Posted by: sammerz | 26 April, 2019

8 years in Hong Kong!

8 years in Hong Kong! Notable milestones include:

  • Sam became a permanent resident (attainable after 7 years)
  • Steph got a new job
  • The boys getting cuter, cheekier, smarter
  • Sam has officially worked as a teacher longer than an engineer!

Now that we’re (officially?) in Hong Kong for the long-term, what’s our exit strategy? Our reason for eventually heading back to Australia is now because of our kids’ education.  Ideally we want them to finish secondary school in Australia, and also “serve” their time in Australia so their kids obtain Citizenship by Descent if born abroad.  If Selwyn is to begin secondary in Australia, we’re looking at a January 2026 start.  But that would mean Shaun would be in Grade 4.  What if Shaun’s Cantonese/Chinese isn’t that good at that stage (it’ll always mean Selwyn has extra 3 years of Canto)?  What if Selwyn wouldn’t want to leave Hong Kong because of his friends?  What if Sam doesn’t want to teach in Australia? What if…?  We’d like to plan now, but there will always be plenty of “What Ifs” later and it would need to be a decision we make as a family.

Once again here are the memorable moments, spiritual growing and church involvement, travelling, exploring and experiencing, working and living in HK milestones in the past year:

Statistics since relocation (past year in brackets):

  • 343 visitors (+47)
  • 39 trips out of HK (+4)
  • 30 weddings attended (+4)
  • 31 weddings missed (+3: sorry Calvin & Eunice, Elliot & Jasmine, James & Yi-Ting)

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