Where were you born? At the Adventist Hospital in Hong Kong — same place my kids were born!
Where else have you lived? Switzerland, Venezuela, England, Israel and the United States (including, Hawaii, Washington DC and New York).
How long have you been in Hong Kong? Most of my life. I left after I graduated from secondary school for 14 years to study and work, but moved back to Hong Kong in 2009 when I was newly married.
Which part of Hong Kong do you live in? We live in Mid-Levels now, and I grew up in Shouson Hill and Chung Hom Kok.
Children and ages? I have three little boys — a six-year-old, a three-and-a-half-year-old and a one-year-old.
Are you working in Hong Kong and what do you do? I’m the CEO of Mother’s Choice, a local charity that serves the many babies and children that don’t have permanent families and teenagers experiencing a crisis pregnancy in Hong Kong.
What work did you do in your past lives? I was a corporate lawyer in both New York and Hong Kong. Running an NGO is a huge change and a very different career, but I have to say that my legal education and experience has been incredibly helpful to me every single day that I have been at Mother’s Choice.
What brought you to Hong Kong and why have you stayed? I brought my husband here for the first time right before we got married, and he immediately fell in love with the city and said he wanted to move here. I was so glad — I had always wanted to move back home. We are grateful for the career opportunities that we have both had here, and it means so much to me to be close to my very large family. I stay because I love this city, and I am working in my dream job — helping the next generation of children in this city grow up in a safe, loving, and permanent family.
What time of day do you check Hong Kong Moms? I usually check at night after the kids have gone down to bed, unless I need something urgently during the day. Hong Kong Moms answer questions and cries for help so quickly!
What posts do you comment on and why? I like to pay it forward with tips and suggestions when other moms ask questions that I’ve been helped with on Hong Kong Moms in the past. The Hong Kong Moms helped me find my awesome lactation consultant, so when people ask for suggestions I’m happy to share my own experiences.
What is the best thing you have learned from Hong Kong Moms? That we are not alone! At Mother’s Choice, we always say that it takes a village to raise a child, because none of us can do it by ourselves! Having a community of women (and men) that you can ask for help day or night is so reassuring — there is always someone online, even in the middle of the night when you are jetlagged or awake with children.
What is your favorite Hong Kong Moms post? This year we have been overwhelmed with babies and children who need a temporary home. We were searching all over for families who would open their homes to a precious child. I suddenly thought to post on Hong Kong Moms and I was immediately touched by the incredible response from families who wanted to welcome a child in need. It gives me such hope for our city.
What do you ask Hong Kong Moms? As a full-time working mom, I struggle with finding the time to figure out where to get the things that I need for my kids and family. I so appreciate it when I reach out on Hong Kong Moms — I usually get the answer that I need within minutes!
What is your biggest Hong Kong fave? My domestic helpers are very special to me. They are amazing and are the third generation from the same family who cared for me when I was a child growing up in Hong Kong. These women and their family have made my life and work possible. They are absolutely the best thing about this city for me!
And frustration? My biggest frustration in Hong Kong is our worsening pollution. Hong Kong is such a beautiful city and it concerns me to see our environment being harmed.
What is your craziest Hong Kong experience? When I was nine-months pregnant, a stranger saw me overheating and faint on the side of the road in Central. She stopped to pick me up in her car and drove me totally out of her way. I have so many stories of local Hong Kong people going out of their way to help me, and I love reading when a mom posts about an unexpected act of kindness from a stranger.
Does anyone ever recognize you or your name from Hong Kong Moms? I don’t know if anyone recognizes me, but the people I know definitely notice when I post a question — they always ask if I found what I needed!
What kind of friendships have you made through Hong Kong Moms? Not just friends — I’ve even found an amazing colleague through Hong Kong Moms!
Which Hong Kong Mom would you like you to see featured next? Charlotte Felix O’Conor, an incredible mom of three teenagers, goes out of her way to create inspiring campaigns for Mother’s Choice. I’d love to see her featured.