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2014.09.05 | 旅遊手信

[Volume 9 Issue 9, #1938]
SOUVENIRS: Yes or No, Must or Maybe?
Hokkaido Japan
以上圖集為最近日本之旅第三日及第四日嘅照片所組成..
the collage above is formed by photos taken during the 2nd and 3rd days of my recent japan trip..
我相信大家都喜歡旅行嘅, 當然我係指渡假, 唔係公干嗰啲, 應該都冇乜人喜歡後者啩?? 既然講到旅行, 就當然離不開手信呢樣嘢啦.. 大家覺得去旅行係唔係一定要買手信?? 係唔係一定要大慈善家派糖果咁, 人人都有份?? 我呢, 就絕對唔係個「手信人」喇, 又或者應該話隨緣啦.. 好難做到人人有份嘅, 見到合心水嘅先會買幾樣俾自己同身邊比較close嘅人.. 我覺得手信係心意唔係必然, 求其買啲唔等駛嘅就倒不如唔買好.. 所以我唔會叫人買手信俾我, 因為我明白亦唔想為難別人.. 同樣地, 我亦唔會太喜歡人哋厚住面皮問我要手信, 呢啲嘢有就有冇就冇㗎啦.. 簡單嚟講, 手信係人哋俾你嘅, 唔係你問人要嘅, 哈哈!! :D
但係!!! 我呢一趟北海道之旅, 的確係有啲手信係預俾我啲讀者嘅.. 過去一個月一共寫咗八個(非常考驗大家耐性嘅)post, 所以決定有手信送俾頭五位(以呢八個post為準)最鼎力留言嘅讀者, 以答謝各位嘅鼎力支持!!
i believe we all love travel, of course for vacation and not business, i guess not much would love the latter huh?? and when we talk about travel, we naturally link to buying souvenirs huh?? do you think it's a must to get souvenirs when you go travel?? will you want to be a santa claus who will distribute souvenirs to every one?? me, definitely not a "souvenirs person", or shall i say it depends.. it's impossible to please everyone but if i see something nice, i will consider to get a few for myself and people around who are close to me.. i always think souvenirs are just nice-thoughts but something compulsory, so instead of getting something not quite practical then better not get anything at all.. hence i don't go ask others for souvenirs, as i understand and don't want to put others in an awkward position.. similarly, i also don't quite enjoy others who "muka tembok" asking me for souvenirs, have means have and none means none lah.. in short, souvenirs is what others give you, not what you ask for, haha!! :D
BUT!!! i have actually bought some souvenirs from Hokkaido for my readers.. over the past month i have published a total of 8 (patience challenging) posts about the trip, and now i would like to give the souvenirs to the top 5 readers (based on those 8 posts), as a little token of appreciation to their amazing support!!
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176 comments:

  1. Can guess the top five la, very easy Meow, Hayley, TM, Chris and Phong Hong

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    1. If you have your travelogue earlier before my job start I can la...but now, cannot, only can support a few only!! I'm not working for dad, no more free time as last time, working for dad or own company one sure lots of time one, coz no one will scold mah, the works load also can control by own, but now everyday also got challenge (hair also turned white already) no more lepak lepak feeling to do anything liao!!

      I'm a souvenirs person, always try to buy the good one and distribute equally, trying to get everyone got it, I mean for those having been support for so long la!! And also postcard, but if not flying alone argh, very hard to find postcard and post postcard one...I remember my HK one I've sent out 20 of them, and I've to sit in the airport's floor (coz can't find a seat) to finish them, it took me like more than an hour to finish lo!! xp

      Okay chiao...need to back to my work...byebye. happy Friday and Happy Weekend!!! =D

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    2. Sheta, you get FC, good enough liao!

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    3. welcome back, Xiao Ying.

      Yea working under people is not as relax as own co but at least now you are doing something you love

      can sense that you are a souvenirs person coz though we are not close, you on your last trip to overseas still bring gift and sent gift to me. Thanks.

      have a great weekend

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    4. I agree with Small Kucing. Sheta is such a nice girl. I wasn't expecting anything from her and she sent me a box of souvenirs from Korea until I am so very paiseh. Thank you Sheta. All the best in your dream job.

      Have a good and relaxing weekend!

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    5. Hi 小影!Glad to see you here again, FC some more!
      Eh never mind la, at least you came and commented, numbers of comments doesn't matter.
      Anyway, hope to see you more often here in the future! Miss sharing with you =)

      Oh ya, can tell you are a souvenir person, see what you given us from Korea, very 有心, and total got 10 some more! Very generous too!
      Postcards, I just buy and bring home, I don't post during my trip also.. Hehe, very hard to find post office, and don't know how to post also. I just choose a nice and meaningful one, and bring home to keep, a memory for me.

