Friday, July 31, 2015

I love window seats

The view about to landing to Cambodia

Happy SkyWatch Friday !

I like window seats because I feel I am so near to the skies ! Those puffy clouds are under me. Never doubt that the view is fascinating !!  Shh...

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Northern Lights in Iceland

 A beautiful postcard send from Iceland, from Valerie. 
She has fulfilled her dream to tour around Europe, 
happy for her.  

The marvelous aurora borealis shimmering over Gullfoss waterfall (or known as Golden Falls).

Notes to Travelers :
  • The best season to see the northern lights in Iceland is from September to Mid-April.
  • The recommended stays at Iceland, min 7 days.
  • Iceland is a small Atlantic island, the weather is rapidly changing from time to time. Suggested to do checking regularly.
More Postcards :

Also not forgetting the QR Code look alike Northern Light stamp from Iceland :)

Thank you, Valerie !

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Taiwan Coastal View

A beautiful postcard from Purplesunny Chang of Taiwan.

According to most of the review, the most spectacular coastal scenery can be find in the Northeast and Yilan Coast National Scenic Area (東北角暨宜蘭海岸國家風景區). 
The coastal stretching 102.5km from Nanya, east of Jiufen. 
It could be a good place to visit for a day trip from Taipei or Keelung. 

Friday, July 24, 2015

SkyWatch Friday : KLCC Twin Towers

Happy SkyWatch Friday

The few shots of one late evening (7:40pm+),  when I passed by the KLCC Park and the view of majestic KLCC Twin Towers took my breath away ~ for few seconds :) 

I used to admire at those who are working in Petronas Twin Towers and wish one day I could. 
My wish was granted (thank you Universe) and I have had 3 years of working life at level 68 & 71! 

Here are some of the sneak peek at my cubicle next to full-height glass window , 2013 & 2014

 Now..I have another wish ...shhhh...(finger cross)

Further Reading : 

Artist depict life in early Chemainus (Canada)

So glad to receive this postcard from Slewy Moores (apology if I'm not spell your name correctly).

Chemainus is located on the East shore of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. 
A town that was born of the hands of labourers.

The postcard shows the masterpiece of artists (clockwise from top left) :-
  • Spool Donkey - Sculptor Elmar Schultes
  • First Schoolhouse 1883 - Artist Kiff Holland
  • Company Store - Artist Dan Sawatzky
  • The Volunteers - Artist Dan Sawatzky
  • Chemainus Outdoor Gathering - Artist Lurene Haines
  • Julia Askew - Artist Elizabeth Smiley

Such a complete beautiful postmark 
& stamp 

Thank you !

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Traditional transportation to travel around Porto

I received this postcard from Celia of Porto, Portugal. 
It is so interesting to learn that to getting around the city tour by using a tram. 

STCP is the company in charge the local transportation system of Porto.
There are three (3) tram routes in the city center are operating for tourism purposes, time between ~ 0930 to 1930. Ticketing is integrated with the metro and buses.  

Notes to Travelers : The trams and buses run on the 'semi-honor system', where the passengers are expected to buy the ticket from the machine and 'load' it with the number of rides you expect to take and the number of zones (separate tickets are needed if you are going to take two-zone rides and six-zone rides).  

Further reading : 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Moomin : An online survey

Yes !! I've received a very cool Moomin postcard from Maua.
Thank you !

If you are interested to get yourself some Moomin product ...

You may response to a survey conducted by  
The objective of the survey is to find out how the Moomin Characters's brand personality is perceived by the customers.  
The survey is about 5-10 minutes.
The respondents will receive a 15% discount code
and also have a chance to win a Moomin goodie bag (5 lucky winners). 

So, give a try by clicking here for The Questionnaire  

AND not to forget to view my cool collection of Moomin Postcards here.  

Saturday, July 18, 2015

masterpiece of Alphonse Mucha

A postcard sends from Lenka of Czech Republic.
Bières de la Meuse (1897) ~ by Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939), a Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist. 

