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"A woman gets freedom and liberty and is respected by everyone in Hong Kong, unlike other Asian countries."

I recently teamed up with Sassy Hong Kong to provide a little more than just a glimpse into the lives of Hong Kongers. Read the rest of her story, and find out what it’s like to be a working woman in Hong Kong here.

"Something about the cityscape of Hong Kong’s illuminated skyscrapers surrounded by mountains that look straight from Jurassic Park make the architecture and various views of Hong Kong the most energising factor about living here. Pair the scenes of Hong Kong with its diverse demographics and it’s a perfect mix of urban energy." 

I recently teamed up with Sassy Hong Kong to provide a little more than just a glimpse into the lives of Hong Kongers. Read the rest of her story and find out what it’s like to be a working woman in Hong Kong here.

"There is a blog I follow ‘Sincerely, Jules’ and she has T-shirts that state ‘DREAM BELIEVE ACHIEVE’. That pretty much sums it up. If you want something enough, work towards it, and it will happen. I would never have thought 10 years ago that I would be living in Hong Kong working as a designer and running my own business” 

I recently teamed up with Sassy Hong Kong to provide a little more than just a glimpse into the lives of Hong Kongers. Read the rest of her story and find out what it’s like to be a working woman in Hong Kong here.

"What’s something that you’re currently struggling with?" 

"Hm..I really can’t think of anything. Life is pretty good right now. My children are doing really well, I have a great family. My kids are older and on their way to college! Well, one of them just completed college and the other one just started. So that’s probably why I’m not struggling.”

"What’s something that you regret the most?”

"That I didn’t get to spend enough time with my father before he passed away. When I was 18 years old I left home and went backpacking in different countries. Actually, before I went to America, I didn’t speak any English. I had some family that worked at a Chinese restaurant so i just stayed with them and worked. After saving enough money, I would go out and travel again."

"He’s an old dog, turning 13 soon. There are times when he doesn’t want to eat. He never really liked to play anyway, even when he was younger. Sometimes I actually think he’s dead! When he’s sleeping, I’ll go over to check just if he’s breathing."

"The hardest thing about being a dad is patience, and doing their homework. I feel like I’m studying for them. Sometimes I don’t even know how to do their homework and I’ll need to go online and search for the answers!"

"I used to take pictures of landscapes, but now I do portraits. I just feel that there is so much more spirit in the photos of portraits - Take my photo like this."

"I’m going to a friend’s wedding party. We are going to drink."

"I’m studying fashion, not a designer though. I like dressing and styling people. I want to start my career in Hong Kong."

"What’s the hardest thing about fashion?"

"Fashion? The hardest thing about fashion is the person, not the fashion. It’s the person you have to dress. They pay for you to dress them, so you are the one that is stressed and under pressure. You have to think about how to get the best deal, the best dress, the best look, and dress the person. If they don’t like it, or if other people start talking badly about them, then you’ll lose them as a client. When you lose one client, it’s never really just one person but all other people that could have been a client."

"We thought we should do a train trip in China, so we flew to Beijing, then took a train to Harbin. That was in the middle of the winter and I don’t ever want to do that again, especially with 4 children. When we bought the tickets, they didn’t put us together. The guys we were supposed to trade cabins with were smoking and drinking so we couldn’t take the cabin with it smelling like smoke. We ended up having to pay someone else to trade with us just so we could all be together, squeezing all 6 of us in one cabin." 

"How long have you guys know each other?"

"We’ve known each other for a really long time and we’ve been through a lot together. There’s actually a third guy but he’s halfway around the world right now."

"How did you guys meet?"

"Well we met at the gym, along with the third guy. His name is Brian and he was struggling with the bench press and we just helped him out. The rest is history"

"I do office work now - Boring, sitting all day. Once upon a time, when I was young, I used to take photos." 

"What stopped you from continuing?" 

"I don’t know. Reality?"

"I study art. I go to an art school in England."

"What are you doing in Hong Kong now then?"

"I’m suspended..so.."

"Can you tell me what happened?"

"I went to Amsterdam a lot so I smoked a lot of weed. I got caught with weed at school. They found 30 joints hidden in the bathroom. That’s what happens when you get too stoned and forget you need to get rid of that shit. But they didn’t suspend me for that. I got just a warning, then they caught me drinking a beer.”

"As you know about the Pakistani story, there is always small war, big war, or not stable moment, no secure future. So we run from there, come here, and take political asylum so we can live a better life, can stay here to make some money, send to my family so they can have a little bit of secure future. When they call you and say

‘We need money.’

and I don’t have money, or I don’t have work, that is the saddest moment.

But all moments when we send money to family, when we talk to them on the phone and say

‘Have you received the money?’ and they say ‘Yes we have received’, and I ask ‘So what are you going to do with the money?’, and they say ‘I’m going to do this! I’m going to do that!’, that is always the happiest moment.”