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Australia | YouTube Live In Au | What You Should Expect After Migrating to Australia

Melbourne and Sydney used to be the most popular cities for Hongkongers to migrate to, but Brisbane and Perth on the Gold Coast are now becoming popular as well. Immigration requires a new understanding of life and adapting to the new environment because the geography, the weather, and the overall lifestyle in each Australian city could completely differ from each other. There might even be a huge difference in the lifestyle in the same city, depending on whether you live in an urban area or a remote area.

Jeff’s Inspiration

Each city in Australia has something different and unique to offer to you and your family. Jeff lived in Castle Hills when he arrived in Sydney initially. He immediately agreed once he learnt that he could live in a 5,000-square-foot mansion, but realized that it was very inconvenient after two weeks of living there. He even had some emotional instability after two months, and decided to quickly move to an urban area close to central Sydney instead. He advises other immigrants to be careful and do a lot of research to find the perfect place for you and your family.

Understand Your New Life

Understanding is one of the most important things when you migrate to Australia. Compared to the fast-paced life in Hong Kong, life in Australia is arguably more relaxed. Most Australians have their own lifestyle and often do things slowly, so living in Australia requires patience. While working in Australia might not be as efficient as in Hong Kong, life in Australia is generally less stressed than life in Hong Kong. The second thing to understand is yourself and your partner. Couples who come to Australia have to overcome many challenges and obstacles together. They would often argue as they know each other better and have different methods of solving problems. Even if they have a common goal, they might quarrel over the smallest things. When one is in a new environment, they have to adapt and learn. Therefore, when you come to live in Australia, you must be mentally prepared to understand yourself.

Move On From Your Past 

In order to thrive in Australia, one has to let go of the past. Your previous attitude towards life might not be suitable for the new environment, and your actual life in Australia would definitely differ from your expectations. You might have to change your personal principles, such as your perspective on different work and lifestyle. The opportunities and types of jobs in Australia are not necessarily the same as those in Hong Kong. It is actually quite difficult for one who has no work experience in Australia to obtain their same old job here. After you come to Australia, you must expect yourself to switch careers and find a new job. Furthermore, the social structure and economy in Australia are mostly supported by small- and medium-sized enterprises. Countless people run small businesses to support themselves, such as opening cafes or getting a license for water and electricity fixtures. The cost of living and working in Australia is relatively low, so small businesses can maintain their profit easily. Migrating to Australia is also about keeping an open mind. You have to consider what businesses or interests could potentially become your future career. Most importantly, you have to let go of the idea of social construct and disparity. You may have obtained huge success in Hong Kong, but you have to be mentally prepared to find a job that doesn’t pay as well when you come to Australia. The salary gap between jobs in Australia is small, so the concept of social class does not actually exist here. Although your salary in Australia is not as high as in Hong Kong, you can absolutely obtain happiness as long as you let go of your sense of superiority.

Conclusion

Jeff expresses that the creativity and perseverance of Hongkongers give them great advantages in Australia. He explains that Hongkongers are born to be more competitive and often know how to do things more efficiently, and the experience of living in such a competitive city gives us the ability to solve any problems in Australia. Your happiness in Australia, however, depends on your willingness to give.

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UK |  Ophelia Chan | Eastbourne transportation, schooling and community

Due to the raging epidemic in recent years, Hong Kong people are not able to travel, but the number of Hong Kong people’s immigration is increasing.United Kingdom is one of the most popular immigration countries for Hong Kong people. In this episode, YouTuber Ophelia Chan will introduce Eastbourne transportation, schooling and community.

What’s so special about an unpopular area?

It’s a place where property prices are relatively low, and it’s a big town, so it’s easier and faster to find a job. If there are good schools, it is easier to get in. If it is a more popular city, many school places will be less, and the rent will be much more expensive. Therefore, there is no need to compete for places in the unpopular areas, and the rent is relatively low.

What is the traffic convenience and security?

It only takes one hour and 35 minutes to get to Victoria in London Zone 1, while it takes about one hour to get to Brighton. There are also trains and buses to CHICHESTER and BOGNOR REGIS, and the nearest international airport is about 55 minutes away. Although the crime rate is high compared to other cities, this is also a tourist area, so it is not surprising that there are such cases for Youtuber Ophelia. The downtown and mall area feels safe.

