are good to put on shelves and in corners.
They get in the walls. The powder along the base boards will get those.

You usually have to do something your self.
Roaches mutiply fast. You could have a lot more by the time something is done.
Your have to get prepared for bug spraying and clean up after wards. You have to take things out of the cabinets.
I have seen people in apartments come through real fast with a rod looking thing and spray just along the base boards.

Robert asks…

How to organize a small kitchen?

So I have been at this for several days and have yet to get it a way I like it. We just moved to an apartment and it’s got a small kitchen, barely any storage. We have 2 large cabinets up above, 1 medium one, and one very very skinny one about 5 inches wide. then below we have one large cabinet and one medium cabinet. And we only have 3 drawers- also smaller than I’m used to. What are some suggestions on what to put where? I’m having such a hard time with the plates and bowls and mugs/cups, not to mention mixing bowls and things like that. the way it is now we have no food anywhere in the kitchen except in the fridge, EVERYTHING is in the laundry room which has just enough shelving on the walls for us to store it there. But it gets so annoying not having food in the kitchen and keeping it in the other room! Our silverware doesn’t even fit in the drawer, not sure where to put that either!! And there’s not room for a cabinet or a hutch. As you can see, I’m pretty much given up on trying to figure this out! So if anyone has any ideas, please share!!! Right now we have our glasses sitting on a bookshelf. Any suggestions????? THANKS!

Administrator answers:

I have a tiny kitchen too, but honestly I love it…I enjoy keeping it simple and I have minimized everything down to what I really need. I live alone so I don’t answer to anyone else, so maybe that makes it easier for me.

First thing I would say is if this is going to be more than a year, and nothing is precious to you, downsize to a couple place settings per person, a few tupperwares, and a very basic inventory of pots and pans. If you do have some important things that you don’t want to part with, downsize anyway but box up your excess and get it out of the way. Garage maybe? Or anywhere else in the house, NOT to be messed with until you unpack at a more spacious location.

That five inch cupboard, I can think of a couple things you could do with it…one is get some of these in 8 cup size (any brand is fine, most call it “deep dish” and stack them as canisters…http://www.amazon.com/GladWare-Deep-Dish-Containers-containers/dp/B0009P67Y4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361831793&sr=8-1&keywords=gladware+deep+dish. Stack them as high as is convenient to reach, and maybe you can make two stacks one behind the other. Stack them in order of what you reach for most often easiest to reach. You can store things like…chocolate chips, nuts, coconut, powdered sugar, pancake mix, oatmeal or cream of wheat, etc. A small at hand quantity of these things, and you should probably commit to buying smaller quantities of things like this unless you know you need it and will use more. Another use for that is to stack your wraps…foil, trash bags, plastic wrap, waxed paper, parchment, zipper bags. I assume the cabinet is deep enough to lay them down. Third option for that cabinet is shallow pans like your cake pan and cookie sheets. This all depends how often you use those things and how easy to get to them. You might also just hang hooks in the side of that cabinet and use them for things like dish towels pot holders,and maybe your collection of grocery sacks if you keep those.

Cups and mugs…you can buy little hooks to screw in underneath a cabinet. Then suspend them. This might be a good place for the space in between a cabinet and the top of the microwave. I have space there.

Three drawers: I have four. I use mine for silverware, gadgets (whisks, funnels, spatulas, wooden spoons, etc. And the mixer fits in there too.) and spices.

You can store spices on the back lip of the stove. Sometimes you lose a couple that fall behind. Hahha but ordinarily it works fine for them, and my olive oil etc too.

Dishes…do you have a dishwasher? IF you reduce your inventory to only what you use every day…you can use your dishwasher as a storage device for your dishes. Just rinse and store your dirty in the sink until it is time to run it, then load and wash whatever is in it…if it is clean…it will just wash again. Keep a small dishrack (maybe a collapsible one) where you can keep your dishes washed by hand.

You might have a drawer in the bottom of the stove. USE IT! Just remember whatever you put in there must tolerate heat well. If you don’t use your oven a great deal, the oven itself, is nice for storing pots and pans. If you do use it a lot, then don’t do this…best case…you get sick of emptying it to use the oven…worse case…you forget its there and burn up or melt something!

