I am moving

Well, after almost 17 years (16.5) years in Hong Kong I am finally moving back to Australia.

As of September 25th 2016 I will be based in Queensland Australia.  Not too far from where I shot this:

I've been known to do a landscape or two.

I’ve been known to do a landscape or two. (Fraser Island – Queensland Australia)

Being a Tasmanian who suddenly had to live in Hong Kong (back in 2000) I know about adjusting to change, however this is change of a different type.  In Hong Kong I’m used to looking out my window and seeing scenes like this:

Kwun Tong Sunset

That’s the actual view from my apartment in Hong Kong.  Hong Kong is a special, crowded, noisy place that’s quite a bit different to Australia.  Even the city parts.  It will take me a while to get used to all the buildings being short and seeing so much blue sky all the time.

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Then again, I get to see a more natural side of things, which is nice.

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One question I do have for anyone living in Australia, what’s the best place to buy stuff?  Online? Any local stores good?

Let me know if you can.

By the way, I’ll still be returning to Hong Kong on occasion as the move will be in stages, with my wife and a couple of kids staying here (in Hong Kong) for the time being.

Thanks for reading, and wish me luck!

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  • Stealthy Ninja

    Sad to see you go, wish I could move to Queensland too… oh wait.

    • ahahaha!!!! You are a riot! Oh, and I really like the old shipwreck…friggin cool!

  • Malcolm

    Hey Adrian, in QLD it’s just like HK but you have to drive there. 😉 Seriously, there are a lot more options online, but you still need to shop around. The good thing is that all the physical stores are online, too, so you can shop from your desk. However, clearances and the like are often different online from in the shop, so you need to be aware of that. As far as individual shops, I’ve found http://www.camerasdirect.com.au/ reliable and reasonably priced in the past, and you can use them online or physically (they’re on the Gold Coast). As for other things, Winning Appliances in Brisbane is good for appliances, good old Harvey Norman are good if you get stuff on sale, as is their sister store Domayne. Avoid JB Hifi (they’re over priced). If you want cheap clothes, etc. the old standbys like Big W, Target and K-Mart are often cheaper than Sham Shui Po for cheap stuff. For outdoors stuff, avoid Anaconda unless the item is >50% off, use Wild Earth (online and at the Gold Coast, again) or a local store. For food, the supermarkets are getting better quality and cheaper, thanks to competition from Aldi, but for fresh food it’s hard to beat a good farmer’s market. Anything else you’re interested in?

    • Hi Malcolm, thanks for the comment. Life at ECC hasn’t been the same without you. 😛

      Thanks for all that advice, I’ll be living (most likely) up the Fraser Coast so it might be a bit difficult to get down to the Gold Coast, though ordering Online seems alright and the prices at camerasdirect aren’t bad.

      I’ll be sure to message you with any other questions I might have along the way.

      Thanks again.