Good school network and community environment

There are 40 schools, 27 elementary schools and 14 secondary schools, most of them are good schools and there are also special schools. It rains a lot in the UK, so shopping malls are important. There is a large shopping mall and some High Street places with many Asian restaurants. In the city center, there are department stores and many small independent stores. There are plenty of choices for your daily needs, and it is a great place for families to live. The town has a beautiful and comfortable seaside environment with natural hiking trails.

House Prices (for reference only)

The average property price is £312,094, apartments average £226,718, townhouses are around £300,000 and semi-detached houses are around £340,000. On the website rightmove, you can see the information of some houses such as Cavendish Place Eastbourne, which costs £140,000. Youtuber Ophelia mentioned that it’s not a good idea to buy a retirement house unless you only live in it, as it’s difficult to resell.

Ophelia Chan Information  

Ophelia Chan shares her experience of immigrating to the UK with BNO VISA and what we have seen and heard about living in the UK. Ophelia has been living in the UK for 14 years since she came from Hong Kong to study in 2007! She has organized her family in the UK, and gave birth to two sons in London/Surrey in 2016 and 2019 respectively. She is also a Master of Law, a native of Hong Kong, and a full time mother.

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Australia | YouTube Live In Au | Jeff Strongly Recommends Living in These Two Districts in Brisbane!

As the capital of Queensland, Brisbane is famous for Steve Irwin’s world-famous Australia Zoo, unique underground opera house, the 1982 Commonwealth Games, lamingtons, koalas, and more. Since Jeff has a few friends who received investment immigration nominations from the Australian government and are planning to migrate to Brisbane, he selected two comfortable districts, Kedron and Chermside, to analyze and encourage them to consider living there.

Kedron State High School 

Kedron State High School is an elite school with an overall score of 95 and is ranked 10th in Brisbane. Its school network covers Kedron, Wooloowin, Kalinga and Gordon Park. The Kedron SHS campus not only has a standard indoor sports field and four indoor basketball courts, but also a massive grass field to host student activities. Property developers and real estate agents often use Kedron SHS and its school network as attractions when selling the nearby properties. The geographical location of this area is also great, with convenient public transportation to basically anywhere in Brisbane. Kedron SHS is also close to Lutwyche Station, a large transit station. The city center is at most 14 minutes away by car, bus, or train. It only takes ten minutes to go to the airport, and therefore, perfect for those who often travel for work. Jeff recommends buying properties on the side roads instead of the main road because the passing cars might generate noise nuisance if you live on the main road. The nearby park has a bicycle trail called the Kedron Brook BikeWay, which was built along a small aqueduct river and reaches a lot of areas in Brisbane.

Chermside State High School

Ranked 12th in Brisbane, Chermside State High School is located in Chermside, a popular area for the locals. Chermside Westfield is a mall near Chermside SHS and is among the top three largest shopping malls in Australia in terms of the number of stores. More than 15 million people go there every year, and it becomes even more crowded during weekends. This mall not only provides necessities for locals, but also luxury and entertainment. In recent years, the area surrounding the mall has gradually become a residential area. It takes 40 minutes by bus to get to the city center and 20 minutes to drive out of the city.

Conclusion

A Swiss academy recently conducted a study which focuses on residents in different cities and compares their dependence on technology and its convenience. The Brisbane government used technology to improve the pandemic, making it one of the earliest cities in Australia to lift the lockdown. As a result, Brisbane’s ranking rose by 14 in the past two years. Please use LINE or WeChat to contact Jeff for any questions about these two districts!

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Australia | Live In Au | Luxurious And Comfortable Apartments in Brisbane 

Hongkongers can now use the 485 Visa to become Australian permanent residents. As the capital of Queensland, Brisbane is famous for Steve Irwin’s world-famous Australia Zoo, unique underground opera house, the 1982 Commonwealth Games, lamingtons, koalas, and more. Jeff showed us two different types of apartments in Brisbane that are suitable for parents and their children. Both of these apartments come with a lot of helpful services as well.

