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 grizzly.
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 grizzly.

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How labial fillers can boost women’s sexual confidence, especially after menopause

Loss of volume in the outer vaginal lips is a common issue in women as they age, and can affect body confidence and subsequently sex life. A 30-minute labial filler procedure, however, can change all that.

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Loss of volume in the outer vaginal lips is a common issue in women as they age, and can affect body confidence and subsequently sex life. A 30-minute labial filler procedure, however, can change all that.

How labial fillers can boost women’s sexual confidence, especially after menopause
Mushroom magic: why fungi are the latest superfood and their many health benefits

High in antioxidants and packed with vitamins and minerals that can help your immune system, gut and heart, the trend for mushrooms is growing. We take a look at why we should have more of them in our daily diet, and suggest two recipes full of mushrooms.

17 Sep 2019 - 8:34PM

High in antioxidants and packed with vitamins and minerals that can help your immune system, gut and heart, the trend for mushrooms is growing. We take a look at why we should have more of them in our daily diet, and suggest two recipes full of mushrooms.

Mushroom magic: why fungi are the latest superfood and their many health benefits
Secret Theatre in Hong Kong – ‘Silence of the Lambs meets Black Mirror’ where you have the power

The line between audience members and the actors will become increasingly blurred as the evening progresses at the immersive show dubbed ‘Silence of the Lambs meets Black Mirror’.

11 Sep 2019 - 9:42AM

The line between audience members and the actors will become increasingly blurred as the evening progresses at the immersive show dubbed ‘Silence of the Lambs meets Black Mirror’.

Secret Theatre in Hong Kong – ‘Silence of the Lambs meets Black Mirror’ where you have the power
Travel tech for digital nomads: from mobile Wi-fi and fast chargers to solar-powered backpacks

People living and working remotely need reliability, security and affordability from their gadgets to be successful. Here is a shopping list of the latest and essential appliances to have.

8 Sep 2019 - 8:52PM

People living and working remotely need reliability, security and affordability from their gadgets to be successful. Here is a shopping list of the latest and essential appliances to have.

Travel tech for digital nomads: from mobile Wi-fi and fast chargers to solar-powered backpacks
Pico Iyer on how a chance layover in Japan changed his life and literature hindered his ability to write

I grew up in Britain, but I’m entirely Asian’ says the first writer in residence of the newly renovated Raffles Hotel Singapore.

5 Sep 2019 - 8:12PM

I grew up in Britain, but I’m entirely Asian’ says the first writer in residence of the newly renovated Raffles Hotel Singapore.

Pico Iyer on how a chance layover in Japan changed his life and literature hindered his ability to write
Maasai warrior hopes to see end to Chinese obsession with rhino horn, ivory

Daniel Ole Sambu, a conservationist from the Big Life Foundation, talks about the impact of the Chinese demand for wildlife products, and why his Kenyan culture is turning its back on the teenage tradition of lion-killing

5 Sep 2019 - 4:57PM

Daniel Ole Sambu, a conservationist from the Big Life Foundation, talks about the impact of the Chinese demand for wildlife products, and why his Kenyan culture is turning its back on the teenage tradition of lion-killing

Maasai warrior hopes to see end to Chinese obsession with rhino horn, ivory
From sports to flying to hangovers, the benefits of electrolytes and hydration tablets

Athletes have been taking them for years, but did you know you can also use electrolyte tablets to treat hangovers and recover from flights more quickly? We look at six popular brands of hydration tablets available in Hong Kong.

1 Sep 2019 - 7:26PM

Athletes have been taking them for years, but did you know you can also use electrolyte tablets to treat hangovers and recover from flights more quickly? We look at six popular brands of hydration tablets available in Hong Kong.

From sports to flying to hangovers, the benefits of electrolytes and hydration tablets
Meet the man behind the bestselling book that lulls children to sleep

Swedish life coach and author Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin says he realised many bedtime stories get children excited instead of encouraging them to relax so they can sleep. ‘I knew I needed to strike a balance.’

29 Aug 2019 - 11:26PM

Swedish life coach and author Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin says he realised many bedtime stories get children excited instead of encouraging them to relax so they can sleep. ‘I knew I needed to strike a balance.’

