Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Food again. It's all over. 

Corona-yam-cha-1 Home - - Cecilie's

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

Corona-gaff-morning-light Home - - Cecilie's

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

Corona-balcony-greeting Home - - Cecilie's

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.

CNY-table-4 Home - - Cecilie's

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


Corona-geezers-Tibet Home - - Cecilie's

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

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Stuff to do in a lockdown: Learn a new language! 

Learn-Spanish-Heather-with-course Home - - Cecilie's

Use the time wisely and learn Spanish through a new concept: The meta meta mega

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

What a difference a week makes 

Corona-Bellver-morning Home - - Cecilie's

I am sooooo responsible! I waited a whole week before sneaking back to the shop (Mercadona), dog on leash. To avoid

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Some perspective 

Mallorca, lighthouse, Formentor, cyclists Home - - Cecilie's

Today rumours have been swirling around about the Spanish government adding another 15 days of quarantine on top of the 15 days we are already half way into, taking

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Oh no, not again

Corona-tofu-mix Home - - Cecilie's

Just as we thought 'the camera eats first' craze was well and truly over, or at least petering out - now here they are again, the dreaded

Friday, March 20, 2020

Living in genteel poverty 2

Today, for the first time since I came here in January 2018, I did that thing that you're supposed to do when you live by the Mediterranean: Sat on the balcony and drank coffee. 


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.