485 Convenient Property Investment Plan

International students may not be able to move into their home before school starts, so they would have to rent a place to live sometimes. It is difficult to rent an apartment in Australia when you are in another country, so the first category of the 485 Convenient Property Investment Plan is accommodation arrangements, with rental service or free seven-day accommodation for two. The rental service helps you find suitable rental properties in the local area according to your budget and requirements, while the free seven-day double accommodation provides you a free apartment within 10 kilometers of the city center for one week. The second category is home services: free building inspection and closing and at least three-hour door opening service. If you still haven’t arrived in Brisbane for the apartment inspection, the company offers this service where they help you with inspection, so you can move in as soon as you arrive in Brisbane. The company also helps you purchase and move some basic furniture, such as a bed. The third category is a one-day family trip in Brisbane. The company tours around Brisbane, allowing you to fit into the community as easily as possible. The company also takes you to different areas to at least let you familiarize with the area, such as where the bank, supermarket or good restaurants are. The final category is the exclusive offers of different properties.

The Ambrose

The Ambrose is in Milton, half a kilometer from the city center and 30 minutes from the CBD area. Its property developer is Cotteparker, a large-scale and well-known architectural firm. Here are some details about The Ambrose.

  • 20 floors and 192 apartments in total, consists of one-room to three-room apartments
  • Exterior has a streamlined design, and the prominent materials inside the apartments look very luxurious with the high-quality and branded furnitures
  • Garden and infinity pool on the roof, facing the scenario of Brisbane City
  • Nearby buildings are relatively new and nearby roads are relatively wide
  • 20-minute drive or boat ride from the famous University of Queensland and QUT Gardens Point Campus
  • Two-minute walk from the train station, which is the most important traffic area in the CBD and allows you to go anywhere in Queensland
  • The Brisbane Live Entertainment Arena is a large infrastructure project next to the railway station, and includes a new international performance venue for celebrities to hold concerts and perform
  • The Ambrose school network is great. Its primary school network is Milton State School, which has an overall score of 96; its secondary school network is Kelvin Grove State College, which ranks fifth in Brisbane. 
  • The Ambrose’s construction is expected to be completed in July 2022
  • The price of a small apartment (610 square feet) with two bedrooms, one bathroom, and one parking space will cost at least 610,000 AUD. An apartment of about 820 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and one parking space will cost at least 800,000 AUD
  • This property is included in the 485 Convenient Property Investment Plan, so owners will enjoy the special services and offers listed above

Ethereal Residence

Ethereal Residence is at Indooroopilly, and consists of two- or three-bedroom apartments. Here are some details about the Ethereal Residence.

  • White exterior design
  • Its terrain is the highest in its district – the highest floor even has the view of Brisbane City. Its ventilation, environment and privacy are quite high
  • Although Etheral’s overall materials are not of the highest quality, the interior furniture is of the best brands. Since the design is based on comfort instead of luxury, the price is cheaper than other properties in the same area
  • The quality and security of residents in this area are the best in Brisbane
  • Its strongest attraction is its school network: the primary school network is Ironside State School (perfect overall rating) while the secondary school network is Indooroopilly State High School (fourth in Queensland)
  • Five-minute drive from the University of Queensland and six-minute walk from the train station
  • Many shops that sell daily necessities are located behind the train station. Nearby is the Indooroopilly Shopping Center, the largest mall in West Brisbane. It has entertainment facilities such as cinemas and Asian supermarkets. 
  • An apartment with ​​two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two parking spaces is about 87 square meters and costs at least 615,000 AUD
  • An apartment with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two parking spaces is about 159 square meters and costs at least 1.3 million AUD
  • Ethereal Residence’s construction is expected to be completed in late 2023

Conclusion

Many Hongkongers who immigrated to Australia are not sure whether they should purchase a property as soon as possible or wait until they receive their PR. Jeff explained that it depends on your budget and future life plans, so we must be cautious when we invest in real estate.

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Canada | John Hu Migration Consulting | From A Computer Programmer In Hong Kong to A Successful Entrepreneur In Canada

The protagonist of this story, client A, is a client of John Hu Migration Consulting. Client A was initially a computer programmer in Hong Kong but wasn’t too happy about his life, so he had the idea of leaving Hong Kong and migrating to another country. He got bored programming every day, and he understood that the life he sought was different and more fruitful. One day, he finally decided to consult John Hu, a professional immigration consultant. Check out how John helps client A migrate to and start a business in Canada!

Unsatisfied With Past Life

When people think about the computer programming industry, they usually think of high salaries and benefits but ignore the fact that computer programmers often work overtime. Client A heard that others in the computer programming industry immigrated to foreign countries, so he wanted to see if it was possible for him to immigrate as well. He actually didn’t think he could immigrate before he talked to John, who completely boosted Client A’s confidence and changed his point of view. 