Meet the man behind the bestselling book that lulls children to sleep
Chinese rogue scientist’s gene-edited twin babies experiment still raises more questions than answers

Last year, Chinese scientist He Jiankui – dubbed ‘China’s Frankenstein’ – announced the birth of the world’s first gene-edited babies, unleashing a storm of criticism. But a bioethics expert says maybe it wasn’t an isolated event.

28 Aug 2019 - 5:53AM

Last year, Chinese scientist He Jiankui – dubbed ‘China’s Frankenstein’ – announced the birth of the world’s first gene-edited babies, unleashing a storm of criticism. But a bioethics expert says maybe it wasn’t an isolated event.

Chinese rogue scientist’s gene-edited twin babies experiment still raises more questions than answers
Frequent fliers at higher risk of diseases that lead to ageing – what they can do to lower the risk

Jet lag and chronic sleep loss increase the risk of lifestyle diseases, doctor says, and then there’s the radiation. There are some steps frequent fliers can take, though.

27 Aug 2019 - 7:42PM

Jet lag and chronic sleep loss increase the risk of lifestyle diseases, doctor says, and then there’s the radiation. There are some steps frequent fliers can take, though.

Frequent fliers at higher risk of diseases that lead to ageing – what they can do to lower the risk
Opinion | Hongkongers, it is time to put the tissues away and stop stuffing them in taxi door handles

People in Hong Kong use an estimated 105 million paper napkins, towels and wipes every day. An annual “No Tissue Day” is simply not enough to address the problem.

23 Aug 2019 - 10:45AM

People in Hong Kong use an estimated 105 million paper napkins, towels and wipes every day. An annual “No Tissue Day” is simply not enough to address the problem.

Hongkongers, it is time to put the tissues away and stop stuffing them in taxi door handles
Flying long-haul when you’re old: sit near the lavatory and other practical tips from doctors and travellers

Just like other activities, flying long distances is harder on your body when you’re older; follow these tips for a safe and trouble-free flight.

19 Aug 2019 - 6:09PM

Just like other activities, flying long distances is harder on your body when you’re older; follow these tips for a safe and trouble-free flight.

Flying long-haul when you’re old: sit near the lavatory and other practical tips from doctors and travellers
How British novelist Will Dean’s off-grid life in a Swedish forest inspires his Nordic noir thrillers

‘I thought I would have so much time to read and write, but actually I spend a lot of time chopping wood, clearing ditches and repairing my road’, says British novelist Will Dean.

18 Aug 2019 - 1:02PM

‘I thought I would have so much time to read and write, but actually I spend a lot of time chopping wood, clearing ditches and repairing my road’, says British novelist Will Dean.

How British novelist Will Dean’s off-grid life in a Swedish forest inspires his Nordic noir thrillers
Childhood trauma is a complex beast – but understanding it can help you deal with scars of the past

Childhood trauma covers a wide range of abusive adult behaviours, but occupational therapist Kim Barthel is good at unpacking it and translating theories into practical advice.

18 Aug 2019 - 8:34PM

Childhood trauma covers a wide range of abusive adult behaviours, but occupational therapist Kim Barthel is good at unpacking it and translating theories into practical advice.

Childhood trauma is a complex beast – but understanding it can help you deal with scars of the past
Sustainable living: hydroponic mobile farms to let anyone grow vegetables in Hong Kong, slashing carbon footprints

Hydroponic farm units would let shops, restaurants, schools and households grow their own fresh produce, reducing need for imports; idea is the latest from team behind Hong Kong urban farm supplying restaurants fresh vegetables and herbs.

13 Aug 2019 - 7:24PM

Hydroponic farm units would let shops, restaurants, schools and households grow their own fresh produce, reducing need for imports; idea is the latest from team behind Hong Kong urban farm supplying restaurants fresh vegetables and herbs.

Sustainable living: hydroponic mobile farms to let anyone grow vegetables in Hong Kong, slashing carbon footprints
Type 2 diabetes treatment based on lifestyle changes set for October launch in Hong Kong

A programme that uses nutrition, exercise, sleep and relaxation as therapy for type 2 diabetes will launch in Hong Kong in October, claiming most of those taking part will be able to reduce, or even stop, using insulin after the first weekend.

