Posted by: sammerz | 26 April, 2022

11 Years in Hong Kong!

Yes, after over 2 years, COVID is still around and here to stay it seems. Lessons have moved online, sports lessons have been on and off (mostly off), and attending online church is a thing now. Steph now volunteers as a “Chat Host” for the online church sessions. Since July 2021, Sam has been helping out as an MC for in-person church sessions. Selwyn’s taekwondo/football/swimming and Shaun’s judo/basketball/swimming lessons have been happening on and off sporadically too. Just 5 days ago the “5th wave restrictions” have finally lifted so gyms/parks/recreations have finally opened up, restaurants can now open past 6pm (yes it was that much of an overreaction!), but beaches and swimming pools are still closed. Here’s hoping we can travel out of Hong Kong soon – it’s the mandatory designated hotel quarantine upon return that’s preventing us from travelling!

Some highlights for the year:

  • May 2021: Selwyn turned 7
  • June 2021: Sam completed teaching the first cohort of a new IB Mathematics curriculum. 2 years of curriculum setting and lesson planning (for both in-person and online modes) have finally paid off!
  • August 2021: Shaun turned 4
  • 1/10/2021: Selwyn got baptised at ICA!
  • October 2021: Sam resumed regular gym sessions after….. 4.5 years?
  • November 2021: Steph began taking regular Muay Thai sessions
  • December 2021: Steph was promoted to Director level!
  • 19/12/2021: Selwyn promotes to Taekwondo green stripe!
  • 28/12/2021: wedding of Stanley & Annie in Hong Kong (over Zoom)
  • 22/02/2022: wedding of Adrian & Canmy in Melbourne (over Zoom)
  • April 2022: Sam preached for the first time ever at ICA! (Pre-recorded due to COVID restrictions)

Statistics since relocation (past year in brackets):

  • 352 visitors (+0 still, thanks to COVID)
  • 45 trips out of HK (+0 still, thanks to COVID)
  • 38 weddings attended (+2, via Zoom)

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