Little Steps is a free email newsletter and website devoted to delivering the inside scoop on what to do, buy, and discover in Hong Kong and beyond. We scout, we taste and we shop to find the most hip and happening for parents and their kids.
Shea Stanley
Founding Partner & Chief Executive Insider
Shea’s travel and lifestyle media career has taken her around the globe to over 50 countries, from Azerbaijan to Costa Rica. Along the way, Shea developed a knack for being in the know on what to do and where to go. She has not slowed down since arriving in Hong Kong in 2006 where she set up her own company to consult for Asia’s leading travel and lifestyle media. As a mom of two, Shea longed for a resource offering fun insider tips for parents in Asia. Enter Little Steps!
Summer sandals
A frozen margarita
Surround yourself with good and honest people
Zoe Marmot
Managing Editor + Marketing Guru
Zoë hails from the UK and has spent the last ten years on the expat route. She has a background in marketing and communications and has been busy integrating into Singapore life for the past five years. She has two fur kids – Percy and Peggy who are her world. Since landing in Asia she has traveled, eaten and explored this amazing continent and is proud to call it home.
My Jimmy Choo sandals I wore on my wedding day. Anything with a heel works!
In my sippy cup is a nice red wine preferably a Carmenere.
Live life to the fullest.
Natalie Kenwright
Business Development Guru
Natalie is hugely passionate about life and the exciting places and people she gets to meet on a daily basis, she loves to bring this passion into everything she does with her family, her friends and her work. She has 2 kids and a dog who keep her and her husband pretty busy and well entertained. She feels very privileged to be experiencing the exciting, sometimes challenging, lifestyle here in Hong Kong with her family.
As long as I can dance in them it doesn't matter the style, heel or price tag...
Champagne or towards the end of the month, Prosecco!
Never try to change someone & never date a man who drives a red car!
Stephanie Koh
Resident Editor - Singapore + KL
Being an educator, Stephanie knows every bit about nurturing young minds. As avid divers, she and her husband have explored the tropical dive havens all over Asia. Her love and obsession with all things kiddy (and of course Little Steps) came about with the births of her daughter Eva and son, Seth. ‘Obsession’ is clearly the word to describe her immense passion for sourcing out awesome destinations, family-fun activities, and kid-friendly products.
Jellies like Melissas!
Soy Latte.
Always rest when you can.
Kelly Johnstone
Kuala Lumpur Editor & Marketing Guru
Although from the UK originally, Kelly has spent more of her life outside of her homeland than in it, having called Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Qatar and now Malaysia home. She has enjoyed some fab jobs as a lifestyle writer, spa and restaurant reviewer, celebrity magazine editor and travel PR guru, but more recently her focus has been on ensuring that her children Joshua, Millie and Olivia, are fed, watered, rested, in the right place. Luckily she has a knack for finding out what’s going on in KL as keeping her three small people entertained is key to her sanity!
Any from my impressive collection of Havianas.
Wine with ice – color unimportant.
Carpe Diem because life isn’t a dress rehearsal - enjoy every second and have no regrets.
Sarah-Jane Radcliffe
Business Development Guru + Family Travel Strategist
Although quintessentially British in many ways, SJ in fact grew up globetrotting, living in an eclectic mix of countries from India to Australia and Portugal to the USA. After 6 years working for a luxury family Tour Operator in London she moved, with her now husband, to HK in 2010 and joined a travel guide publisher. After the birth of her first son in 2015 Sj's focus shifted to family travel and Little Steps has proved a perfect place to combine her two passions in life: Travel & Family.
Flip-flops or none at all, I am a beach bum at heart.
Wine usually. It's 5 o'clock somewhere isn't it?
The world is full of fabulous possibilities but it's up to you to get out there and find them.
Jessica Bennett
Team Manager
Jessica is originally from Atlanta, Georgia and spent 5.5 years in the NYC advertising industry before moving to her current home in Hong Kong. Not only does she lead the Little Steps Bump Club, among other things, but she also represents it with her baby boy due in August of this year! Jessica enjoys hitting the hiking trails, running, and summer junk season. She is also a die hard college football fan (her dad played safety at FSU so was born and raised on college football). Go DAWGS!
In the winter time it is probably my minnetonka moccasins. In the summer, I love sparkly s
Diet Coke or white wine- depending on the day of the week!
Be the type of person that you want to meet & if you snooze, you lose.
Tricia Daniel
Contributor Lead - Macau
Aussie Patricia started her travelling obsession crisscrossing the globe for 3 years as an International flight attendant based in Dubai. 14 years on her nomadic lifestyle continues as an expat living, working and playing abroad. As a mama of two, wings are clipped but still loves exploring the world as a family giving the kids an adventure education! Now a freelance writer based in Macau for over 5 years is excited to be part of the extraordinary growth of this dynamic S.A.R.
Ugg boots in winter and flip flops in Summer.
Espresso in the morning and Sangria by evening.
Best advice from your Mom or Dad? Follow your dreams …
Caroline Lawalata
Indonesia + KL Partnership Guru + Mommy Contributor
This super mom of 1 daughter works full time in a corporate office, part time as a lecturer, and as a writer! Her favorite hobbies are writing, photography, reading, traveling, trying different cuisines and finding new things to love about her city, Jakarta, every weekend. Her first book was published in 2012 (written while pregnant with her first daughter).
High heels on weekdays and flat shoes during weekends.
Starbucks Mango Passion Fruit Frappuccino Blended Juice or Green Tea.
Spending time with your child is more important than spending money on them. It’s not the things but the time that you spend with your child or children that they will value.
