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Hong Kong minute

And just like that, almost 3 years had passed. One minute, I was giving birth to Little Miss Ha Gaau; the next, I was looking for a kindergarten for her for next school year. Mr. Diplomat moved on from handling cultural affairs to assisting our nationals and monitoring political and economic concerns. This means he is still busy attending events after office hours but not so much anymore for me to accompany him with (a very much welcome break if you ask me). I got my certificates for finishing the Cantonese language programme — basic, intermediate and advanced — of the International Social Service. I can construct sentences in Cantonese…with a prayer that the Hong Konger before me answers back in English (haha). I did volunteer work, had a short stint as an English translator, and found more accompanying spouses to enjoy afternoon teas with. Our private lives as just Daddy and Mommy are completely out of the window. Most of our nationals know and greet us. We talk to all of them, of course, but honestly remember previously …

Amazing baby race

I have been scouring the city for things for Little Miss Ha Gaau. Being in the final league of my pregnancy, I found my self wishing I was back home, where huge malls serve as one-stop shops for everything I need. The closest thing I got here is the Kid’s Wear and Maternity section in Harbour City. If you are into Armani Junior, Baby Dior, Burberry Kids, DKNY Kids, Fendi Kids, Gucci Kids, Ralph Lauren Childrenswear and Tommy Hilfiger Childrenswear, then you will definitely find everything here. I specifically go here for 0/3 baby and Babies R Us for Peg Perego and Graco products, respectively. For most other items, I have been dragging Mr. Diplomat to each of the following shops for the past couple of Fridays. Each shop is located in a different building or district, a fact of life we have come to accept in Hong Kong. Mothercare 305-307 Prince’s Building Central For bath mats, cotton balls, cotton buds, Moses baskets, and reasonably priced Avent bottles, bottle brushes, bottle warmers, cardigans, hats, maternity …

Hong Kong Travel Tips 21-30

21. Crocs and their escalators are not the best of friends. The shoe material seems to melt on prolonged contact with the metal sides of escalators. The good thing is that Crocs come at a cheaper price here, especially if you buy them from Citygate Outlets. 22. There is a Hong Kong-wide sale every January and July. 23. The Symphony of Lights is not for everyone. It is better to combine watching the show with another activity in your itinerary such as dining in a restaurant with a view of the Victoria Harbour, having drinks on a junk, or riding the Star Ferry. 24. Most cabs along Canton Road will ask for a minimum of HKD100 flag down rate at night. To avoid this illegal practice, take a cab from Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel along this road or from the bus terminal at its harbor end. 25. As a guide to the best bespoke tailors of Hong Kong, refer to forums instead of ads. 26. Save time by knowing the real-time ferry schedules to outlying …

Ladies who brunch

One of the first things I searched for before being posted in Hong Kong is an organization that caters to diplospouses in particular. There was none. I met my counterparts at random through my Cantonese class and diplomatic functions, but I was longing for something more regular than that. Last Tuesday, I found my self preparing for a ladies’ coffee morning primarily organized by the wives of the consuls general of Indonesia, Brunei and Myanmar. It was going to be my first diplomatic function without Mr. Diplomat, and I did not let my third trimester blues get in the way. That morning, I met some 40 new faces of the diplomatic corps, the wives of consuls, honorary consuls general, consuls general and heads of missions. My composure was specifically starstruck (not quite obviously, I hope) by having been able to chat with three women who belong to a family that Mr. Diplomat and I were recently watching about in The Biography Channel. Of specific interest were the wives of honorary consuls general as I found …

Booked!

Finally! After 7 months of shuttling between the public and private healthcare systems here for antenatal checks (from my previous post I need a private hospital and some Dunkin’ Donuts), I received the provisional booking confirmation for delivering at Matilda International Hospital. That is a feat given that I was only deferred once and I still have 6 weeks to go before the due date. Donations for the deposit and final hospital bill are very much welcome!