And for the record, I think HK has MANY problems, which I have pointed out in the past repeatedly (i.e. pollution, rudeness, tiny and unaffordable housing etc), but I don't complain about that endlessly and say I wish I was elsewhere. I made my choice to be here, I will live with both its good and bad parts. Maybe some people on here need to remember that aspect of expat living.
Last edited by Coolboy; 19-11-2020 at 11:54 AM.
Most people - I'd say particularly those in with the education/skills/prospects to be professional expats - are likely not interested in leaving their home country for some 3rd world shithole where I don't know anyone, and they don't speak the language, and the food tastes funny, and there's no art scene, and there are typhoons every year, and revolutions every other year and they probably worship the sun or something.
One of the reasons I've always thought that (most) expats are at least fairly interesting to talk to is that we're the ones who, when the option (secondment, internal transfer for them or their partner, or just at the right time in their life, etc.) came up to move abroad, said yes. It's very different for migrant workers, domestic workers, etc. who mostly make the move because the opportunities back home are meagre in comparison...
The nine year old recently started coming home by herself, even though it's two buses or two trains, and she loves the independence and time to chat to her friends after school. Big difference to the nanny-led expensive school buses in Hong Kong.
Weekends are tennis, football and swimming, apart from this weekend where we are off to see the red leaves and temples in Kyoto. Early next month we're driving up to do some star gazing on a mountain in Ibaraki. Christmas we'll have a short break in a Hakone onsen and then head to the Enoshima coast to see the first Sun rise of the New Year.
Plan was to go on holiday to UK during summer holidays for 2 weeks in 2020, look at houses, schools, set up bank accounts etc for the big move in 2021 so that we could start our new adventures in UK and our daughter would have better education, more greenery, more out door stuff to do.
COVID FUCKED THAT ALL UP!!!
THANKS WUHAN !!!!