Money isn't everything.
The fact they're willing to take a pay cut in order to leave is actually worth considering. It's not out of narrow-mindedness but due to experience. The quality of life elsewhere (for some people, according to their own value systems) is better even with less money.
I know if I move to the UK, I will initially take a pay cut. I also believe my daughter's quality of life will be better. This isn't a personal insult to Hong Kong. It's just my own decision and that of many others.
You're the one who brought a sarcastic and defensive tone to this discussion and painted people as villains simply for having an opinion. Anyway that's enough internet forum squabbling for me today. Go drop your fishing rod somewhere else.
But in fairness I can admit there can be a few who aren't yet at retirement age saying that and I can believe they are genuine in their belief, albeit they might not be in the majority.
Last edited by Coolboy; 27-11-2020 at 03:00 PM.
What can be annoying is when people project their own decisions and values on a whole situation and appear to declare that their choice is objectively the better one regardless.
Moving away from the squabbling and to the actual debate... I think one of the ironies is that a lot of people move to HK for money, but leave because they don't want their kids living in such a money-orientated environment. We want our kids to realise there's more out there than a fat pay-cheque and a Gucci bag, and sometimes in HK that's a struggle.
Also safety, and in turn extreme risk aversion (both health and financial). We all want to be safe, but should we avoid all risk in pursuit of miniscule increments of safety, at times at the expense of enjoyment and upside? Sometimes that's another aspect I think HK is too conservative with.
These and many other factors are just scales where you sit somewhere between 0 and 10, and I happen to be closer to the UK side. Also, I would like my daughter to be exposed to more variety of opinion during her childhood. It's not a criticism to those who are at the other end of the scale... just a choice.
Oh and the number one reason for me moving back to the UK... family