Sasha Gonzales

Sasha writes about a variety of subjects, from health and beauty to design, architecture, food and travel. Her work has appeared in a number of publications in Asia, including Wine & Dine, The Peak, SilverKris and Her World Singapore. She has been writing regularly for the South China Morning Post since 2011.
Sasha Gonzales
Sasha writes about a variety of subjects, from health and beauty to design, architecture, food and travel. Her work has appeared in a number of publications in Asia, including Wine & Dine, The Peak, SilverKris and Her World Singapore. She has been writing regularly for the South China Morning Post since 2011.

Latest from Sasha Gonzales

Potentially dangerous vampire facials and vitamin IV treatments only grow in popularity despite safety concerns

Kim Kardashian and Bar Rafaeli are part of a celebrity contingent that have tried the facial, which uses a client’s own blood to rejuvenate his or her skin. However, this growing trend, which is banned in Singapore, comes at a risk.

20 May 2019 - 7:25PM

Kim Kardashian and Bar Rafaeli are part of a celebrity contingent that have tried the facial, which uses a client’s own blood to rejuvenate his or her skin. However, this growing trend, which is banned in Singapore, comes at a risk.

Potentially dangerous vampire facials and vitamin IV treatments only grow in popularity despite safety concerns
Jennifer Aniston, Mariah Carey, insomnia and how one night of bad sleep can increase Alzheimer’s risk

A poor night’s sleep increases levels of beta-amyloid plaque and tau, which are both linked to Alzheimer’s. We share eight reasons you wake up in the night, and how to avoid it.

13 May 2019 - 7:38PM

A poor night’s sleep increases levels of beta-amyloid plaque and tau, which are both linked to Alzheimer’s. We share eight reasons you wake up in the night, and how to avoid it.

Jennifer Aniston, Mariah Carey, insomnia and how one night of bad sleep can increase Alzheimer’s risk
How gardening can fight stress, improve your health and make you a happier person

Gardening puts many people in a positive frame of mind, helps them relax, and gives them the chance to reconnect with nature – but at least some of that could be to do with a mood-boosting microorganism found in soil.

29 Apr 2019 - 7:56PM

Gardening puts many people in a positive frame of mind, helps them relax, and gives them the chance to reconnect with nature – but at least some of that could be to do with a mood-boosting microorganism found in soil.

How gardening can fight stress, improve your health and make you a happier person
Grown-up play: how unleashing your inner child, or finding a new diversion, lowers stress

Whether it’s skating, bouncing on a trampoline or flying a plane, playing is vital to our well-being. Experts say play is as important as sleep for adults and is linked to increased creativity in solving problems.

13 Apr 2019 - 7:21PM

Whether it’s skating, bouncing on a trampoline or flying a plane, playing is vital to our well-being. Experts say play is as important as sleep for adults and is linked to increased creativity in solving problems.

Grown-up play: how unleashing your inner child, or finding a new diversion, lowers stress
Change your life: smile with Dr Happy’s positive psychology and lift your well-being

Dr Timothy Sharp left clinical psychology to promote happiness and well-being. Now the Chief Happiness Officer at the Happiness Institute, he helps people overcome their fears and champions mental health charity Batyr.

8 Apr 2019 - 6:27PM

Dr Timothy Sharp left clinical psychology to promote happiness and well-being. Now the Chief Happiness Officer at the Happiness Institute, he helps people overcome their fears and champions mental health charity Batyr.

Change your life: smile with Dr Happy’s positive psychology and lift your well-being
How creative activities are good for mental health and reduce stress

Creative expression through pursuits such as painting, knitting or cooking can act like a natural antidepressant, boosting happiness and confidence. And don’t worry if you’re not a ‘right brainer’ – anyone can benefit.

26 Mar 2019 - 8:05PM

Creative expression through pursuits such as painting, knitting or cooking can act like a natural antidepressant, boosting happiness and confidence. And don’t worry if you’re not a ‘right brainer’ – anyone can benefit.

How creative activities are good for mental health and reduce stress
How reading can make you happier and less stressed and depressed

Research has found that those who read regularly have higher levels of self-esteem and were better at coping with challenges. Readers says there is a sense of accomplishment, pride and self-worth when finishing a book.

