Lady Estrelita Salunga-Kim

Where were you born? The Pearl of the Orient Seas, Philippines

Where else have you lived? Korea and Hong Kong

How long have you been in Hong Kong? We moved here in January 2012 and left in August 2014. We came back in January 2015 after having a rest in the Philippines.

Which part of Hong Kong do you live in? At first, we lived in To Kwa Wan with my husband’s friend. After a year, we moved into a small unit in Hung Hom. When we decided to come back to HK have a baby, so we found an affordable two-bedroom unit in Tin Shui Wai, NT.

Children and ages? We have been blessed this year with a beautiful and healthy baby girl, Kim Soo Yeon. She is now five-months old.

Lady Estrelita Salunga-Kim with daughter Kim Soo Yeon

Are you working in Hong Kong and what do you do? I am currently a full time housewife. ☺

What work did you do in your past lives? Hmmm…After I graduated, I worked as an administrative assistant for a year in Fontana Leisure Parks and Casino Clarkfield, Philippines. Then, I went to Manila and worked in HSBC-HDPP as a process executive for three-plus years and only left when I joined my husband in Korea.

I stayed in Korea for a year and was not able to get a job as I couldn’t speak Hangeul. I studied Hangeul but was not able to master the language as my husband and I talk in English.

In Hong Kong, I worked as a customer service officer for a shopping website based in Australia. Afterwards, I joined the team of an employment agency in Central as a liaison officer.

What brought you to Hong Kong and why have you stayed? Well, my husband got a job offer here and the compensation package was quite attractive. After my miscarriage, I followed him here and looked for a job so I could contribute to our household expenditures — considering the rent does not come cheap. One of the reasons we came back to HK is the security and safety of the city in comparison to my hometown. We can walk in the middle of the night without the fear of getting robbed. Also, the public services are not substandard.

What time of day do you check Hong Kong Moms?  Hmmm…no definite time, actually. Once my baby is asleep and have finished my chores.

You have posted some funny and personal stories that elicited a lot of response. How has this been helpful to you in those situations? Were you surprised by the comments?  Sometimes I feel like I shared too much but during those times, life was so hard for me. I was in so much pain-physically and emotionally. It was torture. I was angry, sad, lonely and helpless. My mom and my sisters were always busy so, I couldn’t really talk to them. I needed emotional support and I got it from Hong Kong Moms. I was able to surpass those difficult moments with the encouraging messages and support of Hong Kong Moms. I am forever grateful.

I was also quite surprised with how much the Hong Kong Moms were willing to extend their help during those times. A generous mom gave me her two Annerley sessions and Annerley contacted me immediately. Another mom gave me her make-up session and even offered to drive me in case I needed to go somewhere. Also, there was a lovely mom who offered to take care of my daughter so I could have a rest in her room. I did receive numerous helps like going to our home to help me with the chores. Words are not enough to express my gratitude to these wonderful ladies.

What posts do you comment on and why? I do not normally comment on certain posts but will hit the “like” button instead. I, however, feel the need to leave a comment on posts similar to what I’ve experienced (breastfeeding difficulty and success, juicing, acne, shopping, Korean products and the like).

What is the best thing you have learned from Hong Kong Moms?  On becoming a mother. I was clueless at first and always questioned myself whether I was doing the right thing for my daughter. With the help of Hong Kong Moms, I gained confidence especially on breastfeeding.

What is your favorite Hong Kong Moms post?  Not really my favorite, but the story of the homeless lady in Central caught my interest.

What do you ask Hong Kong Moms? I ask almost everything hahaha… Well, mostly about baby matters.

What is your biggest Hong Kong fave?  Shopping! And when there are sales, you really can get massive discounts! I also love that you can buy different varieties of fresh produce here. As I love making cold-pressed juices, fresh and organic fruits and vegetables excite me.

What is your craziest Hong Kong experience?  My life is pretty boring haha…However, I was mistakenly referred as my daughter’s nanny for two occasions. Until my baby was months old, she refused to be placed down so I always carried her. Aside from taking care of my baby, I needed to clean the house, do the laundry, cook the food for me and my husband. I did not have time to even take care of myself — just shower, brush teeth, apply lotion and tie hair.

Does anyone ever recognize you or your name from Hong Kong Moms? There was a time when my baby and I visited Annerley for the breastfeeding clinic. When I was sharing my breastfeeding journey, the friendly and lovely nurse recognized me from my story.

What kind of friendships have you made through Hong Kong Moms?  I have gained a number of friends from Hong Kong Moms. We have been invited several times to meet but due to my busy schedule at home — baby and household chores, I am having difficulty managing the time to go out to meet for lunch/tea. They constantly check on me and they never fail to give me tips and encouragements.

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