Monday, February 29, 2016

Germany: Staatsoper Hannover


This card was send from a German Postcrosser. :)

Staatsoper Hannover is an opera house in Hannover. The home base of this opera house is a theater built in classical style between 1845 and 1852 based on a plan drawn by Georg Ludwig Friedrich Laves. The building was badly damaged in World War II, and was rebuilt in 1948.




It also had a beautiful stamp, and a cancel with the city's name.










:: WalaGemini 02/29/2016
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Countries/Regions I've received postcards from:
:: Antigua and Barbuda :: Aruba :: Australia :: Barbados :: Belarus :: Canada :: Chile :: China :: Czech Republic :: Estonia :: Finland :: France :: Germany :: Great Britain :: Guernsey :: Hong Kong :: Hungary ::  India :: Indonesia :: Italy :: Japan :: Macau :: Malaysia :: The Netherlands :: Peru :: The Philippines :: Poland :: Portugal :: Russia :: Saint Lucia :: Singapore :: Sint Maarten :: Slovakia :: South Africa :: Switzerland :: Taiwan :: United Kingdom :: United States of America :: Vietnam ::

Hungary: Top Sights of Veszprem


This is my first card from Hungary :) *yay*

Showing multiple views of Veszprem, this Hungarian city is one of the oldest urban areas in the country. It is located approximately 110 km from Budapest, with a population of 61,000.

Some of the popular locations of this city is the Veszprem Cathedral, Castle Hill, and Episcopal Palace.















:: WalaGemini 02/29/2016
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Countries/Regions I've received postcards from:
:: Antigua and Barbuda :: Aruba :: Australia :: Barbados :: Belarus :: Canada :: Chile :: China :: Czech Republic :: Estonia :: Finland :: France :: Germany :: Great Britain :: Guernsey :: Hong Kong :: Hungary ::  India :: Indonesia :: Italy :: Japan :: Macau :: Malaysia :: The Netherlands :: Peru :: The Philippines :: Poland :: Portugal :: Russia :: Saint Lucia :: Singapore :: Sint Maarten :: Slovakia :: South Africa :: Switzerland :: Taiwan :: United Kingdom :: United States of America :: Vietnam ::

India: White-rumped Shama


This card was sent from a Postcrosser in India :)
It's also my first card from this beautiful country in Asia.

The white-rumped shama is a small passerine bird. Native to densely vegetated habitats in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, its popularity as a cage-bird and songster has led to it being introduced elsewhere. This bird species is shy and somewhat crepuscular yet territorial.

The Himalayas is a mountain range which separates the Great Indian Plains from the Tibetan Plateau. This range is home to 9 of the 10 highest peaks on Earth, including Mount Everest. Nearly 1000 birds have been recorded in the Himalayas, which 15 species are fully endemic.

Hope you find this card informative :)











:: WalaGemini 02/29/2016
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Countries/Regions I've received postcards from:
:: Antigua and Barbuda :: Aruba :: Australia :: Barbados :: Belarus :: Canada :: Chile :: China :: Czech Republic :: Estonia :: Finland :: France :: Germany :: Great Britain :: Guernsey :: Hong Kong :: Hungary ::  India :: Indonesia :: Italy :: Japan :: Macau :: Malaysia :: The Netherlands :: Peru :: The Philippines :: Poland :: Portugal :: Russia :: Saint Lucia :: Singapore :: Sint Maarten :: Slovakia :: South Africa :: Switzerland :: Taiwan :: United Kingdom :: United States of America :: Vietnam ::

Sunday, February 28, 2016

* My Postcard Collection Stats and Favorite Postcards *

Hello Everyone :) How are you all doing today?
Hope you are having a great one :) If not, maybe my postcards could brighten up your day?

With this post, I would like to share with you the number of countries I've received postcards from.
Also, I'll be sharing some of my all time favorite cards that I've received from these countries.