The Planning Process

Client A confided all his thoughts and concerns to John. John asked Client A about his interests or life goals, and then introduced a program in Canada that was suitable for Client A with low barriers of entry. Although this program required Client A to make considerable changes in his life to manage a business, it fit Client A’s dreams and budget very well. In the beginning, Client A thought that he only knew how to write computer codes, that his ideas and eloquence were not sufficient enough to manage a business. Then, Client A and John spent the entire day talking and trying to find a business idea for him. After learning about Client A’s sciatic nerve problems caused by his incorrect sitting posture, John suggested that he can make use of his computer skills and knowledge to build an office chair that avoids people from sitting incorrectly. Because this program was within his budget, Client A eventually accepted the proposal. John immediately prepared an official and detailed business proposal for Client A the next day. He and his colleagues followed up efficiently afterwards.

Client A Today

After receiving the business proposal, Client A often participated in different projects. While he waited for the PR approval, he continued to work hard, manage his business, and earn as much money as he could in Hong Kong. He approached his goal step by step, and his workload was actually significantly less than what he imagined. John promised that he would not have to worry about any procedures after he arrived in Canada, and that any problems would be taken care of by John. Furthermore, John Hu Migration Consulting contacted many immigrants who are doing similar start-up work and management businesses in Canada, introducing them to Client A to expand his local social network. If a client ever struggles to manage their business, John Hu Migration Consulting provides entrepreneurial support for them.

Conclusion

Client A expressed that immgration is much easier than he imagined, although it does require a certain amount of hard work and effort. Immigratin and starting a business in a foreign country may not be as difficult and hard as one might imagine. Similar to Client A, anyone can find their entrepreneurial opportunities from their interests and life goals.

John Hu Migration Consulting Information

John Hu Migration Consulting provides professional services for investment, entrepreneur and skilled migration to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United States, United Kingdom, and other European countries. The firm has a professional team of registered and experienced immigration attorneys and consultants to serve its clients well.

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Australia |  Live In Au | Brisbane School Network Kenmore Treetops

Due to the raging epidemic in recent years, Hong Kong people are not able to travel, but the number of Hong Kong people’s immigration is increasing. Australia is one of the most popular immigration countries for Hong Kong people. In this episode, YouTuber Jeff will introduce the Brisbane Primary and Secondary School Network Kenmore Treetops.

Super School Network

Treetops has a superb school network with top schools at both primary and secondary levels. And the distance from the school is very close, the driving time is about 5 minutes. Jeff mentioned a tip, kenmore schools are able to use sales contract to enroll. Of course, it is necessary to send an email to the school to inquire according to your own situation. In addition to primary and secondary schools, it is also very convenient to travel to and from the famous University of Queensland.

Design Developers

The design developer is Metro home, which has more than 10 years of experience in local development, and has developed more than 50 projects in Australia, and is mainly focused on townhouse projects. The project is divided into four phases, with a total of 90 units, the first phase has about 30 units. All units are designed with four rooms as the standard, some are two-storey design, some are three-storey design. Most of the units in Treetop are designed in a very square and practical way.

Environment

The Kenmore area is built near a hill and there are many famous attractions nearby. YouTuber Jeff went to Mount coot-Tha and showed us a lot of beautiful scenery and gave some advice on leisure life. In addition, from treetop, you can drive as fast as 5 minutes to the nearest shopping mall, and there are three different shopping centers for you to choose from within a 10-minute drive. Moreover, Treetop’s buildings are waterproof and resistant to snakes, insects and rodents.

Basic property information (for reference only)

Internal size 134-142 sqm

Total area 231-250 sqm

Price from $970,000

Body Corp. ~4160/yr

Estimated Completion date 2023 Q2-Q3

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Jeff, an Australian property management and real estate expert, is interested in looking at properties and studying lifestyles.

Share how to look at the quality of Australian properties from the perspective of environmental planning, design taste, user perspective and daily life, so that you can understand that ordinary real estate agents will not tell you “exclusive” information. Mainly in Brisbane and Gold Coast property management, real estate agency and tenancy management.

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Immigrants good living | [Episode 3] Australia vs Portugal The Good Life Competition

During Mr. Hu’s past 20 years of work, he has been to 20 different countries. He experienced their local life and how to enjoy life, So he shared his personal experience and views through Good Living Program.

