Saturday, January 09, 2021

Enjoy a proper cooked meal in a warm room, until - gasp, splutter, 21:30! (Only in Palma de Mallorca)

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Remember this? I don't mean this particular dinner, Chinese New Year almost one year ago, but

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Smoke Gets in Your Arse 

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As Kirsty MacColl sang in the legendary Fairytale of New York: "Happy Christmas your arse,

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Sunday, December 13, 2020

New rag on the block in the cut-throat world of Mallorcan English language publications 

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Woo hooo! Celebrations, jubilations! Asians! Everything that ends in -ons and -ans! ...

Monday, December 07, 2020

Finally I am the editor 

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FINALLY! Tomorrow marks the launch of long-awaited MallorCAN Relish,MallorCAN Relish, an online magazine about all the great things about Mallorca, in

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Saturday, November 21, 2020

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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.' 

Hong Kong harbour at sunset ...

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Lockdown is the mother of invention

Corona-table-new-table-laptop Learn Cantonese - 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 Learn Cantonese - 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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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.