Kate Whitehead

Kate Whitehead

Kate Whitehead is a freelance journalist who worked on staff at the SCMP before editing Discovery magazine. She is the author of two Hong Kong crime books - After Suzie and Hong Kong Murders - and fully intends that the next book she writes will be less grisly.

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Treatment for anxiety, allergies, skin conditions, chronic pain: what bioresonance therapy is and why people support it

Proponents of bioresonance, a non-invasive healing therapy, say it is effective for anxiety and stress, chronic pain, allergies, skin conditions, and food intolerances. We gave it a shot.

3 Jul 2020 - 2:49PM

Proponents of bioresonance, a non-invasive healing therapy, say it is effective for anxiety and stress, chronic pain, allergies, skin conditions, and food intolerances. We gave it a shot.

Treatment for anxiety, allergies, skin conditions, chronic pain: what bioresonance therapy is and why people support it
Just been laid off? How to get over the shock, anger, shame, or grief you may be feeling, and the next steps

Why you should reach out to a career coach or counsellor if you have recently lost your job – they can help you bring your emotions under control and consider your next steps.

24 Jun 2020 - 9:35AM

Why you should reach out to a career coach or counsellor if you have recently lost your job – they can help you bring your emotions under control and consider your next steps.

Just been laid off? How to get over the shock, anger, shame, or grief you may be feeling, and the next steps
Pandemic positives: the upsides to lockdown, from reconnecting with old friends and family to acts of kindness

Beyond the chaos and misery the coronavirus pandemic has wrought there have been positives for many people, from increased mindfulness to reconnecting with friends and relatives.

23 Jun 2020 - 7:59PM

Beyond the chaos and misery the coronavirus pandemic has wrought there have been positives for many people, from increased mindfulness to reconnecting with friends and relatives.

Pandemic positives: the upsides to lockdown, from reconnecting with old friends and family to acts of kindness
How an airline pilot became an environmentalist, and the death threats that followed

Former RAF and Cathay Pacific pilot David Newbery talks about navigating the stormy waters of environmental politics in Hong Kong’s New Territories.

22 Jun 2020 - 11:40AM

Former RAF and Cathay Pacific pilot David Newbery talks about navigating the stormy waters of environmental politics in Hong Kong’s New Territories.

How an airline pilot became an environmentalist, and the death threats that followed
How Michele Lai came up with Kids4Kids, Hong Kong’s game-changing social enterprise

Founded by Michele Lai, Kids4Kids teams teenagers with younger children as reading buddies, empowering them by offering creativity in deciding how to run their sessions.

16 Jun 2020 - 3:19PM

Founded by Michele Lai, Kids4Kids teams teenagers with younger children as reading buddies, empowering them by offering creativity in deciding how to run their sessions.

How Michele Lai came up with Kids4Kids, Hong Kong’s game-changing social enterprise
Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara ‘a control freak’ but he ‘gave me complete freedom’, says author of book on his career

When Yeewan Koon first met Yoshitomo Nara, they bonded over weird pictures of sea cucumbers. Five years later, Koon has written a book about the Japanese artist.

14 Jun 2020 - 5:48PM

When Yeewan Koon first met Yoshitomo Nara, they bonded over weird pictures of sea cucumbers. Five years later, Koon has written a book about the Japanese artist.

Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara ‘a control freak’ but he ‘gave me complete freedom’, says author of book on his career
Hong Kong inventor designs robots to fight Covid-19 with UV light

Although he is a dentist by profession, Ng Tze-chuen’s real passion is creating solutions to real-life problems – and at the moment, that means inventions that use UV light to fight the current coronavirus pandemic.

14 Jun 2020 - 5:48PM

Although he is a dentist by profession, Ng Tze-chuen’s real passion is creating solutions to real-life problems – and at the moment, that means inventions that use UV light to fight the current coronavirus pandemic.

Hong Kong inventor designs robots to fight Covid-19 with UV light
Hong Kong junk trips: where to sail, what to eat and who to avoid as a potentially bumper peak season kicks off

June marks the start of the peak junk season in Hong Kong – and given the restrictions on overseas travel, the excursions are likely to be more popular than ever this year.

