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.

A South African couple bought a tiny resort on an island off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia. Then Covid-19 hit. But they survived and now the resort is thriving.

As more drinkers go alcohol-free, companies are producing ever more convincing non-alcoholic beers, spirits and wines. But making true-to-taste alternatives is a challenge, say some of those in the business.

There’s still only one road that links the nine settlements of Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands, and with guesthouses back in business, that’s a big problem once again.

Diagnosed with autism, ADHD and dyspraxia, Uzair, 14, fell in love with cycling four years ago. He cycles 200km to 300km a week, and since taking up the sport his tantrums have ceased and he sleeps better.

Giving up drinking alcohol for a year inspired bartender Joshua James, who now runs an alcohol-free bar in San Francisco. In Kuala Lumpur, a mixologist shows alcohol-free cocktails can be just as much fun.


We compare tours, price and overall experience of the two majestic tourist heritage sites on Penang island. Both places are fine representatives of Peranakan culture, and one is a hotel.

A substantial breakfast before sunrise, then no food or water for over 13 hours – Lise Poulsen Floris joins her neighbours in Malaysia in a Ramadan fast to gain a better understanding of this ‘spiritual reset’.

Giving up alcohol has many health benefits – such as higher self-esteem, better sleep and weight control – but once you have quit, what do you say to others? Two women who turned teetotal share tips.


A high-fat, very-low-carb ketogenic diet helped one Malaysian family improve or reverse health conditions including diabetes and high blood pressure, and lose weight in the process.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.