The dawn of a new era, or, ‘Damn, it feels good to be a tai-tai’

Last Friday ushered in the beginning of a new era. It was my last day of work after three years at the Big Blue Machine and the official end of my job here in Hong Kong. I hung up my black jacket, returned all my equipment, and cleared off my desk. No longer would I take the morning train to Central with the other worker bees. No longer would I walk through the hallowed halls of my firm and immerse myself into intense editing. No longer would I hustle and jostle during lunch time with the thousands of other workers downtown. That was it — my last day working in Hong Kong.

It was surprisingly hard to say goodbye; even though I had long dreamed of my emancipation from remunerative drudgery, I was sad to say farewell to all the friendly faces in the office I had gotten to know so well. I guess no matter how boring the actual work is, what makes it bearable is the people around you.

This also means that we really, truly will be leaving Hong Kong. Over the weekend I bought a one-way ticket out of here. Our next destination — Koh Samui, Thailand. Ever since I first visited the island to visit my father (who retired there) I have always wanted to live there. So, since I am now officially unemployed and a full time self-financed tai-tai, I am taking the opportunity to do so. I hope that a few months there will be good fun, and Thailand will be a good, cheap base to travel around more in South East Asia.

The adventures of an intrepid tai-tai actually begin tomorrow when we leave for a dive trip in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. It’s been a long time since we’ve gotten our feet wet and I can’t wait to take the plunge. Stay posted for pictures and stories from Malaysia.

In the meantime, if you’ll excuse me, the sun is shining brightly, I’ve got a bikini that needs some wearing, and the pool is calling me. I must submit….

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