An unexpected but pleasant find

From time to time, I travel to Tainan, located in Southern Taiwan, with my parents to visit relatives. Tainan is most famous for its "small eats" and snacks of all sorts and visitors to the city always wait for hours just to satisfy their taste buds. Some of the more famous dishes, to name a few, include beef broth, fried shrimp rolls, milk fish soup/congee, and old school minced pork noodle soup. For those that plan on visiting Tainan and would like to find out more about where to go, feel free to contact me and I would be more than willing to share with you the places I've been to! = )  Tainan, the oldest city in Taiwan, is definitely worth a visit.

An extremely narrow alley with a cafe hidden within.

An extremely narrow alley with a cafe hidden within.

As I was wondering about in Tainan, I noticed a booth with numerous small items on display and I can't quite make out what they were. As I walked closer, I noticed they were insects and arachnids made from paper.  I've always liked animals since I was a little kid, may it be regular pets such as dogs and cats or other six-legged friends. I had particular fascination with rhinoceros beetles, stag beetles, and cicadas. I've always begged my father to take me up to the mountains and try my luck to catch them.  Thus you can imagine my surprise when I found this booth. The insects were extremely lifelike and I just could not take my eyes off them. The creator goes by the name of Dragon, and he has been making paper animals since he was a kid. What makes these paper insects special is that all of them are made from just 1 or 2 pieces of paper. I had a hard time deciding whether to buy the stag beetle, a favorite from my childhood, or the scorpion. Since I'm a Scorpio, I just had to go with the Scorpion. Stag beetle will have to wait. 

The paper scorpions are made from 2 pieces of paper and color customization can be done for all of Dragon's paper creatures. Dragon suggested the gold that most closely resembled the scorpion he modeled after and I went with it. I watched closely as Dragon delicately cuts the golden paper, much like a surgeon performing surgeries. Ok, I may have exaggerated a bit but you get my point. Dragon worked delicately on the scorpion, oblivious of the crowd of bystanders observing him in awe.  I was very pleased with the end product. 

The scorpion now sits on my desk, shimmering from the lamp's light. I sometimes hold the golden arachnid in my hands to observe it closely. It's quite amazing how Dragon was able to create this lifelike art from paper...not to mention this was done with only 2 cuts and 2 pieces of paper!