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March 30, 2011

Brown Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Philippines

Postcrossing Private Swap with Arlene


From Greenhills to Brown Chocolate Hills such as a tribute of this famous "chocolate kisses."
The Chocolate Hills is a rolling terrain of haycock hills – mounds of general shape which are conical and almost symmetrical. Estimated to be at least 1,268 individual mounds to about 1,776, these cone-shaped or dome-shaped hills are actually made of grass-covered limestone. The domes vary in sizes from 30 to 50 metres (98 to 160 ft) high with the largest being 120 metres (390 ft) in height. Bohol's "main attraction," these unique mound-shaped hills are scattered by the hundreds throughout the towns of Carmen, Batuan and Sagbayan in Bohol.

During the dry season, the grass-covered hills dry up and turn chocolate brown. This transforms the area into seemingly endless rows of "chocolate kisses". The branded confection is the inspiration behind the name, Chocolate Hills.

Source: Wikipedia
 The Original Chocolate Hills on Regular Season sent by my Sister Precy.

AT - 73003:Sellamat in the Toggenburg, Switzerland

Postcrossing from Nicole of Linz, Austria


A view of white mountaintops in Switzerland in deep winter season. Nicole is a confessed holiday-maker who loves to travel and cinema and other interesting things to do. Thanks Nicole. A thank you postcard from me is on the way.

Postdam: Postcrossing Direct Swap

From Ronny of Germany



Potsdam is the capitol and largest city in the state of Brandenburg, Germany

US - 1044176: A Taste of American Turkey

Postcrossing from the USA



There is something about American handwriting that is appealing to me. I hope this zanylady doesn't mind me displaying hers. As you can see, she happened to be in Turkey to share her love of the place she recently has visited. Hence, I give this blog a title A Taste of American Turkey.

PT - 165742: Silves of Algarve, Portugal

Postcrossing and my very first from Portugal. Sent by Manuel.

We call this bread "Ramona" in my home country.



I always love to see different handwritings of people. It shows off their character.

Addendum:
The deep green foliage of orange trees in fertile valleys. The blue sea and the fast paced life of an international seaside resort. The picturesque charm of houses surrounded buy almond and carob trees. The broad sweep of hills that are a haven for ramblers and nature lovers.

Source: Internet

GB - 208748 - Puss without Boots

Postcrossing from Chrissy of Great Britain.


Chrissy noted that I got kitten favourited at Postcrossing, so she thought of sending me one for myself. Thank you dear kind Chrissy for these lovable kitties. As you can see I have cats in my life and now only one is left with me.

Down below is the Mother Cat of all. My girls named her Halle. She's no longer with us. I had to give her away when I went overseas as there's no one who could look after her and I could not afford to put her in a Cattery. She is surely missed. My heart broke and I wept when she's gone.

 Queen Halle, the Matriarch

I wish Mick for a speedy recovery. I had been to the hospital twice for a heart problem. Thankfully, I was exonerated. So am out of the medication.

If you happen to read this blog Chrissy, kindly send me your postal address and I would love to send you a token of love and thanks from down under. God willing, I might see England one day, possibly next year. Now, that's what we call "Positive Thinking". All the best to you Chrissy and your hubby, Mick.

March 29, 2011

US -757000: Postcard from Chicago USA

Postcrossing sent by Ricky

This is Chicago's Wacker Drive: "The Children's Fountain".

I was trying to google a story about this interesting fountain and I was taken to the blog of ArchitectureChicago Plus by Lynn Becker. Here's the LINK to read more.

UA - 63525 My First from Ukraine

Happy Postcrossing from Verdelit


Perhaps, Verdelit noted how much I love quotations. It is apparent to what she wrote at the back of this love birds postcard.
And none will hear the postman's knock
Without quickening of the heart.
For who can bear to feel himself forgotten.

~WH Auden~

Thank you Verdelit. A token of thanks was sent to you today and hope you will like the postcard from Sydney.

March 20, 2011

RU-330576: Moscow and its Famous Landmarks

Postcrossing from a singing Russian girl



Left Panel: Spasskaya Clocktower (below); Center: Cathedral of Christ the Saviour; Right Panel: Ostankino Tower (top) (Wikipedia)

Facts:

Moscow is a major political, economic, cultural, scientific, religious, financial, educational, and transportation centre of Russia and the world. A global city, Moscow is the most populous city on the continent of Europe and the seventh largest city proper in the world.

Moscow is situated on the Moskva River in the Central Federal District of European Russia. In the course of its history the city has served as the capital of a progression of states, from the medieval Grand Duchy of Moscow and the subsequent Tsardom of Russia to the Soviet Union. Moscow is the site of the Moscow Kremlin, an ancient fortress that is today the residence of the Russian President and of the executive branch of the Government of Russia. The Kremlin is also one of several World Heritage Sites in the city. Both chambers of the Russian parliament (the State Duma and the Federation Council) also sit in Moscow.

