I only had 20 quid. So there!
There were 20 of us living in a paper bag in middle t'road. Dad used to work 25 hours a day down pit then come home and slice us in two with a bread knife. You try telling the young 'uns of today and they just freak out.
How did I cope? Seems like the way many expats/movers to HK first do - copious amounts of alcohol in Wan Chai/LKF/Ashely Road. Very mature, I know. I'm all setteld in now
I'm in the same boat, heading out there in 3 weeks to start a new job... bit aprehensive at the mo, where do I go for that, how do I do this sort of stuff.... Its really a case of grab the bull by its horns really.. from what I saw a few weeks ago, It's still very westernised.. All part of the adventure really! But I'm guessing when I first walk out of the airport I'll be going - OMG what have I done!
Ain't nothing to worry about. Focus on the positive things you know and not the unknowns. Make it a positive experience. Only you can do that.
hk is NOT a melting pot in any sense of the word. 95% of the population is chinese. that does not make a melting pot. HOWEVER, there are enough "western" folks here that you will find most things are available. you'll see a mcd's and a 7-11 on every street corner, but what they stock/sell may be completely different.
but that's kind of the point of relocating overseas, isn't it??? if you wanted things to be just the same old, same old then you'd stay home.
I must admit in my case my parents (when I was a kid) were expats in Saudi and Prague (just post berlin wall coming down), so I thought by comparison Singapore and HK were pretty easy.
Sorting out some immediate issues on arrival and beforehand like a flat, mobile phone, bank account will keep you busy in the first few days as will getting to know your new colleagues. After that exploring restaurant bars and sports clubs should start getting you into the swing of things.
Expats, even the British ones, are far more open and willing to chat to total strangers than they would back home (e.g. the London tube, when working, seems to be a bastion of silence and avoiding eye contact).