I’m now looking at the I-Ride Trolley Route Map placed at the Trolley Red Line South Bound Stop 1 located opposite Prime Outlets International in Orlando Florida USA – Me waiting for the I-Ride Trolley to arrive so that I can hop on & travel to my next shopping destination - the International Drive Flea Market at Trolley Red Line South Bound Stop 6 :
Here’s a Tourist Guide on the International Drive Flea Market from Dennis the Timeshare guy at the Tourist Information Counter inside the World’s Largest Mcdonald’s whom I met yesterday :
I’ve actually wanted to visit the Kissimmee Flea Market since it’s one of the oldest & best Flea Markets in Central Florida, but cos that’s too far from Quality Inn International where Dear & I are staying, I decided to visit the International Drive Flea Market when I happened to chance upon it in the above Tourist Guide.
In less than 10 mins, I arrive at Trolley Red Line South Bound Stop 6, located opposite the International Drive Flea Market – below shows the I-Ride Trolley from which I just got off :
I’m now showing you 2 snapshots of International Drive Flea Market which I took from onboard the I-Ride Trolley while travelling to Prime Outlets International this morning :
While below pic shows the International Drive Flea Market which I’m looking at right now standing at the I-Ride Trolley Red Line South Bound Stop 6 from across the road :
I’ve now entered International Drive Flea Market – WOW it’s indeed pretty huge though not as big as I’d expected – though it’s said to have over 300 Booths in here……………..
And I’m soon feeling really disappointed as I walk around the whole place, as some Booths are closed, & most others have similar stuffs & mostly made in China with rather poor qualities…………
And then I even see & hear Cantonese speaking Asian guys who’re tending their Booths, & they sound & look like Malaysians - & it suddenly feels kinda weird that I get to hear Cantonese here in so faraway Orlando Florida hahah!!
There’re also many Fake imitation Bags such as COACH, & they’re really ugly compared to the real genuine ones which I’ve just got from Prime Outlets International heheh – OOPS I’m feeling bad right now for the criticism :
And there’re many cheap Luggage Bags here which I see some Tourists come buy, but overall, nothing much catches my attention here so I’m already walking out of the Flea Market after some half an hour…..
Just to take note - One can redeem for a Free Gift or Discount Coupon Book with the following Slip from the International Drive Flea Market Tourist Guide (as featured above) – however, I totally forgot about it when I was in there……….
The following’s a Video on International Drive Flea Market which I found on Youtube for your viewing pleasure - Well, just as I’ve seen & read in the above Tourist Guide, the Flea Market sure seems very attractive in the Video here but somehow it doesn’t quite impresses me much when I’m actually walking in there (
I’m now already outside International Drive Flea Market – looking at its opposite FUN SPOT Park – another fun-looking Amusement Park here at the International Drive :
There’s even my favourite Ferris Wheel which I’d love to ride on with Dear perhaps on another day if time allows us…………..
Soon after, I hop on the I-Ride Trolley at Trolley Red Line South Bound Stop 6 opposite International Drive Flea Market, & am now on my way back to International Drive cos I need to go back to the Souvenir Gift Shop to exchange for a larger size of Dear’s T-shirt which I bought for him yesterday…………
After about 20 mins, I’m back at International Drive (just outside Quality Inn International at I-Ride Trolley Red Line South Bound Stop 15) where I had my first Shopping Spree yesterday – & I go into the first Souvenir Shop with Dear’s T-shirt Receipt asking the Indian lady boss at the Cashier Counter if she knows the whereabout of that particular Shop (where I bought the T-shirt) cos I realise I can’t remember where I bought it from yesterday since I’ve been to so many Shops!!!
And the Indian lady is very helpful & immediately calls the Shop (based on its telephone no on my Receipt), to ask for its exact location – then directing me towards the Gift Outlet – the name of the Shop where I got the T-shirt – located directly after Chuck E Cheese’s……….
