Meet Alexander Molina, father of three and a partner in the Mosto Restaurant Group
Tell us about your family.
My wife Eva is from Sweden and
I’m from Colombia. Our daughter
Edda is four, and our twin boys Milo
and Dante are four months. We live
How long has your family been
My wife came to China in 1996 and
I arrived ten years later.
Congratulations on your twin
sons! What was the birthing
Wonderful! They were born at Beijing
United Family Hospital. It was
different from our first child in that
we knew what to expect – although
having twins is definitely double
trouble! We found that planning and organising becomes key. Also,
I wasn’t paranoid as I was with the birth of Edda – I didn’t feel the need
to check their breathing every ten
minutes while they were sleeping.
What are the perks of bringing up
a young family in Beijing?
We’re able to give our children the
opportunity to learn Chinese and
meet kids from other nationalities – it definitely opens up their worlds.
It’s awesome exposing them to so many different cultures. And of course, being able to have an ayi to support us is a great help –
especially when you go from one to
three children at once!
What are the challenges?
The number one challenge has to be
When do you get to spend time
with your kids, and what do you
Our mornings are like what dinner
time is to other families. That’s when
we sit together at the dining table,
talking and sharing. We also try to
spend as much of the weekend we
can together. Over the winter, we
went ice skating and tried snow
boarding. As the weather gets
warmer we’ll be spending time in our
cottage in the mountains. It’s a great
way to escape the big city and always
feels like a mini holiday.
Where is your favourite
destination for a family holiday?
Our cottage, of course, but outside
China it would be Bali. We like the
laid-back life on the island, and the
mix of serene beaches, rainforest,
temples and buzzing beach town
which has nice restaurants and
small designer boutiques.
What advice do you have for dads
who have just arrived in Beijing
with their families?
As much as my wife and I love China,
it can also feel hard sometimes,
mainly because of the climate,
differences in culture and the fast pace of the city and of work. So I think it’s all about having the
right attitude and rolling with the
punches. I would also say, don’t lose
the bigger picture in lengthy talks
about pollution. Instead, use the
time and the opportunity of living in
a new city to explore all it has to
offer! Beijing has some pretty cool
places to see.
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