Aleksander Solum

Aleksander Solum

Aleksander Solum is a senior video producer at the South China Morning Post. He has previously worked for TVB and Monocle magazine.

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Longest-serving bartender feels at home in The Peninsula Hong Kong

The Peninsula Hong Kong will mark its 90th anniversary in December 2018. Numerous celebrities, from politicians to movie stars, have lived in this luxury hotel during the last century. And it has become a collective memory of Hongkongers and even the symbol of the city.

The Peninsula Hong Kong will mark its 90th anniversary in December 2018. Numerous celebrities, from politicians to movie stars, have lived in this luxury hotel during the last century. And it has become a collective memory of Hongkongers and even the symbol of the city.

26 Sep 2018 - 1:12PM
Hong Kong’s last mailbox makers fight to keep the craft alive

Mailboxes made from sheet metal can be found in every old residential building in Hong Kong. However, this will soon become a thing of the past, due to the city’s rapid development and the lack of apprentices in the trade.

Mailboxes made from sheet metal can be found in every old residential building in Hong Kong. However, this will soon become a thing of the past, due to the city’s rapid development and the lack of apprentices in the trade.

6 Jun 2018 - 9:03PM
Hong Kong funeral service allows pets to depart with dignity

Germana Chan had a negative experience with a pet funeral company after her beloved dog died, so she decided to establish a service that she says provides owners with warmth, comfort and the support they need as they grieve for their departed pets.

Germana Chan had a negative experience with a pet funeral company after her beloved dog died, so she decided to establish a service that she says provides owners with warmth, comfort and the support they need as they grieve for their departed pets.

10 May 2018 - 1:12PM
Pizza athletics turns chefs into athletes

Pizza acrobatics turns chefs into athletes as they perform tricks with the dough by twirling, juggling and tossing it in the air. Two-time world champion Pasqualino Barbasso came to Hong Kong to show off his skills.

Pizza acrobatics turns chefs into athletes as they perform tricks with the dough by twirling, juggling and tossing it in the air. Two-time world champion Pasqualino Barbasso came to Hong Kong to show off his skills.

5 Jul 2018 - 4:28PM
Spartan Race - as tough as it looks

The Spartan Race gives ordinary Hongkongers a chance to feel their own mortality. For the SCMP team of three, six weeks of preparations culminates in a 9km military drill camp-style competition.

The Spartan Race gives ordinary Hongkongers a chance to feel their own mortality. For the SCMP team of three, six weeks of preparations culminates in a 9km military drill camp-style competition.

17 Apr 2018 - 6:07PM
Co-working initiative empowers grassroots women

Hatch, a social enterprise in Hong Kong's Kwai Chung district, aims to empower women from low-income families and encourage entrepreneurship. The co-working space offers collaboration opportunities for Hong Kong brands looking for local manufacturing.

Hatch, a social enterprise in Hong Kong's Kwai Chung district, aims to empower women from low-income families and encourage entrepreneurship. The co-working space offers collaboration opportunities for Hong Kong brands looking for local manufacturing.

12 Apr 2018 - 5:20PM
Christine Lagarde shares her views on Sino-US trade tensions

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde shared her views on the growing tensions in Sino-US trade relations with the SCMP.

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde shared her views on the growing tensions in Sino-US trade relations with the SCMP.

5 Jul 2018 - 4:28PM
Visitors splurge on Hong Kong Rugby Sevens

International visitors spend thousands on hotels, meals and parties during the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens. It's a small fortune, but many say it's well worth the cost.

International visitors spend thousands on hotels, meals and parties during the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens. It's a small fortune, but many say it's well worth the cost.

8 Apr 2018 - 7:43PM
The darker side of the Hong Kong Sevens Weekend

Rugby Sevens is one of the busiest times of the year for tourism and nightlife in Hong Kong. It's also a boom period for sex workers.

Rugby Sevens is one of the busiest times of the year for tourism and nightlife in Hong Kong. It's also a boom period for sex workers.

8 Apr 2018 - 5:01PM
Crazy costumes at the Hong Kong Sevens

The Hong Kong Sevens is essentially the world's biggest Halloween party.

The Hong Kong Sevens is essentially the world's biggest Halloween party.