The following’s another snapshot of the Gift Outlet from my Shopping Spree yesterday :
And below’s the Paradise Orlando Florida Souvenir T-shirt which I got (from the above Gift Outlet) for Dear yesterday, but it’s slightly too small for him, so I’ll have to exchange for a larger size now :
And in browsing through the Souvenir T-shirts in the Gift Outlet, I find another pretty cool Orlando Florida Tropical Paradise & Sunsets T-shirt for Dear again :
Then I continue shopping & below’s my lovely Florida Dolphins in Ocean Souvenir Magnet :
And I’m really surprised at how delicious these beautiful looking Salt Water Taffies are upon first trying them back home in Singapore!! They come in different Tropical flavours & colors – some citric yet some sweet tasting - & they’re chewy & really yummily superb!!
And below’s my beautiful Florida Map with 24kt Gold Rim Souvenir Porcelain Plate – I may not have told you this before but it’s actually my Travelling habbit to try hunt for Souvenir Plates (as mometos) whenever Dear & I travel :
I also found the following lovely Florida Princess in Cinderella Castle Souvenir Photo Frame from inside the Gift Outlet :
At least now I’ve got this above Disney Castle Frame in replacement of the Walt Disney World Cinderella Castle Photo Frame which I never get to buy from Magic Kingdom cos I thought it was the exact same design as the Sleeping Beauty Castle Frame which I already have from Hong Kong Disneyland!
Now, let me show you a Handmade Handpainted Wooden Christianity Bracelet which I’ve seen since yesterday lying around at most Cashier Counters in the many Souvenir Gift Shops in the International Drive :
These Bracelets come in White or Black color & each costs only US$1 (not inclusive of Tax yet) which I believe are on sales here in Orlando Florida since there’re many Christian Black African Americans living in this area :
And like yesterday when the locals chat with me – From here inside the Gift Outlet, I’m again asked by the White American Sales girl & her Indian boss where I’m from, & when they hear I’m from Singapore, the Sales girl seems to have no idea where Singapore is…………
And the Indian boss soon tells me that he’s from Bangladesh & has migrated here to Orlando & started his business for several years now, & that he’s been to Singapore before – & he starts telling the Sales girl that Singapore is a clean beautiful Commercial City with me soon joining in & telling them a little more about my beloved Garden City…………
And just after paying for my Souvenirs, the Sales girl gives me the following Disney Princess Pencil as a gift – how sweet of her heheh :
I soon arrive at Dowdy Plaza where I shopped yesterday cos I wana buy more Souvenirs here – below’s a snapshot of the Plaza from my Shopping Spree yesterday :
Dear likes the Barack Obama T-shirt that I got him from Dowdy Plaza yesterday saying it’s pretty special & cool but I’ve got to exchange for a bigger size today as it’s too small for him.
And since he likes it so much, I’m getting him another – here it is the 44th President of United States of America Barack Obama Souvenir T-shirt for Dear :
And the elderly Indian boss from the Souvenir Shop at Dowdy Plaza begins chatting with me again just like yesterday, asking me if I’m a Muslim as he notices that I’m very well dressed & cover myself up pretty well – hahah so funny cos never on earth would I think of that cos afterall, I’m only wearing my black tights & a short denim Jacket over my thin lacy top & short flar demin skirt!!
Then he finds out that I’m shopping alone as my hubby’s attending SolidWorks Conference at Walt Disney World – & YES, he knows about the Conference too cos it seems to be very famous around here!!
And he asks if my husband’s an American………..& whether prices of things back in Singapore is more expensive than here in Orlando, which I tell him that the stuffs here are more costly cos of the exhange rates, but that I don mind cos I find the qualities from here are much better……………& we continue to chat while I look at his Souvenirs in his Shop…………..
And of course being a World Souvenir Magnets lover, I can’t help but hunt for more here at Dowdy Plaza – here below are my Orlando Florida with $100 United States of America Dollars, Coins & Colored Balls in Water Globe Souvenir Magnets for Mom, Godmom & myself :
Godmom has been collecting Souvenir Magnets due to my influences & I get her tons from everywhere I travel in the past several years since me met!!
