Hong Kong is very competitive place. So are the people. It is all about showing off sometimes. We are quite materialistic. So it is about new and flashy stuff. Going to a better school, have the latest gadgets, can spend money to go places, and do activities. You have to remember for majority of people, monies are still very tight. So not many can afford to “do things” to enjoy themselves. I am from a poor family. But we are very lucky. Lucky that my father has a stable and decent job. He can support the family and especially me and my brother to study in the UK. Thanks to the benefits he gets from the government. Anyway most of the properties in Hong Kong are very similar, after all they don’t varies that much. It is not about period, features etc. It is about location, location location and size and view, transport links is important. Most people in HK don’t have a car, so public transport is normal!
So to show off your class, there is no posh accent. You have to show off where you live, what you drive, where do you go on holidays, what extra activities you do, what you kids have for toys etc etc.
This is pretty much the same where ever you are. But just in HK that you check on this every single moment becuase there are so many bloody people around.
People talk about money most of the time. In a world where time is money. Would you gave up a bit of money for time. Time is more important than money I would say.
There are alot of rich kids in HK nowadays. They parents have money and they are spoiled (not me!) They can buy whatever, they can do whatever. They cannot, I repeat cannot be our next generation. They are useless, can’t contribute in the business environment. They will one day but that is a slow slow process. Things come to them very easily and yet they don’t know how to do it without support. Useless…
The problem is that you need to continue improve your “level” or “class”. If you kids are letting you down then they are also demote your class. Just remember a kid from a classy family is not always a class person!
I have seen some many in UK and in HK. Absolutely useless.
Sorry I have mumble on, so to summarise.
You will win lots of friends, if your family is rich or you are very flashy in HK.
Afterall you need to stand out in this tiny little place.