One of my goals for collecting postcards is to at least receive one mailed/stamped card from all of the countries/regions from the world, if your country is not on my received list and you are generous enough to make a trade with me, write in the comments and I'll be sure to get back to you :D
Thanks in advance and enjoy the postcards :)

Here are the postcards I've received so far

[-] Abkhazia
[-] Afghanistan
[-] Aland Islands
[-] Albania
[-] Alderney
[-] Algeria
[-] American Samoa
[-] Andorra
[-] Angola
[-] Anguilla
[-] Antarctica - Australian Antarctic Territory
[-] Antarctica - British Antarctic Territory
[-] Antarctica - Ross Dependency
[1] Antigua and Barbuda
[-] Argentina
[-] Armenia
[1] Aruba
[-] Ascension
[38] Australia
[9] Austria
[-] Azerbaijan
[-] Bahamas
[-] Bahrain
[-] Bangladesh
[2] Barbados
[-] Barbuda
[15] Belarus
[10] Belgium
[-] Belize
[-] Benin
[-] Bermuda
[-] Bhutan
[-] Bolivia
[-] Bosnia and Herzegovina
[-] Botswana
[6] Brazil
[2] Brunei
[1] Bulgaria
[-] Burkina Faso
[-] Burundi
[-] Caicos Islands
[13] Cambodia
[-] Cameroon
[55] Canada
[-] Canouan Island
[-] Cape Verde
[-] Cayman Islands
[-] Central African Republic
[-] Chad
[4] Chile
[545] China
[-] Christmas Island
[-] Cocos Islands
[-] Colombia
[-] Comoros
[-] Cook Islands
[-] Costa Rica
[-] Cote d'lvoire
[4] Croatia
[1] Cuba
[-] Curacao
[-] Cyprus
[21] Czech Republic
[-] Democratic Republic of the Congo
[1] Denmark
[-] Djibouti
[-] Dominica
[-] Dominican Republic
[-] East Timor
[-] Ecuador
[-] Egypt
[-] El Salvador
[-] Equatorial Guinea
[-] Eritrea
[5] Estonia
[-] Ethiopia

[-] Falkland Islands
[-] Faroe Islands
[-] Fiji
[56] Finland
[29] France
[-] French Guiana
[-] French Polynesia

[-] Gabon
[-] The Gambia
[-] Georgia
[151] Germany
[-] Ghana
[-] Gibraltar
[2] Greece
[-] Greenland
[-] Grenada
[-] Guadeloupe
[-] Guam
[-] Guatemala
[1] Guernsey
[-] Guinea
[-] Guinea-Bissau
[-] Guyana
[-] Haiti
[-] Honduras
[460] Hong Kong
[3] Hungary

[-] Iceland
[22] India
[11] Indonesia
[-] Iran
[-] Iraq
[12] Ireland
[1] Isle of Man
[2] Israel
[25] Italy
[-] Jamaica
[106] Japan
[-] Jersey
[-] Jordan

[-] Kazakhstan
[-] Kenya
[-] Kiribati
[-] Kosovo
[-] Kuwait
[-] Kyrgyzstan
[-] Laos
[3] Latvia
[-] Lebanon
[-] Lesotho
[-] Liberia
[-] Libya
[-] Liechtenstein
[4] Lithuania
[-] Luxembourg
[16] Macau
[-] Macedonia
[-] Madagascar
[-] Malawi
[67] Malaysia
[1] Maldives
[-] Mali
[-] Malta
[-] Marshall Islands
[-] Mauritania
[-] Mauritius
[-] Mayotte
[-] Mexico
[-] Federated States of Micronesia
[-] Moldova
[-] Monaco
[-] Mongolia
[-] Montenegro
[-] Montserrat
[-] Morocco
[-] Mozambique
[-] Myanmar

[-] Nambia
[-] Nauru
[-] Nepal
[36] Netherlands
[-] New Caledonia
[3] New Zealand
[-] Nicaragua
[-] Niger
[-] Nigeria
[-] Niue
[-] Norfolk Island
[-] North Korea
[-] Northern Cyprus
[-] Northern Mariana Islands
[3] Norway
[-] Oman

[-] Pakistan
[-] Palau
[-] Palestine
[-] Panama
[-] Papua New Guinea
[-] Paraguay
[1] Peru
[6] Philippines
[-] Pitcairn Islands
[65] Poland
[18] Portugal
[-] Puerto Rico

[-] Qatar

[-] Republic of the Congo
[-] Reunion
[1] Romania
[1154] Russia
[-] Rwanda
[-] Saint Barthelemy
[-] Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan 
[-] Saint Kitts and Nevis
[2] Saint Lucia
[-] Saint Martin
[-] Saint Pierre and Miquelon
[-] Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
[-] Samoa
[-] San Marino
[-] Sao Tome and Principe
[-] Saudi Arabia
[-] Senegal
[-] Serbia
[-] Seychelles
[-] Sierra Leone
[11] Singapore
[1] Sint Maarten
[1] Slovakia
[2] Slovenia
[-] Solomon Islands
[-] Somalia
[3] South Africa
[167] South Korea
[-] South Sudan
[23] Spain
[-] Sri Lanka
[-] Sudan
[-] Suriname
[-] Swaziland
[-] Sweden
[15] Switzerland
[-] Syria

