What a Hectic last day in SF. Of course, I lagged and put everything off til last minute. I started off my day waking up late (10:30), and then I showered and got ready. I took a look at my To do list that I planned the day before… and it didn’t look pretty.
My To Do List
- Start Packing for the Philippines
- Business Meeting (2hrs)
- Park my cars into storage
- Go to the Bank
- Send Checks to landlord
- Pay off parking tickets
- Clean my room
- Do my laundry
- Create a Facebook Account (if youre reading this, add me)
These were things that I should have accomplished throughout the week, but as you guys all know, it’s not my style. So to prevent myself from being too stressed out, I did what I usually do in these critical moments. I went to lunch.
For lunch, we (mom, brother, brother’s gf) decided to go to Loi’s, one of our local favorite Pho joints. While waiting in line, I couldn’t help but notice for the first time, their inspection score. Right by the door was a big fat 42, displayed with pride. I don’t know if it’s the huge tray of Cha Gio (egg rolls) out in the open next to the bathroom, the tea that always has a hint of soapy water, or the thumb in the soup as the old man serves you your bowl of pho, but a 42 is pretty damn impressive. It just goes to show that the saying is true “the dirtier the place, the better.”
DIRTY Cheap PHO…but OH SO GOOD!
Don’t be scared of this place and how it looks because if you are all about great taste, fast food and CHEAP, then you will find it here at Loi’s. Try it out!” yelp review by some cute asian chick
I know that I shouldnt be displaying my numbers in public, but i’ll do it just this one time for educational purposes. This is still a very general base budget that I created on excel to give me a rough estimate on how much I will be looking to spend throughout the next 4 months and year. I pretty much listed out all the possible expenses that I thought of and put them on a spreadsheet.
Just as a reminder, I decided that I would reevaluate my business venture here in the Philippines after 4 months and then I would see whether I would continue then. I tried to come up with the best figures and calculated how much it would cost me to live out here on a month to month basis. After calculating the totals of the first 4 months, I came out with the figure $25,725. Thats how I came up with my Case Study: Making $25,000 in 4 Months.
Cost of Flight - $3500 once every two months because I will be flying home every month or two.
Rent - I rented a condo in Makati (financial district) already, comes out to around $1250 incl HOA
Food - $900 incl drinks and I love to eat
Computers - $1000 i just noticed that its a misprint and instead should be $2500
Staff - $1500 should be enough to support a team of 3-4 people
if you guys notice anything else… please let me know.. feel free to leave a comment.
Okay, so after doing my research and calculating my expenses, I found that it’s going to cost so much cheaper to buy the computers from the US. Apparently, the Philippines is a little bit outdated in terms of their computer technology and the same systems as in the US are way over priced.
So, I decided to buy the computers in the US and found a pretty good deal on Slickdeals.net. If you dont know what slickdeals is (this is not a shameless plug), its a user driven website that provides the lastest coupon codes, discounts and sales that are going on with most of the online and local retailers, such as amazon, best buy, nordstrom, etc…
I found out that Dell was having a sale on their brand new Dell Vostro 200 systems (specs below) for only:
$479 tax and shipping included
Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core Processor E2160 (1.80GHz, 1MB L2 Cache)
Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition
Dell 22 inch Widescreen E198WFP Analog Flat Panel Monitor
2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz - 2DIMMs
16X DVD-ROM Drive
250GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™
What a Deal!
I liked em so much, I bought 5 of them ( 1 was for my younger sisters high school graduation gift). Now the only problem is bringing the computers over.