And Godmom loves this particular Orlando Florida Souvenir Magnet upon seeing it back home in Singapore – finding it really unique & fascinating telling me that she’s never seen anything so beautiful - hahah guess cos Godmom loves Money lots lots heheh :
Here’s another beautiful Florida Palm Tree on Sandy Beach with Starfish Souvenir Magnet which is one of my favourites cos I’ve always liked Palm Trees, & since coming to Orlando Florida, I’ve fallen much in love with Palm Trees as I see them everywhere I go :
Below’s my Florida Seashells with Pinky Sand in Bottle Souvenir Magnet – still remember I used to have a similar Colorful Florida Seashells with Sand in Bottle Souvenir Magnet which my Sister got me several years ago, but so sadly I broke it (though I’ve still kept the broken pieces till today hoping to fix them somehow) – so here’s the “replacement” :
Here’s another Florida Seashell Collection with Beach Sand in Bottle Souvenir for myself as I adore Seashells :
These Seashells are in various lovely bright colors just like the Seashells in the Souvenir Magnet which my Sister got me that I mentioned earlier :
And here’s my favourite Florida Beach Hut with Colorful Boats & Palm Trees Souvenir Photo Frame :
Hahah I’ve spent some time deciding on this particular Photo Frame as there’re so many varieties & designs & shapes!! I like these huge Palm Trees & its Colorful Beach Boats cos they somehow remind me of the colorful Bathing Boxes at Brighton Beach in Melbourne, Australia which Dear & I love so much!!
Now, back here to Orlando Florida USA – Cos I’ve been trying to find American Chocolates to bring back home for Dear & our families – I’ve actually been looking around since yesterday at the International Drive, but so far found nothing good enough……….
So I ask an Indian employee from Dowdy Plaza if there’s any Supermarket around & I’m told that there’s this ABC Supermarket which is just at the back of Dowdy Plaza – below’s a snapshot of the Signboard for ABC Liquor, Wine & Beer Supermarket which I took yesterday, but of course I didn’t know it’s a Supermarket then :
And yes, I soon see lots of Chocolates inside ABC Supermaket – well, I’ve actually wanted to go to Walmart but so far I’ve no idea how I can get there except to take a Taxi, but you know, I’m not supposed to travel in Taxi alone here in Orlando Florida as I mentioned yesterday, so I’m really so glad & happiest that I manage to find Chocolates here!!
Besides Chocolates, I also buy the following Sunshine State Florida Wooden Map Keys Holder – made of Solid wood & handmade here in America – think I’ve seen this in the Imaginations Gift Shop yesterday morning but I forgot to buy it, so I’m really excited to find it here today – very lovely in very good workmanship :
And displayed in the exterior showcases of ABC Supermarket are China made Dolls such as Victorian & English ones & they cost really cheap at either US$9.90, US$12.90, US$14.90 or US$16.90 (not inclusive of Tax yet). And I’ve wanted to get one but unfortunately, I couldn’t find one that’s attractive enough in terms of their dresses (
Worst still, I tell myself that I’ll take some pics of the Dolls before I leave the Supermarket, but I totally forget about it after paying for my purchases!!! Can’t blame myself though, cos I’m carrying 2 huge Shopping Bags of Chocolates which I’ve just bought from the Supermarket!!
And not forgetting that I’ve got my very large COACH package which I’ve been carrying since leaving Prime Outlets International!!!
Here below are my very large Pink Flamingo Shopping Bags which are used to carry my many Chocolate purchases from ABC Supermarket :
And you know, I look really silly carrying so many large Shopping Bags with so many heavy stuffs in there – these above huge ones with all my Chocolates plus my large COACH package – they’re so bulky & heavy & really killing my arms when I walk back from the Supermarket to Quality Inn International………..
And I can literally “see” & sense that all Americans passing by me are laughing at me & thinking how silly I am to be walking so far with so many bulky heavy stuffs!! Haha cos you know, I bet most Americans have their own vehicles & I’m sure they probably never see a lone Asian girl doing what I’m doing right now hahah!!
I must be looking pretty pathetic while walking back cos a passing-by Tricycle rider asks if I need a ride back anywhere!!! Hey, I’ve actually seen this same White man riding a White lady & her child along International Drive yesterday morning, but I only realise he’s actually a Tricycle-Taxi rider when he asks me if I need a ride!! Hahah but too late cos I only realise that after he rides past me…………
If not I’d probably hop on his Tricycle-Taxi, as I’ve love to try it cos his Taxi looks so cute & self-made to me which I’ve never seen anything like that before I came to Orlando!! Besides, it can help lighten my loads too!! Also, there’s nothing for me to fear as it’s all open & clear to see for all – so I can always scream for help if he tries anything funny with me during our ride hahah!!
