Thursday, August 11, 2011

Travel Talk and Gifts from Abroad

A few days ago, B and I had supper with my BFF Emila, who recently got back from her escapades to Seoul, Korea and Cape Town, South Africa! Can you imagine travelling to two different countries within the space of 2 months? WOW! rindu

Emila was fortunate enough to win a contest which happily sent her off to the countries mentioned. She won second place which included FREE accommodation in both cities. I really think the free hotel stay was one of the best parts of her win. There was no need to worry her pretty little head over finding the right accommodation or apartments in Seoul, hotels in Cape Town, apartments in Berlin or anywhere else for that matter. It was all take care of, which is so great because we all know how accommodation can take up a huge part of any traveller’s expenses!

Me for instance, if I were to travel to a strange foreign city like beautiful Berlin one fine day, I would need to search high and low for the best Berlin apartments. Fussy me likes to ensure the apartment or hotel we end up in meets at least a few of my basic requirements like safety, cleanliness and comfort in a strategic location. Definitely have to do my homework first when it comes to choosing the perfect accommodation unless I am lucky enough to WIN a superb big-time contest like Emila with the luxury of free hotel stay! Smiley

Speaking of Emila and her lucky streak in winning huge superb contests, we caught up on a lot of things during our supper that night. We exchanged travel stories of our recent escapades and of course there was exchanging of goodies. I had asked Emila to get me several souvenir items from Seoul and Cape Town. Some were for my own collection, others I want to give away to my mom who also collects travel toys like me, specifically dolls.

Goodies Galore

Traditional Korean dolls for my mom!

Traditional South African dolls for my mom!

I adore my snow globe from Cape Town and I think this is my favourite item out of all the things I received from Emila. I really have to start counting the number of snow globes already in my collection especially since I bought quite a few last year during our European Escapade. ihikhik

Beautiful snow-globe

Thank you for adding to my fridge magnet collection too, Emila ...

... and for this lovely pair of chopsticks! I remember giving chopsticks as souvenirs to some of my friends too when I travelled to Japan a few years back. They do make excellent souvenirs! Smiley

Pretty Pencil Pouch from Cape Town

My supper and catch up time with Emila would not have been perfect if she didn't add a few of her own creations to my goodie bag. Check out the stack of postcards I got from my artist friend, aren't they pretty? senyumkenyit

-FCC Scoreboard points for my first THREE commenters-


Caroline Ng May Ling,  August 12, 2011 5:38 PM

:* :* :*

Caroline Ng May Ling,  August 12, 2011 5:39 PM

chop! :-P :-P

Caroline Ng May Ling,  August 12, 2011 5:40 PM

i gotta serve this aunt, will back here tonight yea. :'( :'( :'(

Mariuca,  August 12, 2011 5:40 PM

:* :* :* Caroline FC1!

Mariuca,  August 12, 2011 5:41 PM

Yay can see ur chop today, thanks dearie.. ok I go mandi first, BBL! :-D :-D :-D

LadyJava,  August 12, 2011 5:41 PM

:* :*

LadyJava,  August 12, 2011 5:44 PM

Wah so nice ur pressie.. and so nice since it's your besday month kan!!

LadyJava,  August 12, 2011 5:44 PM

Congrats again Emila!!!! muahs!!!

Monica,  August 12, 2011 6:06 PM

:* :* :* :*

Monica,  August 12, 2011 6:10 PM

congrats on winning the contest Emila!!! 8-) 8-)

Monica,  August 12, 2011 6:13 PM

wow nice cute la the Traditional Korean dolls! :)

Monica,  August 12, 2011 6:13 PM

i love those postcards and oso the snow globe :-P :-P

Monica,  August 12, 2011 6:15 PM

btw, i just saw ur email hahhaha...u made me LOL..i'll reply later k..TGIF sweetie! :* :* :* :*

eastcoastlife,  August 12, 2011 6:52 PM

Wow. *envy*
No! jealous!!! kekeke....

eastcoastlife,  August 12, 2011 6:53 PM

The Korean couples are so cute! I didn't find these when I was in Seoul. tsk.

eastcoastlife,  August 12, 2011 6:54 PM

I have always admire Emila's art. Her postcards are pretty. Too bad she didn't want to design my avatar for me. *sob sob*

gagay,  August 12, 2011 7:20 PM

=-O =-O =-O =-O =-O

gagay,  August 12, 2011 7:26 PM

super nice stuff!

gagay,  August 12, 2011 8:23 PM

super nice stuff!

