Wednesday, November 30, 2005
"You see? This is the MASTERPIECE I am most proud of. As a French citizen, I can't say there is something better than this. What a piece of art!" Loveman exclaimed with admiration for the classic Mona Lisa.
"Really? I mean no offense, but I think you have the same painting hung on the wall in your apartment..." Pipi scratched her head puzzled.
"You mean, THAT ONE?" Loveman yelled out of a sudden.
"Yeah?" Pipi was caught off guard and quite surprised by him.
"My holy Napoleon...This is the original and we have nothing but a copy! Do you or do you not understand the difference between the two?" Loveman thought he had shown the pearls to someone who didn't understand their value.
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
For Loveman, it was the last thing in the world to hear his mother country and culture criticized or insulted. He was determined to show to Pipi how France excels in culture, history, art, love, wine, or anything imaginable.
"This is a must-see sight. To impress you, I think it's better for us to come at night because there are way too many tourists in the daytime. But promise me, we have to be really cautious so that the guards won't get us."
"OK, when necessary, I can fight for myself." Pipi was rather excited about this crazy project.
"No no no, let's not waste time. I am sure your martial arts can be saved for a more appropriate occasion. Let's run!"
Pipi had NO idea what they were about to see in this pyramid-shaped building called the Louvre. But everything started to be fun...
Monday, November 28, 2005
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Friday, November 25, 2005
Thursday, November 24, 2005
"Wowwwwwwwww....I have ver...ti...go!" She was so scared by the height that she couldn't stand still. Down she fell...
They fell into the Seine River. The water was cold and kinda smelly. Pipi gave Loveman a hard look. "So, this is the beautiful France huh?" He gave her a silent reply with his innocent-looking eyes...
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Loveman planned to give Pipi a huge surprise. He wanted her to close her eyes. He was so sure that she would be stunned by the breath-taking scenery.
"Loveman! Is everything ready? My legs really ache..." Pipi complained. She also felt the hard-blowing winds though she didn't have any clue where she was.
"In a second my dear. No matter what happens, don't let go of my hands ok?"
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
At that moment of despair, Loveman came to Pipi's aid.
"Oh my sweetheart, wipe away your sad tears! This place is much more lovely than you think. Come, let's take a tour and I'll prove to you that my words are 100% true!"
Thus they embarked on a journey that'd change their lives forever...
Monday, November 21, 2005
We just celebrated my grandma's 80th birthday. Every time I see her, she seems to shrink some more. The sight always makes my heart jerk out of nostalgia for her youth. Meanwhile, I am amazed at how 80 years of memories can be stored in such a little body. Grandma is illiterate. Taiwanese is the only language she speaks. She gave birth to five daughters, which was considered really awful achievement for a woman in her times. On the other hand, she spent almost all her life with someone she hated. She suffered the loss of her son. She manages to survive in the company of her maid at the age of 80. I am bigger than Granny, I travel around the world, I speak more than four languages, but when I stand next to her, I am pathetically simple.
As Grandma becomes more and more tiny, she witnesses the incredible growth her grandchildren. While she is surprised at the speedy change of young people, Grandmama's small body and giant soul never fail to move me.
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Saturday, November 19, 2005
When I take the metro to go to work, I prefer to think of it as taking an adventurous trip. The destination is unknown yet, but it can be New York, Paris. Or I might be on my way to a lovely appointment with friends in an afternoon-tea cafe. Someone might be waiting for me at the end of the trip with a teddy bear, a bunch of red roses, a card with "I Love You" on it and most of all, a big kiss! It might be an outing for sketches of beautiful scenery. Or I might wander to the forest for a relaxing walk. The ride might be so long that by the time I arrive, a sky of glittering stars warmly welcome me.
Only my imagination can set me free...
Friday, November 18, 2005
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Oh, it was Pipi that couldn't bear the sight and the thought of the poor rabbit. She couldn't stop crying for the little animal. Even when she almost cried her eyes out, she still couldn't stop.
"Who said that this is a country of love? If that was true, people wouldn't be eating away rabbits so happily without feeling guilty at all..." Pipi started to picture an extremely gloomy and dark life in this very strange place...
Monday, November 14, 2005
Loveman flew around without being able to get into his house. He cried for help but no one heard him.
"Hey, get me in! Mom! Pipi!" He yelled at the top of his lungs to no avail.
Meanwhile, Aunt Annick had come up with a lovely feast for their special guest.
"Ladies and gentlemen, today's special is rabbit meat!" The pink little rabbit sat sadly on the huge plate while Annick was too carried away by her self-satisfaction in cooking such luscious food to notice the poor little animal. Yet, right before the meal, a harsh scream was heard somewhere not faraway...
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Well, everything was perfect, except that Loveman didn't have any clue how to land. He didn't have any manual book which told him about his magical power. He kept flying and when passing by his apartment, he could only greet Annick and Pipi.
"Hello...Can anyone help me..." He murmured with a big silly smile on his face.
