Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Pardon the mess

I got really fed up with my old template – or perhaps it is a Blogger.com bug that caused the issue? My entire blog links in the sidebar vanished again. Inexplicably. If I am not mistaken, this is the fifth time it happened this year alone and it’s driving me nuts.

 

So I decided, in as much as I love my blog header (I made it myself!huhuhu), I have decided to do a template make-over and the new one looks like it won’t be needing it. Fine, as long as my blog links are okay, I’m willing to trade my precious header for that. I might use it again one day, who knows, so I’ll just keep it somewhere safe for now.

 

As you can see, the new template is now in place, however,  it is far from being complete yet. I still need to do a bit of code-tweaking to have the kind of “blog look” that I want. There are still a lot of codes to tweak, but they’re minor ones, so I’m going to make this slow and sweet. Although I don’t mind putting all 50+ links again, it is a very tedious chore, and very time consuming, too. But because I love you all, dear friends, so I’m going to put it back again.

 

Whatever links I have there is what I have managed to saved in a file  and is not the complete list. So please excuse me if your blog is not in the current list yet.  Instead of going postal, kindly leave your links in the comment section if you still want to be included, or, send me a message via the contact form that you can find under the pages section on the sidebar.

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Sunday Stamps 018: Darwin and the theory of evolution

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I would have wanted to post somebody from Asia but alas – I do not have, as of yet,  any Asian stamp that falls under this week’s theme  :(  Anyhoo,  I settled on this one and, well, I bet all of you know him.

 

 


Issued in 2009 by the Portuguese Postal Service, it consists of six stamps and one souvenir sheet with stamp.


Charles Robert Darwin (12 Feb 1809-19 April 1882) was an English naturalist who in his book, On the Origin of Species, published in 1859, he outlined how life evolved through natural selection over millions of years.

He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestry, and proposed the scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection. (Wikipedia)

I think he is among the best scientists/thinkers of all time. Darwin’s theory remains controversial up this day generating a lot of heated debates, because his theory of evolution suggests that all species of life  evolved from a common organism. This drastically changed our perception of ourselves and the world we live in and challenged the idea of those who believe that all living things are created by God. In other words, it’s the classic issue of science versus religion.

I think I do not need to go further into the controversy surrounding Darwin’s work as it is a very touchy subject for some. There are, however, quite a lot of readings online for those who are interested to learn more about Darwin and his theory of evolution.

What is wrong with this template?


For the nth time again, my blog links disappeared.  Which leads me to the question – is it Blogger, or, the template itself?

So to my friends, sorry again if my link list is down. It is beyond my control – must be a bug (a recurring bug, if I may say) from Blogger or the template. I really have to change my template – SOON!

Please bear with me.

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Pink Saturday 012: Pink birthday cake



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Firstly, I would like to say Happy 3rd Anniversary to Pink Saturday. I’ve only joined for a couple of months or so but it is something I look forward to every week, wondering what fab and amazing pink stuffs to blog about and see.

This week, here is my entry:


My niece celebrated her birthday recently and her parents bought her this nice birthday cake with her image on it. She loved the pink cake! Next year, she asks her parents for another pink cake, but this time with cupcakes and fairies on it :)

Postcard Friendship Friday 034: Patintero

 
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A few decades ago, when I was younger, my friends, cousins and I used to gather in the street, or any vacant place as our playground,  to play our favourite games, or larong Pinoy, which means, Filipino traditional games. This happened usually after school, during most of the summer school breaks, and on special, breezy moonlit nights.  We would play habulan (chasing), piko (similar to hopskotch), tumbang preso, sipa (kick), teks (texted game cards), pitik-bulag, patintero, and a whole lot more.


