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Encounter - an illustrated travel diary
In 2018, I travelled to Latin America for the first time in my life, while being there, I have had the opportunity to experience the amazonian rainforest at Tambopata river area in southern Peru.
During the 4 days & 3 nights stay at a lodge deep in the rainforests, I woke up by the birds chirping and distant calling of the howler monkeys, wandered along the footpath marvelling at the tropical plants & watching bright coloured birds flying around.
After dark, under the guidance of local guide, I explored the mystical night forest, encountered all kinds of insects & nocturnal animals go about their life totally oblivious of our gaze. Inhaling the freshest air full of sweet scent of tropical flowers, I fell into sweet dreams with the night bugs' lullaby every night.
One night, Hugo my guide took us by boat onto the middle of river, stopped engine flowing quietly down stream. There's no artificial light to interfere with the clear starry night sky, we were transfixed by the milky way - or Silver river as the Chinese call it. More excitingly, as we were in the southern hemisphere, the skyscape was totally alien for us.
Hugo used his torch light to search the river bank as we floated downstream, when he spotted signs of a caiman, he warned us to be still to not scare it away, and instructed the boater to approach closer to shore. There we saw a young White caiman in the water, popping his head dazed by the torch bean shine on hime. He was a little shy but he stayed a while before he ducked in the water swimming away.
The Weaver - debut picture book published by Andersen Press, available in all good bookstore China, Korea, Singapore, UK & US.
Stanley is a spider,
a weaver and a collector.
But he is about to find out
that nothing lasts forever
unless you collect it
in your heart.
All spiders lead a life of adventure.
Once they are born, they wave goodbye to each other and catch a lift on the wind.
But then the rain comes.
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