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Yesterday, we travelled to Kowloon (the famous place opposite of Hong Kong island) and visited three museums, purely because admission is free on a Wednesday. It was cool to be a kid once more and push buttons and interact with exhibitions at the Hong Kong Science Museum. We then travelled back in time to learn about the historical roots and cultural history of HK at the Hong Kong Museum of History, which is conveniently opposite of the Science Museum.

The photo captured for today’s blogpost is actually an old scenic landscape of Hong Kong back in the day taken from an old exhibit from the HK Museum of History. The landscape has changed dramatically in recent decades. Hong Kong boasts the most skyscrapers in the world, due to its hugely dense population for such a small plot of land. And of course, HK itself is one of the forefront financial centres in the world. For some, Hong Kong is considered a place of luxury, whilst it is considered by some as a haven for cheap technologies like cameras, mobile phones and computers. Of course, it helps to be loaded with money!

It’s also been interesting to learn that I seem to fit in with the locals, and though I appear taller than most Chinese people around here (which is a strange feeling), I share similar Asian features like the jet-black hair and tanned skin… except for my mixed European / Asian eyes and European build. It’s odd that I appear as a local in Hong Kong, and yet, I appear as a local back home in Scotland.

Lately, I have been led in conversation by relatives to consider working as an English teacher here in Hong Kong, which I qualify to stay without a visa. It’s a curious dilemma that I have started to wrestle in my heart.

Despite my former academics, primary work experience and my geeky nature towards all things computery, teaching in my opinion will always trump ICT any day! There is an awesome reward that pays off when investing in young people, as to see them excel academically and to be part of their lives in nurturing them. And yet, at the time of writing, I have no desire to teach overseas, despite it’s obvious lucrative benefits and my single marital status.

I still have a heart for Scotland, and I long to see a revival across this land of the British Isles, especially here in Scotland, which I call home. And yet, I feel compelled to look for work elsewhere in England, the United States and now possibly Hong Kong, purely because Scotland lacks the opportunity. The State benefits pays well in Scotland and we can boast the cleanest water, majestic landscapes, clean air and the wholesome variety of tartan kilts and selection of shortbread, but job-wise there is none – whether the work is specialised in building for the Kingdom of God at a local church, or simply hogging it as a minion for a Company.

Admittedly, it is something I didn’t expect to reflect on Day 3, but at least it’s good to be challenged in our hearts and bring to the LORD in prayer our worries, burdens and concerns of everyday life.

~Richard