Better early than late
There are more “islanders” at the terminal than just Wah Hing; Chan Yau-shing (Yau Shing), works as an Operation Clerk for Hong Kong Air Cargo Services Limited (Hacis) – Hactl’s valued-added logistics subsidiary. Having grown up in Cheung Chau, Yau Shing has become accustomed to long boat rides, and they no longer bother him. “I used to spend three to four hours a day travelling to and from work in the city,” he says. Yau Shing now spends about two hours travelling to work at Hactl, taking the ferry from Cheung Chau Ferry Pier to Central, then the MTR to Tung Chung, and finally transferring to the terminal by bus. Although he spends more than four hours a day travelling, Yau Shing laughs and says it is not as hard as others imagine: “My situation is the same as other colleagues who take long-distance buses to work. Some people have breakfast or catch up on sleep when travelling, while I surf the internet with my mobile phone which makes good use of my time.”
Living next to Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach, Yau Shing is a classic islander: since he was a child, he has travelled all over the island, swimming from its beaches and eventually even working as a part-time lifeguard for a while. When he grew up, he wanted to find a stable full-time job, so he looked outside the island – and, after being introduced by a friend, he joined Hactl where he has worked for the past sixteen years. “I chose to work here not only because of the promising future of the air cargo industry and the attractive benefits offered by the company, but also because of the pleasant working environment. Lantau Island (where Hactl is based) is an outlying island like Cheung Chau, so it's less oppressive than the busy urban areas, and gives me a sense of closeness.” Yau Shing says.