The city is served by an extensive transit network, which includes four international airports, nine railroad terminals, and the Moscow Metro, second only to Tokyo in terms of ridership and recognized as one of the city's landmarks due to the rich and varied architecture of its 182 stations.

Over time, Moscow has acquired a number of epithets, most referring to its size and preeminent status within the nation: The Third Rome (Третий Рим), Whitestone (Белокаменная), The First Throne (Первопрестольная), The Forty Forties (Сорок Сороков).

Source: (Wikipedia)

Sent by Dasha. A cheerful singing Dasha who smiles at Nancy Sinatra's song Sugar Town

I got some troubles but they won't last
I'm gonna lay right down here in the grass
And pretty soon all my troubles will pass
'cause I'm in shoo-shoo-shoo, shoo-shoo-shoo
Shoo-shoo, shoo-shoo, shoo-shoo Sugar Town

I never had a dog that liked me some
Never had a friend or wanted one
So I just lay back and laugh at the sun
'cause I'm in shoo-shoo-shoo, shoo-shoo-shoo
Shoo-shoo, shoo-shoo, shoo-shoo Sugar Town

Yesterday it rained in Tennessee
I heard it also rained in Tallahassee
But not a drop fell on little old me
'cause I was in shoo-shoo-shoo, shoo-shoo-shoo
Shoo-shoo, shoo-shoo, shoo-shoo Sugar Town

If I had a million dollars or ten
I'd give to ya, world, and then
You'd go away and let me spend
My life in shoo-shoo-shoo, shoo-shoo-shoo
Shoo-shoo, shoo-shoo, shoo-shoo Sugar Town
la-la-la-la to end

Okay Dasha, thank you for the rain and a rainbow wish.

March 19, 2011

CN-329810: I love Panda

Postcrossing from China



My first Panda Postcard! One of the cutest God's creatures I adore!

Thank you so much Du! Will send you a postcard from Australia so you will see this part of the world called Down Under! That will be my token of friendship to you as my way of Thank You for sending me a Panda made in China! Your country has contributed a Panda in our zoo here though I haven't seen one in real close encounter.

Anyway, Du shares with us that the cute stamps featured above are paintings of the little children. If you click to enlarge them, you will admire the ingenuity of the innocent minds of China.

Sent by DuYuanyuan.

JP-152723: Great Archway of the Heian's Shrine

Postcrossing from Kyoto, Japan



Kyoto, the ancient Capital City of Japan where chobin2006 lives is beautiful. A city that hosts Japan's world heritage sights.

This great archway of the Heian's Shrine is Vermilion-lacquered.

Vermilion is a bright-red, water-insoluble pigment consisting of mercuric sulfide, once obtained from cinnabar, now usually produced by the reaction of mercury and sulfur.

Such a lovely girl as chobin2006 is hoping that I'll be able to visit her beautiful city someday.

Well, Chobin2006, I think I am now known to have itchy feet with empty pocket. So who knows who will knock at your door one day? ^_^

I love to travel under impossible circumstances. If this is the only way to dream,
then dream on little Bonbon2010.

Happy Postcrossing to you too Chobin2006! And thank you for this very lovely postcard.

March 18, 2011

CA-152275 - Great Canadian Smile

Postcrossing from Thunder Bay




Besides this famous Native Canadian Smile and its beautiful verse, Julie told us that Thunder Bay is located along the northwest shore of Lake Superior. It is surrounded by forest, lots of lakes and an abundance of wildlife. She lives in the rural area where Moose, Black Bear, Deer, Fox, Lynx and Porcupines wander in her yard. She also has seen wolves, and coyotes nearby.

"Loving so close to nature makes me smile."

It also gives her peace and calmness when life gets too hectic, she said.

Anything for nature - that we all experience from time to time and most of the time, if not all the time.

Thank you for sharing us your life over your end Julie.

Happy Postcrossing to you and to all!

FI-1034125 Vaasa of Finland Greets!

Vaasa is on the west coast of Finland.



Enjoy the Winterland of this part of Scandinavia! Love the glowing reflection from the crackling fireplace inside this traditional Finnish home.

"The cold winter is slowly giving up and the weather is getting warmer." Spring and Summer please welcome Paula.

Sent by Paula.

March 16, 2011

US - 1013141 Californian Greetings

Postcrossing from San Francisco and the Bay Area


Montana de Oro State Park

Sent by Ruth707.

March 8, 2011

Fantastic New Postcards from Poland by Jacek

Received today, 23 February 2011

This is Malbork - Castle view from Nogat river. Photo credit by R Jablonski

This is Gothic Medieval Castle in Malbork, Poland built as the seat of the Grand Master for Teutonic (Order)Knights as the main base at the time of conquest. History tells us that this is the biggest structure in medieval Europe made of bricks listed in UNESCO's World Heritage. According to Jacek, it takes one week to see the entire castle due to its huge expanse.

Karpacz, S