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    I have asthma, but since coming to HK for the last 8 years, it's improved as I don't drive to work, I have nice walk to ferry from east tsim sha tsui every day to work, main thing, I use less and less becotide ( less common here, around HK$90-110) and my ventolin seems last long, previously every 3-4 weeks in uk, now, I only have to buy a ventolin inhaler ( no prescription needed) every 2-2.5 months, cost HK$60-85 depending where you buy from

    main thing, where will you husband work, if you like scenic and less hustle and bustle, consider gold coast or sai kung and your husband haves the option of driving

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    If he is used to a three hour commute that a one hour commute by living in the New Territories is golden.

    Live in a nice environment like Ting Kok Road out of Tai Po , with the sea to the front and mountains to the back. Lovely.
    Cost for a 750 sq ft good quality place, 3 bed rooms and a better kitchen than a 500 sq ft apartment block shoe box .. around 9,000.. No spiders.

    As most of you know I have lived up here a LONG time and even with my office in Wanchai ... won't move.
    On 45 k you can live like a King and great restaurants ( not those overpriced slush pits on the island ) here too.
    Come over, stay in a serviced apartment for a month or two and try to look around. It's the only way to find and get the best value.

    Living on the Island is not conducive to happiness after a while. IMHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boris:
    If he is used to a three hour commute that a one hour commute by living in the New Territories is golden.

    Live in a nice environment like Ting Kok Road out of Tai Po , with the sea to the front and mountains to the back. Lovely.
    Cost for a 750 sq ft good quality place, 3 bed rooms and a better kitchen than a 500 sq ft apartment block shoe box .. around 9,000.. No spiders.

    As most of you know I have lived up here a LONG time and even with my office in Wanchai ... won't move.
    On 45 k you can live like a King and great restaurants ( not those overpriced slush pits on the island ) here too.
    Come over, stay in a serviced apartment for a month or two and try to look around. It's the only way to find and get the best value.

    Living on the Island is not conducive to happiness after a while. IMHO.
    My aunt lives in ting kok village, I have lived in sha tau kok for 3 years, yes, unlike UK no spiders in HK, but there are rare occasions that you get big massive green back spiders in the bushes in the villages, near ting kok rd is nice next to plover cove, but commuting is a bit of pain on daily basis ( I live in fanling next mtr station now) 78k bus or is the 11 mini bus to tai po market, then 40 mins to hung hom *(standing all the way) then mtr to hk island is not nice at all.

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    HE WILL WORK IN LAN KWAI FONG....READ people READ and finish LATE (past 11)

    so please dont suggest GoldCoast or Tai po or the likes if he wants to keep commute down (whihc was also written by the OP).

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    Quote Originally Posted by imparanoic:
    I have asthma, but since coming to HK for the last 8 years, it's improved as I don't drive to work, I have nice walk to ferry from east tsim sha tsui every day to work
    As Asthma is quite complex, with variety of triggers, pollution is not a good indicator for asthma.

    Yes, Hong Kong is somewhat polluted but I have a friend and similar to imparanoic, he is happier in Hong Kong for a very simple reason : there seems to be much less pollen here and that translates to much fewer issues for him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HowardCoombs:
    As Asthma is quite complex, with variety of triggers, pollution is not a good indicator for asthma.

    Yes, Hong Kong is somewhat polluted but I have a friend and similar to imparanoic, he is happier in Hong Kong for a very simple reason : there seems to be much less pollen here and that translates to much fewer issues for him.
    so your friend has hayfever as he/she is affected by airborne pollen in UK, as the grass pollen here is a lot heavier and doesn't float around much

    yes, other factors include, no carpets which means better for asthmas sufferers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mat:
    HE WILL WORK IN LAN KWAI FONG....READ people READ and finish LATE (past 11)

    so please dont suggest GoldCoast or Tai po or the likes if he wants to keep commute down (whihc was also written by the OP).
    Don't Suggest ???? So a One Hour commute from a Three Hour commute ( I do it every day bar Sunday ) is NOT keeping the commute down ??

    Who are you, the thought police?

    FYI -- Past 11 is still OK for the MTR, even for us country folk. Mini buses run from the MTR station when the trains run ... WOW .. go figure .. integrated transport for us country folk as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hullexile:

    Given the high cost of accommodation in HK an accommodation allowance would be great.
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    Oh heck, that makes all the difference in the world given the sky high cost of housing in this town. I wish I had it when I first came to HK, but alas, I have to pay it out of my own pocket. That sure put a damper on my purchasing power in my first few years in HK.

    As for the OP, another thing not yet mentioned here is the climate. HK summers are long, hot and humid, quite a contrast from the comfortable and temperate oceanic climate of London. Get ready to endure unpleasant stickiness and sweat a ton in the summer. Also we occasionally get typhoons, most likely in the summer and fall (it would seldom hit directly in the city-although that does happen), which can range anywhere from breezy and rainy but otherwise unremarkable day to full-on hurricane force winds, building damage and disruption to work and traffic.

    The winters are more pleasant, temperature-rise. It is also drier with much less rain than summers (and on occasions, surprisingly chilly despite not snowing in HK), but it can be rather polluted, as the winter monsoon blows the pollutant-laden air from the mainland down to the city.
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    I think the OP needs to decide what's best for them

    City living in a very modest size place, little commute time/convenience, great for those who like the party life or wants to be with the action and don't mind the noise and light pollution.

    or

    NT living, affordable/more for your buck, a lot more greenery, bigger space, don't mind the 1 hour plus commute, chance to own a car, slight inconvenience of late night commuting ( ie, LKF mini bus to MK, MK to Taipo/fanling 24hours or taxi to wan chai, 24hours minibus to NT)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Japsara:

    I would hope to work part time as an English teacher if possible – I have a Bachelor’s degree in English and will have 150hrs TEFL + in school participation with young children. Ideally we would like a 2 bedroom apartment so that I can continue with my craft business. I’m not 100% sure what my salary would be but do you think we could get a reasonably nice apartment near his work with our combined salaries?
    If you set yourself up right you might find that your salary will quickly overtake your husband's!
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