Hong Kong

Hong Kong is starting to become my home away from home. I don’t spend enough time there to make it my home but Jenn’s here so it feels like home already. The life in Hong Kong is very different from that in Canada and I must say that things there is a lot better. Anyone who travels the world has to stop by Hong Kong because it has much to offer. There’s a lot of culture there so it seems like it’s giving you a taste of every other Asian countries.

My first impression of Hong Kong was that it was wet and foggy most of the time. I wanted to go around and take lots of pictures of everything but sometimes I couldn’t because the fog was covering everything. The smog was probably caused by all of the taxis, buses and cars. I couldn’t take pictures of landscapes because I could barely see them and maybe because they’re far away too but there were times when I couldn’t take my camera with me because it was raining. During my first visit to Hong Kong, it rained when my flight landed which I thought was a bad sign. Throughout that vacation, the weather was a bit chilly which was kind of odd. Usually, it would be cold for a day or two and then it would be warm again. People were saying that maybe I brought the Canadian weather over with me when I landed. When I left Hong Kong that time, the weather was warm again.

The longer I stayed in Hong Kong and the more I visit, the more I started to see that it was a lot better than Canada in many ways. The transit system is a lot more advanced because it’s geared towards convenience. Plus there are a lot of people on this island and you can’t have people just idling around doing nothing. I’ve noticed that it’s a very fast pace country where people are always on the move. My recent trip was for three weeks but we did a lot in those three weeks that the time just flew.

Even the shopping mall has a lot more to offer. The market is swarming with people looking for a good deal. I think Hong Kong is like one giant shopping mall. There are shopping malls everywhere. From the moment you step off the subway to the time you board the plane. Even the New Territories are starting to have shopping malls built.

The tourist attractions are enough to keep anyone busy for at least a week or so. Even though this is my third time here, there are still parts of Hong Kong that I haven’t seen yet. There’s always something new around every corner. The first time I was there, it was all about doing the tourist thing. The second time I was there it was more about getting to know people. But during this stay, I’ve had a chance to doing a little of both plus experience some of the night life. And the night life is just as busy as the day time. I think I must have drank more there than I’ve drank in the last five years.

From my understanding, it seemed like Hong Kong had a district for just about everything. If you wanted to buy flowers, you can go to the flower market to purchase flowers at an amazingly low price. I bought half a dozen roses for Jenn for $25 Hong Kong dollars which works out to be about $4 Canadian. If you wanted to buy computer parts, there’s a district that has computers parts at wholesale prices. There’s a place called Time Square were the stores sells… watches. Well, there’s a lot more there than watches but at least it stuck with the theme and sold watches.

The public transit system makes going to places a breeze. You can go from one side of Hong Kong to the other with ease. Taking the tram cost $2 HKD ($0.30 CAD). They have a subway system that will allow you to go just about anywhere. The wait for the next subway isn’t that long. Getting around Hong Kong is probably a lot easier than getting around in Hamilton or New York. Even if you don’t speak Cantonese, there are enough signs in English that you don’t need to speak Cantonese. Even time I got lost, I simply looked for the MTR logo and headed towards that.

The speed of operation in Canada is far below standard. Everywhere you go, you have to wait for things. Sometimes you wait five minutes and other times you can wait over an hour for things. In Hong Kong, the wait is kept to a minimum. After seeing how the two countries operation, I’d have to say that Canada is inferior to Hong Kong in a lot of different aspect. Anyone with ADD would be cured if they were here.

When I landed in Hong Kong, I had to make a stop at customs for them to check out my passport and stuff. The line was very long so I thought I was going t be standing around for an hour or so. To my surprise, I got to the front of the line fair quickly. From the time I got in line to the time my passport was stamp, it took ten minutes. If there’s a really long time, the workers will direct you to another area where the line is shorter. In Canada, I was waiting for an hour before I got to the front of the line and the line wasn’t even that long. There were at about ten custom agents working at the time but it still took a long time. The reason why they took so long in Canada is because they’re busy asking you questions. “What did you come from? Why did you go there? What did you bring back? Why did you bring it back?” In Hong Kong, they look at you, compare you to the mug shot on your passport and send you on your merry way. I wasn’t even a citizen of this country and they didn’t bother to question me.

By the time I was done with customs, my luggage was waiting for me at baggage claim. In Canada, it’s the other way around. I had to wait over thirty minutes for my luggage to get transported to the conveyor belt. I think that’s unacceptable. I waited in line at customs for an hour and my luggage hasn’t even arrived yet. In Hong Kong, I waited in customs for ten minutes and my luggage is already waiting for me.

While I was in Hong Kong, a lot of people were recommending that I move out to Hong Kong. It’s not an easy decision to make because there’s a lot at stake. Jenn doesn’t mine supporting me while I’m there but something about my tradition mind does’t want things that way. I know that Jenn can probably support me but I’ve always believe that the man should be supporting the woman. Finance isn’t the only reason that’s holding me back. I have a life and family here in Canada and leaving them is a hard decision to make. I know that I’m not actually leaving them since I can always fly back but in a way, it’s like I’m leaving a life behind. For me, moving out to Hong Kong is a life changing decision and every factor that I add to the equation will only make it harder to solve.

All in all, life in Hong Kong will suit just about anyone. If you’re ambitious and want to start a company, Hong Kong will give you that opportunity. If you want to party all night long, the Wan Chai district will give you that life. Hong Kong is the port to all other Asian countries so it’s your starting point if you want to see the rest of Asia.