Thursday, April 30, 2020

Lockdown is the mother of invention

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

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Love of Spanish in the time of Coro-lera 

Corona-mask-relax Home /en/ - 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,

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

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

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

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

Monday, March 30, 2020

Tips for living in genteel poverty 3

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My gaff (house) is as beautiful as can be, I think, but there's no denying that it is high maintenance. Not only is its

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Finding joy in the small things

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Sunday! Today has been a good day. First I found a tree this morning. No, it wasn't "standing in the forest", it was lying on

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

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I like to go to bed early and get up early, although so far it's only made me healthy. I'm

Friday, March 27, 2020


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Friday already! Has it been two or three days since my last big highlight of almost talking to someone: ...

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.