Hong Kong, Hong Kong
I am moving to HK!
I am not sure how long I will stay there for. The current plan is to assess whether I like working / living there after a year. If I don’t, I’ll either come back home or travel somewhere else to work (possibly Taiwan or Korea).
This was not a last minute decision. I decided a couple of months back already. A small group of people knew about this, and I thank you for keeping this a secret for so long.
After a year of pondering, I ultimately realized if I don’t venture out now I may not have the opportunity to do it for various reasons (promotion, relationships, financial constraints etc).
In addition, there were six main factors that ultimately made me realize what I needed to do:
1) Comfortable (change)
I am very fortunate to be employed by my current employer. It is a great Canadian company, with a great culture. For the last year, I felt very comfortable working there. The hours were manageable, and the financial pay out was enough to support my life style.
In a way, this stability was great for the first few months.
However, after the first few honey moon months were over, I realize I was getting too comfortable with life.
I believe that if you are too comfortable with life, you need to change it up a little just to make it interesting. You don’t have to do a complete 360 change, but even changing up your daily routine will make things more interesting.
One of the main reasons of moving there is to improve on my mother tongue language. Regrettably, my Cantonese has deteriorated over the years. I now have the syndrome of “think english first then speak chinese”. I am hoping I would be able to reverse this.
If you read my left hand post, you know I like to do things backwards. So this gives me an opportunity to do just that.
More importantly, it gives me exposure to mandarin. Something that was hard to come by, in Toronto.
One thing I really liked about working in audit, was that you are constantly faced with new challenges.
Well, moving to an entirely different city is a challenge in itself. And for that, I am really excited. I am excited on the prospects of finding a new job, finding a place to live, coping with the cultural differences there, coping with the fast paced and working long hours (believe it or not!).
Since I am still relatively young, I still have the energy to take on these challenges. So, to me it’s now or never.
4) Advice from the old folks
I did not come to this conclusion by myself. I had conversations with a few people that I look up to. This ranged from my old professor, to my previous managers, to even my current boss.
They all told me the same thing. “You should go to Hong Kong, while you are still young”, or “I think you will like it there”
I remember one in particular. He asked me why I was still here when I am constantly pondering about moving there. I told him a lot of “yeah but” reasons. He just told me, if you want to do it, you should do it. All the other reasons are just things you are telling yourself to hold you back.
5) Love the city
I visited this city about 4 -5 years ago. I fell in love with it ever since. Though, visiting and living in a place is completely different. When you are visiting a place, you are sight seeing important landmarks, eating local foods, enjoying the new environment.
However, you will never be able to fully experience the culture there.
I want to be exposed to the culture there. I know it is a fast paced environment. I know you have to work hard. Some even suggests it is cut throat.
I am excited for the opportunity.
6) You live once
Do what you want to do when you are young. Hate to sound like an old fart, but it’s true. It may not be moving to another city. But if you believe in something, don’t let that other voice in your head give you reasons why you shouldn’t.
To be honest, we probably only have another 60 – 70 years to go. Of that, 10 – 15 will be spent us in a hospital bed (ok being pessimistic but you get the point). Once you have kids, you are so focused on them that you probably won’t have time for yourself anymore.
So again, if you want something, then go out and do something about it.
I’ve already bought my plane ticket, and most of my preparations are complete. Just small things here and there.
Toronto will always be my home, but for now I am excited to move on to the next chapter in my life.
Was never a big Joey fan, but I really like this live version of her old song.