Saturday, January 29, 2011

Happy Chinese New Year 2011!

29 January 2011
A lovely card from "China Meets the World" tag!
2011 is the year of the Rabbit..
Sender: cloudkfc from China

"A person born in the year of the Rabbit is one of the most fortunate of the twelve animal signs. The Rabbit, or Hare as he is referred to in Chinese mythology, is the emblem of longevity and is said to derive his essence from the Moon. The Rabbit symbolises graciousness, good manners, sound counsel, kindness and sensitivity to beauty. His soft speech and graceful and nimble ways embody all the desirable traits of a successful diplomat or seasoned politician."

The Important Things in Life

29 January 2011
Sender: Hikka from Finland

"In life the most important things are moments, not achievements".

Yes, Hikka, I agree and thank you very much for this card..

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


25 January 2010
Sender: Ashley
Sweet words...

Kissing fish :-x

25 January 2011
From "What do you think about this movie?" tag.
Yes, I like "Inception"..
Sender: Kasia

Old Taiwan 1950's~1960's

24 January 2010
Old ads & old movie posters at a tourist spot in Taiwan for tourists to experience the atmosphere of old Taiwan 1950s-1960s. Super! 
Sender: holatiff  

Park Pobedy, a Moscow metro station

24 January 2011
Vestibule of the metro station, Park Pobedy.
Sender: kwakin23

"At 84 metres underground, Park Pobedy is the deepest station in Moscow and the second deepest in the world by mean depth."

Oh, Vienna! ~ Ultravox

24 January 2010
Sender: Linzerin

(Part of "Vienna" lyrics)
We walked in the cold air. Freezing breath on a window pane, Lying and waiting. The man in the dark in a picture frame, So mystic and soulful.  A voice reaching out in a piercing cry, It stays with you until The feeling has gone only you and I. It means nothing to me. This means nothing to me. Oh Vienna...

Saturday, January 22, 2011


21 January 2011
Lovely cows in Vermont
Sender: rubycan'tfail

Holstein cattle (also known as Holstein-Friesian cattle or Friesian cattle) is a breed of cattle known today as the world's highest production dairy animal.

The Old Place

21 January 2011
Sender: Paula
With reserved handicap parking.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Saturday, January 15, 2011

An Evening in Berlin

15 January 2011
Sender: Eule

"Berlin is the capital city of Germany and is one of the sixteen states of Germany. It has a population of 3.4 million people, and is Germany's largest city."

Swirling Cones

15 January 2011
The Vassily ~ The Blessed Cathedral
One of my favourite famous buildings in the world.
Sender: Danilova

"The Cathedral of Vassily the Blessed (originally called the Cathedral of the Intercession) may be the most recognizable landmark in all of Russia. It was built in 1555-61 on the order of Ivan IV (the Terrible)." 

Thursday, January 13, 2011


13 January 2011
Sender: goyesca
"recommend a book tag"

I laughed when I saw the picture on this postcard... as many years ago, a friend drew a cartoon of me in this manner...

The Old Watchtower

13 January 2010
The Watchtower of Qianmen (1914) Old Beijing, China
Sender: romanceisboring

"Of the 9 watchtowers accompanying the 9 gate towers of Beijing's inner city, Zhengyangmen watchtower "Qianmen" is the only one with a gate directly under its tower structure, this gate under the watchtower is for the exclusive use of the emperor himself. "

Picadilly Circus, anyone?

13 January 2011
Picadilly Circus Underground, London
Sender: gaquero from Spain

"Piccadilly Circus is a famous road junction in the heart of London connecting Regent Street with the busy shopping street of Piccadilly. In this context, a "circus", from the Latin word meaning "circle", is a round open space at a street junction."

You had me at "Hello"!

13 January 2011
From California, the many ways to say "Hello"
Sender: vejoyce

"You Had Me At Hello" - A phrase that expresses affection, popularised by the movie Jerry Maguire. At the end of the movie, when Jerry expresses his love in a long-winded speech to Dorothy, Dorothy's reply was the simple phrase: "You had me at hello."
Jerry Maguire: I love you. You... complete me.
Dorothy: Shut up. Just shut up. You had me at "hello."

Monday, January 10, 2011

I can hear music..

10 January 2010
Odessa Lanjeronovskaya Street
Sender: Mavkaa (tag, favourite song lyrics)
Thanks to Mavkaa for the songs recommendations..

It's raining Ping Pong balls!

10 January 2011
Ping Pong, a vintage postcard
Sender: Leigh

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Veel liefs..

5 January 2011
"veel liefs.." is Dutch for "lots of love..." 
so sweet..
Sender: Meerjam from Netherlands

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

I Love You Love Me?

