SA vs NZ in prices

List of items and the different in prices between SA (Saudi Arabia)  & NZ

(All prices are in US Dollar)

Type

SA

NZ

Comment

My favorite

1 liter of petrol

12 cents

1.6$

More than 10x cheaper than NZ

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600ml of water

26 cents

2.4$

8x cheaper than NZ ,but found cheaper water for 1.2$

in SA = Nord

in NZ = Pump

350ml soft drink

40 cents

1.2$

3x cheaper than NZ

I prefer to change from time to time, but usually 7up

Big Mac

2.67$

4.05$

I don’t like McDonald

Cigarettes (20)

2.5$

9.6$

About 4x cheaper than NZ

I don’t smoke, some1 told me the reason behind high price is NZ gov add tax to cigarettes to let people not smoke a lot.

Bottle of Wine

N/A

9.6$

I don’t drink

Beer

80 cents  (without alcohol)

2.8$

I like barbican and prefer to change flavor from time to time.

Kebab

2.6$

8$

well the kebab in NZ is bigger

Also speaking about Mobile (Prepaid) cost in SA 37$ for 1 month -from Mobily- you get:

- 3000 minutes in same operator (50h).

- 3000 SMS in same operator.

In NZ i found : 23$ for 1 month -Telecom i think- you get:

-150 minutes (2.5h).

- unlimited SMS.

to sum up, Saudi is cheaper and there is no tax , but i believe the average salaries in Saudi in general is lower than NZ.

NZ memo4 : Eternal Homesick

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I returned home with a few coins from New Zealand . Those coins will never be used again ,I believe they miss being in their environment and miss being passed among Kiwi hands. Perhaps, they now feel homesick like I was ,but now we’ve changed roles and its eternal for them. Maybe now they talk to each other about the old days , how they made a child happy after buying ice-cream on a hot sunny day ; how they were heroes of many scenarios and how people respected and kept them in secure place.

…but not anymore!

NZ memo3

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in the last days in NZ ,I went with Japaneses friends to Japaneses restaurant , the food was good i ordered ramin – not sure about the spelling – and there was a shared dish contained raw fish , ehm .. raw fish ? oh how can they eat it ? and because i wanted to try something new I encouraged myself to eat it , I can’t descrip how it taste .. I was speechless , and ill never do it again!

raw fish

 

mydish

NZ memo2

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I read sometimes about other religions and about atheism , and its normal to meet people from different religions and i met many , but i didn’t meet any atheist before , it was a shock for me to know that 2 of my friends in NZ are atheists! . I was between two things : 1st why they are atheist . & 2nd i want for them live a better life , because human consist of two parts : physical & spiritual part, and atheists have lack in the spiritual life ,which lead to some bad consequences .In general, gazing out at the universe nothing comes suddenly ,there should be a creator . One of them when i asked him why he is atheist ? replied : I just don’t like to think about those kind of topics , the other one said : I came from atheist family ,so therefore I am similar to them. Actually the latter has some knowledge about religions  ,so i decide to give a small book as i gift before i leave NZ.

NZ memo1

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When i meet some people in New Zealand and have a chat with them , they usually ask me : Where are you from ? I often reply with : Have a guess ! … and i hear many different answers , but the most common answer – and funny though – : Israel !! Lol am i look likes Israeli ^^” , I thought i have Arabic appearance ^^ bahhh , but maybe because i used to wear black beanie ? like this one :
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as i read:Jewish usually wear beanie – i didn’t know that in NZ – .

IELTS result

finallyThe result revealed :

Speaking : 7.5

Listening : 7

Reading : 5.5

Writing : 5.5

Overall : 6.5

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Reading : actually i am surprised about my reading score Bah ^^” , because i didn’t do well, thought less than 5 .

Writing : hmmmm , I think my level is higher than 5.5 , at least 6 . Hmmm should i ask for re-mark and pay for it ? i don’t think so , but in my life i really don’t need write in academic way, even in my job . so i don’t care ^^

Speaking : although i made some mistakes i got 7.5 , so i believe they focus on the fluency more than anything.

Listening : i made few mistakes in spelling like : (desirt) instead of desert .

