I’m sure that like me, you receive a lot of key chains as pasalubong from your family, relatives and friends. Key chains from around the country or around the world in different shapes, colors, and finishing. Add to these the key chains depicting product brands and well-known characters and personalities that you receive as token or gift. I love receiving them, especially travel key chains, because it’s like receiving a slice of the other countries’ culture or heritage. I have collected a modest number of them, thanks to my benefactors who knew how much I love key chains.
I keep my key chains in a spare plastic shoe box. I don’t have a list of who gave me what but a number of these probably came from my brother who has traveled far more than me (and in lots of foreign countries too).
It’s a good thing I decided to feature them today because while taking their pictures earlier, I realized that I have a lot of beautiful key chains. I decided to group them according to their materials.
Let’s start with the rubber-made key chains. I don’t have plenty of these which is a good thing too because dust and dirt stick to them. I’m glad though that they are all in good shape, considering that rubber reacts to our humid (and sometimes overly hot) summer climate. The Baltimore key chain is so cute, it has my name in it! Gosh, I forgot na talaga who gave me these!
Next are the stainless steel key chains. They are all from different countries. I haven’t visited any of these but I hope to in the future!
Next are the enamel-like key chains. They are all from foreign countries too.
The blue character at the left is actually Beibei, one of the mascots from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Beibei represented the blue Olympic ring with fish as symbol, and is strong in water sports.
The key chain in the middle with black background and golden Greek leaves is actually from the Royal Hong Kong Police. Interesting!
Solvang, on the other hand, is a region in California known especially for its outstanding chardonnay, pinot noir and syrah. Yes, it’s a wine country but its illustration showed a Denmark flag and a Danish explorer ship. That’s because it was founded by a group of Danes who also established a Danish colony there. It’s also known as the little Denmark in California.
More foreign key chains. This lot below has all my favorites. And why is that? Because they’re all handmade (or hand-painted)!
The details are incredible. Check out below:
Next are my Philippine-made key chains. These are my favorites.
Ang dami kong tsinelas! But I love them all, especially the little weaved thongs. The best thing about our key chains is that they’re all handmade, so don’t make really barat when you buy them cos a lot of hand works went with these!
I also have a few gold-plated key chains. Not of the valuable gold kind, but they are beautiful and striking nonetheless. The one in the middle has a rotating ball and shows the face of St. Francis of Assisi on the other side.
I have a few key chains that function as nail clippers as well.
Just a few of the character key chains I have. The MIB (Men In Black) key chain is so cool because its lower part (the one with the monster) turns around when moved.
I don’t know if the robot dog is actually a key chain but it looks like one to me.
These Hello Kitty key chains were given to me as gift. Cute noh?
The rest I didn’t take pictures anymore either because I couldn’t place them in the groupings that I made or because there are slight damages in them already. But there is this one that really intrigued me.
It’s definitely made of leather with a hand-painted picture of what looks like an Asian warrior. Can anybody ID for me the country where this came from?
Are you also into collecting things? Do you collect key chains too, or ref magnets or postage stamps or hotel pencils, or what else pa ba pwede? I’d love to hear from you and see your hoard!
Annie Lorraine says
Sayang, sana I got you a keychain from Shanghai. Pambawi kasi I haven’t found your Cath Kidston bag, yet! Di bale, next time give kita ng keychain!
Awww thanks in advance, Annie! When ka uwi sa Pinas? Or are you here na? Meet up tayo!
Annie Lorraine says
Yes, Im here na! Ill text you when we go to Makati or Rockwell area para meet tayo! Hihihi
tj guevarra says
Hi. Do u sell keychains too? Im a fellow collector kasi. I collect the ones from abroad. Never been to all those places but given to me by relatives and friends. Thanks. Btw, nice blog!! 🙂
Hi TJ! Thanks for visiting my blog =)
I don’t sell keychains; I rather collect them =)
Hi Lea! I am a follower of your blog and love reading it! I used to receive keychains too as pasalubong from friends and family and got my collections too here: http://www.lifeinthiswonderfulworld.com/2010/08/my-collection-keychains/ They actually grew more since 3 years ago when I posted this entry. 🙂
Hi Dez! Welcome to The Bright Spot! Thanks for sharing your collection! Lots of cute key chains you have there!
Joanne Viloria says
I’m into collecting keychains as well! 🙂
I’m collecting keychains from different countries but they are not as many as yours. Hopefully it will grow by 2015 🙂
It’s fun noh, and hindi pa space eaters =)
Waaah ang dami!!! meron ba ko contribution dyan? hehe
ako erasers ang kinolekta ko when I was younger.. pero wala na.. pinamigay ko na sa mga pamangkin ko lahat!! hehehe.. erasers?!?! ewan ko din bat yan naisipan kong ipunin. hahaha..
Naku kung naitago mo pala yung erasers collection eh bumura pa kaya yun? Hehe!
You inspired me to collect Novica jewelries after reading your blog. I have now ordered 16 items since last Dec 27th. They are so beautifully & expertly handcrafted I can’t stop. There are at least 20 more items on my wish list. I also collect ref magnets, shot glasses, Hard Rock Café hats, vases, scarves from all my travels. Don’t know what to do with them later since my kids have no interest in these things 🙁 … Oh, I also have a small collection of designer bags but it’s growing. My kids will surely fight for these.
Wow, you are a serious collection, Ms. Cely! I hope I can see yours someday =)
Andami mong key chains! I have some ref magnets at home from the very few countries we’ve visited before. I hope madagdagan pa sya para maging collection na rin. Haha. 🙂
Ang dami na!!! Ako naman I’m in to ref. magnets and the Starbucks tumblers 🙂 Btw, please feature your Lacoste shirts pls pls 🙂 I’m planning to buy my first. But I would love to hear some tips from you.
Hi Diane! Yes, I’m preparing a post on my Lacoste shirts na =)
hi leah ! 🙂
i have lots of key chains too, pasalubong from friends 🙂 i don’t buy keychains for myself when i travel, i buy them as pasalubongs for my friends, weird ba ? 🙂 do you want a keychain from cebu? 🙂 i can send you a tsinelas keychain :)))
Wow, I’d love that Larissa! =)
Hey there. ım from Turkey and i already collect key chains. i want to ask that how can i increase my keychains. İf you want we wil send key chains each others. 🙂 congratulations
hi baris. im interested of exchanging keychains with you. im also a collector of keychains 🙂
i am also collecting keychain…..and i am interested a lot in it..