11 Mar 2019 - 9:27PM

Research has found that those who read regularly have higher levels of self-esteem and were better at coping with challenges. Readers says there is a sense of accomplishment, pride and self-worth when finishing a book.

How reading can make you happier and less stressed and depressed
Better sex, better sleep: why an orgasm before bed improves your rest

Sex can be a great stress relief and releases hormones that help us relax and fall asleep. But you have to be proactive to achieve a good sex life.

25 Feb 2019 - 6:36PM

Sex can be a great stress relief and releases hormones that help us relax and fall asleep. But you have to be proactive to achieve a good sex life.

Better sex, better sleep: why an orgasm before bed improves your rest
Midlife crisis: how to make it about change and opportunity, not anxiety and loss of motivation

Middle age can come with feelings of helplessness and loss of motivation and confidence. Taking up a hobby, learning a new skill or doing something creative can help people make new friends and reduce stress.

18 Feb 2019 - 6:56PM

Middle age can come with feelings of helplessness and loss of motivation and confidence. Taking up a hobby, learning a new skill or doing something creative can help people make new friends and reduce stress.

Midlife crisis: how to make it about change and opportunity, not anxiety and loss of motivation
Eczema: its causes, how to get relief from the itching, and the promise of new treatments

Adele, the Duchess of Cambridge, Nicole Kidman and Brad Pitt all suffer from eczema, an irritation for which there is no cure. Some sufferers have it in their genes, others get it from something that breaks the skin, such as ear piercings.

21 Jan 2019 - 6:10AM

Adele, the Duchess of Cambridge, Nicole Kidman and Brad Pitt all suffer from eczema, an irritation for which there is no cure. Some sufferers have it in their genes, others get it from something that breaks the skin, such as ear piercings.

Eczema: its causes, how to get relief from the itching, and the promise of new treatments
Why you should go to the beach to recharge, and five of Hong Kong’s best beaches to do just that

Whether it’s the sound of the waves, the sand between your toes, the vitamin D, or the colour of the water, studies show that a visit to the beach improves your well-being. From Shek O to Turtle cove, Hong Kong has plenty of beautiful beaches.

7 Jan 2019 - 8:16PM

Whether it’s the sound of the waves, the sand between your toes, the vitamin D, or the colour of the water, studies show that a visit to the beach improves your well-being. From Shek O to Turtle cove, Hong Kong has plenty of beautiful beaches.

Why you should go to the beach to recharge, and five of Hong Kong’s best beaches to do just that
Have trouble sleeping? Follow these four tips from sleep experts and get a good night’s rest

Experts give advice on power naps, vitamins, and what you should and shouldn’t do at lunchtime. Four out of 10 Hongkongers have sleep-related problems according to a study.

20 Dec 2018 - 7:01PM

Experts give advice on power naps, vitamins, and what you should and shouldn’t do at lunchtime. Four out of 10 Hongkongers have sleep-related problems according to a study.

Have trouble sleeping? Follow these four tips from sleep experts and get a good night’s rest
How to turn your life around and get healthier. The good thing is, it’s never too late, say experts

Singapore finance professional Prempal Hundal was diagnosed with pre-diabetes. He started exercising and watching his diet and is no longer pre-diabetic.

16 Dec 2018 - 6:59PM

Singapore finance professional Prempal Hundal was diagnosed with pre-diabetes. He started exercising and watching his diet and is no longer pre-diabetic.

How to turn your life around and get healthier. The good thing is, it’s never too late, say experts
Depression, the invisible illness: stigma that makes people hide the condition, and why it needs removing

Three in every 100 people in Hong Kong suffers from depression. Yet in Asian society, depression is rarely talked about because of the shame associated with it. Admitting you have depression may harm your family’s reputation.

10 Dec 2018 - 8:34PM

Three in every 100 people in Hong Kong suffers from depression. Yet in Asian society, depression is rarely talked about because of the shame associated with it. Admitting you have depression may harm your family’s reputation.

