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Tagged… for a meme that is actually fun! Barbara from Home In France asked a few of us about the oldest objects we have at home. This turned out to be pretty tricky for me!

Indeed, I have actually never really moved in Canada. Well, at least not “move” in the real sense of the word. In 2002, I showed up with no more than a backpack — full of summer clothes since we were coming back from South America. I did go to France many times since then but I didn’t have much to bring back anyway. My clothes weren’t really Canadian-winter proofed, my books were too heavy and well, we didn’t have a CD players so no point in taking my music collection (although I did copy it on my laptop).

So, finding four “old” things was tricky.

This is one of the only thing I brought from France: my pens and my pencils. I used to draw a lot, much man than I do now… and I collected all kind of pens, pencils, felt-tip pens, crayons etc. I put them all in a metal box (actually, and old Chinese mooncakes — 月饼 — box) and they are just fine. I brought my fountain pen from France as well. Memories… I wrote all my university exam with it. It’s a cheap plastic pen but I still use it to fill up important paperwork. I had to bring the ink cartridge because I had a hard time to find them in Canada: they are pretty expensive. I guess Canadians don’t use fountain pens much. It’s a favorite in France! I We even had classes on how to use it. Ibought the Winnie The Pooh pencil case in China. I know, it’s childish and blahblahblah but hey, everybody has a soft spot. Or three Winnie The Pooh in the room. No?

This is one of the most important thing I owe: my immigration folder. It starts with my working holiday visa application back in 2004, then the permanent visa application, then the landed immigrant papers and finally, my first Canadian I.Ds. Just looking at it this afternoon made me think of how stressful immigration was… and how much I sweat over these papers! I still remember reading on the Citizenship & Immigration website, during my weekly check on my application process, the following magical words: “A decision has been made on your application. The office will contact you concerning this decision.” Oh, I was so excited! The little Winnie notepad (yeah, Winnie again, bought in China as well) had all my file reference numbers. I keep all that as memory… And more will be added since I’ll apply for my citizenship this year!

These are all my Chinese study books that I bought in China or in France and brought to Canada. No comment on the “International Marxist Review” booklet…! The small blue book is my Chinese dictionary. I have many but this one has always been my favorite… It’s small and yet very comprehensive. I bought it in Nanjing in 2000 and took it to every single exam I had (well, whenever I was allowed to use a dictionary!). All the books have a lot of notes and highlighted passages… and occasionally cigarette burn, coffee stains and chocolate crumbs! Most of them are in French but I also have a few in English or Chinese. Finding Chinese books or books on Chinese history in France was really difficult and I had to track down a few books from small publishers. They are quite unique.

And finally, this is my little beauty case. I got the blue vanity case as a present for Christmas when I was about 12 I think… I have always used it as far as I can remember, and took it with me everywhere. Getting worn out though! I bought the small Tiger Balm pot in Belize (we used it against mosquitoes bites!) and it’s quite old… I just keep it for memory, along with the blue Urban Decay eyeshadow that I don’t really wear anymore (past 18 years old, blue glitter doesn’t look that good)! You can also see my necklace and my ring. Feng bought me the jade in New Zealand (not China like most people think!) and I rarely take it off… I had loved the shape of it when I saw it and got it in Christchurch.

So, your turn to look for oldies!

Here are the rules:
All you do is to look in your home for the oldest objects that you own. Just your own possessions . Then, take a photo of each object, and( if you like ), do a short description of each . Pass on to four friends.

I’d like to tag:

Have fun girls!

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