Friday, March 27, 2009

Cart Before The Horse?

Grace gave me a fridge magnet from the trip to the Philippines. It's a horse cart. Apparently you can find a lot of them there, one of the means of transportation.

It is made of rubber. Jatuh 100 kali pun memang tak pecah tee hee hee

Where from: Philippines
When: 2008.
Who: Grace Yap
Wow Factor: #256

It is All in the Family

Guess what? I got a few Pangkor fridge magnets - three of which are from the cats family. But truthfully, I bought ALL of them in Lumut. Kira pass je la tu, kan?

Here's the super cute tiger:

Now say hello to the adorable cat:

And don't forget to give the lion a big hug!

They have two functions - firstly - as fridge magnet (duh!!) and the other is a paper clip. So you can actually hang up/clip up notes - just press its face a little bit. Memang comel belaka.!! Tu belum tengok akak punya lembu, burung, zebra.

Where from: Lumut/Pangkor.
When: 2008.
Who: Sendrik beli la.....
Wow Factor: #253, 254, 255

Hong Kong Skyline

Hong Kong at night:

Renowned for its expansive skyline and natural setting, Hong Kong is one of the world's leading
financial capitals, a major business and cultural hub, and maintains a highly developed capitalist economy. Its identity as a cosmopolitan centre where east meets west is reflected in its cuisine, cinema, music and traditions, and although the population is predominantly Chinese, residents and expatriates of other ethnicities form a small but significant segment of society.

Izwan got me this rectangle fridge magnet when he went to HK last year. You know, the one where his flight got delayed as there was a typhoon.

Where from: Hong Kong .
When: 2008.
Who: Izwanku sayang.
Wow Factor: #253

Avon but Not the Beauty Shop

This is the house where Shakespeare lived. It's in a town called Stratford-upon-Avon. It is also known as 'Shakespeare country'. Most of the associated with the great man lie within few kilometers of the town.
And ta-da!!!
A fridge magnet featuring the old house.

I kept the plastic until the above pic was taken. And now it's kinda togel, la.

Where from: Stratford-upon-Avon
When: 2008.
Who: Nik Yurni, la. Siapa lagi?
Wow Factor: #252

The BackLot

Wish we can be there again!
I got this 2D fridge magnet at the Universal Studios souvenir shop. I remember it was a bitexpensive but can't remember exactly how much it cost me.

I absolutely love it. Got it in 2006, and unfortunately, the colour has faded slightly. It is sitting in a shoe box now, I'm not sure why. But I do secretly hope it'll get back it colour. Tah hapa hapa ler aku ni....

Where from: Universal Studios, Los Angeles, California.
When: 2006.
Who: Mira .
Wow Factor: #251

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Behind the Masks

Be afraid, be very afraid. But if you look carefully, two of them are quite cheerful.

Korean masks. Aren't they a little bit scary? Hahoe mask is a very precious cultural inheritance which has been solely appointed as a national treasure of Korea (No. 121, including two of Byungsan masks) and is a world-wide masterpiece in the mask art division.

Where from: Korea.

When: 2009.

Who: Adif Ismail.

Wow Factor: #247, 248, 249 & 250

This mask is called Yangban. (See the one with blue background above). Yangban is used in the Hahoe dance, a traditional play in Hahoe Village in Gyeongsangbuk Province. Designated National Treasure 121 in 1964, Hahoe masks are preserved in the National Museum in Seoul. The articulated chin moves down creating a big, open laughing mouth. The Yangban is one of the most popular masks and is displayed in the homes of many Koreans.
The other three masks are also used during Hahoe dance. There are 14 altogether.
The wood materials used in making the Hahoe masks are all alders, and the manufacturing period is estimated as the middle of Koryo Dynasty.

Tiny Feet

Take a look at my 246th magnet. Some sort of a footprint. And it is a tiny magnet. It is soooo small. I bought it in Bali.
Gambar hiasan: me and my buah hati kat Tampak Siring, Bali, Indonesia.
You wonder how small the footprint is. Well, here's a comparison, against my thumb.
Phew! Nasib baik masa ni baru lepas buat RM10 manicure sempena Hari Kemas at Menara Pjh di Precinct 2, Putrajaya. Kilat ler sikit kuku kakak masa ambik gambar ni..

Comel, kan?

Where from: Bali, Indonesia.
When: 2009
Who: Me!
Wow Factor: #246

Cute nyerrr Rabbit Ni!

Most of us are familiar with Peter Rabbit, the creation of Beatrix Potter.

The illustrations are very cute.

Helen Beatrix Potter (28 July 1866 – 22 December 1943) was an English author,
illustrator, mycologist and conservationist who was best known for her many best-selling children's books that featured animal characters, including the famous Peter Rabbit, seen in the superb magnet below from the story "The Tale of Peter Rabbit".

