It wasn't really deliberate but I do tend to collect a lot of things. I grew up collecting stationery in grade school and have enjoyed trading them with friends and classmates. My mom (who was into angel figurines and vintage stamps herself) even supported my little hobby back then and would often give me the cutest ones whenever I achieved something in school or did something extra nice that deserved a reward. Those were definitely good times. Unfortunately, none of these stationery survived my childhood.
I was born in 1985, the year of the Ox. Because of this and my weird belief that surrounding myself with cows would bring me unlimited good luck, I started to collect cute mini cow plushies back when I was still in college. McDonalds used to give them out along with their Happy Meals and I remember stuffing myself with burgers and fries day after day just so I could get more cow plushies. I was really addicted! Much has changed since then, but I still haven't outgrown my love for cows. I now prefer ceramic cows instead though and so far I have four (pictured above): coin bank, two mugs and a cookie jar. Sometimes I think the yellow one at the back tends to look more like a giraffe than a cow, so I'm not sure if that counts.
I bought this mini sand globe from my first paycheck here in Dubai almost two years ago. It has two little camels and the Burj Al Arab inside. I was so homesick during my first months here and had every plan of going home after three months. I was supposed to bring this sand globe with me as a reminder of the place but obviously, my plans have long changed. I'm still here in the desert and even with random bouts of homesickness every now and then, I'm loving my stay so far and have no plans of coming back home anytime soon.
Just recently, I decided to get a mini Dubai Oasis souvenir as well that has the Burj Al Arab, a palm tree, and the Burj Khalifa from a bookshop to match. I think I just started another addiction.
Meet Very Vicky — my second Blythe who's just arrived from Japan the other day and she's my very first Neo Blythe doll. I haven't taken her out of the box though. Maybe this weekend. Just curious. Do you also collect anything? I would love to know about your own special collections too. :)
If this year is the fastest year, this week has been the fastest week ever so far. Seriously, I didn't even feel a thing and tomorrow is already weekend. My oh my!