Children and ages? Liam, 11 and Riley, 9
Where were you born? Ottawa, Canada
Where do you currently live? South Surrey/White Rock in British Columbia
Where else have you lived? Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
How long did you live in Hong Kong? 20 years, 1 month, 5 days. The kids and I left at the end of June 2015. My husband continues to work and live in Hong Kong and we hope that he will join us next year
What brought you to Hong Kong and why did you stay? I arrived for a one week holiday in May 1995 and never left. I met my future husband (HK Chinese) in 1998 in a tourist tat shop in TST. We married in 2000.
What made you decide to leave? We left for many reasons: pollution, education, politics are the big ones. Hong Kong will always hold a large piece of my heart, but I know that the move to British Columbia was the best decision for our kids. I’m still a member of HK moms because my husband is still living in HK; I have so many friends still in HK; and I will never say never about returning in the future. I will maintain my PR status to keep our future options open.
What time of day do you check Hong Kong Moms? Usually in the evenings, when the kids are in bed.
What posts do you comment on and why? I try to comment on posts where I have pertinent information, although, I’ve been known to throw in my hat on “helper” threads from time to time, too. I also wrote a rather long post back during the protests which had almost 2000 likes so, I have been known to get political once in awhile.
What is the best thing you have learned from Hong Kong Moms? It is a great resource. There are all makes and models of people who use it and I have been lucky to make some very good friends through it. I also have quite a few people whom I feel like I know quite well but I’ve never actually met.
What is your favorite Hong Kong Moms post? The “butt-plugs and nipple clamps” thread — but nothing too hardcore.
Why do you read Hong Kong Moms? I find it quite entertaining and informative. There is at least one thread per day that interests me, for one reason or another.
What is your biggest Hong Kong fave? And frustration? My favorite thing about Hong Kong Moms is that it is a wonderful group of kind (for the most part) and generous women who have all been the “newbie” in HK at one time or another. My biggest frustration is when people ask easily “Google-able” question.
Did anyone ever recognize you or your name from Hong Kong Moms? YES. ALL. THE TIME. In the supermarket, at the hairdresser, in restaurants, at gatherings, at shows, in shops. The number of times I’ve heard, “OH! You’re Cara Ng!”… Then, I have to think, ‘Shit! What have I written lately?’
Have you met any friends through Hong Kong Moms? Dozens of very, very close friends, even more whom I would say are friends and a ton more who are acquaintances.
What do you miss about Hong Kong? My husband and friends. I miss the ease with which you can make new friends in HK. So many people are in the same situation that it kind of brings people together, whereas here (in Canada), people have been running in the same circles for sometimes decades, it makes breaking into those circles quite difficult. Maybe our move back to Canada is still too recent, but surprisingly, there is little else that I miss at the moment (ok, good dim sum!).