Sunday, September 12, 2021

Chinese_opera_star_small Learn Mandarin - PenAndWok.com - Cecilie's PenAndWok.comYaoooo! Culture on a high level right here in El Terreno! 

Yes, fabled Swedish hotel, Feliz, has had the excellent idea of providing live

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Thursday, September 09, 2021

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I consider myself reasonably conscientious and hard working. As long as it's something I'm interested in! As soon as it gets boring, out comes the procrastination. Take this book I wrote ages ago, Learn

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Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Post-office Learn Mandarin - PenAndWok.com - Cecilie's PenAndWok.comWhen I lived in Hong Kong, I had to get on a bus or walk for more than an hour to get to the nearest post office. Here in excellent El Terreno in Palma de Mallorca the post

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Saturday, August 28, 2021

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Monday, August 23, 2021

One of the most fun jobs I have done since I moved to Mallorca and the only one that hasn't been disrupted/killed by Covid, is with Hekkplanter.com.Hekkplanter.com.

It started in 2019 as a hire on Upwork - "can you proofread our website so it doesn't look so

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Thursday, August 12, 2021

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Yesterday on the morning dog walk I ran into the owner of Asmar, a beautiful and cheerful young Siberian Husky who, although young, has the patience

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Sunday, August 08, 2021

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I went into exile from Hong Kong after a long deliberation, but choosing Mallorca as my new place to live was done almost on a whim. Island, tick, no snow, tick, population friendly, tick, beautiful place:

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Wednesday, August 04, 2021

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After I became an exile in Mallorca, many people have asked me: WHY did you leave Hong Kong?That is to say, they used to ask me. After around July 2019, the asking kind of petered out, for some

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Sunday, August 01, 2021

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I have seldom worked so hard to achieve something I don't want to do. Yes, I'm talking about getting the Covid vaccine. Having lived through all the various illnesses of recent

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Friday, July 30, 2021

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Two of the things I feared before going into exile in Mallorca were

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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.