Posted by: sammerz | 26 April, 2018

7 years in Hong Kong!

Well friends, we’ve finally made it to 7 years since we relocated from Australia.  In that time, our marriage has grown stronger and we’ve been blessed with 2 handsome and cheeky boys with very different personalities.  Though Hong Kong has become a permanent home for us – home is where our family is, and wherever God takes us.  For now, we feel it’s best for all us to settle here for a few more years – and perhaps head back Down Under for the kids’ latter years of education.

Milestones over the past year

Here’s the summary of milestones categorised into celebrating memorable moments, spiritual growing and church involvement, travelling, exploring and experiencing, working and living in HK:

  • 29/04/17 Sam participated in his 3rd Spartan Race
  • 07/05/17 Sam and Steph mentored a team of St. Paul’s Convent School students in creating an app and business model in the Technovation Challenge. The girls won the Senior Division in Hong Kong and got tickets to participate in the Global Pitch Summit in Silicon Valley! Click here to read about the team’s journey.
  • May 2017 Celebrated Selwyn’s 3rd birthday
  • July 2017 Sam finishes 3 years at St. Paul’s Convent School 
  • 01/08/17 Shaun was born!
  • August 2017 Sam starts a new job at Po Leung Kuk Choi Kai Yau School
  • 30/09/17 Sam was scratched (superficially, thank God) by a monkey – only a month into the new job on Monkey Hill!
  • 07/10/17 Attended David & Esther’s Wedding
  • October 2017 Celebrated Shaun’s 2.5 months and Steph’s birthday on the same evening
  • October 2017 Sam’s bro Isaac & Lana’s son (and Sam’s nephew), Jacob Ezekiel Leong, was born!
  • November 2017 Travelled to Melbourne, Australia (Sam & Selwyn for a week, Steph and Shaun for a month including Brisbane)
  • 05/11/17 Attended Sam’s bro Elisha & Amy’s wedding!
  • 09-11/11/17 Sam travelled to Beijing, China, for IB Workshop
  • Late November 2017 Selwyn is officially off diapers, woo!
  • 26-30/12/17 Travelled to Bangkok, Thailand
  • 07/01/18 Shaun was dedicated to God at ICA
  • 21/01/18 Sam participated in his 4th Standard Chartered Half-Marathon (PB: 2:44’09”)
  • 24/02/18 Sam, Steph and Selwyn travelled to Macau for a day trip
  • 31/03/18 Sam’s first hike on Lion Rock
  • April 2018 Selwyn finally slept in his own room, for 3 weeks in a row, and counting….

Statistics since relocation (past year in brackets):

  • 296 visitors (+10)
  • 33 trips out of HK (+4)
  • 26 weddings attended (+2)
  • 28 weddings missed (+4: sorry Wing Hong & Sam’s cousin Ee Jia, Oliver & Natazia, Seth & Carmen, Jason & Tze Shin)
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Posted by: sammerz | 14 August, 2017

Shaun @ Day 14

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Our 2nd son 🙂

Photo by: Season Photography.

Posted by: sammerz | 01 August, 2017

Shaun Chung Him Leong (梁頌謙)

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Shaun, our second son.  A proud Dad, a strong Mum, a cute baby (and an excited older bro).

Posted by: sammerz | 01 May, 2017

Shaun

We would like to announce that our second son will be named:

Shaun Chung Him Leong

In Chinese, it is:

梁頌謙

Some pronunciations:
  • Cantonese: Leung4 Chung6 Him1
  • Putonghua/Mandarin: Liang2 Song4 Qian1
  • Malaysian/Hokkien: Leong Siung Chien
Like Selwyn, our desire is for Shaun to life a life that glorifies God and he pursues all that God has called him to be.  Our prayer is for him to grow strong, healthy, full of God’s wisdom and blessing.

Why Shaun?

Shaun is originally Irish and means:
  • God is gracious
  • Gift from God
We live our lives to be more like God’s Son, Jesus.  Jesus is the epitome of God’s grace, and He is God’s gift to us.  Likewise, Shaun will be a reminder of God’s grace for us and he is a gift for our family.

Why 頌謙?

The two Chinese names come from 頌 (which means praise) and 謙卑 (which means humble).
Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul.
I will praise the LORD as long as I live;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.’ – Psalm 146:1-2 (ESV)
Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in what is right,
and teaches the humble his way.
All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies. – Psalm 25:8-10 (ESV)
『你們要讚美耶和華。
我的心哪!要讚美耶和華。
我還活著的時候,我要讚美耶和華;
我還在世上的時候,我要歌頌我的神。』- 詩篇 146:1-2 (CNV)
『 耶和華是良善和正直的,
因此他必指示罪人走正路。
他必引導謙卑的人行正義,
把他的道路教導謙卑的人。
遵守耶和華的約和法度的人,
耶和華都以慈愛和信實待他們。 』 – 詩篇 25:8-10 (CNV)
We pray that Shaun’s name will be a reminder for all of us to live a life of praise and humbleness – a life that honours and glorifies God.

Other cool facts

  • 頌 is Steph’s middle name.  (Selwyn and Sam share the same middle name, 信, which means “faith”.)
  • “頌 Him” looks like “praise Him”
  • “Shaun” sounds almost like “shone” (光亮) which is in Sam’s name (光信).
  • Shaun as in “Shaun the Sheep”, not “Sean Connery” or “Shawn Mendes” 😉
We appreciate your love, support and prayers for baby Shaun! 🙂
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Posted by: sammerz | 26 April, 2017

6 years in Hong Kong!

Today marks the 6th year since we left our Aussie jobs and took a leap of faith to Hong Kong.  What began as a “2 year test run” has now become rather permanent.

Last year we mentioned that we hoped to have another child – and so we will!  Though not a girl as we originally hoped for, but God has answered Selwyn’s prayer for a little brother!  Coming soon: some time in mid-August!

Milestones over the past year

Here’s the summary of milestones categorised into celebrating memorable moments, spiritual growing and church involvement, travelling, exploring and experiencing, working and living in HK:

Statistics since relocation (past year in brackets):

  • 286 visitors (+29)
  • 29 trips out of HK (+5)
  • 24 weddings attended (+4)
  • 24 weddings missed (+2: sorry Samuel&Melissa, Fred&Veronica)
Posted by: sammerz | 11 February, 2017

Bug 2.0

We’re very excited to announce that Selwyn will have a baby brother! #S4family 

Posted by: sammerz | 08 February, 2017

Bug or Baguette?

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It’s guessing game time again!  Do you think it’s a bug (BOY) or baguette (GIRL)?

Submit your vote at http://bit.ly/s4quiz1 – poll closes when we find out (around this weekend!)

Posted by: sammerz | 28 January, 2017

We’re upgrading!

We’re happy to announce that we will soon be upgrading from #S3family to #S4family!

Steph is now 12 weeks pregnant and the expected due date is 13th August 2017!

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Posted by: sammerz | 27 May, 2016

Sam’s #HKburger list – May 2016

This is my current list of favourite burger shops, with my favourite burger from each one. Some seasonal specials I enjoyed are listed in the honourable mention section.  Bon apetit!

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Posted by: sammerz | 11 May, 2016

Happy 2nd birthday, Selwyn!

Happy birthday, Selwyn!  You’ve grown so much!

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