Summer with Bub in Hong Kong

Images of lazing on a junk boat in Victoria Harbour, casual drink in hand with the carefree smile of a full night’s sleep are nowhere to be found as I wrestle with the remote control of the air conditioner in my two bedroom flat, with Bub in the other arm, cursing randomly. This is, unfortunately, a daily routine.

Our air-con at home has two functions, the first is, fan (read: moving around the already hot air that turns our apartment into a fiery furnace) or, ice cave. Never has my interest in temperature been so great now that we have Bub and quite frankly I just can’t win. Should we dress Bub in long sleeve thin pajamas and have the ice cave blowing wind at us all night like the dragon Viserion in Game of Thrones blasting icicles onto our faces? Or, shall I put Bub in a singlet and watch him drench his little back with sweat in hot-fan-furnace mode? Neither is ideal.

My better half and I have reached an unusual happy medium (which somehow still involves me sweating at 4am) where we have the aircon in our second bedroom/cupboard, blowing cool air into our main bedroom. No direct air on Bub: tick. No more icicles on face: tick. Mildly acceptable conditions for sleep: tick.

None of this, sadly, involves me glistening at Lower Cheung Sha beach drinking aperol spritzes (no chance of that here). Summer has now become a war with temperature, thank you tropical Hong Kong. None of this seemed to matter as much pre-baby because, let’s be honest, I have never spent this much time at home in my life. Now it is critically important to get the balance right!

The other major adjustment is when to leave the house during the day – in this heat, strolling Bub around at midday would be no different to wheeling him around in a small oven. So we try to be smart and save our ‘adventures’ (read: short walks or cab rides to malls and cafes close by) to either early-ish in the morning or after 3pm. Midday walks are pretty offensive, and I don’t like that I am getting to know my body’s capacity to sweat in such great detail.

Poor Bub has picked up the sweaty gene from me (sorry little man) so we move around town strategically now, spending the hottest parts of the day at home, doing the usual air con routine I mentioned earlier…! Lucky Bub has started to laugh and giggle this week (the cutest thing ever) which instantly makes it all worthwhile, until the next time I go outside and melt, of course.

S xx


Sophia

Sophia is a new mum, slowly adapting to the many changes that a new baby brings to life. She is a keen writer and adventurer who loves to travel, although now considers leaving the house and walking around Kennedy Town, where she lives, an adventure in itself (ah, how times change post baby).

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Diary of an 852 Mama

We’re excited to introduce our new guest blogger Sophia! Guest Blog

Sophia is a new mum, slowly adapting to the many changes that a new baby brings to life. She is a keen writer and adventurer who loves to travel, although now considers leaving the house and walking around Kennedy Town, where she lives, an adventure in itself (ah, how times change post baby). She is currently on maternity leave, loves cuddles and smiles from her baby boy and fears living with no sleep and going back to work in a couple of months’ time.

She will be guest blogging for 852 Mamas weekly and writing about the highs and lows of Hong Kong mum life as well as baby friendly places to see, eat and enjoy in the 852.

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Play-Dates

One of our goals for 852 Mamas is to offer weekly play-dates.

We’re excited to share our newest play-date partnership is with Baumhaus!

Baumhaus Playdate (1)852 Mamas will have play-dates at both their Harbor City and Wan Chai playrooms.

This comes at just the right time as it’s heating up in Hong Kong and outdoor play dates will be on pause until Fall!

Baumhaus is a wonderful location to meet other Mamas, play with your baby in their playroom and grab a drink or snack in the cafe!

Harbor City, TST

Wednesdays from 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Wan Chai

Fridays from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Baumhaus has been kind enough to offer a discounted playroom fee of $50 to 852 Mamas Members only. 


From time to time our lovely members will open their homes for a play-date. All play-dates will be announced in our monthly newsletter. To receive our newsletter please sign up to become an 852 Mamas member.

Most Hong Kong apartments are *clears throat* relatively small, so play-dates will have a maximum number of guests allowed. This is decided on a first come, first serve basis. Be sure to rsvp as soon as you receive our newsletter!


Interested in hosting a play date? Complete the form below and we’ll be in touch!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mompreneurs

 

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In 852 Mamas we’re all about supporting each other! We want to use this space as a platform to highlight Mama Entrepreneurs: Mompreneurs!

 

We invite our Members to send us an email with relevant business information we should know about what you do, sale, what service you provide, etc. including a short bio and photo for the website; don’t forget to tell us a little about your life as a Mama!

852mamas@gmail.com

 

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Charity Hike

Join us on a Baby-wearing Charity Hike!
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Donations and photos will be taken at the start of the hike. Helpers are welcome to join this hike!

All donations go to support the Hong Kong Domestic Helper’s Dance Class.

Classes run in Tung Chung on Sundays from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. The studio rental is $100/hour and the class is always FREE for Helpers.

Take a look below for a few photos of the Helpers Class!

Hike: The Peak
Day & Time: Friday, May 25th @ 10:00am
*Weather Permitting*

 

 

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