Moms often don’t get the recognition they deserve for all that they do. So to celebrate Mother’s Day, we at Little Steps have spoken to a few extraordinary moms in Hong Kong and asked them to share their favorite places for family fun in the city. They are TV personalities, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, authors, filmmakers, and more, but most importantly they are moms who truly inspire. Read on to discover more about them and what makes them rock Hong Kong.
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About Faye: Faye is the fashion director of one of the leading made-to-order accessories and lifestyle products under the design direction of Rinaldy Yunardi. Rinaldy Yunardi is an up and coming designer who has dressed international celebrities in the music and movie industry. She also leads The Clique Limited which is a boutique Brand Consulting, Brand Management and Public Relations firm; the scope of their services encompasses fashion direction, fashion styling, involvement in strategies for brand image, positioning and marketing to project optimal brand communication.
Best Piece Advice To Fellow Moms: "Don’t sweat the small stuff"
Favorite Family-Friendly Outings In Hong Kong: "I love taking my kids hiking on the Victoria Peak trail and Maggie & Rose at The Pulse."
Best Piece Advice To Fellow Moms: "For those working and travelling mothers who always worry about spending enough time with your kids...remember, it’s not about quantity but about quality - quality time you spend with your kids."
Favorite Family-Friendly Outing In Hong Kong: "We love hiking Hong Kong including strolling around the Peak and hiking the MacLehose trail!"
About Grace: Grace Lam is one of Asia’s most prominent editors and stylists, with 20 years of experience working in the publishing industry in Europe and Asia. She was on the original team to launch Vogue China, runs a style-focused Youtube channel (GRACE LAM STYLE), and consults with some of the biggest names in fashion. She is one rockin' mom!
Best Piece Advice To Fellow Moms: "Just go with the flow."
Favorite Family-Friendly Outings In Hong Kong: "I love taking my son to the park daily and watch him play with the other kids. It's the best! We love dining at Upper House Cafe Gray as they know us very well. The UH team always make us feel welcome & treat my son 'Theo' to many fun goodies. It's a super child-friendly restaurant/hotel and our second home. We also love Hong Kong for the travel opportunities. We love going to Perth, Australia to visit Theo's grannies. It is so relaxing & lots of space for Theo to run around & enjoy nature & fresh air."
About Jenny: This entrepreneurial mom has been leading Hong Kong's green movement for years as the Executive Director of Green Monday, a social enterprise group that promotes and enables green, healthy and sustainable living.
Best Piece Advice To Fellow Moms: "Tell stories of kindness to our kids before bedtime every day. The way we talk to our kids becomes their inner voice!"
Favorite Family-Friendly Outings In Hong Kong: "Free play is the best. It requires nothing more than time, space, and imagination. From time to time, we like to run wildly in parks, do cycling with kids in New Territory or taking the ferry to islands like Discovery Bay or Cheung Chau to just explore around.
About Lindsay: Mom of 2 and serial entrepreneur. She is the Co-Founder of some of Hong Kong's coolest brands including 2 of Hong Kong's best restaurants.
Best Piece Advice To Fellow Moms: "Don’t be so hard on yourself."
Favorite Family-Friendly Outings In Hong Kong: "We love Hiking Dragon’s Back or The Peak, swimming (anywhere we can find a pool or beach), and family movies - the best way to relax on the weekend."
About Rebecca: A rockstar family doctor at Central Health Medical Practice and mom to 3!
Best Piece Advice To Fellow Moms: "The days are long and the years are short, so love them well, and if today hasn't gone so well...Tomorrow is a new day." Favorite Family-Friendly Outing In Hong Kong: "Hiking and exploring the beaches (and climbing on the rocks) in Hong Kong. We also LOVE to eat together and trying out restaurants in the city."
About Patta and BiteUnite: Founder of BiteUnite and mom! BiteUnite is a co-working space and community of professional chefs, passionate bakers and amazing cooks in Hong Kong.
