Saturday, December 31, 2011

learn something about New South Wales, Australia



Cape Byron Lighthouse built in 1901
is the last great 19th century Victorian era lighthouses

hello!

New South Wales (NSW) is a state of Australia, located in the east of the country. the state capital is Sydney, which is also the state's most populous city. The city is built around Port Jackson, which includes Sydney Harbour, leading to the city's nickname "The Harbour City". Sydney is a major international tourist destination notable for its beaches and twin landmarks: the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Brigde. The metropolitan area is surrounded by national parks and contains many bays rivers and inlets.

Sydney is a rare jewel - sparkling both day and night and the city reflects the australian personality - a bit brash, a bit cheeky but warm, outgoing and friendly. And it knows how to party! there is something for every visitor - first class hotels, restaurants, beaches, theatre, sight seeing, nightlife and its overall vibrancy.

Byron Bay is a beachside town located in the far-northeastern corner of the state of NSW. Cape Byron is the eastermost point of the mainland of Australia. It is located in Byron Bay. The cape was named by British explorer Captain James Cook, to honour British explorer John Byron who circumnavigated the globe in the HMS Dolphin from 1764-1766.

H A P P Y N E W Y E A R ! ! !

Sydney Harbour Bridge is the world's largest steel arch bridge

you can learn more about Australia here :)
and you can learn more about Sydney Harbour Bridge here :)

have a nice day!

learn something about Kuching, Malaysia


Postcard from Kuching, Malaysia

halo!

Kuching, officially the City of Kuching, and formerly the City of Sarawak, is the capital and most populous city of the East Malaysian state of Sarawak. It is the largest city on the island of Borneo and the fourth largest city in Malaysia.

More than 150 years ago, sarawak was essentially Kuching. Kuching was known as Sarawak first, then the word Proper, was added to Sarawak, thus Sarawak Proper, so as to distinguish it from the larger Sarawak which, in 1841, consisted of only the area between Tanjung Datu, and the Samarahan River. On 1872 Sarawak Proper was given its present name, Kuching, under the rule of the second Rajah of Sarawak, Charles Brooke.

Kuching was named after a tidal stream called Kuching River (Sungai Kuching) that ran between the present-day Tua Pek Kong Temple, and Chinese history museum. The stream originated from Cat's Eye Hill (Bukit Mata Kuching) where there was an abundance of a local fruit called Green Longan, vernacularly known as Cat's Eye (Mata Kuching). in 1928, the stream was filled up to make way for the construction of Temple Street (Lebuh Temple) and thus the city's expansion eastwards.


Named as "Taman Sahabat" or "Friendship Park".
The park was built in 2005 to commemorate
anniversary of the Malaysia-China diplomatic relations.

The establishment of a Malaysia China friendship Park in Kuching by the Council of the city of kuching south and the Kunming Municipal people's government, Yunnan Province, China, symbolizes the flourishing friendship of the people of these two cities and the exchange of their political, economic and cultural ties.

The Kunming Municipal People's government constructed an ancient like chinese garden, a Zheng He statue and a hexagonal pavilion called " Huai Feng Pavilion" to commemorate the former glory of Admiral Zheng He.

With the historical and lasting friendship between Malaysia and China they look forward to a bright future for the people of Kuching and Kunming.

A Chinese architectural styles restaurant serves "dim sum"
thing to have after your "tai chi" routines.


Zheng-He (Cheng Ho), was an admiral, diplomat and explorer during China's Ming dynasty. He was born to a poor ethnic Hui (Chinese Muslims) family in Yunnan, Southwest China. Emperor Yong Le selected him to lead the first of seven epic expeditions to South East Asia.

In 1405 Zheng He started the world's first biggest naval expedition. his fleet consisted of over 300 ships with over 60 treasure ships measuring 150meters in lenght and 83meters in width and equipped with more than 28000 crew. Zheng He made one last voyage during the reign of Emperor Zhu Zhanji when his fleets visited more than 37 countries in the SouthChina Sea, Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea, Meditteranean Sea and Africa.

Zheng He made a total of seven voyages within a period of 23years.

According to the Malay Annals, Zheng He escorted a contingent of 500 court maidens together with a princess called Hang Li Po to marry the Sultan Mansur Syah of Malacca. These 500 maidens eventually settled in Bukit Cina in Melacca. the decendants of these mixed marriages with local native in Malaysia are known today as "Baba and Nyoya"

You can learn more about Malaysia Here :)

Semoga hari anda baik sahaja!

