Saturday, January 12, 2019



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In my former life in Hong Kong and China I used to be a writer. 


Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Palma in December

Who would have thunk it? December, the scourge

Saturday, January 05, 2019

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Here they are, Masum and Anjuman who own and very expertly run M & R Supermercado in Avenue Joan Miró 


Thursday, December 20, 2018


Three-China-contrasts-poster-hovelage-and-highrise-horror Home /en/ - PenAndWok.comI can't remember where in China I took this photo, but it's so descriptive, I think. In front is something they want

Monday, December 17, 2018

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Last Saturday it felt like ages since it had been sunny - it was two days. Help! Have I become that person? Anyway, the returning

Saturday, December 08, 2018



Ellen and I traipsing through an old neighbourhood in a small town in Guangdong province


Here is my good friend Ellen from North

Monday, December 03, 2018



Palacio San Marques outside upstairs suite evokes English club


I thought my new house had high ceilings, but that was before I

Thursday, November 29, 2018



dreamy morning view of the Forbidden City


One of the reasons why I just had to leave Hong Kong after 30 years there and in China, is that

Sunday, November 25, 2018
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It's quite hard to
Saturday, November 24, 2018

Beliver Castle

Of all the superb things of El Terreno in Palma de Mallorca, where I have been living for more than eight months now after 30 years in China, Bellver Castle is

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.