The last thing I ever thought I’d be doing is starting a blog about being a housewife, much less one set in Hong Kong, but as it turns out that’s just what’s going to keep me busy for at least the next couple of months. The Mr’s company offered him an opportunity he couldn’t resist and so here we are. To be honest, starting a blog kind of makes me want to throw up, not because I don’t like reading blogs but because I feel like it’s so two years ago, but even if no one reads this I’m sure the discipline of writing daily will improve my writing. Plus, it’s easier than keeping a journal. And, after all the reason we’re here is that Asia, whether we like it or not is a big part of all of our futures. So all those caveats aside, until I find my next big thing, you can check in here to find out about our Asian adventures and domestic travails.

Before we get started, a little (don’t worry–just a little) about me. I spent the better half of my childhood in Silicon Valley, headed to Indiana for undergrad at Notre Dame, and then came right back to the Bay Area to work at San Francisco magazine writing and editing (check out some of my pieces here). After five years there, I followed my card obsession to Minted, an online stationery start-up. I’m still working for them part-time from Hong Kong (check out some recent blog posts here), albeit remotely and from home, hence the housewife status. I also love to cook and entertain (my friends back home call me ‘Martha on Crack’) and so I’m excited to see what influence being in Asia will have on my cooking, entertaining, and decorating activities.

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  1. Hi Natasha! This is so awesome. It’s such a great opportunity! HK is one of my favorite cities. Not sure if Blake told you, my area of expertise is in relocating people around the world, so let me know if you have any questions!

    • Wow, Dennis. Awesome to hear from you! And, no I didn’t know you did that, but I will keep you in mind and PLEASE do let me know if you’re ever in HK for work. It would be great to see you!!

  2. This is a fantastic idea. I was going to email you to suggest you take pictures of all the awesome cuisine and put them on your twitter (on Friday, I just eaten a Chaccero sandwich and was checking Facebook and saw one of your tweets and it all mixed together up into my brain), and then I see that you have actually started a whole blog dedicated the HK experience. Awesome. Along the same lines, the more pictures of HK the better, a good mix of pictures and narrative will make this blog killer, but it seems like you already are two steps ahead as the maid post is a great template for posts.

  3. A fun blog. So is it actually 12 timezones to Boston? 🙂

  4. I think your site is interesting & I appreciate your writing style. Blog on.

  5. I’m a beijing housewife 🙂 I moved here to be with the Mr. too he’s like chinese chinese. We travel to hong kong often when he has business there. I love it there. I actually wish i lived there instead of beijing. loving your blog 🙂 enjoying all your posts. have a nice day!!! hope the weather is better there than it is here. its so gloomy.

  6. Dear HK Housewife,

    I came across your recent article about Notre Dame being the only college that bans the use of its logos on products made in China. Yet at the same time, Notre Dame is expanding its presence in China. Hypocrisy? I wanted to reach out to share this relevant animation created by the famous Taiwanese animators at Next Media Animation highlighting the hypocrisy of the university’s decision. Check out the animation:


    Feel free to post the video to your site. Just if you do, please remember to credit “Next Media Animation.”



  7. elizabeth rowan

    Welcome to HK! Sooo glad to find your fab blog. Love HK, love interiors and have long loved Minted! In fact, we printed our going away party invites with Minted for our HK send off! Keep up the beautiful work,

    • Harbourview Royal Serviced Apartment Causeway Bay Hong KongWe used similar rtaenls in St. Catharines ON Canada and London UK which were excellent regarding service, cleanliness, location and price. This time (as before) the rental procedure for the Hong Kong apartment was easy, efficient and quick. The deposit was handled via PayPal which is a very secure payment link. The check-in was well managed by David and his team. We liked the apartment the moment we walked in: clean, lots of light, good furnishings, big refrigerator and washing machine in the kitchen, easily adjustable air conditioning, WiFi with a very good signal, a big TV with many channels, lots of space in the living room, outstanding harbor view across to Kowloon and very friendly staff. The double bed in the master bedroom was comfortable and not too soft. The 2 bedroom flat easily sleeps 4 people. Both bedrooms have the outstanding harbour view across Victoria Harbour like the living room. The photos in the Internet advising the apartment are very accurate and match the apartment basically 1:1. The cleaning was done when we were out and we had fresh towels, bed sheets and empty waste baskets. Our privacy was always assured. David took very well care of us and assisted us whenever we needed his help (there were actually no rental or other issues with the flat). The check-in was quick and easy and so was the departure whereby we could benefit from a late check-out’ our airplane for the home flight leaving Hong Kong just before midnight. The location of the flat in Causeway Bay is excellent. One steps out of the door and is right in the middle of a shopper’s paradise. With boutiques, department stores, specialized stores for any need, bars for entertainment and nightlife and many restaurants for every taste, all kinds of Chinese, Japanese and other Asian and Western Food. A Starbucks is also very nearby for Starbucks Coffee lovers. Two recommendations in walking distance from the apartment may be mentioned: The Red Pepper is an excellent restaurant for spicy Sezchuan Food. And the Din Tai Fung Causeway Bay is a great place for dumplings and dim sum type food. Great value for money in both places. The Star Ferry to Kowloon and the Outer Islands is also near by. So is the Tram. Buses taking one all over Victoria Island to Aberdeen, Deepwater Bay, Repulse Bay, Stanley, etc. and also over to Kowloon are basically around the corner. Yes, we would recommend the apartment to our relatives and friends withoiut hesitation. OP

    • Hey, good to find someone who agrees with me. GMTA.

    • We spent several days at two of the 9 Studios. Can’t say enugoh about the views. Spent a fair bit of time and all times of day and night (jet lag) enjoying looking over the harbor. Truly a great way to see an amazing city. The neighborhood was also engaging and easy to get around in. We felt feel comfortable there and at the same time, we didn’t feel like we were in a tourist area. David provided wonderful service and we felt were well taken care of. No real downsides here.

  8. Hi! *waves*

    I also grew up in Silicon Valley, so reason stands that we may have run into each other at one point or another. I just moved to Nashville and am writing my blog a little bit about that-I’m an expat from California if you will 🙂 Hope we can be blog buddies/penpals!


  9. Love your blog. Please keep us posted

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