Friday, December 30, 2011

learn something about Belarus

the cathedral of christ the saviour


vitaju!
(good morning in Belarusian!)

Belarus, officially the Republic of Belarus, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe, borderred clockwise by Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. Its capital is Minsk. The name "Minsk" was derived from the slavonic word "mena" (barter, exchange) because in ancient times it was the place where merchants from many country of europe and asia struck deals and exchanged their goods. The country is administratively divided into 6 provinces and a special city.

The region that is now Belarus was first settled by slavic tribes in the 6th century. they gradually came into contact with the varagians, bands of scandianvian warrior and trader.

The name Belarus corresponds literally with the term "white ruthenia" (white rus). there are several claims to where the origin of the name came from. Some historians believe that "white" in old slavic languages meant "free" pointing to the fact that Belarus was never invaded by the Tatars unlike other Russian principalities in the 13-15th century.

The country is famous for its rich cultural, architectural, and historical heritage. here you will find old churches, castles, fortresses, and parks and encounter the familiar names of Mark Chagall, Francysk Skaryna and Kazimir Malevich. Belarus also famous for its beautiful nature and is often referred to as a land of beautiful lakes, virgin forests and rare species of plants and animals.

And one more things, Belarus is also famous for its opera and ballet. There are theatres like the Opera and Ballet Theater in Minsk. and also musical comedy, which is held at the popular Theater of musical comedy Minsk.

so this card, is from Nastia, from Belarus. but this card (the cathedral) is from Moscow. Do Belarusians differ from Russians or is it the same nation? The two peoples are very close and many Belarusians believe that Russian is their native language, however, Belarusians differ from Russians. Belarussians have preserved their own culture and native language. the Belarusian language has assimilated vocabularies and phonological models of Russian, Polish, Lithuanian and other European languafes, while having its specific charm and melody.

Xaroševo dnja!
(have a nice day!)


learn something about Malaysia


Hi!

Fast fact about Malaysia:

Malaysia was created in 1963 through the merging of malaya (independent in 1957) and the former British Singapore, both of which formed west malaysia, and sabah and sarawak in north Brorneo, which composed east malaysia. the first three years of Independence were marred by hostilities with Indonesia. Singapore separated from the union in 1965.

Malays, Chinese, Indians and many other ethnic groups have lived together in Malaysia for generations. all these cultures have influenced each other, creating a malaysian culture. Today, the Malays, malaysia's largest ethnic group, make up more than 50% of the population. in malaysia, the term Malay refers to a person who pratices Islam and malay traditions, speaks the malay language and whose ancestors are malays.

the second largest ethnic group, the malaysian chinese form about 25% of the population. mostly descendants of chinese immigrants during the 19th century, the chinese are known for their diligence and keen business sense. and the smallest of three main ethnic groups, the malaysian indians form about 10% of the population. most are descendats of tamil-speaking south indian immigrants who came to the country during the british colonial rule.

Orang asli is a general term used for any indigenous groups that are found in peninsular malaysia. they are divided into three main tribal groups: negrito, senoi and proto-malay.

I dont have any idea where this photo was taken, so I think this is enough for now.

Semoga hari anda baik sahaja!


Thursday, December 29, 2011

learn something about Australia

Sunrise and morning mist at Colour Patch, Augusta,
near the mouth of the Blackwood River, Western Australia.

Hello!

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area.

The name Australia is derived from the Latin australis, meaning "southern". The country has been referred to colloquially as Oz since the early 20th century. Aussie is a common colloquial term for Australian. In neighbouring New Zealand the term Aussie is sometimes applied as a noun to the nation as well as its residents.


Australia has six states - New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia - and teo major mainland territories - the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory. Each state and major mainland territory has its own parliament.

Although most of Australia is semi-arid or desert, it includes a diverse range of habitats from alpine heaths to tropical rainforests, and is recognised as a megadiverse country. Because of the continent's great age, extremely variable weather patterns, and long term geographic isolation, much of australia's biota is unique and diverse. about 85% of flowering plants, 84% of mammals, more than 45% of birds and 89% of inshore, temperate zone fish are endemic.

Australian forest are mostly made up of evergreen species, particularly eucalyptus trees in the less arid region, wattles replace them in drier regions and deserts as the most dominant species. Australian fauna are hte monotremes (the platypus and echidna) a host of marsupials, including the kangaroo, koala and wombat. Australia is home to many dangerous animals including some of tthe most venomous snales in the world!