9 Jun 2020 - 10:35AM

June marks the start of the peak junk season in Hong Kong – and given the restrictions on overseas travel, the excursions are likely to be more popular than ever this year.

Hong Kong junk trips: where to sail, what to eat and who to avoid as a potentially bumper peak season kicks off
The Hongkongers satisfying their summer travel itch in the city with Airbnb bookings, camping trips, and weekend getaways to the islands

The Hongkongers camping on a beach, visiting islands, or booking an Airbnb this summer – do as they do and you won’t miss going abroad on holiday.

7 Jun 2020 - 5:18PM

The Hongkongers camping on a beach, visiting islands, or booking an Airbnb this summer – do as they do and you won’t miss going abroad on holiday.

The Hongkongers satisfying their summer travel itch in the city with Airbnb bookings, camping trips, and weekend getaways to the islands
Why good mental health is vital for your immune system, how the body and the mind affect each other, and how to improve your energy

Many people try to boost their immune system by eating well and exercising, but few consider the strong connection between mind and body and how it affects their protection against disease.

4 Jun 2020 - 9:10PM

Many people try to boost their immune system by eating well and exercising, but few consider the strong connection between mind and body and how it affects their protection against disease.

Why good mental health is vital for your immune system, how the body and the mind affect each other, and how to improve your energy
How comedian Vivek Mahbubani came to be the funniest person in Hong Kong – in both Cantonese and English

Born and raised in the city, Vivek Mahbubani finds comedy in the craziness of Hong Kong, and helps people to laugh about it ‘to relieve the tension’.

5 Jun 2020 - 10:18AM

Born and raised in the city, Vivek Mahbubani finds comedy in the craziness of Hong Kong, and helps people to laugh about it ‘to relieve the tension’.

How comedian Vivek Mahbubani came to be the funniest person in Hong Kong – in both Cantonese and English
Charity for cancer patients in Hong Kong faces hard times, founder Sally Lo says, as protests and coronavirus threaten its sustainability

Self-described as one of the ‘last of the sloane rangers’, Lo founded the support organisation after losing a friend to cancer in 1987.

31 May 2020 - 10:30AM

Self-described as one of the ‘last of the sloane rangers’, Lo founded the support organisation after losing a friend to cancer in 1987.

Charity for cancer patients in Hong Kong faces hard times, founder Sally Lo says, as protests and coronavirus threaten its sustainability
Opinion | Think you know someone? Watch how they behave in a pandemic, then you’ll really know them

Otherwise respectable people are breaking Hong Kong’s quarantine rules if they think they can get away with it.

31 May 2020 - 5:10AM

Otherwise respectable people are breaking Hong Kong’s quarantine rules if they think they can get away with it.

Think you know someone? Watch how they behave in a pandemic, then you’ll really know them
How Animals Asia’s Jill Robinson changed Chinese notions of animal welfare, and the bear that started everything

After a surprise encounter with a caged bear, Jill Robinson founded Animals Asia, a charity dedicated to ending cruelty to animals in the region.

28 May 2020 - 7:21AM

After a surprise encounter with a caged bear, Jill Robinson founded Animals Asia, a charity dedicated to ending cruelty to animals in the region.

How Animals Asia’s Jill Robinson changed Chinese notions of animal welfare, and the bear that started everything
When you cannot travel overseas, find places near you that you’ve never been to

Unable to travel abroad, Kate Whitehead challenges herself to visit five places in Hong Kong she has never been.

25 May 2020 - 6:24PM

Unable to travel abroad, Kate Whitehead challenges herself to visit five places in Hong Kong she has never been.

When you cannot travel overseas, find places near you that you’ve never been to
How Hong Kong’s craft chocolate makers are educating the masses on the advantages of bean to bar

Ethical sourcing and innovative flavours are tingling the city’s taste buds. Bar of fermented ghost pepper, anyone?

25 May 2020 - 9:51AM

Ethical sourcing and innovative flavours are tingling the city’s taste buds. Bar of fermented ghost pepper, anyone?

