With every little piece
Of the power to believe,
We shall soon receive
A world full of peace.

(New poem written on July 24, 2013 to replace the old one written in 2008).

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This image is currently the cover for my origami calendar Tiny Treasure – Miniature Origami

Each square in the grid paper is 5×5mm; and to be exact, there were 2028 full squares in the paper

When I was in grade 5 our teacher read “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes” to our class. Sadako Sasaki was infected with leukemia. One day her friend Chizuko Hamamoto visited her at the hospital, and folded her a paper crane out of a piece of gold paper. Chizuko told Sadako about the ancient Japanese legend that folding a thousand would grant a person’s wish, offering the golden crane she just made as her first of the thousand. Since then Sadako spent her days folding origami cranes and making wishes upon them; wishing for her health and for a more peaceful world (the quote above is my writing inspired by the story of the thousand paper cranes).

This concept was originally created in 2008, and photographed without a tripod. But now I have a tripod and decided to re-shoot this again and re-uploaded it on September 6, 2009. Taken with an Olympus FE-340 on super macro mode.


In the novel “Sadako and The Thousand Paper Cranes” written by Eleanor Coerr, after Sadako managed to finish half of the one thousand cranes, she believed a miracle would come, and it came true. Most of her pains were gone and her appetite came back. I too once had an experience of paper cranes bringing good luck. A fellow RB member posted a journal asking for prayers for a sick boy. Many showed their support, and I posted this photo wishing upon each crane that the boy would recover, and miraculously, it did come true much earlier than expected :)


This piece has been included among RB’s featured pages, and in the following groups:
Inspired Art
Young Enthusiasts
No More Color
Cee’s Fun Artsy Friends
Art 4 Japan
Story Through Image
Live, Love Dream
Touched by Fire
Fold With Love – 1000 Paper Cranes
Four Letter Word

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Thank you to all who have helped me raise funds for Japan earthquake tsunami relief efforts



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  • pinkyjain
    pinkyjainover 6 years ago

    So amazing, wow, remarkable. Such patience you have to make such beautiful art, fantastic

  • Thank you Lisa. This was very difficult to take, and I’ve been at it since yesterday. Finally resorted to shooting elsewhere and doing a bunch of weird tactics like using erasers to balance my camera on an angle (I don’t have a tripod). Now I have to clean up my mess :P

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Cordelia
    Cordeliaover 6 years ago

    What an amazing idea – photo and origami. You have taken many steps towards a better world. Congratulations.

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 6 years ago

    just incredibally amazing!!!

  • Thank you Cheryl; I’ve been at it for really long and it’s late now so I’ll be heading to bed.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 6 years ago

    I can’t even imagine the skill and patience this requires. You are very gifted to be able to do this.

  • pinkyjain
    pinkyjainover 6 years ago

    So dedicated, i really admire that. And i been there with tricky camera setups

  • linaji
    linajiover 6 years ago

    Look at those beautiful nimble fingers.. this is precious Mui-Ling.. you are precious.. thank you for trying to show how you do it.. I will have a little spot on my front page when you give the word of all your work and how you are doing it.. I really mean it.. I am fascinated and think your work is important to seeing how wonderful and paitent we can be as humans.. Bravo !

  • Thank you Lina! It was while folding some of these that I was trying to do the video (had many chances as you can see ;) ). Thanks for the offer of the spot on your front page; though what do you mean by “when you give the word of all your work and how you are doing it” ?

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • kazcook1972
    kazcook1972over 6 years ago

    Truly beautiful work Mui-Ling!

  • Midori Furze
    Midori Furzeover 6 years ago

    Awesome work, Mui-Ling!!!
    Love it!!
    : )))

  • Thanks Midori! Oh you have a new profile pic; it’s green like your name…

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • paulcompton
    paulcomptonover 6 years ago

    Wow wow oh my. How do you do it Mui-Ling??? You are one very patient and talented person : )

  • Kenny Gulley Jr.
    Kenny Gulley Jr.over 6 years ago

    ur incredibly patient

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