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    Quote Originally Posted by Satay Sue:
    My oldest memory (mid 90s) was landing at that bloody Kai Tak airport! Scared the crap out of me!
    As a little girl, we lived in Nga Tsin Wai Road, right under the flight path....they came in over our heads, literally.

    Aaaaaah I often feel so nostalgic for the old airport....there was just something about it
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    It was certainly an experience! I was tipsy after getting an upgrade but sobered up in an instant! Had images in my head of landing with laundry attached to the tail of the plane!

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    well, for me the calculation is simple.
    Here my living expenses are fully covered by my income from assets, zero tax.
    back home more than one quarter would be gone to the tax man and living expenses are 50%-60% higher.
    Besides, 365 days a year the temperature is like now in HK.

    I stick to the buddhist saying: the pain is the same, just the components are different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiona in HKG:
    As a little girl, we lived in Nga Tsin Wai Road, right under the flight path....they came in over our heads, literally.

    Aaaaaah I often feel so nostalgic for the old airport....there was just something about it
    It had its own unique charm, albeit slightly grubby... and on hot summer days, more than slightly smelly.

    Visited a friend many times who lived in Kowloon Tong; we would sit on his balcony, from where you could see the "turn-here" checkerboard, trying to figure out whether they would make the turn in time! Ghoulish I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mat:
    Really?? I thought you could get a full 2100sqf detached house for less than 10K/month in some of the villages of the NT where you are a VIP....


    Yes, yes, but here in the New Territories we're lucky if we earn 10k/month...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Claire ex-ax:
    It had its own unique charm, albeit slightly grubby... and on hot summer days, more than slightly smelly.

    Visited a friend many times who lived in Kowloon Tong; we would sit on his balcony, from where you could see the "turn-here" checkerboard, trying to figure out whether they would make the turn in time! Ghoulish I know.
    I think only one ever flew into the hills and my memory is it flew into the hill on takeoff but I could be wrong....a Flying Tiger?

    However, a few did end up in the water at the end of the runway over the years!

    Remarkable, really, that nothing worse ever happened, had someone misjudged coming down over the city....doesn't bear thinking about!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiona in HKG:
    I think only one ever flew into the hills and my memory is it flew into the hill on takeoff but I could be wrong....a Flying Tiger?

    However, a few did end up in the water at the end of the runway over the years!

    Remarkable, really, that nothing worse ever happened, had someone misjudged coming down over the city....doesn't bear thinking about!
    Probably due to the pilots having have certain qualifications (or experience?) to land a plane there ? Even so, pretty amazing!

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    I strained my neck staring up at the schedules during typhoons



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    Hi Dreadnought - nice pictures you have there.

    Hi HK Chan, I moved to hk 5 and a half a year ago with so much energy and 2 suitcases. Logged into Geoexpat and other possible websites initially to get helps, furniture and most importantly friendship. Time has passed fast and I have made some great friends along the way, the fact is - everyone( except the local) are rather transient in HK. There are certainly some population from the far land that are either cold or too high tax discouraged them to stay in their home land, HK is almost like a paradise.

    There are so much facts and comparison that people put up for Singapore vs Hong Kong. The matter of fact is - these 2 cities are rather different. Both are great cities. There are some obvious pros and cons between two cities . Singapore - too hot, too orderly, too clean... too ex on wine and alcohol ; Hongkong- too expensive, too polluted and everything too small. too long a list. too much to read.

    Sometimes one will out-grow a city that prompts you a move. When I was much younger - early 20s, HK is the place. The place that I can bar hopping around, meeting all exciting people, hiking during weekends, wakeboarding in saikung, junk boats and you name it..... after few years, I actually hope for a place that is more sustainable - cleaner, safer and bigger living space. I will opt for Singapore, despite I moved from Singapore to HK ( I am not Singaporean) in the first place. Ultimately it is the people and experience defines your view about a place, its a clean sheet now and I hope you will find a lot of excitement in Singapore.

    Having said that, I myself will say bye bye to HK and move to Singapore in few months. I will miss HK, my car, my friends ...and who knows I might travel back more often. I can't wait to explore Singapore in brand new light after few years and hope you find some comfort in your decision too.

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