A naïve British expat? – BSN Books

During July of 1994, when I had I first arrived as an expat Hong Kong, I realised how naïve I actually was in terms of the World. This was highlighted in my first week as I was looking for work and failing miserably.   I was sitting down by the Central Star Ferry pier thinking through options such as leaving the Colony and continuing to Australia, heading back home to no job or staying. When I first arrived in Hong Kong I thought I was going to walk off the plane and into my first expat job ...

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What made me write this book?

This is a question that I am asked many times over. I have been an expat since 1994. As such I picked up many stories, whether they involved me or if it was through banter in a bar. And I have always been a fan of the mantra that everyone has a book in them. Fortunately for me I probably have about five books in me. However for my first book, Being Stripped Naked, I chose to focus on my life in Hong Kong and my travels around the Asian countries, whether it was for work or leisure. Being ...

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Initial weeks as an expat living in Hong Kong

When I arrived I had all these images of what life as an expat in Hong Kong would be like. I would be living in a plush apartment atop Victoria Peak, with a nice Mercedes parked outside. Well it didn’t quite work out that way. We I arrived in Hong Kong I initially stayed with a friend. The agreement was for a week just to get myself sorted with a job and on my feet before going into the property rental market. I took me some time to adjust to the seven hour time zone difference so ...

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Arriving in HK – Expat living Hong Kong

I had written some 100 letters to companies for work. The construction industry in the United Kingdom during 1994 It took me 36 hours to get there as I went for the cheaper option, which was Air India. That meant a flight from Newcastle down to London, then London to Bombay, which included the 7-hour stopover that is mentioned in the book. As it was the night there was not point in venturing out so stayed in the airport terminal building. And yes the cockroach did fly out of the kitchen. The ...

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