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Shopping Spree at International Drive in Downtown Orlando, Florida USA

Filed Under (Cuisines, Florida, Orlando, Shopping, Travelling, USA, World Souvenirs) by Janet on 08-02-2009


Today is 8th Feb 2009 – our 3rd day in Orlando Florida USA.

And guess what, last night I actually fell asleep thinking of the lovely Souvenir Magnets Dear & I bought at Magic Kingdom yesterday………..& I even had beautiful dreams of yesterday’s eventful day - guess I even brought Walt Disney World fantasies into my dreamland heheh………..& waking up today feeling so great & happy!!

Starting today - Dear will be attending his SolidWorks World 2009 Conference for the next 4 days at the Swan & Dolphin Resort in Walt Disney World Resort. That means I’ll have to be all alone by myself these 4 days!! No worries cos I’ve lots of plans for myself heheh!!

Well, we wake up very early this morning at Quality Inn International, at about 6.30am, to get Dear ready for his Conference. And at about 7am, we walk to the Tour Desk at the Hotel lobby to get Dear’s Hotel Shuttle Bus (by Town & Country Transportation) Ticket to Walt Disney World Ticket & Transportation Centre, where he’ll be taking another Monorail to Magic Kingdom, then a Disney Bus to the Swan & Dolphin Resort where his Conference is held. 

And as we’ve still some time before the arrival of Dear’s Shuttle Bus, we check out the local Tours which might be available at the Tour Desk. And since we’d already kinda discussed & planned our tour itinerary back home in Sinagpore before coming to Orlando, we immediately reserve Tickets to Miami for the coming Thursday, & bought Tickets for Kennedy Space Centre for Friday, as well Tickets as to Universal Studios for Saturday :

Gray Line Sightseeing Orlando Tours from Quality Inn International in Orlando Florida USA

Town & Country Transportation Business Card :Town & Country Transportation from Orlando Florida USA

Here’s very smart & handsome Dear right outside Quality Inn International about to board the Hotel Shuttle Bus to Walt Disney World :

Dear going to attend Solidworks World 2009 Conference at Walt Disney World Swarn & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida USA

It’s a dream come true for Dear who’s often wished to attend the SolidWorks World Conference & he’s extremely pleased today :

Dear going to attend Solidworks World 2009 Conference at Walt Disney World Swarn & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida USADear about to board Hotel Shuttle Bus to Walt Disney World to attend Solidworks World 2009 Conference in Orlando, Florida USA

Dear boarding the Hotel Shuttle Bus now :

Dear boarding Hotel Shuttle Bus to Walt Disney World to attend Solidworks World 2009 Conference in Orlando, Florida USA

And he’s waving at me from inside the Shuttle Bus :

Dear waving at me from inside Quality Inn International Hotel Shuttle Bus to Walt Disney World to attend Solidworks World 2009 Conference in Orlando, Florida USADear seated inside Quality Inn International Hotel Shuttle Bus to Walt Disney World to attend Solidworks World 2009 Conference in Orlando, Florida USA

I soon send Dear off waving at him till his Bus disappears from the Hotel carpark………..& suddenly I’m left all alone standing in Orlando………….

Walking back to our Hotel Room, I stop by the Hotel’s Gift Shop which is already open by 7am. WOW WOW I suddenly become so excited & am jumping in joy as I see many beautiful Orlando Florida Souvenirs such as T-shirts, Souvenir Magnets & Post Cards that I like – but I tell myself that I should go outside to shop & look around first before purchasing them, just in case I see even better & cheaper ones out there heheh!!

Besides, I’m feeling so hungry right now I’ve got to eat something!!! Guess cos it’s actually dinner time past 8pm at night now back home in Singapore, since Orlando Florida USA is 12 hours behind home!

Back inside our Hotel Room, I make myself a Big Bowl of Seafood Korean Instant Noodle from the Room’s Kettle water - this time I was smart enough to turn on the Kettle upon waking up, cos I remember it took ages to boil on our first night here.

So by now, the water’s already boiled, though it’s still not as hot as the Hot water that Dear took from the Hotel’s mini Convenience Store upon our arrival here :( (

Seafood Korean Instant Noodle with Hot Dogs for Breakfast at Orlando, Florida USA

And adding 2 Hot Dogs which I brought from home, I start eating my Breakfast here in Orlando Florida USA – yummy yummy they’re really delicious as I already miss home Chinese food & soup…………….

Seafood Korean Instant Noodle with Hot Dogs for Breakfast at Orlando, Florida USA

Well, Dear & I were supposed to arrive at least 2 days before Dear’s Conference so that he’ll help me get orientated in the nearby surroundings of Quality Inn International, as well as Orlando’s local public transportation, but due to arriving late at night on our first day, & being busy the next whole day in Magic Kingdom, we simply have no time for all that………

And Dear’s pretty worried as he left for his Conference cos he’s worried that I’d be too bored & have nothing much to do being alone. Besides, just as my Mom, he’s concerned for my safety too cos afterall, I’m all alone in this foreign country so faraway from home…………

Moreover, Taxi rides are really costly here in Orlando Florida, & I’m also not supposed to travel in Taxi alone by myself cos Dear & I think it’s not very safe! Besides, the private Cabs we see around here are mostly covered in opaque dark mirrors & driven by Black drivers, even most local metre-Taxi are driven by Blacks. Not that we discriminate against Black Americans, but travelling alone in a Taxi in a foreign big land without knowing where exactly we’re going somehow gives us chills & discomfort!