Best Piece Advice To Fellow Moms: "Let your children be who they are..."
Favorite Family-Friendly Outing In Hong Kong: "We love the hiking Hong Kong and of course, cooking together!"
Best Piece Advice To Fellow Moms: "Be fun. Let the teachers be teachers, let yourself be a FUN mom."
Favorite Family-Friendly Outings In Hong Kong: We love taking family hike with our dog, Yogi (adopted from SPCA). I also enjoy taking my kids to work so they can see why and where I disappear to (for work)."
About Twinkle: Her company has taught and outfitted dancing babies, kids, and adults dance for over 10 years in Hong Kong!
Best Piece Advice To Fellow Moms: Twinkle is currently in the thick of potty training so her current mantra and advice for fellow moms is "It's ok, he will eventually be potty trained by his wedding day!"
Favorite Family-Friendly Outing In Hong Kong: "Gold coast beach, biking in Tai Mei Tuk, and visiting the dog parks!"
About Noeleen: This cool entrepreneurial and creative Irish mom of 2 knows all about hats! She is a leading milliner of high-fashion hats in Hong Kong and globally too! Check out her designer creations here.
Best Piece Advice To Fellow Moms: "Trust your gut instincts"
Favorite Family-Friendly Outings In Hong Kong: "We love to hike or bike ride down to the equestrian centre at the end of Lung Ha Wan Rd (Clearwater Bay). In addition to watching the horses gallop around, there is a beautiful rocky beach with super-clear water. The children like to climb large, volcanic, statue-like boulders and explore the rocky coastline. My son likes to fish there too and has put many a dinner on the dining room table! Just beyond the equestrian centre, at the very end of the peninsula, there is a wide open space popular for camping and kite flying with spectacular views. Each year we attend the Saint Patrick's Day parade on HK Island. It gets bigger and better every year. I recently attended the HK Flower Show in Victoria Park with my daughter and we had a great time looking at all the extravagant creative fresh flower sculptures and designs."
About Hema: Mom to two cuties, Hema is the founder and one of the teachers at one of Hong Kong’s favorite yoga studio and the first in the city to bring outdoor yoga practice and baby/mom yoga to all.
Best Piece Advice To Fellow Moms: "To build a positive attitude, make it a habit to ask your children to name at least one thing that happened during the day that they are grateful for."
Favorite Family-Friendly Outing In Hong Kong: "We love exploring the Hong Kong trail walks. Our favorites are still Dragons Back, Sai Kung Sheung Luk Stream and the Morning Trail up to the Peak as it is close to home and the kids look forward to a treat at Starbucks after! My kids also love kids yoga on Saturdays at the studio."
Best Piece Advice To Fellow Moms: "Schedule some one-on-one time with your child to watch a show, have a meal, go for a hike or even just play a board game at home."
Favorite Family-Friendly Outing In Hong Kong: "I would have to say my absolute favourite thing to do with my 9-year-old daughter is to turn up the music and dance like nobody is watching (usually nobody is, as this is our Sunday morning ritual). We get a great work out and lots of laughs. We also love spending the day in Discovery Bay with its great restaurants, super fun playground on the beach and a quick visit to Bookazine :)"
About Shoshana: Rockstar mom and Director of one of the most innovative luxury spas in Hong Kong.
Best Piece Advice To Fellow Moms: "Make sure your kids learn to make the bed by themselves and do chores with no rewards. It will teach them responsibility, agency and give them the grit they need to succeed later in life."
Favorite Family-Friendly Outings In Hong Kong: "Camping on the Wilson Trail, Hiking the Morning Trail to the Peak and seeing my kids charge up the mountain is really amazing, and doing deep relaxation Yoga Nidra every night to put my kids to sleep and then have my 8-year-old son start to lead it himself, that is incredible."
About Alia: Mom of 4 kids and CEO of Mother's Choice which is a local charity serving the many children without families and pregnant teenagers in Hong Kong.
