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A few days in HK so far and I hate it. Tell me I'm being ridiculous.

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    Alcohol is your friend LOL, it will help you survive 3-5 years in HK (its a joke, dont take it seriously)

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    I'm sure this got mentioned in previous threads from the OP, but you can look at meetup, for example, and try going to some of those events that they arrange. Cooking is sadly one thing I loved doing before but haven't been able to enjoy in our tiny closet HK kitchen. I suspect, with your salary, you actually have a proper kitchen and oven, though. Towngas has cooking courses, so does Secret Ingredient, I think. Look around, there are things, and plenty of non-materialistic people.
    The very first thing I learned teaching a group of HK university students was how much they loathe China and the repression they feel from there. Give them a break.


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    yawn!

    i find this all hard to take seriously... i been here 5 mins - earnin a fortune - but life's a bit tough...

    wonderin if someone is havin a bit of fun pressin buttons sometimes

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    Quote Originally Posted by wtbhotia:
    Alcohol is your friend LOL, it will help you survive 3-5 years in HK (its a joke, dont take it seriously)




    i know its a joke, but I do find some of the locals behavior much more tolerable after a beer or two
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    Quote Originally Posted by closedcasket:
    i know its a joke, but I do find some of the locals behavior much more tolerable after a beer or two

    who had the beer? u or them?

    i know quite a few who would go very red in the face..
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    Quote Originally Posted by applejacks:
    We are basically not spending that much, especially relative to our income. Our idea is basically to save up X amount so we have the option to have more freedom in life. The stint in HK should last 3 - 5 years.

    I really don't understand the spending dichotomy. The traditional culture is quite frugal, which I identify with. Then there's this other culture which values material goods where 90% of what you're paying is brand premium. I understand the mainland isn't much better in that regard. I also don't understand how luxury brands keep their value in society when so many people have access to it. It seems like paying brand premium when there isn't really any cachet? Can upper middle class people here really impress other upper middle class people here via material goods?

    Also how do girls here like shopping so much if the apartments are so small? Where would they put it?


    I understand the dichotomy you speak of and it is rooted in the concept called "face".
    It is not at all uncommon for a relatively poor local to live in a 50 sq M flat and drive a Mercedes or BMW. For many locals it is important to show face and impress people with expensive cars, handbags or jewelery while at the same time complaining about having to spend $28 dollars for lunch. So typically, local money is spent in areas that impress or show off to others and money is saved in other areas. Thus the reason you see jewerely and handbag stores on ground level and restuarants an elevator ride away. I have never been to a big city with so few restaurants on the ground level...but I digress..

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrambler:
    who had the beer? u or them?

    i know quite a few who would go very red in the face..




    me! I get a bit more patient and understanding with a couple in me

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    Quote Originally Posted by applejacks:
    Things I Hate About HK
    -blatant and sanctioned classism/racism
    -self-racism/white worship (I myself am asian american, specifically mainland chinese american)
    -materialism, someone described it to me as locals are more "presentation" oriented
    -pollution
    -housing $$$
    -fellow women seemingly mostly into either face whitening or shopping

    Is basically everyone just living here for career/job/money reasons?
    You can say that about a lot of places all over the world. More or less need to relax and take it a day at a time.

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    Solution..

    Well... someone had to point it out sooner or later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fatelvis:
    Well... someone had to point it out sooner or later.
    i already did on post 20, i even mentioned the cruise terminal and the secret tunnel to china but still your map is way better

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