What amazes m.e. is that you have people returning to the UK saying they are amazed that it's normal there.
They have become so conditioned to mass hysteria that they experience culture shock when they have it pointed out.
I temporarily left HK with my 3yo and baby a few weeks ago. My husband had to stay in HK for work, but will join us for a period.
We're currently in the UK, renting a place near family, and I'm working remotely. Life in the UK for working parents with a young family is much tougher than for your typical expat in HK that's for sure. If you can afford a live in nanny and other staff in the UK I'm sure it's great, but we are nowhere near as comparatively well off in the UK as we are in HK. Working remotely is also only a temporary solution - neither my husband nor I could transfer to comparable roles in the UK at this point in our careers.
I'm desperate to get back, and yearning for HK to return to normal. We're definitely not ready to leave HK yet, and a few weeks in the UK has brought that home! If we had teenage children and another 10 years of savings then we might have a different view. I really hope that by the time we're due to return in August there is at least a plan for the way out of this.
I have a friend (teacher) who left HK for UK last week. She was/is a very strong person mentally, very sociable, lots of friends in HK, loved living there and was due to leave end of June anyway.
She really had enough of the recent restrictions an approach to covid.
Last week she asked her boss to be released from her job. The answer was no. So she booked a flight and went 5 days later.
Really shocked by her decision (personally I would have stuck out the remaining 3 months) but just goes to show how the current situation is effecting people.
Yes @hullexile- totally no understanding or support from the Chinese owners or from the British ex head.
She is a fantastic teacher, has done 2 years teaching under pandemic conditions and several prior to this at that school. She has already picked up a temp part time job locally in a good non inner city school. which will tide her over to her new job in another Asian country in August. As I said - I was shocked that such a resilient and committed teacher would do this - but it just goes to show the state some are in.
I think most good school heads in UK would understand the position she was in. And it's not as though there is an abundance of good teachers in the UK anyway!
Imagine the hand wringing on here if the school has said to her against her wishes "here's your plane ticket. It leaves in five days"
Last edited by FrancisX; 24-03-2022 at 07:33 PM.
Hope she gets all she deserves in UK. Fingers crossed it is bad as mine was. Then she'll really know what stress and pressure is. A little bit more than the huge stress (sarcasm) of managing toddlers online ffs.
"She's a fantastic teacher".