Anyway, Dear & I tried finding out about the local public transportation at the Quality Inn International Tour Desk before Dear left for his Conference, but the rather elderly American White man named “Bob” who’s in-charge today wasn’t very friendly & helpful, unlike the really friendly helpful younger man whom we saw last night!! Well, Bob simply tells us that he’s only heard that the local Bus Stop is somewhere at the back of the Hotel, but he’s never even seen it & been there before!!! Well, it’s perfectly alright that he just told me that, but then his words were spoken with much sarcasm & impatience!!

In fact he was really sarcastic as he soon told 2 other young American White lady tourists off by shouting “You’ve got to look out for your own Tour Bus by yourselves cos I’ve got this block of wall right beside me & my eyes can’t go through them to see if it’s arrived at the Hotel for you!!” Well, to a certain extent, what Bob said is pretty true but then the 2 innocent girls were merely asking if their Bus has come since afterall, it’s their first time going on their tour, just as it’s a first time for Dear & I here in Orlando, & I don think Bob should have acted that snobbishly!!

Just then, a middle-aged White American dude, who happened to be standing around in the Hotel lobby with his wife & 2 kids, came up to me & asked where I’d like to go & if I needed any help, & he was about to tell me tips & directions if not for his tour bus which just arrived & he’d to go off with his Family…….but such was a really wonderful gesture from a total stranger in a foreign land, & I was really touched by him…………..

So you see, we get not much help & tips from nobody & so Dear was still pretty worried for me being all alone this whole day………But from our first day arriving in our Airport Shuttle Bus coming to Quality Inn International, I already noticed the many Tourist Shops & Eateries in the Hotel’s neighbourhood, so I assured Dear that he’s got nothing to worry for me cos I plan to visit all these shops today!!

Besides, no public transportation is needed since these shops are all pretty near to the Hotel, & to one another too, so I can always walk!!! Heheh I’m sure I’ll have lots to do this whole day as I plan to go on my very first Shopping Spree here in Orlando heheh!!! I simply can’t wait haha!!

What a beautiful bright sunny day today, with cool breeze blowing on my face constantly as I now walk out of Quality Inn International through its main Entrance at around 9.30am :

Quality Inn International at Downtown International Drive in Orlando, Florida USAQuality Inn International at Downtown International Drive in Orlando, Florida USA

I love the beautiful weather & I’m feeling so good so good as I text Dear on my Cell phone telling him how excited & happy I am to be here in Orlando & that I love the Gift Shop in our Hotel, & I wana buy so many things from there…………& that I’ll be alright being alone today & not to worry for me…………& that he has lots of fun & enjoy his Conference & take good care………………

World\'s Largest Mcdonalds at Downtown International Drive in Orlando, Florida USA

And it took me less than a few mins walk out of Quality Inn International before I see the World’s Largest Mcdonald’s Restaurant, in the shape of a most welcoming & mouth-delicious huge Box of Crispy Salty Fries :

World\'s Largest Mcdonalds at Downtown International Drive in Orlando, Florida USA World\'s Largest Mcdonalds at Downtown International Drive in Orlando, Florida USA

And since arriving in the Sunshine State – Orlando Florida USA, I notice there’re many Palm Trees everywhere – here’s a pic of tall beautiful Palm Tree at the Mcdonald’s Carpark outside Quality Inn International :

Beautiful Palm Tree outside Quality Inn International in Orlando, Florida USAInternational Drive outside Quality Inn International in Downtown Orlando Florida USA

And here’s the Quality Inn International Sign indicating “Rooms Available” just outside the Mcdonald’s Carpark :

Rooms Available at Quality Inn International in Downtown Orlando Florida USA

And stepping out of the small lane is Orlando’s world famous International Drive :

International Drive at Downtown Orlando, Florida USA

To the right is the way to highway Interstate 4  & Walt Disney World where Dear & I visited yesterday :

International Drive leading to Interstate 4 in Orlando Florida USA

And I’m now walking towards the left side of International Drive where I can see more Tourist Shops & Eateries - now passing by the Mobile Petrol Station located beside the Mcdonald’s (which is actually behind the Station) :

Mobile Petrol Station beside World\'s Largest Mcdonald\'s outside Quality Inn International in Orlando, Florida USAInternational Drive at Downtown Orlando, Florida USA

And just opposite the Mobile Petrol Station is Perkins Restaurant & Bakery with its huge American Flag flying in the bright blue sky :

Flying American Flag at International Drive in Downtown Orlando, Florida USA

I stop by a local Tourist Information Centre located slightly further ahead, intending to find more Tourist Maps & Guides, however there’s not much information & Pamplets available compared to what we’ve already got from the Quality Inn International lobby :

Tourist Information Centre at International Drive in Downtown Orlando, Florida USA where I visited

Very enthusiastically, I hastened my footsteps towards the Gift Shop next to the Tourist Information Centre :

Tourist Shops at International Drive in Downtown Orlando, Florida USA where I visited

I first make a quick stop at a local small Super Market :

Super Market at International Drive in Downtown Orlando, Florida USASuper Market at International Drive in Downtown Orlando, Florida USADrinks, Beer & Wine inside Super Market at International Drive in Downtown Orlando, Florida USA

Looking at the Soft Drinks inside the Super Market, I realise that a 2 Litre Coke costs only US$1.99, which is 2 dollars & actually more when including Tax, less than the one Dear bought from the Convenience Store at Quality Inn International last night!

