About me

Hi, i’m Derrick, and welcome to StickyMangoRice! This is my illustrated travel blog, where I share my sketches and travel advice from my journeys around the world. Whether i’m sitting at a canalside cafe in Amsterdam, lounging in a hammock in Langkawi, or scribbling in my sketchbook at home in Melbourne, i’ve always got travel on my mind. And i’m thrilled to share my stories here!

But…why StickyMangoRice?

One morning, sitting for breakfast in Laos, my wife Cindy and I ordered dishes of sticky mango rice. Rice, cooked with coconut and sweetened with sugar came in a small bowl with sliced mango. It represented everything that I love about travel – it was colourful, it was exotic, it invoked a sense of lightness, fun and vitality (and let’s not forget that food is one of the best things about travelling)!

Illustration of people posing in a ryokan room
Hanging out in yukatas in Izu, Japan

Why do your old posts have photos?

Sketching takes a looong time (especially now we have a newborn baby at home!), so you’ll see my old photography in my early posts. One day, I hope to convert StickyMangoRice completely to coloured pencil!

The olden days

StickyMangoRice began back in 2012 as DerricksAdventure, which I used to keep friends and family updated about my year-long trip around the world. I briefly ran an art blog too, and when I found it was too much work to run both, it made sense to merge them.

So, where have your travels taken you?

My biggest, and most ambitious journey was in 2012, which was also the genesis for this site. I took 14 months off work to travel all around the world; starting in Australia, covering South-East Asia, Europe, a long stay in Montreal, Costa Rica and the USA.

I’ve also done an incredible road trip through 7 African countries in a 4×4, sketched crowds of Japanese businessmen in Tokyo, toured Iceland in a beat-up little Toyota, hiked through the Sri Lankan jungle to find a beautiful train bridge, and much more!

Do you travel full time?

Unfortunately not, I work in research laboratory, based in Melbourne, Australia. In 2012 I took a year off for round-the-world travel, and have lived and worked in Montreal and Amsterdam as well. In between, I love to visit new destinations every time I have time off work.

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