Sunday, December 31, 2017

South Korea: The Universe

This series of cards is one of my favorite. Although I generally do not care too much about galaxy / space themed cards, I do like this one a lot. I think it looks magical and it'd be cool if they had stickers or washi tapes of this series of cards.

Postcrossing ID: KR-193212
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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Japan: Full moon

A Blue Moon, a total lunar eclipse and a supermoon is all happening in January 2018.

A Blue Moon is when two full moons happen in the same calendar month, and supermoons happen when the moon's perigee - its closest approach to Earth in a single orbit - coincides with a full moon. The first full moon of January will take place on the night of January 1st or the morning of January 2nd depending on your location. While the second full moon and the lunar eclipse will occur on the night of January 31st or February 1st.

Postcrossing Forum - October 50 RR [hayabusa]
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South Korea: Happy Halloween

This card was sent from one of my postcard-pals from South Korea.

Halloween or Hallowe'en is a celebration observed in a number of countries on October 31st. It is widely believed that many Halloween traditions originated from ancient Celtic harvest festivals.

Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending Halloween costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, visiting haunted attractions, etc.

Direct Swap from gfishjjang
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Friday, December 29, 2017

USA: Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a yearly festival of hot air balloons that takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA during early October. It is a nine-day event with over 500 balloons each year. The event is the largest hot air balloon festival in the world.

Facebook @Hongkongerinusa
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South Korea: N Seoul Tower (남산서울타워)

Located in Seoul, Namsan Seoul Tower was the first tower-type attraction in Korea. The top of the tower is at almost 480m above sea level, including Namsan Mountain (243m) and the tower's own height (236.7m). It is comprised of Seoul Tower Plaza, recently opened to public access and N Seoul Tower. The tower was first established as a broadcast tower to send out TV and radio signals in 1969.

This postcard was one of the cards I sent myself during my trip to Seoul in October, 2017. I visited the tower's observatory deck on a super rainy night. Yet, the night view of Seoul was spectacular, and the world seemed limitless on that tower. I think it would be awesome to visit it on a clear sunny day.

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

South Korea: Mongryong & Chunhyang

Mongryong and Chunhyang are the main characters of the love story, Chunhyangeon. Long story short, Mongryong fell in love with Chunhyang at first sight. They were married shortly after but Mongryong had to move away due to family issues. He left his wife a ring as a promise that he would return for her one day. After going through some rough evens, they eventually reunited and lived happily ever after.

This is one of the cards I sent myself when I went to Seoul in October. I hope you also liked this card and the warming story between this couple.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

USA: Purple Basket

Purple is, indeed, my favorite color. It have always been my favorite since I was little. Although I did also liked blue and black, but I did like purple the most, and that is why the sender chose this card for me :)

On the back of the postcard, sender said the countries she would like to visit most are Spain, Peru and Morocco. And if she won the lottery, she would pay off all her bills, travel and volunteer.

I think I would also love to travel if I won the lottery. I probably won't rage quit my job, but definitely would take some time off from work to travel. I really enjoyed my trip to Tokyo last month, and I would love to explore other parts of Japan if I had the money to do so.

Postcrossing Forum - September 50 RR [TXGigi]
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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Austria: Greetings from...Austria

Austria, officially the Republic of Austria, is a country located in Central Europe. It is bordered by the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. The majority of the population speaks local Bavarian dialects of German, while German in its standard from is the country's local language.

The capital and the largest city of Austria is Vienna, with a population of 1.8 million. Vienna is known for its high quality of life. It was ranked first in the world's most liveable cities in 2005.

Postcrossing Forum - November 50 RR [azzurri]
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Monday, December 25, 2017

USA: Saturn's Ring

Saturn's Ring

Cassini captured this image shortly before Saturn's August 2009 equinox. Here, towering vertical structures peak from the planet's B ring, casting jagged shadows. the vertical structures rise as high as 2.6 km above the rings, which are about 9 m thick.

Postcrossing Forum - October 50 RR [Chaelamonstah]
Source: Back of postcard
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Japan: Giraffe

When I was younger, I really like giraffes. Not that I have seen a real one in person, but their long necks and cute baby calves amazed me. I would draw a tiny giraffe next to my name every time I write postcards or letters to my friends. Although I don't draw giraffes on my cards anymore, it would be awesome to order a stamp with my Postcrossing name and a small giraffe to use on postcards or Postcrossing meetups again.

