Lise Poulsen Floris

Lise Poulsen Floris

SCMP Contributor

Lise Poulsen Floris is a Danish freelance writer currently based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She writes about life and aims to tell 'the big story in a small story'. In addition to the Post, her work has been published by ABC Australia, Global Times, Beijingkids, WomanScape and Point of View International.

Latest from Lise Poulsen Floris

Why modern line dancing is an ideal way for hijab-wearing Muslims to stay fit and age well, according to Malaysian mother of four

Morina Mohamed learned about line dancing in Iowa in the US, but wasn’t into the Stetsons and ‘yee-haws’. Modern line dance fits the bill of the 58-year-old hijab-wearing Malaysian, though.

Morina Mohamed learned about line dancing in Iowa in the US, but wasn’t into the Stetsons and ‘yee-haws’. Modern line dance fits the bill of the 58-year-old hijab-wearing Malaysian, though.

6 Dec 2021 - 6:15PM
What your hairstyle says about you and your mental health and why we make radical hair decisions, from mullets to pixie cuts

Experts explain how our hairstyle can reflect our mental well-being and the rationale behind drastic hair changes.

Experts explain how our hairstyle can reflect our mental well-being and the rationale behind drastic hair changes.

9 Nov 2021 - 12:23PM
No Bra Day: a reminder to women to celebrate their breasts, get a cancer screening and practise self-examination

Women are encouraged to go braless each October 13 to free themselves from a constrictive garment and to remind them to be on alert for breast cancer symptoms and get screened.

Women are encouraged to go braless each October 13 to free themselves from a constrictive garment and to remind them to be on alert for breast cancer symptoms and get screened.

13 Oct 2021 - 5:02AM
Langkawi travel bubble wins approval from Malaysian travellers and hotels, but coronavirus fears remain

How did the launch of the Langkawi bubble for domestic Malaysian holidaymakers go? Travellers and hotels mainly gave it the thumbs up, but Covid-19’s ‘new normal’ still takes some getting used to.

How did the launch of the Langkawi bubble for domestic Malaysian holidaymakers go? Travellers and hotels mainly gave it the thumbs up, but Covid-19’s ‘new normal’ still takes some getting used to.

4 Oct 2021 - 7:47PM
Couples forced into long-distance relationships by coronavirus pandemic describe how they stay involved in each other’s daily lives and keep the fires burning

One works in Singapore while her husband is in France. A Hong Kong woman in Shanghai hasn’t seen her boyfriend in London since 2019. Couples explain how they remain close while physically apart.

One works in Singapore while her husband is in France. A Hong Kong woman in Shanghai hasn’t seen her boyfriend in London since 2019. Couples explain how they remain close while physically apart.

11 Sep 2021 - 3:10PM
Explainer | How to stop worrying: metacognitive therapy helps this writer learn to leave her anxious thoughts on the ‘sushi conveyor belt’

Metacognitive therapy teaches patients to free themselves from worrying – think of trigger thoughts as mosquito bites that you need to avoid scratching, or sushi you can ignore on a conveyor belt.

Metacognitive therapy teaches patients to free themselves from worrying – think of trigger thoughts as mosquito bites that you need to avoid scratching, or sushi you can ignore on a conveyor belt.

2 Sep 2021 - 3:02PM
Tokyo Olympics: how the Danish ‘golden dragon’ is using Mandarin to bridge a gap with his badminton fans

Viktor Axelsen might have a claim that he is the best badminton player in the world, and he could probably do it in Mandarin.

Viktor Axelsen might have a claim that he is the best badminton player in the world, and he could probably do it in Mandarin.

11 Aug 2021 - 11:54AM
Sanya beach resorts draw tourists missing their Bali or Thailand fix, but will they return post-pandemic?

The resort city of Sanya, on China’s Hainan island, has proven a valued substitute for the country’s foreign residents missing sun, sea and sand, but not all plan to come back post-pandemic.

The resort city of Sanya, on China’s Hainan island, has proven a valued substitute for the country’s foreign residents missing sun, sea and sand, but not all plan to come back post-pandemic.

2 Jul 2021 - 11:08AM
Stuck outside China? From quarantine hotel advice to visas and testing procedures, these WeChat groups are helping people stranded by coronavirus

Groups such as Shanghai Arrivals, QuaranTeam and Americans Waiting Outside China are helping those stranded by the coronavirus as well as those quarantining in the country.

Groups such as Shanghai Arrivals, QuaranTeam and Americans Waiting Outside China are helping those stranded by the coronavirus as well as those quarantining in the country.

22 Mar 2021 - 4:15AM
Around the world sailing – the family doing it for 12 years, and their Covid-19 lockdown aboard a 47-foot yacht

Behan and Jamie Gifford have raised their three children aboard their sailing boat and despite Covid-19 interrupting their plans, they have no intention of returning to a life on land.

