Mark Footer

Mark Footer joined the Post in 1999, having been the magazine and book buyer for Tower Records in Hong Kong. He started on the business desk before moving over to Post Magazine in 2007.
Mark Footer
Mark Footer joined the Post in 1999, having been the magazine and book buyer for Tower Records in Hong Kong. He started on the business desk before moving over to Post Magazine in 2007.

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Opinion | Forget the US-China trade war, mass extinction should be the far bigger story

A recent study revealed that a million species are at risk of extinction, but few seem to grasp the seriousness of the environmental and existential crisis facing humankind.

17 May 2019 - 3:20AM

A recent study revealed that a million species are at risk of extinction, but few seem to grasp the seriousness of the environmental and existential crisis facing humankind.

Forget the US-China trade war, mass extinction should be the far bigger story
Opinion | Hungry in Hong Kong: does city really need a HK$624 billion metropolis when people are starving?

Those in power who claim to want to ‘serve the people’ need to get their priorities right

19 Apr 2019 - 7:30AM

Those in power who claim to want to ‘serve the people’ need to get their priorities right

Hungry in Hong Kong: does city really need a HK$624 billion metropolis when people are starving?
Hong Kong’s diverse wildlife, from a king cobra to a sunbird, the star of photography exhibition

Robert I. Ferguson spends his time in the great outdoors, training his lens on the territory’s more elusive residents so that we city dwellers can enjoy them in all their hi-res glory.

15 Mar 2019 - 7:47PM

Robert I. Ferguson spends his time in the great outdoors, training his lens on the territory’s more elusive residents so that we city dwellers can enjoy them in all their hi-res glory.

Hong Kong’s diverse wildlife, from a king cobra to a sunbird, the star of photography exhibition
Hotels grasping at straws as war on plastic rages – is it too little too late?

As resorts the world over race to ban single-use plastic, we wonder if it is just an empty gesture or a genuine attempt to save our dying planet

4 Feb 2019 - 8:16AM

As resorts the world over race to ban single-use plastic, we wonder if it is just an empty gesture or a genuine attempt to save our dying planet

Hotels grasping at straws as war on plastic rages – is it too little too late?
Radisson Blue Resort Phu Quoc: one of many reasons to visit as yet unexplored Vietnamese island

The family-friendly property is part of a large complex that includes water parks, a safari park and, very soon, a casino – all the more reason to go before everybody else does

8 Dec 2018 - 1:17PM

The family-friendly property is part of a large complex that includes water parks, a safari park and, very soon, a casino – all the more reason to go before everybody else does

Radisson Blue Resort Phu Quoc: one of many reasons to visit as yet unexplored Vietnamese island
Copy of rare book Decades of the Newe Worlde goes on sale in Hong Kong for US$225,000

The word ‘China’ was first used in Richard Eden’s 1555 translation of Italian historian Peter Martyr d’Anghiera’s Decades of the New World that was published in 1511

25 Nov 2018 - 9:51AM

The word ‘China’ was first used in Richard Eden’s 1555 translation of Italian historian Peter Martyr d’Anghiera’s Decades of the New World that was published in 1511

Copy of rare book Decades of the Newe Worlde goes on sale in Hong Kong for US$225,000
Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse in Hokkaido ski resort: winter wonderland offers year-round fun

Hokkaido ski resort in the foothills of the majestic Niseko-Annupuri transforms into a green holiday haven, where self catering accommodation is a big plus

8 Oct 2018 - 11:22AM

Hokkaido ski resort in the foothills of the majestic Niseko-Annupuri transforms into a green holiday haven, where self catering accommodation is a big plus

Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse in Hokkaido ski resort: winter wonderland offers year-round fun
Typhoon Mangkhut tree debris shouldn’t be sent to Hong Kong’s already overflowing landfills

Instead of filling plastic bags with fallen flora, how about we let nature take its course

5 Oct 2018 - 10:15AM

Instead of filling plastic bags with fallen flora, how about we let nature take its course

Typhoon Mangkhut tree debris shouldn’t be sent to Hong Kong’s already overflowing landfills
What to do in summer at the ‘world’s coolest ski resort’, Club Med Tomamu in Japan

The all-inclusive resort brand has created a Hokkaido haven with something for all seasons

10 Aug 2018 - 7:55PM

The all-inclusive resort brand has created a Hokkaido haven with something for all seasons

