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 grizzly.

Latest from Kate Whitehead

The making of a Maasai safari guide in Kenya, from sneaking into school to leaving Africa for the first time

An unofficial ambassador for Kenyan safaris, Samuel Lengalai has come a long way since he sneaked into – not out of – school.

24 Jan 2020 - 4:10AM

An unofficial ambassador for Kenyan safaris, Samuel Lengalai has come a long way since he sneaked into – not out of – school.

The making of a Maasai safari guide in Kenya, from sneaking into school to leaving Africa for the first time
Climate change and flying: the best airline carbon offset schemes, and how to turn ‘flight shame’ into action

Pressure from climate change activists such as Greta Thunberg and the rise in ‘flight shame’ have prompted airlines to announce carbon offsets for their flights, but some schemes are better than others. Travellers need to change their lifestyles too.

22 Jan 2020 - 12:21AM

Pressure from climate change activists such as Greta Thunberg and the rise in ‘flight shame’ have prompted airlines to announce carbon offsets for their flights, but some schemes are better than others. Travellers need to change their lifestyles too.

Climate change and flying: the best airline carbon offset schemes, and how to turn ‘flight shame’ into action
Adventure therapy: how nature is good for mental health and a challenge can help us see ourselves in a new light

From climbing and camping to bungee jumping and hiking, pushing ourselves to do things that are challenging can enable us to see ourselves in a new light – and are good for alleviating the symptoms of depression and anxiety, too.

19 Jan 2020 - 7:35PM

From climbing and camping to bungee jumping and hiking, pushing ourselves to do things that are challenging can enable us to see ourselves in a new light – and are good for alleviating the symptoms of depression and anxiety, too.

Adventure therapy: how nature is good for mental health and a challenge can help us see ourselves in a new light
Meet James Asquith – he had travelled to every country in the world by 24 and now he helps others do the same

Former investment banker James Asquite, who, in 2013, became the youngest person to visit all 196 sovereign countries, has used his experience to launch a travel app, Holiday Swap.

15 Jan 2020 - 6:04PM

Former investment banker James Asquite, who, in 2013, became the youngest person to visit all 196 sovereign countries, has used his experience to launch a travel app, Holiday Swap.

Meet James Asquith – he had travelled to every country in the world by 24 and now he helps others do the same
How TRE helps with trauma, pain and stress by literally shaking off problems

TRE, or tension and trauma releasing exercises, help trigger neurogenic tremors that allow the body to shake off built-up stress as cavemen once did, and animals do naturally.

9 Jan 2020 - 6:13PM

TRE, or tension and trauma releasing exercises, help trigger neurogenic tremors that allow the body to shake off built-up stress as cavemen once did, and animals do naturally.

How TRE helps with trauma, pain and stress by literally shaking off problems
American humorist David Sedaris on OCD, the ‘manopause’ and partner Hugh ahead of Hong Kong visit

American humorist Sedaris, an author and long-time contributor to The New Yorker, is in Hong Kong this week for ‘An Evening with David Sedaris’ at the Asia Society on Friday, where he plans to read some new material.

8 Jan 2020 - 8:26PM

American humorist Sedaris, an author and long-time contributor to The New Yorker, is in Hong Kong this week for ‘An Evening with David Sedaris’ at the Asia Society on Friday, where he plans to read some new material.

American humorist David Sedaris on OCD, the ‘manopause’ and partner Hugh ahead of Hong Kong visit
‘I saw things little boys shouldn’t see’: the fall and rise of Reverend Bill Paige

Reverend Bill Paige on his journey from angry youth to rebellious, hard-drinking detective to Young Life minister helping other troubled kids.

27 Dec 2019 - 8:00PM

Reverend Bill Paige on his journey from angry youth to rebellious, hard-drinking detective to Young Life minister helping other troubled kids.

‘I saw things little boys shouldn’t see’: the fall and rise of Reverend Bill Paige
Hong Kong protests’ disruption spawns group commute by bicycle – ‘It’s a green solution, and sociable’

Anthony Lau, Hongkonger who launched a social cycling group in London, initiated ‘bike train’ commute from Tsim Sha Tsui to Tsuen Wan after seeing the transport disruption caused by anti-government protests in Hong Kong.

18 Dec 2019 - 7:30AM

Anthony Lau, Hongkonger who launched a social cycling group in London, initiated ‘bike train’ commute from Tsim Sha Tsui to Tsuen Wan after seeing the transport disruption caused by anti-government protests in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong protests’ disruption spawns group commute by bicycle – ‘It’s a green solution, and sociable’
World record holder’s US$1-a-night home swapping travel app eyes China market for 2020

James Asquith holds the Guinness World Record as the youngest person to visit every country in the world. His house swapping app covers 185 countries and has more than 500,000 users.

9 Jan 2020 - 10:37PM

James Asquith holds the Guinness World Record as the youngest person to visit every country in the world. His house swapping app covers 185 countries and has more than 500,000 users.

World record holder’s US$1-a-night home swapping travel app eyes China market for 2020
Hong Kong cheap flight deals over Christmas and new year: Taipei, Tokyo, Osaka, Manila, London and Paris among the best deals

Taipei, Tokyo, Osaka, London and Paris are among the best flight deals over Christmas and new year for travellers from Hong Kong, while Manila, Sapporo and Taichung are the cheapest for those willing to travel on Christmas Day.