8 Apr 2018 - 11:33AM
Rugby Sevens goes wild at South Stand

The legendary South Stand is the best spot to enjoy the outrageous partying that characterises the Hong Kong Sevens.

The legendary South Stand is the best spot to enjoy the outrageous partying that characterises the Hong Kong Sevens.

7 Apr 2018 - 9:45PM
Viral miniatures artist Joshua Smith visits Hong Kong

Australian artist Joshua Smith is famous for creating detailed miniatures, which he makes after studying photographs and images of buildings on Google Street View. This year, he finally visited Hong Kong and came face-to-face with the buildings for the first time.

Australian artist Joshua Smith is famous for creating detailed miniatures, which he makes after studying photographs and images of buildings on Google Street View. This year, he finally visited Hong Kong and came face-to-face with the buildings for the first time.

5 Apr 2018 - 5:23PM
Asia's largest mural unveiled on side of Hong Kong hotel

Stern Rockwell, who built his name and reputation on the streets of Brooklyn, reveals a 27-story mural in Hong Kong's Hollywood Road. (Drone footage courtesy Hughie Doherty, Print House)

Stern Rockwell, who built his name and reputation on the streets of Brooklyn, reveals a 27-story mural in Hong Kong's Hollywood Road. (Drone footage courtesy Hughie Doherty, Print House)

26 Mar 2018 - 9:00AM
The lasting effects of SARS in Hong Kong

Panic gripped Hong Kong in March 2003 as the deadly Sars virus spread through the city. Many of the survivors are still feeling the after-effects.

Panic gripped Hong Kong in March 2003 as the deadly Sars virus spread through the city. Many of the survivors are still feeling the after-effects.

26 Mar 2018 - 8:44AM
Hong Kong goes to the polls

Hongkongers voted in long-awaited by-elections for four districts on Sunday. The by-elections were triggered by the disqualifications of four lawmakers in July 2017, an incident that has left Hong Kong public opinion deeply divided.

Hongkongers voted in long-awaited by-elections for four districts on Sunday. The by-elections were triggered by the disqualifications of four lawmakers in July 2017, an incident that has left Hong Kong public opinion deeply divided.

12 Mar 2018 - 11:11AM
The tigers of Hong Kong

While there are no longer any tigers in Hong Kong's country parks, the big cats do have a long history in the city. Several locations in the city bear witness to Hongkongers' troubled relations with these beautiful but dangerous felines.

While there are no longer any tigers in Hong Kong's country parks, the big cats do have a long history in the city. Several locations in the city bear witness to Hongkongers' troubled relations with these beautiful but dangerous felines.

7 Mar 2018 - 8:02PM
Hong Kong families share their views on budget speech

The Hong Kong budget for 2018-2019 proposes more than $50 billion in targeted tax reliefs, rate waivers and beefed-up allowances. Two Hong Kong families share their views on how the budget will affect them.
 

The Hong Kong budget for 2018-2019 proposes more than $50 billion in targeted tax reliefs, rate waivers and beefed-up allowances. Two Hong Kong families share their views on how the budget will affect them.
 

1 Mar 2018 - 2:21AM
Hong Kong's secret wartime tunnels

Delve into Hong Kong's wartime past with a tour of some of the secret tunnels built during the Japanese occupation.

Delve into Hong Kong's wartime past with a tour of some of the secret tunnels built during the Japanese occupation.

2 Mar 2018 - 6:57AM
Self-defence classes help fight bullying

Bullying is a growing problem in Hong Kong's schools, but martial arts trainer Donovan Ryan says self-defence skills can boost confidence levels. 

Bullying is a growing problem in Hong Kong's schools, but martial arts trainer Donovan Ryan says self-defence skills can boost confidence levels. 

14 Feb 2018 - 8:32PM
Hong Kong's Lunar New Year market celebrates the Year of the Dog

Huge crowds assemble every year for Hong Kong's Lunar New Year market. Stalls offer dog-themed toys and food, while political groups also host stands to promote their messages.

Huge crowds assemble every year for Hong Kong's Lunar New Year market. Stalls offer dog-themed toys and food, while political groups also host stands to promote their messages.

