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HKMama

Hello! This is me! We are from Illinois. Both of B and I attended the same high school but did not really know each other at the time. We met after he finished high school and had been together pretty much ever since. We were married over a decade. We have three fantastic children, Monkey, Dude/Bub, and Monster.
In about 2010, B and I discussed the option of teaching overseas. B is a systems administrator and can fix just about anything. We discussed the pros and cons of such a decision. In the end, we decided to go for it. I worked in the same school as my children in Illinois while I worked to secure a job overseas.
Each year, there were interviews and a couple positions, but most were not feasible because of the added cost of schooling for three children. My position began to make drastic changes, and Love was ready for a change at the end of this past school year. He applied to a government lab. We discussed other locations we would be willing to move to in terms on overseas teaching. I had actually thought this year was done with, but I sent out letters of interest anyway. I made changes to the important papers in preparation for the next recruiting season in November and December.
At the end of April 2016, I received an email from a school in Hong Kong asking for an interview. The day after Mothers' Day, I was offered a position in the international school. At the same time as my interview process, B was going through his interview process with the lab. In the end, he was passed over for whatever reason. After much discussion,we chose to accept the position. We had about two months to get our affairs in order.
It has been a difficult road since leaving my very tight knit family in the States, but my hope is this experience provides my children with unique experiences they would have not had living in a small rural town of Illinois.
So, here we are living in the New Territories of Hong Kong. My children attend schools within my company. B is employed by the same company.
Join us in our adventure as we navigate Hong Kong and create a home since we landed here in Hong Kong on 25th July 2016.

Evening In TST

We went to dinner in Tsim Sha Tsui. We went to The Cheesecake Factory in Harbor City. We didn’t leave until around 5 PM and restaurants are still only open to serve until 6 PM. We ended up taking an Uber there. We got there and in right away, but […]

COVID-19 Care Package

They had signs posted in the lifts for a while. I didn’t really see the point of getting it, though RATs are nothing to sneeze at. Definitely grateful for the tests and the masks. Those things are a big cost. The government had wanted to do universal testing in mid-March. […]

I Can’t Believe This Plant

This plant was bought for me in about May 2019. B got it for me not long after I caught him cheating as some sort of apology. I can’t remember if it was before or after he tried to keep her. It doesn’t really matter. That was the worst day. […]

Free at Last!

Once we were sure no one else was going to get sick and tested negative, I went to see M. We only went to her house for dinner and went for a hike. It had been such a long time since M and I had been able to see each […]

Finally Negative

So that was fun… Finally, I have tested negative for COVID. Last Monday, I started to get a scratchy throat. Then by Tuesday, I had a bit of a fever. Wednesday and Thursday, I had a high fever. Then it was a lot of coughing and exhaustion. I didn’t actually […]

It’s Good News and Bad News

We received news yesterday that we would be able to continue on with online lessons for the international schools. We talked about it this morning in my advisory period. The kids felt so much better. They weren’t happy about the idea of having their summer break during a time that […]

You Want Us to Do What Now?

It was shared in our teacher group last night that there was an announcement from the Chief Executive. There were a few things that were announced. The first thing had to do with the mandatory testing. It looks like they want every person in Hong Kong to get tested three […]

Compulsory Testing

For some reason, they tested the sewers around our school. They found COVID in the sewers. Because of that, Bub and I had to go get tested (along with all of the students and staff at our school). They ended up canceling school for Thursday afternoon and all of Friday […]

Now It’s Our Turn…

They decided late last week that it was time for the secondary schools to go online. Thankfully, it’s only the last week before the Chinese New Year holiday. I am really worried about what this is going to mean for my students. There were so many that struggled with online […]