Hong Kong Travel during Covid-19

What a difference a year makes. In 2019 we were in the throes of First Year Frustrations and Expat End of Year Itus. In contrast, 2020 and the speedy spread of the coronavirus has blindsided pretty much everyone, everywhere on the planet.

Travel and Covid-19 really are a match made in the seventh circle of hell, because the virus doesn’t travel, we do and this nasty little hitchhiker scabs a free ride.

After several months stranded in the UK, hoping things might blow over, it became very clear that they hadn’t and wouldn’t any time soon. With lockdown restrictions in the UK easing and having grossly overstayed our welcome (what was supposed to be a sub-three-week trip ended up being almost 5 months) we ran the reverse travel gauntlet to return to Hong Kong and my husband who had been alone and working from home what felt like an infinity.

We were quite anxious about the return journey and can’t help wondering if this was an uncomfortable glimpse into the future of air travel.

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An Ill Wind is Blowing: The Coronavirus HK vs UK

We jumped ship, dear reader. Only temporarily of course, we’re not rats and the ship isn’t sinking, but the cabin fever was excruciating. The extended boredom with school being shut, the office being closed and all of us confined in a small space, the anxiety in the air and the lack of loo roll persuaded us that the best thing to do was to head back to the UK for a while to ride out the storm.

Mildly ironic then, that we flew into an actual storm and had the bumpiest of landings.

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Empty shelves in the toilet paper aisle amid panic buying Hong Kong

Hong Kong and the Coronavirus: Is it a Typhoon in a Teacup?

With the outbreak of the Wuhan corona virus, variously referred to a WuFlu (even though it’s not flu), Wumonia and WARS, how has life in Hong Kong has been disrupted?

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Find out who our Expat Pass the Parcel Winners Are

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What’s in the Mystery Box? Please note this is not the actual prize – this is for illustrative purpose only.

Expat Pass the Parcel is officially closed and we have three lucky winners.  Please watch the live draw below to find out if it’s YOU.  Is it you?  I hope it’s you. Continue reading

The Expat Pass the Parcel COMPETITION

Gift Box with Metallic Ribbon

What’s in the Mystery Box? Please note this is not the actual prize – this is for illustrative purposes only.

 

Expat Pass the Parcel?  

Read on to find out how you can enter this brilliant competition and win a mystery prize.  

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Hong Kong Living, A Squash and A Squeeze (minus the livestock)

Hong Kong living can be a squash and a squeeze, skyscrapers make up the skyline filled with small apartments.

Hong Kong is an exciting city.  It’s completely different to anywhere else we’ve lived. There are things that we like, things that we love and things we’re still getting used to.  One of the biggest adjustments when moving from almost anywhere else in the world to Hong Kong  is the bijou nature of the accommodation.  It’s shall we say….efficiently compact.    Continue reading

What was Hong Kong’s Biggest Super Typhoon Mangkhut like?

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On our expat travels we’ve experienced a few hairy moments. There have been riots, petrol shortages, a political coup, contentious elections, minor earthquakes and an unexpectedly severe hail storm in Johannesburg. Now we can add Super Typhoon to the list. Toto, we are DEFINITELY not in Joburg any more.

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Untethered – Or how Expat Life is like Camping

Untethered Expat Life is like camping.
This photo first appeared on the post Johannesburg’s Top Hikes.  Credit Becci Monge.

What do I mean by untethered and what on earth has expat life got to do with camping?

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