The Oddities Strike Back

It is a confusing time for our travellers.  Although South East Asia has been left behind, each new country brings equally confusing products and translations that make very little sense.

Evading the dreaded tropical heat, our intrepid travelers put on all their warm clothes and established a new route on the remote highlands of eastern Tibet.

The flabbergasted Doug and Emily, obsessed with finding weird new things, have taken thousands of photos into the far reaches of Asia…

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The caption on this toy gun makes this one worthwhile. Its a little hard to read, but it says “Fight as a man.  Your heart is free, have the courage to follow it. They may take our lives but they’ll  never take our freedom”.  Did William Wallace use a pistol? Quite the marketing pitch to young kids.  Cameron Highlands, Malaysia.
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That’s a deal for a chicken sausage bun! Somewhere in Malaysia.
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Creative napping.  Kunming, China.
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One person car, or a “half-Doug” car. Dali, China.
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Its even more ridiculous from the back! Dali, China.
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The Chinese answer to the Reliant Robin?  China is full of weird, small cars. Many of them are electric so you can’t hear them sneaking up on you.  Dali, China.
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This couple’s wedding shoot didn’t make any sense to us.  Traditional outfits, sure! Falling-down-the-stairs pose? Maybe we should have done that one for our wedding photos. Dali, China.
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We’ve never been guilted into buying stationary before.  Dali, China.
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Set phasers to plagiarize! The Chinese car company Chery stole their logo from somewhere familiar…..
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We’ve already talked about the love for KFC in China, but this delivery guy is kicking it up a notch! Lijiang, China.
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Harry Potter fan or just another example of the bizarre fashions on display in China?  Shangri-La, China.
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Chinese stores often have wonderful translations.  Litang, China.
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We aren’t sure what other body parts need shoes.  Litang, China.
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For most translation errors you can pretty much get the jist of what its trying to say, but this one is on a whole other level.  Da Lat, Vietnam.
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Its amazing how many clothes overseas say things like “New York” or “Brooklyn”, or “random American city.”  Like this lovely tribute to the great state of Ohoo. Da Lat, Vietnam.
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Fresh bbq crocodile anyone?  Saigon, Vietnam.
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This is a game at a market in Vietnam. As near as we can tell, the goal is to toss a ring onto a chicken’s head and win a prize.  This guy was sort of cheating, basically placing it on the chicken.  Saigon, Vietnam.
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We need cafes like this in Canada! You can add a shot of Baileys to any coffee for less than $1 CAD.  Vietnam.
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Vietnamese Sales tactics or the South East Asian version of Toddles in Tiaras?  Saigon, Vietnam.
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An honest travel agent is hard to find.  Somewhere in Vietnam.
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We aren’t sure if this was actually a Simpson’s episode, but it made us laugh.  This was for sale at the Saigon Post Office gift shop.  Saigon, Vietnam.
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It can be hard to find English books when travelling in Asia.  Thankfully this one was for sale at a street stall in Saigon, Vietnam. Hours of reading for our next train ride!
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Healthy snacks at 7-11’s in Vietnam – plastic wrapped bananas or hard boiled eggs.  Saigon, Vietnam.
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The irony of finding a Steve Jobs biography for sale in the gift shop at the Vietnam Independence Palace in Saigon.
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Celebrating diversity in Penang, Malaysia.
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We aren’t sure that fragrant is how we would normally describe a good cut of meat.  Maybe one of our chef friends can chime in on this one! Shangri-La, China.
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And we thought President’s Choice had some complicated chip flavours! China.
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Throwing down gang signs in the hood.  Shangri-La, China.
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Thankfully they cleared this up before we blew money on it.  Shangri-La, China.
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One of many motivational mugs in a department store in Shangri-La, China.
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Very specific soap.  Shangri-La, China.
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Not sure if this is a translation error, or just a really weird sounding drink.  China.
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McDonald’s always finds a way to blend into the local surroundings.  Dali, China.
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Speaking of McDonald’s, this gorgeous looking creation was on the menu in Kunming and Chengdu.  Doug gave it a try. It was underwhelming.
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We can’t wait until the next Star Wrns movie!  China, of course.
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Western toilet!  China.
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There are signs like this all over China, where the sewers are questionable and can’t handle toilet paper being flushed.
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A mashed potato and gravy machine?!  We are so missing out at out 7-11s in Canada.  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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No idea what this is, but it apparently helps with one’s greatness. Penang, Malaysia.
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Does anyone remember No Fear shirts?  They were all the rage in 1995, and apparently the brand is still alive and well in Malaysia.  Kuching, Malaysia.
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Who even knows whats going on here.  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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A hood on a dress? Insanity.  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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Found in a street market in Kuala Lumpur.  If it was a little cheaper, this would have been an awesome purchase.
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Shrink wrapped corn on the cob anyone?  We may have posted this picture before, but its worth another post.
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We try not to buy too many souvenirs, since we don’t want more weight in our bags.  But for only $2.30 this was a crazy good deal.  Penang, Malaysia.
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The Malaysians haven’t discovered the greatness that is peaches and cream instant oatmeal.  Penang, Malaysia.
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Interesting celebrity naming choice for these sunglasses….Chengdu, China.
  • Doug and Emily / June 27, 2017 @ 9:13pm / Chengdu, China @ Lazy Bones Hostel
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