[92] Taiwan
[-] Tajikistan
[-] Tanzania
[7] Thailand
[-] Togo
[-] Tokelau
[-] Tonga
[-] Transnistria
[-] Trinidad and Tobago
[-] Tunisia
[5] Turkey
[-] Turkmenistan
[-] Turks and Caicos Islands
[-] Tuvalu

[-] Uganda
[17] Ukraine
[6] United Arab Emirates
[46] United Kingdom
[802] United States of America
[-] United States Virgin Islands
[-] Uruguay
[-] Uzbekistan
[-] Vanuatu
[1] Vatican City
[-] Venezuela
[50] Vietnam
[-] Wallis and Futuna
[-] Yemen

[-] Zambia
[-] Zimbabwe


Illustrated Hong Kong Mailbox (Old)
Hong Kong


















Space Needle
Seattle, Washington
U.S.A.
















Olympic National Park
Washington State
U.S.A.










Kola Kinabalu City Mosque
Sabah, Malaysia












Aurora Borealis
Finland


















Hope you enjoy this little peek into my collection :)
Send me cards if you could :) I'd really appreciated it :D

------------ :: Michelle 2018/03/28 Wednesday :: -----------------------------------------------------------------------

Thursday, February 25, 2016

South Korea: The Nighty Sky of the Alps For You (알프스의 밤하늘을 너에게)

Today, I received another from my Korean postcard pal.

Similar to the "Our Happy Time" card, this card also features a dark and starry night. Instead of the lake, the man stands alone by himself in front of the Alps. It gives a sense of loneliness and hopelessness,,,,,, But I still like this card a lot because starry nights are just so calm and astonishing.

What do you think?
Do you like staring at the sky like I do?

















:: WalaGemini 02/25/2016
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Countries/Regions I've received postcards from:
:: Antigua and Barbuda :: Aruba :: Australia :: Barbados :: Belarus :: Canada :: Chile :: China :: Czech Republic :: Estonia :: Finland :: France :: Germany :: Great Britain :: Guernsey :: Hong Kong :: India :: Indonesia :: Italy :: Japan :: Macau :: Malaysia :: The Netherlands :: Peru :: The Philippines :: Poland :: Portugal :: Russia :: Saint Lucia :: Singapore :: Sint Maarten :: Slovakia :: South Africa :: Switzerland :: Taiwan :: United Kingdom :: United States of America :: Vietnam ::

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

USA: State of Illinois

Today I received 2 states cards from USA.

This second card is from the state of Illinois. Also located on the east side of the United States, Illinois became the 21st state in 1818. Chicago is one of the most well-known city of the state.








:: WalaGemini 02/23/2016
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Countries/Regions I've received postcards from:
:: Antigua and Barbuda :: Aruba :: Australia :: Barbados :: Belarus :: Canada :: Chile :: China :: Czech Republic :: Estonia :: Finland :: France :: Germany :: Great Britain :: Guernsey :: Hong Kong :: India :: Indonesia :: Italy :: Japan :: Macau :: Malaysia :: The Netherlands :: Peru :: The Philippines :: Poland :: Portugal :: Russia :: Saint Lucia :: Singapore :: Sint Maarten :: Slovakia :: South Africa :: Switzerland :: Taiwan :: United Kingdom :: United States of America :: Vietnam ::

USA: State of North Carolina

Today I received 2 states cards from USA.

