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What do our readers and our team have in common? We’ve all fallen in love with the taxi-clogged, dai pai dong-lined, crazy skyscraper city of Hong Kong. Whether we were born and raised here, or arrived as adults, our appetites for all things Hong Kong are insatiable!

We’re here to inject a bit of sass into your day-to-day and help you navigate this buzzing metropolis…make the most out of life in the city that truly never sleeps! From swanky bars with a view, to hole-in-the-wall eateries, to fail-safe shopping spots, to our favourite hikes, we scour the streets to find all the very best that Hong Kong has to offer (in our humble opinions!).

  • The team
  • The contributors

MAURA THOMPSON

CO-FOUNDER
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VICKY HUFFEY

MANAGING DIRECTOR
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ELLY LIU

OFFICE MANAGER
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CAROLINE JONES

MANAGING EDITOR
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Sam Book

MARKETING MANAGER
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Daisy Dudley

ART DIRECTOR
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TANIA SHROFF

EDITOR
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JESS NG

EDITOR
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NICOLE MORALEDA

EDITOR
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ELLE NOBLE

PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER
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MANSHA CHANNA

PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER
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EMILY CHU

PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER
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MARIE BAZINET

PARTNERSHIPS SUPPORT EXECUTIVE
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Lydia Ching

PART-TIME EDITORIAL ASSISTANT
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Lexi Davey

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Manisha Nair

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Melissa Albarus

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Novella Lui

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Krystina Te Kanawa

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Nathalie Sommer

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Sara Tang

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Eleanor Coleman

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Lauren Lin

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Kimberly Arth

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Stacy Dahl

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MAURA THOMPSON
CO-FOUNDER

I’m originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA) and have called Hong Kong home since 2008. I have loved seeing Sassy grow over the years and I am so thankful that we have such an awesome team who are always ready and willing to try things for the sake of Sassy. We have a term around the office called #diditforsassy and over the years I have definitely done that. From Brazilian wax trials, to getting spray tanned at home in my bikini for a YouTube video (the video doesn’t exist anymore, thank goodness!), to letting our readers vote on what hairstyle I should get (they voted for a fringe and I did go through with it!).

These days, I’m obsessed with one day building the perfect capsule collection and would finish every day if I could with a 45-minute Aqua Luna sail around the harbour before heading home.

What I love about Hong Kong

Foot massages. Being able to easily do a hike, beach trip and city drinks all in one day. The beautiful pastel colours on the apartment buildings (you just have to look up to appreciate them!).

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VICKY HUFFEY
MANAGING DIRECTOR

Born and raised in the UK, I arrived in Hong Kong in 2012 and fell in love with this diverse and buzzing city. I’m an avid hiker, dragon-boater, happy hour participant, and general explorer, and Hong Kong feeds my curiosity in every way.

What I love about Hong Kong

That it has very distinct seasons, which allow me to lead to a great outdoor life. I can enjoy a sundowner on the beach during the heat of summer, hot beancurd desserts on the hiking trails during winter, and junkboat trips several months of the year. Plus, the year-round cultural events and festivals (Clockenflap anyone?) mean I’m never bored. What’s not to love?

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ELLY LIU
OFFICE MANAGER

I was born and raised in China, and moved to Hong Kong in 2013. I’m a huge fan of wildlife, the outdoors and pandas (I can spend an entire day watching videos of pandas eating bamboo). Living in Hong Kong lets me enjoy eating endless dim sum, taking in the gorgeous harbour views and being a part of team Sassy.

What I love about Hong Kong

How easy it is to travel to nearby countries, hiking trails and the incredible theme parks!

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CAROLINE JONES
MANAGING EDITOR

Caroline was born and bred in Northern Ireland and lived in Dublin and Moscow, before moving to London where she worked at Sky News. She landed in Hong Kong in 2013 working for Bloomberg and Forbes, and joined Sassy Media Group in 2018 as Managing Editor. She also heads up the Beauty section on the site. In her spare time, Caroline likes exploring HK’s hiking trails and is always looking for new spots for sundowners.

What I love about Hong Kong

The sheer vibrancy of the city and its eclectic mix of people. There’s never any shortage of things to do in Hong Kong, from all the great places to eat and drink, to the many cultural and sporting events that take place throughout the year. You’re also perfectly placed for weekend trips away. And, of course, that skyline!

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Sam Book
MARKETING MANAGER

Originally from the UK, our Marketing Manager Sam moved to Hong Kong from London in 2018. When not planning ways to help Sassy and Sassy Mama reach even more readers, she can be found reading, binge listening to every type of podcast - sometimes even in the gym - and exploring Hong Kong’s many hiking trails (and bars).

