Thursday, May 31, 2012

Polish Foods

Sender: Jogusia
Traditional foods in Poland. 

Jogusia writes that she loves "Pierogi Ruskie" and "Oscypek". I googled them and found out that "Pierogi Ruskie" are stuffed dumplings and Oscypek is smoked cheese. I would like to try them and those pickles too!! I am very partial to pickles...

A Traditional Woman

Sender: Kill-Hatori
Artwork by Prince Gagarin depicting a woman with traditional clothing of the Daghestan region, Russia. Prince Grigoriy Grigoriyevich Gagarin (1810-93) was a Russian painter interested in ethnographic material.
The lady in the stamps is wearing clothes from the same region.

Alive And Forgotten

Sender: Maxim
"Alive And Forgotten"
What do you think the picture is trying to convey? 

Ambitions Tamed

Sender: Dong Da'o
A book cover. "Ambitions Tamed" by Pierre Claude Reynard

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Hansel & Gretel

Sender: Tries
"Hansel & Gretel" by Bernhard Oberdieck

This is a lovely illustration of Hansel & Gretel, a well-known German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. Bernhard Oberdieck the illustrator, is specialised in illustrating children's books. But I must say...this fairy-tale gave me nightmares when I was a little girl! The cannibal witch scared me silly even if she was pushed into her oven in the end! :P

"Nibble, nibble, gnaw,
Who is nibbling at my little house? "

The children answered,"The wind, the wind,
The heaven-born wind,"

Brrr! Let's hug!

Sender: Lilitatka

A hug between friends, in the cold of winter.

I love the details of this artwork (don't know the artist) with the red-breasted robins, the snowfall, the girl with mail on her sled and in her pocket, the post-box, the hugging friends and their pawprints/footprints in the snow. Awww....

Yuri Gagarin

Sender: Dasha
Yuri Gagarin

Russian pilot/cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (9 March 1934 – 27 March 1968) became the first human in space, making an orbital flight in his Vostok 1 spacecraft. I remember learning about him in History lessons at school!

Open Sesame!!

Sender: Iris

A black and white photo showing great details of a stone wall & a wooden door that the cat is trying to push open! Maybe it has to meow "Open Sesame!" first! :D

Cats in Egypt

Sender: Roksana11

In ancient Egypt, cats were valued for their mysterious and superstitious qualities. Maybe this art card is trying to depict the importance of cats in Egypt. But the one with a camera is probably a cat tourist! :)

I wish!

Sender: Pinza
'J' is for a Japanese kitten with a Japanese quotation:-
"I wish that tomorrow will be a nice day!"

I love this cute adorable tiny kitten! The back of Pinza's postcard is lovely too, with stickers of cherry blossoms, a Japanese comb, a cat arching its back... TQ Pinza!

Praha from the Vltava River

Sender: Martina
Praha/Prague: Vltava River - Charles Bridge - St Nicholas Church - Prague Castle

A place on my wishlist of places to go, especially after watching a certain romantic foreign drama! <3  <3

Gobble Gobble Gobble!

Sender: Lenka
Beautiful artwork featuring strutting Turkeys!! 

Monday, May 21, 2012


Sender: Olenenka

Olenenka wants to show me a typical Ukrainian mailbox and I am delighted with her choice.
What do you think this girl is waiting for? Is she also a postcrosser, waiting for her official cards or cards from the forum? Or is she waiting for news from her guy?

Sharing a song I love by The Carpenters:-
( Stop!) Oh yes, wait a minute Mr Postman!
( Wait ) Wait Mr Postman!
(*) Please Mr Postman look and see
( Oh yeah ) If there's a letter in your bag for me
( Please, Please, Mr Postman ) Why's it takin' such a long time
( Oh yeah ) For me to hear from that boy of mine

There must be some word today
From my boyfriend so far away
Please Mr Postman look and see
If there's a letter, a letter for me.

I've been standin' here waitin' Mr Postman
So-o-o patiently
For just a card or just a letter
Sayin' he's returning'home to me.
Repeat (*)

So many days you passed me by
See the tears standin' in my eyes.
You didn't stop to make me feel better
By leavin' me a card or a letter.
Repeat (*)

Why don't you check it and see
One more time for me
You gotta wait a minute, wait a minute...
( Mr Postman )
Mr Postman look and see
( C'mon deliver the letter, the sooner the better )

Mr Postman..... 

A Quartet of Kittens

Sender: Andreas

A quartet of adorable kittens!! Can you help award the cutest kitty prize? Which is your favourite? :)

Dancer at Chennaskesava Temple

Sender: Col. Akhil
Dancer - Chennakesava Temple - Belur - India

This temple in Belur is dedicated to Chennakeshava, meaning "handsome Kesava". The facade of the temple is filled with intricate sculptures and friezes, inclusive of this awesome dancer. 

F is for Fountain

Sender: Jogusia
'F' is for 'Fountain'
A fountain in the marketplace, Wroclaw, Poland

C is for Camping

Sender: Ezbub
'C' is for 'Camping'

A camping site in Ontario, Canada
A Vincent Van Gogh stamp & Queen's Diamond Jubilee too!

C is for Carousel

Sender: Yi-Ting Yeh

'C' is for 'Carousel'

A different angle of a carousel, spelt in French. But I personally call it 'Merry-G0-Round'. 

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sweet Little Pussycat

Sender: Yess

'P' is for a sweet little 'Pussycat'!

Coit Tower

Sender: Vejoyce
Coit Tower Twilight, San Francisco

Coit tower was built in 1933 with funds from the wealthy San Francisco heiress, Lillie Hitchcock Coit, who left one-third of her fortune to the city of San Francisco. She was best known for her support of the local firemen.

A Crowned Crane

Sender: Kluifje
'C' is for a 'Crowned Crane'

A regal looking crane! I have never seen this bird before.

Tulip Collection

Sender: Yess

'T' is for a 'Tulip-shaped' card with lots of 'Tulips'!!


Sender: Yi-Ting Yeh
The people of Anping used to decorate their house with the totem of Sword-Lion for protection against evil spirits. Nowadays it is a symbol of Anping.

Allegedly, the tradition of Sword-Lions dates back to the Ching Dynasty. Troops garrisoned in Anping in the settlement’s earliest days would carve images of a lion on their shields to strike fear into the hearts of their enemies. They would then place their swords and shields at the doorway when they returned home, and this practice eventually evolved into the local custom of hanging a sword lion emblem above the doorway to ward off potential intruders.

Yi-Ting's postcard depicts two sword-lions, but one of them has a different kind of sword!

Washington Ferries

Sender: Otoko
Washington Ferries

Washington State Ferries is the largest ferry system in the United States, serving eight counties within Washington and the Province of British Columbia in Canada.

I love travelling by ferries in our own state of Penang, it is just a short crossing to Penang Island where people can bask in the sun and enjoy the fresh breeze and scenery. Very relaxing, if you are not in a hurry. But I wonder how long the crossing is, for Washington ferries. The ferries look huge, like a mini-cruise..

Camping Tolosa

Sender: Nordbaer
'C' is for 'Camping'!
Aerial view of Les Rotes. Tolosa Camping.

Les Rotes is one of the beaches on Spain's Costa Blanca coast, perfect for snorkelling and scuba diving. Nordbaer wrote that he used to be a camper, but not anymore. Me? I've never been camping out in the open where overnight stays have to be done  :)