Or a little more than halfway, and it's hard to believe that this time in three weeks I'll be back in sunny Glasgow. Reading the other blogs this feeling seems to be universal and it really is difficult to comprehend where the time has went.
Having now been here five weeks, life in Hong Kong definitely seems a little less daunting than it did previously, although as mentioned before, it was never too hard to get around. Routines which were starting to appear are now firmly established (Sunday breakfast at the seminal "Flying Pan," weekly shopping at the local "Wellcome" and of course the daily office lunch and coffee).
The project set to me is going well, and (hoping not to tempt fate), should be completed soon. Stuart assures me though that there will be more for me to do! So I'm looking forward to getting on to something different.
Last week, Adam, Dougie and I had the chance to meet Fiona Donnelly who is involved with Scottish Development International in Hong Kong. It was a useful insight to learn about her role in Hong Kong and to hear about her experience here. Fiona's role involves promoting Scotland in Hong Kong (in a business sense) and vice-versa and it was very interesting to hear the benefits to both nations to trading internationally. Fiona's office was in the British Consulate building, so we also got the opportunity to meet Iain Lindsay who is the Deputy Head of Mission and Director of Trade and Investment. Our brief meeting with Iain gave me a further understanding of how Hong Kong has progressed over the past couple of decades and to it's position in world trading today. Both Iain and Fiona have been here for a number of years so their advice was appreciated. Afterwards, Stuart and Vincent (Adam's Global Scot) joined us and Fiona took us out for a meal and a few "drams" which was most enjoyable.
Although I have learnt to not be too surprised at anything I learn here, a story I was told recently regarding the HSBC HQ I thought would be interesting to share. The building somewhat resembles a giant Meccano set and apparently this is not just for show. Completed in 1985 (then the most expensive building in the world), the building is constructed almost exclusively of glass and steel, with very little cement. During that period (Hong Kong still being a British state), the future of Hong Kong was uncertain (in regards to being returned to China). It is claimed the design was composed in such a way that the building could be completely dismantled and moved elsewhere had the handover not gone well.
So, on to Week Six tomorrow, and that means only 20 days left, hard to imagine! I will close with the marvel of said "Meccano Building" below...
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