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    6. Doesn't matter FC or not la!! Got then got lo... Pressure to hard argh!! Later didn't get I'll felt very tension and stress again!!! =]

      It depends, some times I also hard to find a post office like that time I went to Korea, those are weekends then public holiday for them so no choice la!!! But I also told myself don't put too harsh, later it's obviously is a happy thing then end up become a stressful thing!! =]

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  2. For me buying souvenirs are not necessary when travelling abroad. But it has become common practice for people to buy something to show that they have been somewhere. And somehow, people tend to expect you to give them souvenirs if they know that you went abroad for holiday.

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    1. Phong - just post pictures on Facebook and people know you are on vacation. Lol

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    2. true...some will expect "hand letters" ..


      small items can la...like keychain and fridge magnet. Big item how to carry. end up will have stressful vacation

      now must do the less stressful thing...copy anay. buy postcard and post to the people .

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    3. Actually what do people do with so many keychains and fridge magnets? Pass them onto their children and grandchildren as heirlooms? If valuable, ok, but mostly I don't think can grow into antiques and be valuable.

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    4. Buy keychain also... people either just put aside or hang somewhere.

      Seldom see people use. Well, that's what my colleagues and me do lah.

      Truthfully, chocolates are the best! HAhaha

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    5. I agree with Lina. Chocolates anytime!

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    6. Ya, small items are ok, but ho key chains.... Sorry la but just wanna be honest, I personally think key chains are kinda 'useless'... I don't have so many keys to hang also, so sure cannot use all the key chains also.. End up, I just collect them into a bag and keep in the cupboard... I really don't know what to do with them. Throw? Feel not good. Give to other people? Who should I give to? =_=

      So now when I go oversea, I seldom buy key chains as souvenirs, though keychains are so common and can be found almost anywhere. Cause I expect my friends think like I do, I would rather buy food like chocolates/biscuits, or fridge magnets kinda thing. Or if those friends got kids one, I'll buy for their kids instead (got buy is better than nothing la xD), kids stuff are easier to buy.
      With all these, at least it's more 'useful' than key chains.

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    7. keychains i hang on my bags as decorative items.

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    8. But how about every time you received one, you also hang it there argh? Then it might become very heavy lo?? O.o!!

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  3. Eh, your winners list only show meow's head pusing-pusing non-stop. The poor cat pening liao! I look also start to pening :D

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    1. no wonder la i saw stars....meoooooowww.......better click refresh leh.....faster before i cough out furball all over this blog post LOL

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    2. I never notice the cat's head pusing pusing. Wah, small kucing already meooooowwww so long here d and coughing furballs some more. I just read top 5 but then click the heads came out 6, ahahahaha.

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    3. Apa pusing pusing? I don't see anything pusing also leh!

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    4. Hayley, that was for before one la!! At first only Meow head there pusing pusing, then after awhile I guess SK fixed it back!! =]

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  4. You mean there are people who actually ask for souvenirs? Alamak, that's not how it works right? But it is really hard you know, if you buy souvenirs to give some people and then when the others hear about it they will feel left out.Or even hurt or offended. But for me, I don't expect souvenirs from any family members or friends when they go abroad. If they give, it is nice, if they don't, it is fine. I am quite indifferent towards souvenirs.

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    1. Hahaha

      Shocking, right?

      But I've seen a few like that. Even trawling between blogs. Muahaha

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    2. I have encountered many times la people asking for souvenirs....like my sis...she will ask "wei...where is my hand letters". But I know she is joking la coz when she travel I also jokingly ask her "wei...where is my hand letter ah?"We dont really expect to bring anything la. Maybe if she saw something that ngum me, she will buy and give me lo. Same over here. If tarak see ngum, means tarak buy la

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    3. Some people expect you to be obligated to give wor... especially if they already given us something earlier.

      I will return a favour but I don't like to be co-erced into doing it.

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    4. But in most culture, when people give we must return in kind so it kinds of defeats the purpose of giving when you are expecting people to give you back something, right? When I give, I don't expect something in return.

      Actually maybe sometimes we are the ones who perasan, people asking for souvenirs are only joking with us only and not really expecting something actually.

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  5. Some souvenirs are not worth buying. I mean, some of them are not even made in that particular country. What I would look for is a souvenir that is unique to that place that I visit. For example if you go to Belgium, you would want to buy the chocolates. Or if you are in Austria, you want to buy the Austrian crystals. Of course, must be within budget lah.

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    1. betul betu betul ...pick up a pot then see the bottom written "made in CXXXX". Alamak.....

      Like if go Vietnam, buy pearls , right?

      when i was younger...I felt "complusory" to buy for people but now....see the barang like you said la. not even made of that country and not worth the price

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    2. Very true. When I see "Made in China" and I am not in China at that time, I will not buy. Quite true what Small Kucing says, when younger, then to feel pressure to conform to what we think society expects us to do but when older and wiser already, this sap sap sui things do not effect us much.

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    3. That's true, applies to most people I guess. Must be special and unique enough then only consider to buy. Like go US, buy Coach bag, go Paris, buy LV, and go Korea, buy beauty products and bla bla bla :p

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  6. I will only buy souvenirs for immediate family and also for myself as a keepsake to remind me of the time and place I spent abroad. Too many souvenirs on the shelf will collect dust hah..hah...

