So I recently came back from a trip to Seoul in South Korea, and was very impressed with the place as a whole. Specifically, I found that:
1. Things were cheaper, and food was in particular much cheaper (you could easily fill yourself up with street food for AUD $1-2)
2. Shops were open till later, with retailers closing nightly at around 10pm and a lot of restaurants closing at around midnight to 2-3am
3. Subway system was very efficient. They have a card system where you load money up on the card and just swipe each time you want to use public transport. This card can also be used in taxis and some vending machines. Further, although you may have to change 'lines' on the subway to get to your destination, you never really have to wait more than 5-6 minutes for a subway.
4. Related to (3), there was absolutely NO vandalism on the subway. No graffiti, no ripped advertisement posters (even though these were clearly within reach and could be easily pulled out) and no rubbish.
After my trip, I came back to learn that public transport ticket prices had risen again, with no visible improvement in services. This reminded me of a question my friend asked me a long time ago: why do YOU want to live in Australia?
The only reason I could think of was "because I grew up here and this is my home". But other than that, I couldn't come up with anything else. I think it is one thing for things to be expensive, but everything here is clearly over priced, meaning we pay much more than what we get in return for value. It just seems that everything in Seoul (and Hong Kong, I have been in previous years too) is more efficient than here in Australia, yet we pay lots more.
I know if I moved to, say, Seoul, and worked, I would earn less money, but it sure seems like a better alternative to living in Australia at the present time.
So I want to know, given the cost of everything here in Australia, why do you want to live here?