Children and Ages? Yes, a set of Dragon/Phoenix twins, currently 6 years old
Where were you born? Dallas, Texas
Where else have you lived? Houston, Texas and Vail, Colorado
How long have you been in Hong Kong? Five years
Are you working in Hong Kong? Yes, I’m a partner at Bauhinia Solutions as a SME Strategist specializing in helping clients to clarify their story, create their marketing plans, and guide them through implementation of their strategies.
What motivates you to organize protests?
I’m not really sure. It comes from a place deep in my soul. I said in a recent post, “Change doesn’t happen standing idly and silently by”. The world should and can be a better place, but we have to speak out if we want to be heard. Some people internalize, some people externalize, and I organize. It’s how I sleep at night and face my children in the morning.” I’m willing to put myself on the line for it, and take the time for it, therefore, I simply must. I guess I don’t feel like I even have a choice.
What brought you to Hong Kong and why have you stayed?
Trailing Spouse! And we have stayed because we love it. I can’t think of anywhere else on Earth that we would rather be. Hong Kong is an exciting and stimulating city full of amazing people and opportunities. It is safe for the kids, the food is amazing, and for us, it’s the new center of the world.
What time of day do you check Hong Kong Moms?
On and off, throughout the day, probably at least 7-10 times. When I am helping a client learn about breakthroughs in social media, that number could easily double.
What posts do you typically comment on and why?
Gender issues, education/learning, travel, doctor, salon, and restaurant questions. But, I only comment when I feel like I have something to add, like a new perspective or suggestion.
What is the best thing you have learned form Hong Kong Moms?
That a community can speak as one. It’s been amazing to see two very successful campaigns for We Are Not Things (WANT), wholly to the credit of the Hong Kong Moms community. That, and where to find “yellow box” Cheerios.
What is your favorite Hong Kong Moms post?
Eeek! Am I allowed to say the one about DD on behalf of WANT? 😉 I took a lot of personal heat, insult, and criticism, but in end, the voice of the community spoke louder than I ever could have.
What do you ask Hong Kong Moms?
Besides the request to campaign on behalf of WANT, almost anything – -particularly when I need a suggestion for a new nail place, a doctor referral, or encounter a new parenting issue, for which I am unclear on the cultural boundaries/expectations.
What is your biggest Hong Kong fave?
Right now, I’m having a love affair with Little Bao.
What is your biggest Hong Kong frustration?
How literally impossible it is to get around the city with either a pram or a wheelchair. I don’t use either right now, but I remember when I had to and it scarred me, permanently.
What is your craziest Hong Kong experience?
I moved here with a set of 18 month-old twins, and my husband was away for work 300 days the first year. I didn’t have a helper straightaway, so I took the kids everywhere. People bumped and jostled, raced me to the train, took pictures of them. One day, I’m in a MTR station trying to use the one lift to get out. I’m there for at least 20 minutes while I see lift after lift with no room. Finally, the doors open and it’s empty! I am so excited, and start forward, and no joke, people literally RUN to get in the lift before me. By the time I get there, it’s far too full. I’m so over it, I shove the front steel plate of the pram into the door and prevent it from closing. I explain that I have been waiting a very long time and need priority in the lift. Blank faces. I stand. Lift buzzers blaring, I let go of the pram, fold my arms, and explain calmly that this lift is not leaving without me. A few embarrassed people get out, but not enough for us to quite “fit”. So, I hop over the front of the stroller, unbuckle each child, hand them to strangers (trapped in the corners), and proceed with folding the pram just enough to get the doors to close. I then proceeded to preach to the racers, I mean people, who were now facing the walls of the lift in embarrassment, about how some prams and wheelchairs can’t get out of the MTR any other way and why priority availability was important. The two unlucky ones held my children until I had disembarked, unfolded and prepped the pram at the “unloading floor”, and handed them off to me patiently, apologizing all the while.
It taught me two things: First, to run faster, and second, that people in a society so compact and crowded aren’t horrible people, they just aren’t paying attention.
Does anyone ever recognize you or your name from Hong Kong Moms?
Yes! Nicole, my business partner said, “I have a new potential client who I suggested work with you. She said to tell you that she saw on Hong Kong Moms that you might need to borrow a sewing machine. She can bring one to your session if you want her to. Just let her know.” I had never heard of the client before that, but knew from that moment that we would get on brilliantly!
Have you met any friends through Hong Kong Moms?
I have! I love that, in starting conversations within the community, you can whittle your way through the noise and the crowd to find amazing and inspiring people.
Which Hong Kong Mom would you like you to see featured next?