Hi there! My name is Andri and I have been happily living in Macau since November 2017.
I was born in Pietermaritzburg in the KwaZulu Natal province and raised in Rooihuiskraal in the Gauteng province of South Africa. I grew up in a warm and loving home and had a happy childhood. Growing up we would go to my father’s parents in Namibia, and have some holidays in the Port Shepstone area of KwaZulu Natal. I grew up in one house and never moved anywhere till I moved to Macau, so it was a major move and shift in thinking for me. We are a very close family and I really love spending time with them. Being away from my family is really hard, but being with my husband in a new country is a really exciting adventure and is really drawing us closer together.
I have classical and contemporary training in Vocals and had my own business giving singing and guitar lessons to children from the ages of 7 till adulthood for 9 years. I really loved teaching so much and love seeing how students develop as musicians and individuals as the years went by. Having to give up my studio was a really hard part of the move to Macau.
I studied Psychology at UNISA and finished my degree and honors degree there. I am planning to complete my Masters in Psychology during the next couple of years that we will be living in Macau.
I am married to a strong, loving and kind man. We decided to move to Macau to further his career in the aviation industry after praying about it a lot. We are Christians and believe that God has a purpose for us in Macau. We are a community of South Africans sharing the same culture and language which is Afrikaans. We have made friends with a great Australian couple as well and when all of us get together there is always a lot of laughs and a sense of community.
I visited Macau with my husband in February 2017 to see how the island looks and get a feel for the city for our potential new home. Coming from South Africa, I did not know what to expect from Macau. I was pleasantly surprised by the city. To get to Macau, it is a 12 and a half hour plane ride from South Africa to Hong Kong, and 70 minute ferry ride from Hong Kong to Macau. It’s a really long journey, but once your there it is really exciting but very different to South Africa.
Join me in my journey and adventures in Macau.