I am supposed to move from Singapore to Hong Kong. What am I to expect?

I am supposed to move from Singapore to Hong Kong. What am I to expect?

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Expect a more exciting and stressful life. Hong Kong is a top tier city with a super high population density. Take the good with the bad. Unlimited things to do, beautiful women, great food culture, lots more potential for making money be it a career or starting your own business. However, if you don't have money, stuff sucks in Hong Kong. Everything cost money, and you need to work hard to make that cash. So get your hustle on, and Hong Kong will be better than Singapore in many ways. 15k will get you something ok in Kennedy town which is on the Hong Kong island side and is two subway stations away from central. Expect your apartment to be small, one bed room and basic as hell.

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anyone can give suggestions on what area is advisable to move?
We're talking about a stuff housing budget of HKD 15k/mo.

Back in the day this was enough for a small but new, furnished 1bedroom apt on the outskirts of TST.
Check http://www.ays.com.hk/serviced-apartments/kowloon
TST and the surroundings are the most desirable for an expat imp, after Central which is clearly out of your budget.
I have lived a few year in Gateway Apartments myself.

I wouldn't need serviced apartments tho, just need fully furnished I guess.

I see that budget can still land something in Soho / Midlevels?
During my brief visit to HK, I notice as soon as stepping into Kowloon the grasp of English gets completely annihilated.

The MTR Island line now goes further than it used to so you might find something out at the ends of it that will do and then you're still just single MRT from central.

Mid levels is ok if you can afford it and don't mind walking up hills. There are escalators but they're busy during rush hour.

Outskirts of TST are ok, if you don't need to be downtown then places like TaiWo can be really nice, look at something near the lake.

If you're living long term, there's a new line being built to Abadeen or Cyberport which will be cool and open up the south side of the island a bit, that might make a lot more places accessible.

it's not about hustle man, it's a company employee situation.
Depends on the company, most of the corporate gigs I've done were 50% hustle...

Don't take it personally but I find person on travel is pretty anal about the "grasp" of English in HK, or lack there of.
Maybe that's because English is a foreign language to me, and I have much lower expectations than a native speaker, but I keep reading how nobody's speaking English in HK and I wonder how I and countless expats managed to live there for several years while relying only on English.
And if you think HKers don't speak English do not go to Tokyo, ever.

Don't take it personally but I find person on travel is pretty anal about the "grasp" of English in HK, or lack there of.
Yeah, I don't get it either.

I'm a native English speaker and I get by with English in HK most of the time.
I only sometimes have to use Mandarin but I don't know Cantonese for stuff and the only time I use any kind of Chinese is in tiny restaurants run by old men in weird places. Everywhere else, English is either fine or just good enough or language is not really required anyway.

that's a decent enough housing budget if it's part of your compensation package

if it's coming out of your own pocket then you've still got a decent enough salary, and I can't imagine you'd be making more and paying less in any other global city


I will be earning total 38k HKD / mo.
my gf will be making much less, but if we combine resources we have about 15k HKD that can be used for renting an apt and coming out directly of our pockets.

any place 20 mins away from Central commute would be enough.

These are all views from the ICC tower, 103rd floor restaurant. Get your hustle on, and live the good life.

it's not about hustle man, it's a company employee situation.

Should I stay in Tsim Sha Tsui or in Central near the escalator? I'll be there for 3 nights with 3 people.

Tsim Sha Tsui or in Central

Central is nicer.

things are going to be a lot noisier and dirtier. fluency in english is much worse but not complete bad.

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