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Joella Hawley

Columnists > Joella Hawley

Joella Hawley

A Weekend In Kyoto, Japan

Posted by: Carole on Saturday March 08, 2014 (16:49:28)   (2669 Reads)
Joella Hawley
A few weeks ago, Hong Kong celebrated the westerner’s equivalent of Christmas, the Chinese New Year. The New Year is a very important celebration for the Chinese. It’s a time for family, good food and a well-deserved holiday.

To escape the mayhem of shopping and numerous meals out, my partner and I decided to take a short trip away to Kyoto, Japan. We chose Japan for a numerous of reasons. Firstly, because Taiwan and Korea are the number one destinations to visit around the New Year, as they are incredibly close to Hong Kong and secondly, it’s a new place for us both to explore. Even though we both had to pay a fraction more than usual for the flight ticket, it was a trip well worth it.

Surprisingly enough the city is the seventh largest of Japan and was previously a capital before Tokyo slotted into first place.    more ...


Columnists > Joella Hawley

Joella Hawley

Why Expats Love Hong Kong

Posted by: Carole on Wednesday January 22, 2014 (05:40:00)   (4086 Reads)
Joella Hawley
Having been an expat in Hong Kong now for 16 months, I am already planning where to visit next. That’s the thing about being an expat, every new destination has the potential to be your new home. When arriving in the country of choice, the first thing many of us will do, is see if it has the potential to be our new home. Does it have an English supermarket? What is the tax rates and transport options? But once you have seen how easy it is and how well you can adapt to the likes of Hong Kong and Thailand, the next move won’t be so stressful. You will already know what to expect.

For many westerners Hong Kong is a popular choice to move. Expats love it for its accessible transport service, diverse food and close proximity to other countries. Most weekends can be taken up with a quick trip to Taiwan and the Philippines or just a short boat ride to a surrounding island.    more ...