When we think of Hong Kong, we imagine lofty work places and high-rise residences. We think that when accommodation is provided for, living conditions are decent or to some extent “better” than ours back home.
However, much of what we think or know about life abroad isn’t quite as accurate as we make them to be, especially in places like Hong Kong where society has an entirely different set of problems from ours.
Watch: Fitting in Hong Kong’s Tiny Homes and Bedspaces
We know that Hong Kong is quite a small country, and that since it has been handed over to China by the British government, much of what has become of the country follows Chinese governance.
Granted that there are currently over 7 million people living in tiny Hong Kong, one would wonder where and how all the residents fit in to this small patch of land. The answer to this, as you would see it are residential complexes where hundreds of families try to fit in to make ends meet.
Owing to the fact that Hong Kong is among the smallest countries in terms of surface area at 1,105 sq kms., just a little above Bahrain, Singapore, and Macao, you can easily make guess work of where people might be staying (as typically suggested in pictures) – in residential buildings. And while it may look fancy and pretty on the outside, living conditions in these residences are questionable if you know just how much people pay for their accommodation here in Hong Kong.
Check out this video below to know more:
Hong Kong is among one of those countries that lack land resources, unlike back home in the Philippines. However, their problem is quite different from ours because what we lack in employment prospective, they have.
The thing is, working overseas is never easy. Other than adjusting to a different culture, people, homesickness, our OFWs also have to deal with adjusting to what can be considered paltry living conditions, which makes the experience much worse altogether.
But somehow, many of our OFWs still thrive and get recognized for their work amidst all these challenges. If we have family members who work as OFWs, it’s important that we understand the sacrifices they have to endure for the sake of helping their loved ones back home. A little appreciation and consideration will go a very long way for our OFWs. And that’s only the start. We can still do plenty of things to make their sacrifices worthwhile.