One Month in HK and the changes I realized
I moved back to Hong Kong exactly a month ago. I honestly didn't know what to expect in terms of "adjusting" because I was born and raised here. But having lived in Vancouver/overseas for almost 6 years does change me in some ways, I suppose. And you don't really realize these changes until you move back to your hometown.
So here are some of the changes I realized:
- I completely "forgot" that I am gay. In Vancouver, the idea that I am a gay male rarely crossed my mind, much like how if you're straight, you probably never think about this fact because it is so insignificant. I just assumed that everyone knows I am gay or they don't care. But having hanged out with a few gay friends in HK makes me realize that a lot of people still need to hide it. It's funny how moving back to my hometown reminds me that I am gay and feels like an "outsider" to some extent.
- I still think in CAD currency.
- I now have a higher sensitivity to non-Asian people. As in, my eyes would naturally spot out who's not Asian around me, whenever I go...but that's about it. I didn't pay much attention to anyone who are not Chinese, Filipino, or Indonesians when I was younger.
- I am somewhat more "health & fitness" conscious (keyword: somewhat). To be fair, there are people in HK who are super into fitness but, on average, Vancouverites are far more into that, and overall health as well, like mental health.
- I now have a lot more sympathy to immigrants or people with a work/study visa. Cultivating empathy towards non-local people is the biggest gift from Vancouver.
Hong Kong indeed has a lot more opportunities. People get messages from recruiters on LinkedIn everyday. But I got a lot more messages within the past month. And that's only LinkedIn. I also got a fair amount of DMs from PR Agencies or companies via Instagram.
Oddly enough, I stayed away from "Western Food" or local food in Vancouver. You would think that living in overseas for an extended period of time means you'd acquire a certain taste. I still love a good cheese & charcuterie board but any brunch places are just meh to me. Maybe they aren't that great to begin with... And I had Pho almost every other week in Vancouver and I would think I like this dish a lot. I still haven't had Pho in Hong Kong yet.
While it is natural that some parts of you are shaped by the environment, others by your inner self, I think it is important to distinguish the two, and there's no better way to do so than living abroad and traveling.