And I shopped… Uh, I needed souvenirs, right?

So you would think that after being in Asia for a while, I’d be immune to markets and the cheap but amazing stuff they offer.

Yeah, not so much.  After 2 weeks traveling around, Greenhills and Divisoria didn’t even look that exciting to me anymore.

I packed my clothes in my carry-on backpack, and brought an empty carry-on luggage that I checked.  I came back with both full (keep in mind that I have MAJOR packing skills, and all this stuff fit in the bags with room to spare!).

Here are some of the stuff I bought (though I may have forgotten a few…)

You will notice a theme…

Everything on the picture below was bought in Thailand.  Can you tell I like wood carved stuff?  And maybe I just have a slight thing for elephants?


Bottom right bought in Siem Reap, the rest all bought in Thailand.  The top left is actually a little purse (big enough for my wallet + phone).  Too cute to the point of ridiculous.  (But do you think I care about looking ridiculous?)


Can I say I LOVE the oil painting on top that I got in Cambodia?  (Yes, I already framed it AND put it up on my wall!)  The plate on the bottom left is from Vietnam, the wooden lion/dragon from Thailand and the box with coasters from Cambodia.


Yep, the same artist that painted the fisherman picture above, painted the one below.  Couldn’t resist – and it’s also already up on the wall!  The vase and the wooden owl was bought in Thailand, the jewelry box in Vietnam, and the small oil painting in Cambodia.


A lot of things were closed in Vietnam, but I still managed to get the wooden doll, the plate below (a gift from my mom as she bought a few) and the iPho         t-shirt (I thought it was funny!).  The silk elephant table cover I bought in Thailand.


The dresses below?  Super cheap in Bangkok (I do have to lose a tad of weight as the blue dresses are a bit too short on the back to be decent – my barangandan is just too big now…).  The red bag, the Bangkok shirt (duh!) and the turquoise necklace (that I LOVE) are also from Thailand.  The super-soft grey bag I got in Cambodia.


Not shown:  about four new pairs of silver earrings (including one with elephants – I couldn’t help myself) and a silver bracelet.  And a few other things I bet I’m forgetting.

Oh, and did I mention I regretted not buying a couple of things?  I need to go back to Bangkok STAT!  (And before you think I’m just rich and full of money, remember things here cost a fraction of what they cost in the US.  My mom asked me to stop posting prices and ruin the gifts that she bought, so I won’t say a word.  But things were cheap!)


Filed under Asia, Pictures, Travel, Traveling in Asia, Trips!

8 responses to “And I shopped… Uh, I needed souvenirs, right?

  1. Good things to do, exercise and traveling abroad meeting exquisit cultures and nice people.


  2. Great post. My fav. shot is the shot of a fisherman… unreal shot!


  3. Fabulous scores! I especially love the red handbag and the yellow dress. Oh, and the black and white bag, too. And the turquoise necklace! Fun post! Theadora

  4. Yang

    iPho?? Hahaha. Great post. Glad you are able to find beautiful things to decorate your home with!

  5. mm

    Love everything – especially those oil paintings! I’m a huge sucker for local artwork though…and wooden carvings. 🙂

  6. Beautiful! I have a pillowcase from Thailand very similar to the first elephant purse you show. And I must say, in all my travels, Thailand wins hands down for the cheapest but highest quality souvenirs. I lived there for 6 months ten years ago and STILL have dozens of small gifities I bought during that time. Enjoy your new wonders!

  7. I LOVE the dresses and the turquoise necklace!

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