How Hong Kong’s craft chocolate makers are educating the masses on the advantages of bean to bar
Work from home anxiety or stress? Get the dopamine flowing by setting yourself reachable goals and doing victory laps when you make them

Do not be too hard on yourself, and learn to read the signs of stress or anxiety, especially while working from home, a psychologist advises. Above all, she says, have a positive mindset and celebrate successes big or small.

20 May 2020 - 8:06PM

Do not be too hard on yourself, and learn to read the signs of stress or anxiety, especially while working from home, a psychologist advises. Above all, she says, have a positive mindset and celebrate successes big or small.

Work from home anxiety or stress? Get the dopamine flowing by setting yourself reachable goals and doing victory laps when you make them
Goodbye, Jimmy’s Kitchen – after 92 years, ‘Hong Kong’s best-loved kitchen’ closes its doors

Former regulars recall the celebrity spotting, the less-than-warm waiters, the huge menu and the welcoming owners who made it the place to go.

28 May 2020 - 4:49PM

Former regulars recall the celebrity spotting, the less-than-warm waiters, the huge menu and the welcoming owners who made it the place to go.

Goodbye, Jimmy’s Kitchen – after 92 years, ‘Hong Kong’s best-loved kitchen’ closes its doors
How sourcing surgical face masks and other PPE from China is like hustle of diamond industry for CEO

‘It’s a real hustler’s market,’ says jewellery firm CEO turned face mask finder Gilly Strauss, whose quest to source certified PPE like surgical and KN95 masks from Chinese factories and get them to the US is making full use of his sales skills.

5 May 2020 - 11:24AM

‘It’s a real hustler’s market,’ says jewellery firm CEO turned face mask finder Gilly Strauss, whose quest to source certified PPE like surgical and KN95 masks from Chinese factories and get them to the US is making full use of his sales skills.

How sourcing surgical face masks and other PPE from China is like hustle of diamond industry for CEO
Why fast cars still give former racing driver Matthew Marsh the chills

British driver-turned-pundit Matthew Marsh plots his course to Hong Kong and a career in television.

3 May 2020 - 5:35PM

British driver-turned-pundit Matthew Marsh plots his course to Hong Kong and a career in television.

Why fast cars still give former racing driver Matthew Marsh the chills
The limits of telemedicine: on the rise amid coronavirus pandemic, doctors expect it to continue, but as adjunct to face-to-face consultations

The coronavirus pandemic has pushed telemedicine – in which doctors evaluate patients remotely by phone or video conferencing – into the mainstream. It has its downsides, doctors say, but is likely to continue after social distancing winds down.

3 May 2020 - 6:20PM

The coronavirus pandemic has pushed telemedicine – in which doctors evaluate patients remotely by phone or video conferencing – into the mainstream. It has its downsides, doctors say, but is likely to continue after social distancing winds down.

The limits of telemedicine: on the rise amid coronavirus pandemic, doctors expect it to continue, but as adjunct to face-to-face consultations
‘Prisoners at sea’: stuck on board cargo ships, crews find their mental well-being under threat

They man the merchant ships that keep global trade flowing, but coronavirus restrictions mean thousands of seafarers are unable to return home. After months at sea, stress, fatigue and time away from loved ones is taking its toll.

2 May 2020 - 4:30PM

They man the merchant ships that keep global trade flowing, but coronavirus restrictions mean thousands of seafarers are unable to return home. After months at sea, stress, fatigue and time away from loved ones is taking its toll.

‘Prisoners at sea’: stuck on board cargo ships, crews find their mental well-being under threat
‘If there’s one thing that survives in Hong Kong, it’s racing’, says horse trader Mark Richards

After a lifetime in horse racing and 20 years at the Hong Kong Jockey Club, the former jockey and commentator-turned-horse trader Mark Richards is going it alone.

29 Apr 2020 - 5:48PM

After a lifetime in horse racing and 20 years at the Hong Kong Jockey Club, the former jockey and commentator-turned-horse trader Mark Richards is going it alone.

‘If there’s one thing that survives in Hong Kong, it’s racing’, says horse trader Mark Richards
An experience full of diversity, still a work in progress: Hong Kong Island coastal trail gaps documented by district councillor

When complete, a continuous coastal trail around Hong Kong Island will be an experience in diversity, but there are still gaps in the 65km route, as district councillor and accessibility advocate Paul Zimmerman discovered.

