Bronwyn: Hello Hong Kong, Bronwyn has Landed!
Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Hong Kong, etc.
I'm an independent girly girl, who loves clothes and shoes but also is focused on carving out space for a career. Most people call me high energy, but it is more that I like to make the most of opportunities and seek out new adventures. I‘m originally from Durban, South Africa but have lived the last 6.5 years in Holland for my work. I moved to Hong Kong in September 2012, this time following my heart for Love.
When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
I started this blog to share with family and friends, through my relatively fresh eyes, the many different and interesting things I encounter on a daily basis in this busy city. The experience of living in Hong Kong is so different from anything else I have encountered before, that even simple things are interesting to me! I aim to share it just like I find it - the good, the bad, and the ugly - no sugar coating. Some days are good, others not.
Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?
I think the blog is too new to have a favorite yet, but these pages give a good flavor what the blog is about and my top three are:
Tell us about the ways your new life in Hong Kong differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?
There are many ways life is different: the crowds, the pollution, the noise, the language, the food, the people. I have been going into detail in my blog, for example: Getting Back Into The Swing Of Things.
I visited Hong Kong for the first time in February 2012 for 6 weeks and that is when I experienced the biggest Culture Shock. I hated the city at first, it was too intense and overwhelming, the chaos and constant bustle meant I could never relax. As I mentioned in my first post of this blog, I was more prepared this second visit and am settling in quicker than before, even starting to enjoy the city.
Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Hong Kong? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?
As mentioned above, I was not prepared on my first visit, I had no idea what a busy city could be like. I don’t think there is really any way to prepare for it besides having a good attitude and mentally preparing for the noise, crowds and pollution.
Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?
The locals’ bluntness to my size and weight at first was a shock but now I think it’s funny. I am by no means fat by Western standards (UK 10, US 6, EU 36), just perhaps tall, but in Hong Kong I have walked into a shop a few times and the sales assistants have told me to my face, “Sorry no clothes for you here, you are too fat”.
Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Hong Kong?
- Be prepared for small apartments and high rent
- Look forward to the great social life and get plugged in through events like InterNations
- Have your business cards printed and ready to network
How is the expat community in Hong Kong? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
The expat community is great! I wrote a post about it already: Friday Night Meetup And Karaoke.
How would you summarize your expat life in Hong Kong in a single, catchy sentence?
Life in the busy and exciting city of Hong Kong offers limitless unique adventures. Go for It!