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  1. #31

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    It is possible.


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    A lot of locals have less spending money than you so i am sure you can survive.


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    Lentils,rice,rice,lentils


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    Quote Originally Posted by Morrison:
    Lentils,rice,rice,lentils
    Not CitiSuper, but certainly better then that. There are plenty of good and cheap food sources in HK. The wet markets are a gold mine!

    Just get a good size freezer so you don't have to do the full cooking every day.

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    Thanks for the reply guys. Is a training visa similar to hkid? If not I guess I would not be able to apply the phone/Internet line.

    Definitely it'll be a serviced apartment I've checked with my company. Hopefully it will come with free wifi. Lol

    I'm ok with local chinese food as I'm chinese myself so that will not be a problem, but are groceries cheaper compared to eating out?

    After staying in hongkong for a year I'm heading to shanghai for another year having the same allowance


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    Visas and HKID are separate things. If you are granted a visa (of any sort - training, employment, dependant, investment, etc) to reside in Hong Kong which is valid for more than 180 days then you are required to get a HK ID card within 28 days of your arrival.


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    Out of curiosity, what are you being trained to do? Seems odd the company would be willing to spend so much time, yet so little money to train you up.


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    Quote Originally Posted by noslez:
    are groceries cheaper compared to eating out?
    Depends on what you buy and where you eat. But in general - big yes.

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    Just had to look up what a training visa was....

    As you will be in HK for more than 180 days, you will need to apply for a HKID. Your training visa is not the same as a HKID. As you are going to be living on a very tight budget, ask your employer if you can claim back the money you need to apply for a HKID, every little helps.


    If you eat local at very local places, then food is really cheap, but you're not going to find them everywhere, and even if you do, its going to have a queue, or the quality isn't going to be so great.

    For example, there's a congee/noodle store on Belchers St in Kennedy Town. Its on a corner, and the shop is semi in the open (no doors, walls, windows). It's not bad, but it is cheap. A bowl of beef congee, cheung fun and turnip paste was something like $25, and not many people can manage to finish all 3 of those.


    I live in TST, and as its so popular with tourists around here, food prices reflect this and are on the more expensive side. I once had a beef brisket noodles with a cold lemon tea at a local dingy noodle shop and had to fork out $75. Then there's the eatery nearby, its like a canteen, I can get a massive beef brisket curry and rice, with a cold drink and soup for $42 normally, and when its on a special for that day of the week, its #39.

    As mentioned, if you buy your groceries from the wet markets, or the shops nearby, it can be dirt cheap. Even promo offers of meat in supermarkets like Wellcome can be cheap. A small chunk of beef, enough for say a stir fry for 2 (or 2 stir fries for 1) was $22.


    Where will you be training? And which area is the serviced apartment you are living in?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Proplus:
    Just had to look up what a training visa was....

    As you will be in HK for more than 180 days, you will need to apply for a HKID. Your training visa is not the same as a HKID. As you are going to be living on a very tight budget, ask your employer if you can claim back the money you need to apply for a HKID, every little helps.


    If you eat local at very local places, then food is really cheap, but you're not going to find them everywhere, and even if you do, its going to have a queue, or the quality isn't going to be so great.

    For example, there's a congee/noodle store on Belchers St in Kennedy Town. Its on a corner, and the shop is semi in the open (no doors, walls, windows). It's not bad, but it is cheap. A bowl of beef congee, cheung fun and turnip paste was something like $25, and not many people can manage to finish all 3 of those.


    I live in TST, and as its so popular with tourists around here, food prices reflect this and are on the more expensive side. I once had a beef brisket noodles with a cold lemon tea at a local dingy noodle shop and had to fork out $75. Then there's the eatery nearby, its like a canteen, I can get a massive beef brisket curry and rice, with a cold drink and soup for $42 normally, and when its on a special for that day of the week, its #39.

    As mentioned, if you buy your groceries from the wet markets, or the shops nearby, it can be dirt cheap. Even promo offers of meat in supermarkets like Wellcome can be cheap. A small chunk of beef, enough for say a stir fry for 2 (or 2 stir fries for 1) was $22.


    Where will you be training? And which area is the serviced apartment you are living in?
    Icic. Thanks for the information. I'll be checking with them whether hkid will be provided.

    As for the training, it's a watchmaking class in cheung sha wan area. Not sure on the serviced apartment though. But what I've heard it'll be nearby.

    Any idea on what's the neighbourhood like? Nv been there..
    Last edited by noslez; 29-01-2014 at 09:25 PM.