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    1. I agree with the collecting dusts part so now I have a policy of not receiving anything from anyone. Just treat me to food if you want to give me anything. Hahahahaha, I am such a glutton! :D

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    2. Me too, Mun. Anything to do with food, nombor satu!

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    3. Agree with you Phong, buy souvenirs as a keepsake to remind us of the time and place we went abroad, precious and nice memories right?

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  7. Wahhhhhh omiyage from Nippon ah!

    So kewl!

    Thank you SK for including me in the list :)

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    1. Why ah, I cuma nampak kepala kucing?

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    2. think you need to refresh kot? saw all 6 leh

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    3. Now OK liao. No more spinning cat head :D

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    4. LOL at spinning cat head. Really see like that ah? :P

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    5. Congrats Lina for getting a special gift. SK says top 5 but got another special one 6th just for you.

      Have a good weekend! Enjoy! Going running?

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    6. Special for our resident marathon runner!

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    7. Sunday got marathon in ulu Langat. Hehehe

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    8. Actually, have to thank Chris lah. He graciously tolak his gift and I got it instead. :)

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    9. Lina, All the best to your Sunday marathon in Ulu Langat!

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  8. It's the thought that counts.

    Though of course it's nice to receive gifts, we shouldn't pressure people into giving them to us or sulk when we don't get one.

    Have to think about the gift giver also.

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    1. Betul, Lina! Can't be buying for each and everyone.

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    2. True lina. It's your vacation. Just enjoy it yourself and don't bother so much on others. It's the thoughts that counts.

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    3. buy for one...but not buy for another. then merajuk pulak. if merajuk still can mend. If take offense and gaduh....haiz...susah....

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    4. Ya lah. Merajuk and take offence memang a problem. That's why I only buy for my parents, my brothers, niece and nephew. Even then I take the easy way out - chocolates and speciality nuts! Or anything else that can eat. No point buying those things that collect dust on the shelf because after a while it becomes clutter.

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    5. pandai Phong Hong. As grow older, will be wiser. Buy food stuffs and stuff that can be use.

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    6. Buying food is a wise move but make sure only buy those everyone can eat or take care of special things like someone doesn't eat dairy stuffs, allergic to nuts and etc.

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    7. Yeah! I remember that blogger who won't hesitate to ask where's his souvenir? Hint* Hint* Wink* Wink* Di jamin sampai esok tagline. Muahahahahaha

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    8. I am sure he meant it in jest.

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    9. yes, I agree with Phong Hong. He was only joking.

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  9. Ah, now I can see me in the list! Thank you, SK! I am so honoured!

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    1. Pos Laju Dijamin Sampai Hari Esok - Memang dah sampai! Thank you, SK!

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    2. wahhhh u already received ah???? so fast! alamak...i have to rush home and see now leh.........faster la school over

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    3. Pos Laju is so efficient. No wonder the share price is so high now.

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    4. Yalah... You know, I actually compare the price using SK's banner courier : itu easy parcel and Pos Laju has the most expensive quote! Imagine that!

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    5. I received the gift then only I came to this post, so you can guess the gift is actually a surprise for me! =)
      This Pos Laju ho, actually delivery service is ok, but what I cannot tahan is the service at the counter! I don't know about other states la but at Taiping is like that, worse we got only ONE pos laju office here so no choice have to go also la.
      This counter ho, they staff works so slow! Really beh tahan feel like going to help them instead xD

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    6. my poslaju havent arrive wor when i got home...maybe today will arrive kot....

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  10. I'm not very good with souvenirs, so if I somehow miraculously show up in the list, I would "donate" it too. Many people have given me souvenirs and then be disappointed that I lost them after a few months >.<

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    1. I probably get the safer ones - chocolates.

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    2. but but but....the giver so much heart to buy and purpose to give wor....If giver like SK,he might not take offense la. But if others, they might take offense .

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    3. I know, in this aspect I am well and truly a moron and a heartless bastard, but I can't seem to be able to help it >.< . You know la, I rent room only, my furniture is a foldable table, a chair, a bed and a wardrobe.
      When I get things like keychains or postcards, I will place them in a container. Every few months when I do a clearing out of rubbish, I would notice the container and wonder who gave me those souvenirs, cannot recall. After a few years, I figured nobody would remember it, so they go to the bin.
      Nowadays my friends are smarter, their souvenirs are all edible stuff. When they come back from vacation, we would have a dinner gathering and consume all the souvenirs immediately :D

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    4. I see your point RG. That's why I prefer to buy edibles. Or else whoever it is ends up with so many key chains/figurines and whatnots and as you said, they end up becoming rubbish. So giving them away is not such a bad idea instead of throwing away.

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    5. RealGunners is so honest. Very good. Now we know who to feed and not give any souvenirs. Hahaha!

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    6. You are so honest RG

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    7. Edibles also have to have heart to choose coz some things when go through pos will melt or break .

      wah you renting a room then susah lor to keep so many things.

      Must kumpul mooncakes boxes to keep keychains and postcards then

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  11. Very nice montage. I'd surely buy this if it's a postcard. :D

    Congrats to the deserving winners! Great job!

