Meet the Sassy Mama Contributors
Hong Kong’s such a sprawling place, you didn’t really think we could do this all by ourselves, did you mamas? We’ve found a few Sassy Mamas and Girls to help us explore the 852 for family-friendly lifesavers. Check out our contributors below…
Danielle Roberts is a Canadian writer and ESL kindergarten teacher who has called Hong Kong home since 2015. She is an avid runner, a voracious reader, metalhead, and cat-lover. You can follow her on social media through her website: www.danielle-roberts.com
Annabel Karmel MBE is a modern-day “mamapreneur” – juggling life as a busy working mother of three with a hugely successful career. Since launching her Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner more than 20 years ago, Annabel has written 40 books, which have sold over four million copies worldwide, covering every stage of a child’s development.
Originally from sunny Los Angeles, California, Talia now lives in Hong Kong. She has a background as a Denim Designer but is now passionate about nutrition and wellness, environmental activism and writing. Continuing her education in Child and Adolescent Nutrition, she has big plans to start a holistic plant-based nutrition consulting business geared toward mothers in Hong Kong. With a lust for life and travel, you can usually find her wining and dining in HK or scouring the earth for her next adventure, camera in hand.
Nikita Mishra is a health and lifestyle journalist with over a decade of experience in India’s leading English news channel (CNN-IBN) and digital news outlet (TheQuint.com) where she worked as a Health Editor before swapping her cosy life for the big city and bright lights of Hong Kong. A self proclaimed health news junkie, she’s a 7K newbie runner, lover of cakes, shoes and the chaser of an over-smart kid. Follow her on twitter @nikitamishra
Claire is a proud Hong Konger, a mother of 2, and the founder of The Lion Rock Press. She grew up between two cultures, having a HK Chinese mother and a English Brummie father. She draws on those influences every day in the running of her premium stationery and gift company.
Novella is a Registered Dietitian in Canada who focuses her dietetic practice on family nutrition and women’s health. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver, Novella enjoys keeping up with the latest food and health trends and shares her passion for food and cooking with others. Aside from being a bilingual nutrition and health writer, Novella is a self-proclaimed foodie who travels around the world seeking out new flavours and different cuisines. When she is not travelling, you can find her looking for delicious foods in the neighbourhoods of Hong Kong, Vancouver and Toronto.
Kevin is devoted to issues in bilingual education and supporting multicultural children in school and at home. Born and raised as a Third Culture Kid in Hong Kong, Kevin taught for six years in a local elementary school and worked extensively with Nepali children in an after school program. Frustrated by the discrepancy between language curriculum, education policy and the actual learning needs of inner city youth, Kevin came to New York City to pursue a PhD in literacy education for immigrant populations. As an advocate for the linguistic and educational needs of language minority students, Kevin writes about the importance of leveraging bilingual education to foster cultural identity in the classroom.
Nina Brooklyn Brown is a South African blogger currently living in Hong Kong. She believes that you can find beauty in everything and that a good cup of tea can solve anything. Most of all, Nina believes that life is what you make it and that the best magic comes from the people you’re with.
Leandi Archer is a South-African born foodie who calls Hong Kong home. With a background in consumer science, hospitality and all things culinary her passions are cooking, travelling and most of all eating (which she’s really good at). She develops recipes in her tiny Hong Kong kitchen and loves exploring new places, flavours and wines
Hailing from Wales, Poppy is a self proclaimed foodie, travel junkie and PR girl. She has lived in Asia for over five years; first Singapore and now Hong Kong. She is an avid boxer and spends her free time training in Muay Thai or sussing out the best dim sum joint.
LTThomas is a journalist with 15 years experience working on Fleet Street and as a foreign correspondent in Latin America and East Asia. A seasoned travel writer and restaurant critic, she also pens articles on parenting, culture, art, health and business. She is also the founder of My Little Shop of Treasures.
Nathalie Sommer is a Relationship and Intimacy Coach who works with singles and couples to create healthy and intimate relationships so they can feel confident and empowered in and out of bed. Over the last 13 years her work as an entrepreneur has been deeply rooted in holistic therapies, personal development and coaching. After doing some exploratory work herself, she realised that both her one-on-one and group coaching clients were coming to her with relationship issues so she completed the sex and relationship certification in Erotic Blueprints.
In addition to working with clients around the world, Nathalie is a speaker, runs sold out workshops and her work has been featured in South China Morning Post, Time Out HK, MasterChef Magazine, Green Queen, Apple Daily and Jet Star Magazine. To find out more about her intimacy work head to www.nathaliesommer.com.
Melanie was born in the U.S., but got introduced to the great 852 by her Hong Kong-born husband over 10 years ago. Together they founded Helpwise to provide practical, relatable advice for employers of domestic helpers. Melanie teaches workshops, offers private consultations, and speaks throughout Hong Kong, advising on hiring, managing, and professionalizing the employer/helper relationship.
Rebecca Jo-Rushdy is an entrepreneur, founder of baby gifting platform BaoBae and a sassy mama of two toddlers. Based in Hong Kong, she and her husband are currently taking a break from reality and travelling the world with their daughters.