Friday, January 30, 2015

Land of the Head Hunters

photo : Susan K.Jacobson

I bought this creepy postcard many years back from Sabah.
So happen that I dig all my postcards out and thought of to let go some of precious 
to next postcrossers, and this piece will go to Olga Korzhavina, Russia.

Headhunting used to be a tribal rite in Borneo and skull houses were an essential part 
of traditional life. Skull houses can still be seen these days, but of course the practice of headhunting stopped many years ago.


Monday, January 26, 2015

Blue clear sea Palau

The Republic of Palau is make up of volcanic and coral island and 
surrounded by a single barrier reef, 
is one of the world's most spectacular diving and snorkelling destinations. 

Palau became independent in 1994, after being part of a United Nations 
trust territory administered by the US for 47 years.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Taiwan in one glance

A beautiful artwork from Tina's friend. 

The postcard display the characteristic of Taiwan in one glance

Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Taiwan Traditional Opera (known as 'Da Xi' in Mandarin)

The message that the artist want to deliver is to urge the young generation 
to cultivate the wisdom / knowledge gained from ancestor and preserve the culture in future time. 

Confucius saying "Cultivate the root, the leaves and branches will take care of themselves."

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Moriliynn solo exhibition (Taiwan)

I've received a postcard from Mori. 
Congratulation for her solo art exhibition in Taiwan from Jan 5 - Feb 5,2015.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Floating Garden Observatory

 Good friend of mine visited Japan in Nov 2014 and send me this postcard. 

The Floating Garden Observatory is platform that formed a bridge that connect the two towers of the Umeda Sky Building in Osaka. The roof in doughnut shaped is known as the 'Floating Garden" or Lumi-Skywalk enable the visitors to have an unobstructed 360-degree view. From this observatory can see the panoramic view of Osaka.

The basement of the building houses the Takimi-Koji gourmet street with designed to recreate a simple Osaka village from the Taisho period in the 1910's and 20s. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The charm of Korea

The charm of Korea which attract you 

Korea has 5000 years of eternal history, and Korea take pride in its unique tradition and culture.

The most inspire me about Korea is the colorful architecture comprises of turquoise, blue and red  ~ Dan Cheong  

Monday, January 5, 2015

Shinhotaka Ropeway : Double Decker Cable Car

The Shin-Hotaka Ropeway is one of Japan's most unique ropeways and it climbs over 1000 meters up the side of the Hotake Mountain Range, which includes Oku-Hotakedake (Japan's third highest peak). The most distinctive feature is its double decker gondola cars, 
the first of their kind in Japan, which offer excellent views of the Okuhida Region.

photo credit : Lay Hoon
Observation deck at the upper station

me stand with little red mail box at this Freezing cold top hill. 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Boo Chae Choom (Korean Fan Dance)

Boo chae choom is traditional Korean fan dance. 
The dancer holding fans in each hand and dance like a butterfly. 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Tateyama - Kurobe (Alpine Route)

My recent trip (Oct 2014) to Central Japan also covered famous moutain sighseeing route between Tateyama - Kurobe. The scene appear to be different in each season. Yukino-ōtani is the most famous sightseeing spot from April to June. You can enjoy the greatest snow walls just before Murodō along this route. The month (Oct - Spring) I went I don't see the ice wall.

The Northern Alps route is 25km long , the vertical (height) is as large as 1,975m. 
It uses 7 different modes of transport to complete the route, which including cable car, bus, trolley bus, ropeway, aeriel tramway. 

Source : Alpine Route

The route is carefully built so that the surrounding environment is not damaged. Consequently, three lines go entirely under tunnels. (This is also to protect the lines from snow.) Among them, two are trolleybus lines. I just read from Wiki that Trolleybuses have all gone from Japan, except for these two lines which are still used here as they don't exhaust fumes in the tunnels.

photo credit : Lay Hoon