Typhoon Kompasu came in right after Typhoon Lionrock. We had one day of nice weather in between where we were able to enjoy the outdoors. The monster and I were […]
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.
The last couple of days were… Nuts. 8th OCTOBER 2021 We had been watching a typhoon coming in for a couple of days. Actually, there were two typhoons in the […]
Bub and I were invited on a junk trip. We’ve been a few of these before. The first one ever with the kids was a few years ago. Both Bub and Monster ended up sick. Since then, Bub has successfully attended another junk, but he’s not big on the swimming […]
This is the first time that we actually went out for the Mid-Autumn Festival (Lunar Festival) in a long time. I think we went the first couple of years we were here. Then everything happened, and I sort of stopped. I couldn’t pretend we were a happy family and do […]
This isn’t a new hike to me or probably this blog. There is this hike that goes from Ma On Shan to Sai Kung. It’s an easy hike really. I think the worst part of this time was coming down the mountain down the stairs. That was painful the next […]
K11 has a gallery. B wanted to take the kids to see this particular exhibit. It was on memes. I don’t know much about them, but the kids seem to love them and B is into them and seems to understand them. It was a long line to get there. […]
We are back at school. We’re not online. Thank goodness. It was a bit of a crazy start. Everything seems to be compressed into so little time. We’ve essentially lost about a year and a half of school to online learning. While some kids fared pretty well with it, others […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]