Here’s a postcard from a private swap with a fellow Filipino, the funny Sir Nelo. When I saw this in his album, memories of my happy childhood days flooded my head… I just had to get it! And here it is:



I do not how patintero is translated to English, but this might help my non-Filipino visitors – FunPage: Philippine Traditional Games. In my hometown in Roxas City where we speak the Ilonggo-Hiligaynon dialect, patintero is called “tubiganay” because we use water to draw the lines that are needed to play this game. It is played by boys and girls, with about 4-6 members in two teams, but of course, the more the merrier and more fun!

The mechanics of the game is very easy – with jack-en-poy (something like rock, paper and scissors),or maalis-alis or kaya-kulob (in Ilonggo-Hiligaynon, palms up-palms down) to determine group members; and with a toss coin to find out the taggers and the runners. The objective of the runners is to get through each line without getting tagged. If tagged while crossing the lines, then teams exchange places. Of course, there’s always a consequence for the losers – whether it’s slapping the hand of the losing team members, carrying the winners on their back for a specified distance, or even a treat to a snack; it depends really on what the players have agreed on prior to playing :)

I’m so excited about this post because I have not played patintero nor seen anybody playing it for decades now. So I turned on to the ever-dependable YouTube to see if I could find some videos… and I wasn’t disappointed. Here is patintero played by grown ups (probably late teens or early 20s).



As you can see,  patintero is a game of speed, agility, team play, and most of all, the ability to bluff! LOL.

I also laughed at the message at the back of the postcard:

Patintero is a game of skill and agility… qualities that I did not possess as a kid! Being a fat kid, I did not fit into any of the teams and generally played games that did not require such speed!

Aaah, I can relate, dear Sir! Even though I was a skinny kid – I was always the last choice simply because I lack the skill and coordination! LOL. I always end up the first one tagged! No wonder I chose individual games and sports when I grew up  :P

Oh well… those were the days… and patintero was one of the games I played before computer and other hand-held games came. It was fun, free, and kept us fit having to be outdoors running around and chasing each other. The days when you were young and worry-free, no

payday loan, bills or any other things to think about!

Hope you enjoyed the video as much as I did. I am disheartened to see that most Filipino kids of today, including my nephew and nieces, prefer to play computer games than traditional games that are played outdoors.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Postcard Perfect 013: Captivating underground cities of Cappadocia

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Last night I stayed up very late to watch the  first round match of my boy Rafael Nadal against the super-tall John Isner at the Roland Garros tournament. I could not tell you enough how the match made me chew off half of my finger nails – deym, it was SCARY and EXCITING at the same time! In fact, I thought I was going to have a heart attack several times… but luckily, Rafa and I survived, he, to play another match another day, and I, well, to watch him play in that “another match”. I was so into all that tennis action that a) I didn’t notice my husband already went to bed, b) I totally forgot about my assignment on lipozene scam, c) I let my dogs inside the house at an ungodly hour, and d) I forgot to finish my Postcard Perfect entry. Drat.


So here goes my entry:

The Cappadocian region of Turkey, according to New York Times, boasts the most dramatic landscapes in Europe. The Goreme Valley (a UNESCO World Heritage site), for example, are conical formations are the result of volcanic eruptions that took place millions of years ago. Another example are the underground cities, as shown in the postcard above.


These are actually a complex network of underground dwellings, some going down eight levels and large enough to hold several thousands of inhabitants, and they show a remarkable architectural sense (excellent ventilation) and planning.

These troglodyte cave-cities were excavated as early as Hittite times, and expanded over the centuries. There are 36 of these discovered so far and archeologists say there are still hundreds of them that lay under the ground.

The underground cities, which are guessed to be used since the Bronze Age, used to be a settlement mostly in Byzantine period, doubtless. In this period, increasing invasions forced local residents to build underground cities for protection and religious purposes.     – CappadociaTurkey.net

Just a thought, should there be a nuclear war or an impending disaster (knocks on wood), could the underground caves provide adequate shelter and protection since these are, well, deep underground?

