A Trip to Grandma's

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In a secluded village somewhere in Malaysia, there is a little wooden house near the sea I visit every June and December. The house is a fifteen minutes drive away from the nearest grocery store. Sometimes there are frogs lurking around in unexpected corners. There is no Internet connection. However, my grandmother and grandfather are safely sheltered in this house. I painted the yellow walls together with my cousins during one of our school vacations. There is a large round table in the kitchen but it can only sit half the family when everyones back home, so we take turns eating meals. The sea is a few minutes walk away from the house. Sometimes when we are playing in the water, we would see our grandpa cycling back home with a basket of fish. Sitting in front of the television, my grandma would tell us the plot of the latest melodrama she is watching. Swaying palm trees produce incredibly calming sounds. An insect orchestra plays to us every night. Nothing blocks the full view of

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  • A Trip to Grandmas

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  • In a secluded village somewhere in Malaysia, there is a little wooden house near the sea I visit every June and December.

    The house is a fifteen minutes drive away from the nearest grocery store. Sometimes there are frogs lurking around in unexpected corners. There is no Internet connection.

    However, my grandmother and grandfather are safely sheltered in this house. I painted the yellow walls together with my cousins during one of our school vacations. There is a large round table in the kitchen but it can only sit half the family when everyones back home, so we take turns eating meals. The sea is a few minutes walk away from the house. Sometimes when we are playing in the water, we would see

    Artist Statement

  • our grandpa cycling back home with a basket of fish. Sitting in front of the television, my grandma would tell us the plot of the latest melodrama she is watching. Swaying palm trees produce incredibly calming sounds. An insect orchestra plays to us every night. Nothing blocks the full view of the sky from my eyes, and I am reassured that stars actually exist.

    There are no expectations of me (except that I should wash my own dishes after meals). At this place, I am free to be happy.

    A Trip to Grandmas is an attempt to recreate the slow-paced and simple living at my grandmothers house. Have a temporary getaway from this bustling city to recharge your soul. May this experience bring to you comfort and lots of positive energy like how it always does for me.

    Artist Statement

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    Plucking weeds is good for your eyes.

    Counting flowers on the grass is good for your eyes too.

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    On rainy days, tear off a leaf of the calendar and fold it into a paper boat.

    Put the paper boat in a puddle and watch it sink.

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    The rain has stopped.

    Arrange a row of chairs and wait to watch a rainbow with everyone.

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    Ice cream in the fridge is always neapolitan so eveyone gets their favourite flavour(s).

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    Pick up treasures from the sea to decorate your sandcastle.

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    Record the sound of the waves with your ears.

    Replay them in your head when you are far away from the sea.

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    Watch the sun set.

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    8pm

    Listen to Grandfather () talk about his life or watch news about Chinese politics on tv.

    (Trust me, the stories are way more interesting.)

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    On special nights (if you are lucky), the moon will tell you her secrets.

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    Receive a and some words of wisdom.

    Come back again.

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