The old question of mankind.I am in a dilemma now..
This coming 3 days holiday i have decided to spend some time looking for my new home in Tokyo. I did some surveys on the internet and have some targets.
Long story cut short, it is either cheap,old and far OR expensive and everything good.
If in Malaysia, i would have straight away jump to the cheap option as i'm pretty sure that i can endure sick-looking house or even endure long traveling time to school.(I used to took 1 hour to go to school namely PPKTJ whereas the actual distance is just around 30 mins walk away)
But in Japan it is difference, an old house usually made by wood is not safe from earthquake!! Okay...maybe i'm not that lucky to come across such a big earthquake any soon but the coldness in winter might freeze me too. You see, an act of saving money might cost my life...mmm...money or life??
few of my choices...
Ya it does look old from the outside.But it is the cheapest with bathroom and toilet.30 mins to school by train.But if a big Earthquake comes..phew..see u guys in heaven.By the way, according to expert it is believed that 60% a big Earthquake will hit Tokyo area soon.
It costs a little bit more(45000 per mth) but huge for someone who lives alone.(around 30m square)Inside looks like this: So sad, again it is not safe from earthquake and it is wooden made.Japan modified their construction guidelines in 1981 so houses built after that basically has more chances to survive big earthquake.
a simple check on "strong" and "good" houses which are near to my school,the cheapest turns out to be
72000yen per mth.It is more than RM2000!! But it is safely made of steel concrete and only 5 mins walk from my U.You see,I can sleep till 10mins before my class starts!! If want i can still afford it by eating bread almost everyday..haha
so money or life ?
I guess i have to bet on the 40%.
Actually there is another choice where I can enjoy both money and safety!! Choose somewhere far away...but then i lose my sleeping time...aisyhh..i guess nothing is perfect