10 Dec 2019 - 3:33PM

Taipei, Tokyo, Osaka, London and Paris are among the best flight deals over Christmas and new year for travellers from Hong Kong, while Manila, Sapporo and Taichung are the cheapest for those willing to travel on Christmas Day.

Hong Kong cheap flight deals over Christmas and new year: Taipei, Tokyo, Osaka, Manila, London and Paris among the best deals
How composer and DJ Gabriel Prokofiev is bringing classical music to a young audience

Gabriel Prokofiev, the Russian-British composer, producer, and DJ, tells Kate Whitehead about his grandfather Sergei Prokofiev and growing up with his artist father, Oleg Prokofiev.

9 Dec 2019 - 6:52PM

Gabriel Prokofiev, the Russian-British composer, producer, and DJ, tells Kate Whitehead about his grandfather Sergei Prokofiev and growing up with his artist father, Oleg Prokofiev.

How composer and DJ Gabriel Prokofiev is bringing classical music to a young audience
A Dutch author on her primitive existence in the New Zealand wilderness

Miriam Lancewood honed her survival skills on the road in Asia and bush-bashing on New Zealand’s South Island.

1 Dec 2019 - 8:00PM

Miriam Lancewood honed her survival skills on the road in Asia and bush-bashing on New Zealand’s South Island.

A Dutch author on her primitive existence in the New Zealand wilderness
Bairro Alto Hotel: one of Lisbon’s best boutique hotels gets a makeover

Portugal’s finest arts, crafts and contemporary cooking come together in the transformed Bairro Alto hotel.

1 Dec 2019 - 4:00PM

Portugal’s finest arts, crafts and contemporary cooking come together in the transformed Bairro Alto hotel.

Bairro Alto Hotel: one of Lisbon’s best boutique hotels  gets a makeover
How to have the best exotic beach wedding: tips from a destination wedding planner to avoid disaster

Getting married on a tropical beach sounds like a dream, but without good planning, it can be a nightmare. Destination wedding planner Sonya Yeung shares her tips for the perfect exotic nuptials.

28 Nov 2019 - 12:18PM

Getting married on a tropical beach sounds like a dream, but without good planning, it can be a nightmare. Destination wedding planner Sonya Yeung shares her tips for the perfect exotic nuptials.

How to have the best exotic beach wedding: tips from a destination wedding planner to avoid disaster
From Kosovo and Kashmir to Kenya: how Ami Vitale went from war journalist to National Geographic photographer

The American filmmaker and explorer is featured in the new film Women of Impact.

24 Nov 2019 - 8:18PM

The American filmmaker and explorer is featured in the new film Women of Impact.

From Kosovo and Kashmir to Kenya: how Ami Vitale went from war journalist to National Geographic photographer
Pair’s Guinness World Record for most Unesco World Heritage Sites visited in 12 hours – 13, and she left her phone on a bus

Paul Niel and Esther Röling had to use public transport and follow certain rules, but smashed the record for most Unesco World Heritage Sites visited in 24 hours, and the 12-hour record too.

21 Nov 2019 - 8:22PM

Paul Niel and Esther Röling had to use public transport and follow certain rules, but smashed the record for most Unesco World Heritage Sites visited in 24 hours, and the 12-hour record too.

Pair’s Guinness World Record for most Unesco World Heritage Sites visited in 12 hours – 13, and she left her phone on a bus
Spas and VR: new stress busting wellness experiences see you travel the world – even the moon – for meditation and relaxation

Spas, wellness centres and even medical clinics are finding ways to use the latest in virtual reality technology to help people escape stress, anxiety and even pain by transporting them to faraway, exotic destinations.

17 Nov 2019 - 8:37PM

Spas, wellness centres and even medical clinics are finding ways to use the latest in virtual reality technology to help people escape stress, anxiety and even pain by transporting them to faraway, exotic destinations.

Spas and VR: new stress busting wellness experiences see you travel the world – even the moon – for meditation and relaxation
Macau Grand Prix record holder Michael Rutter on dating Stanley Ho’s granddaughter

The British motorcycle racer reveals why he loves coming back to the casino enclave.

15 Nov 2019 - 10:45AM

The British motorcycle racer reveals why he loves coming back to the casino enclave.

Macau Grand Prix record holder Michael Rutter on dating Stanley Ho’s granddaughter
Plastic pollution: the self-sufficient super boat raising awareness of ocean waste

A futuristic vessel called the Race For Water Odyssey that uses solar energy and hydrogen technologies is midway through a five-year world trip, with its crew aiming to raise awareness of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.

7 Nov 2019 - 9:10PM

A futuristic vessel called the Race For Water Odyssey that uses solar energy and hydrogen technologies is midway through a five-year world trip, with its crew aiming to raise awareness of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.

Plastic pollution: the self-sufficient super boat raising awareness of ocean waste
Opinion | A Hong Kong shopping nightmare: finding a dress in a ‘large’ size

Struggling to find clothes in her size – a UK size 12 – a Briton says it’s easier and cheaper to fly to Britain and shop there instead.

1 Nov 2019 - 10:35AM

Struggling to find clothes in her size – a UK size 12 – a Briton says it’s easier and cheaper to fly to Britain and shop there instead.

A Hong Kong shopping nightmare: finding a dress in a ‘large’ size
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