Bella Enveeus,  August 12, 2011 11:08 PM

Wahhh goodies! Awesome!!!

Bella Enveeus,  August 12, 2011 11:09 PM

How many dolls does your mom have GP? I used to collect postcards but few years ago I stopped dy.. Tired.. Haha.. But those dolls are so cute and kak Emi's postcards are so pretty! :) ;)

Emila Yusof,  August 13, 2011 12:35 AM

hehe lj, you got pressie also!

Emila Yusof,  August 13, 2011 12:36 AM

thanks mon! :*

Emila Yusof,  August 13, 2011 12:37 AM

can can...don't cry ECL. e-mail me the specs of your avatar. my e-mail is :*

Bill,  August 13, 2011 12:39 AM

Wow that would be so amazing to travel to different countries like that. Wish i could win a contest like that LOL 8-)

Emila Yusof,  August 13, 2011 12:39 AM

thanks bella! hehe i collect psotcards you know. i have loads from Italy, bought some from korea as well as cape town. the ones from Italy are from all over the world (collected some from bologna book fair, some from china, from venezuela, from US from UK...hahahahah i gila postcards!

foongpc,  August 13, 2011 1:27 AM

Oh! I like those dolls! Both from Korea and South Africa!

foongpc,  August 13, 2011 1:27 AM

Wow! So nice travel from one end to another end within 2 months!!

foongpc,  August 13, 2011 1:29 AM

I wish I can win some contests and have free hotel stay + free flights. OK lah food expenses I keluar sendiri no problem, but all other expenses must be free! Haha!!

bluedreamer27,  August 15, 2011 12:13 AM

aw so cute of your Korean figurines

bluedreamer27,  August 15, 2011 12:14 AM

Wow so lucky of your BFF to win such a fabulous prize.. woohooo wanna experience that too hehe

bluedreamer27,  August 15, 2011 12:15 AM

You know what, the traditional Korean dolls remind me of Jang Jeum and Queen Seon Dok.. hahaha 2 of my favorite Korean Dramas LOL

bluedreamer27,  August 15, 2011 12:18 AM

they're all lovely... I'm sure will be happy to receive them ... ^_^
have a great day Marzie

Lil,  August 15, 2011 12:58 AM

Nice collections. I like dolls too. The souvenirs from Korean resemble of those from Japan. I like Japanese souvenirs, they are good and so creative. :) :)

Life Ramblings,  August 15, 2011 10:18 PM

congrats to Emila. that's really amazing. i wish i could win a contest like her and travel to exotic countries.

Life Ramblings,  August 15, 2011 10:19 PM

i love the dolls too. they're too cute for words. :)

MaxiVelasco,  August 16, 2011 2:01 AM

Hello hello Marzie! Sorry if I haven't been around for quite some time. Just returned from my UK vacation. It was fun!

MaxiVelasco,  August 16, 2011 2:01 AM

Oh. lucky Emila! Wow! winning such prizes --- super cool! I want, too!

MaxiVelasco,  August 16, 2011 2:02 AM

Aha! Now, I at least know what to get you if I get to visit Malaysia ... a snow globe to add to your collection! Weeee!!!

Take care. Hugs!

Mariuca,  August 19, 2011 8:05 AM

LJ FC2! 8-) 8-)

Mariuca,  August 19, 2011 8:06 AM

:* :* :* And Monica FC3!

Mariuca,  August 19, 2011 8:06 AM

Thanks for the chop ladies! 8-) 8-)

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