Souvenir Collection

PauTravels' Collection of souvenir plates

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.

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Souvenirs from China, Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines and others

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Different icon figures from Vietnam, Singapore, Ireland, Malaysia, France, etc

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collection of small souvenir stuff from different places

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.

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Bethlehem

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Vatican City

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Jerusalem

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Great Wall of China, made of bull’s horns

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, made of pewter

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from Austin, Texas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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Macau, China

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Hong Kong, China

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Singapore

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Las Vegas, Nevada

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Los Angeles, California

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Korea, bought it from Incheon Airport

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San Francisco, California

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Hollywood

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Yellowstone National Park

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Santa Cruz, California

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Minnesota, bought it in Minneapolis

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Arizona, USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From a few, my collection grew as I got opportunities to visit other countries.  Also, I had other plates that I got from friends who traveled other places.  I’ve asked my cousin to buy me a plate when she flew to Guam, my brother sent me a plate from New York and Boston, my cousin a plate from Dubai, my ex-colleague bought me one from Ireland.  Unfortunately, I was not able to ask an ex-colleague to buy me one from Brazil.
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New York City, gift from my brother

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Dubai, gift from a friend

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Boston, Massachussets

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Bangkok, Thailand, a gift from a friend

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Ireland, requested from a friend

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Guam, a gift from my cousin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.. 😀

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Mini Souvenir Plate with Mini Mug from San Diego, California

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Souvenir Surf with Dolphin from Bintan, Indonesia

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Mini Souvenir Plate with Mini Mug from Penang, Malaysia

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Souvenir Shells from Mount Maculot in Batangas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyway, what do you collect when you travel?

6 thoughts on “Souvenir Collection

  1. That’s a really impressive collection! Those plates are really cool. How do you transport them? I’m always afraid of anything glass or ceramic breaking in my suitcase. I collect keychains, I have a monster load for my 4 little keys that I can barely carry around! I like keychains because you use your keys everyday and it’s a daily remainder of your travels. I also usually get small peices of art, jewelry and magnets if I see some that are unusual.

  2. Yeah.. those plates got me addicted to acquiring more when I get the chance to travel again… and well, I just make sure that i wrap it with paper before storing in my luggage and place them in between my clothes so it is less prone from breaking.. and some of them had those bubble wraps for added cushion..

  3. Your souvenir plates reminds me of my moms’ plates. She like to collect those places she has visited and make it a point to have one in each of her travel, along with it are keychain souvenirs that she gives to me that becomes a souvenir collection for me. I do not use most those keychains as some tend to lost when I use it. I won’t forget a Singapore keychain I lost in the rain, because it worth 12.00 SGD, and I never had a chance to return to Singapore again.

    I also do collect T-shirt souvenirs from places I’ve visited to wear. It is also perfect souvenir of your travel.

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    • You may want to check out eBay… or better yet buy these souvenirs in places where you’ve actually visited. 🙂

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