Sunday, November 29, 2015

去散步 / Go for a walk


On the sunny Saturday afternoon, we move the museum outdoors. Today we go for a walk in Fu Garden together. 


     Our youngest participant Yi-yi is less than two years old. 


     These kids seem to be going on a safari. 


     Nature can say so much more than I do, and it makes everyone so happy. 


     We go on studying the fruits and seeds found in the garden after returning to the indoor museum. 


     Our protagonist today is Mr. Papaya. 


     We look for papaya trees in the garden! 


     On the way we find a mini star fruit. 


     Along with a cicada shell! 


     Then we top everything off with a very luxurious picnic party! 

Picnic! / 風和日麗的野餐


I had dreamed of picnicking for a week. God must have heard my yearning because I received an invitation to go on a picnic this morning. Better yet, I got to sketch for a whole afternoon. What a lovely day! 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

My museum dream / 博物館之夢


When I was young, I dreamed of working in a museum. Though the dream was forgotten for many years, coincidentally, I found it again more than two years ago. Now looking back on the dots that connect my life, I feel very lucky. 


     This weekend, apart from my regular young visitors, we also had some Japanese guests. I was infected with the professors' enthusiasm in the design of the museum and our management concepts.


     I like museums because they hold numerous possibilities. Even if the guide or the teacher doesn't say anything, visitors can make new discoveries on their own. Then, what we see in the museum can be extended to our everyday life, which offers even more possibilities. 


     Every week,  moms and dads are eager to tell me what their kids remember from the previous visit. New kids whisper in my ears that they would like to have some fun on their own in the museum. Well, I bet our herbarium grandpa must be thrilled upon hearing the warm feedback! 

Sale / 特價

美麗的貮們男裝在特價喔! 不要錯過這些動人的設計!

The beautiful menswear of Irman is on sale. Don't ever miss the wonderful designs!

Good appetite / 好胃口


Every day I am hungry. I make many attempts, but I hardly feel satisfied; I write many stories, but I rarely feel content. If possible, I could eat the earth up!


     Ah, it must be that I haven't drawn seriously for ages!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Children's museum in full blast / 台大植標館兒少知性之旅


Now I am as busy as a bee on Saturday mornings because I need to prepare the teaching materials for the workshop in the herbarium in the afternoon. However, I am not the only busy person. Since a few months ago, I have made afternoon tea an indispensable part of the lesson, I have thought up many snacks for the children. Starting from this month, Mom has become the chef. This month the featured plant is the pumpkin, so we've been eating various snacks made from pumpkins. This weekend the menu is pumpkin soy bean milk. Apart from that, Dad's pumpkin seeds are kids' favorite. 


     But it's our Thermomix that does all the hard work and turns in the ingredients into different delicacies! 


     Every Saturday there are no more than ten kids that come to play with me. After six-month training, I can now proudly say that I don't panic at all in giving a two-hour-long lesson on plants. In fact, this should be my biggest achievement this year. With sufficient time, I can take it slow. I often say to the kids, "I know you are under a lot of pressure at school. Here, I won't force you to do what you don't feel like doing. Just relax and have fun!" In fact, I am saying to myself. 


     Usually there are three to four parts in an afternoon for children to learn about plants in all sorts of ways. Herbs are a topic I like to cover. 


     After smelling the leaves, we will have a cup of mint black tea. Yesterday the girls couldn't help exclaiming, "It's as good as the beverage sold in shops!" As a matter of fact, the tea kids drink is all natural without any artificial ingredients!  


     An amazing exhibition of pumpkins! 


     We are still fixing our museum theater device, but it will happen very soon. Before my dream comes true, everyone is focused despite the small screen of my laptop. 


     To eat pumpkin seeds, the kids raise their hands high. Well, this is the phenomenon that can be witnessed only on Saturdays! 


     Our guest lecturer Chong-yu introduces the powerful yet lovely cockroaches! 


     Snack time: Pumpkin toast from La Whale bakery



     With the exclusive pumpkin soy bean milk from the You family. 

     Before the kids leave, they still don't feel like going, "It's four o'clock already? How can time pass by that fast!" 

     What can I say? Saturdays are my fillips. 


     For those interested in children's workshop held in the NTU herbarium, please go to this website and sign up for it early! 

Sunday, November 08, 2015

The design power of Sweden / 瑞典的設計力量


Among the four countries in North Europe that I visited, Sweden is the most elegant. Wandering in the lanes in Stockholm, I am captivated by its graceful beauty. The power of design can be found in every corner in the city. 


     Many European countries feature the loud red postbox while Sweden goes for the soft pastel colors. 


     Every door in the lane is different. 


     Another beauty pageant is going on in the mid-air as the signs compete with one another to be the star of the day. 


     Inside shop windows the competition is especially fierce. Fortunately we aren't given any shopping time at all!