What to do in summer at the ‘world’s coolest ski resort’, Club Med Tomamu in Japan
Where Trump and Kim could meet: seven options, from Beijing to Boracay, for a dangerous liaison

North Korean leader’s preference for the plane opens up a world of meeting possibilities

28 May 2018 - 4:06PM

North Korean leader’s preference for the plane opens up a world of meeting possibilities

Where Trump and Kim could meet: seven options, from Beijing to Boracay, for a dangerous liaison
Phuket resort where Hollywood-approved lifestyle guru plays central role

Hugh Jackman and Demi Moore are among the clients of Rosewood Phuket’s resident wellness coach

23 Mar 2018 - 2:32PM

Hugh Jackman and Demi Moore are among the clients of Rosewood Phuket’s resident wellness coach

Phuket resort where Hollywood-approved lifestyle guru plays central role
Why Cape Town’s water crisis is a warning for wasteful Hong Kong

South African city counts down to Day Zero, when taps will be turned off, while Hong Kong uses water at a rate way above the world average

25 Feb 2018 - 10:51AM

South African city counts down to Day Zero, when taps will be turned off, while Hong Kong uses water at a rate way above the world average

Why Cape Town’s water crisis is a warning for wasteful Hong Kong
Portland’s The Sentinel hotel, a robot-topped tribute to pop culture

The many food trucks just across the road make a visit to one of the US’ most creative cities more than worth it

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The many food trucks just across the road make a visit to one of the US’ most creative cities more than worth it

Portland’s The Sentinel hotel, a robot-topped tribute to pop culture
Feng shui at work in Hong Kong: photographer captures city in its elements

Indian-born, Australian-raised Palani Mohan describes his latest book, Wind, Water, as ‘a personal portrait of the city I love’

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Indian-born, Australian-raised Palani Mohan describes his latest book, Wind, Water, as ‘a personal portrait of the city I love’

Feng shui at work in Hong Kong: photographer captures city in its elements
Riding the Empire Builder train through America’s Midwest

Historical anecdotes and communal meals give Amtrak passengers a chance to make friends and influence people

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Historical anecdotes and communal meals give Amtrak passengers a chance to make friends and influence people

Riding the Empire Builder train through America’s Midwest
Hong Kong’s old-school barbershops captured on camera by Dutch photographer before they die out

The city’s backstreet barbers provide a glimpse into the past, along with the haircuts and shaves, Saskia Wesseling finds as she searches for ‘glamour in the unglamorous’

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The city’s backstreet barbers provide a glimpse into the past, along with the haircuts and shaves, Saskia Wesseling finds as she searches for ‘glamour in the unglamorous’

Hong Kong’s old-school barbershops captured on camera by Dutch photographer before they die out
Opinion: stop ruining your kids’ health with devices

Limit screen time to keep your children healthy – we will need them to face the rigours of climate change

23 Oct 2017 - 1:51PM

Limit screen time to keep your children healthy – we will need them to face the rigours of climate change

Opinion: stop ruining your kids’ health with devices
Seattle’s Hotel Max: come as you are

A music lover’s dream and a great location but the volume of ambient noise might turn off those seeking peaceful shelter

19 Sep 2017 - 2:41PM

A music lover’s dream and a great location but the volume of ambient noise might turn off those seeking peaceful shelter

Seattle’s Hotel Max: come as you are
Four Seasons in Ubud, Bali: if it’s good enough for the Obamas ...

Set besides lush paddy fields between two rivers, this is where the former first family of the United States stayed during their recent vacation to Bali. And Julia Roberts has been a guest here, too

25 Aug 2017 - 10:45AM

Set besides lush paddy fields between two rivers, this is where the former first family of the United States stayed during their recent vacation to Bali. And Julia Roberts has been a guest here, too

Four Seasons in Ubud, Bali: if it’s good enough for the Obamas ...
1997 predictions about Hong Kong under Chinese rule: how much did fortune-teller and clairvoyant get right?

In June 1997, we asked a Hong Kong fortune-teller and a ‘world-famous clairvoyant’ from Britain to share their predictions for the city and some of its leading lights – so how far-sighted were they, and what did they get wrong?

29 Jun 2017 - 12:32PM

In June 1997, we asked a Hong Kong fortune-teller and a ‘world-famous clairvoyant’ from Britain to share their predictions for the city and some of its leading lights – so how far-sighted were they, and what did they get wrong?

