Thursday, June 29, 2006

Muse in the suitcase / 旅行箱裡的繆思


Dedicated to Hueiling

I know well that not everyone has the same frenzy for art as I do. It's not that easy to find someone who is always all ears. Fortunately, my Muse listens to me patiently and gives me helpful feedback all the time. If I can travel around the world because of my illustration dream, I'll have to put my Muse in the suitcase. When my inspirations run dry, she will supply me with tons of new ideas unconditionally.

Everyone gotta have friends like that by their sides to make life livable!

Monday, June 26, 2006

Drama Queen's first movie / 戲劇女王的處女秀



Lately my colleagues have been planning other career developments than teaching. I have been very lucky to be part of their projects though I barely know why. Huei talked me into being the lead actress in her film class assignment, which made my "drama queen" dream come true. However, she majors in documentaries, so all I have to do is be myself. I even have to walk the way I do as usual, which is not very beautiful.

I was very excited when Huei called me up the other day. I was inspired by her assignment and drew a poster for the documentary yet to be made. As you can see, the film is titled "Woman in Disguise." Well, I hope the try will bring me unprecedented opportunites. I'll see you in the Cannes film festival then!

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Rain / 雨

May is the plum rain season on the island. Somehow, with the global climatic change, it has rained more than usual these two years. Even though I have learned not to dislike rain, the downpour can be quite a spoilsport. It takes away my desire to dress like a lady and sometimes I just wish I could stay home all day long instead of running in the rain frantically.

Well, there are always ways to survive. Since I can't stop the rain, I should live with it. I don't care how people think of my attire anymore. Every day I go out with my Birkenstock flip-flops though I've been critized for my purposeful sloppiness. When the rain wets my toes, they do not feel annoyed. What's there to worry when they know they'll dry up again, without shoes and socks to stop them from breathing?

PS: This is not a super painting, but it's my first acrylic piece on canvas! Thank you for looking.




Friday, June 23, 2006

Courage Box / 勇氣盒


On the last day of class, the sunshine outside was so dazzling. Anticipation of the coming summer break had built up since the early June. Before the last day, I could say to you wilfully that we didn't have many days left together and you would no longer be my responsibility. But when that moment came, my light mood became kind of heavy. I'd like to hear you say to me after you grow up, "I've learned to go on living to see the whole picture of life; Life is not as difficult as I thought it'd be; I've found what I was looking for; I know now what it means to enjoy every moment of life." It's funny how I begin to mind not being able to grow up with you.


Whenever you came to me, tears streaming down your cheeks, I always looked at you calmly, saying, "The present moment might be difficult, but you'll be fine." Most of the time you responded with that doubtful look in your eye. You have to trust me because I am almost twice as old as you, because your efforts won't come to nothing. What scares me the most is, you no longer believe in yourself.


For those who are confused, timid, diffident, unhappy, despairing, lost, afraid, lonely, not understood, negative, I want to give you a courage box. When you are baffled and frustrated, please open it and you'll find treasures that lift your spirits. If not, please bear in mind, life is more than you think you know. There are better and worse moments. And living is all about going through moments just to experience its ultimate beauty.


With all the good luck in the world...

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Dance / 跳舞


Last weekend after the wedding banquet, the adorable bridegroom was completely drunk. He couldn't help speaking English (which he normally doesn't do) and taking off his clothes at the same time. It was not until the bride came back that he was put to bed. So I decided to take him as the theme for this week's Illo Friday. He dances wildly in full glee. I am wondering, does he remember what he did?

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Wedding Gift / 結婚禮物


In a few hours, I am going to your wedding banquet. My heart is filled with happiness and best wishes for you two. I turned these feelings into a humble gift, hoping that you are always in love with each other and that your life will be forever beautiful.


In the beginning, we were both looking for the balance in our relationship. We liked each other too much. We were much more cautious than when we walked on ice. Sometimes we even hid our true selves.


When we argued, no one was willing to give in. The see-saw of love went up and down. We were locked in a dead corner, depressed and frustrated.


Now we are getting married. We might not be so madly in love like before. But these years have taught us more about each other and how to be at ease in our relationship. We'll be fine, right, my dear?

