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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.

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 […]

Mother’s Day

My mother’s day gift from my eldest child, Monkey. It’s a drawing she did from a video game that she plays. I had seen one of her drawings of this guy a while ago and asked her to make me a drawing. I call him the chicken guy. =] I […]

Dinner In Central

Saturdays are M and my night out. We were meeting one of M’s friends in Central to have dinner at Le Bouchon. We’ve gone here before. Actually, we’ve gone a few times. We go there to have filet mignon and fries. It’s some of the best food. The friend of […]

It’s Finally Up!!

Please ignore the mess. I was waiting on a charity to come pick up the bags of clothes. =] After everything happened, I took a pole fitness class in Kwun Tong. Pole fitness was something I had always wanted to try. A friend of mine in the US was doing […]

New Hobby: Cross Stitching

Ages ago, B bought this book for me that has cross stitch patterns in it with some sarcasm. That book actually made the trip to Hong Kong from the US and sat on my shelf for such a long time. About a year before everything happened (that’s how my life […]

Spring Cleaning

We started our Easter holiday the previous weekend. This week, I have been working on organizing the flat. I started by organizing the paperwork that was sort of scattered all over the place. That took all day to do. Today, I focused on the stuff under my bed. The way […]

2nd Attempt at Vegan Macarons

I have a couple of people in my office that are vegan. I do a lot of baking and bring what I bake into work. Many times, they aren’t able to partake. I decided to attempt vegan macarons. The first time, my friend brought the chick pea juice to use. […]

Shopping and Dim Sum

M and I went to Sha Tin to go to New Town Plaza to go shopping and have Taiwanese dim sum. This was one of the first malls we went to when we first came to Hong Kong. We stayed at the Regal Riverside Hotel, which is on the right […]