What I love about Hong Kong

I love that there's always somewhere new to explore in Hong Kong, whether it's a bar or restaurant in Central, a new-to-me neighbourhood, a hiking trail or a beach!

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Daisy Dudley
ART DIRECTOR

Daisy is a Brighton (UK) born art director who enjoys playful typography and pleasing colour combinations. When not bringing the graphics and photography of Sassy to life she enjoys exploring the stunning nature of Hong Kong and finding new spots to eat (veggie) ramen and drink gin-based cocktails.

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TANIA SHROFF
EDITOR

Tania joined Team Sassy to rediscover the city she calls home (one G&T at a time). She is the Travel, Influencers, Health and Wellness Editor for Sassy Hong Kong. When she's not writing, you can find her getting involved in worthwhile causes, attempting to find peace through yoga poses, or eating abnormal amounts of dessert.

What I love about Hong Kong

There’s no denying it, the overflowing local markets and decadent dim sum keep this city filled to the brim. My favourite thing about Hong Kong is the sheer amount of diversity – from the culture, to the activities, to the people. It means we have the potential to make this place exactly what we want. What more could we ask for?

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JESS NG
EDITOR

Born and raised in the UK, Jess is an Editor at Sassy heading up the Eat & Drink, Style, Home and Beauty sections on the site. Drawn to Hong Kong by the lure of dim sum breakfasts and bustling city life, she is a self-proclaimed foodie who loves to cook. Food occupies 70% of her brain, 90% of the time. When not eating, Jess can typically be found buried in a book or obsessing over her current favourite true crime-related podcast.

What I love about Hong Kong

What I love the most about Hong Kong is the accessibility. Having spent my childhood living in the middle of nowhere back in the UK, it’s such a novelty to have so many bars, restaurants and cultural events on my doorstep!

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NICOLE MORALEDA
EDITOR

Having spent the better part of her life in the 852, Nicole is proud to be able to call herself a Hongkonger. She is the Lifestyle, What’s On and Weddings Editor for Sassy Hong Kong. Always looking forward to her next meal, Nicole is a magpie for shiny, new restaurants and is often drawn to the weirdest item on the menu. Her favourite after-work activities include bouldering, catching up with friends over dinner, and belting out show tunes and Disney jams in the shower.

What I love about Hong Kong

Hong-style milk tea, curry fish balls and egg waffles – need I say more? I could ramble on for hours about all the things I love about this city. But top of my list would definitely be the food, how easy it is to get around, and the friends I’ve made here.

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ELLE NOBLE
PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER

Elle is originally from the UK and landed in Hong Kong at the end of a year-long trip around the world. With a background in fashion styling and a love for fashion, travel and music, you’ll often find her dragging friends around vintage boutiques (adding to her never ending wardrobe), or getting crafty in Sham Shui Po, customising outfits for festivals and themed junk boat parties (she’s a pro with a glue gun!). Elle focuses on partnerships with eat & drink and beauty & fashion clients.

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MANSHA CHANNA
PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER

I was born and raised in Hong Kong and worked in Banking and Finance before finding my way to Sassy. Having lived all over the world, I definitely caught the travel bug and am constantly attempting to cross cities off my bucket list. A true foodie at heart, you will always find me at the newest spots in town. I love a good workout and spending quality time with my husband and two young sons. I focus on corporate partnerships for Sassy.

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EMILY CHU
PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER

Born and raised in the UK, Emily moved to Hong Kong in 2011 in a quest to learn more about her roots and heritage. She loves to cook and can often be found in her local wet markets seeking out fresh produce for her culinary creations. When not obsessing about her next meal, she enjoys hiking, board games and finding new ways to burn calories. Emily focuses on partnerships with Sassy’s Weddings, What’s On, Health & Wellness and Lifestyle clients.

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MARIE BAZINET
PARTNERSHIPS SUPPORT EXECUTIVE

I’m a French Canadian who moved to Hong Kong in 2018 - it was also my first ever experience in Asia! I live for everything entertainment, you can ask me about the latest reality show, new Netflix drop or why a certain celebrity filed for divorce, I probably know all about it! I also love to eat, my favourite is Vietnamese food, but don’t be fooled, I will try everything and anything. I work with the Partnership Managers and coordinate all client relations.