    Yeah, buying souvenirs is quite a chore and giving it is up to the traveller. I'd buy for people close to me. I tend to buy spares too.

    Good morning!

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    1. Psst.. your Notice took me by surprise. How can anyone hate you?! Ah well, all kinds make up the world and the world would be a much better place if everyone focusses his/her energy to positive things.

      Btw, this Sept template is super energising. *Like* :D

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    2. Yeah , agreed with happy surfer. You are such a nice guy.

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    3. Really the hater has so much time on his/her hands to click every post to click hate? Maybe someone left the PC on with this website and a child is simply clicking on the hate button due to no reason.

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  12. Hahha ...Thanks SK. So this is the souvenirs you are talking about. I will probably leave it at poslaju warehouse for months since I'm always in Singapore. Lol ... And this also explained why I seldom buy souvenirs for others but to close ones only whenever I go for trips. :) congrats to everyone !!

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    1. Cannot ask family members to go collect?

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    2. I understand you Chris. I also find it difficult to go and collect and once I let the parcel get returned to sender. So sorry to the sender.

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    3. Aiyo! What a lame excuse....just give SK your office address like what I do. Why don't you give a standing order that all gifts in future for Chris will be donated to Twilight Man. I bow deeply with both hands on the floor at you with gratitude and appreciation! Kikikikikiki

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    4. Can donate to me also. I don't mind accepting. LOL

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    5. Some offices have a clause for the employees that say please do not deliver personal effects to the office via posts and couriers.

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    6. deliver to me la.....Muhahaha....now Chris' "sharemarket' naik liao

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  13. Good Morning anyone. In fact today I checked at SK's blog at 8.35am. That time, no comment, but I clicked at the winner list to check for my luck to get souvenir, I saw small kuching rolling out and spinning non stop. Then, I couldn't any winner 2, I know SK's post is not so ready. So, I close the link and come back again now. Why, SK?

    No, I don't ask remember I asked anyone for souvenir, except my jin jin. Muahahaha!

    Anyway, got second round, ok, I must hantam more comments then.
    I say only lah! I where got time to hantam. If I got time also, I don't have so much thing to say one. Hahaha!

    No problem la! SK knows me very well one.

    Congrats to those winners.

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    1. Wow...can expect a lot of comments from Yannie.

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    2. ChrisAu, you first round already go souvenir, if second you win again, you please donate to me la!

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    3. LOL...me guilty . I have asked for souvenirs but among my pals only la...jokingly.

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    4. Yannie ... hehehe.... now I am in demand.

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    5. Yes, I am sure those asking is only joking only. No need to take to heart. Good that Yannie makes time to come here to drop a line or two even when she cannot spam.

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    6. Yannie is a nice blogger who is very determined and disciplined in reality! I salute such people who know their priorities in life. I never forget her candy crush addiction jokes. OMG! It was so honest and funny of her to tell us! It is better she spends 2 hours running on treadmills than living on websites like me! Muahahaha

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    7. Anay TM praised me as a nice blogger, I am so happy now. What did I say about my Candy Crush addiction jokes? I can't remember already. But then, everything I say is the bottom of my heart, definitely honest. Muahaha!.

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  14. Yeah , you are right. No point forcing yourself to buy souvenirs for everyone ,starting from your relatives to your neighbours. After all , it's your own vacation , so just have fun. However, it's ok to get something for those you are very close to where I am sure you are willing to shop for something nice for these people.

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  15. Sometimes I do dislikes some folks who bought you something and they expected you to get them something back when it's your turn to go for trips. If like that , it really makes the trip very stressful and disruptive. It's especially so when they bought you something expensive and you needed to match back the price.

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    1. For this type of people , easy only. No need to buy. So next round they will "blacklist" you and no need to stress to purposely go find and buy. Vacation supposed to be relaxing. not stressful

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    2. I so agree too!

      Sometimes feel like telling these people "who ask you to buy for me?" right? But of course we won't la since we are all beradap sopan :P

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    3. Wow, Sk's post is really a therapy post. It is like being in a therapist room where all sorts of honest deep down feelings come out. Things that you will never say to whoever who gives you gifts will come out here, hehehe.

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    4. I agree zmun2 that his post releases all kinds of vibes and laughters too. Well sometimes we also saw worms wriggling out of their mouths and brains too. We have to phiak them and they went into the emo horizons to sulk till eternity!

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    5. If I meet people like this, I will just buy for them once, consider fair lo, one gift for each person, no more next time.

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    6. Can I comment as like a 过来人 here??!!! Maybe you guess don't understand how all these people thoughts, just thinking are asking for granted and ask for return!!! Being a "been through situation people" guess I comment more about it!!

