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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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.

5 hours ago

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.

4 hours ago

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
From Delhi hustler to Oscar glory: how Indian film producer Guneet Monga won the greatest prize in Hollywood

The executive producer of Period. End of Sentence, which highlights prejudices against menstruating women in India, says the Oscar-winning short documentary ‘has put the conversation on the map’

28 Jun 2019 - 4:12PM

The executive producer of Period. End of Sentence, which highlights prejudices against menstruating women in India, says the Oscar-winning short documentary ‘has put the conversation on the map’

From Delhi hustler to Oscar glory: how Indian film producer Guneet Monga won the greatest prize in Hollywood
A truly memorable travel experience: the three things that set a holiday apart

In recent years the travel industry has been falling over itself to offer ‘memorable experiences’ – something special that elevates a regular trip to transformational travel – but how do we go about having one?

19 Jun 2019 - 6:29AM

In recent years the travel industry has been falling over itself to offer ‘memorable experiences’ – something special that elevates a regular trip to transformational travel – but how do we go about having one?

A truly memorable travel experience: the three things that set a holiday apart
Murray MacLehose was my hero: retired Hong Kong civil servant Libby Wong on her part in city’s rise

She worked with colonial governors Murray MacLehose, Edward Youde, and David Wilson, and was instrumental in the formation of the Academy for Performing Arts and the Hospital Authority. She worries about Hong Kong’s future.

7 Jun 2019 - 10:30AM

She worked with colonial governors Murray MacLehose, Edward Youde, and David Wilson, and was instrumental in the formation of the Academy for Performing Arts and the Hospital Authority. She worries about Hong Kong’s future.

Murray MacLehose was my hero: retired Hong Kong civil servant Libby Wong on her part in city’s rise
Maria Sung’s autistic daughter couldn’t find a job, so she opened a cafe to employ people with learning disabilities

The owner of Cheung Sha Wan’s Holy Café, which employs people with learning difficulties, and winner of the 2019 One Hong Kong Humanitarian Award, on how her daughter’s struggles inspired her to launch the initiative.

2 Jun 2019 - 9:30AM

The owner of Cheung Sha Wan’s Holy Café, which employs people with learning difficulties, and winner of the 2019 One Hong Kong Humanitarian Award, on how her daughter’s struggles inspired her to launch the initiative.

Maria Sung’s autistic daughter couldn’t find a job, so she opened a cafe to employ people with learning disabilities
Hong Kong Hello Kitty Murder: meth paranoia or product of a violent decade and the films it spawned?

From Big Spender to Broken Tooth to Yip Kai-foon, triads waged gang warfare, staged armed robberies and kidnapped billionaires in Hong Kong and Macau. We ask whether the most abhorrent crime of all was a product of that violence.

27 May 2019 - 8:49PM

From Big Spender to Broken Tooth to Yip Kai-foon, triads waged gang warfare, staged armed robberies and kidnapped billionaires in Hong Kong and Macau. We ask whether the most abhorrent crime of all was a product of that violence.

Hong Kong Hello Kitty Murder: meth paranoia or product of a violent decade and the films it spawned?
Maria Ressa, Duterte critic and ‘guardian of the truth’, says journalists are under attack

The editor of Philippine online news site Rappler and a Time magazine 2018 person of the year talks to the Post about holding the Duterte administration accountable.

26 May 2019 - 10:10AM

The editor of Philippine online news site Rappler and a Time magazine 2018 person of the year talks to the Post about holding the Duterte administration accountable.

Maria Ressa, Duterte critic and ‘guardian of the truth’, says journalists are under attack
Father-and-son champion sailing team on saving lives and the bonus of being a double-handed crew

Philippe Grelon passed on his passion for sailing to his family, especially his youngest son, Cosmas. He took lessons aged 12, and started representing Hong Kong in competitions. Now they compete together.

22 May 2019 - 1:17PM

Philippe Grelon passed on his passion for sailing to his family, especially his youngest son, Cosmas. He took lessons aged 12, and started representing Hong Kong in competitions. Now they compete together.

Father-and-son champion sailing team on saving lives and the bonus of being a double-handed crew
Executive burnout: recovery programme, first of its kind in Asia, at rehab and wellness centre in Thailand

The first behavioural health centre in Thailand owned by Thais, The Dawn gives participants a toolkit for coping with job’s physical and psychological strains. At the core of its programme are group and private therapy, yoga and meditation.

15 May 2019 - 7:30AM

The first behavioural health centre in Thailand owned by Thais, The Dawn gives participants a toolkit for coping with job’s physical and psychological strains. At the core of its programme are group and private therapy, yoga and meditation.

Executive burnout: recovery programme, first of its kind in Asia, at rehab and wellness centre in Thailand
Finding the yeti: Daniel Taylor on his decades-long search and what discovery means for the future of humankind

American scholar and conservationist Daniel Taylor recalls how a picture of a footprint in a newspaper sparked a lifelong ambition to solve a centuries-old mystery.

10 May 2019 - 7:37AM

American scholar and conservationist Daniel Taylor recalls how a picture of a footprint in a newspaper sparked a lifelong ambition to solve a centuries-old mystery.

Finding the yeti: Daniel Taylor on his decades-long search and what discovery means for the future of humankind
Grappa’s Cellar closure: petition to save Hong Kong live music venue records thousands of signatures

A campaign to save famed Hong Kong live music venue is gaining momentum with thousands of people signing a petition launched after the landlord decided not to renew the popular Italian restaurant’s lease.

9 May 2019 - 4:01PM

A campaign to save famed Hong Kong live music venue is gaining momentum with thousands of people signing a petition launched after the landlord decided not to renew the popular Italian restaurant’s lease.

Grappa’s Cellar closure: petition to save Hong Kong live music venue records thousands of signatures
Review | Indonesian short story collection by domestic helpers gives new perspective on their lives in Asian cities

Love, loss, beastly employers and caring ones – At A Moment’s Notice gathers stories by helpers in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan; the 23 translated stories present voices rarely heard in English.

9 May 2019 - 7:57PM

Love, loss, beastly employers and caring ones – At A Moment’s Notice gathers stories by helpers in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan; the 23 translated stories present voices rarely heard in English.

Indonesian short story collection by domestic helpers gives new perspective on their lives in Asian cities