4 January 2011
Sender: Boody from Finland
Love in the form of hearts & music..
Illustration by Andrzej Tylkowski

The Lips

4 January 2011
A quotation from Mick Jagger a.k.a. "The Lips". 
Am singing loudly, "I can't get no.... SATISFACTION!!!"  :)
Sender: Junior from the UK

"Sir Michael Philip "Mick" Jagger (born 26 July 1943) is an English musician, singer-songwriter, actor, and producer, best known as the lead vocalist of rock band, The Rolling Stones".

Winter in Finland

4 January 2011
Suomi - Finland 
Winter & snow...
Sender: Pimatu from Finland

"Winter is the coldest season of the year in temperate climate, between autumn  and spring. At the winter solstice, the days are shortest and the nights are longest, with days lengthening as the season progresses after the solstice."

Good Fortune for 2011, please..

4 January 2011
"Celestial Officer Granting Good Fortune - The Celestial Officer is a god of Taoist religion. It is said that on 15 January in the lunar calendar he bestows good fortune upon the human world."

Can do with lots of luck for the year 2011! 

Sender: Frankatnuaa from China

Monday, January 3, 2011

Where is my Mouse?

3 January 2011
Caption: "Where is my mouse?"
I love cats... :)
Sender: cindy29 from Netherlands

"Cats have been associated with humans for at least 9,500 years, and are currently the most popular pet in the world. Owing to their close association with humans, cats are now found almost everywhere on Earth."

St Petersburg

21 December 2010
The Smolny Cathedral, Saint Petersburg
1748-64 F.-B Rastrelli, 1832-1835 Vasily Stasov
Sender: vergi from Russia

"Smolny Cathedral was originally intended to be the central church of a monastery, built to house the daughter of Peter the Great, Elizabeth, after she was disallowed to take the throne and opted instead to become a nun. However, as soon as her Imperial predecessor was overthrown during a coup, carried out by the royal guards, Elizabeth decided to forget the whole idea of a stern monastic life and happily accepted the offer of the Russian throne."

Windmills from Amsterdam!

13 December 2010
Sender: ellenniek from Netherlands

"A windmill is an engine that is powered by the wind to produce energy. Often they are in a large building like traditional post mills, smock mills and tower mills. The energy windmills produce can be used in many ways, traditionally for grinding grain or spices, pumping water, sawing wood or hammering seeds. Modern wind power machines are used for generating electricity and are more commonly called wind turbines."

(Part of a song, The Windmills of Your Mind)

Like a circle in a spiral,
Like a wheel within a wheel,
Never ending on beginning,
On an ever-spinning reel,
Like a snowball down a mountain,
Or a carnival balloon,
Like a carousel that's turning,
Running rings around the moon,
Like a clock whose hands are sweeping,
Past the minutes on its face,
And the world is like an apple,
Spinning silently in space,
Like the circles that you find,
In the windmills of your mind!

Facade of a Building

9 December 2010
Berlin, Mietshausfassaden in Kreuzberg 

Sender: PepperDeLuxe from Germany

Going boating, shall we?

9 December 2010
Suomi Finland 
Sender: olga28 from Finland

Hello, Charlie Brown!

30  November 2010
Sender: chenshushua, from China

Charles "Charlie" Brown is the protagonist in the comic strip "Peanuts" by Charles M. Schulz.

Scents make Memories

30 November 2010
Scents make memories...
Sender: jwhite

"Mackinac Island is an island and resort area covering 3.8 square miles (9.8 km2) in land area, part of the US state of Michigan. It contains a wide variety of terrain, including fields, marshes, bogs, coastline, boreal forest, and limestone formations. The environment is legally preserved on the island by the State Historic Park designation."

Yellow is the Sun

26 November 2010
From The Museum of Wooden Architecture, Kostroma - The Capel 18th Century 
Sender: pretty_in_scarlet


26 November 2010
Sender: julyeleven11

A city and municipality in Belgium.

What do they taste like?

19 November 2010
Rowan berries on a frosty day 
Sender: dotdotPC

"There is much debate as to the toxicity of Rowan berries. These are 4-8 mm bright orange or red fruit that appear in dense clusters. Some sources say the berries are poisonous while others state the opposite. The berries contain parasorbic acid in their raw form. In this manner, they are indeed poisonous. On cooking however, the parasorbic acid is converted into harmless sorbic acid, which is quite digestible. Rowan berries are indeed used to make a jelly that goes well with wild game and as jams and preserves. If you still feel doubt about using Rowan berries then for your own peace of mind, leave them out."

Snowy Mountain Top

18 November 2010
Mount Baker, Washington 
Sender: peace1992

"Mount Baker, also known as Koma Kulshan, is an active glaciated andesitic stratovolcano in the Cascade Volcanic Arc and the North Cascades of Washington State in the United States. It is the second-most active volcano in the range after Mount Saint Helens."

