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An October update.
So, I have a bit of announcement to make: I’m leaving. And I'm moving to Hong Kong!!

Sounds crazy and surreal, right? And I guess it is! I really, really didn’t expect to be writing a blog post like this for a long long time, if ever. It comes after my holiday to Hong Kong and about a week of tears, high emotions and all sorts of drama.

Like I’ve mentioned before, in my mind September is the optimum time for fresh starts. Something that my close friends have mentioned to me since I broke the news to them is that I've always been a home-orientated girl who is also undeniably flighty. I have a very carefree, nomadic and laidback outlook to life with an insatiable wanderlust and love of being alone. While travel has always been a love of mine, I just didn't see myself as a backpacker or 'traveller' in the traditional sense.

And only a mere 5 days after landing home from HK, I had a job offer for a role over 10,000 miles away from my current home. Cue a week of trying to make life-changing decisions, writing epic pros and cons lists (Pokemon Alpha Ruby and Omega Sapphire, breakfast and red lipstick were genuinely on that list), crying on and off for days on end and generally being in torment over a decision I wasn’t expecting to be making.

I’m moving for a shiny new job at Lane Crawford in about a month’s time. I have to work my notice period here as well as get things ready for the big move, which should be one epic task! I guess it is a pretty impulsive decision but one that I considered long and hard at every waking moment.

On one hand, living and experiencing a new city and culture will be SO invaluable. On the other? I face being away from my beloved Granny, sister, brother, family, baby tortoises and my boyfriend.

I’m going to really miss cuddles and watching Thomas the Tank Engine with my baby cousin. I’m going to seriously miss bubble baths and my duvet. I have no idea how I’ll get all of my shoes and handbags over there or what I’ll have for breakfast. I have never faced a long distance relationship before. I’ll be spending Christmas alone for the first time. Everything is changing and I’m terrified yet excited. But I get to have my own place again, I can buy a little money tree for my apartment. I can stay out at dessert parlours and have Sasa on tap. E might be visiting for New Year’s and he’s being more supportive than I could have ever wished for.

“There are far greater things ahead than any we leave behind.”

My flights aren’t booked yet but I have roughly a month before I leave!

If you’re also based in Hong Kong I’d love to hear from you (: And even better if you’re handy with a DSLR so I can keep up with the ol’ blog ;) I really want to say bye properly to you all too, so please drop me Tweets etc. and we can arrange long farewells. I’m so excited for this new ‘chapter’ as cheesy as that sounds, and I can’t wait to share it all on here.

73 comments

  1. What an exciting adventure! Best of luck with everything :)

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  2. I'm so happy for you Michelle! It sounds like such an exciting move! I'm sure you'll settle in really well, it sounds like such an adventure! x

    SophiesMakeupBlog

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  3. Wow! That is a MASSIVE decision, kudos to you for going for it! You will only regret the opportunities you didn't take, if you get over there and miss home too much you can always come back! Best of luck, amazing news!!

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    x

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  4. Michelle I was smiling all the way through this post, even though it's daughting it's so exciting! I would love an new adventure like this, I mean if you don't do it when you're young when can you do it?! I have friends who have moved to HK to work and when they come back and visit it's like they never left :)

    Best of luck xx

    Hanh | hanhabelle

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  5. congratulations on the job offer, it definitely sounds like a huge change!

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  6. Congratulations on the job! I'm sure you'll love it. Having done the move in the opposite direction from HK to UK by myself, it's not an easy task, but I'm sure you'll be so glad you've done it when you get there!


    Saskia / girlinbrogues.com

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  7. So exciting Michelle! Do you know how long you'll be there for? Good luck with all the organisation, I'm so excited for you.

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  8. oh my gosh how exciting! congrats on the new job & i hope you have the best time! it must be a bit scary & daunting but i'm sure you'll cope just fine. there's nothing better than a new adventure. really hope everything goes well for you xx

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  9. omgggg Michelle!! how exciting! I'm sure you'll have an amazing time there. Oh gosh please keep us updated on your planning. Hahah is it so weird that I'm excited for you?! I know I couldn't do anything like that xxx

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  10. Thank you Hayley! Super exciting indeed - I'm currently overwhelmed with to-do lists, shopping lists and packing lists!

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  11. Aw thank you Sophie! Such a crazy decision and super exciting. Of course I'll be blogging everything along the way (:

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  12. Thank you Fran! Potentially the biggest decision I've EVER made but one that I feel super pleased and content with. It felt right once I'd finally decided and sent everything away.

