Here’s a wall of my room.
Looks like full of useless stuff?
Some people might not agree, but I love laying around things near me that means to me. Even if it consider as nothing in general. For example a bunch of sand from a beach of NZ, a second hand book from a yard sale in Auckland, a little piece of rock I picked up in Jeju Island, and a key chain which I never use I bought in Taipei.
It’s because I am not very much of a crystal clean organizing person? Maybe.
I remember a saying from a TV show. I believe that was a one of a crime show, and all the people have to deal with the horrible crimes all the time. Someone asked one of them “how do you handle this kind of pressure and feelings?” then she answered “All you need to do is create your own world. Put something very personal things around you then you will feel the comfortableness.” I totally agreed with her. That is why so many my personal things are on my work desk. Picture of my favourite quote, a little mug miniature from my favourite café, a broken bracelet that Matt made me in NZ.
Just because I agree with her line, doesn’t mean that I suffer from the reality. Just ‘creating your own place’ is a genius idea.
Of course we have to think about our budget about buying stuff, however in my opinion you should bring ‘something’ from your travel. Doesn’t matter what it is.
Things I buy or bring home are not like 10 of fancy handbags or boutique products. More like priceless, one of a kind souvenirs or really typical tourist things. Just things I can remember the fabulous time. Souvenir is not about price. It’s about memory. You don’t consider as just budget, have to consider how long it remains in your life at the same time.
Like the same angle, I always bring Korean souvenirs. Nothing fancy, just little cell phone accessory with Korean flower or flag on it or Korean doll fridge magnet. It always worked. I gave those to friends I met on the road. Some friends were so impressed and wrote me a letter. Hope they could remember me or Korea with that.
Now, let me introduce some of my junks laying around my room I brought form my travel.
Here’s a Dream Catcher and a Canadian flag. Before I leave to NZ Dream catcher was the only thing I really want to buy. I found this in a Gypsy yard sale in NZ.
And the Canadian flag is from Singapore.
I met a Canadian girl, Jenny, who work at Korea that time. We get along so well and travel around Singapore and part of Malaysia together. She gave me as a ‘remember me’ thing. We are still good friend. She is in Middle east right now so we just share our world in Internet.
Jenny told me her travel in NZ, so every time I look at these I think Jenny and wonderful NZ.
And here is a little statue of the Great wall from Beijing. I couldn’t bring a brick from the wall, could I?
Beijing trip was winter. So hiking up was not easy. But after I climb up the whole thing, at the top, wow I was so impressed and get sad at the same time. Thinking how much they were in pain to build this ‘can see in the space’ thing, but on the other hand it is certainly great. Yes, worth to go through all the climb.
This is a key chain from Taipei and little rock from two trips of Jeju island. I didn’t go out much in Taipei so just before I leave, I want to get something remember this wonderful Taipei by.
Jeju island is made of Volcano’s activity. Black rocks explain that. One of them is from Mt.Hanra. Which is the highest mountain in South Korea. This hiking is the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, therefore I should remember this with this a piece of rock.!
Here is a Malaysian girl. I found this in Melaka. The little shop in Melaka was one of the best shop. He has so many great Malaysian things in his shop. I saw this girl, or similar one at the museum of Melaka. Shadow puppet was a huge culture in Melaka, and they looked amazing at the museum. Her arm is broken during the transportation process, but she still means so much to me. Melaka was certainly an amazing place.
There is my adorable Kiwi brothers. I never saw Kiwi in my two times of travel to NZ! They were so shy in front of me. I don’t usually own stuffed animal, but this Kiwi brothers are my favourite, and only stuffed animal I love.
There are more things around my room but if I show everything this post is not going to end.
Well, I made my point.
Bring something remember your travel by. Doesn’t matter what it is. I realize this after several travels.
In conclusion, I love my room with all these stuff!
This is my comfort zone.