The poster portrays a woman with a wreath of poppies, wheat and hops in her hair holding a pint of beer. She has Slav features and recalls the figure of Summer from Mucha's Seasons series of the previous year. There are two images at the bottom of the poster that are by another artist, an image of the goddess of the river Meuse and a bird’s eye view of the brewery.

And not to forget the beautiful stamp (Zodiac, Design 2, Ziegler 2010) that Lenka pasted on postcard. Another beautiful artwork piece called "Savonnerie De Bagnolet" , also by Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939).

  The Zodiac image of Mucha was one of his most successful designs, undergoing no fewer than a dozen different uses over the years. In this variant, the zodiac and all the decorations around the perimeter are gone, having been replaced by an 1898 calendarium. 
Replacing the astrological symbols is the text for the soap company. 

Thursday, July 16, 2015


I've received this Dumpling shaped-postcard from Jin Hua of Xi-an , China. 
Dumpling (or 饺子 Jiao zi) is a traditional Chinese food. It's one of the most widely loved foods in northern China, as it's popular in cold weather. The dumplings can be boiled in soup / steamed / fried. The dumplings can be filled / stuffed with anything from meat, vegetable to fruit. 

What tempting me most about dumpling is eating with the dipping sauce. 
My favorite combination ~~ " ginger + vinegar + soy sauce + fish sauce " 

Source : 5 easy Dipping Sauce recipe

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Cologne Cathedral and Romanic churches

Dom und Altstadt von Koln

Cologne Cathedral and the old town

A beautiful night panorama view postcard sent by Elke, Germany. 
The magnificent Cologne Cathedral hovers above the roofs and chimneys of the city. 

Alongside the Cathedral and museum, there are twelve Romanic churches which are also the main cultural highlights of Cologne. The Golden Chamber of St Ursula is amongst one of mystical and creepy. Golden Chamber (a small room at the left hand side of entrance) is filled with the brim with bones and skulls, which is said that these are bones of the 11000 virgins and St.Ursula herself.  

Sunday, July 12, 2015

6 Random Tips for travelers to Angkor Wat

Hi all, hope you are having a good time out there. 

I've traveled to Angkor Wat, Cambodia in June 2015. I had did some research before the tour (all by our own/ free & easy) and mainly on the main highlights of the place. 
In spite of that, there were some details and thoughts that I think are useful for all the travelers :-

1) Suggest to read A Record of Cambodia: the Land and its People by Zhou Daguan 《真腊风土记》 Zhou Daguan is the author of 'The Customs of Cambodia'. He is one of the diplomats from China that lived in Angkor from 1296 to 1297. The journal becomes the only written source about the custom and daily living of the people from empire Angkor. It has been widely used as a first-hand guideline / reference for the researchers and even for the Cambodian to trace their ancestors. 

* PS: How I wish I could read it beforehand. 
There were few Mandarin simplified language translated version available online. 

2) Have a good and relax trip indeed. Keep the speed at your own pace. 

The photo taken inside Angkor Wat.   

3) Photograph in Angkor temples

To look photogenic in your photos, you may consider to wear in orange, yellow or red. 

*PS: Trick to use different angles for capturing better photos. Just to have fun !

a lit up candle 
Nose-to-nose pose


Do bring along umbrella, handy one, especially for those who plan to travel in around June - August.  
* PS : We have been caught in the rain on our first day arrival. 

5) Be caution for the height

Be prepare for some climbing. The most steep climbing require at Angkor Wat (left hand photo), visitor who want to have full view may queue for the 'Bakan Pass' and get to the steep stairs and conquer the height for beautiful view. 
* PS. No short pant / dress please

   Angkor Wat Temple's steep stairs - photo by N. Rickards

6) Not to forget to send a postcard 

Postcard - price varies from US$ 1 to 2 each (in good quality) in local store.

Or you may purchase them, especially for those 'old & vintage' postcards from local post-office. (price range from US$0.5 each)

Stamps - the cost to send a postcard from post office is US$0.8 and $1 in airport. The differential in USD probably due to the conversion of Riel to USD (in June 2015, 1USD = 3,000 Riel)

Note: The riel is the official currency of Cambodia despite most Cambodians preferring the US Dollar which has become the country's most common currency. 

