Thursday, August 16, 2018 Blog 101

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As we get out of the car and start walking towards New Slains Castle - a mere stripling of 420 years, whereas the old Slains

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Sunday, August 12, 2018 Blog 182

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I have only one principle in life. Well, two, but they are connected. One, I never go to fast food shops where the chairs

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018 Blog 243

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One of the many great things about Palma is the many churches. I don't

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Monday, July 30, 2018 Blog 420

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O people who don't want the Mandarin juggernaut to take over Hong Kong and the world: Please know that the fight for Cantonese

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Friday, July 27, 2018 Blog 295

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Guess what happened last week: My Cantonese student (victim) on Skype, Ah-Fu, came all the way from Switzerland to eat Sichuan food! What a great but

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018 Blog 211

There they stand in the corner of my anteroom, accusing me. 

 

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Yes, my two banjos! On which I never play anymore! 

In

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Saturday, July 14, 2018 Blog 276

Yesterday was an exciting day in the old El Terreno Country Club! The venerable photographer Stuart Pearce came to take photos for - wait for it - my old

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Thursday, July 12, 2018 Blog 145

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FOOTBALL madness!

OK - no. I'm still not really interested in football. But I have to say this: When I lived in Hong Kong, any

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018 Blog 211

Dim-sum-2 Home /en/ - PenAndWok.comI admit it, I miss speaking Cantonese every day, but at least I have my students! 

When I first arrived on Mallorca in January, I never thought

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Monday, July 09, 2018 Blog 163

I'm in heaven! Last week, after a LOT of waiting and filling in of the same form for customs in Madrid twice (people living on Mallorca can't just receive parcels in the post, no, the parcels are

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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.