Dear & I had thought it was already inexpensive for the Hotel Coke, but then it costs even much cheaper here!! Haha no wonder the Hotel Covenience Store Sales personnel had told Dear on our first night here that one Cup of Instant Noodle in there costs 2 to 3 times more than the ones from outside!!

Super Market at International Drive in Downtown Orlando, Florida USA

Just as I’m having a quick browse through the Super Market, I smell a very strong fragrant aroma of Chinese Stewed Duck………..Hmm…………mmm………….it smells so good so good……………..& immediately I’m aroused & start missing home-cooked food from Singapore…………..in fact my own Mom makes fantastic Stewed Duck & Pork!! Haha I don believe myself cos I’m afterall only here in America for 3 days, yet I already miss home-cooked food!!!

Hmm……….mm…………..wish I can eat Stewed Duck now as I ask the Asian-looking American Lady Boss seated at the Super Market’s Cashier Counter in Mandarin if that’s Chinese Stewed Duck & whether she sells it?!?!? Then I realise she seems kinda confused by my Mandarin & I quickly ask her again in English, & haha she must be thinking I’m joking or insane cos she looks at me weirdly before answering “YES” to Stewed Duck & then “NO” to NOT Selling!!!

Haha actually I’m just being so curious & wana find out if there’s Chinese Stewed Duck on sales here in Orlando Florida USA, & of course if there is, I’d be more than glad to get some for myself & Dear who loves Stewed Duck lots too, & bet he’d be so surprised & happy!!! That’d be so interesting heheheh!! But too bad, I could only smell Stewed Duck but not touch it!!

Anyway soon afterwards, I arrive at the following Imaginations Gift Shop located next to the Super Market :

Imaginations Gift Shop at International Drive in Downtown Orlando, Florida USA

Whoala!! Whoala!!! What a fanciful Souvenir Shop where there’re tons of local Souvenirs hanging high & low & everywhere!!

I’m so excited excited as I literally run to the Souvenir Magnets Section – However, on much closer looks at the Souvenir Magnets, I find that their qualities are pretty bad or that they’re simply not appealing in designs to me – making me pretty disappointed :

Tourist Souvenir Magnets inside Imaginations Gift Shop at International Drive in Downtown Orlando, Florida USA

But it’s okie as I turn my attention to the following huge selection of Souvenir Photo Frames & Water Globes :

Tourist Photo Frames & Water Globes inside Imaginations Gift Shop at International Drive in Downtown Orlando, Florida USATourist Photo Frames & Water Globes inside Imaginations Gift Shop at International Drive in Downtown Orlando, Florida USA

Beautiful Photo Frames in so many different shapes & designs but upon closer views of them, I realise they’re just like the above Souvenir Magnets, which I believe are all China-made, & actually look rather poor in quality & not very attractive………….

Tourist Photo Frames inside Imaginations Gift Shop at International Drive in Downtown Orlando, Florida USATourist Photo Frames inside Imaginations Gift Shop at International Drive in Downtown Orlando, Florida USA

Besides, seeing so many Photo Frames make me so blur & I simply can’t make up my mind on which I like most to bring it home……………….

Tourist Photo Frames inside Imaginations Gift Shop at International Drive in Downtown Orlando, Florida USA

Then I see different sizes of bottled Florida Seashells covered in Beach Sand which I get really fascinated with as I’ve always adored beaches & seashells very much & used to collect them when I was much younger :

Seashells with Sand in Bottles inside Imaginations Gift Shop at International Drive in Downtown Orlando Florida USA

I see more interesting stuffs as I walk through Imaginations Gift Shop, in search of Orlando Florida Souvenirs to buy…………….

Tourist Souvenirs at Imaginations Gift Shop at International Drive in Downtown Orlando, Florida USATourist Souvenirs at Imaginations Gift Shop at International Drive in Downtown Orlando, Florida USA

Most special & unique Wooden Silk Terrier Key Holder that I just found – & it immediately reminds me of Dear’s family Silky Terrier “Belle” (from Sydney Australia) whom we love so much, but has now passed on last year – so sad so sad :(

Wooden Silky Terrier Souvenirs at Imaginations Gift Shop at International Drive in Downtown Orlando, Florida USA

And here’re Wooden Poodle & Maltess Key Holders – reminding Me of the mischievous Australian Maltese named “Ricky” which is another Family Puppy of Dear now staying in Dear’s family home :

Wooden Puppy Souvenirs at Imaginations Gift Shop in International Drive in Downtown Orlando, Florida USA

Now we’re looking at Souvenir Liquor Lamps which are really interesting & cool :

