Hong Kong numbers for every Mama’s Little Black Book!
Whether you have lived in this city your whole life or are new to the scene, finding assistance when you’re in sticky situations can be difficult, or worse, chaotic. To help you out, we have compiled a list of essential Hong Kong numbers to add to your contacts, apps to install and websites to bookmark. From babysitters and part-time cleaners to at-home doctors and online grocers, we’ve got you covered, mamas!
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Sleep-deprived mothers cannot possibly be everywhere at all times! That’s why childcare services are such a godsend. Nanny placement agencies can help with babysitting, maternity services, child tutoring and temporary or permanent part-time childminding positions. Some Western families are more familiar and comfortable with this set up instead of employing a foreign domestic worker, who may or may not have childcare qualifications.
If you would rather have live-in full-time help though, it’s a good idea to have the essential Hong Kong numbers, websites and apps of ethical helper agencies at your fingertips.
Childcare is one area where the human touch and word-of-mouth recommendations are often relied on more than a digital interface! So most apps in this domain are confined to feed timers, vaccination records and reminders and milestone markers.
Babysitting and childminding services
Hong Kong Teen PT, www.HongKongTeenPT.com
Hong Kong Teen Sitters, www.TeenSitters.com
Groceries and food
If you’re looking to buy sustainable seafood, organic grass-fed beef or lamb, hormone-free and antibiotic-free eggs and chicken, chances are that you have shopped online before. This category has plenty of essential Hong Kong numbers and websites – while some of these exist only online, a few have retail stores where you can meet your meat. Although most of these focus on fish and meat, a few also offer a selection of fruits and vegetables, ready-to-cook bites and other pantry items. We’ve also included food delivery apps because there are times when you just need someone else to do the hard work for you!
Sourcing high-quality groceries is tough in Hong Kong. Enter Eat The Kiwi! It stocks a range of sustainably sourced seafood and produce from farms with fresh air and lush pastures. No steroids, hormones, antibiotics or other nasties here in its free-range offerings. Whether you’re ordering meat, dairy, fruits, vegetables or snacks like pies and pastries (or have subscribed to have regular scheduled deliveries!) your goods will be kept cool with recyclable ice-packs and packaging. Its unique “wool cool” keeps frozen goods cool for up to 10 hours (so no worries if you’re not home for delivery) and breaks down to soil even when disposed of in landfill.
Sassy Mama perk: Use discount code SASSY15 for 15% off one order. Valid until Friday, 31 December 2021.
Jou Sun, www.jousun.com
Spicebox Organics, 137 Caine Road, Shop 1, Golden Valley Mansion, Mid Levels, Hong Kong, 2559 9887
Does your list of things to do around the house take on a life of its own and multiply overnight? Why not delegate some of these tasks to the experts? Luckily for you, we’ve got the numbers of part-time cleaners, dry cleaners, odd job men and more for you to call on when you need them.
At the heart of this city’s bustling efficiency is its amazing public transport system which we couldn’t live without! These apps and websites will make it even easier to navigate!
Entertainment and beauty
This should rank high up on every mama’s list! Because we all need to let our hair down (after it’s properly styled, of course!), here’s a list of apps you’ll need for eating, drinking and being merry in Hong Kong.
Beauty at home
Hong Kong essentials
If you’ve lived in this city for any significant amount of time, you’ll know that there are some essential Hong Kong numbers, apps and websites that you cannot do without. From mobile wallets for your next impulse purchase to weather and pollution checks, they are part and parcel of everyday life in the city. And all Hong Kong mamas know that they have to keep an eye on the up-to-date Education Bureau Website to know whether their little ones have school when a thunderstorm standby signal is hoisted.
Education Bureau Hong Kong, www.edb.gov.hk
Other parent essentials
Nothing could be more important than keeping our kids happy and safe. When it comes to essential Hong Kong numbers, it’s always best to get and store the emergency contact details of your child’s paediatrician or the nearest hospital. If not, there are a few at-home services in Hong Kong that you can rely on.
Even when there isn’t an emergency, taking care of our kids can be taxing! Use some of the amazing audiobook apps available to keep them occupied while you catch a power nap on your sofa. You need downtime too, so download some meditation apps to reach a Zen-like state. When you’re calm, you’ll enjoy recording and watching your baby journals so much more!
Doctors at home
Music, meditation and audiobooks
Useful baby development apps and baby journals
Read more: 10 Practical Tips For Mums Without Helpers
Editor’s note: This post was originally written by Stephanie Ma on 25, July 2017 and updated by Anita Balagopalan on 29, July 2019.