Going to Paris on a budget

I’m going to Paris this Thursday and I’m scared.

What if I get kidnapped?

The movie “Taken”, starring Liam Neeson, was on TV on Sunday and Piers said I should watch it cos it’s a good movie.

It is a good movie, about this retired CIA agent whose teenage daughter goes to Paris and gets kidnapped by a prostitution syndicate, so he turns the world upside down to singlehandedly rescue her.




I hope I don’t get kidnapped.

Piers will be going with me to Paris so maybe he will protect me. Except his Wing Chun training isn’t up to the stage where he learns how to take men with guns out.

What if Piers kidnaps me!

Oh, I suppose he won’t. I’ve got photos of him all over my blog so it’ll be a bit dangerous for him to do that.




Haha. His unshaven mugger face.

Look, if I disappear and don’t update my blog for days, one of you will come and rescue me, right? Preferably a Jack Bauer type.

We’re staying at this apartment we found off Airbnb. It’s a website where you can find affordable short-term apartments, houses or rooms to rent. You can also list your own property to rent out to tourists.

It’s really cool cos it’s a lot cheaper and nicer than budget hotels!

We found an apartment in the 18th arrondissement near the Gare du Nord train station, which should make it quite convenient for us to get to the touristy places.


Paris apartment


The apartment accommodates three people and costs US$61 (S$78) a night. That’s like practically nothing if you split it among three people.

I was looking at budget hotels before I found this (thanks to my friend JD) and found that S$78 can only get you the crappiest 1-star hotel room, likely with bed bugs and walls so thin you can hear your neighbour sniffle.

You do have to pay a small service fee to Airbnb but it’s still worth it. We’re paying a total of US$272 (S$384) for four nights.

(By the way, if you’re interested in using the website, sign up through this link to get US$25 free to spend.)

We’ll be taking the train from London. Takes about 2.5 hours. Will be so exciting cos I’ve never travelled on a train cross-country before.


Train ticket


Train tickets are £69 (S$141) per person (two-way). Coach tickets from Bournemouth to London are £16.50 (S$33.80).

Paris on budget!

Have to save every penny in anticipation of the LV shopping!

Nah, not really. I’ve never liked LV and Gucci cos the designs don’t appeal to me.

I’d probably go crazy in souvenir shops, lol. Maybe Piers will employ Wing Chun moves to block me from entering the shops. Cos if I spend all my money and go literally broke from souvenir shopping, he’d have to feed me and I think eating in Paris won’t be cheap.

Unless we just eat baguettes and Big Macs.

I asked Piers some time back to list me some French stereotypes and the first thing he said was, “They’re always carrying French bread in the streets.”




He swore it was true and wasn’t a joke and then we watched Taken and there were people carrying baguettes in the Paris scenes.

LOL. Damn the movie for proving him right.

He then went on to name a few more unflattering stereotypes which I won’t recount here because I don’t want him to get kidnapped in Paris.

So, next, I said, “What about English stereotypes?”

His reply: “Oh, English people are known to be amazing, wonderful, great…”

He didn’t manage to finish because a cushion suddenly found itself in his mouth.


Please remember to come and rescue me if I get kidnapped!