Monday, February 27, 2012

Cultural Shopping Overload and Two Giveaways!




Each time I'm back in Singapore, I feel less and less the need to stock up on sewing stuff to bring home to Minnesota. I'm not sure whether I'm glad or not about this. On the one hand, it's indicative that I'm increasingly settled here, and more knowledgeable of places to buy the supplies and materials I need. On the other hand, it might mean that I don't hold in as high esteem, my old hunting ground(s) from the exciting(er) sewing days of my youth.

On this recent trip, for instance, I didn't buy any fabric. I realized that I barely touched the fabric I bought on my last trip there. I also had a very short shopping list, comprising mostly hardware and electronic components for other hobbies. All that said, it was still extremely enjoyable to browse and pick up loads of random Might Be Usefuls and Oh How Quaints and Cheaper Heres and other general nonsense. Here are some samples of what I brought home.

At Textile Centre, my favorite wholesale haberdashery mall (for want of a better word - there are only four really relevant stores there), I bought velcro - indigo, raspberry, dandelion, charcoal, peacock and sky (the lighting isn't accurate);


polka-dot bias tape - yes, I can make my own, 
but for just over US$1 a card..... duh! 
(and I've already used one on my hamper);


thick grosgrain binding for wallets and bags;


satin-y ric rac - the wavy ones are about US$3.50 and the straight ones are about US$4.80. For 36 yards. 36!!!


I haven't been able to find the straight trims here in the US, incidentally. So I buy them whenever I'm in Singapore,


to make frog buttons like these;


elastic by the card (about US$1.70 for 12 yards) and fold-over elastic in multiple colors, widths and textures - the ivory one in the photo has a velvet finish.


random notions - grease/wax pencils, chalk pencils, machine needles, and chalk markers. The Pfaff bobbins were bought cheap online, in bulk, by Dad and Mum, who gave me just part of their shipment.


I've only ever used actual chalk chunks, but this plastic adaptation is much neater. You slide out the compartment that's filled with powdered chalk (comes in yellow, white, blue and pink) and remove the stopper lid, then replace the chalk compartment.


See that tiny little toothed wheel at the tip?


It dispenses a fine line of chalk - much more precise and the roller action is better than the sliding method of the traditional chalk/markers because the fabric doesn't shift and produce skipped/feathery lines. I'm planning to grind up my old tailor's chalk fragments for refills.


And then there's Daiso. Always a lot of fun, Daiso-, especially if you go there only once every year or two. Between Daiso and the independently-owned stationery stores in the various housing estate strip malls, a person can bring home an entire suitcase of Cuteville without a strain on the pocket.


Here's a fun little pill shaver - it removes fuzzy bits from fabric surfaces.


See?


Some bento accessories - toothpicks:


Little pop-up (and squish-down) drinking cups for kids:


Teeny little food cutters:


Paper embosser:


Binder clips:


And then there were the gifts from friends!


Check out these mittens uh, I mean gloves (duh) my friend Eunice got for Kate. Bought, since Eunice doesn't knit. But -eeeek - that toadstool!!!


Polka-dot webbing (thanks, J!)


Speaking of J, here are two handmade gifts from Jen
Check this out:

Personalized font fabric. Eeeeeeeee!
So much potential!
She prints these for her art folios
Aren't they brilliant? 

Kaftan blouse made by Jen. Drapey and gorgeous!

Made of one rectangle and two seams. 
Hand-stitched, except for the rolled-hem edge finishing.

And Auntie Laura made these butterfly hair clips for the girls:


There's more, but I started to feel guilty making you all feel left out like this. So let's move on to the giveaways! There are TWO giveaways, so read carefully.


Giveaway #1:
While I was out shopping, I thought of you guys. Yes, I did! I thought I'd put together a little package of things that reminded me of this trip, and send it out to one of you:
  • Two expandable cups
  • Eight binder clips
  • Food picks
  • Drafting pencil
  • That fancy chalk marker
  • A set of blank peekaboo cards you can use with your surplus stickers.
  • Three one-yard lengths of trim:

Giveaway #2:
It's funny how every single friend or family member who made plans to meet us would ask what food they could bring on their visit. Never magazines, or books, or toys. It's always food, because it's a fact that Singaporeans out of the country miss their food. Someone once said that if a Singaporean overseas claims to miss family more than food, they're liars. Definitely some truth in that. 

Being back in Singapore (and Asia in general) also reminds me of cute food. Like bento-cute. This was the girls' bento lunch one day last week, just for fun. I don't do bento lunches often, so that when I do, it's super-extra novel and thrilling for the girls. OK, those Doritos aren't exactly healthy, but well. Those white things are coconut cookies, incidentally. They're Chinese New Year staples back in Singapore (and Malaysia). We call them kueh bangkit.



If bento is new to you, here are some reasons to try it:
  • It's fun - both for the person preparing it, and the one eating it.
  • It encourages picky eaters to eat what they don't usually like e.g. vegetables.
  • It encourages picky eaters to try new foods introduced and presented in an interesting way.
  • The portions are controlled (since they're packed in a box, and often in compartments therein) so you can't overeat.
Need more inspiration? Here are some ideas from Bento USA, which stocks an awesome variety of bento tools, boxes and accessories and has ongoing promotions, giveaways and contests. Go visit their store, their Facebook page or sign up for their twitter feed to be kept updated.


JeeJee at Bento USA is giving away some three bento items (valued at $30) on ikatbag to get you started on your bento meals! Thank you, JeeJee!

Here they are:

Set of bento plate cutters and rice mould

Two-tiered panda bento lunchbox

Animal food picks



And Bento USA and I will ship internationally, so anyone in the world can enter!


For a chance to win either the Singapore giveaway or the Bento USA giveaway, you need to 
  • leave a comment, completing this sentence: "At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is..... (and tell me why)", 
  • provide an email address (or a working link to one) where we can contact you if you win, and
  • leave your comment by midnight Friday 2 March 2012
I'll draw two commentors at random on Saturday morning - one will win the Singapore package and the other will win the Bento USA package. Good luck, everyone!



255 comments:

  1. I'd most like to visit.... Hmm, that's a hard question. We'll say Singapore so that I could meet up with you on your next visit. :-D Otherwise, I'm not really a "travel the world" type person...
    Awesome giveaway! I love those pop up cups!
    bookloveraz at gmail dot com

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  2. at the first chance i get, the country i'd like to visit most is spain. my husband lived there for 2 years, so i'd love to go where he went and see what he saw.

