Friday, 23 April 2010

NEWSFLASH! Goodbye and Farewell to Hong Kong :-((

Her: Thank you for agreeing to the interview on such short notice

Me: I actually told my publicist I would only let you interview me if you were naked?

Her: That is NOT going to happen

Me: Do you mind if .... eh..can I get naked?

Her: Yes...No... What?

Me: Does no mean yes?

Her: No. Nobody is getting naked - OK! Now can we  move on?

Me: {sigh}

Her: Is it true you are leaving Hong Kong?

Me: Yes, the rumours are true

Her: Why?

Me: I've been offered a job abroad

Her: When do you leave?

Me: I leave in a few weeks

Her: You're married right? What does your wife think about the move?

Me: Yes - she is very excited - It's the start of a new adventure.

Her: You seem to have had a quite few adventures - isn't it time to settle down?

Me: Yes - that's the plan - we're both weary of the travels so this move will be the last for quite some least that's the plan

Her: Will there be a big leaving party?

Me: I personally hate big organised send offs - long goodbyes etc so nothing structured - Lets just say I will be in Lan Kwai Fong on Saturday May 15th at 9pm - If anybody wants to drop by and say cheerio then that's splendid.

Her: How will they know how to find you?

Me: Easy - I'll have my mobile (with email) and I will be the drunkest person there

Her: err.. that sounds a little scarey?

Me:  Be Afraid my dear. Be Very Afraid!  It's also my birthday so I'll be twice as drunk as usual

Her: eh.. moving along....What will you miss the most about Hong Kong?

Me: Hiking - click [here] - Some of the trails here are stunningly beautiful. For example, today when you suckers were working I was hiking [here] - If you listen carefully there's a subliminal message just about audible (turn up the volume)

Her: Wait, so you don't work? How long have you been in Hong Kong and what have you been doing?

Me: I've been here just over a year.  I've been sort of 'in between' jobs for a while now. A victim of the Global Financial WhatYamaThingy.  I haven't been a complete bum mind you. I've done some complex server relocation work which has taken me to Beijing and New Jersey and more recently I've been dabbling as a social media consultant for a Spanish travel agent setting up their online presence on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and their blog.

Her: Oh 'Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr' - you should make a jingle out of that.  How did you get involved with social media?

Me: Well I've been blogging and tweeting for a few years and recently I started this Facebook page with 1 fan (me) and thru a little creativity it now has quite a few more - Click here to see how many.  If I could have duplicated that for other people/brands, I'd be a rich man but unfortunately it's not that easy.

Her: I understand your in-laws are visiting and staying with you right now? Is it true they threatened to move in permanently if you didn't stop being a bum?

Me: WTF? - How did you know that?

Her: We hacked your Facebook account - sorry!

Me:  Sh!t - Mother Frickin' Son of a .......{sigh} - No comment - next question

Her: What will you miss the least about Hong Kong?

Me: Apart from hackers? - Pollution. It's gotten really bad recently and there are weeks that go by when you don't see the sky for the haze of smog that blows in from the factories in mainland China. Shame really but the Motherland is in full production mode and we are down wind.

Her: What will you take away from this year in Asia?

Me: I feel lucky to have explored most of South East Asia even if some of it was on 24 hour vomit stinky buses. I love to travel and so managed to tick off a few more countries and met some great people and new friends along the way

Her: I almost forgot to ask. Where are you moving to?

Me: Ah glad you asked me that as I wanted to give people a heads up. Well we are actually relocating to....

Her: ...Oh sorry, we've actually run out of time but thanks again for joining us....and now back to Greg in the studio.

[ be Continued]

Tags: .Goodbye Hong Kong - Hello New World!..

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Diarmuid Hayes April 23, 2010 8:46 am  

Hope you´re coming to Spain! Best of luck with your venture anyway!

Fili April 23, 2010 9:14 am  

Congratulations. Best of luck, we'll miss your HK hiking reports :P ^_^

NicoleB, Egypt April 23, 2010 9:30 am  

Safe travels :)!
Looking forward to see where you guys are heading.
Will miss the hiking pics though.

nick April 23, 2010 2:33 pm  

How exciting! I wonder where your mystery destination might be? You must reveal all or I thall thcream and thcream till I'm thick....

And you couldn't even give us a naked woman. I demand my money back.

Quickroute April 23, 2010 2:44 pm  

@ Nicole: thanks - I'll miss them too

@ Nick: ha ha - funniest comment in ages - eh but 'thcream' all you like - you ain't gettin' a dime!

Baino April 24, 2010 1:53 am  

Gawd, nearly had me with the Facebook page I was beginning to feel left out! Congrats on the joblet! You bastard! Where are you going? Japan? Awesome! C'mon . . spill! Oh and happy birthday if I forget which I invariably will unless Facebook reminds me and I remember.

Quickroute April 24, 2010 12:31 pm  

Thanks Baino - The Facebook Page is legit - All will be revealed on new location soon enough

Thriftcriminal April 26, 2010 3:43 am  

Good luck, and can I have that lass at the top of the post for Christmas?

niamh April 26, 2010 12:04 pm  

Moving on? Well there's a surprise - not settling down with a nice noodle stall and a sideline in dodgy handbags?

Quickroute April 26, 2010 12:11 pm  

@ Thrifty: Thnx - careful - she's by the hour

@ Niamh: Now that's an interesting retirement option ...hmmmm

Maya May 02, 2010 6:58 pm  

Can't wait to see where you are headed. I'll miss your Hong Kong hiking posts, you've motivated me to head that way one of these days.

Quickroute May 03, 2010 1:22 am  

Maya: Thanks and you should visit here for sure - the hikes are top notch

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