Anyway, I manage to bring all my Shopping Bags back with me safely to Quality Inn International - below are the Chocolates I just bought from ABC Supermarket – hahah I’m so dead exhausted that I even forget to snap a pic of my Babies Sportie, Cutie, Smartie & Micktie who’re all so happily eyeing my Chocolates on the bed here :
Let’s now all indulge in Chocolates Haven – hahah even the elderly Indian Cashier at ABC Supermarket commented that I bought so many Chocolates!!! which I told him I’m buying to bring back home to Singapore!!
Well, you must be wondering why I buy so many Chocolates, well, don know why but guess it’s been my family’s habbit to buy Chocolates whenever we travel to Australia, USA & Europe cos we believe the Chocolates in these countries are yummiest as compared to the ones we have in Singapore!! Besides, we all love chocolates so much so much!!
So whenever Dear & I travel to these places, we’ll buy tons of Chocolates home, & we’ll try to buy those that we can’t find in Singapore!! Though at times we ended up buying what we already have at home, but still, we think that the ones we bought from overseas tend to be much freshier & yummier heheh!!
Hahah this’s an example of what I just told you – that sometimes we end up buying what we already have back home in Singapore (which I only realise after our Orlando Trip) – Hershey’s Kisses with Almonds Milk Chocolates – well, can’t help it when I see them since Kisses Chocolates are so famous here in America :
Milky Way Minis Chocolates with Creamy Caramel & Smooth Nougat – very very fresh & nice!!
Below’s Dear & my BEST favourite – Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups - I thought these are the same as the ones that my Sister bought us (from her Business Trip in USA) during our Chinese Lunar New Year, since they’ve got the same name.
But to my utter great surprise, these ones that I bought here in Orlando are even better & more delicious cos they’re so different cos unlike the milk chocolate coating on the ones my Sister gave us, these Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are completely all in brown Peanut Butter!!! Our GOODNESS they taste so heavenly – so soft & smooth & immediatley melt inside our mouths – really so superb!!
Haha, I’m so happy to have found these below ROLO Chewy Caramels in Milk Chocolates – still remember I’ve had my very first taste of Rolo Chocolates many years ago when Mom bought me a Rolor Bar from Perth Australia, & I’ve since fallen in love with it & craved for it - & every time Dear & I travel to Australia, we’ll try to look for it!!
And it was 2 years ago that I’d my last bite of this yummy yummy Chocolate which Dear got me during his Business Trip to Sydney :
Hershey’s Miniatures Chocolates which are made up of 4 different flavours – Hershey’s Krackel which is made of Chocolate & Crisped Rice, Hershey’s Mr. Goodbar which is made with Chocolate & Peanuts, Hershey’s Milk Chocolate & Hershey’s Special Dark Mildly Sweet Chocolates – pretty cool & yummy :
Riesen Chewy Chocolate Caramel covered in Rich European Chocolates – Made in Germany – these Chocolates are heavenly indulging in flavour though they tend to stick to our teeths at time hahah!! But I still love them lots!!!
Here’re more yummy yummy American Chocolate Bars from ABC Supermarket :
More Hershey’s Chocolate Bars - have got to buy tons of Hershey’s since it’s America’s favourite brand heheh :
Below’s a snapshot of the Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme Chocolates – extra thin Bar filled with Cookies & Creme all over White Chocolates that are so exceptionally tasty & so delicious – both Dear & I love these lots lots!!! Haha they look kinda yucky here though, but TRUST me they’re marvelicious!!!
