Get to Know the Team Behind The Beat Asia | Content Team

Content Team

The Beat Asia's content team is composed of creative individuals who express their passion for Asia's vibrant cultures through words and visuals. Meet our reporters and contributors.


Natsuki Arita

Lifestyle Reporter

Introverted by heart but adventurous in spirit, Natsuki is often caught in the crossroads on what exactly it is she wants to do. Often indecisive, she collects interests and hobbies like a serial hoarder, dabbling in multimedia, writing, farming, and crafting. You can find her at home working on DIY clay projects – her latest obsession. Someday she’ll figure out what she wants to do when she grows up.

Maureen Basa

Jr. Staff Writer

Maureen's love for writing began in the 5th grade, when she discovered inter-school press conferences and that she could express herself better through words. Aside from writing, Maureen finds comfort in drowning herself in K-pop music and content or rewatching her favourite sitcoms: "How I Met Your Mother," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," and "Friends." In her free time, you'll find her hanging out with her dogs or channeling her inner Marie Kondo.

Cody Cepeda

Senior Lifestyle Reporter

Cody is a writer/journalist interested in covering culture and society, from communities and movements to the fringe and marginal. She writes because writing is difficult and difficulty is what living requires. Or not. Maybe she's just really bad at math. Other stuff about her: easily peopled out; will make you unsolicited book lists; foreign film noob; eats all her vegetables.

Alisa Chau

Lifestyle Reporter

Always on the lookout for a good café or an opportunity to crack open some craft brews, Alisa has been reporting on Hong Kong's in's-and-out's since 2020. She believes the best ways to explore a city is by eating her way around, and taking unplanned journeys on foot.

Kathreena Gabaldon

Senior Lifestyle Reporter

Kathreena is a copywriter, a frustrated poet, and a pasta connoisseur who is passionate about pop culture stories (and turtles). Loves to read self-help books and astrological predictions. During her free time, you can find her perfecting her poor make-up skills.

Mark Hipolito

Senior Lifestyle Reporter

When he's not writing down his feelings on the rusty pages of his diary, he's listening to podcasts while drinking excessive amounts of coffee.

Carmina Jariel

Content Manager

In a world gone mad over TikTok, Carmina finds sanity in Tumblr. She started writing for a living at 19 and believes reading books can make the world a little kinder. Aside from rewatching Friends and searching for new local bites, Carmina enjoys taking a nap and downing a cup of milk tea—but never at the same time. If you think pineapples don’t belong on pizza, holler and get ready for a lengthy debate.

Calvin Law

Jr. Staff Writer

Calvin is a true-blue Hong Konger who grew up immersed in the local culture and spent nights playing mahjong. He's passionate about exploring all aspects of Hong Kong, from pop culture and history to fashion and nightlife. Majoring in Communications, he is a skilled storyteller who loves to share his experiences on social media and is always on the lookout for the latest trends and events. After a long day of work, you'll likely spot Calvin in one of the many bars and clubs in Lan Kwai Fong, where he unwinds and meets new people. And when the music starts playing, Calvin's passion for dancing takes over, and he's known to bust a move or two - especially when he's had a few drinks!

Cielo Meneses

Digital Content Editor

Cielo is a bookworm who can often be found hanging out in her favourite bookstores. When she’s not lost in the pages of a book, Cielo enjoys listening to music, watching movies or documentaries, studying the Japanese language, and spending time with her pet babies, Chewbacca and Mongy.

Marcus Treamer

Product and Marketing Manager

A lifelong epicurean and self-confessed foodie, Marcus also harbours a passion for the latest gadgets and technology. This tech-savvy gourmet loves exploring the newest trends and latest happenings. With his finger firmly on the pulse of the food and beverage industry, as well as the ever-evolving tech world, he shares his love for gourmet cuisine, world-class wineries, craft cocktails, and cutting-edge technology. When he's not savouring the latest food and drink experiences or testing the newest tech gadgets on the market, Marcus expertly manages The Beat Asia's product and marketing departments.

Ciara Valdez

Senior Lifestyle Reporter

When she's not writing, she's probably thinking about food or her next travel itinerary.

Rubin Verebes

Senior Lifestyle Reporter

Rubin has lived in five cities in his lifetime, but never misses a beat chasing an exclusive story on Hong Kong's eclectic figures, probing the city's colonial history, reviewing the hottest food finds, or profiling your favourite influencer. You can find him roaming the streets of Sai Ying Pun, munching in SoHo, or drinking at Central.


Anais Causse

Editorial Intern

Anaïs is a little quiet and hard to know but inside her burns a fire. If arguing were a sport, she’d be a world champion already. This French student is a fierce vegetarian and idealist, and she believes journalism is the best tool to uncover truths. Aside from studying, Anaïs loves taking pictures, cooking foreign food, and watching “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Agnes Li

Editorial Intern

For a person with way too many interests, Agnes can chat about food, sports, art, and almost anything except for tech and gaming. Despite her packed outdoors schedule, the best time of her day is binge-watching “How I Met Your Mother” and “Gilmore Girls” under the covers. Majoring in Literature, she could be a nerd when she fangirls about Dickinson and the Bronte sisters. Without her daily dose of iced lemon tea, she could be a bit introvert in the morning.

Joanna Yeung

Editorial Intern

As an English major studying at the University of Hong Kong, Joanna is enthusiastic in writing about things surrounding her. Ranging from popular culture to technology, she is always curious in learning about different topics that pique her interest. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Joanna is fond of exploring the local culture. To her, composing articles is a great way to preserve the local history and culture. Apart from writing, she is also interested in photography, which she considers another form of recording the world she sees.