links i find vital

where it all started for me! (btw it starts off with like a min of music)
http://www.filefactory.com/file/c0b6c4f/n/metro_025_black_in_korea_2.mp3
a seoul radio station interview about bssk
http://www.zshare.net/audio/94134128ba8ecd63/
a bunch of interviews with black expats in soko
http://www.youtube.com/user/BSSKSEXIES
find family on facebook: Brothas&Sistas of South Korea
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=25747883752

Monday, January 28, 2008

my utility/maintenance bill

update 04/08: please note that the korean won and the US dollar has been fluctuating lately, be sure to check current conversion rate.

i dont know why my first bill was so friggin high. i guess i was stuck w/some of the last persons bill... oh, and i didnt even GET a bill the first couple of months, actually, so it looks like they charged me all at once. jerks.

anyway, in an officetel, you pay a maintenance bill which includes utilities, water, electricity, and keeping the common areas clean. so, these are my bills from my moving in up until whenever.

some of my coworkers have had extremely high bills: i remember one month my bill was 150 something, and the couple who lived in the next building had a bill of over 300. others who swear they never use the heater/air conditioner (whereas i had the ondol all all the time in winter and constantly used the ac in summer) have bills comparable to mine. so, i dont know, i guess it depends on the building you live in? since so many people email asking me about bills, ive posted this, but dont assume your situation will be the same. ive friends who live in houses or apartments or villas, and their bills are 20,000 won. Yes, i said TWENTY. go figure.


DateWonDollars
06/07265,670$279.74
07/07119,070$119.65
08/07117,010$123.20
09/07120,670$127.06
10/07129,930$136.81
11/07113,440$119.45
12/07121,270$127.69
01/08147,810$155.64
02/08145,550$153.26
03/08163,860$164.67
04/08155,580$156.35
05/08137,510$138.19
06/08127,170$122.37
07/08118,190$113.34
08/08123,570$84.92
09/08139,050$95.56
10/08108,770$74.75
11/08117,450dunno
12/08127,820$95.00
01/09164,720109.71
in
february
i moved
to a
new
place.

in my place in jamsil, i get a bill from Korea Electric Power Corporation, a bill from Daehan City Gas Company, and another bill that i think is water.

electric bill

Date

Electric bill

Won

electric bill

Dollars

02/09..
03/09..
04/0932,210.
05/09..
06/0933,990.
07/0918,250.
08/0920,32016.63
09/0936,28029.68
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gas bill

Date

gas bill

Won

gas bill

Dollars

02/09..
03/09..
04/0940,840/46,570.
05/09?/14,330.
06/095,340/14330.
07/09..
08/09..
09/09..
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water

Date

water

Won

water

Dollars

02/09..
03/099,670.
04/09..
05/097,260.
06/09..
07/09..
08/09..
09/09..
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1 comment:

Kole said...

They got you on that first bill. It seems to have leveled off since.