You can get a large laundry basket, just a cheap plastic one…and put it on top of the fridge for your tupperware. You can store a great deal of plastic ware in there, but do remember to keep it light weight because you have to lift this over your head to put it on top of the fridge. It can store a lot of different containers and lids, doesn’t have to be perfect, just toss them in there. Also good for things like picnic ware, or kids dishes and sippy cups and such if you have those.

If you have base cabinet storage, you can use it as “drawer space” by putting things in plastic dishpans. You can do this with spices, your pastas, etc…put them in the container, then slide it into the cabinet like a drawer.

Many many things can go in the fridge even if they don’t HAVE to be. You can store canned goods and unopened jars, OR you know…change the way you shop. Less processed food for long term storage, more fresh food for cooking right away.

Hope that I could help!

Mary asks…

How much it costs to live in South Korea as a student?

So in a few years, after I graduate high school, Two of my friends and I are planning to move to South Korea. We are both very interested in different cultures and we wanted to live in South Korea first. I will be 19 (american age) when we move. I’m wondering how much it would cost for us to live together? For small apartments or rooms per month or in total. Any recommendations or tips? Thanks :) P.S We figured we would need a bunch of jobs, but we are each in charge of certain payments.

Administrator answers:

If you live near the campus, you will find better deals. Usually $5000-10,000 USD deposit, and anywhere from 300-800 USD per month. As far as a bunch of jobs go, if you aren’t a Korean citizen you might not have much luck in getting employment without a degree. Some Korean schools have programs that allow you to teach on the Student Visa you will be getting. Do it legally. The cheapest areas are Seodaemun, Eunpyeong, Dobong, and Guro gu areas. If you aren’t going to have that kind of cash available, you can do what other students do and stay in Livingtels or Goshiwons. They are small rooms with little to no deposit for 200-600 a month. Shared shower with other residents rice and soup included.

Michael asks…

How much does it cost to live in Thailand per month. For retirement?

Bangkok? Chang Mai? Pia? Vang Vang?
How much is a one bedroom apartment in these places, food, doctors, hospital, dentist, a car
How about visa?

Administrator answers:

I noticed you left Pattaya off of your list of cities to live in. There are lots of retirees living in the Pattaya/Jomtien area. Hotels are cheaper than Bangkok, many apartments are cheaper than what you get in Bangkok too! Several new modern malls, new movie theaters, good restaurants, modern supermarkets and lots of other markets for fresh food. Transportation is only 10 baht. Hospitals are not too bad but for something really serious you could just go to Bangkok. I have used dentists in Pattaya several times over the years without any problems and the prices are very reasonable. Driving a car may not be necessary in Pattaya unless you are way out in the sticks. Keep in mind that local transportation in Pattaya is only 10 baht! You may get by with just a pedal bicycle, keep fit and have transportation too. Retirement visa depends on your age, regular entry to Thailand depends on the passport you travel under.

In the “old days” when you could make border runs to stay in Thailand for long periods I had friends living in Pattaya for around $1000 US a month. Of course your particular lifestyle will determine how much you need per month to live in Thailand. You have to follow current immigration regulations and be aware of any changes that come out. If you are over 50 and have a verifiable pension, or sufficient money in a Thai bank, you will have an easier time getting to stay in Thailand for a longer duration. By the way, some retirees just live in small cheap hotels and let the maids clean the rooms and let the hotel take care of the maintenance, paying for water and electricity, etc. Many hotels will give special prices for long term stays.

Figure out how much money per month you have available. Read the various links concerning immigration to Thailand and see if you qualify. This is important – IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN TO THAILAND BEFORE – VISIT FIRST! Visit Thailand first, talk to some expats take a look around and see if this is the life you really want. Don’t sever all ties with your home country intending to reside in Thailand and then become disappointed – try it before you buy it! When you ask about a visa I get the feeling that you have never been to Thailand. If you are from the US, UK, Oz, NZ and many places in Europe you can get 30 days free entry on arrival. Visit first!
Ordinary tourist visas:

http://www.mfa.go.th/web/2482.php?id=2490

Thai Visa Forum has a lot of good info on immigration to Thailand. My advice is to check out Pattaya and talk to some of the long term expats. They will give you pointers on where to stay, how much to pay for rent, info on hospitals and other stuff. I think it pays to be among other expats for mutual support. If you intend to purchase a condo get lots of legal assistance first and talk to other expat condo owners for their opinions and suggestions.

Good luck.

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