Am I moving to Hong Kong?

How do I work in Hong Kong?

You may be wondering how I am running my own business as well as working for another Hong Kong based technology start up. The answer lies in the fact that I adopted the “laptop lifestyle”. I run my business through my laptop and I also complete Delyte projects there too. I spent my days, from Monday to Thursday, mainly in coffee shops writing code, then on Friday is the big day for client demos!

At Delyte, I work closely with the CTO named Tony Ng on technical aspects of the business. Because I mainly specialize in computer vision technologies/artificial intelligence, I was put on a project to set up weekly unique use cases of computer vision applications. So, I have an entire week to rapid prototype and present to many clients my demo. To get a feel for it, it truly is like a hackathon, except with a couple more days to code your prototype and pitch. There is a lot of pressure to do well because many of Delyte’s clients are Fortune 500 companies! So, sleep was definitely not an option for me. One thing I found quite challenging at first was understanding what Asian clients wanted. However, after tons of feedback from companies of the Fortune 500 list, I quickly learned how to sell my vision to this particular demographic.

My goal by the end of my term is to get at least one company on board with one of my projects! Challenge accepted.

Am I moving to Hong Kong?

Every time I arrive in a city I have never been before; I always imagine whether I would like to live there. I think to myself: what would I enjoy most, what area I might consider living in, and even what sort of routine I would have.

Hong Kong is definitely an odd experience. In one way, I have no desire to live here. It is too busy, too chaotic, and too foreign for me. Yet, I also see myself settling down easily, making so many new friends and enjoying the Hong Kong lifestyle. The fact that I have met people from all over the world in Hong Kong is what appeals me to actually live here. This is definitely a feature that only big cities possess. For instance, Toronto has it, so does San Francisco, but not as much as Hong Kong.

I don’t want to ignore the elephant in the room, Hong Kong makes me feel very out of place most of the time! For instance, I can imagine to the HK people I am this tall, slow-walking white girl in a sea of Asians who are on a hurry to get around (they literally get around in top-speed). Now I naturally walk faster and save a lot of time! It was even stressful at times trying not to bump into people.

Due to the British history Hong Kong had, I consider it a comfort city for North Americans like myself. There are familiar foods everywhere! For instance, I found a poutine shop… aka the most Canadian dish EVER (even my friends from the USA don’t really know what a poutine is… and they are North American!). Plus, English is everywhere. It is the perfect place to dip into another culture and learn a new language, with the option of falling back to my comfort zone easily.

To finally answer the question, I would DEFINITELY consider moving to Hong Kong! My first couple weeks in this city were definitely fun, mainly because I had incredible friends to hang out with as well the ease in adapting to the local transport system, and ease of finding good, authentic Cantonese food. If there is a way that I can eat healthy and feel more comfortable getting around this massive city, I would definitely be happy living here permanently.

Best,

Sabrina

A lot more Asian

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