Traveling with people with travel gnomes

What does Pinky Street, Ernie of Sesame Street and a hot pink make-up brush have in common? They all travel. Not by themselves, of course.

Reina at the campsite
Reina at the Mt. Daguldol campsite


I’ve long since learned to ignore the strange glances I get when I take out my Pinky Street dolls to take photos. So when I got to travel with two other people with travel gnomes, I was happy because I wasn’t so freaky afterall; other people take photos of inanimate objects when they travel, too!

Phoebe and her traveling brush
Phoebe and her pink brush

Phoebe, being a beauty blogger for, has her hot pink make up brush.

AJ and Ernie
AJ and Ernie at Laiya beach

AJ of has his Ernie.

My Pinky, AJ's Ernie and Phoebe's brush
Makoto, Ernie and the pink brush

It was great to hang out with other travelers who are into the same thing — they understand when you want to go off on your own to take photos of your dolls. But then again, it wasn’t just the same interest that made this trip so much fun, it was the company ;)

All photos taken in Batangas, where we hiked up Mt Daguldol and beach bummed in San Juan decked out in Columbia Sportswear.

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Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 10 Comments
  1. Baklang AJ says:

    I agree! It’s so much fun to travel with people who have their own travel gnomes because they understand that need to take your toy out and start snapping photos!

    I had so much fun hiking with you guys! Looking forward to traveling with you again! Hike another mountain? Definitely!

  2. nina says:

    Hike another mountain? Definitely!

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Uhm, pass? Let me think hard about this one… I’m still so sore even after a trip to the spa.

    But yes! This was one of the best trips ever! I really enjoyed traveling with you guys, specially that 5-hour ride back to Makati XD

  3. Baklang AJ says:

    I wanna climb another mountain! But only if (you know what I mean?) lolz. Was it 5 hours? It didn’t feel like it was!

  4. Ferdz says:

    I want my Travel Gnome too!! Hahaha.

    Really enjoyable trip with you guys :D

  5. Fritz says:

    Awwww. They look like one not-so-big but happy family! Saya nyo ah!

  6. rina says:

    travel gnomes, hmm, what a fun idea! i’ll start thinking about what my travel gnome can be :)

  7. nina says:

    Baklang AJ: True, it didn’t feel like 5 hours.. it felt like 10 XD I swear, that climb was torture. But I have to admit, it was fun in its own perverted way. ;)

    Ferdz: Hurhur, it’s time to visit the toy store! ;) Meron sa Toy Kingdom and Toys R Us nung maliit na animal plush toys. Php49 lang for a pair. I’m not sure if there’s a wolf, but they have pandas!

    Fritz: Of course! Happy sobra. I’ll take a photo of you with my dolls next time :D

    Rina: I know one guy who brings a Spiderman action figure when he travels. Another girl naman brings a tabo! My tip is to get a travel gnome that’s close to your heart :D

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  9. Bert says:

    it’s actually Bert.
    Ernie is the cone head who has a rubber ducky which makes his bath time lots of fun.


  10. benj says:

    WADAPAK. First, the cone head doesn’t like rubber duckies! But yes, Ernie likes rubber duckies…. because he’s not the conehead!!!

    *head explodes*

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