Saturday, 30 November 2013

Some Souvenirs

So my uncle recently came back from a trip to the Philippines, he was there during the typhoon however we were extremely lucky that the area him and the rest of the family was in was not hit. If you haven't donated to any Haiyan relief efforts, I ask if you could please do so, any donation big or small is extremely appreciated and I thank you for your kindness. 

Now for some views of this diverse island nation!

Received: 27.11.2013

Philippine Tricycle
This three wheeler motor-rickshaw is commonly used in the Philippines as a mode of transportation for short distances. They can be found in every city, town or village. Tricycles are part of the Filipino way of life and moving around them would be difficult.

Banaue, North Luzon, Philippines

Chocolate Hills, Bohol, Philippines 

This was the area affected by the Earthquake in mid October, it was similarly affected by Typhoon Haiyan 

Manila, Philippines
Makati, business center of the Philippines
Philippine jeepney, a popular form of public transportation
Horse-driven calesa in historical Intramuros
Roxas Boulevard and Manila Bay

The northern part of the island was affected by the Typhoon

The northern end of Cebu was the hardest hit however the entire island and Bohol remain extremely affected by the typhoon aftermath.

Cebu, Philippines
3rd Sunday of January

The Sinulog Festival is celebrated in honor of Santo Niño, of the child Jesus, Patron Saint of the whole province of Cebu. The Sinulog Festival is a dance ritual commemorating the Filipino people's pagan past and their acceptance of Christianity. The participants are dressed in colourful costumes dancing to the rhythm of drums, trumpets and gongs.  

Balayan, Batangas, Philippines
24th of June

Parada ng Lechon is a parade of golden-red and crispy roasted pigs. The parade proceeds after the blessing of the pigs and people in St. John's name. The festival showcases roast pigs dressed (in coats, sunglasses, wigs, etc.) according to the theme of the participants. 

Normally when we get our hands on Lechon, I like to put an apple in its mouth XD

Bacolod, Philippines
3rd weekend of October

The Maskara Festival showcases activities such as food fairs, mask making contests, brass band competitions, beauty and talent pageants, a windsurfing regatta, drinking and eating contest, trade fairs and exhibits. The climax is a mardi-gras parade where revelers elaborate mask and costumes and dance to Latin rhythms Rio de Janeiro style 

Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines
3rd Sunday of January

The Ati-atihan Festival is held in honor of the Santo Niño brought by Magellan to the native Queen of Cebu in 1521. The celebrants paint their faces with black soot and wear bright, outlandish costumes as they dance to the rhythm of drums.

Some non-used stamps! So cool! These total 230 pesos worth of stamps or $5.58 CAD

 Dagupan City, Philippines

The Bangus Festival in Pangasinan is an annual event designed to highlight the local bangus industry, establish Dagupan City as a major tourist destination, and promote the city as the "Bangus Capital of the World."

Still looks like tuna to me, but this is my favourite card of all XD

Quiapo, Manila, Philippines 

The Black Nazarene, a life-sized statue of Christ is carried through town by barefooted men yelling, "Viva Señor" while huge crowds try to touch the statue. Every year, thousands of devotees from all walks of life come to the district of Quiapo to take part in the procession as a way of strengthening their faith and fulfilling their "panata" (vow) to the Lord

The crossing lane in front of the Rizal Monument at the Rizal Park is always teeming with strollers and other pedestrians. The Philippine flag dominates the scene.
Manila, Philippines

Hundred Islands, Pangasinan
The famous Hundred Islands are numerous islets dotting green deep waters which lie off the coast of Lucap, Pangasinan. The Islands can be reached from Manila through three routes by Olongapo, Zambales, by Camilling, Tarlacand by Urdaneta, Pandasinan.

Lion's Head- Kennon Road
Baguio City, Philippines
Local and foreign tourists make it a point to stop in Camp 6 and have their photographs taken at the base of the lion head. The 40 ft high lion head, located a few kms from the Kennon road view deck, was carved by a Cordillera artist from a limestone boulder. Lions Club members of Baguio City thought of creating a symbol that would proclaim the presence of the group in this mountain resort city.

Honda Bay Palawan
Framing the rocky and fascinating coastline of the capital of Palawan, Puerto Princesa City is Honda Bay. Its blue cool waters are scattered with islands that guarantee one of a pure-pleasure experience. From snorkeling in its clear waters to the more adventurous island hopping within its districts to simply having a picnic in the fine sand of its beach areas, Honda Bay is sure to leave a lasting impression on the visitor. 

Maria Cristina Falls
Maria Cristina Falls is a waterfall of the Agus River on the island of Mindanao. It is sometimes called the "twin falls" as the flow is separated by a rock at the brink of the waterfall. It is a landmark of Illigan City, nicknamed the City of Majestic Waterfalls, because of the presence of more then 20 waterfalls in the city. It is located 9.3 km away SW of the city proper at the boundaries of Barangays Maria Cristina, Ditucalan, and Buru-un. Well known for its natural beauty and grandeur, the 320 ft/98 m high waterfall is also the primary source of electric power for the city's industries, being harnessed by the Agus VI Hydroelectric Plant. 

