Leaving Hong Kong


“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
  
Leo Tolstoy

“I’m not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I’ve always been a freak. So I’ve been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I’m one of those people.”  John Lennon
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Hong Kong is amazing.

Hong Kong is amazing.

Saying goodbye and leaving Hong Kong was demanding of just about all of me. It was one of the hardest transitions of my life. I mostly had a terrific experience at work and I am especially grateful for my school’s culture of professional development. I met some of the most wonderful people from the four corners of the world. Financially, my wife and I set ourselves up rather modestly for our future. We are quite thankful for our time in Hong Kong for we saved a good deal of money, relatively speaking, for a schoolteacher.

The following is a reflection on my last two months of life in Hong Kong as I prepare for my next destination, Amman Jordan.

My teammates were outstanding. Each day they were supportive and kind. Each day they let me know that they cared. Each day they found a way to help me out. I could not have asked for a better group of people. Each of my now former teammates are intelligent, kind, gracious and professional. It is an honor to have worked alongside them. I will never forget the kindness shown during the farewell video and baby shower.

My students were a hoot. They worked diligently till the end. I am proud of their academic, social and emotional growth, especially in mathematics. I feel that I was able to foster a love for the subject among more than a few of my students. I am proud of the way that they worked as a learning community. They were stellar and I miss them each day, still.

Google Docs was a godsend. My expectant wife (while in Japan) and I were able to collaborate online while we mapped out a plan of action. Organization is key when you are moving and google docs helped us tremendously. We were able to create a master plan that took advantage of every available minute. This was necessary as I was teaching ten-hour days and had not a bit of time to spare during the workday. The collaborative document kept us in constant communication about what to do next.

Facebook also was surprisingly helpful. We sold just about all of our stuff via HK Swap It. Nearly everything sold within 24 hours. We could not be more happy with Swap It-HK. We were especially happy to meet random expats from all over the world. Our favourite was a guy from Poland who bought our rug for his dog. The guy complained the entire ten minutes we interacted.

For expats, Hong Kong life is easy. Hong Kong is efficient and convenient. I was able to do our taxes and get my rebate check within five days. For our baby preparations,we were able to schedule health checks at the local free clinic and we were quite satisfied with their service.

Alas, it was bittersweet to say goodbye to our favorite restaurants in Hong Kong. I will especially miss Din Tai Fon.

Their noodles are out of this world.

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Thank you, Hong Kong for giving my wife and me such a lovely five years of expat life.

3 thoughts on “Leaving Hong Kong

  1. Been there TM. I have some appreciation for the difficulty of such a move. May you live in the nicest of interesting times.
    I don’t know what the the phrase is in Cantonese but in Japanese it’s Ganbatte!

  2. Reblogged this on Expat Teacher Man and commented:

    So many positive thoughts to my friends in Occupy Central HK. I am really proud of what this movement has turned into. This is your time and I wish you the best of luck. I am alongside you in spirit. Solidarity from Amman.

  3. I would like to know if you have any advise for securing a teaching job in Hong Kong. More specifically, for the NET Scheme. I have all the credentials: teaching certificate, masters degree, 9 years of teaching, 3 of which were international, and I am currently in the EDB candidate pool. I currently teach in Chicago, so will being unable to attend in-person interviews hinder my goal? So I guess I am asking what are my chances of getting an interview and snagging a position?? ie- are their hundreds of candidates..?

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