Liquor Souvenirs inside Imaginations Gift Shop at International Drive in Downtown Orlando, Florida USA

And then I see these beautiful Golden Blue & Red “James” & “Janet” Key Rings :

Florida Dolphin Key Rings inside Imaginations Gift Shop at International Drive in Downtown Orlando, Florida USA

Next I see these naked Butts & Boobs Souvenirs & my first thought is to get the Boob one for Dear but I soon change my mind since I decided he already has the real beautiful mine heheh!!! Well, actually it’s cos I find them not very special as I’d seen them before elsewhere outside America :

Interesting Boobs & Butts Souvenirs at Imaginations Gift Shop in International Drive in Downtown Orlando, Florida USA

Then I get really excited when I see these following Spacecraft & Astronaut Souvenirs taking them for the Kennedy Space Centre Souvenirs – but on close looks at them, I realise I’m being too happy for too soon cos they’re actually “fake” ones & not the real Kennedy Space Centre Souvenirs as their shapes, colors & workmanships are really very bad & ugly…………….no wonder they cost so cheap!!!

Kennedy Space Centre Souvenirs at Imaginations Gift Shop in International Drive in Downtown Orlando, Florida USA

And just before I exit the Imaginations Gift Shop, I see these below Aligator Heads & yes, they’re real genuine ones as I read their attached details tags – poor poor babies……………..

Alligator Heads at Imaginations Gift Shop in International Drive in Downtown Orlando, Florida USABaby Alligator Heads from International Drive Gift Shop in Downtown Orlando Florida USA

I’m now walking away from the Imaginations Gift Shop as I turn my head around to snap this pic :

Tourist Shops at International Drive in Downtown Orlando, Florida USA where I visited

International Drive or I-Drive, is indeed Orlando Florida’s main hot Tourist destination as besides many Gift Shops, there’re many Restaurants & Eateries along its road strip – here we see the very popular Denny’s Diner Restaurant right ahead of Imaginations Gift Shop :

Denny\'s Diner Restaurant at International Drive in Downtown Orlando Florida USA

And crossing the road to the other side of International Drive,  there’s the famous Fast Food chain Burger King :

Burger King at International Drive in Downtown Orlando, Florida USA where I visited

Then here’s 24-hourly open IHOP Restaurant :

24-hour IHOP Restaurant at International Drive in Downtown Orlando, Florida USA

And here’s a pic of the backyard of Quality Inn International located opposite the road where I just crossed over from :

Quality Inn International at International Drive in Downtown Orlando Florida USA

And this below pic shows the local International Drive public transportation I-Ride Trolley Stop located at the back of Quality Inn International – Hey this must be the Bus Stop which “Bob” was trying to tell me earlier this morning :

I-Ride Trolley Stop outside Quality Inn International in Orlando Florida USAI-Ride Trolley Stop outside Quality Inn International in Orlando Florida USAQuality Inn International at International Drive in Downtown Orlando, Florida USA

And as I walk along this stretch of International Drive with not many cars & people in the fresh early morning hour, I’m feeling it’s really a good choice that Dear & I picked  Quality Inn International as our Vacation stay here in Orlando Florida as the Hotel’s located in the vicinity of all amenities giving me real convenience now as I am so close to everything!!

Dear had specially decided to let us stay at  Quality Inn International as it’s located right in the hot spot of International Drive with Tourist Shopping & Dinning facilities for the sake of Me, cos he doesn’t wan me to have to travel long ways & journeys to shopping areas as he’s worried for my safety, & cos he wan Me to be able to enjoy Orlando Florida even when I’m alone by myself during the days he’s away attending his Solidworks World 2009 Conference

And I must really thank Dear for his much thoughtfullness & love as he’s to sacrifice travelling longer time to his Conference in the Walt Disney World Resort as compared to him staying there :) ))

International Drive at Downtown Orlando, Florida USA

Hey there’s a Chinese Restaurant here – Panda Express Gourmet Chinese Food where I step in to check it out for a while before walking on :

Panda Express Gourmet Chinese Food at International Drive in Downtown Orlando Florida USA

Heheh there’re so many Souvenir & Gift Shops along this whole stretch of the International Drive, one next to one another & all within close proximity, & I’m so busy getting in & out, & browsing through & shopping in each & every single Shop heheh!!

And I’m falling in love with Orlando Florida USA as I walk under the bright clear beautiful blue sky, feeling so fortunate that I get to be here right now…………….

And I’m really surprised cos I soon notice 90% of the Souvenir & Gift Shops are manned & operated by Indian Americans!! Even their employees are mostly Indians!! Guess they must have migrated to Orlando Florida from India & now their whole family operates the International Drive Souvenir Shops Chain!!

No wonder I see Indian Restaurants around too!! Haha the Indians are really so smart!!!

And I also notice that I’m the only “Alien” tourist shopper in the whole International Drive!! Hahah I mean I’ve got to be the only Asian Chinese lady shopping here cos I see no others like myself!!!

And the White Americans must have not seen many Asian Chinese ladies around here cos since earlier this morning when I was walking along International Drive, I’ve gotten whistled at by young White Americans driving past me in their cars, another 2 greeted me in huge smiles, & another commented to me that I sure know how to dress up cos I look so modern & beautiful!! Haha that was really interesting!!