Depression, the invisible illness: stigma that makes people hide the condition, and why it needs removing
Checking health symptoms online: best websites and what to avoid

Searching the internet for your health symptoms can actually aid the process, according to these doctors, but you have to know where to look and what to believe.

3 Dec 2018 - 8:39PM

Searching the internet for your health symptoms can actually aid the process, according to these doctors, but you have to know where to look and what to believe.

Checking health symptoms online: best websites and what to avoid
The mental dangers of a cluttered home, and how you can avoid the anxiety it causes

With so many sights, sounds, smells and sensations competing for our attention, it can be a challenge for the brain to process everything at once. A study shows that a messy home raises levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, in women.

20 Nov 2018 - 2:35AM

With so many sights, sounds, smells and sensations competing for our attention, it can be a challenge for the brain to process everything at once. A study shows that a messy home raises levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, in women.

The mental dangers of a cluttered home, and how you can avoid the anxiety it causes
How hardiness helped this Malaysian weather a multitude of blows – cancer being the latest

Emily Tan has stayed strong through all that life has thrown her. She exhibits what doctors call psychological hardiness – something that’s in us all. I chose to take charge of my emotions, says 33-year-old.

9 Nov 2018 - 6:20AM

Emily Tan has stayed strong through all that life has thrown her. She exhibits what doctors call psychological hardiness – something that’s in us all. I chose to take charge of my emotions, says 33-year-old.

How hardiness helped this Malaysian weather a multitude of blows – cancer being the latest
Staying active the key to staying alive longer – and you’re never too old to start exercising

A 74-year-old who took up yoga, a 75-year-old who’s on the golf course and the tennis court every week – these elderly Hongkongers practise the active ageing a new study recommends. You can too – but talk to a doctor first.

31 Oct 2018 - 4:47PM

A 74-year-old who took up yoga, a 75-year-old who’s on the golf course and the tennis court every week – these elderly Hongkongers practise the active ageing a new study recommends. You can too – but talk to a doctor first.

Staying active the key to staying alive longer – and you’re never too old to start exercising
Why mindlessness, the art of not paying attention, can make us better problem solvers

Think of it as removing the proverbial mental leash – mindlessness gives your brain the chance to wander, giving room for creative thought. And it’s much easier than being mindful all the time.

15 Oct 2018 - 8:51PM

Think of it as removing the proverbial mental leash – mindlessness gives your brain the chance to wander, giving room for creative thought. And it’s much easier than being mindful all the time.

Why mindlessness, the art of not paying attention, can make us better problem solvers
10 bad contact lens habits, and how to avoid eye infections and other sight problems

If you don’t take care of your contact lenses and general eye health, it can lead to severe problems. Eye experts describe the worst mistakes and how you can avoid them.

11 Oct 2018 - 7:01PM

If you don’t take care of your contact lenses and general eye health, it can lead to severe problems. Eye experts describe the worst mistakes and how you can avoid them.

10 bad contact lens habits, and how to avoid eye infections and other sight problems
Why exercising in a group is better than working out alone: motivation, fun, community

Boot camps offer the chance to get fit with like-minded people, social and emotional support, incentives to persevere with your programme and positive reinforcement.

7 Oct 2018 - 4:55PM

Boot camps offer the chance to get fit with like-minded people, social and emotional support, incentives to persevere with your programme and positive reinforcement.

Why exercising in a group is better than working out alone: motivation, fun, community
To improve your body, mind and soul, step outside your comfort zone and try something new

Doing something that is challenging or intimidating can have positive health benefits. Activities such as starting a new job, taking up a new hobby, and even visiting a new restaurant can boost your memory and creative thinking skills.

13 Aug 2018 - 5:53PM

Doing something that is challenging or intimidating can have positive health benefits. Activities such as starting a new job, taking up a new hobby, and even visiting a new restaurant can boost your memory and creative thinking skills.

To improve your body, mind and soul, step outside your comfort zone and try something new
What knitting, painting and pottery do to your brain, and why they can make you happier and reduce stress

Rhythmic, creative activities such as pottery, painting and knitting, which deliver an ‘effort-based reward’ at the end, could alter your brain chemistry by boosting serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin, US researchers say.

