The fiscal impact of our holiday to Taiwan was fully felt this month as it added an estimated $2,800 to our May expenses. This also helps to explain the overall hefty expenses of $6,000, which is another record high! Urgh…
Including the air tickets, this 11-day trip helped to set us back by $3,500. But it was well worth it as both of us badly needed to catch a breather from work. And this trip was made even sweeter by the fact that it was freaking hot and humid in Singapore back in early May. =p
Most of us love to travel but I wonder if this love is innate or driven by a desire to “escape” something unpleasant (for this trip, read work and weather). Thus, even though I ain’t a big fan of the typical vacation, I have to admit I enjoyed this escapade. But weather aside, there is a strong likelihood that I would equally enjoy such a long break in Singapore. I am about to find out soon, and I guess that’s for another post, another day. =p
Anyway, below is the detailed breakdown for this month’s expenses:
Eating Out: $611.30
Hawker ($212.40) – I love my basic hawker fare and have to admit that sometimes, it’s cheaper to eat out at hawkers as compared to cooking at home.
Fast Food ($25.20) – I love the McDonalds Surprise App which gives me a chance to enjoy Coke, french fries and hash browns for free occasionally. It’s time to cut down on Subway as they have massively increased their prices for my favourite Subway Melt. Urrgh…
Restaurants ($373.70) – A mother’s day treat and Mrs 15HWW’s dinner treat for her brother’s birthday plus the habitual 2/3 restaurant visits to Ding Tai Fung, Sushi Tei, Old Town White Coffee etc every week.
Supermarket ($10) – Just a short visit to the supermarket as we needed to clear up the stuff we bought from Taiwan first. And I am amazed at the amount of gift vouchers we still have left.
Wet market ($37.90) – A couple of trips to the Kovan wet market for some simple cooking.
Bakery ($4.30) – Cut down quite a bit on bread as breakfasts were a combination of fruits, nuts and (drum roll)… super-fattening pastries from Taiwan!
Baking ($22.00) – A good friend of ours was having her ROM ceremony this month and Mrs 15HWW baked some cupcakes as a surprise for her lunch reception.
Beverages & Snacks: $59.95
Beverages ($11.55) – Some treats to my subordinates during work chat sessions
Snacks ($48.40) – The culprits were the $30 worth of macadamia nuts, cashew nuts and pecans and a small mothers’ day cake bought at a neighbourhood bakery
Electricity, Gas & Water ($108.81) – $30 higher than the most recent bill as we started switching on the air-con at night for a better sleep on some of the more unbearable nights.
Cellphones ($58.73) – As usual for the both of us.
1 cab trip and just 1 EZ Reload transactions for her. Reduction in cost since we were away for the first 1/3 of the month.
Personal items ($11.00) – A trip to Daiso and a replacement for our shower head.
Gifts & Treats ($136.00) – Two ROM invitations for the Mrs.
Others ($93.60) – A hen’s night, some assessment books for my student and a cheap haircut for me.
Taiwan Trip ($2,800) – A really good estimate based on the amount of currencies we exchanged and the accomodation we charged to our credit cards
Overall Total: $5,988.59 (included fixed expenses of $1,970)