When Sing and I started dating, we both were still studying, living comfortable life with our parents worrying about bills, food and other ‘grown-up stuff’.
I knew one day it will all change and the responsibilities of being adults will be passed onto me. Or me and my future husband in this case.
At that time, I got into Cantopop, especially old Cantopop as well as the old Hong Kong movies. Sam Hui (whose name by the way in Polish means dicks. Yes. Sam Hui = Lone Dick. LITERALLY.) was and still is one of my favorite artists.
I love Hui [sic!] brothers movies, make me laugh all the time.
What doesn’t make me laugh is the fact that Sam’s song I used to listen a lot are now describing our reality.
In the past it was just some guy singing ironic songs of Hong Kong working society back in the 70’s and 80’s.
Now it’s 30-40 years later and not that much has changed, at least not for the audience.
What changed is the fact, that he is now singing out us. We became the working class, paying off mortgages and worrying to what school our future child will go.
I chose few songs we listed to on our way to work and I will show you, how it ties back to your life.
Who knows – maybe after reading this post you will realize you can relate to them too?
[translated by Sing]
Everyone at some point is slave of money. At this point we have two mortgages that tie us closer than the marriage certificate. We signed contracts selling our time and hard work for four walls, roof and floor, and it’s valid for next 25 years. And another one for Irish flat for 15 years.
All the money goes to the bank in hope that one day we have our own place.
There are so many rules and restrictions in Hong Kong.
Property tax and utility bills keeps going up. Why the food is so expensive? Lovely couples can’t live well like that.
The food is not that pricey, unless you go for the Western food in Hong Kong, but now both Ireland and Hong Kong how awfully high prices when it comes to housing and related taxes. You keep paying tax for something you already own. Add stamp duty, management fees, that’s all super costly. But you have to eat, you have to have access to water.
Free is never free, it has to come from somewhere.
Hey, don’t get too upset because hospital bill is even more costly. Don’t tell me how much effort to raise the kids.
Don’t forget to pay for their books and stationary! Those endless commitments trapped you for the rest of your life.
We plan to move to Hong Kong and I wanted to deliver there, but it all costs money. In Ireland it’s technically free/low cost as we have it covered by the taxes we pay, but the healthcare is not really good.
And so it is – the dilemma where to give birth. What school to chose – private or public. Abroad or in Hong Kong. Kindergarten fee, field trip money, lunch money. School books, notes, transportation, clothing.
It’s not really ‘cost of another pair of chopsticks’ as Momzilla described me and Sing moving in together.
- 成日要錢多(錢錢錢錢 錢錢錢錢)
You always need
乾水乜都喎 (錢錢錢錢 錢錢錢錢)
Can’t do anything without money
It sucks to borrow money
Need to get your knees down and beg
Can someone explain to me how a bank in which you have few million HKD mortgage (sounds awfully expensive, it’s not as bad as it seems!) can refuse you a credit card with only $5,000 HKD limit on it?
Our bank borrowed us so much money and was OK with our income, but adding that 5k on top was apparently too much.
It felt awful to beg for it for like 3 times. And got rejected every single time!
I could go on and on and on with this…
I know we don’t work in Hong Kong, but we work in a Taiwanese owned company. Most of our coworkers in the other branches are from Taiwan, Hong Kong or China. Our bosses are Taiwanese and they expect us to work up to that standard. So even thought some of you may say ‘You live in Ireland, you don’t know how it is to work for an Asian company’ we know the pain first hand!
Bit stingy, loving my charity work – FOC OT [free of charge over time].
Our Irish colleagues leave exactly on time, regardless if the work is finished or not – internally our colleagues in the US and China sometimes complain ‘How come they already left?’.
I don’t mind working hard, I like to do things in the best way I can or not do them at all. I hate mediocrity when it comes to myself. I always give 100% from myself. I know it’s seen as ‘stupid and naive’ here as I don’t even get paid for all the effort I put into my work, but I hope working in such environment in this company will benefit me in future, when we move to Hong Kong.
Life is tough if you don’t have money, regardless where you live. One day we all have to grow up, face grown up problems and responsibilities. It’s going to be annoying, sometimes difficult, but it’s part of growing up.
I wonder what songs I will relate to in 10-15 years…
Can you relate to any of the songs? If none of the ones I mentioned, what would be the song describing your life at the moment?
We would love to read your opinions!