Good Life in Australia

Australia has beautiful natural scenery and a strong sporting culture. People value the balance between life and work, working hard and playing hard. There is a relatively spacious and comfortable living environment.

Good life in Portugal

The climate and landscape of Portugal are very pleasant, and the local people speak English and are very kind. Europeans yearn for Portugal because of the relatively more comfortable living environment. Many people in Hong Kong apply for the Portuguese Golden Visa because they need to stay in Portugal for 7 days a year to retain their permanent residence status.

Information about Mr Hu

John Hu Migration Consulting has a team of senior immigration and business consultants, and has partners in popular immigration countries such as Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, providing customers with professional information such as immigration conditions, taxation and property.

Mr. Hu is a registered immigration consultant in Australia. He has been engaged in immigration for more than 20 years. He has numerous successful immigration cases such as investment immigration, corporate immigration, skilled immigration, entrepreneurial immigration, and property purchase immigration.

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Vietnam | Michael Tang | Phu My Hung building review

Everyone who has traveled to Vietnam knows that Thailand is one of the favorite tourist attractions for many Hong Kong people with the ultra-low living index, affordable street snacks, and high-speed economic development. There are beautiful sunshine and beaches around. Most Hong Kong people may choose Britain and Canada, but some Hong Kong people originally chose to settle in Thailand. How is the life in Thailand? YouTuber Michael Tang participated in the half marathon held in Ho Chi Minh City and introduced some residential areas along the way.

The day before Salonpas half marathon

YouTuber Michael Tang participated in the half marathon in Fu Meixing, Thailand. After quickly finishing the equipment, he showed what was sent this time.

Identification certificate

  • Salonpas
  • Clothes
  • Milo
  • Body balm
  • Easy breakfast
  • Sunscreen cream

Although Michael Tang has no confidence to finish the whole process, he will also try his best to complete the whole process while running.

On the day of the Marathon

Michael arrived nearby at 4 a.m. to warm up, but found that someone was already warming up. He pointed out that this year’s marathon was originally held in January, but due to the epidemic, it was postponed to April. Coupled with the policy of coexistence with the virus, many activities in Ho Chi Minh City have basically been held normally. In this video, Michael will show you the road marathon street scene walking in the rich district of seven counties. Michael pointed out that the half marathon would start at 4:30. He saw a lot of professionals and even children coming to participate. Then the 21-kilometer warm-up was over, ready to gather and start.

Passing through Phu My Hung Residence 

In the marathon, Michael continued on the road after taking photos at the relay station on the bridge. When he came to the rich area, Phu My Hung, known as the little heavenly mother of Vietnam. A large part of it became a Korean community, and there were Korean restaurants and texts everywhere. The total area of this area is six square kilometers, the layout is full of characteristics, and the surrounding environment is harmonious. The area is full of rich Vietnamese families living in this area. The house price is between $100,000 and $300,000. Phu My Hung City is one of the important centers of Ho Chi Minh City. At present, it is the residence of many upper-class people and star artists in Vietnam, and many middle-class and Vietnamese entrepreneurs live here. The international people whose colleagues live in Vietnam like the orderly living environment here and the familiar modern lifestyle. In addition, they are quite close to the city center, they can also regard it as the second home. This can attract global elites to high-end residential areas in Vietnam and the golden location of international enterprise headquarters. Therefore, it has become famous internationally and has become the pride of Vietnam.

The last journey

Gradually, Michael finally came to the last rest stop, and the supplies at the rest stop were used indefinitely. Michael still has 1.5 kilometers to complete the whole competition. Michael introduced the Canada Vietnam kindergarten next to the runway. Phu My Hung has local schools at all levels, which is convenient for international people to live here. Finally, runners completed the race, followed by Michael. Michael said that although he was very happy to complete the whole process, he could not walk normally after the race at all due to foot cramps.

Information about Michael Tang

Michael Tang lives and works in Vietnam. The content posted on the YouTube channel Michael Tang 的越南外派生活 is mainly about her life expatriate life, overseas work, foreign investment, life experience sharing, weekly sharing of skills required to work abroad and life in Vietnam.