      Last time at my very very young age as in very childish childish minded always have the envy feeling that why this and that person always got souvenir and I don't have, actually the souvenir also not like something expensive la!! But just that seeing people got and I don't have so what to do is I started buying for others expect some return, so dreming like next time people received souvenirs then I also all mah, everyone also got one then everyone happy ending right (like I said it was a very childish mindset) The truth is the world don't really go exactly you expected so in the end when it doesn't look like what expected of course felt so sad and start blaming myself but as time flies started to learn giving is not about asking for return, the fun part in between is time when you're preparing for presents or souvenirs and you'll start thinking how's the receiver felt and the surprise expression on their face!! Nothing much to ask for return, see their happy face and even a single thank you, it worth back everything in between!!!

      What I want to say is not really want the small small souviners or present for return, as in maybe they've their reason or somewhat they asking for it, serious, the small small souvenir really mean nothing much, but just the heart of giving like "eh, this person did reminds me while traveling!" This so sweet, right???

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    7. Remember* me (not reminds)

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  16. I will buy something from the country that i visit to 留纪念 and buy for those that i'm close to...

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  17. SOUVENIRS: Yes or No, Must or Maybe?...

    Difficult question to answer coz actually depends la. I think if ask me i will say maybe la. Let say i am traveling and i saw an item which i thought will suit a friend , i will buy lor.

    But I dont think i will put a list and buy things for one by one for the people in the list . Traveling and vacation supposed to be relaxing. So I dont think it is compulsory to go hunting for gifts

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    1. Meow, you sure buy lots of things one. I know you la! You go book fair also you will remember to buy books for friends one. Thank you very much ya!

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    2. Meow - buy me '50 shades of grey' novel :P

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    3. hahaha....coz i evocate reading mah. Some more BBWS books dirt cheap. of coz borong as gift la.

      didnt manage to grab '50 shades of grey' coz so many hamsap people there. Each time they posted in FB, I go...staffs said habis liao. LOL

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    4. Chris, you er... once you asked already, Small Kucing will never rest easy... it will keep haunting her till she gets it.. she is very generous and "hak hei" one... so don't simply ask... she will take your words for real...! hahahaa...

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    5. ADVOCATE Meow.

      Cikgu English mode

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    6. Evocate comes from the word evoke.

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    7. Wah, I did not know that Lina is an English teacher. Better be careful and run spell check and grammar check before posting.

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    8. OK Cikgu! Noted! Jangan bawak keluar rotan :)

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    9. LOL zmun & phong hong.

      My SPM only Form 5 level la... How to be English teacher.

      I like to syiok syiok sendiri kacau people only. :P

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    10. Same here Small Kucing, I also won't write a list and buy things for each and everyone... Like that sure pokkai xD
      I usually buy for family and close friends only so no need a list also can remember la!
      Unless if people tumpang me to buy things (which they will pay la eventually) then I'll write a list and try my best to buy for them la. This one they pay one not souvenir so ok la for me, LOL!
      But ho do you guys find it a bit troublesome when helping people to buy things oversea? Like, branded bags. When I went US, lots of friends tumpang me to buy Coach, some give models some give budgets, actually very hard also la, some cannot find the models also... So I just buy according to my preference, like favorite color and design, no matter what they have to take it, I already told them upfront, luckily they understand..

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    11. soli Cikgu...okay okay.....it's ADVOCATE...muahaha...which reminds me of advocates and solicitors :p

      yea...if 1 or 2 tumpang buy stuffs ok la. But of many then susah. own luggage also overweight liao. Some more those Coach handbags kena tax is it ? Coz I heard from my in-law say some people in their tour group ask them to help carry those bags over the Kastam,

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  18. oh my kucing...you so nice as to when traveling also think of your blog readers and buy gifts ya.

    Yikes....me talk the most :p hahaha.....thank you thank you SK for the gift. Paiseh...kamsiah

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    1. Meow, you paiseh, then you can donate to me, I no paiseh one. Muahahaha!

      You deserve it, HHBC group, only you, anay and lina. Proud of you la!

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    2. Muhahaha...share share with you can la...I also wanna see what SK buy for commenter leh. Kekeke...Nanti SK say me no heart leh. He susah susah buy and I dont appreciate pulak. :p

      Jiayoh, Yannie. Next round sure you can get one la. After all sure first round winners will be disqualified for second round draw.

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    3. Hey Small Kucing... you are another souvenir buyer!! I think if I follow you to go traveling, I will spend double.. cos what you buy, I also might follow you to buy.. who you give, I also might follow... "tapp tarn"... hahahaa... go traveling with you sure very shiok one... but I must remember to bring more money!! hahaha...

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    4. Wah this two Mamarazzi and Claire so hak hei one. Everyone sure lose in this department.

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    5. Wah! This Claire is my kawan lah. I always brought extra bag to cart souvenirs home. If you saw my Xian trip, it was crazee! I had to check in a box full of souvenirs!

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    6. TM, you are also my "fen-see" la...! Box full of souvenirs??? Geng! So you have a long list of names to tick off like what my colleague did too??? hahahaa...

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    7. hahaha biasa la if "Tarp tan". ya wor...if go travelling la..jalan alone, will not end up buy much. If jalan 2-3 person then end up buy more souvenirs coz when you see friend buy souvenirs ..then think think...oh ya hor..this one is good as souvenirs for who and who.. Otherwise will not think about it.

