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This page also allows me to enjoy the pleasures of a home away from home, in a way... as I can always access (or share with others) my favourite "pieces of art" or souvenirs from my travels.
Hope you enjoy them too!
Some of my favourite items (and party favourites) are my wooden bead curtains, my little Easter Island head (appropriately named "Ed the Head", who was very popular at parties as we always dressed him up according to the party theme), and the jail cell clock.
Next my piece de resistance, a brightly painted Mayan calendar from Mexico (still haven't figured it out), and an African blue mask (I don't think it is truly ethnic, but as it did with many other tourists, it caught my attention and I had to get it).
A painted wooden wall panel from an indigenous Mainland Chinese tribe.
A three-dimensional metal sculpture of floating blue fish from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
One of those inspirational paintings of a misty dawn in some mountain region from Talbot... love the blue hues in this one.
On the left is a wild decanter that I had bought (and carried around) during my travels backpacking in Eastern Europe (I still can't believe I didn't break it). It has two decanters in one... the main bottle and the spiral. I have filled them here with coloured water to amplify the effect.
And to the right, a very funky candle holder from my brother Pat.
A view of the kitchen of my old apartment. To the left, hanging, is a wooden chime I bought at a fair in London, Ontario.
And to the right, a group of clay pots on a rope from Mexico.
These are wooden tiki torches that I tied onto my balcony. I don't think it was legal, but no one ever bothered me about them, and they were great for parties. (One cop actually thought these were candles, and I quickly assured him that these would not drip or fall on anyone below us). :c)
In the back of this shelf, here is an antique-looking CD holder shaped in a church spire, from Sophia, and a pyramid teapot that I designed one day in Ottawa...
It has my personal motto inscribed onto it: To learn, To build, and To inspire, all with Passion (and various synonym surrounding these).
On the top two shelves, an African Warrior metal candle holder and an African Mask Metal Candle holder. Next to the latter, is a spongy "drinking frog and monkey" clock... for hours of fun from my other brother Marc.
On the wall, hanging and encased, is a series of Korean Masks that I picked up while in South Korea.
As well, we have here a cool bamboo plant (with a spiral bamboo) and my aquarium (I have always loved fish - I used to have two frog-like puffer fish for over a year).
This is a picture of a very famous building (I believe it is called "Waterfall"?) built by an equally famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. I purchased this on a tour of Wright's work just outside of Chicago. Definitely worth the trip for those who like architecture.
These wavy mirrors are the best... and yes, I did purchase them at IKEA.
One's creativity is always tested by Word Fridge Magnets... hours of entertainments for you and your guests. Though you may want to censure some of the creations, depending on your friends... ahem, no comment on mine. Notice you can't read any of them here. hehe. :c)
I received this poster not from visiting Columbia (Yikes), but from a Colombian I met while at an AIESEC conference (AIESEC is an international student organization that I joined in University).
One of the cheesy things I bought in Mexico was the Frog clock on the right (as the seconds progress, the frogs on top and below the clock open and close their mouths... very cute.)
Above the stove is a free promotional japanese fan that I received at a fireworks show in Tokyo.
And in the bottom corner, a gargoyle candle holder.
My mother's herbs & spices holder... always liked this piece. A nice touch of home.
Picked up this Canadian Native painting in Vancouver ... if you look closely at the black rock you can see that there is a hidden picture of native animal spirits within the picture.
My parents bought this gold coloured "sun-shaped" mirror for me in Peru.
I bought this threadwork in Thailand... gold metalic thread on black cloth... very nice.
I took this picture of a gargoyle in a Hong Kong temple. Love the angle. To me, it's a really powerful picture.
On the door is a close-up picture that I took in Thailand of an elephant, from the trunk up. On the right of the doorway, sneaks a metal lizard sculpture from Mexico.
A smooth wooden carving of a buddha's face from Thailand.
This was my room. I loved the "black bamboo" lantern in the top center of the room.
This is a Korean painting of a traditional farmers' harvert dance... something truly unique to see in South Korea. Many are dancing with drums, and ribbons on their heads or what looks like very large pompoms. So, I had to get a painting of course.
My Egyptian friend, Rami, gave this to me -- a metal plate with the Pharoah's head engraved and painted on it. Simply beautiful!
The mickey mouse hand is for holding business cards. And the gnawing gargoyle and bamboo plant provide a nice contrast to the former... just for fun!
There is a pagoda on the lower right corner, from my friend Sophia. This item is made to hold necklaces and has a little drawer to hold small items.... really a nice peice of art.
Also in the picture on the bottom left is a sandstone African vase... very heavy, but beautifully carved and coloured.
The tall painting on the left is something I picked up in Japan... almost like Ukyo-e, Japanese woodblock painting.
And on the right, a framed Japanese calligraphy was given to me a few years back - it wishes me a "prosperous future". No home should be without it!!
A world map... with footsteps. I have placed red dots on the map to track my progress around the world and also green dots for the places that I would like to visit.
Above is a cool traveller's clock, with only one hand, that tells you exactly what time it is anywhere in the world (thanks Linda!).
At first glance, this arm and hand might look odd to most. But it was a fabulous piece at one of my halloween parties... and I liked it so much, I decided to keep it around. Also, as you can see, it's practical too!
In my closet, I kept some interesting items such as a mongolian hat (straight from Mongolia - thanks to my folks), my lion ears from Disneyland, devil horns from the Toronto Beaches Jazz festival, and a crystal ball from my brother Marc.
Some great pictures of frogs... the top one of a smiling frog is my favourite.
Here is my papasan corduroy chair... broken during a drunken night and rebirthed thanks to my friend Jeff's ingenuity!! This chair is so comfortable... it can swallow you whole for days!! It's true, I have friends who have barely made it alive from there who can testify!
Behind it is also a flexible bamboo curtain and a rubber plant (which my brother is now caring for).
My pride and joy... a collection of liquors and liqueurs from around the world (over 60 varieties)... much of which alas is gone now, thanks to many parties and boisterous get togethers. Also, this is my parent's liquor cabinet from the 70s... the coolest thing in the world. nowadays, it is almost impossible to find a liquor cabinet with a door that opens vertically.
Here is a collection of frog items that I have collected or received (from friends who know my vice).
Here are three other decanters from Eastern Europe (filled with coloured water to add effect) and a bottle of Polish vodka in the shape of a trumpet.