By SARUN SAELEE
HONG KONG – Most people live in their hometowns for the rest of their lives, but “expatriates” or “expats” live in a country which is not their own. Some expats leave their countries to work in another one, but this might not be applicable to a man whose life has been through five different countries.
A young-looking executive dressing casually in sportswear started brewing a cup of handmade traditional Chinese tea in a living room in his flat located nearby the MTR Olympic station in Kowloon, Hong Kong. He is one of many expats living in this busy city.
He is now 34 years old but still looks young and energetic. His name is Jimmy Hsiesh from Taiwan. He is a financial analyst at Morgan Stanley, a global financial services firm headquartered in New York City in the US.
Prior to getting this job, he graduated from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia with an undergraduate degree in business banking and finance and passed the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam.
“The reason that I came to Hong Kong was a job offer from such a world-leading financial institute in the financial market of the world like Hong Kong,” Hsiesh said.
His journeys are also interesting. He started in his hometown and then moved to Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Shanghai and Hong Kong, respectively. He spent about three to four years in each country mainly to study and work.
“I spent time in Australia the most about seven years to complete my bachelor’s degree and work,” he said with a broad smile. “I have three visas so far, but two of them have already expired.”
Hsiesh cannot confirm whether Hong Kong would be the last stop for him or not; nevertheless, he still looks happy to live in this city without having any plan to move to other places.
The tea that he made was still warm, scenting the room with a different but interesting aroma unlike other kinds of tea widely sold in supermarkets and convenient stores. That might resemble Hsiesh himself whose life is full of journeys and challenges lying ahead out of his hometown.