There he was! Sitting on a platform in a fetal position with crouched legs. His head had an attractive piece of headgear and a necklace made of bones adored his neck. He had dressed like a Bulul the rice god. I heard a soft voice, “photo?”. The hopeful eyes of this wrinkled man looked at me.
More than fond memories of a place, some souvenirs show us the character of that place. They tell us history, culture and much more about the place. This wooden mug from Philippines is one such souvenir.
This is that time of the month when we talk about the souvenirs collected from all over the world. No points for guessing the place of this month. 🙂
Yes, this month it is Goa from where I returned only this weekend.
If you were to see souvenirs at my place, you’d find different cultures from different countries, showcased around in abundance, collected over past many many years. They vary in size, shape, color and texture. They speak of different stories and histories. And sometimes they remind me of the moment when they were bought !
For this month, what better than to show you something from Malaysia since I am sitting here in this country.
Year 2000. Twelve years back I was living in Sydney. If you have some interest in sports, you would know that Sydney in Australia had hosted Olympic games that year. The whole country was exhilarated with excitement and so were we. One could smell and feel the Olympics in the air. 😀
The shops, the malls, the streets, the buildings … all were decorated in festive mood and souvenirs were selling everywhere. Everybody was looking forward to the games. When the time came for carrying the Olympic torch, we were fortunate to see it being carried in front of us. In fact I have a few photos with the torch bearer. We spoke to him and he was kind enough to let us click a few shots. I was over the cloud nine.
Anyway, this is not about the beautiful memories that are etched in my mind but about the beautiful souvenirs which we all can see & touch and what better than collecting & treasuring a few Olympic souvenirs … flags, pins, mascots etc and the most important among them being Olympic commemorative gold coins? 😀
And with Olympic games in progress, what better time to flaunt my souvenir of the month! 😛
Without wasting much time, I leave to you some photos to see and enjoy.
Each one of them has a different sport. Total 28 sports.
Long back someone gifted me an exquisite keychain. I have till now treasured it. Then one more came my way. I treasured it as well.
When I started travelling, I saw keychains at every tourist place. These are the smallest mementos that one can take back home for oneself or gift without much botheration.
So, I began buying keychains for myself and others too. Also being a backpacker I neither have money nor space to carry bigger fancier gifts for people back home.
Antique looking pieces. I have some gold plated as well.