Professionals share their experience of relocation Kenneth Chan Hoi-kwan is a regional advertising sales director with the Hallmark Channel in Singapore. His career in media marketing started in Hong Kong, where he was born and attended primary school. After completing his secondary education in Britain, followed by a business and finance diploma at Guildford College and a degree in business administration at the University of South Australia, he returned to Hong Kong in 1991. He landed a job in marketing with the Discovery Channel, where he worked for five years before being transferred to Singapore in August 1996. Career opportunities in Singapore beckoned and he moved to CNBC in 2005, then to the Hallmark Channel last year. Although working for the same company when he moved to Singapore, Mr Chan noticed a number of differences in the working culture of the city state compared to Hong Kong. 'In Singapore, people tend to stick to a 9o'clock to 6o'clock work day, whereas in Hong Kong people tend to stay a few hours longer,' he said. 'Regarding dress, it's less formal here for the men - shirt, with or without tie is acceptable. In Hong Kong, men are expected to wear a shirt and tie, and probably a jacket too. 'In terms of communication, I find Singapore is more detail oriented - meaning I would need to provide specific, clear details of the task in hand. In Hong Kong, it's more results oriented - people would tend to 'just do it'.' Mr Chan said there were also differences when it came to after-work socialising. 'Definitely there is a lot more socialising after work going on in Hong Kong. It seems to be expected, maybe because of the more cramped living conditions in Hong Kong. Everyone needs to go out for that extra space.' Mr Chan said that there are advantages and disadvantages evident in both Hong Kong and Singapore. 'Singapore is less crowded,' he said. 'There is more adequate living space, so accommodation is less expensive. In terms of safety, it is great for families with young children and the air is cleaner.' But he thinks Hong Kong enjoys the benefits of a superior public transport system. It seems that for Mr Chan the advantages outweigh the disadvantages when it comes to the overall picture. 'For the foreseeable future, we will be here in Singapore,' he said.