Why you should move to Hong Kong

If you are considering a move to Hong Kong, I guess you like to know about the pros and cons of this city. A while ago I wrote a blog about the drawbacks of living in Hong Kong, so I thought of covering some of the biggest advantages of living in Hong Kong in this post. However, after looking a bit on the internet, I came across quite an extensive list of reasons to move to Hong Kong. And instead of repeating parts of this list, I rather post here the link and you can have a look for your self:

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Tips for expats considering driving a car in Hong Kong

Before moving to Hong Kong, you maybe can not imagine a life without car. However, many people in Hong Kong prefer public transport over driving a car. Not only because of the traffic, but mostly because public transport is so easily available, more efficient and at a fraction of the cost. So let me give some insights of driving a car in Hong Kong: Continue reading “Tips for expats considering driving a car in Hong Kong”

What expats moving to Hong Kong need to know about the weather

I assume everyone moving to a new country will check the internet for some statistics and descriptions about the climate of their new destination.  Most likely you know that Hong Kong has a subtropical climate with four distinguishable seasons – warm and humid spring, hot and rainy summer, pleasant and sunny autumn, cool and dry winter. So let me give you some insights in what that means for daily life: Continue reading “What expats moving to Hong Kong need to know about the weather”

Hiring a Foreign Domestic Helper in Hong Kong – some things you need to know!

In my previous blog I wrote about Hong Kong’s lifeline: the Foreign Domestic Helpers (FDH), who sacrifice a life without their families to work and live with Hong Kong families to help them with the household and childcare. I addressed some of the pro’s and con’s of hiring a helper, so if you are not sure what to do, please read my blog.

If you are thinking of hiring a Foreign Domestic Helper, let me give you some tips. Especially if it is your first time you might feel overwhelmed and uncertain about the process and since it has quite an impact on your family, you want to do it right. So here we go: Continue reading “Hiring a Foreign Domestic Helper in Hong Kong – some things you need to know!”

Expats move away from central Hong Kong to cheaper areas to get more value for money

Deciding where to living in Hong Kong is not that easy. You might have read my blog on how to decide where to live and then you know it is all about prioritizing your requirements. You might also have had a look at a map I made with a short description on where expats like to live in Hong Kong. Continue reading “Expats move away from central Hong Kong to cheaper areas to get more value for money”

Foreign Domestic Helpers – the backbone of many Hong Kong families

I have been writing quite a lot of blogs about moving to Hong Kong with children, but one topic I have not addressed before: Hong Kong’s amazing Foreign Domestic Helpers. The ladies, often referred to as aunties, are the backbone of Hong Kong. Many families in Hong Kong rely heavily upon them, since other forms of childcare are not widely available or suitable due to the long work hours of both parents.  Let me tell you a bit more about Foreign Domestic Helpers in Hong Kong so you can determine if you might want to hire one to help your family. Continue reading “Foreign Domestic Helpers – the backbone of many Hong Kong families”

The best YouTube videos featuring Hong Kong

Although I would love to be able to make very good videos about (expat) Hong Kong, the truth is, I am not so good at it. So below you find some great YouTube videos created by others, but selected by me for you! After watching them, you’ll have a good view on what Hong Kong can offer you! Continue reading “The best YouTube videos featuring Hong Kong”

Negotiating your (expat) contract for Hong Kong – this is what you should know!

I receive quite some questions of expats wondering if the offer or contract is “good enough”.  Difficult for me to answer, since I don’t know your situation, expectations and spending habits, but I can give you some tips so you know what you might want to discuss with your boss before signing the contract. Continue reading “Negotiating your (expat) contract for Hong Kong – this is what you should know!”

Things you never thought of buying before moving to Hong Kong: dehumidifiers and air purifiers!

Certainly, you can survive in Hong Kong without a dehumidifier and air purifier. But as air pollution and humidity are often named the biggest drawbacks of living in Hong Kong, you might see why smart people end up buying these equipment to battle their worst enemies in this town! Continue reading “Things you never thought of buying before moving to Hong Kong: dehumidifiers and air purifiers!”

Local schools for expat children in Hong Kong – why you should go for it!

After reading my blog about schooling, you might think that the only option for expat children is an international school. I must admit that that was my initial thought when moving to Hong Kong as a non Chinese speaker. But after some interesting conversations with expat parents who made the choice of sending their kids to a local school, I do believe both type of schools have their pro’s and con’s and it depends on what you think is best for your child and situation. Continue reading “Local schools for expat children in Hong Kong – why you should go for it!”

How to get the most out of your ‘look-see’ visit to Hong Kong?

Although I am quite aware that there are many people who move to Hong Kong without having been there before, I strongly believe everyone would benefit from a ‘look-see’ visit. These kind if visits, which might be sponsored by your employer, gives as it says a chance to have a look to see how everyday life in Hong Kong can be for you.  And even if you might have read every single book or blog on being an expat in Hong Kong, it is not the same as experiencing the city yourself. Continue reading “How to get the most out of your ‘look-see’ visit to Hong Kong?”

All you need to know about tutoring in Hong Kong

Everyone who has read my blogs on schooling, knows that education and being the best student in class is very important to Hong Kong parents. Not surprisingly many kids have a tutor to help them throughout their school career. I found out that it is quite a big business in Hong Kong. So let me give you some insights. Continue reading “All you need to know about tutoring in Hong Kong”

Know the paid leave and other statutory leave rules in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong people work long hours, long work weeks and have limited paid leave. One of the biggest drawbacks if you would ask me. So if you consider moving to Hong Kong, take a look at my summary of the minimum leave employers should provide you. And bare in mind that although most international organisations will have better arrangement for you, most people are only entitled to the minimum. Continue reading “Know the paid leave and other statutory leave rules in Hong Kong”

Opening a bank account in Hong Kong

Knowing that Hong Kong is the financial hotspot of Asia, the formal process of opening a bank account or getting a credit card might seems a bit slow and old fashioned to expats. However, with a bit of preparation, you can do it one time right and receive your bank passes within a few days. So here are some tips: Continue reading “Opening a bank account in Hong Kong”

Tips for finding a place to live in Hong Kong with a small budget

Hong Kong is an expensive city, be warned to spend a big part of your income on rent. As I have been asked by many students, freelancers, graduates and others about housing between 4.000 to 9.000 HKD per month,  I thought I share my tips. Continue reading “Tips for finding a place to live in Hong Kong with a small budget”