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Created on: January 22, 2008 Last Updated: July 25, 2011 Having a preference for city or country living often depends on the age group. At a certain time in one's life, there is a yearning to replace the faster-paced city life with quieter surroundings of the country. For someone who has yo-yoed back and forth between country, city, small town, bigger city, back to the country again, rural living is definitely the way to go. This writer was born in a small village with one dirt road which led to an enclave of homes with no running water and no toilets. What was available was comparable to an outhouse in the old days in America. Eventually relocating to a congested city such as Hong Kong was a complete turnaround.

Living in Hong Kong was like being in a citified cage, where no youngster could venture past his apartment building without the presence of an adult. Children were walked to and from school by extended family members. In a city of that caliber, the attitude is to trust no one. So other than going to school, pastimes often consisted of looking out of the apartment window,

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