pls tell me where to watch spurs
pls tell me where to watch spurs
I think I just have low tolerance to those who cough without covering their mouths, or bump into me and don't apologise or something like that.
It happens everywhere. I notice these things but may be it depends on each individual if they can look over this issue or not.
We live in Mid-level and I don't think moving up to the Peak will solve this problem because we still have to go out and about...
I do miss my Kensington sometime, even though when we lived there, we were annoyed with shoppers during the weekend but if they bump into me, they apologise and they don't cough in my face.
We didn?t come to Hong Kong for better money or lifestyle, so we have low tolerance or perhaps have too high expectation.
or perhaps what YOU consider good manners and what a local person considers good manners are completely different....you know, different culture and all that stuff that accompanies moving half way around the world.
and just so you know, there are just as many rude "englishmen" as there are rude chinese people. you just notice it more here.
(ps. it annoys me when i hold the door open and 35 people walk through and no one says thank you, but i get over it. it happens everywhere.)
I just wanted to say that I wear contacts and don't have any problems with them whatsoever... and also that I think the MTR is way cleaner that the tube (and way way way more clean than the parisian metro)!
I also find that chinese rudness is totally overstated. I've lived in Paris, New York, London and Sydney and find that Chinese people from Hong Kong are actually much nicer than all of the other locals I've met! If you're in the street looking lost, with a map in your hand: someone will always come up to you and ask you if they can help! People are really nice here! They go out of their way to be helpful, be it in the bus or on the street. They smile a lot and they're never snobbish...
'I think I just have low tolerance to those who cough without covering their mouths, or bump into me and don't apologise or something like that. '
Oh I see, well I just read up on some cross cultural websites before I came and knew that would happen but it's not rude here so I don't care, it's just cultural.
There is know universal ethos, only situational ethics.
I took the MTR the other day just to see how it was and it was far and away nicer than any other subway I've ever seen. The Tube can't compare so at least that's nicer!
I'm just wondering, how many times have you moved from your home country out to live in another country? There are things that always irk me whenever I live in another country but take everything with a pinch of salt. I find it hard to accept it when you mention that their manners can annoy you on the daily basis to the point that no amount of money can compensate that. So what about the recent issue on Big Brother in UK. What do you say about that? Is everyone from UK that way? I don't think so. How many locals do you know? And I mean you actually know? I find locals are helpful all the time and of course little things like burping and bad breath irk me but it won't send me running home or me hating the place.
to sbowra and all expats,
I'm a local born Hong Kong. But I went to study in US alone when I was 18. I went there all alone without knowing anyone first. I searched the school by myself, find apartments, look for everything else myself. I know how it feels to move to a total whole new place.
well, to me, it just takes time to get used to the new environment and more important to the culture. Eastern and Western culture is a lot different to say. Culture is actually the key thing you have to pay attention to. Once you realize the different and try to accept it, things will be easier.
agreeing sbowra, some HK people could be quite rude sometimes and I hate that too. well, but like sunniefaith and ontheroad said, there are nice people in HK too. Make friends with the nicer ones and forgive the bad ones.
I moved back to HK 2 years ago and even as a local born here, I couldn't switch back to the Eastern culture right away. I was very irriated by the overly crowded places, and the people pushing around in mongkok. But time will make it different. I'm now almost getting used to it. (hehe.. almost)
well, if you really don't find the very local things appealing to you, Central and Stanley and mostly in the HK island side, there're more internationals.
I think moving to a new place could be on one hand stressful, but on the other hand excited and fun.
Well thank you for all your advice. Not sure how it became a discussion of cultural differences! We have actually lived in Tokyo for two years before and found the differences culturally one of the interesting things about the experience so this is not something I am too concerned with! Also - I am actually the 'wife' that sbowra is talking to so I am not being forced by my husband to come to HK - it is a joint decision.
Could anyone give me any idea on the cost of joining a club and if this is something that a lot of people do?? We are thinking of living on the South Side of the island. Also - is it expensive/difficult to get from this side of the island to central and is there much in the way of shopping /restaurants on the South side or would you also need to make a journey in for these kinds of things???
Thank you - !
Clubs are incredibly expensive, like crazy crazy expensive. Unless of course you work for a company that has a debenture in one of those clubs...
It's very easy to get from the southside to the city to go to restaurants: in the evenings it only takes 20 minutes. There are also plenty of nice restaurants in the southside : at Repulse Bay and Stanley. And some shopping too. We even have a brand new Dymocks bookstore and a Starbucks!!
'Could anyone give me any idea on the cost of joining a club and if this is something that a lot of people do??'
part of the expat package at my company for married people is the company pays for club membership - yu may want to negotiate for that