30 Jul 2018 - 9:08PM

Rhythmic, creative activities such as pottery, painting and knitting, which deliver an ‘effort-based reward’ at the end, could alter your brain chemistry by boosting serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin, US researchers say.

What knitting, painting and pottery do to your brain, and why they can make you happier and reduce stress
Press pause: why an extended break to recharge, reboot and refocus might be just what you need

The benefits of taking time off can’t be ignored – and you don’t have to travel for a year. Sometimes a few days away can make the difference. Whatever you do, include a digital detox and time for relationships and reflection.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

The benefits of taking time off can’t be ignored – and you don’t have to travel for a year. Sometimes a few days away can make the difference. Whatever you do, include a digital detox and time for relationships and reflection.

Press pause: why an extended break to recharge, reboot and refocus might be just what you need
How world’s fastest Singaporean stays in shape into his 40s: UK Shyam talks about diet and the importance of strength training

The Lion City’s 100-metre sprint record holder shows no signs of slowing down, 17 years after he broke the national record which had stood for 33 years – in a time no one has bettered since. He reveals the secret to keeping fit as you age

10 Jul 2018 - 10:34AM

The Lion City’s 100-metre sprint record holder shows no signs of slowing down, 17 years after he broke the national record which had stood for 33 years – in a time no one has bettered since. He reveals the secret to keeping fit as you age

How world’s fastest Singaporean stays in shape into his 40s: UK Shyam talks about diet and the importance of strength training
Why crying is good for your health, but too much could be a sign of deeper problems

Crying is known to have a soothing effect and ‘emotional tears’ can even help rid our bodies of stress hormones. Some organisations are now going so far as to open crying rooms for their staff and visitors for them to have good wail.

2 Jul 2018 - 9:02PM

Crying is known to have a soothing effect and ‘emotional tears’ can even help rid our bodies of stress hormones. Some organisations are now going so far as to open crying rooms for their staff and visitors for them to have good wail.

Why crying is good for your health, but too much could be a sign of deeper problems
Self-care, or how to beat stress and be happy – tips from experts on where to start

Treating yourself well should be a daily priority and not something you only do occasionally or when you’re feeling run down. We ask some experts for advice on how to look after yourself every day. You can start with meditation.

21 Jun 2018 - 9:40PM

Treating yourself well should be a daily priority and not something you only do occasionally or when you’re feeling run down. We ask some experts for advice on how to look after yourself every day. You can start with meditation.

Self-care, or how to beat stress and be happy – tips from experts on where to start
Scientists agree spending on life experiences beats shopping to centre us and change our lives for the better

Shopping sprees have their place, but for lasting satisfaction and enjoyment, nothing can beat adventurous activities like surfing or hiking, or travelling to the most beautiful parts of the globe and learning something new

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

Shopping sprees have their place, but for lasting satisfaction and enjoyment, nothing can beat adventurous activities like surfing or hiking, or travelling to the most beautiful parts of the globe and learning something new

Scientists agree spending on life experiences beats shopping to centre us and change our lives for the better
Why friendship is more important than money or genes. We talk to two women who’ve been best friends for 40 years

An 80-year-long Harvard study shows that close relationships have more of an effect on our health than money, fame or genetics. Juliet Feng, 75, and Ivy Chow, 77, are living proof of the power of friendship over longevity

28 May 2018 - 7:52PM

An 80-year-long Harvard study shows that close relationships have more of an effect on our health than money, fame or genetics. Juliet Feng, 75, and Ivy Chow, 77, are living proof of the power of friendship over longevity

Why friendship is more important than money or genes. We talk to two women who’ve been best friends for 40 years
How to hold off ageing and dementia with the power of positive thought

People who are positive about growing old have a lower risk of dementia than their negative peers. If they are active and have a good social life they will probably also live longer. We talk to Viswa Nathan, 81, who is living proof

21 May 2018 - 5:56PM

People who are positive about growing old have a lower risk of dementia than their negative peers. If they are active and have a good social life they will probably also live longer. We talk to Viswa Nathan, 81, who is living proof

How to hold off ageing and dementia with the power of positive thought