>> Wednesday, July 28, 2010
is #$@^!-ING EXPENSIVE~!!
And that's just food court standard fried rice. A restaurant one is another story. These are some examples from 'Thainamite' a thai restaurant nearby my place.
This makes me think of how underpaid Malaysian workers are. I used to work in Sushi King for Rm3.50 an hour for eight hours. That's only about 1 Australian Frikkin Dollar an hour. FML! F*** Malaysian's Life lol.
No doubt that the food is awesome, just by looking at it, you can tell.
But you tend to enjoy it first and think about the price later.
Estimation of AUD25-30 (RM75-90) spent on dinner per person - a heavy amount for an independent non-working, zero FAMA student like me. Which is why such an expensive indulgence has to be a once in a blue moon occassion.
Of course the real student life is to save money and this can be done by cooking your own meals.
But if you must eat out, make sure the meal is worth the money.
You may be pleased to learn that the cheapest meal you can get in Australia would be fast food.
Hungry Jack's is particularly popular here. We have this in Malaysia too, but it's called Burger King. They are the same except that you can have your burger with bacon here which makes it extra good.
A set can be as cheap as AUD5 (RM15) and it includes a burger, fries, drinks and an ice cream. Guess who always order the same thing over and over again?
For some, eating fast food all the time may not suit your 'healthy' lifetstyle. However, you can opt for something with less salt and fat.
Subway foot-long sandwhich- AUD7 (RM21). If you're not a heavy eater, this can be your lunch and dinner.
Another way to cut down on food expenditure when eating out is to share meals.
For example a plate of Aussie's best Fish n Chips - AUD40 (rm120) for four-five person. This family platters or combos comes in really big portion. Plus it won't cost as much as ordering individual meals.
This can be done when eating out in restaurants too.
This good dishes served with rice only cost about AUD11 per person! As they say, "sharing is caring"... for your wallet.
No doubt eating out can be pricey. But at the end of the day, we must weigh whether the experience and food put together is worth the money. Despite being calculative, I do realize that I am already blessed being able to study overseas, so I might as well make the best out of it and enjoy my youth with good food. If I were to die today, I would not have any regrets.