Wow. It’s been a while. Obviously there’s a lot going on and several draft posts have been created and not published because that’s how preoccupied I’ve been.
First things first. I want to put some thing out there for anyone who is planning an international move between two disparate regions in terms of electronic and electrical conventions. Why? Because sometimes even the customer service desk of the company you purchased your expensive electronic item from may not know shit from apple sauce – I am talking about you, SAMSUNG TELEVISION MAKERS, you people are incompetent nincompoops (granted you make awesome TVs) and need to replace the monkeys manning your support desk with people who know something.
So let’s say you are moving to/from a 100V-120V country from/to a 220-240V type country. Here’s what you need to check and know.
1. Your lighting will work. Connect your plug to an adaptor (not a voltage converter, just an adaptor) and replace your existing bulb with any odd bulb from the local supermarket. Got it? This is extremely straightforward but stand away from the bulb in case it bursts or some such.
2. Your random electricals like hairdryers and irons. A 220-240V device from say Asia will work in say, the US but not at full strength. It will be a wimpy low-power version of its former self. A 110-120V device if plugged into a 220V outlet will result in smoke, sparks, fireworks, etc. For these devices you will need a voltage converter/transformer.
3. Electronics – You may or may not need a voltage converter. Check the back. Apple continues to be seriously awesome in this regard. If you need one, make sure it’s “continuous use” and has some ungodly power rating (wattage). Look at label, multiply voltage x current in amps to get minimum wattage and go higher from there.
4. Electronics – There are two systems – NTSC and PAL, regardless of whether you use HDMI or TVs, DVD players from 110V regions do not support the signals in 220V regions (I am talking of signals not electric power) but the devices from 220V are multi-system. Why? Because these companies are fucked up like that. So unless you can find a signal converter DO NOT BOTHER carting your fucking 1000$ New York TV over to Hong Kong like I did. If you do end up doing what I did, you’re going to need another converter to convert the signals back and forth.
5. Usually a TV and a DVD player from the same region will be compatible with each other and I am not just talking about DVD regions (1/2/3)…signals are relevant. Question: are signals relevant in HD? Answer: YES.
Furniture is definitely more upmarket and more expensive in Hong Kong. Technically you could say that furniture of this quality would cost more in the states and you would be right in thinking so but the fact remains that besides IKEA there are no choices whatsoever for affordable furniture that looks good and please, I am quite sick of IKEA. The same is true for modern furniture – tastes tend towards antiquated looks and deep dark finishes and while I don’t mind a beautiful antique or two in the apartment (I am considering investing in one actually), I am not about to decorate my entire apartment like a dingy Chinese harem from the 14th century.
More later. Did i mention I am in New York later this week… Yipeee!