Archive | April, 2012

Original artwork:

30 Apr


Collection of:  William P. Williams, Jr.

“Target Practice”

ink on poster board



Back to my roots: graphic designer

29 Apr

Before I was a world-traveling teacher, I was a graphic designer.  I graduated in 1999 from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  The School of Art and Design, to be exact.  My degree is a Bachelor’s of Fine Art.  This foundation paved the way for my current artistic direction.

Here are some original design portfolio pieces:

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{insert: theme song for “The Twilight Zone”}

26 Apr

A hop, skip and a jump from Ulsan, South Korea is Gyeongju.  This historical city has a mysterious vibe similar to entering a sacred portal to the unknown. Spooky, yet friendly to visitors.  One of the stops in Gyeuongju is Bulguksa temple.  This landmark  is classified as Historic and Scenic Site No. 1 by the South Korean government.

Today’s on-the-wall statement:  “Those Koreans, they revere technology, especially to modify nature.”

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An English Festival in China:

24 Apr

Fangzhou Elementary school in Suzhou, China dedicated one school week to an “English Festival”.  There are no less than 1000 students at the school, so it’s quite magnificent to see all of them lined up perfectly outside.  I introduced myself,  the festival then led them in the song “If You’re Happy and You Know It”.   All of the students singing and performing the actions to the song lifted my spirits and warmed my heart.

They presented me with a handmade Christmas card to thank me for my participation.


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Nice to meet you! (Chinese = hěn gāoxìng jiàndào nǐ)

22 Apr

Learning the language in China proved to be DIFFICULT.  The language is one of the hardest in the world to learn and speak.  Plus, most people I met were highly educated and spoke English, thank goodness!  My Mandarin consists of the basics.   “Hello”, “How are you?”,  “Good morning”, etc.  Just enough to be polite and friendly!

Here are some of the kind people I met along the way.

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Question: How many flags has Mexico had? Answer: Lots!

20 Apr

During a flag ceremony at Centro Escolar Picacho in San Jose Del Cabo, I was surprised to see how many times the Mexican flag changed throughout  their history.   Against the backdrop of a perfect blue sky, the sun blazed down on all the students and I.  The band played patriotic music as the diplomats sat under tents sipping bottles of water.  It was a fantastic showing of Mexican flag protocol.

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The mystical “chipao” (Chinese dress)

16 Apr

Modern women in China mostly wear Western clothes.  So I was always on the lookout for the chipao.  They were usually found in storefront windows and not on the Chinese fashionista.  Young women were dressed very fashionable, while older women wore plaids and flower prints together.  I’m not knocking plaid or flower prints.  But, they are not meant to be worn together though.  Do you agree?


These are some of the beautiful dresses in the window.


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