Thursday, April 07, 2011

looking for a good deal in sinking ship

like the proverbial rats scrambling out of a sinking ship, this scenario seems to be replayed in christchurch in the aftermath of the recent earthquake. varsity students are transferring out (read here) to australia & elsewhere. my friend in auckland who came back for a vacation said the property prices there has escalated steeply as the south islanders relocate to seemingly safer grounds in the north.


i'm not sure if it's foolish to invest in real estate in & around christchurch now, but i'm sure there are risk-takers out there who can smell a profitable deal from miles away. my point is that, while people are avoiding it like a plague, i would actually vacation in christchurch & the south island if there's a good flight deal now. i mean, look at it - the NZD is at a reasonable 2.35 exchange & i think there won't be as many tourists as in the previous years. except that, i can't find a flight cheap enough to convince me to take that small risk of a repeat tremor.


air asia is currently offering about rm1500 per pax in late november, & that's excluding baggage, insurance & meals.

nah....i think i'll wait....

but i'm definitely not planning for japan, not even with free flight tickets!

10 comments:

Mei Teng said...

The south does have lots for offer in terms of vacation. I love the south of NZ.

reanaclaire said...

yes, infact my friend is ajak-ing us already.. 1300rm for return ticket to NZ.. i cannot go cos my girl's exam in november but if it is in dec. i might consider.. :)

doc said...

Mei Teng,

yes, i can already imagine that!

doc said...

Claire,

the fares are more expensive in Dec.

Yvonne Foong said...

I can hear your kids going, 'Aw, dad. AGAIN?!'

doc said...

Yvonne,

not anymore, since i told them cheaper tickets means more to spend for shopping.

Yvonne Foong said...

smart!

doc said...

Yvonne,

;)

Jean said...

wow...kinda low already the exchnage rate huh. and yea..earthquake struck japan for the second time. better stay out.

Have a nice day! =)

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doc said...

Jean,

it's nice & safe in malacca, but weekends can be crowded.