Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Russia: Wolves

Wolves are the largest members of the Canidae family, which includes domestic dogs, coyotes, dingoes, African hunting dogs,and several kinds of jackals. They were once the most widely distributed land predator the world has ever seen. The only places they did not thrive were in the true desert and rain-forests.

Source: https://www.factretriever.com/wolves-facts
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Monday, January 30, 2017

Sweden: Stockholm

Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and the most populous city in the Nordic countries. The city is spread across 14 islands on the coast in the southeast of Sweden at the mouth of Lake Malaren.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockholm#International_rankings
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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Ukarine: Year of the Rooster

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Japan: Happy New Year

Like many other Asian cultures, Japan also celebrates the Lunar New Year :) I wish all of you are having a great start of the Year of Rooster :D

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

South Korea: Year of Rooster (2017)

For those who celebrates the Chinese New Year, hope you are enjoying the holiday and have a fruitful year :D

新年快樂 - Happy New Year
身體健康- Wish a Great Health

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Hong Kong: Year of Rooster (2017)

The Rooster is one of the twelve year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. People born within the following years can be said to have been born in the "Year of the Rooster": 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029, 2041.

Below are the Rooster stamps issued this year in Hong Kong.
My favorite is this $10 stamp :D

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Friday, January 27, 2017

India: The Church of St. Francis of Assisi

The Church of St. Francis of Assisi was built in 1661 by the Portuguese in the Portuguese Viceroyalty of India.

The main entrance is decorated with circular pilasters and rosette band, The central nave is barrel-vaulted while the crossing is rib-vaulted which supports the choir. The Internal buttress walls have frescoes showing floral designs.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Francis_of_Assisi_church,_Goa
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Indonesia: Batu Bolong Beach

Batu Bolong Beach is a black sandy beach stretching from Kuta beach to the Indian Ocean. Many surfers have appointed this surf sport as one of the best surfing point in Bali Island.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

China: Yubeng Sacred Waterfall (雨崩神瀑)

Yubeng Sacred Waterfall is located in Yunan, China. Seems like some festival or shrine is located at the bottom of the fall. :)

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Brazil: Rich Village of the Black Gold (Vila Rica do Ouro Preto)

Vita Rica do Ouro Preto is a city in the state of "Minas Gerais", a former colonial mining town located in the "Serra do Espinhaco" mountains and designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO because of its outstanding Baroque architecture.

Founded at the end of the 17th century, "Ouro Preto" (meaning Black Gold) was the focal point of the gold rush and Brazil's golden age in the 18th century.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

South Korea: Jamsil Hangang Park

Jamsil Hangang Park is located on the southern side of the Hangang River between Jamsil Iron Bridge and Yeongdong Bridge. The park is adjacent to Jamsil Sprots Complex, Lotte World, and Olympic Park.

Source: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1000299
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Germany: Frozen Rose

The meaning behind different roses :)

Red - Beauty, Courage, Respect, Romantic Love, Passion

Red (Single) - I Love You

Red (Dark) - Unconscious beauty

Dark Park - Appreciation, Gratitude, "Thank You"

Red Rosebud - Symbolic of purity and loveliness

Send someone a rose today to show them your love :)

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Belarus: Brest Fortress

Brest Fortress is a 19th century Russian Fortress in Brest, Belarus. It has sustained its original outline of a star shaped fortification since its construction in the early 19th century.

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Friday, January 06, 2017

Malaysia: Mount Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu is located in the East Malaysian state of Sabah and is protected as Kinabalu National Park. It is the highest mountain in the South East Asia region at 4095.2 meter. The park is also Malaysia's first World Heritage Site.

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Thursday, January 05, 2017

Finland: Total Solar Eclipse

A solar eclipse is a type of eclipse that occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, ad the Moon fully or partially blocks the Sun. This can happen only at new moon when the Sun and the Moon are in conjunction as seen from Earth in an alignment referred to as syzygy.

Photo: Total Solar Eclipse 1990-07-22

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse
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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Russia: Kremlin Cathedrals

The Moscow Kremlin is a fortified complex at the heart of Moscow, overlooking the Moskva River to the south. It is the best known of the kremlins and includes 5 palaces, four cathedrals, ad the enclosing Kremlin Wall with Kremlin towers. The complex serves as the official residence of the President of the Russian Federation.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moscow_Kremlin
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Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Russia: Snowfall

Snow is one of my fantasies since I grew up in a city where it'd never snow.

1) Around 12% of the Earth's land surface is covered in permanent snow and ice.

2) Chionophobia is a fear of snow.

3) The average snowflake falls at a speed of 5 kilometers per hour.

4) All snowflake has 6 sides.

Hope all of you is enjoying the weather and stay safe in the snowy weather :)

Source: http://unofficialnetworks.com/2013/08/10-snow-facts-you-may-not-know
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Sunday, January 01, 2017

USA: City of Roses

The official and most common nickname of Portland is The City of Roses. In 1889, the Portland Rose Society was founded, and promoted the planting of 20 miles of Portland's streets with roses in advance of the 1905 Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition. The nickname grew in popularity after the exposition, where Mayor Harry Lane suggested that the city needed a "festival of roses". In June 2003, the city council unanimously approved a resolution adopting "City of Roses" as the city's official nickname.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicknames_of_Portland,_Oregon
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USA: Greetings from Virginia

Virginia, officially the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a state located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the USA. The state has a nickname of "Old Dominion" due to its status as the first colonial possession established in mainland British America, and "Mother of Presidents" because 8 US presidents were born there, more than any other state.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia
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