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UK | YouTuber Ying Tse | Ying Tse shares the pros and cons of living in apartment

While planning to migrate overseas, many people would be concerned about which type of housing to reside in. Those who were used to the way of living in Hong Kong would probably opt to live in an apartment. Youtuber Ying Tse had lived in an apartment in Birmingham for 9 months. Keep an eye on YouTube channel BN撈, where Ms Ying and her mascot Ying bbit share their thoughts on living in Birmingham and what to pay attention to.

Ying Tse shared 5 pros and cons of living in an apartment in the UK.

Advantage 1: Good security: Gate

British apartments usually have gates installed at the entrance. Residents can only enter with their resident cards. This prevents non-residents from entering the apartments. It would also make people feel safe as all flats are located on storeys.

Advantage 2: Good security: Concierge office

Ying Tse recalled her experience of visiting newly developed apartments in Birmingham town center. She reflected these estates usually have concierge offices, which serve three to four blocks. They are responsible for collecting packages and deliveries from online shops and nearby supermarkets for residents. Delivery men are required to register at concierge offices before heading upstairs. This prevents non-residents from entering the apartments. For security guards, Ying Tse said unlike Hong Kong, British apartments usually don’t have security guards, but those with concierge offices have. She also pointed out some apartments in London have guards patrolling the estates.

Advantage 3: No need to clean up gardens

Ying Tse said whenever someone buys a house in the UK, it would come with a garden, regardless of the house type. Garden view is indeed pretty, but one must spend time for gardening work, such as cutting weeds and sweeping fallen leaves, in summer. Since apartment residents don’t have gardens, they can save the effort for that. Ying Tse told her relatives’ example, who live in UK houses. They have to cut weeds every two weeks in warm seasons. The bigger the garden is, the more work there would be. One should have time and effort for that. Those who are not into gardening should be notified.

Advantage 4: Clubhouse available

Ying Tse said UK apartments, especially the large ones, usually have clubhouses. Facilities like gym rooms, mini cinemas, party rooms and even swimming pools are available. That is a privilege of apartment residents.

Advantage 5: Close relationship with neighbors

Ying Tse had been posting photos of Hong Kong snacks in the UK on her Facebook group. She recalled the snacks were shared by her neighbors. She also pointed out whenever she needs something urgently, she just heads over to the next door and asks her neighbors, which is very convenient. Ying Tse commented that it is important to have a good relationship with our neighbors, regardless of where we live. It would cost much time to drive to the town center for certain things. Supermarkets may also be closed. That would be quite troublesome.

Disadvantage 1: Administration charge 

Ying Tse said the charging of administration fee in the UK is not bound by any guidelines. The government does not restrict how the fee is collected as well. So the cost is likely to increase over time with factors like inflation.

Disadvantage 2: No land ownership

Ying Tse mentioned the concept of leasehold and freehold property. Leasehold means the ownership of a property is only the building itself, while the land is owned by someone else. Freehold means the owner of a property owns the land at the same time. Buying apartment flats is an example of leasehold.

Disadvantage 3: Inconvenient to dump domestic rubbish

Ying Tse points out that dumping domestic rubbish in the UK is different from that in Hong Kong. In Hong Kong, domestic rubbish is dumped in the refuse chamber located on every floor. Dustmen would regularly visit each floor to get rid of the rubbish. However in the UK, residents have to go downstairs to the refuse chamber on the ground floor or at the basement of their apartment buildings. Ying Tse thinks this causes inconvenience. In contrast, house residents can dump domestic rubbish easier as the rubbish bin is located in their gardens or near their houses.

Disadvantage 4: Poor soundproofing

Ying Tse suggested most UK apartment flats are separated with planks, thin concrete and plasterboard only. Therefore it is not surprising that one could hear the conversation of their neighbors.

Disadvantage 5: Security concerns

Ying Tse took the apartment she was living as an example. The apartment has no concierge office because it is not very large. Whenever her neighbors needed delivery services, there would be many non-residents in the building. The building she was in has around 80 households. Since she did not know all of them, it would be concerning to see strangers frequently in the building.

Ms Ying shared 5 pros and 5 cons of living in UK apartments. The advantages are good security because of gates and concierge offices, no need to do gardening work, clubhouse available and good relationship with neighbors. The disadvantages are administration charges, no land ownership, inconvenient to dump domestic rubbish, poor soundproofing and security concerns. Hong Kongers interested in moving to Birmingham remember to watch the video for more details.

