It was an ordinary Saturday morning.
I switched on my phone to check the overnight messages and there was one particular message which caused me to breakdown – my dad had passed away.
It had happened very suddenly and I was shocked. Thankfully, I was able to book a flight immediately to leave the UK, which brought me home to my family in Hong Kong the next day.
A similar thing had happened before. Last year my father was hospitalised and I flew back home to prepare for the worst. After two weeks of care he pulled through and survived. But this time, he was just gone.
The first time I was invited to a pub in the UK, I thought I HAD TO drink alcohol!
I don’t really like alcoholic drinks so I rejected the invitation by saying, ‘I don’t drink!’ My friend then explained to me that it wasn’t necessary for me to order an alcoholic drink in a pub.
I was quite surprised to find out that I could actually order a cup of tea in a pub instead!
When my laptop was stolen during my overseas study I was all of a sudden faced with an unexpected expense of getting a replacement.
The incurred cost was high, but fortunately I had my savings for such an emergency. If I had not been managing my money well and keeping some savings it would have been very difficult!
Here are a few money tips that might help other international students…