This first one I got is a North Carolina state card, and it's also my first card from this state. Located on the east coast of the US, North Carolina is the 12th state that was admitted in the United States in 1789. Here are some information about North Carolina if you are interested :)

State Capital: Raleigh
State Flower: Dogwood
State Bird: Cardinal


Hope you liked this card :)












:: WalaGemini 02/23/2016
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Countries/Regions I've received postcards from:
:: Antigua and Barbuda :: Aruba :: Australia :: Barbados :: Belarus :: Canada :: Chile :: China :: Czech Republic :: Estonia :: Finland :: France :: Germany :: Great Britain :: Guernsey :: Hong Kong :: India :: Indonesia :: Italy :: Japan :: Macau :: Malaysia :: The Netherlands :: Peru :: The Philippines :: Poland :: Portugal :: Russia :: Saint Lucia :: Singapore :: Sint Maarten :: Slovakia :: South Africa :: Switzerland :: Taiwan :: United Kingdom :: United States of America :: Vietnam ::

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

South Korea: Our Happy Time (우리들의 행복한 시간)

This is another card I received from South Korea today.
It is from one of my pen pals and we have been swapping quite a few cards :)

I thought this was a very beautiful card because it features the starry sky, which is one of my favorite themes on postcards. The name of the card is called "Our Happy Time", and it has a boy and his puppy sitting on the dock on the lake that reflected the dark yet starry sky. The back of the card also has a matching drawing. Also, sender put a stamp on the card with a similar picture :) which I thought was very thoughtful :D

This card has the same style as "The Night Sky of the Alps For You"
Hope you liked the card also :)
Have a great day







:: WalaGemini 02/22/2016
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Countries/Regions I've received postcards from:
:: Antigua and Barbuda :: Aruba :: Australia :: Barbados :: Belarus :: Canada :: Chile :: China :: Czech Republic :: Estonia :: Finland :: France :: Germany :: Great Britain :: Guernsey :: Hong Kong :: India :: Indonesia :: Italy :: Japan :: Macau :: Malaysia :: The Netherlands :: Peru :: The Philippines :: Poland :: Portugal :: Russia :: Saint Lucia :: Singapore :: Sint Maarten :: Slovakia :: South Africa :: Switzerland :: Taiwan :: United Kingdom :: United States of America :: Vietnam ::

USA: Norwegian Forest Cat

Today, I got this lovely cat postcard in mail today.

This is the first card I received from a tag post that was on the Postcrossing Forum. I love this card because there are CATSSSS on it :D Also, their curious eyes are just too cute to ignore. Don't you think?















:: WalaGemini 02/23/2016
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Countries/Regions I've received postcards from:
:: Antigua and Barbuda :: Aruba :: Australia :: Barbados :: Belarus :: Canada :: Chile :: China :: Czech Republic :: Estonia :: Finland :: France :: Germany :: Great Britain :: Guernsey :: Hong Kong :: India :: Indonesia :: Italy :: Japan :: Macau :: Malaysia :: The Netherlands :: Peru :: The Philippines :: Poland :: Portugal :: Russia :: Saint Lucia :: Singapore :: Sint Maarten :: Slovakia :: South Africa :: Switzerland :: Taiwan :: United Kingdom :: United States of America :: Vietnam ::

Monday, February 22, 2016

Germany: Kronentor am Zwinger

Today, I received a card from Germany.

The Zwinger was built between 1709 to 1728, and is one of most well-known architecture in Dresden.

But the sender was very thoughtful and he sent the card in an envelop with beautiful stamps and a letter replying my questions that I posted on my Postcrossing profile.




I was quite inspired by his message. He said that "Our life on Earth is only a very short part. We are here to learn about ourselves. Maybe we need many years to see that. [...] I can't change the world. I can change only myself and hope that other people thinking about: Why is this a happy man? Love is missing in this world. But you can only give love when you are able to love yourself. A simple truth."

After reading his message...I felt warmth and love within me :) I made me feel that there is still hope and love in the world, and that everyone should try to make the world better by smiling upon each other. Before it is too late, say a word of thanks or love to someone that is important to you, close to you, or even someone who you have not contacted for awhile :) I'm sure it will make their day and bring a smile to their face.


:: WalaGemini 02/22/2016
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Countries/Regions I've received postcards from:
:: Antigua and Barbuda :: Aruba :: Australia :: Barbados :: Belarus :: Canada :: Chile :: China :: Czech Republic :: Estonia :: Finland :: France :: Germany :: Great Britain :: Guernsey :: Hong Kong :: India :: Indonesia :: Italy :: Japan :: Macau :: Malaysia :: The Netherlands :: Peru :: The Philippines :: Poland :: Portugal :: Russia :: Saint Lucia :: Singapore :: Sint Maarten :: Slovakia :: South Africa :: Switzerland :: Taiwan :: United Kingdom :: United States of America :: Vietnam ::

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Belarus: Greetings From...Belarus

Over the past week, I received quite a few postcards from various senders.