What I love about Hong Kong

The easiness of everything, whether you want to have a late-night bite, catch a live show, sip a drink on a rooftop or shop in unique boutiques, Hong Kong has it all. And best of all, everything is so close by, to think that you can snap a selfie on top of Victoria Peak and be eating fresh dumplings a few minutes later in Wan Chai is just amazing!

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Lydia Ching
PART-TIME EDITORIAL ASSISTANT

Having spent her earlier years in Sweden, Lydia finally decided to speed walk her way back to Hong Kong’s vibrant nightlife and breathtaking skyline. From cafe openings to yoga workshops, Lydia is always on the hunt for new things to try (and to add to the events calendar, of course)! When she’s not planning her next travel destination, she is probably reading a new fantasy novel or baking triple chocolate brownies.

What I love about Hong Kong

I’m absolutely in love with the city’s energy - there’s always something to keep me busy and going. On top of the lifestyle, Hong Kong is simply one of, if not the best, cities for foodies like me! Whenever I’m looking for a bite, I can always find something to satisfy my cravings, be it local cha chaan teng pineapple buns or Michelin-starred tacos.

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Lexi Davey

A TCK, Lexi spent the best part of her life growing up in Southeast Asia, tempted ever so briefly by the bright blue, English skies, before quickly heading back to her roots here in Honkers. A self-confessed heliophile with an unhealthy addiction to fairy lights, loves include: brunch, cheese and her rescue pup, Wella. Most commonly spotted in Din Tai Fung.

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Manisha Nair

Manisha Nair is a Hong Kong-based globe-trotter and the founder of fashion blog, @ifstyledanced. A multi-disciplinary artist, Manisha was once told her fashion reflected her dance style — classic, but experimental. Manisha specialises in weaving statement pieces into your wardrobe creating versatile, elevated and unique combinations.

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Melissa Albarus

Baker by day and boxer by night, Melissa Albarus was born in Hong Kong and is as much a country bumpkin as you’ll find here, having spent the past 20 years in Sai Kung. With a background in PR and Advertising, she balances a career in marketing with a passion for education and social impact, striving to use her creative powers for good. Though she’ll never be able to figure out the correct pronunciation of ‘scones’ (hello, multicultural upbringing), she has a love for words that’s second only to her love for proper German sourdough bread.

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Novella Lui

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.

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Krystina Te Kanawa

Krystina Te Kanawa is a Hong Kong-based makeup artist and entrepreneur, with 14 years of industry experience in mainstream and indigenous TV stations, from her homeland New Zealand, to CNN, CNBC and FrenchTV in London. Her brand here in Hong Kong "KTK" sees her glamming up an array of faces for her client's glitzy events, to brand photoshoots and headshots, to conducting 1:1 and group makeup lessons here in HK and Singapore, as well as fulfilling a bride's makeup wishes on her wedding day. Krystina has produced her own luxury, animal cruelty-free Makeup Brush line, which is proving to be a hit with a large growing list of clients worldwide.

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Nathalie Sommer

Nathalie 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.

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Sara Tang

Sara is a sex educator and pleasure coach. She founded Sarasense to provide tools and resources for people to have a more satisfying sex life. She is also the creator and host of the Better in Bed podcast, which is available on iTunes, Spotify and YouTube. Follow her on Instagram or Facebook for more juicy updates into her world.

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Eleanor Coleman

Eleanor Coleman is the Principal Partner and Founder of The Financial Empowerment Group. She aims to help women and the LGBTQ community to understand and master their finances through planning and education. Drawing on her 13 years of experience working for international banks in Hong Kong, Eleanor delivers regular seminars and workshops including the popular series "A Man is Not a Plan". She uses her expertise to help people define and achieve their dreams, take control of their finances and realise true financial freedom. When she’s OOO, Eleanor can be found swimming, writing, reading & making alcoholic creations for her online bakery.

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Lauren Lin

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.

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Kimberly Arth

Kimberly Arth is the Co-Founder of PIVOT, a niche recruitment firm focused on finding women work opportunities in Hong Kong. She is also a mom of three and committed to helping women realise their career goals. She left the corporate world in 2015 when she moved to Hong Kong and set out on a new entrepreneurial path with the inception of PIVOT. Kimberly began her career in New York and has over ten years of experience in the financial sector. She has worked at institutions such as Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse and Lazard within the Investment Banking & Real Estate Finance divisions. Kimberly graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics.

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Stacy Dahl

Stacy is slowly making her way through Asia discovering the continent's best-kept hidden gems and sharing them with the world through her writing. When she isn't writing, you will find her lost in a good book or cuddled up with her puppy, Athena. You can follow Stacy's adventures on Instagram.

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