So Long Hong Kong…..

The lead up to my secondment in Hong Kong was an extremely nervous time for me. The whole preparation freaked me out a lot, I mean, how was I going to pack three months worth of clothes in one suitcase?! That aside, it didn’t help when my grandparents told me to control my temper while working on this project (training new staff) because I’ll probably end up getting beaten up. Funny grandparents ay, you gotta love them.

I have to admit, having enjoyed previous “holidays” in Hong Kong, I didn’t actually like it there for the first two weeks. I constantly got annoyed at getting pushed and barged around, people not saying thanks when you open the door for them and not letting you get off the train before trying to get on. Missing my family, friends and boyfriend also factored in to it.

However, I slowly started to get use to it and by the fourth week, I totally accepted the life of a Hongkongnese (if that’s even a word). The work I was doing out there went really well and I have the most amazing colleagues you could ask for. You know who you all are if you’re reading this post and I just want to say thank you again and I am missing you guys dearly.

My last day there was nevertheless a very emotional time for me. To see everyone at my farewell party really hit a nerve and made it even more real that I was going home. I was given some lovely leaving presents and shed a little tear looking through it all. A couple of others mentioned that they didn’t want to look me in eye while I cried as they’ll probably end up crying too. Those people were whom I have established strong friendships with and again, I can’t thank you’s enough for making my time in Hong Kong so enjoyable.

The past two months has been such a great experience, both work and pleasure and I have made many wonderful friends who I will keep close to my heart for a long time. I wouldn’t say I’m done yet as I do hope to return to Hong Kong at some point to see how the project is going and to catch up with everyone. But for the time being I will be focusing on what needs to be done here, work wise and ensuring that I spend quality with my nearest and dearest. I know three months wasn’t really that long, but things have changed and I need to catch up on it. Until next time…….

 

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  1. 26th April 2013 / 9:00 am

    lovely photos! 🙂
    im so jealous that you went for so long! I only went back for 2 weeks & definitely miss it already, can't wait to go back! xxx

    • 25th April 2014 / 11:15 pm

      Aww, I miss it so much! xx

  2. 26th April 2013 / 9:33 am

    Sounds so nice! I would love to visit. All the food looks sooo good x

    • 25th April 2014 / 11:16 pm

      You should! It's a lovely place and don't get me started on the food. xx 🙂

  3. 26th April 2013 / 6:39 pm

    Welcome home! I've been keeping up with all your photos since you've been away and it looked like an awesome experience. I completely know what you mean about the lack of manners though as my husband is from Brazil and we are there now – I find myself getting so angry about it, even though I've had more than enough time to get used to it!
    Mel x

    melswallofmirrors.blogspot.co.uk

  4. 29th April 2013 / 3:16 pm

    woww looks like you had an amazing time:) the food looks soo delicious *_*
    hong kong must be so beautiful – i've heard a lot of it and i definitely want to visit this place :))

    lots of love xx

    • 25th April 2014 / 11:19 pm

      You should so visit, such an awesome place. xx

  5. 14th May 2013 / 2:25 pm

    I was the same when i went to Hong Kong for a month, i spent the beginning of it really disliking the "bad manners" such as not saying thanking when opening doors for people. And then there are those that think you're a pulling the door open for them and they just walk through it without acknowledging the fact that I wasn't actually pull it open for them in the first place! Ha, leaving me stood there like an idiot whilst the group of people walk through. Oh, maybe i'm just being petty, things like that gets on my goat! I do miss being in hong kong though, and these photos have made me miss is even more! Looks like you had the most wonderful time x

    • 25th April 2014 / 11:21 pm

      You so understand me right! It's okay, I got use to it. I'm hoping to go back next year, fingers crossed. xx

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