Friday, June 16, 2006

Adeline Inc. / 雨傘女王




Adeline, my dear colleague, has watched the show "Project Runway" on a regular basis lately. It then dawned on her, "Why not try designing?" With my cordial encouragement, she chose her favorite item-umbrellas. She was very serious about planning her future career. I want to be part of this too, so even though we have only two pages of career outlines, I am alreadydreaming about our success.

Adeline Wu, whom people call "Queen of Umbrellas," is a miracle in the Taiwanese fashion world. She started her designing life a few years ago. At that time, she was nothing more than an English teacher, not known to many people. Never professionally trained, Adeline made her way into the fashion circle with her stunning sensitivity to vogue and demanding efforts. She accumulated experiences by making research on women's likes and dislikes when it came to umbrellas. Her unique tastes and viewpoints regarding fashion made her who she is today. Her top designer, Ms. You, is adept not only in the design field. She is especially expert in illustration. The latest line of products, featuring characters on umbrellas, has caused a shopping frenzy among female consumers. Adeline targets at every class of buyers. You can choose mass production to cut down the expenses. Meanwhile, there are also tailor-made umbrellas which are especially for top-class clients. Now Adeline has invited world-famous designers from name brands such as Anya Hindmarch to help her conquer the foreign markets. It is believed that Adeline will once again amaze the fashion world.
Reported by ~Chuen You in Taipei

Well, it's really time for me to go to work...

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Girls in Love / 戀愛中的女孩


Since a few weeks ago, Tuesday has become girls' love day. When I walk into the classroom on Wednesday, ready for a new day's battle, there's always one girl whose face glows like that of an angel. Others never hesitate to make fun of her. Then I totally collapse and sometimes just forget how much we fall behind the schedule.

當我問發生了什麼事,小女生便大聲鼓譟:「某某人IN LOVE!」剛開始有些哭笑不得,心想,16歲的少女還真是容易動情。接著,我不顧形象地大喊:「不公平!為什麼我沒有IN LOVE!」雖然我很清楚熟女尋找愛情的負擔太多,我卻忍不住和女孩們玩起來。我說:「快借我看照片,不過我們得先上點課,把進度趕完,再給自己來點獎勵!」

When I ask them what's wrong, all the young gals shout out loud, "XX is IN LOVE!" At first, I was really amused. I thought, how easy it is for 16-year-old girls to fall in love! Then, regardless of the fact that I am THE TEACHER, I would yell back, "IT'S NOT FAIR! How come I am NOT IN LOVE!" I know well the reason, but I can't help playing with them. I'd say, "I want to take a look at the photo! But before that, we need to start the lesson. Afterwards, we'll give us some rewards by sharing your love story!"


Then girls share with me with joy their stories of love at first sight or how they hit it off with boys they meet outside the school. We often get so carried away and the class ends in laughter and hope. Sixteen, what a beautiful age!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Crazy Olivia 40 / 瘋狂奧莉薇 40


Olivia, looking at the happy shark couple, realizes that it's time to give love another shot!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Crazy Olivia 39 / 瘋狂奧莉薇 39


So it is the shark that has found his true love. Olivia is invited to be the witness of their sea wedding.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Crazy Olivia 38 / 瘋狂奧莉薇 38


One year later, Olivia rides her beloved bike in a hurry. Where is she heading for exactly?

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Crazy Olivia 37 / 瘋狂奧莉薇 37


Olivia says goodbye to the shark, which has become her very dear friend. She thus draws an end to her short life on the sea.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Crazy Olivia 36 / 瘋狂奧莉薇 36


The shark is very curious about the reason why Olivia turned down Mr. Sea Dragon. She tells him that she prefers the carefree days of riding bikes on land.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Best Wish / 最美的祝福


Yesterday, a girl that was about to graduate came to me with a lovely card. She wrote, "Don't stop painting. You have to go on and on and on..." I was so touched that no word could describe my feeling. This is the best wish I have ever received. I will keep our promise and never stop. Even the end of the world can't stop me...

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Crazy Olivia 35 / 瘋狂奧莉薇 35


However, to the shark's surprise, Olivia does something really unexpected. She pushes Mr. Sea Dragon into the sea when he is off guard.


Mr. Sea Dragon screams and shouts. In the meanwhile, he laments over his difficult life, which is full of sad misfortunes.