BN撈 information

The name of the channel “BN撈” means that we Hong Kong people, as British National (Overseas) integrate into British culture and life, and hope to have better life. The word “撈” is a Guangdong word that Hong Kong people often talk about, and we want our next generation also speak Cantonese. So the channel is named “BN撈”.

BN撈 will share with you some clips on how to integrate into the local British culture, and continue to carry forward the spirit of Hong Kong people in different places, knowing how to drink, eat and play. Due to the limited power of one’s own efforts, netizens are also welcome to provide information that can help other Hong Kong people integrate into British culture.

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Australia | John Hu Migration Consulting | Immigrant sharing 

In the last episode, John Hu Migration Consulting talked about the difference between the lives of immigrants in Australia and Portugal.  In this episode, John invites Gary, who has immigrated to Brisbane for four years with John’s help.  John then invited Gary to share his life from applying to move to the present.

Land-and-House package in Australia

Gary is very happy to introduce that the house he lives in is built by himself, because it is almost impossible to build a house in Hong Kong, but it is possible in Australia.  When the Gary family arrived in Australia, they looked for land, and after buying the land, they looked for a builder to build it for us.  Looking for a reputable builder, but unfortunately, the builder they found initially promised to build for them, but for some reason they suddenly refused.  In the end, they looked for another well-known builder who was also willing to build houses for them.  They sign a contract in February 2019, and officially build a house for us in September.  They build a swimming pool at home because it is very important to build a swimming pool in Queensland, which is relatively hot and the pool usage rate is relatively high.  The house will be officially built in October. Even though there is a Christmas in the middle of the project, in March 2020, the whole house has been built, but there are still some landscapes that have not yet been built, so we officially entered in July 2020.

He said that when the new house was built, his family and friends around him were very happy, because no one had ever tried the feeling of buying land and starting a house, and the house was able to fulfill everyone’s needs.  In the past, the living environment in Hong Kong was cramped, but now the space is so large that it is almost unimaginable. With a swimming pool, most Hong Kong people would consider it to be a dream house. It is really happy that this dream can be realized in Australia.

Family

After that, John spoke about Gary’s children studying in Australia.  Gary pointed out that his three children are very happy to study in Australia. The academic pressure in Australia is relatively light, and they have more time for whole-person development and free learning. They can do what they wants to, such as his children like to play the piano and sing, and also like video editing.  There is no time at all in Hong Kong. The homework pressure in Hong Kong is very high. It is impossible to take time to do what you want to do and give children space, but in Australia, you can definitely do it.

John laughed and said that Gary used the word “happy” many times in the interview, and he could definitely feel that Gary was enjoying his life in Australia.  Gary recently had a gathering in Brisbane with some John Hu Migration Consulting group mates, and made new friends through John’s foreign immigrant group.

Social

 Gary said that for new immigrants, life in Brisbane will of course encounter many difficulties, and many things do not know who to call for help, and the group established by John can help new immigrants adapt to Australia living. He can get information from the group, now it is more possible to meet, and chat with Australian HongKong people. He can have a closer relationship here, and the group members in the group exchange much more information than before.  In a strange place, he expects to have some friends in a strange place, and there will be no loneliness anymore.

Gary agrees with what John said. He has used many times to describe his life in Brisbane as happy. There is not much pressure in life, no matter in consumption, interpersonal, and many aspects of life.  Last time, Gary’s neighbor gave Gary his own bananas, and he felt happy and established a good interpersonal and social relationship.

 Immigration 

 John mentioned that Gary has lived in Australia for four years and is now assisting with his colleagues to apply for permanent residence, and asked him how he felt about the one-stop service.

Gary believes that it is very important to choose the right immigration company, and he is very grateful to John’s company for assisting in applying for the 188 visa to the current 888 visa.  However, his friend was not that smooth. When applying for the 188B visa, the fees and handling issues were not very smooth, and the guidelines were not clear enough.  When they apply for 188B visa to Australia, their immigration company refused to apply 888B visa for them, which is relatively unfortunate and troublesome.

In conclusion 

John emphasized that his company adheres to the spirit of service, will be responsible for customers, follow up to the end, complete the application for permanent residence, and let customers know each other in the application customer group.  Gary believes that without the connection of the immigration company, some new immigrants in Brisbane cannot be connected together, and he’s very grateful to him.

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