Where were you born? In a very small, amazing town named Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Where else have you lived? I left home at 18 and moved to the city. In Canada, if you’re from a small town, you always call the biggest city in your province “the city”; ours was Halifax. I later moved to Scotland to do my graduate degree (the same “uni” Prince William attended!) and then moved to Basel for a short period. I managed to pack in loads of fun European travels; a summer trip in Crete will forever go down as one of my fondest memories.
I moved back to my home town for eight months, where I worked as a substitute teacher, but I longed for adventure, so I signed a contract with Victoria International Kindergarten and only 11 days later, I was in Hong Kong!
Five years later, in Mes Amis, a Wan Chai bar (of all places!), I met my husband-to-be!
We moved to Ho Chi Minh city together. After two-and-a-half years, we moved to Hanoi. Then another two-and-a-half years after that, we were back in Hong Kong, where we’ve been for the past four years. ?
Which part of Hong Kong do you live in? Tung Chung. I love it here! There are many amazing facilities, so many parks and loads more space for my buck ?
Children and ages? I have one amazing 6 year old son, Sam. We are pretty darn close; he’s my treasure ??
Are you working in Hong Kong and what do you do? I used to teach but, now, I am a what some may label “a lady who lunches”! That doesn’t mean I’m not super busy, though! I joined the charitable organization, HK Ladies Circle, and now I’m on the council — organizing social events, such a walks, visits to temples, lunches, dinners, cocktail parties and even the odd karaoke night! Also, I sing in the Hong Kong Women’s Choir (don’t kill me ladies — I know I missed most of this past season but I’ll be back next season!).
I’m in the beginning stages of starting my own fashion label A.N.D. (stands for Angela Nicholson Do). I have always had a love for fashion and luxury brands. Ironically, where I’m from there are no luxury brands, but I lived vicariously through the pages of Vogue, and would save up my baby sitting money and odd jobs to buy items on holidays to New York or wherever I could. I love things that sparkle and I have a real passion for jewelry. I designed almost all my rings, something I started when I was 12 years old. My grandmother was my style inspiration — she’s like my version of Coco Chanel! She always looked lovely and had lipstick on, a dress and heels. She looked polished and forever graceful and beautiful. She was also an amazing, modern woman who took on the world with grace and kindness.
I am also very active on Instagram as @hkfashionmom, and recently started a Youtube channel, under my online name of hkfashionmom.
I have done direct sales since I was 15, and sell water and air purifiers through Amway.
I like to be busy I love helping friends with charity projects and have helped many plan and promote their events. I’m always my friends’ biggest cheerleader and can easily be bribed by jewellery and bubbles. Haha!
What work did you do in your past lives? I’m a bit of a hustler, honestly! I can’t think of time I didn’t work, or try to sell something! At the age of 10, I started my first business: I used to do makeovers and do people’s colors (that used to be so big, yes: at 10!).
I lived near many farms growing up, so I used to pick strawberries and trim blueberry bushes. I sold Mary Kay all through high school and University, and used to cut people’s hair, and do make overs for extra money.
I was a primary teacher as well as a drama school teacher. I have a love for theatre and music. I used to sing in two bands before I had my son; one rock band, and I was a regular with a pop band in Vietnam. I’ve sung in choirs since I was four! I was even a regular choir and music substitute! I could have worked everyday doing it, I loved it so much.
What brought you to Hong Kong and why have you stayed? Hong Kong was a last minute decision. I always loved traveling and was fortunate to grow up with a family that traveled every holiday, whether it was just a six hour drive to see my grandmother, in Cape Breton, or a 18 hour drive to visit my Boston family, we we’re always on the go. I came to Hong Kong to be a teacher, to see Asia and meet the love of my life, and accomplished all three! I was planning on moving to London and had already given my notice at work when I met my husband. I stayed for love ❤
What time of day do you check Hong Kong Moms? Oh randomly! I love to check in and comment.
What posts do you comment on and why? I love to offer a kind word, or help whenever I can. Honesty, I’ve probably chimed in if anyone asked questions about water and air purifiers as well.
What is the best thing you have learned from Hong Kong Moms? Oh, so so much! Hong Kong Moms has been like a life vest! When I returned four years ago, I was a breastfeeding mom, with a hubby who was working all the time and no helper. I made honest-to-goodness real friends and reconnected with old ones, on Hong Kong Moms.
What is your favorite Hong Kong Moms post? There are so many! Recently, Cara Ng made a post about returning back to Canada. It was insightful and so helpful for many moms thinking about this in the future. I also love the “power of Hong Kong Moms”! I posted recently that I had lost a diamond necklace, and the positive, kind words in the comments, and a very happy ending was inspiring, and a huge comfort. The kind, helpful moms always keep me coming back ?
What do you ask Hong Kong Moms? Oh, I’m a very open book! One time I was feeling quite desperate. I have terrible insomnia and I opened up to the moms about a loss I had suffered and the encouragement was unbelievable. There are so many kind, amazing women on here.
What is your biggest Hong Kong fave? Frustration? Definitely, my favorite part of Hong Kong is my group of girlfriends. And how exciting and fun this city can be. You can be out any given night and have a fabulous time! Also, it’s a city of opportunity, and amazing luxury. My biggest frustration has to be pollution and the overcrowding. The Canadian girl in me still loves open spaces, and clean air and water.
What is your craziest Hong Kong experience? Oh my! I could tell a hundred stories! We would have to go out for a couple glasses of champagne before I tell you my craziest stories. As mentioned before, I met my hubby while dancing in Wan Chai — that’s pretty random!
Does anyone ever recognize you or your name from Hong Kong Moms? Yes, which is pretty darn cool! I met my amazing friend Becca at a ladies forum charity luncheon and the first thing she said to me is she knew me from Hong Kong moms!
What kind of friendships have you made through Hong Kong Moms? I’ve made so, so many friends on Hong Kong Moms! Some were my customers of air or water purifiers and we became friends, some have reached out to me online, and many I’ve met at charity events or lunches. I think the best part of Hong Kong is the expat women; there are so many incredible women and mothers — I’m so grateful to know them
Which Hong Kong Mom would you like you to see featured next? Oh this is hard because I think so many are incredible, but I’ll have to say my buddy Bex Martini.