This is the 4th Greetings From card I have in my current collection. Just like many of you, I really like this series of postcards Postallove has in stock because it has a really simple yet informative design.

Did you learn anything new from this card?

























:: WalaGemini 02/19/2016
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Countries/Regions I've received postcards from:
:: Antigua and Barbuda :: Aruba :: Australia :: Barbados :: Belarus :: Canada :: Chile :: China :: Czech Republic :: Estonia :: Finland :: France :: Germany :: Great Britain :: Guernsey :: Hong Kong :: India :: Indonesia :: Italy :: Japan :: Macau :: Malaysia :: The Netherlands :: Peru :: The Philippines :: Poland :: Portugal :: Russia :: Saint Lucia :: Singapore :: Sint Maarten :: Slovakia :: South Africa :: Switzerland :: Taiwan :: United Kingdom :: United States of America :: Vietnam ::

Friday, February 19, 2016

Russia: 2016 New Year Greetings

Over the past week, I received quite a few postcards from various senders.

This card I received from Russia is a cheerful bunny with Christmas ornaments celebrating the New Year. This card might be the one of the only cards I received with a New Year message on it...

Well, Happy New Year to you all :)
Wish you a happy and fantastic year.


















:: WalaGemini 02/19/2016
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Countries/Regions I've received postcards from:
:: Antigua and Barbuda :: Aruba :: Australia :: Barbados :: Belarus :: Canada :: Chile :: China :: Czech Republic :: Estonia :: Finland :: France :: Germany :: Great Britain :: Guernsey :: Hong Kong :: India :: Indonesia :: Italy :: Japan :: Macau :: Malaysia :: The Netherlands :: Peru :: The Philippines :: Poland :: Portugal :: Russia :: Saint Lucia :: Singapore :: Sint Maarten :: Slovakia :: South Africa :: Switzerland :: Taiwan :: United Kingdom :: United States of America :: Vietnam ::

Malaysia: Map of Singapore

Over the past week, I received quite a few postcards from various senders.

For those of you who are confused by the title, this postcard that shows the map of Singapore was sent to me from a postcrosser who lives in Malaysia. I really like this postcard because maps is one of the categories that I collect postcards in. Also, this is my first Singapore map. :)




What makes this card more special is that the card was signed by a whole bunch of other people who participated in the Postcrossing 5th Singapore Meetup at Singapore Philatelic Museum on January 17, 2016. I have never been to a meetup :/ But I imagined it to be very fun since it an event where postcard lovers sit together and talk about postcards :D

(Anyone wanna meet up around Seattle area?)







:: WalaGemini 02/19/2016
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Countries/Regions I've received postcards from:
:: Antigua and Barbuda :: Aruba :: Australia :: Barbados :: Belarus :: Canada :: Chile :: China :: Czech Republic :: Estonia :: Finland :: France :: Germany :: Great Britain :: Guernsey :: Hong Kong :: India :: Indonesia :: Italy :: Japan :: Macau :: Malaysia :: The Netherlands :: Peru :: The Philippines :: Poland :: Portugal :: Russia :: Saint Lucia :: Singapore :: Sint Maarten :: Slovakia :: South Africa :: Switzerland :: Taiwan :: United Kingdom :: United States of America :: Vietnam ::

Thursday, February 18, 2016

USA: Lavender Sunset, San Juan Islands, WA

Over the past week, I received quite a few postcards from various senders.

This is a postcard that I received from a direct swap with a Postcrossing member. The card shows a sunset that softly illuminates a solo tree in the lavender fields of Pelindaba Lavender Farms on San Juan Islands, located in the Pacific Northwest Area of the United States.

Hope you liked this card as much as I did :)










:: WalaGemini 02/17/2016
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Countries/Regions I've received postcards from:
:: Antigua and Barbuda :: Aruba :: Australia :: Barbados :: Belarus :: Canada :: Chile :: China :: Czech Republic :: Estonia :: Finland :: France :: Germany :: Great Britain :: Guernsey :: Hong Kong :: India :: Indonesia :: Italy :: Japan :: Macau :: Malaysia :: The Netherlands :: Peru :: The Philippines :: Poland :: Portugal :: Russia :: Saint Lucia :: Singapore :: Sint Maarten :: Slovakia :: South Africa :: Switzerland :: Taiwan :: United Kingdom :: United States of America :: Vietnam ::