A Happy Place

“We’re folding paper planes?”

“Yup.  Start with the yellow ones.”

“That’s gonna be a lot of work.”

“It’s gonna be worth it.”


One of the many things I’ve been busy about during the holidays was setting up a booth for a company called Out of The Box.  In case you haven’t heard of them before, this company sends students for work & travel programs all across the USA.  As much as I was interested in joining their program and hoping they might sponsor me a trip, brainstorming was fun.  The budget was tight, but that made it better because that means we had to literally think out of the box to get their money worth.

I browsed websites for ideas and such, in the end I gave up and started asking myself, “What would I want to see?  What would I want to know?”

I wanted to know that people have gone for this program before and they came back in one piece.  I wanted to know how to convince my parents to let me go.  I wanted to see those beautiful places.  I wanted to know how working in the USA is like, if there was discrimination, etc.

Out of The Box had all those answers.  It was my job to tell them.

So I printed buntings, flyers, photos, stories, all the real things that people want to know.  Stuck them up on open boxes messily, an order only youths would understand.  Let’s use boxes, I say.  And I wanted it to be happy.

So I folded paper planes.



I do sometimes wonder if my client thinks I’m crazy.

Then again, the answer was obvious anyway.



I wiped my hands against my the side of my pants before receiving the final cheque.  But my eyes weren’t focused on the digits.  They were focused on my client’s face.  I think it was good.


“Thanks, it was fun while it lasted.”


10 Responses to A Happy Place

  1. javeywavey says:


    i’m growing mushrooms under my feet, and potatoes behind my ears, and you’re having such fun (although tiring)


  2. mousie says:

    hey that’s so cool! 🙂 🙂 🙂 congrats! 😀

  3. Now THAT’s what I call creativity! Well done, Vern! 😀

  4. kookymonsta says:

    Jave, I’m going home tomorrow to grow mushrooms and potatoes. Can’t wait!! 😀

    Mousie, thanks. 🙂

    Kenny, haha, thank you. 🙂

  5. Ko says:

    great job sis! i’m sure your client is thrilled!

  6. kookymonsta says:

    Yeah, and you’re supposed to give her a call!!!

  7. Yeen says:

    You have been tremendous help! Wish I’m as good writing wise but it’s the excitement of students who participated in the programme that keeps me going too!

    Think you guys are doing great, keep it up and I do wish to lend support to Summersands causes in any way I can.

  8. kookymonsta says:

    🙂 Thanks Yeen. 😀

  9. maya says:

    Like I told you, you have an innate sense of design. Far better than most people who call themselves ‘designers’ anyway. You have that feel for art, alignment, sense, purpose and you have your feet on the ground. You’re never egoistic but you’re always curious with a sense of fun. You’ll make a fantastic entrepreneur!

  10. kookymonsta says:

    Krista, aiyoh. You make me ‘kembang’ already. I’ve still got loaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaads to learn – and I really look up to a lot of my sifu’s…even Nic. Haha!

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