Well my first week in Hong Kong has been fantastic. My coworkers are very friendly and I am slowly getting to know some of them. Sadly, because I am sick I will miss out on a BBQ this weekend with them, but I would rather take a sick day today and rest all weekend so that I am 100% better for work on Monday.
Some quick observations thus far about Hong Kong. First, the MTR (which is the Hong Kong subway) is amazing. It is air-conditioned, clean, well lit, fast, and efficient. You can literally walk the entire train from point to point on a MTR. They run about every 2 minutes, which is a necessity during peak travel times due to the large amount of people moving around Hong Kong to go to work in the mornings and go home in the evenings.
The average employee in Hong Kong puts in long hours, they typically work from 8-9am until 7-8pm. And sometimes, they will work a few hours on Saturday. I have received emails from coworkers as late as 1am on occasion, which makes me think that even after they go home, they may still do a little work. Luckily for me, this is how I have worked in the US for the past 6 months. So long hours are not foreign to me and I don’t mind putting in the extra effort.
Supermarkets here are like supermarkets in London. They are small and have just the right amount of essentials, but not really the amount of choices we have in the United States. But that is ok, because at the end of the day you really only need the essentials. One item I noticed is missing on their shelves are ready-meals or precooked food. If you are craving a Lean Cuisine, Hot Pocket, or any type of frozen food, you may be out of luck unless you go to a specialist supermarket like Sogo’s Japanese Supermarket or C!ty’Super Market. I was told that frozen food is not popular here in Hong Kong, because the cost of dining out is so cheap. This is true, you can get a nice fresh bowl of Wonton Noodle Soup for about $4. The most expensive meal I have had was about $50 and included 4 courses and 2 glasses of wine. Generally, food is pretty reasonable here in Hong Kong.
Well, I am going to wrap up the post, as I am just recovering from a stupid cold with a nagging cough. Thank goodness English is spoken pretty frequently and the pharmacist was able to give me Cold Medicine. With that I am going to take something that makes you drowsy and go to sleep soon.