These two paintings show the woman (me) sitting outside after being sheltered her whole life.
I was born in Malaysia and lived a sheltered life where I was not exposed to the ways of the world. It was easy to shock me and I would not have survived in the world by myself.
When I came to live in New Zealand in 1999, I underwent some experiences which shocked me but helped me realize there was more to life than what I had grown up with. Even during my two years on board the MV Doulos travelling to 10 countries, I was often in the protection of my Christian family on board the ship.
So I was not prepared for the different lifestyles and expectations of my new home country.
Thankfully, I was able to adapt and accept and now, I have some colourful friends and feel myself richer for it.