The delightful Blackwood River which flows through the south west of the state offers some excellent scenic walk trails along its banks. The Blackwood is the largest river in the south west and begins its journey near the wheat belt town of Wagin, before flowing through Boyup Brook, Bridgetown and Nannup to its final meeting place at the coastal waters of Augusta.

Characterised by lush rolling hills and charming historic towns, the blackwood river valley is breathtakingly picturesque and naturally beautiful. its particularly beautiful in springtime, when the wildflowers and local award-winning gardens put on a dazzling show of colour. at night, clear skies give stargazers an awe-inspiring view of the constellations, and by day art-lovers will discover outstanding craftsmanship in the local galleries. food and wine lovers will be delighted by the aray of products on offer for tasting throughtout the region.

Have a nice day!

learn something about Tongeren


Postcard from Belgium


Hallo!
Bonjour!
Gutentag!

Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a federal state in Western Europe. It is a founding member of the European Union and hosts the EU's headquarters, and those of several other major international organisations such as NATO.

Straddling the cultural boundary between Germanic and Latin Europe, Belgium is home to two main lingustic groups, the Dutch-speakers, mostly Flemish (about 60%) and the French-speakers, mostly Wallons (about 40%), plus a small group of German-spearkers. Belgium's two largest region are the Ducth-speaking region of Flanders in the north and the French-speaking region of Wallonia. The Brussels-Capital region, officially bilingual, is a mostly French-speaking enclave within the Flemish Region. A Greman-speaking community exist and related political conflicts are reflected in the political history and a complex system of government.


Tongeren is a city located in the province of Limburg, Flemish region, Belgium. Tongeren is the oldest town in Belgium being founded in 15 BC. The Romans referred ti Tongeren as Aduatuca Tungrorum or Atuatuca Tongrorum. In 1677, the city was burned almost entirely by Louis XIV's troops, a catastrophe from which Tongeren never completely recovered. The rebirth of the city dated from after 1830. Tongeren is currently the judicial capital of the Limburg province.


Tongeren is the birthplace of Servatius Catholic saint who brought Christianity to the Netherlands in the 4th century. Immediately after the attacks of the Germanic peoples, the city became the center of Christian bishoprics - one of the earliest in the Interior low - by servatius, from the city of Maasstricht.

The Gallo-Roman Museum
is lovated in the heart of Tongeren at the exact spot where a large luxurious Roman villa was built. The underground of Tongeren is one large archaeological archive. The archaeological site near the Basilica show the remains of an excavated Roman tower of the 4th century. One of the most remarkable monuments of Tongeren is the Basilica of our Lady with the 64 metres high bell tower. This marvellous church is build in Gotic style and hosts an enormous collection of precious art object. the city also has a large Beguinage, well worth a visit.

To send a postcard is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart.

Nog een prettige dag!
Bonne journee!
Schonen tag noch!


Friday, December 23, 2011

Learn something about Finland

"Kivun Maisema"



Heil!
(Hello in Finnish!)

The first article that I got after typing the word "Finland" in google is that Adam Lambert arrested after fight in Finland! oh dear....

The term "Finland" and "Finns" are external obscure derivations from early (1st century C.E) Roman references to people known as Fenni (Probably Lapps or Saami) who occupied lands north of the Baltic sea. In their own language, Finns generally refer to themselves as Suomalaiset and their land or country as Suomi, which may derive from Suo, the Finnish expression for a bog or swamp.

Finland is a parliamentary republic with a central government based in Helsinki. Finnish and Swedich are the national languages of Finland, with equal status in the juridiction. The culture of Finland combines indigenous heritage, as represented for example by the country's Uralic national language Finnish and the sauna, with common nordic and European culture.


The traditional Finnish cuisine is a combination of european, Fennoscandian and western russian elements. The food is generally simple, fresh and healthy. Fish, Meat, berries and ground vegetables are typical ingredients whereas spices are not common due to their historical unavailability.

Karelian pasty (karjalanpiirakka) is a traditional Finnish dish made from a thin rye crust with a filling of rice. Butter, often mixed with boiled egg (eggbutter or munavoi) is spread over the hot pastries before eating.

by the way "kivun maisema" or "the landscape of pain" is the name of this photo.

Facts about Finland:
* Mobile company Nokia was founded in Finland
* Finland is the only country in the world which broadcasts news in Latin
* There are 1,8 million saunas in Finland
* Santa Claus has his office in the North of Finland
* Donald Duck comics were banned in Finland because Donald Duck doesn't wear pants.

