Wish by Mui-Ling Teh


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.May every seed fly its way to you,
Upon its wings may every wish come true.

Self-portrait taken with an Olympus FE-340

The paper crane dandelion is a straw with a bunch of miniature origami cranes at the end

The background is my computer screen and the paper crane ‘seeds’ are taped to the surface. I somewhat managed to make my hair look like it is being blown thanks to the static electricity from the screen, further contributed by the dry air of the cold season.

The paper crane symbolizes peace, and according to an ancient Japanese legend, folding 1000 origami cranes makes a person’s wish come true. We also tend to make wishes when blowing a dandelion. Origami cranes and dandelions both having that element of wishing in common was my inspiration behind this image.

I know I haven’t been very active here lately, and this is the only work I’ve done this year; which makes it my first. I have been having a really awful 2010, constantly running into misfortune. I had a string of bad luck at the start of the year which led to a tragedy where I lost a collection of my miniature origami during one crazy day. Then I got misrepresented by the media that led to other mishaps. It does not end there; bad things have been constantly happening, some are minor, some are worse; new misfortunes have been arising while I’m still dealing the burden of old ones… I didn’t have a good birthday this year either.

I wish for it to end; at the least I wish to resolve the one thing that has been lingering for a long time. I wish for it to be over with soon. Until then I pray, and hope that at least a few others will pray for me too.


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

*I am also grateful for everyone who prayed for me and kept me in their thoughts during my difficult time in 2010. I did have a few good things happen to me instantly upon posting this image, as well heard back some good news the next day. Bit by bit I also eventually got back my desire to create again. Now the problem is the lack of time!


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  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 4 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous my friend!!!!

  • Thank you my dear; always appreciate your heart :)

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • webbie
    webbieover 4 years ago

    So gorgeous my friend…but your all ways great with creative hugggggggggggz

  • Thank you very much Thelma.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Judi Rustage
    Judi Rustageover 4 years ago

    Excellent work and love the explanation of how you set up the shot. Well done :)

  • Yannik Hay
    Yannik Hayover 4 years ago

    This is brilliant ! :)

  • Thank you very much!

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 4 years ago

    Brillant work, Mui-Ling. The air here is very dry, as well.

  • Thank you Lori. It is as bad as it was early this year. At least this time I can survive without wetting my hands and face with water every 5-20min, and this time I’m not getting allergy reactions. Although I can expect January to be worse… but hopefully I’m in a better place now.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Meant to say “isn’t” as bad. But I guess you already figured that.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • carlosramos
    carlosramosover 4 years ago

    Fantastic creativity,outstanding work – my compliments !

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 4 years ago

    My allergies have been terrible this year. I have an appointment with the allergist tomorrow. I keep a humidifier going but it doesn’t help much. We didn’t get any rain/snow for 3 months.

  • Tania Rose
    Tania Roseover 4 years ago

    fabulous! Just love the creativity and where you are taking these little guys. Am really enjoying your artistic journey :)

  • Thank you Tania.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • mobii
    mobiiover 4 years ago

    A wonderful photo Mui-Ling. You are so amazingly creative. You hang in there! Everything will work out, just be patient. :)

  • Exactly the attitude I seek Don; thank you.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Jane Keats
    Jane Keatsover 4 years ago

    So beautiful!! Stay true and things will turn around x

  • Thank you very much Jane x

    – Mui-Ling Teh

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