Saturday, November 12, 2005
As he floated in the air, something really incredible came over to Poopooman. He was actually FLYING! He wondered at the power that love had given him.
"Even as Poopooman, I didn't possess any magic like this! It feels as if all the cells in me have finally come to life!"
It dawned on him that he was no longer Poopooman. It was love that empowered him, so from now on, he would be Loveman!
"How beautiful the world is..." Loveman couldn't but look at everything with a rosy state of mind.
Friday, November 11, 2005
In fact, at this moment, Poopooman had FALLEN deeply in love with Pipi. But he didn't really fall. He floated into the air and up to the nine clouds. He was helplessly attracted by the feminine-looking Pipi.
"Oh...I can't help myself anymore. How wonderful it is to be in love..." He behaved as if he were totally drunk.
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Pipi didn't have any choice but to put on the "ragged" clothes given by Aunt Annick. When she walked out of the bathroom, she prayed to God not to be seen by anyone. She thought the kithen might be a perfect place to hide, but unfortunately, the son and the mother were right there waiting for her, with a pair of lovely shoes on the table to complete her new look.
"Oh...You...are both here?" Pipi said in a surprised and embarrassed voice.
"Isn't she gorgeous my son..." Annick was all amazed and she secretly complimented herself on her excellent taste.
"Hum..." Poopooman had difficulty uttering any other word. Yet his eyes lingered on the new Pipi. He didn't realize that his feet were no longer on the floor...
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
After the shower, Pipi stared at the skimpy clothes Annick had given to her. Since she had never worn something like that in her entire life, she was so stunned as if her eyes would fall out any minute.
"Oh My God! This is nothing but a piece of ragged cloth! OHHHHHH! What am I going to do!" She yelled in confusion and with dissatisfaction.
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Pipi made so loud noise that it pierced through the walls and reached Poopooman at the other end of the apartment.
"THE WATER IS COLD!" Poopoomen was quite helpless with the wild Pipi. He could only tell himself that God meant to keep him among people as a way to love the world.
"OK, come what may Lord...It'll be thou that assign me the tasks to improve my character and make the world a better place."
Monday, November 07, 2005
Miss Pipi was good at making a mountain out of a molehill. She didn't have any idea that in this country there could be a system that decided the daily amount of hot water based on the number of the family members. Unfortunately, even Poopooman and Annick had forgotten it too. When the cold water flew through her delicate and sensitive skin, she couldn't help screaming out aloud for all the world to know her suffering.
"Damned it! THE WATER IS COOOOOOOOOOOLD!"
Sunday, November 06, 2005
Saturday, November 05, 2005
Chichi lost the balloon that had accompanied her during her trip in France. It was given to her by her best friend Miragee as a travel companion. During moments of loneliness, Chichi would think of Miragee as if she were really there for her. Chichi was more anxious and worried than ever when she lost the balloon in a wild chase with the geese in Dijon. She thus started a crazy search all over the country. When she got to the hilltop in Lyon, it was already late at night. A proud-looking yet kind-hearted conductor showed her the map and analyzed to her the possible whereabouts of the balloon.
They never knew that the balloon was smiling at them right in the sky, like the very naughty moon...
Friday, November 04, 2005
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Auntie Annick prompted Pipi to take a shower first. She prepared some very "special" clothes for the lost child.
"Heehee...I am sure that my plan will work out and she'll definitely SURPRISE my dear son..." Even Mona Lisa smiled as if she understood perfectly Annick's perfect plan.
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
After they stepped into Auntie Annick's apartment, she immediately drew Poopooman aside.
"My son, imagine the beautiful future you will have with the girl! Isn't it lovely?" He shrugged in resignation as a silent reponse to his mom's exuberant imagination.
In the meanwhile, Pipi had no idea at all of their conversation. She was exhausted from the journey and quite at a loss due to the sudden change in her life.
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Lately I've had problems sticking to the same style. My free spirit is too wild to be in control. I seek for inspirations from friends, books and all the sources imaginable. Maybe this is a phase in which I would like to experiment different media and styles. So I plan to start a new series called "Heart Travel Agency." I haven't tried seriously illustrating for others' stories and books for a long time. From now on, if I am particularly impressed by what I read, I'll make an attempt to do the illustration and I hope the pictures can take me and my viewers to new places they've never been to mentally and physically.
I read the beginning chapter of The Chronicles of Narnia-the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe yesterday. I am not too much into C. S. Lewis' writing, but the interesting story held my attention even during my drowsy ride to work. Then I came upon the description of the scenery inside the wardrobe. I felt the need to put down the image on paper. So here it is. I'd like to quote the passage as well.
Next moment she found that what was rubbing against her face and hands was no longer soft fur but something hard and rough and even prickly. "Why, it is just like branches of trees!" exclaimed Lucy. And then she saw that there was a light ahead of her; not a few inches away where the back of the wardrobe ought to have been, but a long way off. Something cold and soft was falling on her. A moment later she found that she was standing in the middle of a wood at night-time with snow under her feet and snowflakes falling through the air.