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    Thanks everyone. I appreciate the feedback. One of the things we find about our friends who live in DB is that they are tied to the ferry timetable. It was one of my concerns but taxis can be difficult in town especially peak times to and from midlevels and on Saturdays.

    Appreciate your views too Jane01. I was upfront about having all the preconceived ideas of someone who hasn't lived there so good to hear from someone who is there. Our son is not yet 2 so we have a bit of time yet to worry about schools. I understand that it is primary and high school that is problematic but that preschool in DB is ok?? I will be travelling into Central for work 3 days a week so knowing that you can get a seat on the ferry is heartening. The buses from Midlevels are a bit of a bun fight to get a seat (although easier at the moment as I am pregnant :) ).

    What is the deal with the one developer? I have heard a few people say that. Is that relating to the management offices of the buildings there or is the point that the developer has retained ownership of most of the apartments there so you do need to deal with them on an ongoing basis?

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    Having lived in countries where one is not labeled an expat is very different from here. So yes, I don't want to live in any place where everyone is an expat/ local for that matter- I like diversity. And if liking diversity is less charming to you, so be it.

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    47 different countries- forgot to see that bit of diversity! So, how is that any different from schools in say, CWB or Midlevels? Any school where expats send their kids is bound to have that, its not specific to DB.

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    i think THAT was the point. that DB IS diverse and NOT the "expat ghetto" many make it out to be. yes, there are a lot of expats, but not much different than say, southside or sai kung... it's just that db is more community oriented. people spend A LOT of time outside, socialising etc so you actually get to meet your neighbours and you see them around. not just the occasional head nod in the lift.


    i won't repeat what i wrote in the asiaxpat forum, as jane01 has basically just re-iterated everything i said... i agree with her whole-heartedly.

    (not directed at anyone in particular but:

    one of the things I HATE about DB is how so many non-dber's have such a negative view of the place, many of them having only every visited... these people put it down as "fake", "truman show-esque", inconvenient, expat ghetto, no "culture" etc. these are people who, generally speaking, live in mid-levels, work in central, go out to LKF or SOHO and like to boast that they know the 'REAL' HK!... i don't think so!)

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    I`m just wondering, is there a fresh market, or local shops in DB?

    I`m one of the people Cara mentioned, who have only ever visited DB. I have to say, I was so excited to go because it sounded like a cool place to me, but when I was there, I felt pretty disappointed. Perhaps I didn`t get the see the `real` DB. It just felt a bit less like Hong Kong to me, which would be perfect if one hated HK. I don`t - I quite like the ecelectic mix of chinese/western/local/upscale that I see in many areas here (I almost never go into central, midlevels, LKF). I just thought I might get bored of the same few stores, restaurants and supermarket catering mainly to expats(with expat prices).

    But the apartments look really nice, I know they`re mostly more spacious than elsewhere and many have balconeys(what a luxury!). And what might be a deciding factor if I were in Starbucks2`s shoes is the amount of grass. in that there was some! I was just gawking.

    But you have to admit, the golf cart thing is pretty lame.

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    I heard that DB can be quite isolating a little bit like Pleasantville. the ferry for me just seems not ideal as what if there is an emergency and I need to get off the island quickly. I don't like the feeling of being stuck somewhere and bound to just a ferry schedule and no other means of transportation. I think you'll find many of the larger bldings around HK Island/Kowloon means more families live there. Most of those bldings are very child-friendly and will have common spots where everyone plays or meets up after school lets out. DB seems a bit restrictive.

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    Cara - thanks, you get it.

    suv - you're saying DB is less diverse. I'm saying it is at least as diverse as any other area of HK.

    Shenzeniffer - if you're a shopper, DB is not the place for you. I hate shopping, perfect. There is a PnS and an upmarket version of Welcome is opening soon. There are no wet markets. I don't think DB is any 'less HK' than the big houses at Shouson Hill are 'less HK' than the public housing flats in the New Territory. It is just different.

    Southside - there is a tunnel open 24 hours. Ambulance and other emergency vehicles can access DB at anytime. The ferry and buses to the airport, Tung Chung and Sunny Bay all operate 24 hours. Actually, possibly not Sunny Bay, as it only meets the MTR which is not open 24 hours. There are plenty of transportation options. The DB-airport service operates 24 hours, in contrast to the airport express !

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    jane01... i lived in db for over 6 years, much of that time without kids! i miss it terribly! we were there last sunday, and now, i miss it even more!

    there are downsides to it: ummmmm.....let me think... i'm sure i can come up with one......ah, yes! you have to travel to tung chung for a cinema!

    no wet market, but there is a wet market in tung chung if that is what you are after. when we first moved to db, there WAS chinese-y type market that had fresh fish, veg etc. kind of like a small wet market, but it closed shortly after we moved to db.

    also, regarding transportation. we never had an emergency where we had to be "off the island" immediately. that includes two terrible pregnancies with lots of hospitalisations.

    just wanted to say for the record, i LOVED having the ferry ride when i was working! after commuting to work via mtr, taxi or bus for 6 years prior to db, both hubby and i LOOKED FORWARD to the ferry! it is comfortable (although a little cold at times), convenient, generally quiet in the morning (people reading their paper, sleeping, eating breakfast, working on their laptop) and in the evening there is almost always someone you know that you can have a chat with, enjoy a beer etc on your way home. it was "wind down" time built right into your day!

    the ONLY time it was ever inconvenient, was very late at night/early in the morning (12-5am).

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