Some fun facts about giraffes

1) A giraffe's neck is too short to reach the ground. As a result, it has to awkwardly spread or bend its front legs to reach the ground for a drink of water.

2) Giraffes only need to drink once every few days. Most of their water comes from all the plants they eat.

3) Despite being incredibly tall, giraffes still only have seven vertebrae in their neck, which is the same number as humans and most other animals.

4) Giraffe feet are the size of a dinner plate with a diameter of 30cm.

5) About 50% of all giraffe calves do not survive their first year.

What animal do you like most and why? :)

Postcrossing Forum - October 50 RR [mahora]
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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Taiwan: Lanyang Museum (蘭陽博物館)

The Lanyang Museum is a museum about the local area in Toucheng Township, Taiwan.

Postcrossing Foru, - October 50 RR [Defe]
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USA: Death Valley National Park, California

Death Valley National Park is a national park in the USA. Straddling the border of California and Nevada, it occupies an interface zone between the Great Basin and Mojave deserts in the USA. The park contains a diverse desert environment of salt-flats, sand dunes, badlands, valleys, canyons, and mountains.

It is the largest National Park in the lower 48 states and has been declared an International Biosphere Reserve. It is the hottest, driest and lowest of the national parks in the USA.

Postcrossing Forum - October 50 RR [Chaelamonstah]
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Saturday, December 23, 2017

United Kingdom: Purple Flowers

Postcrossing Forum - October 50 RR [Rho]
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Czech Republic: Turnov

Turnov is a town on the Jizera river in the northern Czech Republic. It lies in the heart of the Bohemian Paradise nature reserve which makes it a place for tourists and summer residents.

Postcrossing ID: CZ-1232260
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Friday, December 22, 2017

USA: Natchez-Vidalia Bridge, Mississippi

The Natchez-Vidalia Bridge are two twin cantilever bridges carrying US Routes 65, 84 and 425 across the Mississippi River between Vidalia, Louisiana and Natchez, Mississippi.

Postcrossing Forum - October 50 RR [VeniceSunrise]
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USA: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Aerial view of downtown Pittsburgh and the city's two stadiums, Heinz Field (foreground) and PNC Park (middle left).

Postcrossing Forum - October 50 RR [LetsGoPens]
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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Hong Kong: Junk

Postcrossing Forum - October 50 RR [kumiko27]
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Netherlands: Purple Flower

Postcrossing Forum - October 50 RR [Xapphirea]
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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

China: The Great Wall

Postcrossing ID: CN-2322879
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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Russia: Ballet

Postcrossing ID: RU-5969670
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Monday, December 18, 2017

Turkey: Northern Cyprus

Northern Cyprus is a self-declared state that comprises the northeastern portion of the island of Cyprus.

Postcrossing ID: TR-336125
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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong

The University of Hong Kong, often abbreviated as HKU, is a public research university in Hong Kong. Founded in 1911, it is the oldest tertiary institution in Hong Kong.

Postcrossing Forum - October 50 RR [traintang]
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China: Beijing National Aquatics Center

The Beijing National Aquatics Center, officially known as the National Aquatics Center, and colloquially known as the Water Cube, is an aquatics center that was built alongside Beijing National Stadium in the Olympic Green for the swimming competitions of the 2008 Olympics.

Postcrossing ID: CN-2323594
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Saturday, December 16, 2017

USA: Stellar Core of the Helix Nebula

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and Galaxy Evolution Explorer captured this image of the famed Helix Nebula in 2012. As the dying star's layers spin out into space, it gives off ultraviolet radiation from its blazing hot stellar core.

Postcrossing ID: US-4935845
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Friday, December 15, 2017

USA: Postcrossing Meet-up

Postcrossing ID: US-4935827
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France: Alençon

Alençon is a commune in Normandy, France, capital of the Orne department.

Top: Château des ducs de Bretagne (Castle of the Dukes of Brittany)

Lower left: Église Notre-Dame de la Chapelle

Lower right: L'hôtel de ville-illumine

Postcrossing ID: FR-903115
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