International Drive Shopping in Downtown Orlando Florida USA

Well, I really love Orlando Florida cos there’s so much shopping to be done here!! And the local Souvenirs are so plentiful – with large selections of many beautiful unique Ornaments & Disney merchandises that I see till my eyes are so blurrrr!!!!

But then I notice most of the Shops carry similar stuffs, though some of their prices differ for the same types, & most of the Souvenirs found here are made in China, though their qualities differ too, & their Disney merchandises seem different, cos I don see them inside Walt Disney World, besides some of them look rather “fake’ or are old designs!!!

But overall, I think the Souvenirs are fairly inexpensive, unlike what we’ve heard before coming here, that American stuffs are way too costly!! NOT true – well, may be some are if you add on the American Tax, plus convert to our Singapore currency, but then I still think they’re worth the money for their better qualitues & designs, so to me I think they’re pretty fair in their prices.

Besides, I’m more than happy & thrilled to be shopping here, cos afterall it’s a whole new place to me & I’m eager to explore every corner of it!!!

And there’e even US$1.99 Souvenir T-shirts on sales – Haha I don believe there’re T-shirts at such low prices – so cheap!! And there’re actually some pretty nice decent ones which I’ve seen while browsing through them trying to get some – but unfortunately I couldn’t get the right designs that I like in the right sizes that I wan – hahah guess that’s why they only cost US$1.99 (not including Tax yet)!!

International Drive Shopping in Downtown Orlando Florida USA

And I’d actually wanted to just browse through the individual Shops selecting what I wish to buy, then only buy them along my way backwards, since I know I’d still be walking the same way back to Quality Inn International as all the Souvenir Shops are located along this side of the road.

However, my craving to spend has become so strong that I can’t wait any longer but need to start buying now haha!! So now begins my Shopping & Spending Spree at the above US$1.99 Gift Shop, though most of the stuffs in there cost much more than just US$1.99 :

My most special Florida Souvenir Photo Frame – this’s the only Photo Frame unique at its own featuring Pink Flamingo, Seals, Alligator & Dolphin - all popularly seen in Florida! Besides I notice only this Gift Shop carries this Photo Frame :

Florida Souvenir Photo Frame from International Drive in Downtown Orlando Florida USA

Colorful Florida Map Souvenir Magnets – one for Mom too :

Florida Map Souvenir Magnet from International Drive Shopping

Very interesting details & lovely pics on the Map – I just love it at first sight!! And if you’ve noticed like I do, you’ll see that the Florida Map is actually shaped like a Gun – really fascinating!!

Florida Map Souvenir Magnet from International Drive Shopping in Downtown Orlando Florida USAFlorida Map Souvenir Magnet from International Drive Shopping

I like the Florida Gun-shaped Map so much I bought a 2nd Florida Map Souvenir Magnet for myself – choosing this below one cos I like its Cinderella Castle & Kennedy Space Shuttle Lift-off pic :

Florida Map Souvenir Magnet from International Drive Shopping in Downtown Orlando Florida USA

And Florida being famous for its Florida Oranges, plus I’m feeling so in love with the beautiful Sunshine State, I got the following Orange Florida – I Love You – Sunshine State Souvenir Magnet :

Orange Florida - I Love You - Sunshine State Souvenir Magnet from International Drive Shopping in Downtown Orlando Florida USA

And here’s another Florida Oranges Souvenir Magnet :

Florida Oranges Souvenir Magnet from International Drive in Downtown Orlando USA

And Printed-in-Florida-Made-In-USA Post Cards from my most lovely Shopping Spree at the International Drive in Orlando Florida USA, some with lovely reverse sides too :

Orlando International Drive Post Card from International Drive in Downtown Orlando USAOrange Greetings from The Sunshine State Florida Post Card from International Drive in Downtown Orlando USAOrange Greetings from the Sunshine State Florida Post Card from International Drive in Downtown Orlando Florida USADolphin Hugs & Kisses from Florida Post Card from International Drive in Downtown Orlando USADolphin Hugs & Kisses from Florida Post Card from International Drive in Downtown Orlando Florida USAFlorida Favourite Seashells Collectibles Post Card from International Drive in Downtown Orlando USAKennedy Space Centre Post Card from International Drive in Downtown Orlando USA Kennedy Space Centre Post Card from International Drive in Downtown Orlando USA

Heheh, this Hog Post Card reminds me of the Hog’s Breath Restaurants (in Port Stephens in Sydney, & SIngapore) where Dear & I both love its yummiest tastiest juiciest Prime Steak!! Will show you pics of our favourite Steak Haunt one fine day :) )

Florida - We\'re in Hog Heaven Post Card from International Drive in Downtown Orlando USA

And these below Post Cards are of extra-large size – really beautiful :

Dolphin Greetings from Florida Post Card from International Drive in Downtown Orlando USAExtra Huge Florida The Sunshine State Post Card from International Drive in Downtown Orlando USAExtra Huge Florida The Sunshine State Post Card from International Drive in Downtown Orlando USA

And as I’m paying for all my beautiful Souvenirs & feeling really pleased with myself, the Indian American Lady Boss who’s also my Cashier, starts chatting with me, asking me where I’m from etc!

