Monday, October 13, 2014

Book Review: Travel Origami by Cindy Ng

Travel Origami: 24 Fun and Functional Travel Keepsakes by Cindy Ng is one of those books that were gifted from Tuttle Publishing for me to review before it was published.

To be honest, I probably would not have picked out this origami book personally myself.  But this would be a great book for someone who has never done origami but curious, and wants an out-of-ordinary activity while traveling.  The concept of folding paper souvenirs into fun and functional keepsakes is fantastic.

As an avid traveler I often find myself with a bunch of maps, brochures, tickets, foreign currency, etc. wherever I go.  I'm sure that this happens to all travelers.  This book gives a lot of ideas about what you could do with those paper goodies, candy wrappers and even drinking straws.

Travel Origami actually became one of my travel companions during my trip to Japan this summer.  The photo below is a Postcard Star model that I folded during my bullet train ride, out of 8 postcards that I picked out at a museum.  The model required some double-sided tape for assembling so I waited to put it together until I got home.

Once I assembled it at home I put this Postcard Star over my dog's head and it happened to fit him perfectly.  I couldn't stop giggling.  I often put on things like this on my dog, and this may seem humiliating even for a little wiener dog.  But he always gets some treats for modeling in the end so he doesn't seem to mind.

As the holiday season coming close, I am sure that many of you would be traveling at some point, or looking for gifts for loved ones.  This book would make an unique gift for someone, perhaps a child, who is origami curious and creative enough that is not satisfied by just ordinary activities while traveling (I estimate that would be more than a half of children out there).  With this book, those long airplane or train rides could become not only more fun and creative, but also help bring in more memories from the trip.

My Summer 2014 in a Nut Shell and My Aspiration to Blog Again

Long time no blog…  My excuse is that I had the busiest, craziest and probably the most memorable summer I've ever had in my entire life.  Not only I worked at my annual camp job, which is already a crazy event on its own (just imagine working with hundreds of young, creative souls all day every day making art), but I also traveled to Japan for 6OSME (6th International Meeting of Origami in Science, Math and Education) and the Origami Tanteidan Convention in Tokyo.  Attending these meetings which attracted hundreds of origami enthusiasts, including some of the world's greatest artists was like having electric shocks for nine days straight.

Obviously I have a lot to write, but it has been too much for me to process what I had experienced in the past summer, while going through some life changes right afterwards.   Now that the school started again I got back working there regularly and more hours and responsibilities.  I am still in the process of adjusting myself to find balance between my school job and my work outside of school.

So here I am, I aspire to get back to blogging more in the coming months.  More book reviews, reports on Tokyo/Japan, my recent creative works, and my upcoming event announcements will be on the way.  I admit that I always find myself in a little bit of slump this time of year, but I am trying to put myself to fold and write more.  I will be back soon!