Monday, February 20, 2017
Sunday, February 19, 2017
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.
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!
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.
Nakhon Pathom is famous for big and fat pomelos, so they can be seen everywhere in the market.
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
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
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Friday, February 10, 2017
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.
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
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.
I am traveling to Bangkok again tomorrow. I am looking forward to sampling food that I have illustrated but haven't tasted yet!
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
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.
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!