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  13. Ahh what a lovely comment Hanh!


    It's really exciting, it actually feels like the perfect next step forward now that I'm planning things and getting everything in place. And I was getting pretty restless here anyway ;)

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  14. Aw thanks Saskia! I'm feeling pretty positive about it - I have family and friends both here and in Hong Kong, and both have always felt like home to me (:

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  15. Thank you Jane! I am going to be in Hong Kong for at least one year - that's what I've promised my boyfriend and family!

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  16. Thanks Caroline! It's kinda scary, but I love a good challenge ;)

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  17. Awh thanks Sandra! Of course I shall - DB continues to be the one constant in my life as usual!

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  18. That's so exciting, congrats on the job offer and good luck with the move!!!

    Jess xo

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  19. This is *very* exciting news. I wish you lots of luck and look forward to hearing about the move and your new chapter in HK!

    Good luck x

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  20. Ahhhh! Congratulations Michelle, that's such huge news! I'm sure your new job and living in HK will be incredible - your family must be so proud of you :) Good luck with the move, and enjoy your last month at home before you go! xx

    Tamsin / A Certain Adventure

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  21. Sam 'time chronicles'1 October 2014 at 17:33

    Omg! Congratulations! This is so exciting! I wish you all the best with the move. I'm so excited for you, which sounds odd as we've never met but I'll never forget the lovely words we have exchanged. Can't wait to hear about all your new adventures in HK.

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  22. I know someone who moved to Hong Kong after grad school and got amazing experience over there. It was scary for him, but he's such a hot commodity now that he's back in the US. He's getting TONS of job offers because the experience was super interesting to companies who are trying to venture into the HK market. Getting out of your comfort zone is scary, but it'll be an amazing experience for you!!! Best of luck. :)

    xx Alyson
    The Beauty Vanity

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  23. Wow how exciting! I can imagine how hard it must have been but I'm a big advocate of just taking the risk and going for it. It may be the best decision you ever make and if you change your mind when you're out there you can always come back. You've got to grab these experiences with both hands to really enrich your life, get the most out of it!


    Best of luck out there, I can't wait to read all about it!

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  24. Wahhh Michelle! I respect your bold decision and leave
    your home and country! See it as a new chapter of your
    life, a chapter where you'll learn, experience and live!
    I wish you all the best, can't wait for your posts from outta
    HK! Xx
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  25. Eep! This is very exciting news! I'm sure you'll be so missed but at least we can all keep up to date with your new adventures via blogging! I wish you the very best and I hope everything goes smoothly :) xxx

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  26. eeee aw michelle! wish i had the guts to do that. big congrats and good luck on your new adventure! ^^ can't wait to read about your hk adventure. but it also means you're closer to japan; pokemon heaven when you have time to visit ;D

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  27. What an incredible opportunity, I'm sure it will all work out for you! Wishing you all the luck in the world and looking forward to seeing daisybutter in Hong Kong on a permanent basis :) xx

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  28. Thanks Tamsin! They're pretty shellshocked but excited for me - they always pushed my siblings and I to try venturing back there so I'm happy I managed to get there!

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  29. Thank you Sam! Awh I totally get what you mean. Of course I'll be blogging about every little part (:

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  30. Ah I can imagine! I'm trying not to think too much about it all otherwise I'll start crying, but I'm really looking forward to just trying out a new lifestyle.

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  31. Thank you! It was the hardest decision and hardest week but I'm positive I've made the right choice now. That's exactly my mindset - grab these chances with both hands because they certainly don't come around everyday. x

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  32. Thank you Mei - it's insanely exciting!

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  33. Thanks Carly! Of course I'll be sharing everything on here and all the usual social media platforms ;)

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  34. Haha I'm so sorry you had to deal with my breakdowns :P I'm so excited now that I've decided. Can't wait to see you out there!

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  35. Aw thanks Nicol! It's so scary but exciting too. Felt like the right time to try it out and everyone has been so incredibly supportive and positive about. And yes - shall definitely squeeze in some Japan and S.Korea visits ;)

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  36. Oh wow congratulations and good luck for the future, how exciting! x

    Leanne - A Slice of My Life

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  37. Congratulations and good luck on your move (and your future)! :)

    And now you'll have an unlimited supply of street food and won't have to worry about the freezing cold!! ;b


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  38. Ahhh, what incredible news!! Sending you all of the good luck and positive thoughts! You can do this, Michelle! It will be amazing and we'll all be here, excitedly waiting to hear about your adventures. Xx

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  39. WOW this is such big news. Wishing you the best of luck, change is scary but I'm sure it will be fantastic for you xx

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  40. This is so exciting!!! I think living in a new city will do amazing things for you. It will be difficult... but you know, you can always come back!

