Another birthday in HK... hopefully the last one in HK...
This year is a bit different compared to the last 5 birthdays. This time I know when I will go back to Singapore. The plan is already in motion and this morning the 1st member of our family in HK will go back, followed by another 2 on Thursday, leaving me here alone until end December when I finish my studies @ HKUST and collect my 13th month.
And compared to the last 5 birthdays, I received so much more from this birthday. I'm not talking about presents, which I received... none... but care, concern and love from all around me. I got many messages on MSN and Facebook. I got a surprise birthday cake during a work dinner last week. I got a sparkling light-up made-in-China device that threatened to blow up in my face after another dinner on Friday. Then on Saturday my classmates bought a brownie from the uni cafe, managed to find a candle and sang me the birthday song in the middle of the uni cafe.
All being said, I don't feel any regret about leaving HK. Life is a long journey, the world is small and we will always have Facebook to keep us connected. This birthday marks the end of a chapter and the beginning of another.
As I was chatting with the M couple on the way back from the airport this morning, I remarked to him that we don't need to work 9-6 for 5 days a week. I notice that many people don't even do anything except chit-chat from 4-6. So why waste the electricity? Why not just make it 9-4? Frankly speaking I don't mind taking a 25% paycut for more time with my family. Or even better why not make it a 4-day week with Wednesday a day off? 20% paycut but a 2-day semi-week sounds wonderful to me!
Maybe I should start looking for a company that employs such a policy... if not, I should start my own company and make it a company policy. Crazy as it sounds I think it will be more productive!