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  19. Congrats on the "winners" :)

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  20. SK - Next round if I win, you get me an Apple e-voucher la. I can use it to buy iPhone 6. hehehe.....

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    1. Wah...cham...like that i cannot post contest liao.....now the gift have to be so pricey one ah....ahem ahem....Aeon RM10 voucher laku or not?

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    2. Like that headache lah for SK. People want to specify what type of hadiah pulak hee..hee... If Chris want Apple e-voucher, I want a new cake pan hah..hah..hah... Joke only ah, SK :D

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    3. Hahaha, this Chris, ask for bukan bukan. Give him the sea, he wants the sky pulak. Now he wants a fruit voucher, lol!

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    4. Aiyo this ChrisAu, SK just mentioned souvenir is not something we ask for, now he ask for e-voucher pulak! Some more I think this e-voucher not cheap leh! Hehehe!

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    5. errr...like that can i ask for Bookxcess cash voucher as prize ah? *runs and hides under the table before SK chop me up in 18 pieces*

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  21. aha... I like today's topic.. Souvenirs While Traveling!
    Many years ago, whenever I went, the first thing I think of is shopping.. shopping means buying stuff... buying stuff means buying for ownself, families, (parents/kids/siblings/nephews/nieces) and most time, I ended up spending and bringing back a lot of "unnecessary stuff" home... things that I didn't end up using but keeping dust instead, things for my kids, till today, some are still lying there in the cupboard... so on and so forth...

    Ok cut story short.. nowadays whenever I travel, I have minimized my souvenirs list.. no more buying anything interesting in sight... now I am more on eating mode... clothing, I don't buy anymore cos my cupboard is going to "burst" soon... So in fact nothing much to buy.. and the main reason is MY KIDS HAVE TAKEN OVER THE TASK! They are the ones buying souvenirs for their friends.. lots of them.. and any remaining souvenirs left over, the mother will take.... hahahaa...(ooppppsss...bocor rahsia liow!)

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    1. Good sharing, claire, holidays are meant to be relaxing and enjoying, Why stress ourselves to think of buying this and that, might as well focusing on our own happiness like food ad sight seeing. If happen to see something worth buying, only buy, don't purposely go and hunt for souvenir.

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    2. Yes, you are right Yannie... traveling is supposed to be relaxing and not stressing over what to buy for others... I remember one colleague of mine, we traveled together and each night, she woudl take out her paper and write something.. I asked her what she was doing.. and she replied.. "striking off names for those I have bought souvenirs for" ... oh Gosh.. like that also can? hahahaha.. Good to be her friend though.. she will buy for everyone in the office!! hahahaa...

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    3. Aiyoh! Your friend so nice to include a lot of people.

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    4. Maybe your friend is Santa Claus in her previous life.

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    5. I love shopping and enjoy buying little gifts and tokens from overseas for some esteemed bloggers. I don't even buy for my own personal friends or relatives as I think bloggers appreciate them better. They deserve my little gifts for entertaining me with their blogs. I think my personal friends and relatives are the ones who stressed me more. They deserve to get a rotan from me. Muahahaha

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    6. Aiyor TM, if your personal friends and relatives read this, you will kena rotan from them. Hehehe! Have a good weekend!

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    7. Claire, I got similar experience too!
      When I first started going oversea, I have the mindset that 'since I am here, just buy la, don't bother, cause don't know when will come back to this place again'. So with this evil mindset, I also end up buying many unnecessary things... I remember buying a pouch bag from Adidas when I went Spain, and that pouch left untouched in my 'store room' even until now, haha! Really unnecessary la!

      So now, learn already, only buy useful and necessary things, and try to control my thinking and don't let the evil mindset control me, hehehe! :p

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    8. now we old already, Claire. So everything also like mellow already. No more umph to buy stuffs

      Hmm.... Anay's have a funny idea on appreciating bloggers that entertain him. Betul jugak what Anay say. Bloggers also like a nice surprise. Not the blogger is greedy but kinda nice gesture having somebody giving stuffs .

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  22. No, I never ask anything from my blogger friends... shy la... if want to give me, I will be most happy... and if no get, I only feel slightly unhappy, that is all... hahahaha.. but no-no to asking "where is my present?" thingy... Super Shy when it comes to that...


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    1. Claire is so honest to admit being "slightly unhappy". I don't even buy souvenirs for myself when I go travelling so I never expect any from others, very happy with no souvenirs.

      Have a good weekend Claire.

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    2. Mun, true, true..... if you don't give then you won't expect.... but if you start to give, then you might want to expect... . when you give, some may be left out and when they know about it, that is when the problem starts to seep in... so ... moral of the story... give and receive with a cheerful heart.. give and not receiving must also TRY to be cheerful... hahahahaa...

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    3. Claire, haha yes, I can imagine, the person asking 'where is my present' must be very muka tembok xD
      But hor, I admit I sometimes do that leh, whahaha! But I was just joking la of course! And I only do this to my close friends!

