Nifty Pifty, living in Hong Kong, an expat blog.


My name is Saz and I am an expat because I am a foreigner living in Hong Kong. Yet I am not an expat because my company did not send me here on an expatriate contract.


My husband is from Hong Kong and we decided to make the move to Hong Kong for his career.

We had to build our life in Hong Kong pretty much from scratch; I didn’t have a visa and had to find a job by myself, the hard way.

Admittedly Jeff is originally from Hong Kong and has family here, so it made things easier for us.


I decided to write a blog about life in Hong Kong for my family, but also because all blogs I found prior to our move were written by “real” expats or their wifes’, I wanted to chronicle what it’s like to arrive in Hong Kong and start everything all over again.


Nifty Pifty | Living in Hong Kong, an expat blog.
Meet Saz, the author of the Nifty Pifty blog, about life in Hong Kong as an expat

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  1. Expat is opposite side of the coin, repat(riated). What made a real expat is the “repat” part, that they know their time is limited, that eventually they will be “repatriated” back home. This gives rise to their reluctance to lay down real roots or to attempt to integrate within the local community. Originally the term expat was pretty much a full blown insult, but like many insults about those having a financial upper hand, one tinged with envy of the money, if not the attitude. If you came to Hong Kong looking to make a home, even if you still left open the possibility of returning to somewhere else if it didn’t work out, then your an immigrant. This is a much nice thing to be than an expat. However, money has people confused and so the curse word gets white washed, while the good word becomes sullied by too many adjectives, like illegal appearing in front of it. Oh well.

    1. Hi JM Hatch,

      Thanks for stopping by!

      According to the Cambridge Dictionary an expatriate is someone who does not live in their own country.
      An immigrant, is a person who has come to a different country in order to live there permanently.

      According to these definitions I am an expat.

      In common talk, an expat has been sent abroad by their company on a temporary assignment.
      This is not my case… and this is why I do not particularly like to refer to myself as an expat.
      I write this blog for people looking for information about moving to Hong Kong and thought they would be most likely to query search engines with the word “expat”.

      I appreciate your feedback and think it is a good idea to include the word immigrant.
      It would have been even better if your comment could have started with a little “Hello”.

      Have nice day/evening!


      1. Hello Saz:

        Agreed with your comment about not wanting to be called an expat, didn’t mean for it to be taken otherwise, but that’s the problem with non-verbal communication. Expatriate is nicer, and guest even better, if you’re not an immigrant. Lots of romance (in the old original meaning of the word, got to be careful) around the word expatriate, vs. expat. Steve Goodman wrote a song on the difference, made (relatively) more popular by Jimmy Buffett, titled “Banana Republic” . If you’re interested to hear it.

        Different times now of course, just assumed you might find the unofficial historical, particularly with regards to the former parts of the British empire. Someone like Rachel Cartland under UK civil servant contract could be an expatriate, but back in the days it would raise eyebrows to call her an expat.

      2. Hi JM,

        thanks for the precision!
        it’s true the word has a lot of history to it and I don’t usually think about that….

        I’ll check out the links you sent me! thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. Hi Saz,

    I am Shona Woo from the marketing team at http://www.honestbee.hk. We are an online groceries concierge and delivery company that has just arrived in Hong Kong.

    We provide same-day delivery services that can be scheduled as quickly as within the next available hour and we deliver from partner merchants like Gateway, Soho Wines and Spirits, Anything But Salads and Liquor & Liqeur. Our aim is to deliver a comfortable convenience to the affluent urban population and expats like you.

    My team and I have come across your blog we absolutely love your style and thought posts. I would like to take this opportunity to connect with you and seek a possible collaboration in future. We thought we would love to say hi and hopefully connect with you on a personal level.

    My team and I hope to connect with you via email. We eagerly await your reply. Thank you so much for your time taken to read this and we wish you a pleasant day ahead.


  3. Hi, I only recently found your blog so I haven’t read too many posts yet, but from what I can see i think you might be interested in this…

    The reason I’m commenting is I have started a new weekly feature on my blog called Mixed up Mixtapes where each week I choose a theme (based around life living and working abroad) and I pick 5 songs that sum up that theme for me, sharing them in a blog post.

    Basically I’m reaching out to other bloggers out there and inviting them to make their own Mixed up Mixtape post based on the theme. This week’s theme is homesickness…


    If you are interested, feel free to make a post and just put a link back to my post somewhere and use the tag: mixed up mixtapes. I will be sharing other people’s contributions so you will likely get some extra visits from the followers of my blog 🙂

    Thanks! Kylie

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