Ps. There is virtually no room to write on the card because of all that text |D

Mt. Apo
Mt. Apo is a large solfataric, potentially-active stratovolcano in the island of Mindanao, Philippines. With an altitude of 2954 m (9692 ft), it is the highest mountain in the country and is located between Davao City and Davao del Sur province in Region XI and Cotabato province in Region XII. The peak overlooks Davao City 40 km (25 mi) to the NE, Digos City 25 kms (16 mi) to the SE, and Kidapawan City 20 km (12 mi) to the west. Apo, which means "ancestor", is a flat-topped mountain with three peaks and is capped by a 500 m wide (1600 ft) volcanic crater containing a small crater lake. The date of its most recent eruption is unknown, and none are verified in historical times. The volcano is one of the most popular climbing destinations in the Philippines with the summit, on average, takes two days to reach. The first recorded climb was on October 10, 1880, by a party led by Joaquin Rajal.

Note: All the info on the cards seems to be from wikipedia... 

Mayon Volcano is an active stratovolcano in the province of Albay, in the Bicol Region, on the island of Luzon, in the Philippines. Renowned as the "Perfect Cone" because of its almost perfectly conical shape. Mayon is situated 15 km NW of Legazpi City 

Corregidor Island
Corregidor is a small rocky island in the Philippines. The island is about 48 km west of Manila. It is shaped like a tadpole.

I'd beg to differ lol 

The Hundred Islands National Park (Pangasinan: Kapulo-puloan or Taytay-Bakes) is in the province of Pangasinan in northern Philippines. It is located in Alaminos City, Pangasinan. The islands (124 at low tide and 123 at high tide0 are scatted along Lingayen Gulf and cover an area of 18.44 Square kilometres (4557 acres). They are believed to be about 2 million years old. 

Father Mariano Gomez

Father Gomez was the founder of the newspaper "La Verdad". He became the instrument in the signing of "Tratado de Malacañan". He was accused in the 1872 Cavite Mutiny and found guilty together with Father Zamora and Father Burgos and they were executed by means of garrote. They were remembered as the "Gomburza Martyrs of 1872".

Emilio Jacinto

The person known as the Brains of the Katipunan was born in Trozo, Manila on December 15, 1875. He joined the Katipunan in 1894 and became Bonifacio's trusted friend and adviser. He wrote the Kartilya ng Katipunan, the primer of the Katipunan which embodied the teachings of the organization. He founded and edited the Katipunan newspaper, Kalayaan, whose first issue came out in January 1896. He died on April 16, 1899, and he was one of the heroic figures in Philippine history. 

Thursday, 28 November 2013


Seasons Greetings from Finland! These spirits on the card are called tonttu, guardians that lived in various places (the home, farm, any kind of building). These tonttu on the card are Santa's helpers, how cute :3

Received: 26.11.2013


This interesting and postcrossing themed card is taken and made by the sender, very interesting indeed |D

Received: 26.11.2013


Dawn over Boston, Massachusetts, USA
The sun rising out of the Atlantic Ocean bathes downtown Boston in warm tones as the city wakes. 

Shaped cards are always a lot of fun :D The sender lives not too far from the infamous Salem, if you haven't heard of Salem, MA definitely google it. One of my dream destinations to visit one day for sure |D

Received: 25.11.2013

Ok they're Christmas stamp is actually pretty nice, variation!! 

Sunday, 24 November 2013


Well isn't he bashful? I wonder why he's blushing, ah ha ha |D 

Received: 21.11.2013

125 years 
Electric Radiation
Heinrich Hertz

A new stamp from Germany! Too bad there aren't more creative ways to represent sound waves though.


And as a side note, I never thought I would store my cards in Mandarin box...I have not written Japanese in so long >_>;;;


All those tasty fish for the taking~ though this card has glitter (evil, evil glitter) at least it's not falling all over the place. Either way glad this card got to me since the first one got lost :( 

Received: 21.11.2013

109th Tag

Mi Brooklyn 2nd Place Winner
Monia Lippi - The Monkey's Corner/Williamsburg

This here is a street scene from Brooklyn, according to the sender this area went through some gentrification so that's really great to hear, I wonder what the area looks like now though. Anyways this is from the "rescue a sinking tag; tag

Received: 19.11.2013

Moonbeam, ON

So this messed up looking card was one that I made and well, mailed to myself. I sent it off in an envelope to get a special postmark from Moonbeam, Ontario. It's the first time I did something like this and was quite pleased with the results |3

Received: 18.11.2013

What I'm not pleased with is the double postmarking, blast those new fangled machines!! *shaking cane* Still at least the flying saucer is still visible! 


First official card(s) from Brazil, so awesome! These three came together in an envelope, the ad card written the other two blank. Still very cool regardless!

Received: 18.11.2013

The sender also included a couple of Brazilian stamps, bene!