Marisa Zeman-McConnell

Where were you born? Montreal, Canada.

Where else have you lived?  London, England for university; and a two-year stint in Melbourne, Australia.

How long have you been in Hong Kong?  Since I was a wee three-months old.

Which part of Hong Kong do you live in? Southside

Children and ages? Nearly two-and-a-half year old twins and a three-and-a-half week old baby.

Are you working in Hong Kong and what do you do? I have my own business — a women’s clothing brand, Nude is Rude by Marisa Zeman. I used to have a shop in LKF but when I started having kids, I moved to the business online as it was easier to manage, not to mention more cost effective.

What work did you do in your past lives? Once upon a time I lived in the deep trenches of the restaurant business. I was also a creative director and graphic designer. I once worked in an interior design firm too.

What brought you to Hong Kong and why have you stayed? My parents brought me to here and I stayed because I was too young to live on my own. Eventually I went to school and lived overseas for university and higher education but ultimately, I came home as my family is in Hong Kong. I realized from absence that my heart had grown fonder of this unique little island. It really is a special place.

What time of day do you check Hong Kong Moms? At the moment, I am home with my newborn and so I have carpel tunnel syndrome in my right hand from checking my phone too often. I am trying to wean myself down to five times per day.

What posts do you comment on and why? Things that I have had personal experience with or about in the past, with the hope of helping someone out through my own learned knowledge.

I also like to add in funny comments as sometimes things are taken too seriously and it is nice to lighten things up.

What is the best thing you have learned from Hong Kong Moms? The power of community.

What are your favorite Hong Kong Moms posts? When other moms post about the toddler trials and tribulations. It helps to know that when you are in tantrum hell, you are not alone.

What do you ask Hong Kong Moms? Everything that my mother can’t answer for me.

What is your biggest Hong Kong fave? How easy life is here. How efficient everything is. Our proximity to everything locally and globally. And the deep friendships that are formed here.

And frustration? Pollution and summer humidity.

Does anyone ever recognize you or your name from Hong Kong Moms? Yes. She thought I was an idiot and now we’re the best of friends, haha!

What kind of friendships have you made through Hong Kong Moms? I met a girl at our friend’s Christmas party and we’ve become great friends. She then remembered my name from a comment I made on her post years earlier which she had completely disagreed with and we’ve always had a laugh about it.

Which Hong Kong Mom would you like you to see featured next? Suzie Levett from Snug-a-licious.

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