Hauskaa päivän jatkoa!

(Have a nice day!)


learn something about Lithuania

Vilniaus Universitetas, was established in 1579.



Labas!
(Hello in Lithuanian!)

Republic of Lithuania is the largest of the three Baltic states. And its capital and largest city is Vilnius. The official language, Lithuanian, is one of only two living languages (together with Latvia) in the Baltic branch of the Indo-European language family.


The Lithuanian language uses Latin-style lettering but retains many remnants of the oldest Proto-Indo-European language. On 11 march 1990, the year before the break-up of the soviet union, Lithuania became the first Soviet republic to declare independence. Lithuania had one of the fastest growing economies in the European Union. Lithuania is a member of NATO, the council of europe, and the European Union.

In Lithuania there is five national parks and 30 regional parks filled with virgin forest and unsppoiled marshland exist in Lithuania, inhabited by protected wild animals and rare birds. The country's historic capital, Vilnius with one of Europe's most breathtakin Old Towns becomes a winter wonderland and ideal place for relaxing city break.


Vilnius University is the oldest and largest Lithuanian higher education institution. Vilnius University is an active participant in international scientifuc and academic activities and boasts many prominen scientists, professors and graduates.

And this is Trakai. Trakai is a fabulously little town on water. The former capital of Lithuania nestles between several lakes. Initially a defensive castle, later a residence for Lithuania's grand dukes, today its a popular museum of medieval Lithuania as well as being a well-used stage for concerts, festivals and films. This fairytale castle was rebuilt in the 1950s and is now known for being the only castle with a lake as its main defence in the whole of Eastern Europe.

oh by the way, do you know that Lithuania is a country with the highest suicide deaths per year?

Geros dienos!
(Have a nice day!)


Thursday, December 22, 2011

learn something about Victoria British Columbia

Octopus and Skin Diver
Undersea Gardens, Inner Harbour Victoria, B.C


Hello!

This is my first time, heard about Victoria B.C, so I'm very excited \(^^)/. Pictured here is a skin diver wresling with an Octopus. Some of the largest octopuses in the world are found in the waters of this area. At regular intervals, a fully equipped scuba diver performs such interesting tasks as feeding the fish and crabs.

Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia, Canada. Located on the souythern tip of Vancouver Island off Canada's Pacific coast. Named after Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and of the Dominion of Canada, Victoria is one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Nortwest, with British settlement beginning in 1841.

The capital city of British Columbia, Victoria boasts many historic buildings and some of the most fascinating museums in Western Canada. the city benefits from one of Canada's mildest climates, which allows its residents to pursue outdoor pleasures all year round.

Victoria enjoys some of the country's most exhilarating scenery: there's an ocean or mountain vista around every corner, while the city's flower gardens are famous the world over. Victoria one known as the "city of Gardens".

Two most famous landmarks is the British Columbia Parliament Buildings and the Empress hotel. this two building is A M A Z I I I I I I I I I N N N G G G ! ! !

British Columbia Parliament Buildings
topped with a gold-covered statue of Captain George Vancouver

British Columbia Parliament Buildings at night

The Fairmont Empress (most commonly known as The Empress)
built between 1904 and 1908


Have a nice day!


learn something about London


Union Flag or Union Jack



Hello!

how's life guys?

I receive this card on November 8,2011. I remember how happy I am that day.

Who does not know about United Kingdom or England?

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain) is a unitary state governed under a constitutional monarchy. It is a country in its own right, and consists of four countries: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

And what is England famous for? England is famous for many many things. for its history, royal family, Castles and historic houses, Big Been, educational institutes, Shakespeare, Robin hood, David beckham, Harry Potter and London.

London is made up of two ancient cities which are now joined together. They are: (1) the City of London, know simply as 'the City' which is the business and financial heart of the United Kingdom. (2) the city of Westminster, where Parliament and most of the government offices are located. also Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of the Queen and the Royal family are located there too. Together they all make up a region known as Greater London.
London contains four World Heritage Sites: The Tower of London; Kew Garden; the site comprising the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey and St. Margaret's Church; and the historic settlement of Greenwich.

Other famous landmarks (you can see in picture above) include: Buckingham Palace, the London eye, Piccadilly circus, St. Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar square and Wembley Stadium.

