Steve, Hannah, Cataline, and Ariella Rose are an international family that has lived in Shunyi for the past 6 years. Steve is Canadian and a middle school Art Teacher at International School of Beijing (ISB), co-captain of a hockey team, member of Dirty City Band Vocals, guitarist, and graffiti artist. Hannah hails from the Philippines and works as the middle school drama, dance teacher, and theater director at ISB, is a certified master yoga instructor, and ISTA theater artist. It’s safe to say this modern family has their hands pretty full with life in Beijing. Together, Steve and Hannah develop experiences to help students connect with themselves, each other, the community, and the world through the arts.
How do you transport yourself around the city?
Tuk-tuk, electric car, electric motorbike, long board, wagon, and bicycles
Brunch at The Orchard for the parents and The English Tea Room at Shine City for the girls
798 arts district and hiking with Beijing Hikers
Favorite Spot to Relax
For daddy, a small bottle shop that specializes in imported IPA’s and peanuts. For mommy, Starlight Salon at Euro plaza offers a blow dry and head massage at an affordable price
Favorite Weekend Activity
Weekends tend to be filled with chores and delivering the kiddos to where they need to be. Beer and hockey is often involved, also yoga retreats. I love teaching yoga and co-hosting empowering retreats with life coach Caneisha Berry.
Adapted Chinese Culture
We love ayi!
Best Kid’s Clothes Shop
Clothing swaps and auctions
Best Shop for Groceries
Daddy likes to head to the fruit and veggie lady near my favorite bottle shop because she’s a tad cheaper than Jenny’s. She gives my daughters free fruit and I can stop for a quick beer after I go shopping.
Photos: Dave’s Studio
This article originally appeared on p 64 of beijingkids August 2017 issue.
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