And below pic shows my Baby Smartie in his favourite most comfortable Bear Boxer Army Shorts & Aberdeen T-shirt (his homewear) seated beside Pa Pa in our cosy home back in Singapore after our Orlando Florida USA Trip - heheh he looks so cute so cute :
Poor little Smartie’s still looking very tired from Jet Lag…………..but he’s extremely excited over the American Hershey’s Whatchamacallit King Size Chocolate that Ma Ma bought from ABC Supermaket at International Drive in Orlando heheh :
Back in our Hotel Room at Quality Inn International - I’m now drinking the Tropicana Orange Juice which Dear got from his SolidWorks World 2009 Conference last night – yummy yummy somehow it tastes so good & so much freshier now that I’m drinking it here in its home-maker Florida :
Dear also brought back a Packet of Popcorn from his Conference yesterday – Popcorn’s Smartie’s favourite (Pa Pa’s too) cos our Baby must have Popcorn whenever we bring him to the Movies back home in Singapore heheh :
However, these Popcorns are salty ones instead of the sweet ones that we like (
Mmm…………I’m feeling hungry again at this hour of the day here in Orlando – about 4pm in the afternoon which is actually 3am in the morning back home in Singapore cos of the 13-hours time difference………….
Luckily I’ve bought my most delicious American Lite Bite Pecan Chicken Salad which I just got from the mini Convenience Store at the Quality Inn International on my way back here from International Drive :
I’d actually earlier wanted to stop by the World’s Largest Mcdonald’s to pack some food back here, but cos both my hands were full from carrying so many huge bulky heavy Shopping Bags, & both my legs & hands were extremely exhausted & tired from the much walking since around 8.45am this morning…………
And I was feeling very sleepy which I believe was due to Jet Lag too, I decided to buy the Pecan Chicken Salad instead since it’s so convenient, & I also like it very much remembering that I only ate half of it & left the other half for Dear last night!!
Haha, can’t wait anymore – Let’s now tuck into my most yummiest fresh Pecan Chicken Salad topped with beautiful delicious Salad Dressing – Yum Yumm……………
Shortly after finishing my entire huge portion of Pecan Chicken Salad (this time I make sure I leave none for Dear cos it’s too good & yummy to give up any!!), I make a phone call to Gray Line Sightseeing Orlando (Tour Agent) & the Quality Inn International Tour Desk (where we made our reservation yesterday) to cancel our Trip to Miami (for this coming Thurs) cos Dear & I have decided that it’s too time-consuming (having to travel 8 hrs to & fro) & too tiring for us (or rather for him!!) :
Haha I’ve wanted to visit Miami very very much – I love watching CSI Miami!! Happily I’ve already planned for this Trip back home in Singapore before flying here – but very sadly, I’ve to cancel it now cos I don wana tire Dear too much as he’s already been very busy over his Conference & not been sleeping very much since arriving here.
And since we’ve only just decided to cancel it last night (Sunday), & if the Trip is not conducted only on Suns & Thurs, I’d have gone there alone today (or in the next 2 days) by myself without Dear since he finishes his Conference by Wednesday night………….
However Dear strictly objects to it whenever I bring it up to him cos he says it’s not safe & he’s afraid that I might be abducted (
Thinking of my Miami & feeling “it’s so near yet so far” & missing it so much………….I ’drop’ myself flat on Bed, send Dear a Text Message informing him that I’m safely back & resting in Hotel now………..& soon fall asleep while watching the local American TV Programme……………
………….till my Cell phone rings with a Text Message from Dear reading “Hello Dear, I’m waitin for bus now to hotel – very sleepy n tired la – u eat dinner already? Tonight not so cold la c u later – take care miss Smartie too la”………….
The time now is 9.15pm, & I continue sleeping till Dear’s back from his Conference at around 10.45pm - & I excitedly show off all my Souvenirs that I bought today - all spread out on the other Bed in our Room just like yesterday – too bad I forget to take pics of them (
- haha tired Dear lights up in smiles when he sees all the Chocolates, then he muses over my Paper-formed framed pics which I took at Picture Perfect, & then comments that his Dear Dear is so smart in knowing how to travel to Prime Outlets International all alone to buy the so gorgeous COACH Bags, despite knowing that I’ve actually just burned a big hole in his pocket haha!!
In no time, Dear starts telling me how excited he was to have met Virgin Airlines Tycoon Sir Richard Branson today in his Conference – Dear & I had seen The Rebel Billionaire Reality TV Show in Singapore back in 2005, & we’ve really been amazed & impressed with the Billionaire’s daredevil stunts!!
And here’s my Slideshow of photos taken during my day’s Visits to the International Drive Flea Market & International Drive - have fun :