Belle Biarezky
Editor At Large - Indonesia
An animal lover and a Jakarta native, Belle is a full-time freelancer who does article writing and fashion styling for several publications in Indonesia. She is always passionate about what’s hip and the latest urban lifestyle trend. Ask her for a culinary recommendation in town, she's a food enthusiast who can't resist authentic homemade, especially Javanese and Italian. Belle is auntie of a 6-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl, and a mother of two dogs and a rabbit!
Ballet flats during the day, and classic black pumps at night!
Starbucks' Peppermint Mocha, only served during Christmas :(
Watch out for your mobile phone when taking public transport!
Wendy Kassel
Mommy Contributor
A former resident of New York City, Wendy worked for ELLE Magazine before giving up the urban life to join the Peace Corps in Nepal. During her seven years in Nepal, she traveled extensively throughout Asia, became an adventure enthusiast, acquired a taste for yak butter tea and ultimately turned into a travel writer specializing in the Himalayas. She has been living in Ubud for the last nine years where she shares her Bali paradise with her other-half Walker, and their 10-year old daughter Kyan.
Flip flops or a gorgeous flat sandal because the sidewalks of Ubud are broken and uneven!
Coconut water or cold press coffee from Kintamani.
Always say please and thank you.
Cristina Wang
Mommy Contributor - Kuala Lumpur
Cristina is a California girl living in Kuala Lumpur with her hubby and two kids, 5 and 7. Looking for new places to eat and photographing anything that catches her expat eye consumes most of her free days. But when she isn't booking her next trip she can be found making handcrafted hair bows for the accessories company she accidentally started.
Havianas and Louboutins
Whisky on the rocks
When your friends and family feel welcome and want to come to your home you are truly blessed.
Pooja Arora
Mommy Contributor - Kuala Lumpur
Pooja is Indian by origin and has a food technology background with 7 years of work experience. Currently settled in Malaysia as a full time mommy of one kid, Pooja hasn’t given up on her food experiments with her kitchen as a lab and hubby and a kid as guinea pigs. She is foodie and loves cooking new recipes, watching movies and spending quality time with her family. Now a days, she is always on a look out of new places to keep her 6 years old busy over the weekends and during holidays.
Flat to medium heels.
Nothing, Just plain water!
“Work hard to succeed”
Linda Haden
Mommy Contributor
Linda’s first job as a hotel reviewer took her out of the confines of Singapore to the shores of Europe. She settled in London having met the man of her dreams, but the travel bug bit her again, so off she went with hubby in tow to South East Asia. Zurich then beckoned, and she transformed into a domestic goddess, tending to house and hearth as well as two under twos. She finally returned home in 2011, and landed her dream job as a travel journalist. She welcomed her third little bundle of joy recently, and is now back on the dreaded night shift.
Flip flops
Chai Tea Latte
Trust your gut feelings - if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Hira Desai
Contributor - Family Travel
Born and bred in the UK, Hira took a leap of faith in 2010 when she moved across the pond to the Big Apple. During her year there, she discovered a passion for travel and made a number of lifelong friends, including her now husband! In 2015 and only six months after getting hitched, Hira and her husband moved to Hong Kong to embark on an exciting new adventure and have not looked back! When Hira isn't ticking another destination off her ever-growing bucket list, you will find her hanging out in the latest restaurant or bar with her friends or baking a lemon drizzle cake in her cosy kitchen.
Anything comfy, from vans to flip flops. I have a definite soft spot for TOMS.
Green tea by day and bubbles by night!
Smile, and the world will smile with you.
Argyro V. Kritsantonis
Mommy Contributor - Bali
Ariel was born and grew up in Athens, Greece. Then, she met Chris on a Greek island and was adventurous enough to give up her journalism job and follow him with a 20kg suitcase (only) to Borneo, Indonesia where they lived for a couple of years! Six years, lots of spicy foods, two kids (George, 3,5 and Ariadne 1 month) and a couple of volunteer jobs later she now lives in Bali. Not for long. Life’s an endless journey for her and her family and home is where their suitcases take them.
Converse All Stars, Black boots or flat sandals. High heels only in business emergencies.
Depends on the time of the day, something with a “kick” is always welcome.
Always give back (mom), Try everything but stay safe (dad).
Preeti Khicha
Mommy Contributor - Singapore
Preeti relocated to Singapore a few months ago, with her husband and one-year old daughter. Prior to motherhood, she worked in the hospitality and media industry for several years. She now enjoys time exploring new finds in the city, with her little one, and blogs about it at www.myredpalette.com. She has a passion for meeting people from different cultures, art and music.
Strap sandals and wedges!
Caramel macchiato
Be kind, stay humble and work hard
Tatum & Jace Stanley
Chief Product Testers
Tatum (3.5) and Jace (1.5) have been taking Hong Kong by storm. You might catch them cruising around Soho or exploring the hiking trails in their backyard. Tatum loves massages, cupcake parties, and wearing her new bikini. Jace enjoys getting into everything (including his sister's toys)!
Whatever fits in my mouth
Nothing, I drank every last drop
Milk, it does the body good
Alba Ma
Lead Contributor - Hong Kong
Freelance writer and editor currently based in Hong Kong but originally from Toronto, Canada. When Alba isn't writing, she's discovering hidden gems across the city, traveling with her partner in crime and throwing herself into different passions,which change frequently. Her current obsessions are: running, life drawing and writing a book.
Mizuno runners and a strappy pair of Guiseppi Zanottis.
Coconut water.
Being your best is a way of respecting yourself.
Andrew Stanley
Daddy Contributor
A musician, adventure racer, yoga addict, and now a new dad, Andrew is constantly trying to sort through the pink diaper bags and flower dresses in his baby daughter’s closet. He can’t wait to share “dad-friendly” tips and recommendations for Little Steps.
Shoes? I’d rather not wear any but if I must, Rainbow flip flops
Microbrew
Don’t let your daughter start dating until she is at least thirty years old.