11 Aug 2019 - 7:18PM

A programme that uses nutrition, exercise, sleep and relaxation as therapy for type 2 diabetes will launch in Hong Kong in October, claiming most of those taking part will be able to reduce, or even stop, using insulin after the first weekend.

Type 2 diabetes treatment based on lifestyle changes set for October launch in Hong Kong
Women’s Festival Hong Kong: edgier, more daring, and also out to heal the wounds of recent protests

Injustice, violence, the patriarchal exercise of power – 10-day festival offers a space to discuss serious issues but also a chance to reconnect; talks and workshops run the gamut from self-confidence to mother-in-law problems.

11 Aug 2019 - 7:17PM

Injustice, violence, the patriarchal exercise of power – 10-day festival offers a space to discuss serious issues but also a chance to reconnect; talks and workshops run the gamut from self-confidence to mother-in-law problems.

Women’s Festival Hong Kong: edgier, more daring, and also out to heal the wounds of recent protests
Former UFC world champion Miesha Tate on her bloody road to MMA supremacy

‘I was on my knees and elbows, watching a steady stream of blood come out of my nose’ - the American MMA fighter turned ONE Championship vice-president has fought her way through life.

8 Aug 2019 - 4:35PM

‘I was on my knees and elbows, watching a steady stream of blood come out of my nose’ - the American MMA fighter turned ONE Championship vice-president has fought her way through life.

Former UFC world champion Miesha Tate on her bloody road to MMA supremacy
Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong’s ‘manifesto for global democracy’ to be launched in 2020 by British publisher

Student leader’s first book in English to feature reflections on his political activism, letters from prison, and a call to the world to stand up for democracy’; he hopes it will explain Hong Kong issues to a wider audience.

8 Aug 2019 - 6:18PM

Student leader’s first book in English to feature reflections on his political activism, letters from prison, and a call to the world to stand up for democracy’; he hopes it will explain Hong Kong issues to a wider audience.

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong’s ‘manifesto for global democracy’ to be launched in 2020 by British publisher
How to look younger than you are: biomarkers – which to track and how to step in if needed

Biomarkers are indexes in the body that scientists agree quantify ageing and tell us how far away disease is. There are dozens that can be tracked – we look at some of the most important ones.

5 Aug 2019 - 7:46PM

Biomarkers are indexes in the body that scientists agree quantify ageing and tell us how far away disease is. There are dozens that can be tracked – we look at some of the most important ones.

How to look younger than you are: biomarkers – which to track and how to step in if needed
Three things that make Hong Kong wellness centre Fivelements stand out in a crowded market

At lifestyle company’s new Causeway Bay space, a soundscape room helps you seriously decompress, a plant-based menu helps you eat your way to good health, and tea drinking becomes a form of meditation.

1 Aug 2019 - 8:47PM

At lifestyle company’s new Causeway Bay space, a soundscape room helps you seriously decompress, a plant-based menu helps you eat your way to good health, and tea drinking becomes a form of meditation.

Three things that make Hong Kong wellness centre Fivelements stand out in a crowded market
Next-level yoga: the secrets of Tibetan yoga explained, from tantric sex to redirecting dreams

Forget your downward facing dog, Ian Baker goes deep, explaining how yoga can change the course of a dream, and transfer consciousness as you die; his book is a rare written description of the six processes of Tibetan yoga.

31 Jul 2019 - 12:03PM

Forget your downward facing dog, Ian Baker goes deep, explaining how yoga can change the course of a dream, and transfer consciousness as you die; his book is a rare written description of the six processes of Tibetan yoga.

Next-level yoga: the secrets of Tibetan yoga explained, from tantric sex to redirecting dreams
How sustainable is your hotel stay? Why you don’t need buffet spreads, bottled water or courtesy toothbrushes

With guests expecting their stay to be environment-friendly, hotels in Asia and around the world have re-examined their food offerings, sourcing of ingredients, and plastic use, and are looking to recycle more, including bedlinens.

