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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.

Almost lost the Fluff…

Fluff had seemed to be getting worse and worse while we were gone in the US. H messaged me something was wrong with her while we were in quarantine. B was out, so he went to check on her. She seemed to have improved, but still didn’t seem right. Thursday, […]

Return to Madness…

US vs HK It’s such an interesting thing. We were able to spend about a month in the US. When we arrived, it was a bit of a shock because almost no one wore masks. My parents did in crowded places like when they picked us up in the airport. […]

In a holding pattern…

Touch down in Hong Kong on 2nd August 2022 (Tuesday) We arrived at our hotel just around lunch time. We were staying at a hotel that has multiple of the same name just in Hong Kong alone. It is strange because service is varied among these locations. You would think […]

The Journey Home…

31st July 2022 We started our journey home on a Sunday. This made it difficult because we had to have a RT-PCR COVID test within 48 hours of our flight to Hong Kong but also had to have it before we started our journey home from Chicago. We had been […]

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 […]