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  3. "At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is..... (and tell me why)"

    Australia -- because I recently met a man from down under which re-ignited an interest in all things Australian, and I've been following Inner Pickle who lives in Australia.

    BTW, I'd love the 1st give away most, but either would be fun. Do I get special consideration for being the first comment? How about if I tell you my birthday is the first week of March? LOL!

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  4. You are a generous soul LiEr!

    At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is... France (especially Paris)! After years and years of taking French Immersion (here in Canada), I'd like to put some of those French language skills to use, as I live in a predominantly non-French speaking part of the country - plus I think I'd impress my kids immensely (or bring shame upon them, depending how atrocious my French has become). O Paris, je t'adore!

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  5. This giveaway rocks!! If I were to venture abroad I'd like to go see where my mother and her family grew up - Poland/England, etc. I really should try to get there some day, but family of 7 makes it hard. :-)

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  6. ...Holland. It's where I'm from and I haven't been there in a very long time. Too long.

    Thank you!
    Hanneke

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  7. New Zealand - to go just because it is beautiful!

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  8. I follow you quietly for a few time and these gifts are very very intersting, I'd like to try to win if you accept players from France ;-)
    Thks in advance and congratulations for your beautiful blog!

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  9. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is..... Japan, because my boyfriend and I love that country, culture, art. We want to travel there when we get married, and I want this to happen soon.

    My email is migara.archer@gmail.com

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  10. ....India! There is so much to see there and I would love to go. I'd buy 10 saris too. Though actually I am not picky and would love to go anywhere! Jean at roadq dot com

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  11. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is apparently Singapore, judging by the supercute stuff you got there, but to be honest, I'd like to go to Japan and visit every kind of fabric shop they have and watch the scenery! Japan always had some kind of mystery about it to me and I would love to explore!

    IreneLKwak@gmail.com

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  12. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Finland. I've always had a thing for Scandinavian design and love the (bizarre) language which I studied at university.

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  13. ...the Philippines! My husband was born in Manila and still has a half-brothere there. I would love to visit such a beautiful country and meet extended family!

    hdelacruz15@gmail.com

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  14. I would visit Australia- no real reason, I have just always wanted to go! Gianduia@Hotmail.com

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  15. I'd like to visit Ireland, so I can take my son there and visit all the beautiful castles with him.

    holly.hacker at gmail.com

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  16. Ooh, such cute stuff! I've been thinking about getting bento boxes for the girls' lunches -- they've commented sometimes about what all i put in the same baggy! I think I'd love filling a bunch of little compartments.

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  17. ...Russia. I almost studied abroad there for a semester, but opted to get married instead (who can blame me?). I have dear friends in Moscow that I haven't seen in 10 years. And have you ever seen Russian textiles?!

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  18. Yay! I'm #1!
    At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Scotland, Ireland, France, Netherlands, Australia... do I have to pick just one? Why don't we just say Europe and be done with it. Why? There's just so much history there. I get a real kick from walking the streets where others walked hundreds of years ago and imagining what it must have been like, and then thanking my lucky stars to live in a time with indoor plumbing. Thanks for the giveaways!

    trumbelinasews@hotmail.ca / trumbelinasews.blogspot.ca

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  19. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Japan! I love this country, their art, history, food and fabrics... and of course, sushis!! :)
    Thanks for this lovely giveaway! :)

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  20. This is a hard one. Can I pick one I have to been to already, if so I would pick Malaysia, again. I have been there 3 times but it has been over 6 years since I have been. Each time I went it was for work and I worked 12 hour days, I did get a chance to sight see but not as much as I liked. I did not have kids yet and I was not into crafting and sewing, so shopping would be more like your Singapore giveaway. I loved the people there, the food was so good (fruit especially), shopping (great prices) and it is so beautiful there, so much different then Boise. I wish I could take my whole family there some day. Thanks for the chance to win.
    lanirdegen(at)msn(dot)com

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  21. "At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is..... "
    Japan, because they have craft supplies I only dream about here in the States.

    My daughter just lost her bento box and we feel it's loss keenly everyday at lunchtime -- well, I feel it's loss in the morning when I make the lunch 'coz now I have to find baggies and wraps to hold my kid's food. So much less fun than the cute box.

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  22. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is pretty much anywhere in Asia. I have traveled to Europe which I loved but I would love to visit Asia. So many of the places there, the lifestyle and culture is so very different from my own, I would love to experience it.
    And Bento lunches are wonderful! I love how you punched out the cheese into the flower shapes!

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  23. So glad you're back!! Thanks for the great giveaway, I'd love to win either!

    "At the first chance I get, the country I'd most like to visit is...Canada" I know, not so much with the cultural variety, but I'd love the chance to do some hiking in the canadian rockies.

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  24. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is.....France, because of all the history and beauty there. mrs.jeffery@hotmail.com

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  25. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is China, at the moment. My sister is living there, I miss her, and I think it would be an amazing experience.

    But, after reading your blog, Singapore is very high on the list. Mike does collaborative research with a couple professors in Singapore, and I have this dream of us all spending a few months over there. Mike thinks I'm nuts to want to live in a tiny apartment for a few months with four kids, and I'm sure he's right, but I'm equally certain it would be fabulous =)

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  26. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is..... Italy. I want to see ROME. I want to visit all the lovely historic everything! I want to see St. Peter's Basilica. I want to see ... everything. I think it will be a verrrrry long trip!

    (Although with all the lovely treats you were able to buy yourself in Singapore... maybe I should visit THERE!!! Thanks for the great give-a-way!)

    a family treehouse {at} me {dot} com

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  27. This first chance I get the first country I would visit is: South Korea. Both my children were born there and we want to bring them back to their homeland. (we have been there 2 times to pick our kids up... but we would like to go there with the kids when they are older!)
    My email is in my profile! :)

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  28. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Australia because I would love to see all the wildlife.

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  29. Ireland, for it is full of those green hills, grey seas and Lisa Hannigan.

    margaret {at} themkings {dot} com

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  30. The country I'd like most to visit is Japan. I'd like to see the Snow Festival in Sapporo, or climb Mt. Fuji or go to a Cherry Blossom Festival. I think it would be a fun place to visit!

