QUEK Ting has been teaching at the Singapore International School in Hong Kong since 1993. He requested a transfer from Singapore because he sought a 'change of environment'. He wanted to experience wider views and gain exposure to different cultures. Mr Quek, 34, has been teaching for eight years and specialises in physical education and teaching Chinese. Although most of his family and friends are in Singapore, he is adapting well to this relatively new lifestyle. Mr Quek said he enjoyed Hong Kong's sense of freedom, especially the exceptional living conditions provided by the school. But he did suffer a sense of loneliness on occasions because he missed his friends in Singapore. He wished to stay in Hong Kong for a few more years before eventually returning home. Mr Quek said the teaching experience in Hong Kong would help him in his teaching career because he hoped to be able to use the knowledge he had gained as a stepping stone for future jobs. Kok Yuet Heng has been a teacher for 14 years and was one of the pioneers of the original Singapore International School in Kennedy Town before the move to Aberdeen. Ms Kok, who has been in Hong Kong since 1991, said the main reason she came to the territory was because she was curious and wanted to experience teaching in an international school. 'Coming in contact with students from other nationalities was a different experience for me. I wanted to explore and share with others.' Ms Kok said Hong Kong was a change of pace from Singapore. 'In Hong Kong, I feel as though there are four seasons. I can feel the difference in temperature when it gets cooler during autumn and winter. 'In Singapore, it is hot and humid nearly 365 days of the year.' She prefers the cleanliness of Singapore but enjoys the differences of Hong Kong. She misses her family and friends in Singapore but has met many colleagues who come from different areas of Asia which balances it out. Both Ms Kok and Mr Quek frequently return to Singapore for visits, but they are very happy with their current lifestyle in Hong Kong.