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…
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.
Manisha Nair is an Hong Kong-based, globe-trotting founder of fashion blog, @ifstyledanced. A multi-disciplinary artist, Manisha was once told her fashion reflected her dance style — classic, but experimental. Manisha specializes in weaving statement pieces into your wardrobe creating versatile, elevated and unique combinations.
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
Melissa comes from a British family with roots in China, Malaysia and Italy – and continues the family passion for growing, cooking and eating food. She has spent the last few years eating her way through over 25 countries, before landing in the food paradise of Hong Kong.
She’s the founder of the city’s “Munchkins” business and brings over 15 years of combined cooking, learning and development experience to the “Fragrant Harbour” – where she can be found working with community gardeners, school kitchens and exploring farms with families.
Asmita is a passionate cook and food photographer whose blog “OneWholesomeMeal” strives to bring back faith in real food. A busy mum to two demanding eaters, she is constantly striving to put together simple, yet healthy meals for the family. Her recipes are an interesting twist of Indian, Western and Asian. She truly believes that everyone can cook and with just a little planning and intent, nutritious, homemade meals are possible.
British born Sophie is a new resident to Hong Kong and a new first-time mum. Obsessed with fitness, cats and cocktails, she’s always on the hunt for a clever way to combine the three! With a background in PR, she’s also a brand and trend junkie always looking to try the next big thing.
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
Esther is the co-founder and head trainer of Aqua Terra Performance, a boutique studio in Stanley that focuses on strength and conditioning for women. She is a certified personal trainer and pre and postnatal coach. She loves the water and is also an AUSTSWIM swimming instructor, qualified lifeguard and Stand Up Paddleboarding instructor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kate Fahey is a Hong Kong-based writer, editor and daydreamer. Resoundingly English, some of her favourite things include tea, sympathy and very cold weather. She loves exploring Hong Kong – sometimes with her young children, but also solo – especially the food and shopping. She still misses the cold weather though.
Lauren Lin, Co-Founder of PIVOT, is a mother of three who is constantly inspired by the amazing women she meets in Hong Kong. She has over ten years of experience in partner marketing, public relations and marketing management. Her experience in the Hospitality sector includes tenure at the Five Star/Five Diamond Wynn & Encore Resort and Boyd Gaming Corporation. In 2012, she joined an early stage social mobile app startup, PlayStudios, which sparked her entrepreneurial spirit. After moving to Hong Kong in 2015 she wanted to follow her passion for connecting people and entrepreneurship, resulting in PIVOT. She has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and International Business certificate from Arizona State University.
Lisa hails from Chicago but has been living in Hong Kong for the past 10 years with her husband Jonathan, kids Owen and Ava and beloved cats, Basil and Simba. Even though she had only planned to come to HK for one year, she met her husband on her third day here and Sai Kung has now become home! When not out on the water, exploring new beaches and having outdoor fun, you can find her chasing after her young kids or hard at work trying to grow PFHK. Work and family are her life!