And when she hears that I’m from Singapore, she asks me to wait while she picks the following Florida Sand with Dolphins Key Ring for me as a complimentary gift – how nice of her!! Heheh guess she knows that Singaporeans love shopping & may be she hopes that I’ll frequent her Shop again after today ha!

Florida Sand with Dolphins Key Ring from International Drive Shopping in Downtown Orlando USA

Well, I next stop by the following “BEST PRICE” Souvenir Shop – one of the only few Shops that are operated by White Americans :

Best Price Gift Shop at International Drive in Downtown Orlando Florida USA

And from this Shop, I found the following handsome Florida 2009 Souvenir T-shirt for Dear :

Florida 2009 Souvenir T-shirt from International Drive in Downtown Orlando Florida USALabel from Florida 2009 Souvenir T-shirt from International Drive in Downtown Orlando Florida USABest Price Gift Shop at International Drive in Downtown Orlando Florida USA

Walking further ahead in the International Drive, I see the following Dunkin Donuts Baskin Robbins Eatery across the road :

Dunkin Donuts Baskin Robbins at International Drive in Downtown Orlando Florida USA

Then again, I see huge Gift Outlet – hahah I’m really in love with Orlando Florida cos I get to shop & shop!!!

IGift Outlet at International Drive in Downtown Orlando Florida USA

Hey isn’t that an Amusement Park!?!? Yes, it is – how exciting I must tell Dear tonight about it!!

Amusement Park in Downtown Orlando International Drive in Florida USA

Looking across the road, I see Titanic The Experience where one gets to journey aboard the most famous Ship in History :

Titanic The Experience at International Drive in Downtown Orlando Florida USATitanic The Experience at International Drive in Downtown Orlando Florida USA

I walk & shop constantly without rest & stop except for taking pics as I wander along the lovely International Drive, & by now I’ve walked a pretty long way from where Quality Inn International is, arriving at Dowdy Plaza :

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And from the above left corner huge Gift Shop, I’m again asked where I’m from……….& when the Indian American Man hears that I’m from Singapore, he looks kinda surprised & says “WOW that’s so far away!!” Hahah guess not many Singaporeans come all the way here to shop at International Drive in Downtown Orlando Florida!!

Anyway, from this above Shop, I bought the following Barack Obama on American Dollar Souvenir T-shirt for Dear – heheh am sure he’ll like it since he loves America & money & Barack Obama is the newly elected President – how cool is that!!

Barack Obama on American Dollar Souvenir T-shirt from International Drive in Downtown Orlando USA

And form here I also got my following Florida Sunbathing Alligator with Palm Tree Souvenir Magnets – one for Mom too as I’m sure she’ll find it pretty unique!!

Florida Sunbathing Aligator with Palm Tree Souvenir Magnet from International Drive Shopping in Downtown Orlando Florida USA

Since Florida’s home to the famous Gatorland – the Alligator Capital of the World – an Alligator Theme Park & Wildlife Reserve, I’ve got to get an Alligator Souvenir Magnet to add on to my World Souvenir Magnet Collection too right?!?!!

Florida Sunbathing Aligator with Palm Tree Souvenir Magnet from International Drive Shopping in Downtown Orlando Florida USA

After shopping in Dowdy Plaza, I decide to turn & walk backwards towards Quality Inn International as I’m begining to feel rather tired & very heavy from carrying all my purchased Souvenirs.

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See the following I-Ride Trolley, which is the International Drive Transportation :

I-Ride Trolley at International Drive in Downtown Orlando Florida USA

I soon stop by the following Gift Outlet :

Gift Outlet at International Drive in Downtown Orlando Florida USAInternational Drive Shopping in Downtown Orlando Florida USAInternational Drive Shopping in Downtown Orlando Florida USAGift Outlet at International Drive in Downtown Orlando Florida USA

And from the huge Gift Outlet, I bought a cool light-blue colored Paradise Orlando Florida T-shirt for Dear – so far I still can’t find any T-shirt which is made in USA, but I try to make sure I avoid those China-made ones cos of their much poorer quality :

Paradise Orlando Florida T-shirt from International Drive in Downtown Orlando Florida USAParadise Orlando Florida T-shirt Label from International Drive in Downtown Orlando Florida USA

And just as I’m walking away from the Gift Outlet, I manage to zoom in my Camera to capture the tall Vertical Amusement Ride swinging so swiftly & vigorously round & round while moving up & up to the top…………before swinging more & more rounds & moving downwards………..My Goodness that looks really horrible & scary & I can literally “hear” & “see” the panicky riders up there screaming out their lungs!!

Amusement Park in Downtown Orlando International Drive in Florida USA

And since I couldn’t manage to take a Video of the above Sky Spin, I’ve found a Video on Youtube specially for you – Oh Dear Oh Dear what if the spinning lines decide to break loose break loose!!! Oh My GOD!! Oh My GOD!!!!

