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Interview with Penelope

Today’s interview is with Penelope – a teacher and mother of one living in Hong Kong. In our interview, Penelope humbly refers to herself as “just a mother of a one year old boy.” Penelope is much more than that however – she’s a teacher with a specialized graduate degree, a traveler whose lived around the world, and indeed a wonderful and very stylish mother! I loved learning more about Penelope and some special moments in her life and I hope you all do too.

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Who are you? What do you do, and where do you live?

My name is is Penelope, but all my friends call me Penny. I’m 29, turning 30 in March!

I am a New Zealand born Chinese and have spent half my life in Hong Kong and the other half in New Zealand. I majored in Educational Psychology and after that did a postgrad degree in Early Childhood Teaching – so basically, I am an early childhood teacher. I taught mostly in New Zealand and a couple of years in Hong Kong kindergartens as an English teacher.

I met my husband in Hong Kong at my friend’s wedding, and I moved back to Hong Kong because of him. I stopped working after I became pregnant. My dear son is now one year old, I have been a full time mum since he was born. I have to say, teaching kids at work is much easier than having your own child!

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You’ve lived in several amazing places – Hong Kong and New Zealand! What was it like living in these two countries? What were the major differences that you noticed?

The major difference between the two countries I must say is a different lifestyle. In New Zealand, people are pretty laid back, never in a hurry. Monday is still in weekend mode, Friday by 3 PM is beer and pizza time, if you know what I mean. Auckland is definitely a much quieter place to live in where shops all close by 6 PM unless it’s a late night. Here in Hong Kong, people work much longer hours. Everyone seems to be in a hurry, rushing for MTR, bus, rushing to get to work, rushing to go home, rushing to get things done.  Hong Kong is a lot more busier, shops dont close till 10 PM or 11 PM at night. Some of my friends here work from 9 AM – 10 PM and that is called normal in Hong Kong. It is quite hard for me to accept that, and I am glad my husband doesnt have to work such long hours! Continue Reading