Saturday, November 21, 2020

Trying to create a new identity: WriterCorona-table-new-table-laptop Home - PenAndWok.com - Cecilie's PenAndWok.com

As long as I can remember I have wanted to be a writer, or rather, an author. Oh, to see one's name on the back of a book, and on the front, preferably followed by

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Saturday, November 14, 2020

Dog poisoning in Hong Kong and Mallorca

Koldbrann at sunrise on Lantau Island
Koldbrann in Hong Kong, Lantau Island

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

 

Chinese opera star Shenzhen Splendid China

New island, new language

When I moved from Hong Kong to Spain in 2018, I had this crazy

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Sunday, November 08, 2020

You know how they say 'you can't go back'? Well it turns out it should be 'you can't go away.' 

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Lockdown is the mother of invention

Corona-table-new-table-laptop Home - PenAndWok.com - Cecilie's PenAndWok.comYesterday I met a friend "accidentally" in a shopping centre. We cruised around the aisles, masked and be-gloved, trying to look as

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Love of Spanish in the time of Coro-lera 

Corona-mask-relax Home - PenAndWok.com - Cecilie's PenAndWok.comWell, I'm officially one of the in-crowd! A few days ago I carried out yet another daring raid. A nearby friend, maybe the same one who lent me the DVDs,

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

The danger of breaking the intelligent, well thought-out rules 

 

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Well, "quarantine" is supposed to be 40 days, so that's cool. Or at least it used

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Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Hell is other people 

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- yes that's what Sartre said in his play No Exit. But after 26 days of lockdown, I for one am starting to look at other people with something resembling fondness. Of course I

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Monday, April 06, 2020

Health, mental, physical. News from Mallorca

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I'm sitting at my dining table as usual. It's Groundhog Day. Outside in the garden a welcome sun shines on the

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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Food again. It's all over. 

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Yesterday I didn't post anything. Why? Too depressed. After dreaming about Chinese food and Chinese supermarkets (Supermercado Asia in

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Cecilie has worked as a feature- and column writer and photographer at the South China Morning Post, as a Cantonese radio presenter at Radio Television Hong Kong as well as making hundreds of podcasts and language videos and travel documentaries.

After 30 years in China/Hong Kong where she ran Happy Jellyfish People’s Democratic Language Bureau specialising in making Cantonese a world language with the slogan “Learn Cantonese the Natural Way – from a Norwegian!” Cecilie’s life mission as a “Cantonese Fundamentalist” was to make the whole world speak Cantonese. Failing somewhat in this endeavour she eventually felt the pull of her European roots, and packed up her beloved “gaff” on Lantau Island, scene of hundreds of Sichuan lunches and dinners, in January 2018.

She now lives in Palma de Mallorca with her two dogs, enjoying fresh air and architectural beauty.