Sunday, February 19, 2017

Hospitable Thais / 我的泰姐泰妹


去年到曼谷旅行時,在碼哈拉碼頭寫明信片之際,遇見了百方,是個二十出頭的女孩,我們隨便哈啦了一下,他對我說:你這樣自由自在旅行,又會畫圖,你是我的偶像。我們因此成為臉書之友,不過連絡了一陣子,百方就不見了,直到我今年又要去曼谷之前,百方剛好連絡我,我們就這麼又搭上線。

I ran into Bai-fang last year when writing postcards at Maharaj Pier in Bangkok. Bai-fang is a super friendly and sincere twentish young girl. I was touched and surprised by what she said to me back then, "I really envy you for being able to travel alone so freely. I also love your drawings. You are my idol!" We thus became Facebook pals though she kind of disappeared halfway through. However, right before my trip to Thailand this past winter, she popped up again. And that's how we came to meet again this time. 

        這次百方帶我到她在佛統府的家,我也認識了百方媽尼莎,第一次見面尼莎就阿莎力地說好第二天要帶我到開車三小時的北碧,我真的被百方一家的熱情感動到說不出話來。去完北碧回來,百方和姐姐百芬準備好熱騰騰的酸辣海鮮湯和飯菜等著我們,這真的是好泰式的體驗啊! 

     Baifang took me to her hometown Nakhon Pathom. I had the pleasure to meet Baifang's whole family, including Nisa, Baifang's mom. We had barely met for five minutes when Nisa offered to drive me to Kachanaburi the following day. I was totally impressed by the hospitable family! At the end of the long drive from Kachanaburi back to Nakhon Pathom, Baifang and her big sis Baifern had prepared hot and yummy dinner for us. This is a very Thai experience for me! 



        百方帶我到家附近的海椰寺水上市場遊船,這裡的鄉村風情有典型的泰式風格,比在曼谷的昭披耶河的遊船之旅更有泰國人的生活感。

     Baifang took me to Donwai Floating Market near her home on a river cruise. It was so peaceful and quiet, which definitely feels more Thai than the cruise on Chaopraya River in Bangkok.  



        佛統府產又大又甜的柚子,所以市場裡到處都可以看到柚子!

     Nakhon Pathom is famous for big and fat pomelos, so they can be seen everywhere in the market. 

        雖然實體的旅行結束了,每天下班畫一張泰國的圖,就可以延續在泰國旅行的幸福感!而且每過一天,就離回到泰國見泰媽泰姐的日子又近了一天! 

     Though the trip seems over, I am in the habit of drawing a picture about my trip in Thailand. This surely keeps my passion for Thailand alive. What's more, as days go by, I am nearer the goal of traveling back to Thailand! 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thailand healed me / 泰國療癒了我


在泰國旅行的連續好幾天,每天回旅館打開信箱時,赫然發現自己失去了想要的機會,雖然當下很傷心,不過在充滿希望的國度裡,我很快就被療癒了‧‧‧‧‧‧

For several days on end during the trip, I received bad news about the opportunities that I wanted very much. It was heartbreaking at the moment, but traveling in a country with Buddha to keep me company, I was soon healed... 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Mango with sticky rice / 芒果糯米


我的泰國旅行就像芒果糯米那樣甜蜜,覺得自己整個淪陷在泰國的美好裡!

My trip to Thailand was as sweet as mango with sticky rice. I totally fall for the charm of the country and its people!


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Faith / 信念


有信念是世界上最美好的事! 

Having faith is one of the most beautiful things in the world! 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Amazing Thailand / 泰式驚喜


泰國真是個充滿驚喜的地方,有各種可能性可以共存,難怪我會一直想回去!

Thailand is a place full of so many surprises that what you don't believe can coexist do. That explains why I never get tired of the country. 

        雖然旅行一開始發現大家為了悼念泰王,還是多半穿黑衣,滿身繽紛的我自覺很突兀,不過大家會說:你是觀光客嘛!正如大家接受我東倒西歪的泰文。最後像我這麼銅牆鐵壁的人,走在路上都交得到朋友,我也因此看到自己的潛能!

     I discover on the first day of the trip that most people still dress in black in memory of King Bumibol, and thus my colorful clothes are very "eye-catching," but people would say, "That doesn't matter. You are a tourist." They don't give me judging looks just as they put up with my sloppy Thai. In the end, I find someone so reserved like me can make friends even when walking on the streets. Thailand helps me to see my potential! 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Growth / 成長


去年這個時候幫泰文老師畫了一些泰國文化的插圖,雖然很可惜最後沒用到這些圖,今年又回頭看時,覺得自己可以畫得更有風格,這也是我的成長吧!

Last year at this time I was illustrating a book on Thai culture for my teacher, but unfortunately, the project was canceled halfway. When I look back now, I feel that I can come up with more stylized pictures, which I think indicates my growth. 



         明天又要去曼谷旅行了,可以吃吃看畫過但還沒體驗過的食物,我自己很期待喔! 

     I am traveling to Bangkok again tomorrow. I am looking forward to sampling food that I have illustrated but haven't tasted yet! 

"Booster" year / 「機」年


新年來了,希望自己可以大鳴大放!

Here comes the new year. I hope I can live the new year to the fullest and reach out to the world!



        趁著好天氣,趕緊享受陽光和百花綻放!

     Let's seize the beautiful day and flowers in bloom! 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Cheeky / 厚臉皮


遇到一隻厚臉皮討愛的貓,我也變得厚臉皮了。

I ran into a cheeky cat asking for love, and I've learned to be cheeky. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Starry starry night / 星空下


和孩子們一起去彰化服務學習,孩子們形容給我聽小小教室裡的夜晚,我覺得人肉堆疊戰很有畫面。

I went on a service-learning trip to Changhwa with my students. When the girls described to me the scene in the small classroom, I couldn't help drawing it.

        這幾天發生許多大大小小的故事,不過當我看到滿天的星空,心裡冒出的還是同一句話:難怪我會一直想要來!

     A lot of stories happened during the past four days. But the twinkling stars at night erased my doubts and reassured me of my decision to take such a trip with the kids!