And here are some of PeterRabbit-related illustrations, which I totally adore:

Aren't they cute??? Nik Yurni bought me this magnet during her trip to places such as Lake District and Shakespeare's hometown. And that's my 245th magnet. All the way from UK.
Here are the facts you can envy:
Where from: United Kingdom.
When: 2008.
Who: Nik Yurni.
Wow Factor: #245

Dancing in Bali

Here's one of the first family pictures taken in Bali during the family trip from 14 March 2009 until 17 March 2009.

On that island, I found two graceful Bali dancers:

Where from: Bali, Indonesia.
When: 2009
Who: Me!
Wow Factor: #243

Where from: Bali, Indonesia.
When: 2009
Who: Me!
Wow Factor: #244
As Bali is more famous for Kecak and Barongan, I have never had the opportunity to watch an all-female cultural dance performance. Anyways, durig my previous trip to Bali, all I can find are the typical wooden magnets, which are being sold by the streets and at tourist spots. This time around, while we were at Sogo in Kuta, I explored (almost thoroughly) the souvenir department and there are quite a bit of other types of magnets: rubber, steel and porcelain.

These two ladies are made out of steel. Power.

At A Junction

The Lake District, also known as The Lakes or Lakeland, is a rural area in North West England. A popular holiday destination, it is famous for its lakes and its mountains (or fells), and its associations with the early 19th century poetry and writings of William Wordsworth and the Lake Poets.

Where from: Lake District, UK.
When: 2008
Who: Nik Yurni
Wow Factor: #242

Ooooo.... Nik Yurni!! Keep them coming! This is actually a 3D porcelain magnet signifying a traveller and his dog - who are either going to Land' End or John O'Groats upopn reaching Lake District.

If I ever get to visit the place, I'd go to both ! It is an absolutely pretty magnet, the detailings are fantastic. The stone marks, the brick wall... love it.

Seoul Marks The Spot

Adif came back from Korea with a handful of fridge magnets for us. Izwan had passed him some money for this purpose, but I am pretty sure he has spent so much more than the amount given. Thank you, thank you, thank you! This map of Korea is one of them magnets.

A little close up, shall we?

Where from: Seoul, Korea

When: 2009

Who: Adif Ismail

Wow Factor: #241

Lost In Space

Izwan bought these two magnets last year:
He bought it at Johnson Space Center - best giler.
This is a 3D magnet.
Where from: Texas, USA
When: 2008
Who: Izwan
Wow Factor: #239

Where from: Houston, Texas, USA
When: 2008
Who: Izwan
Wow Factor: #240
Amacam, best tak?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

No Problem

A friend of mine, fondly known as Koji, is now residing in Doha. She came back to KL last year for two weeks or so, and it was very unfortunate that we were not able to meet. She did pass a fridge magnet for me through Siti Menawar.

This is a picture of West Bay, in Doha, at night. It is the capital city of Qatar. Population - only 400,051 (in 2005) - located in Ad Dawhah municipality on the Persian Gulf. Doha is Qatar's largest city, with over 80% of the nation's population residing in Doha or its surrounding suburbs, and is also the economic center of the country.
It is home to the Education City, an area devoted to research and education. Doha was the site of the first ministerial-level meeting of the Doha Development Round of World Trade Organization negotiations. The city of Doha also held the 2006 Asian Games, which was the world's largest Asian Games held.
Enough of the boring stuff - Yes, you must have noticed, I'd rather talk about Doha than talk about camels. By the way, Mafi Mushkila = No problem, just like what it says. It is NOT a name of a place, like I originally thought. Tee hee hee.
Now the most interesting part of this entry:
Where from: Qatar
When: 2008
Who: Rozila Ramdan
Wow Factor: #238.


At the Star Ferry Pier in Hong Kong, ferries depart the pier, located at Tsim Sha Shui, to Hong Kong Island's Central or Wanchai. Izwan and I have been in several of these ferries, as it was (still is, I think) one of the most convenient, cheapest and classic ways of enjoying Victoria Harbour.

Unfortunately, back then, in 2001 (we were there during Hari Raya Aidil Adha and Natasha was merely 6 months old - tak pe, bawak jugak!!) I wasn't much of a magnet collector. So, to make up for lost time (or lost opportunities, rather), Izwan bought this one for me during his trip to Hong Kong in 2008.

It is a mini ferry - with a magnet attached to it.

Isn't it cool!? The miniature is quite detailed, complete with tiny ropes.

Where from: Hong Kong
When: 2008
Who: Izwan
Wow Factor: #237

Breathtaking Jake

This is one of the best magnets I have. Izwan bought this one during his trip to Houston. It is a rubber magnet, and it has items closely associated with Texas.

You can obviously name all six, as the wordings are very clear from the magnet.
Where from: Houston
When: 2008
Who: Izwan
Wow Factor: #236
So you sit and ponder of things Texan. And me, whaddayaknow - why think about a Texan armadillo :

when you can think about them hunky sexy cowboys?

Especially in the form of Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger. Then again, these two men are gay in the movie Brokeback Mountain, although they are super sexy. Come to think of it, there are probably men who are willing to be gay if the partner is Jake Gyllenhaal, right? Yummy.

What? You disagree? Oh come on! (see pic below - just to prove I'm right!)