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logos hope postcards

postcards, souvenirs, MV Logos Hope

postcards, souvenirs, MV Logos Hope

I got these postcards when we visited MV Logos Hope when it anchored at the Manila Bay March of this year. There are really loads of interesting souvenir items on display, including posters, mugs, stickers, notebooks, among others, apart from thousands of books that were also on display + if only I wasn’t hard up on cash that day {I was feeling rather sick that day + forgot to drop by the next ATM I saw to withdraw some money!} I would’ve hoarded more of these!

postcards, souvenirs, MV Logos Hope

This postcards are not for swap, though, as I am keeping them to add to my collection. I also bought another set which I sent to one of my dear postcrossing friends! What I love most about these postcards is they do not only remind me of the pleasurable experience me + the little man had aboard the ship, but also I find much satisfaction in knowing that the proceeds of the sale of these items go to charity, which, apart from helping educate unfortunate children in poor countries, would also probably help fund hospitals in buying medicine, as well medical equipment like sphygmomanometer.

mementos from the meet-up

souvenirs, postcrossing meet-ups,

As promised in my previous post, I will share with you some of the goodies I got from our Postcrossing Enthusiasts Second Meet-up.

Check out this lovely pink stationery set + this very interesting official book, The Happy Egg, which I won from our raffle that day. I particularly love the stationery set as I am fond of collecting these stuff when I was a young girl. But when my godchild, Blessy, came by the house a few weeks back, I cannot resist giving it to her. Am sure she will find more ways to put them in use + enjoy them. 🙂

As for the book, I shall read it to the little man when he is more than willing. There are not much to read really, as there are only too few words that comprise this book, it was mainly made up of illustrations of the egg + his adventure. I am not sure if I can keep the book for my own, though, as much like, books from also travels around the world. But mailing books are rather much costly so I need to save up for it in case I need to mail to some obscure place in Europe!

More stuff from the meet up soon!

Am sharing my pink stationery set with Pink Fridays:

on travel souvenirs

I do not know about you, but in our part of the world, a travel or vacation is never complete without shopping for giveaways + travel souvenirs to bring back home to our family + friends. It is part of our culture to always bring pasalubong for people left at home even if we are just coming home from work! The last time my sister was out-of-town in a quick weekend in Cebu, for example, she brought home bagfuls of danggit, biscocho, key chains + shirts, + other pasalubong for her family + friends!

These travel souvenirs need not be expensive, really, what actually counts is the thought. The most common types of souvenirs given + sold in our country include keychain, shirts, ref magnets, sweets + local delicacies, paintings + other artworks. Some others may also give out wine making kits or personalized items as souvenirs. These souvenir items may be as cheap or extravagant depending on the budget.

I’d say there is nothing wrong with hoarding on expensive souvenir items if you have the means to buy them, anyway. If you think these particular souvenir items can make your loved ones happy, I’d say go for it. Just make sure you have sufficient funds to buy them all, otherwise you will come back home a pauper! 😉

souvenir paintings


Paintings can also be such great mementos from your travels. It is something you can display in your house or give out to your friends + loved ones as gifts, too! Not only will they make for fantastic souvenirs, they are also perfect investment, once you decide to sell them to other people. Plus, their value does not depreciate but only increase after so many years.

Here is one perfect painting you might want to consider buying:

Title: Mag-iloy
Date: 2011
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: H60cm X W45.5cm
Price: Php 80,000

Read on to know more about the interesting artist behind this masterpiece:

Iconic Negrenese social realist painter Nunelucio Alvarado (1950) is regarded as one of the most prominent contemporary artists in the Philippines.  He has won numerous international critical acclaim for his powerful works that mostly portrayed the life and struggles of Negros Occidental’s  the working class. He was among the Thirteen Artist awardees of the Cultural Center of the Philippines + twice a recipient of the Philippine Art Awards (Philip Morris Art Awards), in 1992. He was honored with the Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan sa Larangan ng Pintura Award by the CCP in 2004. He has also had over 50 solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions both here and abroad including the prestigious Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, the Queensland Art Gallery and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, USA.   His works are also part of the collection of the Singapore Art Museum.

Alvarado’s art is a panorama of Philippine life that ranges  from the decorative aspects of Negros life such as the colorful fruits and vegetables found in the market; or the simple family life that utilizes the bright prints and patterns under the Visayan sun; and on the darker side, the evils of  environmental, social and cultural degradation of which he is known for as a social realist.

Recognized for his unique and distinct style of bright-eyed squat and squared figures that employ strong vivid colors and dark lines, Alvarado frequently applies powerful psycho-sexual symbols with a touch of the surreal as he depicts the plight of sugarcane workers, fishermen and traders found in his native Negros Occidental.

While the artist portrays the pain of the working class, he also does not miss the strong family bond that exists amidst the struggles and sacrifices of daily life.  Along these lines, the artist has worked on numerous Mother and Child canvasses such as “Mag-Iloy”,  2011, a  60cm X 45.5cm oil on canvas. Here we find a son locked in the embrace of his winged mother, either alluding to the son’s desperate cling to the spirit of a dead mother or the mother is portrayed as angelic in her selfless love.  The work is a warm picture of comfort and protection in typical Alvarado style.