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Need a bit of help from other mum's making big decision please x

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    I've lived in various countries including Oz but found it easiest to make friends here. Thinking about where to live, you won't get as much space as back in UK, definitely not as much (if any) outside space which is a big part of the reason why the playgrounds are a good place to meet people.

    If you get the visa issue sorted I would definitely recommend getting your boyfriend's work to arrange a short term serviced apartment for you or at least have him come out first and have a look around the different areas (assuming he'd know you well enough to make a good decision about where you'd like to live) before you make too many plans. The issue of where to live in HK is very polarising, personally I wouldn't want to live in DB, no offence to the people who live there but it just isn't for me. On the flip side I'm sure a lot of people would hate to live where I do which is right near the centre of town but it really suits us.

    I think getting the right area for you will make a huge difference to your enjoyment or not of Hong Kong and that's very personal to you and your family, we can describe places all you like but none of them are like anywhere I know in Oz or UK so you won't really get a feel for them until you're here so it really is important to come and see for yourself.

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    Thanks for your advice. Yeah I think if, like you say, we get the visa and make the decision it would be silly not to come and have a look. Me and my boyfriend have very similar tastes and ideas on life so he could come over. I'm not expecting as much space as here and definately not Oz.

    Whats the health care like over there?

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    For day to day stuff I think the healthcare is pretty good. If you have any specific conditions or worries it's worth finding out about the specialists in that area here as some specialisms seem better covered than others.

    It's easiest if you can negotiate a good healthcare package for the whole family with your boyfriend's company, that way you can pick the gp that suits you without any worries about costs. Having said that I've not heard anything bad about the public system here, others can correct me but I don't think it's any better or worse than the kind of treatment you'd get on the nhs back home.

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    I don't have anything to compare the public system to as my country doesn't have a public system but healthcare in HK is good. You have a lot of choices and it's relatively cheap even if you do have to pay out-of-pocket. Get a decent insurance plan and you'll be fine. I've used the public system here for certain things and the only problem is the wait-time. But, as far as the quality of care, it's fine. I've given birth in the public system and, medically, everything was fine.
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    spiritual uplifting, the power of which they have never previously been aware …
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    Thanks again for advice. Me and the boyfriend keep talking about HK but don't seem to be getting anywhere with a decision! Theres so much more to consider with little ones. And as they are both so little i'll know they adapt fine but I can't help but keep thinking about them not seeing their family.

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    i've been here for almost 17 years. when i came, i really only missed attending the weddings, funerals etc of friends and families back home. after i had kids, that changed a little. now, i DO miss that my kids don't know my side of the family as well as they know daddy's side (he's local). however, now my kids are older, they talk on the phone, send emails, talk on skype etc to family in canada. we spent a month in canada in 2010 and grandma and grandpa are coming tomorrow for a month. they DO know their family, they remember them very clearly and remember what we did with them the last time we saw them. seeing that and experiencing that makes it a little easier for me.

    i will admit, though, that one of the reasons i would have for moving "home" would be to be closer to grandma and grandpa.

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    one other thing to think about... the older the kids get the more difficult the decision will be.

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    enjoy having grandma and grandpa. Little ones love their grandparents around. Really think we're swaying to the hong kong thing x

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