SA vs NZ in prices

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

(All prices are in US Dollar)





My favorite

1 liter of petrol

12 cents


More than 10x cheaper than NZ


600ml of water

26 cents


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

in SA = Nord

in NZ = Pump

350ml soft drink

40 cents


3x cheaper than NZ

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

Big Mac



I don’t like McDonald

Cigarettes (20)



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



I don’t drink


80 cents  (without alcohol)


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




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


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


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



NZ memo2


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


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 :
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


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 .



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


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 !

– 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   )
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 )

– 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 )

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 :


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 !