My favorite is The London Eye. The London Eye is a giant ferris wheel situated on the banks of the river Thames, in London. the entire structure is 135 metres (443ft) tall and the wheel has a diameter of 120metres (394ft). it's the tallest ferris wheel in europe and the most popular paid tourist attraction in the UK.

interesting facts about the London Eye is that on a clear sunny day, a person inside The London Eyecan see up to a distance of 40km, as far as the Windsor Castle. And another most interesting The London Eye fact is that, since february 2004 it is kept open on Valentine's day even at night, so that couple can enjoy a romantic ride and a lovely view of London.

and this is Year's Top Review from United Kingdom:

(1.) Royal Wedding of Prince William - the big Royal Wedding London event takes place on Friday 29th April 2011.

(2.) Amy Winehouse, the rock stars was found dead on 23 July 2011 after drug overdose

(3.) 2011 England Riots - between 6 and 10 August 2011, several London boroughs and districts of the cities and towns across England suffered widespread rioting,looting and arson.

I think this is enough for now. see you~

Have a nice day!

love,

learn something about Portugal


Belem Tower, Lisboa, Portugal

My first postcrossing card on Nov 3, 2011


Ola!
(Hello in Portuguese!)


What do you know about Portugal? which I knew was Portugal nasional football team, where Christiano Ronaldo play :)


Where is Portugal?
Portugal is the westernmost country of Europe and its bordered by the Atlantic ocean to the west and south and by Spain to the north and east.

The country is named after its second largest city, Porto, whose Latin name was Portus Cale.

In the 15th and 16th centuries, as the result of pioneering the age of discovery, Portugal expanded western influence and established a global empire that included possessions in Africa, Asia, Oceania and South America, becoming the world's major economic, political and military global power.

Lisboa or Lisbon is the capital city and largest city of Portugal. Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, predating other modern European capitals such as London, Paris and Rome by hundreds of years.

You can explore World Heritage architectural marvels, the Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower, with their intricate carvings showcasing all the glory and excitement of the age, and discover the treasures from the east to the west inside the world-class design museum and the fantastic Berardo collection of the contemporary art. In Berardo museum, a Portuguese millionaire has put together one of Europe's greatest modern art collections which includes works by Picasso.


Belem Tower and the Jeronimos Monastery is an UNESCO WHC because of the significant role it played in the Portuguese maritime discoveries of the era of the Age of discoveries. the tower is part of defense system at the mouth of the Tagus river and a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon.

Lisboa is a beautiful city, I wish I can go there someday :)


Tenha um bom dia!
(Have a nice day in Portuguese!)

Love,


learn something about Paris


Notre Dame de Paris
My first postcard that I received!

Salut!
(hello in France)

Notre Dame de Paris, French for Our Lady of Paris, means church in Paris dedicated to the Virgin Mary, also known as Notre Dame Cathedral.

Notre Dame de Paris is widely considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in France and in Europe, and the naturalism of its sculptures and stained glass are in contrast with earlier Romanesque architecture. the first period of construction from 1163 into 1240s coincided with the musical experiments of the Notre Dame school. Notre Dame de Paris was among the first building in the world to use the flying buttress!
In addition to tourist destinations, this church is still used for the mass and the Archbishop of Paris.

Talking about Notre Dame de Paris I just remember about this tale, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Victor Hugo began writing The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 1829 and the book was finished in 1831.

This book is about a deformed bell-ringer mus assert his independence from a vicious goverment minister in order to help his friend, a gypsy dancing girl.

I hope to get more card from Paris, so I can learn more :)

Bonne journee!
(Have a nice day!)

Love,

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Postcrossing


Halo!

My name is sista, twenty-something years old and still single :( hahahaha. about three month ago, I accidentally found thi website: www.postcrossing.com Basically I just love snail mail so I was immediately interested.

In short: the objective of Postcrossing is to allow people to exchange postcards via mail (real mail, not email) with random Postcrossers from around the world. Oh, and it is absolutely free, meaning, if you send a postcard, you will receive one back from another random member.

The goal of this project is to allow people to receive postcards from all over the world, for free. Well, almost free! The main idea is that: if you send a postcard, you will receive at least one back from a random Postcrosser from somewhere in the world.

Why? Because, like the author, there are lots of people who like to receive real mail.

The element of surprise of receiving postcards from different places in the world (many of which you probably have never heard of) can turn your mailbox into a box of surprises - and who wouldn't like that?

so what the hell is this blog? in this blog, I will give information about the things that I learned from a postcard that I received (postcrossing official card and swap). I hope you guys can enjoy and tak lessons from here :)

information that are here I took from wikipedia, tourism information and the official site of the country.

thanks!