Behan and Jamie Gifford have raised their three children aboard their sailing boat and despite Covid-19 interrupting their plans, they have no intention of returning to a life on land.

11 Dec 2020 - 12:27PM
Why China could be the big winner from mink cull in Denmark over Covid-19 fears

China could be poised to take over as a major player in mink breeding after the Covid-19-related mass culls of mink in Denmark and the Netherlands.

China could be poised to take over as a major player in mink breeding after the Covid-19-related mass culls of mink in Denmark and the Netherlands.

17 Nov 2020 - 10:18AM
How to wear a face mask over a hijab and stay fashionable: Muslim women’s hacks for wearing both at the same time

Wearing a face mask over a hijab is often uncomfortable and while cheap solutions abound, they’re not always fashionable, which is why women are coming up with their own trendy hacks and fixes.

Wearing a face mask over a hijab is often uncomfortable and while cheap solutions abound, they’re not always fashionable, which is why women are coming up with their own trendy hacks and fixes.

29 Sep 2020 - 7:40PM
Luxury travel to China? Not any time soon – wealthy tourists will want to head elsewhere after Covid-19, say experts

Companies catering for ultra-luxury travellers to the country are pessimistic about a quick recovery, with political tensions, the stigma surrounding the virus’ origins and travel restrictions for the foreseeable future all weighing heavily.

Companies catering for ultra-luxury travellers to the country are pessimistic about a quick recovery, with political tensions, the stigma surrounding the virus’ origins and travel restrictions for the foreseeable future all weighing heavily.

19 Aug 2020 - 6:22PM
China’s Guinness World Records: from a diamond-encrusted toilet seat to a head full of needles to skipping to solar panel art

Chinese people hold world records in a number of categories, from mass gatherings to feats of physical strength and dexterity to amassing large collections to outlandish feats using needles or solar panels.

Chinese people hold world records in a number of categories, from mass gatherings to feats of physical strength and dexterity to amassing large collections to outlandish feats using needles or solar panels.

19 Mar 2020 - 9:14AM
Wild women head from South African coast to the Great Wall for 90km trek to prove their bodies are ‘powerful machines and not clothes hangers’

The event that started in South Africa has spread to China, as 24 women show their mettle on a tough trek.

The event that started in South Africa has spread to China, as 24 women show their mettle on a tough trek.

11 Nov 2019 - 10:05PM
Challenge triathlon debuts in China, changing perceptions that the mainland is ‘dirty and polluted’

Challenge Family introduces its brand to China as more than 1,000 participants take on the full, half and relay triathlons in Anhui province

Challenge Family introduces its brand to China as more than 1,000 participants take on the full, half and relay triathlons in Anhui province

4 Nov 2019 - 5:05PM
Being transgender in China: activist on her struggles, and surgeon on his patients’ biggest challenge

Chao Xiaomi says there is still a serious lack of LGBT education in China and wants to reach out to its smallest and most traditional communities to address issues of bullying and shaming.

Chao Xiaomi says there is still a serious lack of LGBT education in China and wants to reach out to its smallest and most traditional communities to address issues of bullying and shaming.

20 Nov 2020 - 11:33AM
How to teach a Chinese maid to cook Western food: write a cookbook

Expats families in China can find it hard to teach their maids to whip up their favourite dishes from back home because of language and cultural barriers. These Beijing expats found a solution: writing their own bilingual cookbooks.

Expats families in China can find it hard to teach their maids to whip up their favourite dishes from back home because of language and cultural barriers. These Beijing expats found a solution: writing their own bilingual cookbooks.

16 Jun 2019 - 3:09PM
Where Johnny Depp went in China: ultra-luxury holidays for wealthy travellers have taken off

China’s tremendous development has put the country increasingly on the radar of wealthy travellers. Ultra-luxury tour companies tailor itineraries to their clients’ interests, but there are some requests they can’t fulfil.

China’s tremendous development has put the country increasingly on the radar of wealthy travellers. Ultra-luxury tour companies tailor itineraries to their clients’ interests, but there are some requests they can’t fulfil.

26 May 2019 - 3:00PM
Meet the Taiwanese chocolate maker turning local cacao into award-winning bars

Warren Hsu sources his beans from around Taiwan’s Mount Dawu and creates some unique chocolate – shrimp and almond anybody? He produces his chocolate at his eco resort, Fu Wan Cafe Villa in Donggang.

Warren Hsu sources his beans from around Taiwan’s Mount Dawu and creates some unique chocolate – shrimp and almond anybody? He produces his chocolate at his eco resort, Fu Wan Cafe Villa in Donggang.

16 Apr 2019 - 7:56AM
Football Fitness: the Danish grannies soccer team that’s part of a global health revolution

The oldest player is 85, the youngest 55, there are no tackles and few rules; these grannies practise Football Fitness, a Danish sports concept that uses the game’s skills to promote exercise, limit lifestyle diseases and thus prolong lives.