Best Piece Advice To Fellow Moms: "My mom always said that the secret to happiness was to be thankful...so we spend a lot of time with our kids practising gratitude. Each night we tell each other what we were most grateful for that day. It has given us joy and hope even in tough times."
Favorite Family-Friendly Outings In Hong Kong: "Our favorite family walk with all four of our boys and our dog is from Parkview down to Tai Tam reservoir. It is stroller friendly, mostly downhill, and we usually end up with pizza and ice cream in Stanley, so everyone is happy! My kids also love being with me at work and being included as a family at volunteering events. The highlight of this past year was watching them stand on the street to tell people about Mother's Choice and ask for money on Flag Day - that took courage! They also love our annual Walkathon, and being part of a community event where they can feel like they are making a difference for children who don't have families."
About Lisa S: Supermodel, mom, and Co-Founder of Spicy Lil’ Tofu, featuring a range of back-to-basics clothes for the little ones.
Best Piece Advice To Fellow Moms: "Your child won't always do what you say, but they will always, eventually, do what you do. So lead by example."
Favorite Family-Friendly Outings In Hong Kong: "The Hong Kong Zoo - my daughter loves animals. We also love Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park. There aren't many places in Hong Kong that offer a beautiful patch of grass like this park. We also love Ocean Park and taking the gondola to the park is a favorite."
About Lucy: An Entrepreneurial mom who knows all about travel...everywhere and especially with kids in tow. She is Co-Founder and Director of Lightfoot Travel - a leading travel consultancy with a focus on unique family travel experiences.
Best Piece Advice To Fellow Moms: "Give yourself a break when you can and lean on the help at hand. Stop feeling the guilt!"
Favorite Family-Friendly Outings In Hong Kong: "Picnics on the Peak - grabbing a baguette, some ham, cheese, veggies, fruit and some healthy snacks and putting together a picnic to head up to Victoria Peak where we can play ball, chase bubbles, gather twigs and leaves. We also love beaching around - visiting Big Wave Bay or any HK beach with a bucket, spade and usually the addition of a coconut for quenching the thirst and using as another vessel for play and distraction."
About Joanna: Mom and passionate filmmaker behind "The Helper, A Documentary" which released in 2017.
Best Piece Advice To Fellow Moms: "Find yourself a fab "Mom Squad" - they are invaluable for sharing wisdom and insight on the challenges of being a good mum - and frequently sharing bottles of wine!"
Favorite Family-Friendly Outings In Hong Kong: "Beach playdates are one of our favorite things to do - we're so lucky in HK having so many options close by and having so many months of the year that the weather is great! We're also big fans of an impromptu picnic on the grass at Sun Yat Sen Park. It's a great location for scooting and kicking a ball around. I've definitely passed my love of movies onto my daughter and on rainy days we love going to the cinema to check out the latest films for children!"
About Dee: Co-Founder of Float On Hong Kong, the first Float Therapy centre to open in the Kong-crete jungle. She is started also SUP YOGA HK which offers Stand-up Paddleboard Yoga around Hong Kong. This mom has recently re-joined the corporate world too - working in business development at Abacare in Hong Kong.
Best Piece Advice To Fellow Moms: "Trust yourself on this journey called life."
Favorite Family-Friendly Outings In Hong Kong: "We love being in the water and at any beach! Especially now that I have gone back into the corporate world, I savour the moments we have as a family outdoors and Mya, nearly 2 years old is totally fearless when it comes to jumping in. I also love taking her out for babyccinos at Blend and Grind near our place in mid levels. It's open early hours which means we can have a mommy and me date before I go to work and our dog can come with us too. We also love any type of movement in the park, either yoga or the community classes lead by SharedSpace which bond us as a family and keep us moving together.
About Alexa: For those that don't follow Alexa's stylish family travels on Instagram - you should! This fashion-forward mom of 2 is a popular freelance make-up artist and fashionista in Hong Kong.
Best Piece Advice To Fellow Moms: "Your kids don’t want a perfect mom, they want a happy one!"