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  31. At first chance I would visit France (again). I studied abroad there for 3 months before I got married, and I would love to have the opportunity to take my husband and kids to all the places I went. :) jamesandpennym(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. Oooh, both giveaways are so lovely! :)
    If I could get away I'd love to visit Ireland or Australia... both have these super sweet unique river ecosystems that I'd love to check out in person!

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  33. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is India because I am captivated by their culture!

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  34. Greece!!! :) I would love to visit the archeological sites an beaches.
    Rmkarapelou@yahoo.com

    Rochelle

    Ps I enjoy your site very much! Thanks for all your time!!

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  35. oh how to pick just one... but i would have to say india because it's been sooo long since we've seen family. and, although i am not from singapore boy, would i love me some sambal right about now! i love singaporean and malaysian cooking.

    faithomas (at) gmail (dot) com

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  36. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Argentina, I'm fascinated by south america and fell in love with Argentina especially when I saw a movie (Diarios de motocicleta, which shows Che Guevara's tour through South America)
    papelhilo(at)gmail(dot)com

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  37. Singapore! Country that has polka dot binding, coloured velcro and a food fetish? Count me in!

    PS. Would love to see that gorgeous top with the arms outstretched so the seams are on show (possibly for nicking the idea and making one of my own...:p)

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  38. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like to visit is Ireland and I don't have a single valid reason other than intregue. I want to go on a romantic holiday there with my husband.
    I love this givewaway. I fell in love with Bento's when we lived in Hawaii and I've been eyeing bento-like blogs since.
    bewareofswan@yahoo.com

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  39. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Ireland. A few years ago my Great Aunt researched our ancestry and now has a wealth of information about our roots, including cemetery plots, farm locations and church addresses. I would love to see where my family originated from.

    As a side note, I am from Australia (recently immigrated to Canada) and I love that so many of your followers want to visit my homeland!

    laydeebeetle@gmail.com

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  40. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is India. It would take me out of my comfort zone and be a real adventure at times. It's so huge and so diverse and I am just really curious about a country with so much rich history, so many religions and languages, and so many gorgeous places and animals.
    I've been making pseudo bento lunch boxes for my kids and I think I love it more than they do. AND your trims and notions and nicknacks are really making me think about a trip to Singapore!
    Love your blog. Thanks for the giveaway

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  41. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Japan. I'd like to see the studio ghibli museum and go window shopping and buy pretty fabric and so many things.
    msjbird(at)gmail(dot)com

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  42. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Ireland. I'm descended from Irish blood, as well as Swiss and German, but I'd most like to visit Ireland because it just speaks to me. My family is pretty proud of their Irish heritage so it's a big deal to me.
    email: iamlilymunster at gmail dot com

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  43. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit (again) is Morocco. I love the food (I need a good tagine!), the culture, the spices, the variety in the country. I'd love to take my children to see the sun rise over the Sahara desert and drive through the snow covered Atlas Mountains. I'd love to take them to see the snake charmers in Marakech and swimming off the coast in Agadir. I did a ton of traveling before I married and had children—I think anyone can benefit by spending time in a foreign country/culture. And I want to give my children the opportunity to see how others live, share, eat, and play.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway and for sharing your travel fun!

    amira (at) byu (dot) net

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  44. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Peru. Would love to see Machu Pichu. I've been fascinated by it since my Grandma (who lived in Peru in the 60's) told me about it a long time ago.
    Definitely on my bucket list.

    Thanks for sharing all the fun stuff from Singapore. Just the mention of a hawker center (in a previous post of yours) got my mouth watering. Must go back sometime.

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  45. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is England, Ireland, or Italy. England because I just think it would be neat. :) Ireland because it's supposed to be beautiful (and I have some Irish blood). Italy because I like Italian food. :) But I'm so not into riding a plane or a boat to another country (or serious trip-taking in general), so I'm not holding my breath for those trips. :)

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  46. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Greece. I'm dying to go to Santorini and enjoy the beauty of the country!

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  47. ...France. I know it is cliché but I studied the language in high school and college, love the culture, the architecture, the food, the WINE, and the romance!

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  48. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Russia, specifically whatever is the current incarnation of St. Petersburg. So much of the art and the wonder and the culture there was hidden from the West and is missing from the Art books and the college classes and such, so now that it is more open I would like to see that part of the world!

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  49. AT the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Ireland. I've heard it's very beautiful and lush. It used to be Japan but I got to visit there 4 years ago and I loved it as much as I thought I would!

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  50. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Japan. My husband just returned and was so impressed with it being sooo different. So right now, it would be Japan. Apart from my homecountry. But I'm going back there this summer...
    Thanks for this great give away!

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  51. I would most like to visit Japan. I am very interested in Japanese culture, and I would love to see the country for myself (and eat all the amazing food!)

    megan @ curiouspanda . com

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  52. At the first chance I get, the country I's most like to visit is Germany. My grandfather was from Germany and immigrated after marrying my American WAC grandmother. I am dying to see where he grew up and lived. But there isn't anywhere I don't want to go. If only I were independently wealthy I would constantly travel :)
    lucythesplendid at gmail dot com

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  53. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is the Philippines - I grew up as a third culture kid and my parents still live there - I love shopping in Manila and seeing old friends!

    rebecca03stringer (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  54. At the first chance I get, the country I'd most like to visit is... difficult choice. If we're staying realistic, I'd say Italy. I love Italy. The weather is just a bit nicer than over here (in Germany) and I love the food, the vivaciousness of the people, ... If I could pick any place in the world, then it's Japan for cherry blossom season. Because I had the chance to visit for plum blossom season for a couple of days last year, and I'd love to explore some more!

    aldara at gmx dot net

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  55. At the first chance I get the country I would most like to visit is Germany, to see my father's birthplace!
    msagala1 at gmail dot com

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  56. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Brasil where all my family lives, where I was born and raised, the country that I always will miss, which is part of who I am forever.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  57. At the first chance I get, the country I'd most like to visit is..China. I would like to learn how to make a lot of the ethnic dishes from the country. My husband visited China in college and grew quite fond of the food.
    journiebug @ gmail dot com

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  58. Apart from just going on vacation anywhere (guess that will be Holland...) I would love to go back to the UK again and visit my 'Mum' again...

