Sunday Stamp 059: Fairies on Greek postage stamps

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Wimbledon is finally over. Although the result did not favour my favourite players, the staying-up late at nights is over and I can now go back to my normal routine, hah. 
Gee, I want to go for some much needed R and R but holidays are still two months away. I am already dreaming of the refreshing seabreeze, fresh seafoods, and the comfy log bed of my favourite lodge in the southern coast of the country. Well, that is really worth looking forward to! 
 On to the stamp, here’s one of my favourites, from Greece:

“The Fairies”, one of the five-set of stamps issued in 2008 under the “Fairy Tales” series.
In December 2008, the Hellenic Post released its Fairy Tales series stamp issue consisting of five whimsically-designed stamps each featuring five popular children’s fairy tales.
The five stamps from this series are: The Fairies (above), The Mermaid and Alexander the Great, Little Red Riding Hood, The Girls with Matches,  and Arion with the Lyra.
Don’t you just love it when characters in folk tales, myths or legends grace the postage stamps? I do! They remind me of all the fairy tales I loved back in the old days :)

Postcard Friendship Friday 074: Belgrade, the City of White

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I’m late, I’m late. I got carried away reading the “tweetings” of THE GOAT, aka, PseudoFed and other parody Twitter accounts of tennis players that I missed yesterday’s PFF. What can I say, it’s the Wimbledon and the slots for the final matches for the gentlemen’s singles and ladies’ doubles were being contested last night. Oddly enough that my reserved emergency Christmas Candy remains unopened despite the exciting action… Lol. 
Anyways, here’s a postcard from Belgrade, Serbia. The hometown of tennis player and world number one Novak Djokovic. He lost to Roger Federer, aka THE GOAT, in last night’s first half of Wimbledon semi-finals. I am no Novak fan but, yeah, you could say that I chose this postcard with him in mind. As a consolation, perhaps.
No info about this view but I am taking a guess that this building can be found in Belgrade’s Republic Square.

Belgrade is the beautiful capital and the largest city in Serbia. It sits strategically at the confluence of Sava and Danube rivers, much similar to Phnom Penh which is also located at the confluence of the mighty Mekong, Tonle Sap and Tonle Bassac. According to Milan the sender, it’s English name is derived from Beli Grad, meaning white city, and is a Slavic name written for the first time in the 9th century. Belgrade is putting its tumultous past behind. These days, the city is a modern metropolis and enjoys a new era of freedom and prosperity.  
Unfortunately, there was no information at the back of the postcard nor from the sender to tell me which building is this.  A quick Google search yielded nothing.  Anyone knows?

Postcard Perfect 049: Colourful Corfu

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Back to joining weekly meme’s again. I hope I can keep up. Here’s my entry for this week:

Corfu is one of the most popular and favourite destinations in Greece and the Greek Islands.
It is a beautiful island, the biggest and the greenest part of the Ionian Islands. It boasts of a beguiling landscape and lush vegetations, amazing beaches, superb venetian architecture, picturesque villages, lively nightlife and a great cosmopolitan way of life.

Postcard Friendship Friday 070: Hello from sunny Spain!

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Today I received a message in my Postcrossing account reminding me about an unregistered postcard. I was surprised because, the truth is, I haven’t received any postcard from Postcrossing in the past two months. So the message was a good reminder to me to go check my PO box today.

After checking out the thrift shop for any barn wood furniture this morning, we dropped by the PO and – lo and behold – there were several mails waiting for me, including this pretty handmade card from Spain:

Hola desde España!I like handmade cards like this one. It is made with love :)
Postcard ID: ES -138185

The sender, Joana, is a 14-year old secondary school student from España, one of my favourite countries in the world. This postcard is cute and for sure I’m the only one who has this unique design. I love the flower, the hearts, and the smileys. But most of all, I love the message that Joana wrote at the back!

Muchas gracias, Joana. And to your teacher Veronica for the kind reminder :)

Sunday Stamp 052: Troleicarros de Coimbra

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The theme for this week is as you wish. Since I missed the theme streeetcars and/or public transportation theme two weeks ago, I am going to make up and post an entry with that theme :)

One of the five stamps in the Public Tranport set issued by the Portuguese Postal Service in 2009 featuring the troleicarro, or the trolley bus.
A troleicarro, or trolley bus, is a an electric-powered bus that draws electricity from overhead wires that are usually suspended from roadside posts using spring-loaded trolley-poles.
In Portugal, the troleicarros currently operate only in the university city of Coimbra and is operated by the municipal authority SMTUC. It was opened in 1947, it supplemented and eventually replaced the Coimbra tram network (Wikipedia). I tried to look for the significance of the year “1961” as it is written on the stamp but to no avail.

Anyways, two other cities used troleicarros in the past, namely, Braga and Porto.

