South African in Macau


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 have been accepted into the Maters of Counselling and Psychotherapy at USJ in Macau and will be starting in September 2018.

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.

There is a community of expats from all over the world, including South Africa here, and  when all of us get together there is always a lot of laughs and a sense of community.  I am part of the International ladies club Macau where there is variety of amazing ladies that have lived here a long time.  They are eager to help in any way they can and do a lot for the community of Macau.

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.