    And I prefer your Singapore give-away... love all the stuff!!

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  59. At the first chance I get the country I would most like to visit is...Ireland. I love the green and the culture and the music! I'd also like to visit South Korea because my husband lived there for two years and loves the people and the culture, and we love the food.
    heffalump at gobigwest dot com

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  60. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is China (right now). I've been watching Wild China on Netflix, and the beauty of the landscape makes me pretty much cry throughout the show.

    michaelacking (at) gmail dot com

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  61. At the first chance I get the country I would most like to visit is Greece, to see my Grandmother! She just turned 97 and hasn't met my son. I would love for her to see him!

    craftsinbloom at gmail dot com

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  62. "At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is" - the US because we already have the tickets! And because we'll be visiting my lovely and lovable host-family from twenty years ago who adopted me into their family as a German (high-school) exchange student. Yippieh! mail2katja at gmx dot net

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  63. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Italy. As an art major, I would write at the top of my notes all of the tiny little chapels and places that held amazing art. On top of that, you can ride the train and visit the mountains and then the ocean...all while drinking and eating the most amazing things!

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  64. At the first chance I get, the country I'd most like to visit is Argentina! I saw a documentary as a kid on the Ibera Wetlands and all the amazing animals that live there, and it has stuck with me. I haven't done much travelling so anywhere would be great. Being in New Zealand also means being a long way away from most places.I last saw my Aunty in Germany over 10 years ago and have always felt bad that I said I'd come back and I haven't so that would be another option. my email is andrea@go.org.nz

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  65. That's an easy sentence to complete. At the first chance I get, the country I'd most like to visit is...the Philippines. I grew up there and it's not actually going back that excites me. Being with family does.

    Hope I win! pike(dot)corinne(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  66. I'd like to visit Japan to see a completely different culture from where I grew up. Texas. Where bigger is better. ha.

    bedelia333@hotmail.com

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  67. At the first chance I get the country I would most like to visit is New Zealand. Love the accent, love the culture, love how far away and gorgeous it is. If I only had to pick one.. there are soooo many places I'd love to see, I really haven't traveled much.
    lieselb (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  68. At the first chance I get the country I would most like to visit is China because I haven't been back since 2007 and I'm perpetually ex-pat 'home'sick. I have no reason to call the place I lived home, but it just doesn't feel like anything else, you know? Life is strange.

    kathleenpoling (AT) yahoo

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  69. The country I would like most to visit is Italy...for the food of course! Thanks so much for sharing your stories and your crafts. I would love to have either little goody.

    Vanessa Smith
    vspwest@gmail.com

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  70. At the first chance I get the country I would most like to visit is Bermuda, because I am a sucker for their beaches and their rum cake!
    Thanks for a wonderful giveaway. Hooray for polka-dotted bias tape and bentos!

    shawnandmindy(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  71. At the first chance I get the country I would most like to visit is Ireland. I went there for my honeymoon 10 years ago and it was the most wonderful place I've ever been. I dream of going back.

    Smbcabjnp at Mac dot com

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  72. At first chance I get the country I would most like to visit is France. I would love to the Mona Lisa in person.

    ekaanne5@aol.com

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  73. At the first chance I get the country I would most like to visit is Japan for the beautiful fabric and sashiko quilting. I would seriously love either of those giveaways! Thanks :)
    chloe@deadlymite.com

    p.s. where did you buy the polka dot webbing? My parents are going to Singapore soon and I might have to dispatch mum on a mission!

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  74. At the first chance I get the country I would most like to visit is Brazil. I've been there before and I'd love to go again! I love the beaches, the warm air and the people. Wonderful giveaway! And thanks for explaining what a Bento Box is. I actually didn't know.

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  75. the Shetland Isles to see the mills where they spin the Shetland wool.

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  76. Italy! The food, the art, the history!

    Sjaussi at gmail

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  77. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is..... Japan. I am in USA, born in India, been to 11 european countries. Now want to see soemthing totally different like Japan.
    indiengmom@gmail.com

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  78. At the first chance I get, the country I'd love most to visit is Scotland. It calls to me and it beauty and history have always enthralled me. Your blog is awesome, thanks so much for the chance to enter such a fun giveaway!
    sensationallychic(at)gmail(dot)com

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  79. AT the first chance I get, the country I'd most like to visit is Australia. It seems different from any place I have been!
    beth(dot)sebastian(at)gmail(dot)com

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  80. At first chance I get, the country I'd love most to visit is Jaimaca because it is so cold and rainy here and I would love to go someplace warm w/ lots of colors and smells and spices and blue water and beaches. Thank you for such a fun giveaway! molleemac@gmail.com

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  81. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Germany bring my daughter to the country where I lived until I was 3 or 4. I've been back a few times since but never since having a child and I can't wait for her to see it! Incidentally I would love either give away. I am an avid sewist and I just recently got into the Bento thing :) barbi17west @ gmail dot com

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  82. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is.....
    well, if someone else is paying it would be New Zealand as that's about as far away from me as you can get so it would be a good use of a free trip. Plus NZ is amazingly beautiful & the people are friendly (so I hear).

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! It would be such fun to go shopping in Singapore but I'll have to settle for virtual shopping through your blog for now & fingers crossed I win some goodies! :)

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  83. I like to visit the USA, i'd love the see New York and Central Park, discover quilt shops and the history of quilting in America. Taking the kids to Disney Land and seeing a concert at Yankee Stadium!

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  84. Germany - no question! babywearingla at gmail dot com

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  85. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Aruba. I could use some sandy beaches and warm ocean water right about now. :) Thanks for the chance to win!

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  86. At the first chance I get, the country I'd most like to visit is France because my brother and sister-in-law live there and I haven't met my niece yet. However, if I could fly through a country on the way to France it would be Japan - I love their crafts, fabrics and books on craft. I think I would need an extra large empty suitcase wherever I go.

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  87. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like to visit is France, and in particular Paris! I'm so inspired by a lovely book on Paris: Made by Hand, as it shows you where to find original jewellery, ceramics, home furnishings, and decorative objects in the City that strives to protects her Artists.

