I haven’t ever posted on a forum before so apologies if this post goes on too long!
My husband & I will potentially be moving to Hong Kong at the end of July, I say potentially as we are just waiting on contracts & to commit 100%. I had a few queries that I hoped someone may be able to help with. A bit of background:
We are in our late 30’s with no children and we currently live in Greater London. We like to go out to eat & drink probably 2 – 3 times a month. We both used to be chefs so the rest of the time we eat at home, cooking from fresh (I do understand Hong Kong kitchens will be VERY small!) We love fish and eat a lot of Asian food – sushi, noodles, rice etc. We like to get out and spend an afternoon at Hyde Park or just wandering around the city – I love photography so love to just soak up the atmosphere.
My husband currently works as a General Manager for a restaurant & the company wants him to go over to Hong Kong to run one of their restaurants there. He currently works 12 hour shifts with 3 hours travel to & from work. I have an online business where I sell handmade items & tutorials I have made, but this obviously isn’t a guaranteed income.
He has been offered 45,000K p/m after tax (the company are going to pay his tax for him), with a potential annual bonus, medical & a return flight home for the both of us once a year. They are also going to put us up in accommodation for the first two months so that we can find somewhere to live. The job will be in Lan Kwai Fong.
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? I say near his work simply because he will finish quite late and it would be good for him be as close to home as possible. What area’s do you think we should potentially look at? We would also have to allocate 8000K p/m to send back home as we are paying back parents for helping us set up our own business years ago. That will impact things quite a bit, it may be better to say his salary would be 37K p/m and that would then take that into account…
Also, I read that internal noise in apartments is quite bad – I’m fine with noise on the street but not sure how I would feel about noise from neighbours, it might stress me out a bit!
I also have quite bad asthma and obviously the air isn’t great over there (but then it’s not brilliant here either!), will it be best to build a backup of inhalers before I get over there or can you access them quite easily there? Currently I pay approx. £14.00 for 4 inhalers. I wanted to go a few months without having to find a doctor.
And a really stupid question – I HATE spiders, more like real arachnophobia, I’ve read that if you want to hike then you will probably meet (run screaming from…) some pretty large beasts, do you get them in apartments, or if we live higher up will there be less chance of them? Coincidentally I don’t mind lizards or snakes so I guess that makes it a bit easier!
Are there any items I should stock up on and have shipped over (that might not be available over there?), we will be shipping some furniture and other stuff anyway.
I’m so sorry for the length of this, I’m really excited about starting a new life somewhere else & my husband can’t wait (he lived in Japan for 4 years and although not the same place has always dreamed of going back to Asia). I just want to have an idea if our salaries will be okay for an equivalent lifestyle to here in London…
Any advice would be great