Tuesday, 9 October 2012

(Day 81) Hwaseong Immigration Detention Center-day 68 C-15

sit-ups push-ups chairlifts
4 x 50 4 x 50 5 x 30

Breakfast 2 hard boiled eggs
blueberry/custard pastries
soy milk
Lunch kimchi
slice cucumber
chicken soup
steamed egg
soy bean, tofu, veggies in hot water

Every morning I wake up write down the headings for exercise and meals in this diary. More often than not, it isn't until the end of the day that I make any significant entries. Usually, I find it very difficult to find anything to write about other than complain about my fellow detainees. Even I find that tedious and a bore, which is why I only write about it lately if it really pisses me off. I really don't like the Chinese who walks or the one who yells, their mere existence pisses me off. Watching them drink water annoys me, so it's pointless to constantly write about things that bother me or I would have pages and pages describing what these people do throughout the day. However, if I just start to write, the pages fill themselves.

The Thai left today. Looks like his passport turned up when faced with the prospect of waiting for months for a new one. He didn't speak any English, so we didn't talk much, but it sure would be funny to run into him on a beach in Pattaya, his hometown, apparently. He looked like he indulged in a bit of the wacky. Always good to have a native source for such things.

During the exercise period, a guy was looking at my sketchbook and I made the mistake of telling him how long it took me to do a rough sketch of someone's face (about 5 min), so of course, he wanted me to prove it. I laughed and said for $20, I'll do it. I don't draw for other people for free... so he agreed. I did the sketch and he said he'd pay me during the next exercise period. I said I'd give him the sketch then after I pointilised it (another 30 min). Only 20 more people to go and I'll have covered my costs of being here and made a small profit. Since I have only 14 days left, I'd have to draw more than 2 people a day and then get them to actually pay me.