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  88. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Paris, France. It is my favorite city in the world. I've never felt more alive or like myself than I have while in Paris. I feel like that city is part of me. A close second would be Oulu, Finland. I used to live there for a shot time. It would be fun to go back with my family and let my kids see some old friends of theirs and ours.

    moodykelly(at)gmail(dot)com

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  89. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like to visit is Portugal (and Spain!)-- 'cause that is where we are heading in 14 days! Why? -- well there are lots of reasons -- fabulous food, wine and coffee, wonderful textiles and lots of "old world" arts and crafts! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  90. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Scotland, 'cause I'm in love with how magic this country is in books since I'm a teenager reader.

    marm0tte at free.fr

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  91. At first chance the country I'd like to visit most is Austria. I've been to Salzburg-once for 6 hours in pouring rain, and swore I'd return. The hills really were alive with the sound of music- so beautiful and inspiring. In fact, the man who I eventually married heard me say that before we were dating and bought me an awesome guide book of Austria, so that one day when I got there I'd be prepared. 7 years and 2 kids later, those plans have been on hold, but we will get there one day! ellatriveri@hotmail.com

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  92. Wow... just reading all the comments here is so inspirational! At the first chance I get, the country I would like to visit is Denmark. I have always been enamoured with Northern Europe lifestyle and maritime history. I also just learned some of our family originated in Sweden and Denmark. As if I needed another reason!

    marksara(at)pris(dot)ca

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  93. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Argentina, South America. I was there a long time ago, as a teen, traveling with my youth drama group, and I always felt like I wasn't able to explore the way I would if I was on my own. Plus, I'm older now, more willing to eat different foods and wiser about what I would have bought at the markets and elsewhere. I want to find that loose tea I had (so GOOD!) and that dulce de leche on biscuits (heaven!) and the markets.... Someday.. someday I'll go back! Love those little trinkets and I admit, those binder clips sent my heart fluttering! So silly.. binder clips?!?

    Thanks for the fun!
    cattyjenny (at) aol dot com

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  94. China, because my kids and I have been learning some Chinese and we'd love to live there for a bit to help us learn more.
    aliben7 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  95. if i could go anywhere it would be to Sweden. My great grandparents were immigrants, processed through Ellis Island. For some reason my great grandfather changed his last name and it hasnt been easy to trace family history.
    dkbnyny at gmail dot com

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  96. Squeee!! I was just pinning like mad from the BentoUSA site - only to find it here, too!

    Anyway, I think that I'd most like to visit Ireland or Norway. I have cultural connections to both, and they both interest me as being different from where I live. I like green things and castles. And I like lefse and fjords. But not hot. Heat and I don't do well.

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  97. I'd like to visit New Zealand because my grandparents both agreed it was the most beautiful place they'd been to after many years of travel together. It doesn't take much more than a recommendation, I'd really go anywhere.
    Thanks for the giveaway, and the fabulous blog.
    Beth
    bethprops@gmail.com

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  98. At the first chance I get, the country I would most like to visit is India for the food and sites. (Because I've already been to Japan, but plan to go back there too!)
    jvanatta47 at hotmail dot com

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  99. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Japan because my brother is going to school there, and I miss him very much! My 6 year old and I are learning Japanese and saving up money for a trip there.
    weaver.mb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  100. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is.....Italy. I love the history and beauty I have seen in books and would love to get there myself.

    adjin 521 at gmail

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  101. Hi Lier,
    Great giveaways, but I'm not interested in either because I'm going to Singapore very soon for a gorge-fest :P (That comment about (ex)Singaporeans missing Singaporean food? 100% accurate.)
    Could you please tell me where Textile Centre is in Singapore? TOTALLY need to spend a whole morning there. Oh, and also, where is Daiso?
    Thanks heaps!
    Sarah Pringle :)

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  102. At the first chance I get, I'd go to Japan. I'd like to indulge my son in his train fixation, pick up more bento supplies (since I make him sorta bentos), get my husband out to a real vacation where he can't do anything but be in the moment. I'd also hope that I get a chance to pick up some decades old biological samples so my bf can finish writing that last paper from his former advisor. Love the blog, and it's been lovely to be reading and incorporating some of your ideas into reality, and having it rev up some creative juices in my own mental noodle.

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  103. ...Italy, because I studied art in grad school and I want to see the light shining through the Pantheon. Oh, and eat some ( a lot ) of gelato.

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  104. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is London, England because I love their accent and their fashion.

    Liz,
    mzxbeth@gmail.com

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  105. Wow - what an amazing giveaway! Thanks so much, I sure hope to win this one!!!
    I have never been to Asia so I guess any of the countries in this continent will be a dream vacation! You post just "smells" like the magic of the east, how I wish I could go there…
    It could also be amazing if you'll post someday recommendations for places to go and see while you are in Singapore (other than the obvious ones of course) - that way if I will be able to live my dream I'll be prepared 
    Thanks so much!
    Adi[dot]tamir[dot]at@gmail[dot]com

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  106. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Canada! My husband goes for business every few months, and I would love to be able to go with him sometime.
    steve88xjsgirl at gmail dot com

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  107. Oh, wow! I'm not really sure. I've never been out of the states, so my list of wishes is really long. My top three picks are the Isle of Crete, New Zeeland, and Prince Edward's Island in Canada, all for the same reasons the beauty of the place.

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  108. For 21 years I was a Flight Attendant for American Airlines. I've lost count of how many countries' airports I've been in. Three years ago I took an early retirement package, and - because I am a wife and mother - I have never regretted that. However, there were a few places that I really wish I had made it to before I retired. And so, to answer the question, and secure a chance at winning a fabulous gift: At the first chance I get, I'd like to go to Japan. The climate is similar to what I'm used to. The language is NOTHING like what I'm used to, and my son would LOVE it because "Mainly ALL robots are made in Japan."

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  109. ...India! Because I worked there as a volunteer for the Girl Guides (Girl Scouts) 12 years ago, and it was an amazing, unforgettable experience, but I only got to see one area of the country - I need to go back and see more!

    Ehendry(at)gmail(dot)com

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  110. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Canada - again. i want to go skiing there with my husband and show him the great places i went to there, as well as revisit old friends. From NZ anywhere is a long way to go! Sandra@withinyou.co.nz

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  111. If I could pick any country to travel to it would be India. I've always been fascinated by the culture there. But really, I would be more than happy to visit ANY country in the world!

