Tuesday, May 07, 2019


Did you know that Norwegians eat more ice cream than any other people? That's right! Even in the darkest depths of January, there they

Friday, February 15, 2019

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You know in a pub quiz, when the picture round is 'Famous people's eyes'? I have never come across these eyes in such a quiz. It's just too easy to guess. Oh, the intensity. If Picasso hadn't

Saturday, February 02, 2019

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I spent parts of December - gloriously sunny every single day except the 13th and 14th when my friend L was visiting from Hong Kong - shooting pleasant

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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Cancer is a word I don't like to say - much in the same way as the number 4 is unlucky in Chinese culture because they think it sounds like the word 'death'.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Joan-Miro-Museum,-outside,-sunshine-Alejandro- Home /en/ - PenAndWok.comI know nothing, no, less than nothing, about art, but even I would recognise a Miro almost anywhere. The colours, the mischief bursting out of each

Monday, January 21, 2019


Kowloon and Hong Kong Island seen from the 80th floor of an office building I worked in. Langham Hotel that was.

My father, God bless his

Saturday, January 12, 2019



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In my former life in Hong Kong and China I used to be a writer. 


Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Palma in December

Who would have thunk it? December, the scourge

Saturday, January 05, 2019

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Here they are, Masum and Anjuman who own and very expertly run M & R Supermercado in Avenue Joan Miró 


Thursday, December 20, 2018


Three-China-contrasts-poster-hovelage-and-highrise-horror Home /en/ - PenAndWok.comI can't remember where in China I took this photo, but it's so descriptive, I think. In front is something they want

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.