One day in Medellin, Colombia, I walked into a shop of handmade products. I liked their products.
Carefully and shyly, I told the shop assistant: “I also make some toys…”
I didn’t even finish my sentence before she told me that the shop belongs to an NGO which helps women to establish their handmade businesses. I can bring my toys.
I was happy and excited. I brought my toys and they loved them.
These toys are created for the brand Magic Mango Creation.
They were beautiful couch surfing hosts in Medellin, Colombia.
We had many interesting talks over many dinners. One day, she told us about her childhood toy, a dog whose name is Bubu. The dog got old and dirty but he was still her favorite. That reminded me my own childhood toy, and everything that remains special to me no matter how broken they become.
This dog was made for them as a reminder of all the precious things in life.
They are a pair of loving parents.
I’ve never heard of any parents being so loving and caring in such an open and lovely way.
What a lucky family.
I spent a beautiful 3 weeks time with them. Funny and relaxing.
It was in Autumn, and the leaf was a gift.
He has the habbit of collecting the flag of each country he travelled in.
In Sri Lanka he couldn’t find any flag that has a suitable size.
So this one became a birthday gift.
In Myanmar I learnt this method of making juggling ‘balls’.
It was in a juggling festival. The organizers made tons of this to teach young boys and girls from various groups how to juggle.
And I taught it to the kids. Days after, the playground was full of kids playing them, not necessarily in a juggling way though.
It was in India.
In Southern India, there were a group of kids.
They are from poor families of the north, and they look like Asians.
I spent one and a half months’ time with them. I lived with them and played with them.
In my English lessons with them, we talked a lot about gardens and flowers. And sunflower is their favorite.
I made this flower for them, as a demonstration of what you can create out of cotton and cloth.
在印度南部，有一群孩子。他们来自印度北部穷苦的家庭。北部地区和中国，缅甸接壤, 于是他们看起来和中国人, 东南亚人一样。即使在印度，他们也经常被误认为游客。
I meet him in the Philippines and traveled with him in Indonesia. It was great.
One day I decided to make him a cat, for that is what he attracts.