Further reading :  

Notes to travelers to Angkor Wat  
Notes to travelers to Angkor Thom , Bayon Temple  and Ta Prohm Temple

Friday, July 10, 2015

Reflection of Angkor Wat

The pools make Angkor Wat even more interesting to photograph, because of the addition of natural symmetry.

Angkor Wat - Opening Hours are from 5am to 6pm. 
Cambodia is located near to the Equator, thus the opening hours (5am) allow you to get to the temple before sunrise and leave after sunset (6pm). 

The shots was taken outside the Angkor Wat at around 6.15pm. 

Further reading :  

Notes to travelers to Angkor Wat  
Notes to travelers to Angkor Thom , Bayon Temple  and Ta Prohm Temple

Happy Skywatch Friday !

Umbrella Galbena

 I receive a postcard from Euglu, Bucharest (in southern of Romania). 

The word "Gustav Pranch (Austria) , Umbrela Galbena" is printed at the back of the postcard.

But, if you happened to dream of having an umbrella, it indicates that protection / profits / financial advantages that you are going to have soon. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Gustav Klimt's art work

So glad to receive this beautiful artwork postcard from Jessica of Germany. 
Jessica send me the 'Lady with Fan' , a gorgeous paintwork of Gustav Klimt (1862 – 1918) who was an Austrian symbolism painter. 

Frau mit Fächer 1917As in Wally and Girlfriends II this half portrait of a young lady shows an awesome background with Asiatic ornaments. The lady wears a dress in the style of a kimono imprinted with motives of a Chinese dragon dress.  


A place to go in my plan to visit Vienna, one day :) 

Monday, July 6, 2015

1600 Pandas (continue) invasion in Malaysia

(Top Left) I have no idea where is this shot was taken from. 
(Top Right) Love the bamboo raft ~ Martial warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword, like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (my imagination, too much of TV watching recently..)

(Bottom Left)  The shot was taken in Kuala Lumpur city center, the tall building on the left is the famous KL Tower and on the right is the Petronas Twin Towers.  

(Bottom Right) Perbandaran Putrajaya (Perbadanan Putrajaya Complex), managing and administering Federal Territory of Putrajaya. PPJ are responsible for public health and sanitation, waste removal and management, town planning, environmental protection and building control, social and economic development and general maintenance functions of urban infrastructure. 

(Top Left)  KTM Old Train Station, KL
(Top Right)  Red Square, Melaka 

(Bottom Left) I wonder if the scene was captured from Chew Jetty, Penang.   

(Bottom Right) The Pandas lined up in front of Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Penang. The Blue Mansion's construction started before the end of 19th century.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

continue 1600 Pandas in Malaysia

1600 papier- mâché pandas has visited ...

(1st. Postcard) Malaysia has its own version of leaning tower. The Anson Leaning Tower (Menara Jam Condong) is located in Teluk Intan (or known as Teluk Anson) in Perak. The design of the tower is influenced by Chinese architecture. The tower was built in 1885 and it was used to store water for the dry season. During Japanese Occupation in Malaya, the tower was used as an observation post. The tower started to tilt five years after its construction and the reason that the tower leans towards southwest are due to soft ground on which it was built.

The tower resembles an eight - tier Chinese pagoda with a huge clock that keeps time. Commissioned in London, the clock chimes twice every quarter of the hour, and on the hour, chimes the number of the hour. (Source : Tam Chee Wah's Invite Freedom Home)

(edited: Jul 13,2015)  

(2nd postcard) I was born and raised up in Taiping, Perak. Taiping (means Peaceful in Mandarin). Taiping Lake Garden is surrounded by the lush green and huge ancient rain trees (“angsana”) line the lake. Taiping Lake Garden Lake which is the abandoned tin mine.  

(3rd Postcard): Batu Caves, a limestone outcrop located in Kuala Lumpur. With a steep steps of 272 climbing up (and it's tiring) and the large statue of the Hindu God at the entrance, enjoy the stunning view of the skyline of the city center.  

(4th Postcard) : The shot seems is taken in Taiping Lake Garden