Favorite Family-Friendly Outings In Hong Kong: "We live 10 minutes from the beach and my kids love nothing more than pizza for lunch and then a couple hours spent splashing in the water and building sand castles with us! A day out in Sai Kung is always fun too because they get to experience a different side of Hong Kong that’s not all concrete."
Best Piece Advice To Fellow Moms: “Keep life simple, embrace your cultural values and teach your kids as much as possible about being a global citizen”
Favorite Family-Friendly Outing In Hong Kong: "We enjoy traditional dim sum lunches on Sunday with the family, catching an Omnimax show at the 3D Dome Space Theatre in TST, and getting away from the crowds on the weekend and visiting one of the outlying islands."
About Rafaella: This cool mom launched Blooming Buds a bi-lingual learning community inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach in Sai Ying Pun. She is also the Founder of World In Motion which is a social learning community for children with special needs.
Best Piece Advice To Fellow Moms: "Embrace it all, because there will be a last time for everything."
Favorite Family-Friendly Outings In Hong Kong: "A day trip to Cheung Chau is definitely on our list of favorite things to do. We love that the short ferry ride provides a sometimes much-needed escape from the city. The little island also has so much to offer for everyone in the family. Bike rides and pirate caves for the adventurous, seafood and street foods for the foodie, and cute but affordable market stalls for shopping on pocket money. Hong Kong Park is always a last minute favorite, because it is such an effortless trip. We like to start with the children's playground, then work our way down through the aviary, visit the turtles and fish at the artificial lake, and then splash about a little at the water fountain, before heading to Pacific Place for some afternoon tea."
About Anna: Mom of 3 beautiful children from ages 12 1/2 to 2 1/2-year-old and Founder of one of Hong Kong's most successful spas with locations all over the city.
Best Piece Advice To Fellow Moms: "Every Mom, whether she is a working Mom, a stay-at-home Mom or a Mom of all Trades - never feel guilty! For a Mom's heart is always for the best of her family and children."
Favorite Family-Friendly Outing In Hong Kong: "Visiting one of Hong Kong's lovely beaches including our personal favorite - Big Wave Bay. Hiking is another past time we enjoy - on a lovely day, a walk up The Peak may be a challenge but it's rewarding when you get to see the view from the top. We also love junk boat outings and visiting Hong Kong's beautiful islands.
About Nicole: Rockin' mom Nicole is empowering women in Asia to launch and grow their businesses by providing access to funding, and a unique combination of resources to meet their specific needs through her business Next Chapter.
Best Piece Advice To Fellow Moms: "Hong Kong is a busy place so it's important to be present with your kids when spending time with them."
Favorite Family-Friendly Outings In Hong Kong: "Dim sum at Maxim's is always a regular event for our family. The lovely "trolley" ladies have known me through two pregnancies and always comment on how big the children have grown. We live near the Zoological Gardens and enjoy going to see the flamingoes and playing on the playground. The kids also enjoy the opportunity to scoot around the fountain and have a 'picnic'."
About Lisa: Lisa has moved from being a TV presenter at NOW TV to public relations at Allan Zeman’s LKF Group to now entrepreneur! This mom of one (Nicholas aged 1.5) recently co-founded a new academy for kids performing arts located in Tin Hau.
Best Piece Advice To Fellow Moms: "Never underestimate yourself"
Favorite Family-Friendly Outing In Hong Kong: "As a proud Taipoian, I always like to take my son to a kid-friendly restaurants in the hood and there’s one in Science Park called Meraviglia because it’s so spacious that kids can run around and make new friends plus there are swings, slides and bouncy castles on the patio that kids are crazy about. Not to mention that they serve authentic Italian food and wine and if you have no idea what to order, just talk to Signore Massimo who can sort everything out for you. Riding a bike along the sea after or before going there is a good idea too! I also like to take him to the Plover Cove Reservoir in Tai Mei Tuk. Perfect for cycling as well!"