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.

Latest from Kate Whitehead

We lost the family fortune during Hong Kong’s 1967 riots: jewellery designer Lo Kai-yin

The jewellery designer recalls how her grandfather, a farmer from southern China, built his fortune in Hong Kong, and how she got her big break at Cartier.

18 Oct 2019 - 3:01PM

The jewellery designer recalls how her grandfather, a farmer from southern China, built his fortune in Hong Kong, and how she got her big break at Cartier.

We lost the family fortune during Hong Kong’s 1967 riots: jewellery designer Lo Kai-yin
The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore gives Raffles some serious competition

Choose from colonial art-deco in the Capitol Building or Victoriana in Stamford House.

16 Oct 2019 - 11:20AM

Choose from colonial art-deco in the Capitol Building or Victoriana in Stamford House.

The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore gives Raffles some serious competition
American documentary maker Mark Wexler on why his film about his father only needed an audience of two

His films have included various travel shows, an unsuitable matchmaking film and the first ever in-depth look at Air Force One.

11 Oct 2019 - 8:32PM

His films have included various travel shows, an unsuitable matchmaking film and the first ever in-depth look at Air Force One.

American documentary maker Mark Wexler on why his film about his father only needed an audience of two
Opinion | The joys of being placed on hold – time wasted and tinny music

You ring, you wait, you listen to a jingle over and over until it drives you insane, then you get disconnected – who doesn’t love that?

8 Oct 2019 - 7:55AM

You ring, you wait, you listen to a jingle over and over until it drives you insane, then you get disconnected – who doesn’t love that?

The joys of being placed on hold – time wasted and tinny music
The five-night resort stay that saved a marriage: why sparks fly when you hang that Do Not Disturb sign on your luxury hotel room door

Whether you are with your long-term partner, a new lover or travelling solo, people feel sexy in the privacy of luxury hotel rooms. Pampering yourself in a luxurious setting will soon spice things up again.

8 Oct 2019 - 7:21PM

Whether you are with your long-term partner, a new lover or travelling solo, people feel sexy in the privacy of luxury hotel rooms. Pampering yourself in a luxurious setting will soon spice things up again.

The five-night resort stay that saved a marriage: why sparks fly when you hang that Do Not Disturb sign on your luxury hotel room door
Why Hong Kong’s high rollers count on blacklisted blackjack player Michael Board

Michael Board, a distance runner turned professional gambler turned Wall Street money manager, talks about how he came to be a ‘whale’ trainer to Hong Kong and Singapore VIPs.

5 Oct 2019 - 8:00PM

Michael Board, a distance runner turned professional gambler turned Wall Street money manager, talks about how he came to be a ‘whale’ trainer to Hong Kong and Singapore VIPs.

Why Hong Kong’s high rollers count on blacklisted blackjack player Michael Board
The big picture on health care for the elderly that Hong Kong is missing – it’s quality of life that matters, not how long people live

There is no integrated strategy to prevent old people getting sick, report by UK centre says. Diet, loneliness and environment are neglected by a public hospital system focused on curing disease but always playing catch-up.

27 Sep 2019 - 4:05PM

There is no integrated strategy to prevent old people getting sick, report by UK centre says. Diet, loneliness and environment are neglected by a public hospital system focused on curing disease but always playing catch-up.

The big picture on health care for the elderly that Hong Kong is missing – it’s quality of life that matters, not how long people live
When Extreme Treks’ host Ryan Pyle left Canada for China, he had no idea it would kick-start a lifetime of travel

Canadian television host Ryan Pyle turned a post-university trip into a career that has taken him from Tibet to Tanzania. ‘Leaving your phone and laptop behind and feeling the natural environment is really powerful,’ he says.

21 Sep 2019 - 6:56PM

Canadian television host Ryan Pyle turned a post-university trip into a career that has taken him from Tibet to Tanzania. ‘Leaving your phone and laptop behind and feeling the natural environment is really powerful,’ he says.

When Extreme Treks’ host Ryan Pyle left Canada for China, he had no idea it would kick-start a lifetime of travel
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.

21 Sep 2019 - 4:03AM

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