28 Apr 2020 - 12:21PM

When complete, a continuous coastal trail around Hong Kong Island will be an experience in diversity, but there are still gaps in the 65km route, as district councillor and accessibility advocate Paul Zimmerman discovered.

An experience full of diversity, still a work in progress: Hong Kong Island coastal trail gaps documented by district councillor
Review | How Contagion Works: the first book about Covid-19 helps make sense of the pandemic

Writing under lockdown, Italian physicist and novelist Paolo Giordano does the maths on the pandemic and offers some implications for our future.

26 Apr 2020 - 12:21PM

Writing under lockdown, Italian physicist and novelist Paolo Giordano does the maths on the pandemic and offers some implications for our future.

How Contagion Works: the first book about Covid-19 helps make sense of the pandemic
Hong Kong’s Youth Arts Foundation founder Lindsey McAlister: ‘I knew I’d been brought here to do something special’

After falling in love with performing at a young age and travelling along the Silk Road, Youth Arts Foundation founder Lindsey McAlister arrived in Hong Kong, where she started engaging children with the arts.

21 Apr 2020 - 12:49PM

After falling in love with performing at a young age and travelling along the Silk Road, Youth Arts Foundation founder Lindsey McAlister arrived in Hong Kong, where she started engaging children with the arts.

Hong Kong’s Youth Arts Foundation founder Lindsey McAlister: ‘I knew I’d been brought here to do something special’
Work from home revolution has begun thanks to coronavirus, as remote staff maintain productivity and efficiency

The coronavirus pandemic has led to millions working from home, and the expected loss in productivity never happened. Many companies are considering having some staff work remotely after the crisis, allowing them to cut costs.

20 Apr 2020 - 9:27AM

The coronavirus pandemic has led to millions working from home, and the expected loss in productivity never happened. Many companies are considering having some staff work remotely after the crisis, allowing them to cut costs.

Work from home revolution has begun thanks to coronavirus, as remote staff maintain productivity and efficiency
Shop Milan virtually with a Vogue editor, sit in on a history masterclass – travel firm is crowdfunding webinars amid coronavirus lockdowns

An Italian tour company is creating virtual masterclass experiences such as shopping Milan with a Vogue editor, having art lessons with an expert on Da Vinci and a history tour of Florence with a nobleman whose family has been there 800 years.

19 Apr 2020 - 5:05PM

An Italian tour company is creating virtual masterclass experiences such as shopping Milan with a Vogue editor, having art lessons with an expert on Da Vinci and a history tour of Florence with a nobleman whose family has been there 800 years.

Shop Milan virtually with a Vogue editor, sit in on a history masterclass – travel firm is crowdfunding webinars amid coronavirus lockdowns
Appease, defuse, enlist a friend: domestic violence in coronavirus lockdown, how to reduce the risk of it, and precautions to take

Domestic violence has increased amid the coronavirus pandemic, and women feel trapped at home with their attackers. With few places to go to escape abuse in a lockdown, women should defuse tensions and appease their abusers, experts say.

15 Apr 2020 - 9:13AM

Domestic violence has increased amid the coronavirus pandemic, and women feel trapped at home with their attackers. With few places to go to escape abuse in a lockdown, women should defuse tensions and appease their abusers, experts say.

Appease, defuse, enlist a friend: domestic violence in coronavirus lockdown, how to reduce the risk of it, and precautions to take
From coronavirus to climate change, be the hero and stop talking yourself out of helping, humanitarian professional says

Humanitarian professional Matt Friedman says the only way to solve the big issues of our time is for ordinary people to step up and get involved – a message that should be embraced now more than ever amid the coronavirus pandemic.

12 Apr 2020 - 5:29PM

Humanitarian professional Matt Friedman says the only way to solve the big issues of our time is for ordinary people to step up and get involved – a message that should be embraced now more than ever amid the coronavirus pandemic.

From coronavirus to climate change, be the hero and stop talking yourself out of helping, humanitarian professional says