Ideas on how to kick start a new life in HK

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    Ideas on how to kick start a new life in HK

    Hi,
    Been seeing posts in this forum and seems might be a place where I can get some ideas.

    I am in my late 30s, female, originally from HK but have been living in Australia and US for the past 20years which made me feel like a foreigner when I visited this place. My work requires me to transfer and work in HK starting this year; but I am still pondering how to kick start really living in HK - culture and environment seems quite different; seems not easy to start a social life with similar age and culture people..etc.

    Any idea or suggesting on where to start? Anyone go through this before and shed some light?

    Belly


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    Join the geoexpat meet ups - there's a lot of oldies there. You'll meet people from a wide range of disciplines too.


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    Do you enjoy some sport or hobbies? Try looking at meetup.com for some groups with similar interests in Hong Kong - for example, I joined the hiking and scrabble meetups and have enjoyed not just the hiking and scrabble but also meeting folks while I am at it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by discobay:
    Join the geoexpat meet ups - there's a lot of oldies there.
    "Late 30's" is hardly old - she may not want to socialise with real oldies in their mid-50s+ (I'll probably say that isn't old either when I get there).

    But the Geo does have a good mix of people from early 20s up to mid-/late-50s at least from all walks of life, so they are a good place to start if you're OK with large groups of strangers. Otherwise there are lots of more focussed meetings of various types organised here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PDLM:
    "Late 30's" is hardly old - she may not want to socialise with real oldies in their mid-50s+ (I'll probably say that isn't old either when I get there).
    I WAS referring to you

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    Also interested to re-kick start life in hk -2009 resolution (moved here over a year but not been socialising much). Will be checking out meetup.com for interests as suggested in the post but also appreciate someone telling me what/how to join in the geoexpats meet up being mentioned. Thanks in advance.


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    Hi all,
    Thanks for reply and tips. Oldies, Youngsters. not a problem to socialize.. similar mind, value, culture, interests are not age bounded. Just need to find ways to kick start in a new place.

    Will surely check out those meetup.com? same question as azuradec, how to join those geoexpat meet up?

    Another question - I will be working around NT Science Park most days of the week and once or twice a week around Wan Chai. Anyone know any activities around NT or Wan Chai after work to do? things to learn; may be gym to go to..etc.

    Thanks !!
    Belly


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    Quote Originally Posted by Belly:
    same question as azuradec, how to join those geoexpat meet up?
    Just look out for the announcements here and turn up basically. RSVP first if it's the sort of event where they need some sort of headcount in advance (to reserve a table or whatever).

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    We'll do a pre-CNY happy hour soon. Watch the meet and greet forum.


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    There is also the American Women's Association. Which is for all ages and isn't entirely--nor probably even mostly--American. They have all sorts of gatherings.


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