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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.
About five years ago, 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.

Monkey is a College Student!!!

Monkey applied to Hong Kong Design Institute in the spring. We found out right before school ended that she wasn’t accepted because we had filled in the application incorrectly. C suggested speaking to the further education department at school, and their suggestion was the community colleges that are in a […]

Time for a Change

I’m not sure why, but for a long time I felt my long hair was a defining feature of my identity. Maybe it was. It had gotten so long and after I had bleached some of it a couple of times, there were places in my hair that there just […]

Vegan BBQ

My friend, C whom I work with was house/cat sitting in Sai Kung and invited me to a vegan BBQ on the rooftop of the village house. I’m not vegan, but I’m not opposed to it. We were all meant to bring something, so I baked vegan scones. I honestly […]

Learning Hong Kong Style Mahjong

Work friends needed a fourth to attend a lesson to learn mahjong. It sounded like fun. It’s this guy who gives lessons into Hong Kong style mahjong. From what he was saying, there are many different versions of the game depending on region. There are even different tile sets. We […]

Pupper gets a Haircut!!

The fluff’s hair was getting out of hand. She was so shaggy and her ears were getting matted. I decided to go out and get shears from a pet shop at the next train stop. I figured if I had the shears, I would be able to handle Fluff’s hair […]

Disney with Adults

K asked the secondary department if anyone was interested in going to Disney. She said we could bring kids, but of the 4 of us who wanted to go, I was the only one with “younger” kids. J’s son is a year older than Bub. Really, what I wanted was […]

Things are Growing!

I’m not sure what I’m going to do when. these trees get big. I’m super surprised that the white peach was growing. I had looked up online to see how to get them to grow. The instructions said to put a bag of dirt in the refrigerator and leave it […]

Japanese BBQ with the Monsters

There is this place in Tsim Sha Tsui at iSquare that B and I had been to before years ago. Yakiniku Gyukura. It was an interesting experience with the kids. What it basically is is a table with a BBQ in the middle of the table. They bring you meat […]

Storm over the Mountains

There isn’t much to this. There was a storm coming over the mountains. I set up the phone to take a time lapse of the storm. There have been more storms and more rain lately. Most of the winter there is no rain at all. We are starting to go […]

Balcony Gardening

The day before was Mothers Day. We went to the Flower Market in Prince Edward. I was able to get more pots, pot hangers, and a shelf for my plants. In the hanging baskets, I have an apple tree, a mango tree, a pineapple plant, and kumquat seedlings. I few […]