Slave to the help

Since the birth of our third child a year ago, I have made it clear to my husband that we are never leaving Hong Kong. Not, that is, until our children are old enough to cook, clean and babysit themselves. There are several reasons for this.

Sunday, 1 July, 2012, 12:00am

How burned-out doctors can rediscover their inner healer

In part, it's a case of 'physician, heal thyself'. Mindfulness programmes are being incorporated into medical training to help health care professionals, whose increasingly heavy workload is leading to more burnout and blunders.

15 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Follow your dreams

Do you know what you want to be? To truly live, is to follow your heart, to realise that you can achieve your dreams.

You have your dream, and you want to live it. Well, to get there, you need to take a few steps along the way. Nobody ever accomplishes their dream by just wishing. You have to work at it a little bit at a time.

10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

'Worrywart' learns to live in the moment

Chan On-ming, 29, started showing signs of separation anxiety and shyness in primary school. As Chan grew up, he was constantly anxious about his and his parents' health, his grades at school, meeting new people and the dark.

3 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Positive notes

The news that she had breast cancer did not faze May Wong Mei-lin. It was not until after the housewife had received her first dose of chemotherapy that reality hit home. Depressed by how sick the drugs made her feel, she found solace in malls. 'I shopped a lot to make myself feel good,' Wong, 58, recalls. Then she found the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation (HKBCF).

6 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Therapist hears crescendo of career opportunities

Postgraduate Diploma in Music Therapy HKU SPACE

Many people think that music is just for entertainment, but to Zoe Jong, there's more to music than meets the ears. 'I think there's some special power in music. I want to know more about how music can help people,' says Jong, who is studying for a postgraduate diploma in music therapy at HKU SPACE.

26 Nov 2011 - 12:00am


I believe everyone has a dream. In my 17 years, I have dreamt many things. Some of them turned into reality, but some are still thoughts.

11 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Therapists stay in tune with clients' needs and interests

Music therapist Ivory Chan Yuen-man, who specialises in treating children with special needs, believes that music has healing powers.

'Music therapy is interactive. I try to get clients to be involved in music games or play an instrument in order to stimulate them and bring therapeutic results,' Chan says.

13 May 2011 - 12:00am

How to tackle strict parents

Being a teenager is tough enough without having to deal with all sorts of different rules that just seem to cramp your style.

We understand how difficult it is to deal with discipline issues involving parents - especially when you don't see eye to eye on what's fair or reasonable. The situation can seem even more stressful when you feel that your parents are too strict.

23 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

The stage for your dreams to come true

If you dream of being on stage and are below the age of 25, this is your last chance to sign up for 'The Stage of Dreams' and show off your musical talents. Download an application form at and follow the instructions to submit your entry.

The competition deadline is July 25.

21 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

A little advice on the needs of a counsellor

Requirement: Marriage counsellors must be patient, positive, and have a belief in what they are doing and in helping people solve problems. Listening skills, sensitivity and strong problem-solving abilities are important.

Being married is not a requirement but is a plus when it comes to understanding clients' needs, and makes bonding with clients easier.

4 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Q&A: Jean Reno

When it comes to marriage, French actor Jean Reno has plenty of experience. The 60-year-old has been married three times, which makes him well qualified to play the role of a marriage counsellor in Couples Retreat, a comedy directed by Peter Billingsley.

20 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

The lonely road to success

Name: Ng Man-lun

Occupation: Sexologist

Star sign: Libra

On my play list: Classical music

Hobbies: Musical instruments, Wii sports

29 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Chronically ill learn to express themselves through art therapy

When a 70-year old with Parkinson's disease was told to draw a picture during an art therapy session, he made a scribble of black-and-white, lifeless trees.

In the next session, he still drew a lifeless tree with no leaves, but with green grass beside it. In another picture, he painted his grandson.

12 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Healing through melody


Music therapists are more than music performers or those who know how to play two or more musical instruments. In order to be a music therapist, you need to have a good library of songs and music in your head that you can improvise at any time for your client.

8 Oct 2009 - 12:00am