Once upon a time in Q8… visiting someone who came back from abroad meant recieving a soo’3a (souvenir) was a guaranteed thing! People coming from the UK always brought flake and mini cadbury chocolates and sometimes M&S swiss chocolate coins. People coming from Mecca always brought some necklaces and something that looks like a little TV that you would press and images would change… no matter what happens and where they have been and why they have been there… poeple always got a soo’3a!
A soo’3a neededn’t be a big affair or anything… even a bar of chocolate would do! I remember when i first got married, we used to bring soo’3a for everyone… i loved shopping for little knicknacks to put together in a little bag or box and then coming home to opening my luggage and putting the sowaye’3 together and assigning them to people… then giving out the bags and watching people happily recieve their sowaye’3…
Little by little we realized that those sowaye’3 cost us a lot of money, a lot of time, and a lot of effort… and even though we did them because it made us happy to be givers and not to expect a soo’3a back… we realized that no one actually cares about the thought and effort we put into them and that people are recieving them warily… as if it’s a thing that must be repaid when they travel themselves… the soo’3a therefore has suddenly become a symbol of demanding a soo’3a repayment from ur next trip instead of a symbol of i remembered you in my travel!!!
Therefore we have limited our soo’3a to my parents and my parents only… whenever we travel we have to get them something back and my sisters already ask me for a lot of things -and i ask them for a lot of things- when either of us travel so the concept of a soo’3a is lost in the commosion.
What happened? I know there are still a lot of people who give out soway’3… maybe too many sowaye’3… but all in all the concept of a soo’3a has been mutated into something to dread rather than something to look forward to! What happened?! I wonder if there are people out there who still get people soo’3a!!!
Do you still get soway’3 when you travel?! If you stopped… why did you?!
P.S. i remember my friend AWS once got me a lovely orange box filled with little knicknacks from her trip to Japan… knowing how much i love Japanese stuff she filled the box with little Japanese artifacts… finding that box on my office desk when i arrived one morning, opening that box and going through the endless little items was the one of the most memorable souvenier experiences EVER! The joy of checking out the things was unmeausrable!!! Thank you AWS :*