I'm new to the forum. My wife was just offered a position in Hong Kong starting in August, and we are just starting to try to anticipate what we will need. Two places were recommended to us to live, Lamma Island and Discovery Bay. (We are both from the US). We will be coming to HK with a 6 y/o and a dog.
From what i've read on the internet, Lamma island sounds very nice, rents don't seem too high, and the area seems much more to my liking than the bustle of the city. I worry though, that since it's small, finding a good apartment will be difficult.
This may be silly, but i also wonder what kind of internet connection i could get on Lamma Island, or if we will spend a ton of money on AC, at least at first (we're in Portland, OR now, and used to the cold).
My wife's job and my son's school will be on Hong Kong Island, off highway 1 and Stubbs Road (Bradbury school), and other than the ferry, i'm at a loss at how long of a commute that would be for them.
Another reason i'm leaning away from Discovery Bay is that i'm not so sure about wanting to live in a giant highrise. They seem very impersonal. Are people friendly and is there a good sense of community in those things?
And lastly, i will be going on a dependent visa, but would like to be able to find work to do. I am currently a pension consultant, but i don't think that will translate well to Hong Kong, since most of it is dealing with the US tax code. Is there someplace in particular i can go to find jobs available to english speakers?
If anyone can help with any of these questions i would appreciate it. Thanks in advance. =)