I am for Liberty!

13 November 2010
Liberty Square 
Sender: katsiarina, Belarus

"The square marks the place where the old centre of Minsk could be found around the 16th century."

Swiss High Peaks

11 November 2010
LUZERN Mt Pilatus
Sender: Amala, Switzerland

"The top can be reached with the Pilatus Railway, the world’s steepest cogwheel railway from Alpnachstad, operating from May to November (depending on snow conditions), and the whole year with the aerial panorama gondolas and aerial cableways from Kriens." 

One Day, Brisbane..

10 November 2010
Sender: innocencelost

"Brisbane is the capital and most populous city in the Australian state of Queensland and the third most populous city in Australia."

Under the Red Sky

7 November 2010
Helsinki Helsingfors, Suomi Finland
Sender: Tanya

"The capital and the largest city in Finland, the major political, educational, financial, cultural and research centre as well as one of northern Europe's major cities. Approximately 70% of foreign companies operating in Finland have settled in the Helsinki region."

My Lord, I presume?

7 November 2010
A hunting lodge built in 1734 by the Duke of Hamilton. 
Sender: kazzamac, UK

"Chatelherault Country Park is a country park in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, Scotland. Its name is derived from the French town of Chatellerault, the title Duc de Chatellerault being held by the Duke of Hamilton. The country park is centred on the former hunting lodge of the now demolished Hamilton Palace." 

I see water flowing..

7 November 2010
Sender: chikah from Japan

Knife sharpening

7 November 2010
The old Guang Zhou life 
Sender: linda87, China

"Also known as Canton or Kwangchow, located at the north of the Pearl River delta, it is an important trading center as well as a busy port and the capital city of the province of Guandong. The city has an area of over 16,000 square kilometers and a population of 6.7 million."

Big Houses on the Prairie

7 November 2010
Montage of Prairie Avenue homes 
sender: Jessiebks

"During the last three decades of the 19th century, this area was home to some of Chicago’s most wealthy citizens - more than 75 millionaires to be exact – and many wonderful sites still remain in the Prairie Avenue District today."

No, Forget Me Not!

7 November 2010
Forget You Not - A film by M. Avati 
Sender: Beva from Taiwan

"In post World War II Italy, women from different backgrounds in a maternity ward are united by becoming mothers. Nina, who works in the ward learns life lessons from each of the women's stories."

Of great Poets

7 November 2010
Pushkin Square. The monument to the great Russian poet A.S. Pushkin. 
Sender: Lena Oleg

"Aleksandr Pushkin is, by common agreement -- at least among his own compatriots -- the greatest of all Russian writers. The major part of his lyrical poetry was written between 1820 and 1830, but some of his poetical masterpieces were composed in the last seven years of his life, when he was turning his attention to prose."

"He's blessed, who lives in peace, that's distant
From the ignorant fobs with calls,
Who can provide his every instance
With dreams, or labors, or recalls;
To whom the fate sends friends in score,
Who hides himself by Savior's back
From bashful fools, which lull and bore,
And from the impudent ones, which wake."

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Spooky Song in the Background

7 November 2010
Insel Rugen, Germany
Sender: lilyqueen
Amazing photo

Rugen or Rugia is Germany's largest island located in the Baltic Sea.

Slovak Culture

22 October 2010
Martin, the centre of Slovak culture 
Sender: leonessa

"Slovak" is derived from the Slovakian term for Slav: Slovan . There are three main regional culture areas: western, central, and eastern. Slovensko is the shortened local name for Slovakia, or the Slovak Republic. Slovaks share a common culture despite regional and even local differences in dialect, local customs, and religion. Hungarians (Magyars) in Slovakia are generally bilingual and have been acculturated but wish to maintain their national culture, especially their language."

Twin Arrows Struck Home

22 October 2010
Twin Arrows, Northern Arizona 
Sender: bhs4peaches, USA

"Twin Arrows trading Post is a popular landmark on Route 66, full of history. The now-shu­ttered Twin Arrows Trading Post survived for a spell after Route 66 was replaced by I-40, but the store/motel/cafe complex closed in the 1990s. Just like the nearby Two Guns Trading Post (also closed), all that remains of the Twin Arrows Trading Post is the advertising -- which includes the twin arrows embedded at the foot of the Colorado Plateau."

Inuit Art

21 October 2010
Muskoxen carved from antlers, INUIT art.
Sender: moonlessnite, Canada

"The Inuit are a group of culturally similar indigenous people inhabiting the Artic regions of Canada (Northwest Territories, Nunatsiavut, Nunavik, Nunavut, Nunatukavut), Denmark (Greenland), Russia (Siberia) and the United States (Alaska). Inuit means “the people” in the Inuktitut language."