 

I continue walking towards the Quality Inn International, passing by Cici’s Pizza Restaurant :

International Drive Shopping in Downtown Orlando Florida USACici\'s Pizza at International Drive in Downtown Orlando Florida USA

And I’m walking past the US$1.99 Shop where the Indian American lady gave me the Key Ring earlier on :

International Drive Shopping in Downtown Orlando Florida USAInternational Drive Shopping in Downtown Orlando Florida USA

And again walking past the “BEST PRICE” Souvenir Shop where I bought Dear’s Florida 2009 T-shirt earlier too :

International Drive Shopping in Downtown Orlando Florida USA

See the following small Yellow colored building with the Blue Roof - that’s another local Tourist Information Centre where I stop to browse through its Tourist guides & pamphlets :

Tourist Information Centre at International Drive in Downtown Orlando Florida USATourist Information Centre Map Location at International Drive in Downtown Orlando Florida USA

Tourist Tours Information & Trip Planner :

Tourist Tours Information Pamphlet from Tourist Information Centre at International Drive in Downtown Orlando Florida USATourist Trip Planner Pamphlet from Tourist Information Centre at International Drive in Downtown Orlando Florida USA

From my Shopping Spree along the International Drive, I see many beautiful Palm Trees of different sizes & I’ve since fallen much in love with them – see some pics of them here :

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And I stop by the following Gift Shop to buy more Souvenirs :

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I love this pretty Florida Map Souvenir Spoon in Mother of Pearl color :

Florida Map Souvenir Spoon from International Drive in Downtown Orlando Florida USAFlorida Map Souvenir Spoon from International Drive in Downtown Orlando Florida USA

And I’m exited upon finding this Florida Beach Boy Souvenir Magnet cos it reminds me very much of my baby Smartie heheh :

Florida Beach Bear Souvenir Magnet from International Drive in Downtown Orlando Florida USA

Hey I saw this Florida Everglades Souvenir Magnet earlier this morning back in the Gift Shop at Quality Inn International, & I’m happy to find it here at a lower price – Everglades National Park is a famous “Mangrove Jungle” with untouched wilderness & plentiful wildlife bordering the 10000 Islands & the Gulf of Mexico, & it offers Boat, Airplane, Van, Airboat, Bicycle & Walking Tours :

Florida Everglades Souvenir Magnet from International Drive Shopping in Downtown Orlando Florida USA

Walking back towards Quality Inn International, I arrive at the World’s Largest & Most Unique Mcdonald’s Restaurant in its huge exterior Box of Crispy Salty Fries where I step in for a look around :

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This monstrous 2-storey Mcdonald’s holds a Play Area with 25000 feet of twisting & turning Tubes to play in, & Slides, among which is a 60-foot Super Slide, & 60 Arcade Games, as well as a Prize Redemption Centre, besides other games & fun, for kids of all ages!!

And besides serving the usual Fast Food, this Mcdonald’s includes a Bistro Gourmet Menu that offers unique Cuisines ranging from Pasta dishes to Gourmet Sandwiches & Desserts!!

World\'s Largest Mcdonald\'s at International Drive in Downtown Orlando Florida USA World\'s Largest Mcdonald\'s at International Drive in Downtown Orlando Florida USA

And I notice there’s even a Tourist Information Counter right in the middle of the Mcdonald’s, where I stop to ask some questions such as “How do I get to Kissimmee & Walmart”, as I’ve heard about the pretty suburb Kissimmee as well as the neaby Hypermarket – Walmart.

Upon which I’m given the following Travelling Guides by the American man in-charge named Alex, who seems to be a Foreign Native American - Italian I think :

Central Florida Location Guide Map from International DriveOrlando & Kissimmee Visitor Information Pamphlet from Downtown Orlando Florida USA

Alex’s just come to Orlando for a few months now from New York, & he’s really friendly & helpful, & tries giving me some directions, though he isn’t sure how I can get to Kissimmee & Walmart – guess cos most Americans have cars & do not know how to travel to places using their local public transports.

And Alex goes on telling me about Walt Disney World Discounts as I tell him that Dear & I may be interested in visiting other Disney Theme Parks. And Alex starts drawing out the following plans for me, & I realise what great discounts as I get to have a total US$120 off two 2-Parks within a Day Disney Passes :

Oak Plantation Timeshare - Orlando Attractions Discounts from International Drive in USA

However, I know better than anyone else that such must be a Timeshare package & true enough it is, upon Alex’s confirmation, who’s working under Oak Plantation – a Sunvest Resort.

And in order to have the great discounts, Dear & I will have to attend a 90 mins Presentation in the Resort – Breakfast provided, & with complimentary pick-up before the Presentation, & drop-off at any destination that we wana be at, after the Presentation :

Oak Plantation Timeshare Pamphlet from International Drive in Downtown Orlando Florida USA

For those wondering why I know it’s a Timeshare package – Well, cos Dear & I had been to several Timeshare Sessions in Singapore – receiving “Designer” Watches, & Shopping & Travelling Vouches, in which once back in August 2002, we even brought along my Mom & Dad, taking up the offer of staying in Royal Terranora Gountry Club (1997 Winner Gold Crown Award of One of 2 Best Resorts in Austrlia) at Tweed Heads in New South WalesAustralia, for 8 complimentary nights!! That was a most wonderful place up at a lovely mountain top!!

Besides, I’m also aware of Timeshare facilities here in Orlando as I read online on the Internet before arriving here.

