I will be moving to HK in about 2 months and I have many questions. I've read many topics on this forum and was able to learn quite a bit already.
I was born in HK and my family moved to the US. I'm pretty Americanized, but I've been able to retain conversational Mandarin and Cantonese. I can definitely survive living like a local HK resident.
I work for a financial firm and a job offer came recently with a healthy package of salary, benefits, apartment and travel expenditures. I will be heading our branch office in HK.
1. Apartment - since it will be covered by the company, I would like to look for something decent by American standards without overpaying. 3 bedrooms (master, guest and maid)with at least 900 sq ft in a relatively modern building. Low noise level from street and neighbor. On top level if possible. Commute should be no more than 30 minutes to Central without transferring between buses or MTR. The job may require some travel to Shenzhen and other parts of China, so the location should be convenient to the ferry, KCR and airport. Which housing complex or neighborhoods should I consider? Realistic price range?
2. Maid - the idea of having someone cook and clean for me is intriguing. $500 USD a month is a great value for me. Does anyone have experience living with a full-time maid? Are there other costs involved (taxes, fees, food, stipend)?
3. Products you can't get in HK - What common household products can't you get in HK? I have very specific taste in simple things like toilet paper, cotton pads, Q-Tips, etc. What should I bring with me from the US?
Thank you for your help in advance.