Wednesday, December 30, 2015

10 Favorite Postcards of the Year 2015

I hooked on the postcard collection since 2008. I exchanged and received hundreds of postcards each of the years. In fact, all of them are unique and precious to me. 

For the year of 2015, the following are some of my favorite postcard (not in order) that I received this year. 

3) I'm in love with Prague, a city with a soul and offers many surprises in every corner. 

4) 1600 pandas in Malaysia, invasion version 1and 3.  

5) The Alien codes, just kidding. 

Monday, December 28, 2015

Japan New Year Greeting Card

I was so delighted when I received the cute-ever postcard from my colleague, Lianne during her recent visit to Japan. 

Wishing all of us have a fresh new year. 

Friday, December 25, 2015

Skywatch Friday ~ 2015 Christmas Edition

You can find the tallest Christmas tree in the park of KLCC Suria. 
That must be not an easy task to install the Christmas tree, 
especially in hanging all those bling-bling Christmas ornaments. 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Fall season in Chiayi, Taiwan

The red leaves seems like maple leave. 

Alishan has always been a popular Taiwan tourist spot all-year-round, where one may find different kinds of plants and creatures. 

Two appealing seasons are,   
March to April : Cherry blooms
November to January : Red maples

The Zhushan Lookout in the Alishan Forest Recreation Area would be a wonderful spot to enjoy the wild range of magnificent Taiwan maples. Especially during sunset, the flaming maples along the sea of clouds, as well as bird chirping make it a memorable place for Taiwan travel.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Ten Tips to Think Positively & Positive Things will Happen

I definitely like the quote of this postcard send by Jana of Deutschland (Germany). 

“See the positive side, the potential, and make an effort.” ~Dalai Lama

Here are the ten things that I've learned here to shift my focus to positive thoughts :
1. Meditate or do yoga
2. Smile

3. Surround yourself with Positive People

4. Change the tone of your thought from negative to positive

5. You create your own life. It is always a way out.

6. Help someone

7. No one is perfect, so do I. 

8. Sing (but I prefer doodling) 

9. Check back your gratitude list. Do not have it ? Create one now.

10. Read positive quotes. There will come to you, just ask. 

Friday, December 18, 2015

Candi Prambanan, Yogyakarta

Our 2015 year-end holiday, we managed to travel to the most beautiful temple in central Jawa, Candi Prambanan or Candi Rara Jonggrang (Candi means temple in English) and Borobudur in Jogyakarta. It is about 15 minutes' drive from Adisucipto International Airport to Prambanan.

Prambanan is a Hindu temple constructed in the 9th century. The architecture reminiscent of Angkor Wat.

This year (2015) is toughest year for all of us in Malaysia, as the Ringgit has depreciated so much ~ 35% to USD. I am so grateful that we still able to glue to our travel plan, and spend the little money and time to travel inside Asian, and had been to the sacred site, Angkor Wat and Borobudur.  

We went to Prambanan on Sunday, 2 hours drive from Borobudur (include traffic jam).  
The time that we arrived, around noon, the place is crowded with local peoples.

Notes to Travelers

i) We managed to get entrance ticket via travel agency through the help from the driver. Thus, we got 10% discount on the adult ticket.

Skywatch Friday

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

A place must visit before you die ~ Borobudur

Across the three provinces of Java, there are hundred of temples showing that once powerful and prosperous kingdoms existed in Asia, just like the Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

Borobudur is built in the highlands and surrounded by mountains and hills. This Buddhist temple have been built between end of 7th century. Borobudur is located in Magelang, Central Java. The monument consists of nine stacked platforms, six in square and three circular platforms, topped by a central dome.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Cracker Monster

Tiffany send me this awesome Cracker Monster. 

This postcard reminded me of him ...

Friday, December 4, 2015

Skybridge and Pinnacle of Petronas Twin Towers

Last Sunday, my family and I had a chance to visit the KL Twin Towers (thanks to company sponsored the entrance fees). I worked in Tower 2 ~ Level 68 and 71 for the past 3 years before our office moved out last year. The Skybridge, as a connecting structure between the towers. However, even we are part of the occupants, we are not allowed to use the skybridge (Level 41) to go from one tower to another tower, only Petronas employees are allowed to use the 'shortcut'. 

The skybridge is double-decker, 58.4 metre in length, 750 tonnes and 170 metres above street level. The deck at Level 42 is opened for visitors. 

The view of Kuala Lumpur from Level 42 (170 metres above street level)


Highlight of the day

Observation Deck at Level 86 (total is 88)

Pinnacle of one of Petronas Twin Tower (height of pinnacle = 73.5m)

Happy SkyWatch Friday

Thursday, December 3, 2015

It's time to send LOVE

Love this cute postcard from Tatiano of Moscow. 
Thank you. 

Just a friendly reminder to all readers, 
now is the season to send "heart" to your loved one.  

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

1933 Chen Shi Shu Yuan

Reprinted piece of a watercolour artwork from Kathleen Russell.
The artwork captured the scene of daily life of the locals in front of a Chinese Temple, Kuala Lumpur in 1933. I guess the temple is 陳氏書院 Chan Clanmen Study Hall / Chan Shi Shu Yuan , also known as Green Temple due to its green ceramic wall tiles. The Temple is the clan association for Chinese people surnames start with 陳 (Chan, Chen, Chin and Tan) from the bloodline of emperor of Shun.

Address : 172, Jalan Petaling, Kuala Lumpur.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Loka Made of Malaysia

I discovered a new series of postcard available in Kinokuniya bookstore. 
A beautiful illustration artwork of a Malaysian artist ~ FeiGiap from Loka Made.  
At first, I was thought that was another kind of Shōjo Manga (少女漫画) . As shōjo literally means "girl" in Japanese, which mostly aimed at the teenagers.

Loka Made also offers DIY pop-up postcards  

Facebook : Loka Made