    Laura
    laura(dot)kathryn(at)comcast(dot)net

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  112. So so enjoyed looking through this post. I may have said Austrlia or Canada until today but after seeing all these shopping possibilites

    If I get the chance I am definitely going shopping in Singapore, I need one of those chalk markers so badly.

    I can be contacted via my blog or at joymusic7@aol.com

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  113. Canada, because that's where both my and my husband's extended families are. And I'd like to expose my little daughters to wolf howling get-togethers in Algonquin Park!
    Thank you for your blog, LiEr! It so often makes me smile.

    srmirsky(at)gmail(dot)com

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  114. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is..... Japan! I love so much things in that country. Starting with the language who's so different from German. I love the culture, the food, of course Bento and much more things. I spend hours watching Anime or reading Manga. It would be great to shop in such a large city like Tokyo =) But I also like the clothings and festivals,... I could tell so many other things, but I think I can say: I love Japan, and I hope I can ever travel there!

    bierjacqueline[at]gmx.de

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  115. ... the UK - it just seems so cool - maybe because I just finished watching Downton Abbey. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  116. Italy, I hear the pizza there is like no other anywhere. I love the language, the culture, the movies, the history, fashion, basically I love all things Italian.

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  117. I would go to Peru, it is my parents home country. I want to learn more about their culture and I die for their food.
    Great food, great people, great adventures.

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  118. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is... Japan. I've been lucky enough to see most of Europe and Japan fascinates me.

    If I win the Bento goodies, please choose another winner as I don't have any children so I'd rather they were sent to someone who'll use them. But thanks for the chance!

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  119. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Singapore. I would love to see from where this truly inspirational blog hails!
    longsheds@btinternet.com

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  120. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Iceland, and thats because of the wildness in the nature, the magic in the hills and the beauty in every rock! A bath in the Blue Lagoon would be THE most luxurious relaxation i can think of just now!

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  121. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is..... Canada or the US, because being in a very small European country, it's fascinating to see how BIG everything is there :-) plus i would visit all these shops (Hobby Lobby, Joann's, etc) that I keep reading about :-)

    Awesome giveaways!
    g.for.gigantomachia at gmail d0t com

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  122. "At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Scotland....it is the land from which my grandpa sailed across the seas for a new life." America is where he met my grandmother and wooed her with dancing to the radio in the middle of a country road. You see, that was the type of entertainment that was affordable in the 40's. The home he was born in is still standing on the farm where he was raised. Thanks for the interesting information that you abound with.
    Julie
    mnmacres at zoominternet dot net

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  123. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Norway, because I've always wanted to see the midnight sun...

    (heidi_bauters at hotmail dot com)

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  124. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Spain,this country was once peaceful and prosperous, religions lived there without any problem.To be a jewish, a christian or a moslem was the same. I would like to visit Cordoba, Granada and the mountain called El supiro d'El Moro.Good luck for everyone, and many thanks Ikat bag for all the sharing, we are our whole life grateful. may God protect you and your beloved.

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  125. ...Japan! My husband and I have both gone individually and together. Now that we have children, we want them to experience the food, sights and shopping.

    Thank you!
    tracyannhong[at]gmail[dot]com

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  126. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is..... Peru because I would like to see the rain forest canopy and the diverse wildlife that lives there. sjzalar at gmail dot com

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  127. Lisa in NH (montanalrc@yahoo.com)February 28, 2012 at 7:21 AM

    ...Singapore, Korea or Japan, mostly because of the food. I love to cook and eat Asian food more than any other in the world

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  128. If I get a chance, the country I would visit would be Ireland. We grew up everything Italian(mother's family). But my father's side is more Ireland. Would love to spend about a month just exploring. Love all the little cute Singapore items and the Bento box, OH MY. I may have to get one for a picky eating grandson for school lunch.

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  129. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Nepal (again). I've been there twice already and willing to get back for the third time. It is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen.

    Thanks for the chance!

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  130. Canada! I was born there and the last time I went on holidays there was in 2004! (And that was my last vacation since then.) It is a big and beautiful country and we haven't seen even half of it. And the shopping there is great, much better than in the Netherlands where I live with my husband and 3 kids (Noah age 5, Kayleigh age 3 and Ryan age 9 months). We hope to be able to save enough money to visit it in 2014 when my husband and I will be married for 12 and a half years.

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  131. Sweden and Finland. Just bought tickets leaving June 30th!
    I was a high school exchange student 30 years ago. High time I went back to visit.
    I am now on the hunt for Cosmo polka dot bias tape - I could make my own but I now want the polka dot webbing too. You might have jump-started a polka dot fetish.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

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  132. I want to go to Scotland with my grandson. I want to walk on hills covered with heather and rejoice in the rugged land. Then maybe on to Australia
    Gina

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  133. At the first chance I get, the country I'd most like to visit is Nepal. My husband is from there and our children haven't been there yet. I've been there twice and would love to go again! - Kim
    kjdangol(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  134. The first chance I get, the country I'd like to visit most is Italy -- would love to taste wine, eat fresh pasta, and paint the country side....also Greece (Santourini) is at the top of my someday wish list! : ) Australia would be fun too....sigh. Someday.

    Thanks for the opportunity, I'm coveting your spotty bias tape and chalk marker! : )
    xoxo
    Pink and Green Mama
    MaryLea
    pink(dot)green(dot)98(at)verizon(dot)net

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  135. The first chance that I get...I would love to visit France - to have their amazing food, culture and see the history.

    Thanks so much! I am loving everything bento that you posted and I will have to check it out. I also love the chalk marker!
    Cat
    cathunter4@gmail.com

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  136. ...Ireland -For good Guinness and music!

    Thanks for sharing some of your goodies.

    Jenn
    greygerbs (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

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  137. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is..... England. Especially London and the summer olympics.

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  138. the first chance I get I would love to visit Spain - never been but would love to explore a new country.

    vone.emerson@gmail.com

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  139. The country I'd like to visit would be Scotland! For the scenery, the rustic living, and a little bit of family history!

    This Is an awesome giveaway! Love your blog!

    nancebagance at yahoo dot ca

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  140. Wo hoo... I hope someday I can visit Japan, love their fabric and bento stuffs

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  141. The country I'd most like to visit is Hawaii but the first chance I get I am going to Iceland as that is where I come from, but have not been there in almost 3 years! And I miss the energy from the nature there (and my people too ofcourse :)

    this is such an amazing giveaway, your blog is always an inspiration !

    hronnsa75 at gmail dot com

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  142. "At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is..singapore....I think you convinced me I need to go shopping there!!!