29 Jul 2019 - 5:34PM

With guests expecting their stay to be environment-friendly, hotels in Asia and around the world have re-examined their food offerings, sourcing of ingredients, and plastic use, and are looking to recycle more, including bedlinens.

How sustainable is your hotel stay? Why you don’t need buffet spreads, bottled water or courtesy toothbrushes
From New York’s projects to Nasa: aerospace engineer Dr Aprille Joy Ericsson on her journey

The aerospace engineer has had her eyes on the stars since high school. She talks about how athletics helped her become all-rounded and gave her the confidence to work in a male-dominated field.

20 Jul 2019 - 10:45PM

The aerospace engineer has had her eyes on the stars since high school. She talks about how athletics helped her become all-rounded and gave her the confidence to work in a male-dominated field.

From New York’s projects to Nasa: aerospace engineer Dr Aprille Joy Ericsson on her journey
Extradition bill art: the Hong Kong artists painting a picture of protests for the world

A number of artists are using art to immortalise the summer of unrest that is gripping the city because of the controversial extradition bill. They are using their work to help inform the rest of the world about their plight.

18 Jul 2019 - 3:18PM

A number of artists are using art to immortalise the summer of unrest that is gripping the city because of the controversial extradition bill. They are using their work to help inform the rest of the world about their plight.

Extradition bill art: the Hong Kong artists painting a picture of protests for the world
Kanae Minato, Steven Erikson, Emma Newman: Hong Kong Book Fair 2019 international authors preview

This year’s fair will host a record 680-plus exhibitors with a focus on the science fiction and mystery genre. Sharing sessions will be held with nine international authors – we take a look at them here.

16 Jul 2019 - 8:31PM

This year’s fair will host a record 680-plus exhibitors with a focus on the science fiction and mystery genre. Sharing sessions will be held with nine international authors – we take a look at them here.

Kanae Minato, Steven Erikson, Emma Newman: Hong Kong Book Fair 2019 international authors preview
Hong Kong live music venue Grappa’s Cellar takes final bow with farewell gig

The impassioned pleas of musicians and music lovers, backed up by a well-supported online campaign, have failed to save Hong Kong’s famed Grappa’s Cellar live music venue. Grappa’s is hosting a farewell gig on July 19.

16 Jul 2019 - 8:31PM

The impassioned pleas of musicians and music lovers, backed up by a well-supported online campaign, have failed to save Hong Kong’s famed Grappa’s Cellar live music venue. Grappa’s is hosting a farewell gig on July 19.

Hong Kong live music venue Grappa’s Cellar takes final bow with farewell gig
Music is essential to human happiness and can transform listeners’ emotions, survey finds

Music is essential to human happiness and might be the key to reducing stress and improving productivity, finds survey. More than half of those surveyed found that listening to music could have a positive effect on their mood.

8 Jul 2019 - 8:46PM

Music is essential to human happiness and might be the key to reducing stress and improving productivity, finds survey. More than half of those surveyed found that listening to music could have a positive effect on their mood.

Music is essential to human happiness and can transform listeners’ emotions, survey finds
How to survive a holiday with your in-laws: a marital counsellor offers tips

More than three-quarters of Hongkongers have argued with their in-laws or spouse on a shared holiday, a survey found. Women find it harder to travel with in-laws, but Asian women are better at coping than Western women.

7 Jul 2019 - 5:34PM

More than three-quarters of Hongkongers have argued with their in-laws or spouse on a shared holiday, a survey found. Women find it harder to travel with in-laws, but Asian women are better at coping than Western women.

How to survive a holiday with your in-laws: a marital counsellor offers tips
Where nature is the therapy: how forest bathing reduces stress, both mental and physical

The Japanese concept of forest bathing helps reprogram our overstimulated minds and bodies. Engaging mindfully with nature can put you in touch with your ‘deep ancestral programme’, a Harvard-trained academic says.

1 Jul 2019 - 7:12PM

The Japanese concept of forest bathing helps reprogram our overstimulated minds and bodies. Engaging mindfully with nature can put you in touch with your ‘deep ancestral programme’, a Harvard-trained academic says.

Where nature is the therapy: how forest bathing reduces stress, both mental and physical