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…….