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  143. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is... Japan! because I practice Aikido since some years ago, and would be great to visit the place where aikido was born.
    Greets from Argentina!

    lucianaej (at) gmail (dot) com

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  144. It's been nice to read a little about your trip--I love seeing the goodies you pick up in Singapore. I'd love to visit Sweden. My great-great grandparents came to the US from there, and I'd like to learn more about it! Thanks for the giveaway!

    hilarypeterson [at] gmail [d0t] com

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  145. The country I would like to visit is the Philippines. I grew up there and moved to the United States when I was 12. I haven't been back since. As a child, I didn't appreciate the beauty and the culture at all. Now that I'm older, I would love to reconnect with old friends, family, and most especially to share my childhood memories with my own daughters and husband.

    Thanks for sharing your goodies!

    Leila (leila@pobox.com)

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  146. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Italy. I would love to see the rolling countryside and enjoy a meal of pasta and breads while drinking in the view. The people seem as though they would be so friendly and welcoming:)

    my email is repeake@zeus.kern.org

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  147. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is South Africa. I want to go on safari and see the Big 5 (and the Zebra and Giraffe and...) in their natural habitat.

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  148. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is America! I am from the States and have only been back once in the past 13 years. My family has expanded faster than my ability to buy tickets, unfortunately!

    The Bento stuff is cuuuuuute. I would love to try it out.

    raisin3cookies at yahoo dot co dot uk

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  149. England. I would love to visit relatives and go the the country!

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  150. I think the country I would like to visit is France. I took so much French in school and it would be fun to see what I remember.

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  151. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Ireland! I'm Irish at heart! Thanks for the giveaways!

    lauri.greco@gmail.com

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  152. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Australia. I'd love to see kangaroos, spotted quoll, sugar gliders, koalas, etc. I thought of moving there for a long time.

    I'd love the Singapore giveaway. Thanks for your generosity!

    rachel dot moreno at gmail dot com

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  153. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is..... Switzerland. The chocolate. That answer is fun, but if I think about it more, I am sure there are many places I would love to go for many reasons! St. Maarten for the beaches, Ireland for the dancing, England for the brick roads and castles, pubs, so many more......
    Thank you for the inspirations, making lunches can be tediously boring, at least that would be tediously fun!

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  154. Switzerland for the chocolate

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    23Jenny@ att.net

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  155. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is... honestly... nowhere. I'm not much of a world traveler, it makes me too nervous. But I enjoy reading about other people's adventures.

    myemye_12 at hotmail dot com

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  156. Ireland. My brother in law is from there and I'd love for him and his family to show me around! Incidentally I found you on Pinterest and am Smitten with your blog! I am absolutely certain we would be friends! I have also fallen in love with the pill shaver and chalk dispenser. HAVE to get me one of those!

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  157. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Ireland because of how beautiful the land is. I would love to go for long exploring drives on their pretty roads.

    ch7268 (at) gmail (dot) com

    I really enjoyed reading about your trip to Singapore, loved all the beaches and nice outdoor pools!

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  158. If I could, I would go to Greece with my husband. I went as a student and have wonderful memories, I would love to relive the experience with my best friend!

    liz at brownbettyfarm dot com

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  159. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is..... France. As a kid I dreamed of going. In high school I took a year of french though I well stunk at it. Would like a visit all the same.

    http://richardquilts.blogspot.com
    http://trackmyshows.com

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  160. Jennifer Cheek-PayanFebruary 28, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Japan because I love everything about the Japanese Culture and it looks like such a beautiful country! Thank you so much for the 2 awesome chances to win!

    my email is java_jenny@yahoo.com

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  161. First chance: Italy. I'm a musician and so many firsts for western music happened in Italy! Plus I love art and food. I will feel a little guilty if I win the G#1 - I live in Houston near "Chinatown" & can get cute adorable stuff at FIT (not as cheap though) I'm really hoping for a Bento for my 4yr old boy! We'll see! Welcome back "LiEr"!
    Mrswaxler(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  162. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is.... Scotland. Why? because that my husband and I both come from a Scottish decent and We'd just love to see where our ancestors came from and kinda where our roots started :)
    on another note I'd just like to say i Love getting your e-mails you are always so creative and you inspire me to play and just spend time with my kids even when my schedule seems so hectic, So THANK YOU!!
    My e-mail is GraceSuggs23@hotmail.com

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  163. I grew up in japan, so familiar!!

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  164. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Canada. My husband's maternal family are from Canada, and he has visited twice as a boy, but never as a grown man. It would be wonderful to take our daughter there to one of the many family reunions. Oh if only.
    LiEr, what a very generous giveaway this is. My fingers are crossed. :)

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  165. The country I'd like to visit most is South Africa. My husband spent several years there and tells me about it all the time. It would be great to go together and experience it! I just found your blog last week and it's so much fun! Your article about coping skills was so helpful to me. Thank you!
    dathomir7@yahoo.com

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  166. Le pays dont je rêve se trouve dans le sud ouest de l'Asie. C'est un très grand pays, montagneux et riche de diverses ressources.
    Sa civilisation date de la nuit des temps et Cyrus le grand en fit un grand pays civilisé. Ce pays, anciennement appelé Perse, est l'Iran.

    L'Iran que je n'ai pas revu depuis, bientôt 20 ans, en juillet 2012.
    La famille, la cuisine, la mer et la montagne me manquent aussi bien que cette charmante ville située au nord, j'ai nommé Rasht.
    artemisanahita@gmail.com

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  167. ... Italy, Spain and Poland! I'd love to combine a trip with all three, and go on it with my Mom and my husband. I'd like to walk around Spain, sit on the beach in Italy and eat some food in Poland while researching my husband's ancestry.

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  168. "At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Poland!" My family is Polish and i would love to see where we came from:)
    amyswilkie@yahoo.com

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  169. The country I'd like most to visit is Australia. It's the only continent I have not visited yet, and I have family down under. Thanks for the great blog.

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  170. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is England. I really enjoy the All Creatures Great and Small books and TV series, and I also garden, so I'd like to see the beautiful gardens there!