17 Jan 2019 - 3:13PM
Raising snakes for Hong Kong soups

Freshly cooked snake dishes are a winter delicacy in Hong Kong, and are said to improve the skin and boost energy levels. To ensure the meat is fresh, snake specialist Mak Dai-kong keeps live snakes. The veteran supplier shows us how to handle them.

Freshly cooked snake dishes are a winter delicacy in Hong Kong, and are said to improve the skin and boost energy levels. To ensure the meat is fresh, snake specialist Mak Dai-kong keeps live snakes. The veteran supplier shows us how to handle them.

10 Jul 2018 - 5:25PM
Hong Kong's Chief Justice underscores importance of city's common law system

China’s top legislative body recently approved the enforcement of mainland law in a part of West Kowloon station, but top lawyers, including the head of Hong Kong's Bar Association, said there was no legal basis for the decision.

China’s top legislative body recently approved the enforcement of mainland law in a part of West Kowloon station, but top lawyers, including the head of Hong Kong's Bar Association, said there was no legal basis for the decision.

9 Jan 2018 - 7:08PM
Digging up Hong Kong’s wartime past

Join us as amateur historian Craig Mitchell discovers remnants from a World War II battle at a hill near Hong Kong’s Tai Tam Reservoir.

Join us as amateur historian Craig Mitchell discovers remnants from a World War II battle at a hill near Hong Kong’s Tai Tam Reservoir.

5 Mar 2021 - 4:51PM
Nordic winter classics to put you in a festive mood

Nordic cuisine has become an international trend in recent years. We asked Chef Jaakko Sorsa to share some winter classics from his home country, Finland.

Nordic cuisine has become an international trend in recent years. We asked Chef Jaakko Sorsa to share some winter classics from his home country, Finland.

20 Dec 2017 - 11:25AM
How Hong Kong is decimating fish stocks

As one of the world’s biggest consumers of seafood, and with our love of buying live fish, Hongkongers are pushing many endangered reef species closer to extinction.

As one of the world’s biggest consumers of seafood, and with our love of buying live fish, Hongkongers are pushing many endangered reef species closer to extinction.

15 Dec 2017 - 8:44AM
How to make 'Unicorn toast'

'Unicorn food' is a name given to brightly coloured and imaginative versions of everyday dishes. Nutritionist and cook Michelle Lau shows how to make a sandwich that is both good looking and full of healthy ingredients.

'Unicorn food' is a name given to brightly coloured and imaginative versions of everyday dishes. Nutritionist and cook Michelle Lau shows how to make a sandwich that is both good looking and full of healthy ingredients.

14 Dec 2017 - 12:27PM
Do not feel shame, sexual assault victim says

Janice lived in the UK when she was the victim of a sexual assault nine years ago. It has taken her until this year to speak out about her experience.

Janice lived in the UK when she was the victim of a sexual assault nine years ago. It has taken her until this year to speak out about her experience.

9 Dec 2017 - 10:27AM
Tiffany Chan looks to the future after qualifying for LPGA tour

Tiffany Chan is back in the city after becoming the first Hong Kong female golfer to qualify for the LPGA tour.

Tiffany Chan is back in the city after becoming the first Hong Kong female golfer to qualify for the LPGA tour.

12 Dec 2017 - 10:19AM
Lawrence Ho on bringing the ‘cool factor’ into casinos

Casino magnate Lawrence Ho has been trying to infuse modernism, cultural sensitivity and the elusive cool factor into his casino operations. Speaking with the SCMP, he reveals his plans to look beyond Macau to rebrand his company as a family-friendly entertainment group.

Casino magnate Lawrence Ho has been trying to infuse modernism, cultural sensitivity and the elusive cool factor into his casino operations. Speaking with the SCMP, he reveals his plans to look beyond Macau to rebrand his company as a family-friendly entertainment group.

7 Dec 2017 - 8:15PM
Nicholas Tse shares his love of cooking

Actor, singer-songwriter and entrepreneur Nicholas Tse is the face of “Chef Nick”, a hit TV show in mainland China. He shares his love of cooking with the SCMP.

Actor, singer-songwriter and entrepreneur Nicholas Tse is the face of “Chef Nick”, a hit TV show in mainland China. He shares his love of cooking with the SCMP.

5 Dec 2017 - 4:05PM