Weird things my husband says #2

 Jeff: you know Jethro helped me study for my exams and I helped him get a job? We are pulling each other’s tails!

Me: *topples over laughing*

Jeff: you know, when you help each other out?

Me: You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours?

Jeff: ah yes, I knew it was something along those lines

 

Check out the rest of his nonsense:

Weird things my husband says #1

Weird things my husband says #1

I’ve seen blogs with people drawing cartoons of their married life and I thought I would never be one of these people as our life is mundane… Until I realised my husband Jeff struggles with idioms and that it often makes for hilarious conversations.

 

Jeff (who has been attempting to grow facial hair): My mate realised I was growing a beard, he asked if I was growing sheep wool!

Me: *stares is disbelief*

Jeff: that’s’ not the right name, is it?

Me: do you mean a GOATEE?!

Tsz Shan Monastery in Tai Po

Whilst riding our bikes along Tai Mei Tuk reservoir, we saw this huge white statue at the foot of the hills in the distance. I knew I had to visit.

The statue belongs to Tsz Shan Monastery, a Buddhist temple funded by Li Ka Shing the second richest man in Asia – and the richest in Hong Kong.

After putting it off for months I finally managed to visit the monastery with one of my good friends.

 

The temple is in a remote location in the countryside and getting there is a tad difficult, but nothing terrible.

The location is very peaceful with views of the Tolo Harbour to one side, and big green rolling hills to the other.

The temple has 3 halls and the big statue of Guanyin so doesn’t take long to visit.  There is a zen calligraphy workshop which is quite long – as long as the visit itself!

I think it is a nice place to visit but not a must see in Hong Kong.

 

A few points to note:

  • Advance bookings required
  • The easiest way to go is to take the MTR to Tai Po Market and then Minibus 20B. Alight at Universal gate road and walk to the monastery.
  • Make sure to wear long trousers and sleeved tops

 

 

 

AngloInfo Interview

A while back I was contacted by AngloInfo, an English speaking website with information about living abroad, to see if I’d be interested in doing an interview with them.

The answer was YES! I really like doing interviews (I’ve only done one before) because I can express my views about living in Hong Kong and I hope it means my blog is somewhat interesting…

The interview is here.

 

AngloInfo itself is a really comprehensive website, with information about different countries, blogs, interviews, classifieds… so don’t hesitate to check it out at https://www.angloinfo.com

Hong Kong: the last 2 months

I knew it would happen, I wanted it to happen, but it happened much faster than I thought it would.

We are leaving Hong Kong at the end of July to return to the UK.

I love Hong Kong to bits, it’s such an amazing city full of contrasts and adventures, yet there are a few issues that mean it may not be the place where we settle.

These issues are:

  • The job market: simply put, I currently do not fit in.

I am a New Product Development Project Manager, but food companies with manufacturing operations in Hong Kong can be counted on the fingers of one hand. The few times I did see an offer, they regarded Chinese food, which I have no knowledge of…  Additionally, I do not speak, read or write Cantonese AND Mandarin fluently.

Mastering both Chinese languages is becoming increasingly mandatory and only a few sectors are exempt (banking being one of them).

 

  • Housing: renting a small apartment at high price doesn’t bother me too much. However, we want to eventually buy property, yet buying anything in Hong Kong seems unachievable. Not only is the price very high, the flats are tiny and the deposit is hefty. It simply isn’t achievable for us in the short/medium term.

 

  • Work culture: this one concerns Jeff rather than me. People at work are extremely competitive and do not hesitate to backstab colleagues and shoe-shine managers in order to get promoted. I’ve been told this behaviour is very common in certain industries/teams with local staff as it is instilled in people since kindergarten.

You see, there are only a handful of universities in Hong Kong, so parents put extreme pressure on their children to stand out from their classmates. This starts at a very young age with kids being enrolled in music, sport, arts & language classes, the only goal being to enter a prestigious primary school, then a prestigious high school and finally university. Children compete with one another on all aspects and this behaviour is carried over into their working lives.

 Hong Kong has so many good points: it’s safe, has easily reachable countryside, varied landscapes and no end of activities to try. Let’s not forget the food, central location for Asian holidays and warm weather.

 

I’ve learnt in the past seven years that no place is perfect and that it’s not about finding the place that ticks all the boxes, but the one that ticks the most important boxes…

I don’t know if England will tick the most important boxes (I’ll be honest and say I am concerned about safety)…but we thought we had to try, so when the opportunity came, we grabbed it.

 

We will try our best, but I would not be surprised if we eventually return to Hong Kong or try another country.

 

 

P.S: I do not plan on stopping the blog for now, even after I return to the UK