Personal Updates

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I’ve got some spare time while I’m sitting here waiting for Lightroom to export a batch of photos. (Lightroom is painfully slow on my desktop Windows PC for some reason, although it is remarkably fast on my MacBook Pro.)

For those of you who actually come to the site, rather than reading via RSS or Facebook or Twitter links, you’ll see that the top item remains I Need a Job – Help! and that’s still the case, although things have significantly improved since I wrote that.

You’ve likely seen the post about our upcoming move to Tai Po and we’re really excited about that.  We love the flat and we love the village.  We’re going to miss Sai Kung, perhaps more than we realize at the moment, but we’re looking forward to exploring Tai Po and the surrounding area.

I’ve had one IT consulting job for the past six months.  On average I’ve only had around 2 billable hours per week and so I haven’t been making a whole lot of money from this (though I did get a nice business trip to London last month).  They’ve now told me that this year they may have the budget as well as the need for me to devote more time to them.  Aside from the fact that this would mean more money, it’s a good company filled with nice people and I enjoy the work I’m doing for them.

A couple of weeks ago, someone recommended me for a part time writing job.  I’m not really permitted to say what kind of writing it is or for what kind of company.  I turned in first drafts on a couple of projects in the last few days and the company director said that he liked them and that I’m “not a bad writer.”  The money is very, very good here (plus it got me a business trip to Taipei last week) and so I’m very pleased that they like what I’ve given them so far.

The photography side of things is also picking up with a few paid shoots last month and this month and a few tentative bookings on the horizon.  The photography work I’m doing pays very little but it’s probably the work I enjoy doing the most.

I’m enjoying the freelancer/contractor life and enjoying that I’m mostly able to work from home and feeling as if a 16 ton weight has been lifted from my shoulders as a bit more money is coming in.  While I don’t want to jinx things, after an absolutely craptastic 2012, 2013 is looking all bright and Little Mary Sunshiney.

That being said, I am still in search of work – either a permanent IT management position or more IT contract work.  So please do keep me in mind should you hear about anyone looking to fill an IT management role.

So, happy new year, happy 2013 (a bit late), happy year of the snake (a bit early)!

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4 thoughts on “Personal Updates

  1. Foxlore

    Though I am sure I am not the first to say it, welcome to Tai Po! :-) Village life is nice here, if you don’t mind the trek to get to Hong Kong Island side for anything.

    Tai Wo station will be a good place for convenient shopping as they have a Park n Shop, Commercial Press, Watsons, Mannings, Fortress, and a small wet market all right there, then a quick hop on the 25K mini bus or 64K bus (both are fairly frequent).

    The downside of Tai Wo station is that there aren’t many options for good eating there. For that you need to get into closer to Tai Po Centre (both 25K and 64K can take you to the area, for the mini bus Garden No. 8 is where you want to get off https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Tai+Po+Old+Market+Park,+Tai+Wo,+Hong+Kong&hl=en&sll=22.452323,114.166038&sspn=0.010074,0.017252&oq=tai+po+old&hq=Tai+Po+Old+Market+Park,&hnear=Tai+Wo,+Hong+Kong&t=m&z=15 ).

    There are plenty of smaller food shops in the area particularly around the big bus terminus near Tai Po Centre and the fairly standard Tai Po Mega Mall.

    The biggest wet market in the area is the Tai Po Hui Market which is easier to get to from Tai Po Hui station, but fairly close to the 25K minibus terminus (https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Tai+Po+Hui+Market,+Tai+Po,+Hong+Kong&hl=en&ll=22.447276,114.167186&spn=0.002519,0.004313&sll=22.447544,114.165952&sspn=0.010075,0.017252&hq=Tai+Po+Hui+Market,&hnear=Tai+Po,+Hong+Kong&t=m&z=18) and they have a cooked food centre a few levels up. Decent lunches for the daring and some good Dai Pai Dong style dinners (but pricey). There are also plenty of small shops nearby for almost anything you need.

    Anyway, I think you will like it here…if you have any questions, or looking for something specific in the area, drop me a line and I will see if I can help. :-)

    Paul

  2. Phil

    Congratulations on the move to Tai Po. Even though I’ve moved to Kowloon I did live there for 6+ years and enjoyed it immensely, if you need info then feel free to get in touch. Actually, I’m still back there every morning for my youngest’s school run – can’t get enough of the place :-)

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