• ENG,  Life,  Travel

    Sliding Doors

    Have I ever told you about how I suddenly landed in Bristol when my destination was Shanghai? No? Well, I’m about to.   This was a key moment in my life. A proper sliding doors moment that literally, changed the course of my life forever and brought me to where I am now.   Early 2013, I applied for an MBA with an American University that has several campuses around the world. One of them was Shanghai. I went through the admissions process and after a few months, received the confirmation that I got accepted. I had to study for an exam called GMAT but as I was working full…

  • ENG,  Food,  Life,  Travel,  TV and Movies

    Mortgage – Part II (ENG)

    Here is the second part of this story as I previously (tried) to start talking about my part-time job, and then got carried away about all the issues relating to the housing market and taxes. I will do my very best to keep focused this time. Going back just a little bit in time, when I first moved to Bristol, my first job was in a pub as a barmaid in the city centre. I worked countless hours earning minimum wage (£6.19/per hour at the time) but it was good fun and met a lot of people which helped to forget the fact that I was all alone in a foreign…

  • ENG,  Life

    Mortgage – Part I (ENG)

    After two years of no letters, I’m now writing two days in a row. Let’s see if I can keep up with regular posts. As I said yesterday, I promised that I would write in relation to the part-time I got recently as I’m saving money to buy a house. Firstly, it’s important to state that buying a house doesn’t come cheap in the UK, especially in Bristol. Just last year, the house prices have risen a ridiculous 6.7%, meaning that Bristol is just behind London and Cambridge when it comes to increases in house prices. This means that the average price of a house is now around £220,000.00 (yes,…