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    4. good one Claire....must follow your example more. Receive, happy. Not receive then "tai hoi tid"(big heart a bit)

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  23. Congrats to the 6th who got the souvenirs! Thanks SK for giving this token of appreciation to your readers to motivate them.

    Have a good weekend, everyone, especially this blog owner. :)

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    1. Have a great weekend too! :)

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  24. Good Afternoon Bloggers! I am late! Just came back from site visit and mak oi...the LDP jammed like snails.

    Hip Hip Hooray! I was stunned to see my face rolling out! Yippee!! So I will be checking my mail box every hour!

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    1. Friday la....of course la jam. Congratulations Anay. No need mailbox. Bet it is Poslaju.

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  25. Yes, Happy Weekend to All of you Here!!

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    1. Same to you!

      Time for to cabut from office now! Yeay!!!

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    2. So Claire, had a great weekend?
      So fast it's Sunday evening already, back to work tomorrow! Hur hur~!

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    3. Yeah lo...so fast the weekend flies... Back to working hard for

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    4. Sorry...using ipad is a challenge too... Comment can be done half way and sent without the tail...my bad...lol...

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    5. Haha Claire, but iPad is better than phone, at least can type with both hands like a keyboard..

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  26. One rule of thumb Bananaz would always follow when shopping in overseas..buy things that you need and not things that you like.

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  27. Hi, good nite.. Am late in commenting today.. Today pun-siew-cheh is in a good mood, so decide to blog hop and comment lor..But commenting from phone so please forgive me if its not really long ok.

    Eh I thought today will continue your travelogue.. I also cannot follow liao.. 4B kan? Still got another full 4 days to go wor..

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    1. Oh yes will buy souvenirs if I go travel.. Guess its a habit liao.. If no buy like mm ji joy.. Haha.. Normally will buy magnets, key chains and chocolates.. Norm liao.. Colleagues who go travel ahh, come back sure will buy keychains and chocolates..

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    2. But honestly they give keychains all the time, I just hang it on my desk.. At one corner.. Didnt really use it also. I guess most ppl also doing the same kot..

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    3. By the way congrats to the 6 lucky lengjai and lenglui sekalian..

      Eh really hard commenting from the phone.. Somemore now already got so many comments liao.. Scroll down all the way only can comment leh..

      Ok la my finger tired jor.. Goodnite everyone.. I see you guys on Mon k..

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    4. Yeah... that's why I didn't comment much before. As I comment by phone. Hard to sift through comments just to leave a comment. :)

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    5. Wah mummy Ribbon, what makes you so good mood ar? Come share share :p

      You consider good leh, at least you still willing to comment from phone. For me, I rather not try at all cause I just don't like this way, sorry la I am being honest.
      I think I already used to type with proper keyboard, plus I can always type fast with keyboards, if with phone, it takes double the time, LOL!

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    6. Princess Ribbon argh, your keychains one reminds me that I always buy keychains for my bff one, until that's one day she told don't buy keychain for her anymore, coz she has too many of it, and she doesn't know where to put it and how to use it, she even said those keychains that she received she can use it as earrings some more, because not only was the only one buy keychain for her, the rest are the same...so only for her I always need to think of another things to buy, like one time cap, mug, clothes.....(for bff mah, must be something very different, cannot buy too cheap stuff) and hers one always must be different one...then until that's one time I very smart, since I always go hard rock cafe, I might just buy hard rock cafe shirt for her, not so cheap but also not very expansive, easy!! =]

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    7. Hard Rock tees are not cheap leh! For me, I won't be that generous, hehehe (so bad and kiam siap ho? xD), though it's for bff.

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  28. I love to buy souvenirs mainly for myself and family. I also consider buying for friends if I can afford to get them.

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  29. A cannot miss souvenir I would buy everytime I go for a trip would be fridge magnets and keychains, I simply love them, I also collect fridge magnets

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    1. Same here, I love fridge magnets too! Key chains, not so much. But postcards, yes!

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    2. I love fridge magnet the most. But I do buy key chains, mugs and postcards too.

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  30. I usually buy for myself, my family, friends and blogger friends

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  31. I love buying souvenirs for others cos the joy is in the giving not the receiving

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    1. That's so great of you Libby, yes giving is a blessing, and some enjoys it more than receiving, I love to give too!

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  32. I like this post and everybody sharing about their views about souvenirs

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    1. I love this post too! At least it's a post which I have ideas to comment, I prefer topics like this where we can discuss and share, more freely.
      Don't get me wrong SK, I still love to read travelogue. Just that if the country is somewhere I have not been to then I will have less ideas to express cause I don't know much ma! But anyway I thank you for the sharing, at least I learn something new, and who knows in the future I will have the chance to go there and that time, I can utilise your travelogue and do some reference! ^^

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  33. Congrats to the winners

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  34. 我絕對唔會買所匙扣同朱古力做手信囖!