    Today is my last day of working in South Korea for a year. It's been tough at times, especially christmas alone, but so worth it. I've learnt so many things about myself and the world and have so many incredible memories.

    I look forward to following your journey :)
    Good luck!
    xxxx

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  41. So exciting news! It's a really big move and you are so brave to make it! It's good that you have support from your family and boyfriend. I hope that you will continue to write articles for this blog and tell us all about your moving and live in Hong Kong.

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  42. Aw thanks Jun-Ying! I'm SO excited for the street food again ;) kinda sad that I won't be able to layer up "properly" though.

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  43. Aw thanks Leona - much appreciated. I'm kinda nervous but I know it'll be pretty easy in the grand scheme of things. Can't wait to share everything about the move and my attempts at living (literally) alone!

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  44. Aw thank you Emma! I'm going to have a quick peek through your blog actually. I'd love to visit South Korea (hopefully will be going next year if I get time). Hope you've had an amazing time there?! xx

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  45. Oh yeah, the best part of the colder months is layering up and the snow! ^-^
    Well you could always travel back, you'll have a home away from home, 2 homes! ;D

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  46. SO exciting! You're going to have such an amazing adventure! xxx

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  47. Thats so exciting! I often dream about doing things like that but life always gets in the way.
    I can't wait to read about your new adventures! - A

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  48. Ah I know - I'm super excited to start anew.

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  49. Thanks Amanda! It was in my 5 year plan but I never imagined I'd be doing this so soon - really excited.

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  50. It seems like a scary but exciting adventure! :)

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  51. I'm so happy for you and I can't wait to see you go venture into this exciting new part of your life ^_^ not gonna lie I'll miss you back here in ol' blighty too!


    If we don't meet up before then I wish you all the very best with the move, am sure we'll be keeping in touch via blogging/Twittersphere etc. Much love! Xx

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  52. Wow, a big congratulations to you! Sounds like you made a really difficult decision, hopefully everything works out for you. I can't wait to read about it here.

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  53. It's definitely terrifying! Am super excited though!

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  54. Aww thanks Ria! Of course I shall be back and we can rendezvous at any occasion. I'm trying to squeeze visits to everyone before I go but feel free to Skype me etc. when I'm gone, and of course I'll be blogging, Tweeting and IG'ing up a storm. x

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  55. Changes are always tough, but I think you would of regretted it more if you didn't do this! (P.s I'm super excited you're moving over!) x

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  56. this is so exciting Michelle - I'm going to comment properly on this and all your other recent posts this weekend but just couldn't not say a huge congrats quickly! xx

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  57. I'm so excited for you. Totally coming for a lil dream team hol!!!

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  58. Oh wow Michelle that so exciting! Congratulations, I hope everything works out for you there and you love your new job and life there (: xx

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  59. So happy for you- take the opportunity and roll with it wholeheartedly! I'm moving to Australia next month and i'm also terrified.. but i keep telling myself 'what's the worst that could happen?'- if i love it, then it will be an amazing experience!

    Lizzy at Nomad Notebook

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  60. My thoughts exactly Sophia! I'm super excited for a new adventure!

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  61. Aw thanks Miho. So lovely of you! It's kinda crazy, huh?

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  62. Of course!! I have a Dream Team bedroom ready and waiting. Shall set up a farewell 'do ASAP x

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  63. Thanks my lovely!! I'm really excited for it - the nerves haven't quite kicked in yet.

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  64. Aw thanks Lizzy! Good luck with your move too - I'm positive we've made the right decision. These opportunities rarely come around twice, so what have we got to lose?!

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  65. Oh my god I can't believe you're moving to HK! I'm not living there anymore but I did spend 18 years of my life there, so please let me know if there's anything I can do to help make the adjustment easier for you! Best of luck! :)


    xx
    Stephanie | www.loveaugustblog.com

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  66. Ahh me either! I'm super excited - I'd say I'm pretty settled there already, it'll just be getting used to work. Thanks Stephanie!

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