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I’ll be over the moon if i took 7 :) . but in general , I am happy with it  , taking in to account that I only studied for 2.5 months in NZ , i think its quite good . I believe if i stayed 3 months more in NZ 7 will be an easy target : )

I remember in my first week in NZ someone asked me what score do you want in IELTS ? i said 6 . he replied : 6 is very difficult , and i noticed from his face that you can’t get it . actually this motivated me to get more than 6 . Nothing is beyond your reach !

I sat for another IELTS in 2nd of March but i didn’t pay yet , and i’m not sure if  i should try a 2nd attempt .

 

I wrote about my experience in IELTS : here

Experience of taking IELTS

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This is my first attempt , I did well in all sections ( Listening / writing / speaking ) but not the reading , it was hard for me , I could not finish it in time

I took the academic IELTS 2/2/2013 in Riyadh ( Saudi Arabia ) in British Council

Speaking section :
Although im good in speaking , i was a little bit nervous in last 30 minutes before the test , i was  afraid of not remember some words when i need it , which may affect my fluency. i did some relaxing techniques , and after few minutes the examiner called my name . when i entered the room the nervous return again :( oh god !  the examiner notices it and said to me relax every thing will be ok , are you ready ? i said yes , he was very polit , smiling all the time , and when i answer a question he moves his head as agreement which was very helpfull to remove the nervous ,  I was worried about having examiner who just staring at me without making any move like a wall !

PART1:
– What is your full name ?
– In which part of Riyadh do you live ?
– Do you think it is interesting to live there ?
– Are going to live there in the future ?
– Lets talk about the internet , do you use the internet?
– Do you remember what was your first use of the internet ?
– Do all of your family members use the internet ?
– What is the bad things that could happen from using the internet ?
-Ok , lets talk about weather , which kind of weather do like ?

( he gave me only few sec to answer , he wanted short answers , about 10 sec , in all of these Qs i prefered to speak until he stop me because i have something to say realtied with the questions   )
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PART2
Talk about an equipment ( not a computer ) that you find it useful
– Why it is useful .
– It is easy to use. ( or do people find it easy to use ? )
– When and where do you use it .
(  before i start thinking, I asked him : can i talk about mobile phone ? he said : yes , but not computer or laptop . although it was very easy topic to talk about , at the end of it i realized that i used simple answers , and i didn’t use sophisticated sentences , but at least i kept talking until he stopped me , because before the exam, sometimes i run out of ideas )

PART3
– Lets talk about equipment in house , can you tell me about an equipment important in the house ?
( I talked about AC because its very important here )
– what do you thing about clean house and vacuuming , now and in the past.
( i made a mistake here i said something : to clean the dirty , when i said it i found it dose not make scene , i thought about dirt for 0.5 sec but i didn’t say it and prefered to keep the ball rolling , and i knew it is wrong from his face  )
– Nowadays we have many equipment in the house, do you thing there are some disadvantages for that ?
( talked about cost of the bill , and about it might be dangers if the children use it  )
– if you going to design equipment for the house , what are the most important criteria s ?
( answered : friendly easy to use , safe , reasonable price )

Writing section :

Task 1:
was bar chart about what men and women in England in 2001 (not sure about the date but it is in the past  ) do in their free-time
and the bar char list different activities such as reading , playing computer games , visit friends , do sport and exercise (and some others )

Task2:
I don’t remember it exactly , but was about visit public museums and art gallerias are not that important nowadays because of the use of computer . do you agree or disagree ?

Reading section :

My worst nightmare by all meaning ^^” , was tooooo hard for me , i could not finish any topic of the 3 topics in time , i sacrificed a lot of questions because of the time maybe 7-10 Q’s :(
although i did 5 samples ( old IELTS ) and my average score was 6 ,i think i can’t get even 5 in my real test unfortunately :( … I really think of taking another IELTS just because of my reading.

I found those tips , I really wish i read it before the test , especially number 3 :

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I was looking in all the text for each question , which waste a lots of time  : (

Listening section :

was not very hard , about :

- joining sport club
– fire alarm
– 2 students taking about choosing 2 courses .
– the last part was about fluctuation for some animals i remember it was about rats and kangaroo rat .

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everyday i refresh this page many time to see if they revealed my result , although i know it need 7-10 days , i can’t stop doing it ^^

until now  while i am sleep i dreamed like 3 times about this IELTS :D  , but the good thing is I saw my scores in some sections were high , I hope this is will be true , CAN’T WAIT !