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  35. Yes of course, we all love travel especially if it's for vacation ;)
    Well, I think I am a 'souvenir person' lo, whenever I go travel for sure will buy something and give to family and friends, including myself la!
    But it depends also, if things sold in that country is cheap then I'll buy more, else, just buy a few enough (for me and my family, and may be a few close friends).
    I remember when I went US, I bought a lot of kids clothes, some for Aden and one for each of my close friend's kids. Cause the kids apparels at US are so cheap! And some even branded one (of course is American brand la), like Osh Kosh and Gymboree. We went to this outlet and they were having clearance sales some more, one top is like only $3-$5!! Quality is good too! I cannot help but to just grab whatever between that range, then when back to the hotel, baru sort out which one is for which kids, hehehe!
    And also when I went Bangkok, same things happen. Clothes there are so cheap I even buy clothes for my friends! Of course only those closer ones la, and for safety purpose, I chose loose top, and normal tees, that I can guarantee my friends can wear, if buy dress/shorts then susah abit lo cause I am not sure whether they'll it or not, and wear or not.
    But everything is cheap la, tops, dresses, bags, bottoms and etc. If buy at wholesale price, one top averagely less than RM20. So I thought, why not? Same goes to kids clothes, I also bought each for everyone, and needless to say, Aden got the most la, tee hee! :p

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    1. So this is what I mean by the pricing, if cheap for sure I'll buy more as souvenirs.
      But if go to European countries for example, then different story lo, things are not cheap, so I'll think of other ways to buy souvenir for family/friends. Like, I will choose food instead, chocolates, biscuits, those that comes in big pack and have smaller packs inside, that I can separate and distribute to them, no need spend so much lo, and can at the same time make them happy ;)
      But one thing for sure, I'll sure buy at least one thing as souvenir whenever I go. For myself, I love to collect fridge magnet and postcards. So I make sure I will at least look for these 2 things when I travel. As for skincare, clothes this kinda thing, it depends, if too expensive then I'll just give up (Erm may be just one la xD)

      I think I already used to buy things for people la, til my friends also say I am too generous already, LOL! My parents always 'warn' me not to buy anything for them when I go travel cause they say they already have everything, and even if I buy things for them, not sure if they will like that souvenir, or 'ngam' them or not, so the best way is no need buy.
      But end up I will still buy things for them, hehe!
      Then ever since I started become active in blogging, and when I started to have a few loyal readers, I will think of them too, but of course I cannot afford to buy for everyone, so usually I will organize a lucky draw and see who is the lucky one, at least I have the heart and thought to reward my readers la! (I think you remember this lucky draw thingy in my blog, since you are one of my loyal reader ^^ I already organized a few giveaways in conjunction with my travelogue this recent few years).

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  36. Ahaha, yes, I agree, souvenir is something people give you, not what we ask for. But ho, I always jokingly 'tease' me friends when I know they go travel, like 'remember my saosun!'! Wahaha, I actually just joking la, cause I think and I can see that's what/how most people are saying, like commenting in FB. Of course I don't expect them to really buy things for me (If got then I don't mind of course xDD). But I'll only do this to close friends.
    Now that I think back, luckily up til today, I din't meet anyone who is so muka tembok to ask for souvenir from me, hehehe!

    So coming back to the souvenir you sent us, it was actually a surprise la cause I received the items then only I came reading this post of yours.
    No wonder ChrisAu's name is in grey, he actually 'donated' his prize! That's indeed generous la, but I wonder why? He got too much prizes already? :p
    So lina got the prize in the end~
    Congrats to Small Kucing, PH, TM and lina! And myself, hehe!

    The candies are so sweet! I can afford to eat one per day, hehe, and it's very gluey! But I love the taste of it, I gave a bit to Aden and he likes it also, of course la, which kid doesn't like candy right? Hehehe!
    Then the lavender tea, not yet try, may be tomorrow, guess I'll like it since I love anything lavender.
    And the bath salt, too bad I don't have bathtub at home else I will terus open and use it, hehe! But don't worry, I'll use it anyway, just have to figure out how ;)
    Then the cloth ar, erm is it to use as cover?

    Wah got round 2 some more, this SK sure is very generous ;)

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    1. Actually I don't know about the asking one la, but for me hor, if people seriously put a comment there or ask to buy one (doesn't matter joking or not, in the comment how to see the other side is joking or not ooh!!) So every time I saw something comment or ask in person one, I'm sure will keep on thinking about it then die die also need to find one (for others I don't know la, but for me, I feel like just have to be being politely....) and the very sad thing is if can't find one also got to force like must buy something at the airport or something lo!!

      But I'm just wondering then if your second round are the same people again getting the top, then are they gonna get the same thing again or different souvenir argh?? Then like that argh...gonna go back cry into pillow cause would never gonna achieve that....

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    2. That last paragraph was joking joking only ya...(don't take it too serious...later don't say I very desperate...so before people say it, I got start cut off first)

      I'm very okay with it, in this world always 有人得到,也会有人没有得到, chill chill!! Was just trying to be funny, but later scared got people misunderstand my "joke" is so not like "joke" wahahaha!!! =p

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    3. Looks like you are the one who needs to chill, heheh~

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