1997 predictions about Hong Kong under Chinese rule: how much did fortune-teller and clairvoyant get right?
Opinion: how Hong Kong’s Gobee bike-sharing app is a fail, with this would-be user unable to register, let alone get in the saddle

Downloading the Gobee app wasn’t a problem - it was what happened (or rather didn’t happen) next

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Downloading the Gobee app wasn’t a problem - it was what happened (or rather didn’t happen) next

Opinion: how Hong Kong’s Gobee bike-sharing app is a fail, with this would-be user unable to register, let alone get in the saddle
The Ned, for your next stay in London - a taste of history in the heart of the City

Faithfully restored, the former bank HQ offers round-the-clock cocktails in The Vault and a rooftop breakfast backdrop to die for

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Faithfully restored, the former bank HQ offers round-the-clock cocktails in The Vault and a rooftop breakfast backdrop to die for

The Ned, for your next stay in London - a taste of history in the heart of the City
OPINION: When dog owners don’t pick up after their pets

We all know it’s rude to not clean up your dog’s poo, but did you know it could also pose a risk to public health?

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

We all know it’s rude to not clean up your dog’s poo, but did you know it could also pose a risk to public health?

OPINION: When dog owners don’t pick up after their pets
Singapore’s Ascott Raffles Place – serviced apartments with a difference

Housed in a restored heritage building that was once the tallest in Southeast Asia, the serviced apartment block by Ascott offers everything a great hotel would and more

16 Mar 2017 - 6:07PM

Housed in a restored heritage building that was once the tallest in Southeast Asia, the serviced apartment block by Ascott offers everything a great hotel would and more

Singapore’s Ascott Raffles Place – serviced apartments with a difference
A golfer’s retreat in Chiang Mai – great setting, small rooms

New 42-room hotel is next door to Chiang Mai’s third best golf club, though there’s plenty for non-golfers to do too, from spa and yoga sessions to swimming and cookery

17 Dec 2016 - 2:07PM

New 42-room hotel is next door to Chiang Mai’s third best golf club, though there’s plenty for non-golfers to do too, from spa and yoga sessions to swimming and cookery

A golfer’s retreat in Chiang Mai – great setting, small rooms
Where to stay in Taipei: the Mandarin Oriental

Favoured by actresses Karen Mok and Shu Qi, the MO in Taipei has the largest hotel spa in Taiwan

19 Nov 2016 - 5:25PM

Favoured by actresses Karen Mok and Shu Qi, the MO in Taipei has the largest hotel spa in Taiwan

Where to stay in Taipei: the Mandarin Oriental
Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa – a homely option for temple tourists

Designed in the style of a traditional Khmer villa, the hotel near Siem Reap is a welcoming work in progress

3 Nov 2016 - 10:51AM

Designed in the style of a traditional Khmer villa, the hotel near Siem Reap is a welcoming work in progress

Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa – a homely option for temple tourists
The road to Punta del Este, and a glass of Uruguayan white

From a city of broken streets to bohemian Pueblo Garzón and its eco-vineyard, former fishing villages studded with art galleries and Uruguay’s biggest resort city, Mark Footer’s journey is full of contrasts – and capybaras

22 Sep 2016 - 10:32AM

From a city of broken streets to bohemian Pueblo Garzón and its eco-vineyard, former fishing villages studded with art galleries and Uruguay’s biggest resort city, Mark Footer’s journey is full of contrasts – and capybaras

The road to Punta del Este, and a glass of Uruguayan white
Stadium vs TV: what’s the best way to watch soccer?

The answer to this question is the stadium, of course, as there is nothing quite like the atmosphere of a live game. So why do so few Hongkongers venture out to see the real thing?

3 Sep 2016 - 3:00PM

The answer to this question is the stadium, of course, as there is nothing quite like the atmosphere of a live game. So why do so few Hongkongers venture out to see the real thing?

Stadium vs TV: what’s the best way to watch soccer?
Heritage Suites Hotel, Siem Reap, quietly oozes with ‘history’

Complex of bungalows and suites tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city tips its hat to colonial Cambodian style

7 Sep 2016 - 9:39AM

Complex of bungalows and suites tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city tips its hat to colonial Cambodian style

Heritage Suites Hotel, Siem Reap, quietly oozes with ‘history’