A lot moved, but little changed. After a rock bottom unemployment period, followed by a two month exile, I'm back in Hong Kong working for the city's archetypal, Business 1.0, architecture firm. A firm, like most here, whose success came not through creating superior products, but through superior connections and a market flooded with mainland money.
There are still things to learn. This firm has created a vast array of employee benefits, and mostly seem like grassroots, bottom-up, programs. Wine night, basketball, team events, and weekly lectures help chase the bitter taste of un-inspired work.
I plan to make the most out of it. Eat all the carrots while ignoring the sticks.