Postcard Friendship Friday 066: Relax!

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Posting my entry for this week, albeit late :)

I think the seal is playfully teasing you! Lol. Stressed much? Roll-over and relaaaaax! Lol.

A cute seal postcard lying on its back came from Germany. It is actually a postcard-sticker, i.e., the each of the pictures can be peeled off and used as a sticker. This is the first time I received a postcard like this!
The text says: Total Im Stress? Entspann dich, Gott hat alles im Griff.
Rough translation: Stressed? Relaxed, everything’s under control.
A lof of us experience stress in many levels, at work, at home, everywhere. A little stress can do us good but too much of it can have devastating effects on our health as well as relationships. Some people experience stress too much to the point that it is killing them… I used to be really stressed out when I was working – with too many deadlines to beat and several officemates who are short on brainwaves contribute to my stressful workplace. I wonder if this kind of stress will be a ground application for a high risk life insurance?
Anyways, just a friendly reminder, kill stress before it kills you!

Postcard Perfect 045: Wawel Hill, Krakow

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From Warsaw sent by my very good friend Ana. In case you don’t notice she already sent me dozens of postcards every time she goes to travel in Europe. She never fails to include me in her list all the time.The postcard shows Wawel Hill in Krakow, Poland.
 
Abrazos de Krakow. Hugs from Krakow. Ana wrote to me.
Muchas gracias mi querida amiga :)
Wawel Hill in Krakow, the mecca of every Pole and a must for foreign tourists, is a microcosm of Polish history and culture. From the 11th century on Poland’s monarchs took up their residence here in the Royal Castle. And they were both crowned and buried here, in the Wawel Cathedral where later on Polish national heroes have also been laid to rest since the 19th century. The place not only overflows with priceless art treasures, architectural beauties, relics of the past and curiosities. It is also full of glory, magic, history and fable. – Source: Wawel, the Hill of Fame
Wawel Hill is the name of a Jurassic limestone outcrop formed about 150 million years ago. It is situated on the left bank of the Vistula River in Kraków, Poland, at an altitude of 228 metres above the sea level. symbolic place of great significance for all Polish people. The Royal Castle and the Cathedral are situated on the Hill. – Source: Wawel Hill, Wikipedia. – Source: Wikipedia

Postcard Friendship Friday 065: Window to the Soul of Romania

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I am quite relieved and happy that I managed to finish running errands today. It felt like a huge block of stone was lifted off my back considering that I barely made it to the deadline of paying our bills. Serves me right, eh, having prioritized pleasure first before taking care of business. I’m just relieved that it’s done. Period.

I went to the Post Office last to pay the PO box rental and was surprised to see advertising leaflets introducing discount coupons, mostly for grocery items and electronic gadgets, stuffed in my box. So when I saw the coupons, such as  detergent soaps and sonicare toothbrush coupons on the leaflet, I immediately thought of my mother. She is such as huge user of discount coupons. I remember every Sunday she would collect the newspapers, cut and keep the coupons herself and make notes of her intended purchases. I have to admit though, I’m actually becoming like her now (gah, lol). I keep tabs (erm, bookmarks, that is) of discount coupons, online mostly. 

Please excuse my blabberings. I am just chatty today, that’s why. I came home in a good mood so I was able to scan postcards for posting this week and the next.

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This week, I’m delighted to share with you my Postcard Friendship Friday. It came from far away Romania:

Peasant life in Romania. Many thanks to Danut for this lovely postcard.
I love it. This is one of the nine postcards from the Ferestre spre Suflet Românesc (Windows to the Romanian Soul) collection. The pictures are all authentic and perfectly captured, not a staged one.|

There’s so much to love about this postcard.
Firstly, it shows the working clothes of a peasant in Romania. Danut said this type of clothes are specific to Transylvania (many of us, including myself, know very little of Transylvania and it’s only limited to the story of Count Dracula). Secondly, I like the similarity between the rural people in Cambodia and Romania, specifically in the use of oxen and the cart in their daily lives, which are considered important and valuable farming “equipment” in both countries, albeit not so modern in the eyes of many. Thirdly, the folk-inspired poem in Romanian language is just beautiful. Here I’m sharing you the poem in Romanian and a translation of it in English which is written at the back of the postcard:

 La apus sub soare blând                           In the sunset’s mellow sun

Cu vecinu tăt lucrând                                Our daily work we never shun

Strangem tăt ce da pământu                      We gather swiftly all the crops

Şi cu furca şi cu gându                        The mind’s not idle, the arm never drops

De la dumnezău cel sfântu.                  We pray that the Lord’s gifts never stop.

This is my first postcard from Romania. Vă mulţumesc foarte mult, Danut. By the way, the second postcard has arrived ^.^ and I will post it sometime soon.