All posts tagged: diplobrat

Fatherhood, twice over

Our eldest daughter will turn 3 years old this March. After the first few sleepless months of making her milk in the middle of the night and cleaning after her poop, wee-wee and barf, things have finally settled down. We have been blessed with an inquisitive and precocious child. I have been pleasantly surprised numerous times regarding the fantastic progress that she has made. At babycenter, she has consistently surpassed the milestones appropriate for her age, except for her supposedly being fully toilet trained by now (ooops!). As I am typing this now, she is beside me playing a memory game on the iPhone, a device that she learned to navigate on her own. She can already read letters and numbers, and can converse in complete sentences. When we were young, a child was already considered gifted if he or she could read by the age of 3 years. I am guessing that, with the advent of information technology, the way of thinking of the next generation will also be wired differently. It’s a totally …

Little Miss Glitterbug

Early today was Little Miss Siu Baau’s first playgroup in Just Juniors. She is 2 years old. For Hong Kong standards, she started pretty late already. Some children her age already graduated from playgroup and are going to prenursery next school year. Children do not commonly enrol in playgroups back home. They rely on their siblings, cousins and neighbors, their very own natural playgroup. Being an only child (so far) and an accompanying one at that, however, means she will grow up without constant friends. She has to rely primarily on me and Mr. Diplomat for that. If our private staff can stay with us until she goes to college, then all the better. This playgroup is part of creating constants for her. Her Mondays and Wednesdays will now be spent with faces that will grow more and more familiar each time. Today may have been an adjustment day full of crying and chasing, but I know she enjoyed it as she whimpered when she already had to say bye-bye to her teacher and new …

School for Little Miss Siu Baau

Little Miss Siu Baau turned 2 years old recently, Mr. Diplomat and I have been discussing how we are going to go about her education. In the British system, which is being followed in Hong Kong, she will have to go through nursery, reception, year 1 and year 2 here. Our preschooler will start a year from now, but with the mile-long waiting list in English schools here, starting to look for schools now just might be all too late. A friend gave us a pamphlet, Education 2011, tailored to guide expats in choosing schools here. If we are going for an international school, we are looking at annual fees of HKD43,000 in the case of Norwegian International School to HKD189,100 in the case of Hong Kong International School. Some international schools also require debentures of HKD50,000 to 1,000,000 on top of the annual fees. Another option presented in the pamphlet is to go for schools under the English Schools Foundation (ESF schools), which applies the British system as adapted to Hong Kong. The annual fees …