Is my room the capital of junk? I don’t think so.

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Is my room the capital of junk? I don’t think so.

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.

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .


  1. marniejan says:

    Nice =) my room is full of my precious clutter as well. But since I relocated, it is minimized =) love your blog! Keep it up!

    • Juno says:


      Isn’t it the greatest thing? full of precious stuff.. 🙂
      I have to move next year also, so I’m worrying about how to move these things without break any!


  2. i am not as cluttered at cumi:P but i do like sentimental things.. such as stuff from my uni days:) great post juno:)

  3. Ted Nelson says:

    I have a change purse that I sometimes carry from Thailand. It is a little zip pouch and it has a cute elephant sewn on it. It is not in my room, but I see it often and it reminds me of Thailand and my travels.

    • Juno says:

      @Ted Nelson
      Yes! That’s exactly what it is. 🙂 picture isn’t the only way to remember my memories. Often I don’t clean the stuff up. (not the gross way.. 🙂 Cute elephant pouch sounds perfect Thailand souvenir!


  4. adam says:

    I’m so glad I found you on Twitter!

    I’ve been going through all my junk trying to get rid of it all before I leave on my big trip. Also, I have a bookshelf in my room pretty similar to that first picture—all my books buried underneath souvenirs from all over the world!

    • Juno says:


      Same here! always nice to meet fellow travel tweeps. 🙂 Your blog is so inspired. Love it! I added you on my favorite travel blog link.

      I can not imagine through them out.. It will be too painful. 🙁 And yes! my books are soooooo buries with all these stuff. I actually have to go through all of them to find a book. oh well, gotta love this. 🙂

      thanks Adam.


  5. Meaghan says:

    Your room’s amazing. I’ll bring you an awesome HK souvenir.

    • Juno says:


      Meaghan! You are the best!! 😀 Can’t wait!
      And there’s a Jane Eyre I bought ‘page one’ at 101 building. haha
      Curious about English version, never read it yet.


  6. Bernice says:

    Great writing & pics. Getting to hit the road myself and the Eiffel Tower has to go with me. Longed for one since my grade 11 trip to Paris, so when went again some 25 years later – it was a MUST!

    • Juno says:


      wow that long! And maybe I would hold on to those for a very very long time.. Memory and symbolism right? 🙂 thanks for dropping by! Come again :)))


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  8. Aha:) loved it! I have a collection of souvenirs as well… I was thinking about writing about it too! I think I will then:)
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Juno says:


      Nice! 🙂 Yes, souvenirs you barely use are the best for memory! 🙂 looking forward to read your story! 🙂

  9. Amanda says:

    I can totally relate to this! I always like to buy silly little souvenirs when I travel too, even it it’s just a magnet or keychain or some other kind of trinket. I have a things displayed like you on my bookshelves! You’re right – they act as reminders of memories made and friends met on the road.

    I like your idea of bringing along something small from your own country when you travel to give to friends you make along the way. I wonder if this is a typical thing for travelers from Asian countries to do? A friend from Taiwan who I met in NZ gave me a little cell phone charm before we parted ways. I thought that was so nice.

    • Juno says:


      Yes! Those are the best! 🙂 I’m really proud of collection in my room. Looking forward to expand it.. 😉 My mom’s fridge is fiiled with magnets I brought. haha!

      I don’t know that’s Asian thing or not, but I think that’s really good gesture. Totally not expensive but good for memory, like a rock I brought from Jeju island. I wonder my friends still have those… 🙂
      Before all media comes in, I exchange notes with email and address or something in my journal from friends, and one friend actually draw something on that.
      That was sooo nice.

  10. moscowkien says:

    What a great post before i leave for my backpacking journey to austria, germany and croatia. I will certainly bring something memorable from the 8 cities i’m going to visit! Love this site!

    • Juno says:


      Glad u liked it 🙂 Yes I love souvenirs. It always leb me remember great time there. Silly little things are the best 🙂 hehe
      Pick up great stuff while you are there! Hope to see some pictures of them!!

  11. LeslieTravel says:

    What great reminders of your travels! That’s so sweet of you to bring Korean souvenirs for your new friends that you meet traveling. I’m going to copy your idea 🙂

  12. lakshmi says:

    that sounds like me – I collect quite a bit too

  13. Andrew says:

    Nice collection – most of my stuff is in a (big) box these days as too many small things. I have a look through every now and again and is hard to part with any of it….

  14. Jeremy B says:

    Juno, I am HORRIBLE at organizing so don’t feel bad!! It’s NOT a strength of mine! I have piles of stuff to file but I hate doing it. I have stuff all over the place. Bit of a pat rack and I hate to do that stuff. I don’t even like cleaning out email!

    I just have to leave with being unorganized! 🙂

  15. I got soooo much stuff bought while traveling.

    Every time I buy stuff, I’d tell the hubby “For our future house.”. And he’d go… “When are we gonna get that dang house anyway?!”


  16. Ariel says:

    I’m pretty sure you’re not the only one who collects mementos from travels! It’s such a lovely way to remember experiences and surround yourself with the constant reminder of adventure!

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