The oldest player is 85, the youngest 55, there are no tackles and few rules; these grannies practise Football Fitness, a Danish sports concept that uses the game’s skills to promote exercise, limit lifestyle diseases and thus prolong lives.

15 Apr 2019 - 7:54PM
Ayahuasca in Asia: Amazonian hallucinogenic plant medicine finds following in the East despite shady status

The hallucinogenic plant, that is smoked or made into a brew, is outlawed in most parts of the world. Despite this, shamans are using it in spiritual healing ceremonies in Asia for those who know where to look.

The hallucinogenic plant, that is smoked or made into a brew, is outlawed in most parts of the world. Despite this, shamans are using it in spiritual healing ceremonies in Asia for those who know where to look.

12 Mar 2019 - 6:04AM
Drag queens of Beijing strut their stuff while they can, fearing a Chinese government crackdown

A gay bar in Beijing’s Chaoyang district hosts fortnightly drag queen shows, where the likes of Lola Du Jour, Krystal de Canteur and Elizabeth Stride perform their racy routines – for now; they fear a Chinese government crackdown.

A gay bar in Beijing’s Chaoyang district hosts fortnightly drag queen shows, where the likes of Lola Du Jour, Krystal de Canteur and Elizabeth Stride perform their racy routines – for now; they fear a Chinese government crackdown.

17 Feb 2019 - 8:43PM
The Hong Kong ultrarunner giving disabled children the chance to race – and even cross a desert

Hong Kong’s Steve Lo Chun-yin set up Wheel for Oneness to allow people from different backgrounds with different abilities to run as a team. Last year, 45 volunteers and two children completed the 100km Gobi Desert Ultra.

Hong Kong’s Steve Lo Chun-yin set up Wheel for Oneness to allow people from different backgrounds with different abilities to run as a team. Last year, 45 volunteers and two children completed the 100km Gobi Desert Ultra.

7 Feb 2019 - 6:27PM
How 25-year-old became first foreign woman to swim from China to Hainan
  • Lauren Tininenko has been a keen swimmer and sportswoman all her life. After moving to Shanghai, she started coaching a swimming team and recently signed up for the cross-strait swim.
  • Lauren Tininenko has been a keen swimmer and sportswoman all her life. After moving to Shanghai, she started coaching a swimming team and recently signed up for the cross-strait swim.
12 Jan 2019 - 8:42PM
New gym model for China: HIIT for retirees, no mirrors and no loud music – it’s a Danish import

Loop Fitness is shaking up China’s gym model with no mirrors, no loud music and a welcoming environment for all ages. The company has had to adjust its modest business model to be attractive in the Chinese market

Loop Fitness is shaking up China’s gym model with no mirrors, no loud music and a welcoming environment for all ages. The company has had to adjust its modest business model to be attractive in the Chinese market

18 Dec 2018 - 8:15PM
Teen who drank alcohol freely in China has a shock in US, where legal drinking age is 21

Arguments abound that setting the US legal drinking age to 21 has pushed youth alcohol consumption underground into riskier settings. Compare this to China, where kids as young as 14 flock to bars and nightclubs.

Arguments abound that setting the US legal drinking age to 21 has pushed youth alcohol consumption underground into riskier settings. Compare this to China, where kids as young as 14 flock to bars and nightclubs.

12 Nov 2018 - 6:56PM
World Mental Health Day 2018: how husband helped wife fight severe depression

Enoch Li was diagnosed with depression in 2009. Ahead of World Mental Health Day 2018, husband Tim Coghlan tells how, with his help and through therapy, she overcame it and the relapses that followed, and the impact her illness had on him

Enoch Li was diagnosed with depression in 2009. Ahead of World Mental Health Day 2018, husband Tim Coghlan tells how, with his help and through therapy, she overcame it and the relapses that followed, and the impact her illness had on him

10 Oct 2018 - 2:22AM
Badminton women’s doubles star on her vegan diet and why China is so close to her heart

Australian Gronya Somerville, who cut meat out of her diet after turning pro, might wear the yellow Aussie T-shirt when winning titles, but has a Chinese father and is a descendant of a prominent Chinese scholar.

Australian Gronya Somerville, who cut meat out of her diet after turning pro, might wear the yellow Aussie T-shirt when winning titles, but has a Chinese father and is a descendant of a prominent Chinese scholar.

17 Sep 2018 - 8:03PM
Canadian Arctic cost ultrarunner his feet and 9 fingers, lost to frostbite, but he’s not called The Tough One for nothing

They call him The Tough One, and no wonder: Roberto Zanda got lost in a Canadian Arctic winter, and it cost him nine fingers and both feet, but unbowed, he’s walking again on prosthetic legs and signed up to run an African ultramarathon.

They call him The Tough One, and no wonder: Roberto Zanda got lost in a Canadian Arctic winter, and it cost him nine fingers and both feet, but unbowed, he’s walking again on prosthetic legs and signed up to run an African ultramarathon.

31 Aug 2018 - 3:04AM