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  171. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like to visit is Japan--for so many different reasons! The culture, the food, the beautiful countryside...I could go on an on. My brother spent the better part of a year on a job there and I just never tired of hearing about his adventures. Not to mention the fact that my daughter is absolutely obsessed with anime and manga--and I love it, too. I have been scoping out the reality of making the trip and while it is not practical at the moment, we will go one day.

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  172. "At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is.....
    Ireland. I have a lot of Irish heritage in my family and would love going back to my "roots". I love how you go back to Singapore and get to spend time there!

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  173. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is England. I was born there but we moved to New Zealand when I was 3 so I would love to go and see my family and continue my geneology investigations!

    ant_tammy@clear.net.nz

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  174. I am so excited you are offering this giveaway. I was totally oohing and aahing over your cute stuff and then I saw te giveaway.

    At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Japan. My 7 yro daughter is a hello kitty lover and I think it would be an amazing trip to see all the things we have looked at in the hello kitty collection book.

    Dawn
    Stammfamily2@yahoo.com

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  175. I would most like to visit England. I have researched my husband's family as far back as I can without actually visiting Yorkshire (they left in 1830) - which I hope we can do some day soon. I really enjoy your reading your blog and envy the time you have to create, maybe in my retirement :) Thanks also for opening up your giveaway to those of us who don't live in the USA (I'm in Canada)
    Cathy
    calvert[dot]cathy[at]gmail[dot]com

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  176. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is probaby Germany. My father was born there, my brother now lives there and my daughter has visited there, so I think I should too.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    sherryws (at) dodo (dot) com (dot) au

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  177. The first place I thought of was Scotland because I have family history there, but there are few places in the world I wouldn't like to visit!
    hannahclark (at) cox (dot) net

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  178. I would love to take my family to Italy. I'm in awe of bespoke tailoring and would visit Naples just to people watch and hopefully catch a glimpse of some amazing fashion. Oh, and eat the beautiful food, of course.

    littlekidsgrow (at) gmail (dot) com

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  179. At the first chance I get, I would most like to travel to China! I've taken chinese since 6th grade and I love learning about their language and culture! I cannot wait to go there some day!

    beana14@sbcglobal.net

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  180. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is...Japan. My daughter is in an immersion preschool and I'd like her to experience more Japanese culture. And I want to buy up all the cute stuff at the stationery stores.
    christine[underscore]ladner[at]yahoocom

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  181. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Australia. I have been wanting to volunteer saving fruit bats there for a long time!

    Thank you for this fun give away!

    ma_lafranque (at) hotmail (dot)com

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  182. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Australia. There's something very alluring about all those beaches!
    Elena V
    wildorchad@rambler.ru

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  183. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is.....Italy. My ancestors are from the mountainous region and I would love to visit some relatives who still live there. I love your shopping spree! What absolute fun you had. I would love to win the Singapore package. The Bento Boxes are fun too! Dnnhuber@comcast.net

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  184. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Switzerland because my daughter lives there with her husband and 1 year old daughter (my granddaughter!).

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  185. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Peru. I have allways wanted to go see Matchu Pitchu. GreenChicken31@hotmail.com

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  186. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Canada. Because I can drive there in a few hours, so it wouldn't cost much, which means I have no excuse not to go!

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  187. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is...Taiwan. I want to take my children to see where their ancestors came from. My parents immigrated from there and we used to go back every other year so I felt like I kinda grew up there. I have yet to make the trip because I'm scared of traveling on an airplane for 10+ hours with three kids under 6. sniffie99@yahoo.com

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  188. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is... Greece. I went there for a week on my honeymoon 13 years ago. We stayed on a tiny little island (car population = 5) and had an idyllic time. I would love to visit some of the other parts of that beautiful country. Oh, and eat more of their wonderful food.

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  189. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Japan. I have been in love with the Japanese culture since I was a child. I love the anime, manga, fashion, kawaii-everything, Hello Kitty, Harajuku and fabric galore. Hopefully someday I am lucky. Neene96@yahoo.com.

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  190. At the first chance I get, the country I'd like most to visit is Ireland. I was born there and would love to show my husband and three kids where I'm from! emmacox78@yahoo.ca

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  191. The country I would most like to visit .... Hard one that. Being in the UK and having visited a fair amount of EU countries I would really like to visit somewhere with a different culture. I had a too brief stopover in Thailand on the way to Sydney and another in Singapore on the way back. They were both wonderfully different even if I only got to shop in the airports! If I am lucky enough to be picked I would love to win the Singapore sewing bits. Thank you for being so generous to us all. Jacqui.page@ntlworld.com

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  192. At the first chance I get the country I'd most like to visit is Mexico. I lived there for 2 years nearly 20 years ago (now I really feel old) and haven't been back since. I'd love to show my family all the places I talk about. My email is bethashfield@yahoo.co.uk

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  193. At the first chance I get, the country I'd most like to visit is Japan. My husband is a ceramics artist so of course we would love to visit all of the pottery studios we could. I love the Japanese aesthetic. Their value of tradition, simplicity and beauty is so appealing to me. I also love all the the clever design!
    blrothshank@gmail.com or www.rothshank.com

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  194. India, for the food, mainly: I love it, and also because I am intrigued by all things Asian. However, it is so difficult to choose a single country.
    Tahnks for the alwayq interesting blogposts.

    Natacha from France

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  195. Would love to visit Japan.. Why? I dont know, just so many new things to see and learn!

    nandinisreenath(at)gmail(dot)com

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  196. At the first chance I get, the country I would most like to visit is Ireland--again! My parents took me there two years ago (it will be two years this June) as a high school graduation present. We spent two weeks there and I LOVED it! In fact, when we were flying back to the States I bawled my eyes out. I would give to go back there again and visit my favorite places from my first visit, as well as some new places.

    adherbert@wildblue.net

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  197. Hi, At the first chance I get, the country I'd most like to visit is India, I haven't been there and it seems so diverse and like it has so much to offer. Thank you for the giveaway, I love your blog it is one of the highlights of my week :) Janette

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  198. At the first chance I get, the country I want to visit most is Turkey. I am intrigued by their history as the crossroads between east and west. As a Math teacher, I love their geometric designs in tiles and carpets and decorations. I know I would not speak the language but at least I would love their openness towards travellers. You can't live in Turkey and not welcome strangers and change. (melita2337@yahoo.com)

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