Though I’m pretty tempted by Alex’s discounts proposal, I decide not to take it up cos I know Dear & I will not be able to afford the time to attend the 90 mins Presentation in the Resort. And I accept only Alex’s Cell phone no on the pretext that I’ll ring him should I decide to attend.

Quality Inn International at International Drive in Downtown Orlando Florida USA

Then I make my way back back to Quality Inn International, too tired to even bother to buy some food in the Mcdonald’s as I just wana get back into the comforts of my Hotel Room & rest my so exhausted legs & hands!!!

Quality Inn International at International Drive in Downtown Orlando Florida USA

The time now is only past 4pm, & I’ve only been out for about 7 hours………hmm wish I’ve the energy to explore more of Orlando in this beautiful bright afternoon, but too bad my legs & hands are killing me as I keep up my pace towards my Hotel Room :

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Haha I’m finally now back inside my Room in Quality Inn International -

PHEW!!! It’s really been a ”Shop Till I Drop” day today as I jump straight into bed dead tired lying head body spirit soul flat down with Smartie, Sportie, Cutie & Micktie – “Hey Guys Ma Ma misses you all so much so much!!!”

Hahah if you notice, my Babies except for Micktie all look so tired too like Ma Ma – must be due to the Jet Lag that’s affecting Ma Ma too – my poor poor Babies!!

Smartie, Sportie, Cutie & Micktie inside Quality Inn International at Orlando Florida USA

Realising just how hungry & starving I’m suddenly feeling, I pull myself up from my cosy bed to eat my very later Lunch which I bought at the mini Convenience Store at the Quality Inn International just before I came back in here after my Shopping Spree in International Drive :

Pecan Chicken Salad from mini Convenience Store at Quality Inn International in Orlando Florida USA

American Fresh Pecan Chicken Salad – Hmm………….so fresh, so crunchy & most yummy!! It’s my first time having Pecan Salad & I really loves it – so delicious – even better than the Chef Salad Dear & I had yesterady in his Birthday Party!!

And as I’m tucking into this so tasty Salad which consists of Lettuces, Cucumbers, Cherry Tomatoes, Purple Cabbages, Crasins, Chopped Pecan with Chicken & Mayonnaise, Cilantro, Salt & Pepper…………….I’m thinking of, & missing Dear who’s away in his SolidWorks World 2009 Conference, so I decide to keep half of the Salad for Dear as I know he’s never eaten Pecan Chicken Salad too & I’m sure he’ll like it so much too!!

Pecan Chicken Salad from mini Convenience Store at Quality Inn International in Orlando Florida USA

Lite Bite Roast Beef & American Hoagie – I like this same Sandwich which Dear & I ate last night that I bought it again today – & I eat up the whole of it saving none for Dear this time heheh :

Lite Bite Roast Beef & American Hoagie Sandwich from mini Convenience Store at Quality Inn International in Orlando Florida USA

Hmm………….I’m feeling so pleased & full over my late Lunch (cum Dinner since it’s almost evening now) with my very cold American Coke (from my Room’s fridge) - & I’m feeling so sleepy as I watch the local American TV programme while lying down on Bed – texting Dear that I’m fine & back from my Shopping & in the resting in the Hotel now………………

And I also tell Dear that I think we should visit other Disney Theme Parks instead of Miami cos travelling 8 hours to & back from Miami is no joke & will be too tiring for us as Dear initially advises us (but cos I insist on visiting Miami, Dear got us reserved for the 16-hour Day Trip this morning at the Hotel’s Tour Desk for this coming Thursday), but I’m now changing my mind as I feel that Orlando itself has more than enough for us to explore to miss Miami…………. 

And I lie down on Bed waiting for Dear to text me upon coming back to the Hotel from his Conference…………& I know he’ll be late tonight, as he’ll be having Dinner with his American Boss & Colleagues………….& I soon fall asleep as the nighttime acomes………….till I wake up to the sounds of my Cell phone lying next to me on the bed – text messages from Dear from Walt Disney World :

“Dear R u ok? I’m going to have dinner at 8, stay for a while then go off cos don wana miss the last Hotel Shuttle Bus at 9.45pm, it’s good idea to go Disney instead of Miami cos it’s a waste of time travelling 8 hours here & there”………….

The time now is 8.45pm & I doze off again after reading Dear’s text messages till I wake up to Dear’s door knocks at our Hotel Room at about 10.45pm – heheh my Dear Dear’s finally back here with Me………………

Soon I’m proudly showing off to Dear all my Souvenir Magnets which I bought today………….then we chat for a while about his day’s Conference & Dinner while he happily eats the Pecan Chicken Salad “Hmm……Dear, the Salad’s really very good & yummy!!! So nice!!!”

Dear then brings his Laptop & goes to the Hotel lobby’s wireless network area to check & reply his work emails, while I continue sleeping in our most comfortable warm Bed in the cold Winter night here in Orlando Florida USA……………….

I’ve put up photos taken by Dear on his first day at SolidWorks World 2009 Conference in the following Slideshow for your viewing pleasures :

And here’s my Slideshow of all photos taken on my first Shopping Spree at International Drive in Downtown Orlando Florida USA :

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