Thursday, April 28, 2016

Germany: Karlsruhe Palace

Karlsruhe Palace, also called Karlsruhe Schloss in German, was erected in 1715 by Margrave Charles III William of Baden-Durlach, after a dispute with the citizen of his previous capital Durlach. The city of Karlsruhe has since grown around it. Much of the city center, including the palace, was reduced to rubble by Allied bombing during World War II but was quickly rebuilt after the war.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Taiwan: Greetings From... Taiwan

Thanks to a Round Robin group on postcrossing and a Taiwan Postcrossing member, I finally got my first GF TW card :D *yay*

About 10 years ago, I visited Taipei once with my family. It was a very precious memory of mine because I have enjoyed trips with my parents and sister. I think the best part of the trip was trying out all the snacks and food in the night market. Although I had a really bad stomachache that morning , I was able to enjoy all the snacks as I wished. It was awesome :)

I wish I'll be able to visit this awesome country again :D

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Japan: Matsumoto Castle (松本城)

Sent from a US postcrossing member, this postcard shows the Matsumoto Castle located in the city of Matsumoto in the Nagano Prefecture.

Matsumoto Castle is one of the Japan's premier historic castles. It is also known as the Crow Castle (烏城) because of its black exterior. The keep was completed in the late sixteenth century, and it maintained its original wooden exteriors and external stonework. It is listed as a National Treasure of Japan.

Looking at this peaceful and beautiful castle and the cherry blossom, it made a huge contrast to what I've been feeling for the past week..which was sadness and anxiety...It was a tough week...and I shred many tears...It was difficult to decide what I am going to do in the near future as my university graduation is coming up..I will have to leave the country along with my precious friends and the man that I've fallen in love with for the last two years...I don't know what our decisions will lead us to..but I really hope that one day we won't have to separate from each other ever again.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Italy: Canal Grande

The Grand Canal is a canal in Venice, Italy. It forms one of the major water-traffic corridors in the city. While public transport is provided by the water buses (also called vaporetto), many tourists explore the canal by gondola.

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Spain: La Cibeles

The Cibeles Fountain is found in the part of Madrid commonly called the Paseo de Recoletos. This fountain is named after Cybele, a Phrygian goddess who had a significant cult in Rome, and is seen as one of Madrid's most important symbol. The fountain depicts the goddess sitting on a chariot pulled by two lions.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Ukraine: Whiskers, Paws and Tails

This is my first card from Ukraine. :D

I just LOVE cats :D I think they are just super cute and fluffy. Everytime I receive a cat card, it reminds me of my cats that are currently with my parents...I miss them a lot...They are the perfect companion when you are feeling lonely and sad...

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Estonia: Tallinn

Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia. It has a population of roughly 440 thousand. Situated on the northern coast of the counry, Tallinn's old town is listed as a UNESCO WHS and ranked among the top 10 digital cities in the world.

Fun Fact: Skype is one of the best-known of several Estonian start-ups originating from Tallinn.

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

South Korea: Keep Calm and Have Chimaek

The word might seem unfamiliar to you, but chimeak is the mixed of the two words - chicken and maek-ju (which means beer in Korean). This is a favorite combination of foods many Koreans enjoy as a dinner or late night snack. If you've never tried Korean fried chicken with beer, definitely give it a try if you ran out of dinner ideas :) You'll fall in love with it :)

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South Korea: Bored (심심해)

Sent from South Korea, this card has a rabbit character saying that it is bored.

Recently, I've been feeling bored at home while nothing to do. Although I do update this blog and write new postcards daily, I would like to find a new activity for me to kill time and enjoy time.

What do you all do during your free time? Any suggestions?

Also, she put three different year of monkey stamps on the card which I thought was SUPER AWESOME :D From the left, they are from the year 1979, 2003, 2015

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Friday, April 15, 2016

USA: Kiawah Island - Palmetto Moon

Kiawah is a sea island on the Atlantic coast located southwest of Charleston in South Carolina. It is operated today largely as a gated beach and golf resort.

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

China: Shanghai (上海)

* This is my 100th post :D Thanks so much for all the love and support you have for this site :) Hope you will enjoy all my other posts *

This is a watercolor painting postcard with the Shanghai city view.

Shanghai is the most populous city in China as well as in the world. located in the Yangtze River Delta in East China, it has a population of more than 24 million,
Make sure to visit Shanghai sometime and you'll definitely enjoy the delicious foods and activities there :D


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China: Greetings from..China

*yay* I received my 8th Greetings From card :D
This one I received was sent from a Chinese Postcrossing Member.

I don't really know which part of China the background photo is but I do love this card for its color tone :)

Also, one interesting thing about the information on the card is that a kind of ice cream was invented in China about 200 BC when a milk and rice mixture was frozen by packing it into snow. It just fascinates me that there was already ice cream that early in history.

What about you?
What do you think about this card and the ice cream?

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Cuba: Ventanas de Trinidad de Cuba

This is my first card from Cuba :D *yay*

Sent from my cousin who recently visited Cuba, this card shows the colorful windows that are in the city of Trinidad in Cuba.

It is fascinating to see the different doors that are in the city as most of us won't pay attention to them.
Do you like windows postcards?

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Russia: Lake Baikal

Located in southern Siberia, Russia, Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater lake by volume in the world, containing roughly 20% of the world's unfrozen surface fresh water. It is also considered as the world's clearest, oldest, and deepest lake. It contains more water than all the North American Great Lakes combined.

The lake was decalred a UNESCO-WHS in 1996.

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South Africa: Cape Buffalo

Cape Buffalo, also known as the African buffalo, is a large African bovine. It is mostly found in South and East Africa. The adult buffalo's horns are its characteristic feature. It is widely regarded as a very dangerous animal as it kills over 200 people every year.

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Taiwan: View of Kaohsiung City (高雄)

Kaohsiung City is located in southwestern Taiwan facing the Taiwan Strait. From the 17th century, it has grown from a small trading village into the political, economic, shipbuilding and industrial center of southern Taiwan.

There are also a few famous Taiwanese foods that are introduced in the top left corner of the card. They are square bread bowl, pigs blood cake, and braised pork rice. I personally like braised pork rice the best out the three foods because it almost always serves with a hard boiled egg and its just super delicious.

Hope you'll try those yummy foods too :)

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China: Canton Tower (廣州塔)

Sent from a young postcrossing user in Guangzhou, China, this card shows the Canton Tower, also formally known as the Guangzhou TV Astronomical and Sightseeing Tower. It was the tallest in the world from August 2009 to 2010, and it now the third tallest tower in the world.

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Thursday, April 07, 2016

South Korea: Raindrops

I received this cute rain postcard from a Korean postcard-pal few days again and I thought this really matches the Seattle weather during my Spring Break. It rained so much that I had the same thought about the raindrops :) It was fun though. And I liked the rain.

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