Travelling the world has been one of the best things that I have been given opportunity for. These are usually once in a lifetime trips to new places and I always make it a point bring home something to remind me of each place.
Of course, I put my camera on top of my list to ensure that I can capture each event, place, and experience that I am heading to. I even had I think 5 albums of pictures from my trip in Vietnam, the US, and Singapore. It’s until I realize that it’s too expensive to print all pictures while new websites like Multiply and Facebook allow me to upload all my pictures for free. I either upload them or save them in a DVD.
But I think pictures are not enough to remind me of each places. So, I think like many other tourists, I make it a point to buy something that symbolizes each places. Souvenirs that come in different forms. Among my favorites are key chains, magnets, figurines, and my most favorite, city plates.
At home our refrigerator is filled up by magnets from my trips and some from my mother’s. Also I’ve filled up a shelf level where I’ve gathered up figurines and dolls from China and Vietnam, a miniature of the Petronas Towers from Malaysia, a figurine and plate from the Great Wall, key chains from Malaysia, Hong Kong and Macau, Merlions from Singapore, tribal figures from Banaue, and a lot more. Also some of these keepsakes came from friends who travelled abroad like a stone cross from Ireland, and elephant key chain from Thailand and others.
And as I say city plates are my most favorite. These are souvenir plates that emboss important spots or items in the city or country. I’ve got a collection of plates made of porcelain, copper, pewter, plastic, wood, and from bones.
This collection of mine started after seeing my moms set of plates that she brought home from here trip to Israel. And in 2003 when I had the opportunity to visit Hanoi for a month, I decided that buy a plate made of copper which I think I got for about US$5 or less. Then came my trip to Malaysia and Texas the year after where I bout a plastic Texas plate in Austin and a pewter plate with the image of the Petronas towers. The year after in my trip to China I bought this bone carving in Beijing.
And from then, in my trips to Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, other parts of the US and the Philippines, I made it a point to buy one. It’s the first item I look in souvenir shops . Unfortunately I was not able to find one in Indonesia when we took a vacation in Bintan except for a surf-shaped figurine. I also had chances to buy a gold plated plate in Korea when my connection to the US flew me in to the Incheon airport.
Hopefully in the next new places that I’ll be venturing in the future, I’ll be able to add more into this collection of mine. I hope I get more friends who fly to other places so I can ask them to buy me one or I’ll be happy if they give me one for free. hehehe.. 😀
Anyway, what do you collect when you travel?