Where were you born? Chatham in Kent, UK
Where else have you lived? Newcastle, UK while at university
How long have you been in Hong Kong? Just applying for PR now – 7 years strong.
Which part of Hong Kong do you live in? Tai Wai in the New Territories
Children and ages? Max, 5, and Lily 3.
Are you working in Hong Kong and what do you do? I have run my own private guiding company, Hong Kong Greeters, for the last 5 years, taking visitors on tailored tours around the city.
What work did you do in your past lives? I was a housing manager in a housing association, and a transformation consultant for a London authority. I have also been a Sustrans bicycle ranger, a Ladies Darts team captain and competed at county level in trampolining (but this was all a very long time ago!)
What brought you to Hong Kong and why have you stayed? My husband came home one day and said that he’d accepted a job in Hong Kong. I was not happy to say the least as I loved my job in the UK. In fact I stayed there 8 months longer than he did and almost didn’t join him. But I decided I needed to give the move a chance and I am so glad I did. I’m doing something on my own which I would never have dreamed of and I have had both my gorgeous children here (probably would not have happened back in the UK so soon!)
What time of day do you check Hong Kong Moms? Usually late at night as I am laying in bed and should be settling down to sleep. I’ve realized it really isn’t the best time to get a response to a question, but a good time to digest what has gone on in the day. I seem to miss all the juicy stuff though!
What posts do you comment on and why? I like to share information as much as possible, so if people want to know how to get around, where or what to do with visitors I always ready to give my best advice. Picking up Hong Kong souvenirs is another favourite of mine (Nan Lian Gardens Gift Shop!)
What is the best thing you have learned from Hong Kong Moms? I think I joined early enough to remember when you could still sell and buy on the group, this was why I originally joined but then I realized that you could use it as a source of support as well as I was hooked. I found kindred Gina Ford haters and I realized I wasn’t alone in having a baby that would not sleep.
What is your favorite Hong Kong Moms post? Anything by Amber Malinowski makes me giggle, and Janet Walker’s wit is brilliant. Still my favorite is the sex toy conversation, in fact I need to look this one up again as we were discussing this on a recent meet-up and there are more places that need to be added. (Suffice to say Sally’s Toys is not a children’s store).
What do you ask Hong Kong Moms? Usually “where can I find” questions, or public information sharing. I did get a stroller returned to me through the power of Hong Kong Moms, hurrah!
What is your biggest Hong Kong fave? You really can’t beat Hong Kong for transport and food but I also really love going to the Peak, I even take my kids there on my days off. Oh sorry, it’s only supposed to be one answer.
And frustration? Probably the non-stop development in the city. So many apartments, bridges, rail track, tunneling projects usually at the detriment of the environment, air quality and heritage.
What is your craziest Hong Kong experience? Probably showing a team from Google around Hong Kong who only wanted to visit indoor places. But they were mapping Hong Kong indoors and pedestrian access routes – they were in Hong Kong because we have such a high rate of public transport usage and therefore most people get around by foot and not in private vehicles.It was also this group that gave me one of the best quotes ever: on trying Pu’er tea, “It reminds me of licking a moldy wall”!
Does anyone ever recognize you or your name from Hong Kong Moms? I don’t think so, at least not that anyone has ever mentioned, but I often run into people when I am working. I have recognized an old friend from home, however, when her name popped up on a trampoline thread, and I didn’t even know she was in Hong Kong.
What kind of friendships have you made through Hong Kong Moms? I have made some great friends through Hong Kong Moms whose paths I am not sure I would have crossed otherwise. Although knowing the 3-degrees of separation in Hong Kong that may not be true! Some super smart, and super supportive mummies who give great perspective. And some great business contacts as well.
Which Hong Kong Mom would you like you to see featured next? Jen Ritchie and Jennifer Heathfield-Lee