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Sunday Stamps 017: Folk arts from all over the world

 

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This week was very hectic that my post for this week was somewhat in limbo. I was leisurely surfing the net,  toggling one window with news about the developments of the volcano eruption in Iceland to another window with eyelastin reviews for awhile, when I suddenly realised that my Sunday Stamps draft needs publishing. I was about to hit the publish button earlier today when the power went out, thus, the delay…


I have several stamps that fall under the specified categories for this week’s theme begging to be featured. As much as I’d like to, I’m not going to get carried away this time so I’m limiting my choices to only a few.

I’d like to begin with … FOOD!


The above stamp is a part of the seven-set and souvenir sheet issued by the Portuguese Postal Office in a series called “Sabores da Lusofonia”, meaning, flavors of Lusophony. Lusophony is a collective word referring to Portuguese-speaking countries, so the series features some of the most interesting influences of Portuguese gastronomy  on countries who share the Portuguese language. The above dish is from Africa’s Cape Verde called Do-cozido à cachupa (a stew, basically, of pork, chicken, carrots, potatoes, garbanzos, and many others). I have also another stamp from the same series featuring no caloeira tempura which I featured in the previous Sunday Stamps.


Next… traditional costumes. So many to choose from but here’s what I randomly picked out from the lot:


A part of the 5-set definitive stamps issued in 1994, showing the traditional costumes of Cyprus. This one is affixed in a postcard that was sent to my husband’s Grandma, from a cousin who went to Cyprus for a holiday some twenty years ago. This postcard is now in my possession, having inherited my husband’s grandma’s postcard collection three years ago.

 

And last,  but definitely not the least… the textiles of Croatia.

 

In 2008, the Croatian Post launched a five-set postage stamps each representing regional motifs of folk costumes. Sunja, magical flowers that survived from the Baroque altar cloth on the aprons from Posavina and still exude scents; Bistra, corals that have come from the Pannonian Sea and in clinking, dark red rows enrich the blouses from Prigorje; Bizovac, the dialectics of the Slavonian full-empty gold-embroidery; and the thick weave of dark earthen colour – the “interior combustion” of Ravni Kotari. I love these folk arts/handicrafts from Croatia and really commend those who still do this up to now, thus preserving traditional arts and culture.


What we refer to as folk art is the outcome of longer, slowed-down time. History has always been created by individuals, and this also applies to art. However, art has only slowly been deposited in the awareness, resting rolled up for a lot longer than the passage of events, in mutually unconnected mounts and vales, across seven rivers and seventy seven mountains. What used to be enduring and persevering – dialects, fashion, surnames, customs, meals, tools, jobs and days… - all of these were local, unique, different and individual; all of these have nowadays become assimilated into a universal mass in the communication cauldron. ---  Croatian Post Inc.

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Pink Saturday 011: A Khmer wedding reception


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This is a repost from my photo blog – Inside Cambodia


The wedding banquet happens here – you enter in this marquee bedecked with tafetta, yellow, pink, white flowers, and golden and silver banana bunches (they’re for good luck and happiness, old folks say).

Khmer weddings are usually pomp and looooong affairs with many rites performed. I asked my local friends about the meaning of the rites but they can’t fully explain the whole thing so I turned on to the Internet to learn more.  If you’d like to know more about Khmer weddings, I found this very informative online site describing all the rituals and pomp – The Wedding Rites in Cambodia.

By the way, don’t forget – it’s Pink Saturday’s third birthday anniversary next week!

Friday, 20 May 2011

Postcard Friendship Friday 033: Faenza, Italia


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Here’s an old postcard sent to me via Postcrossing by a 58-year old Italian named Alfredo:

 

Alfredo is a computer programmer and a photography buff and has lived in Faenza since 1954. It is a town of 55,000 inhabitants. The town is located between Bologna and Rimini, two bigger cities. He works in Bologna and travels the 50km distance to and from work every day.


Here are the stamps:


Two definitive stamps at €0.10 and a commemorative stamp featuring the poet Cezare Pavese, on the centenary of his birth. For more info on this stamp, please read my previous post.




Alfredo lives alone, which explains why he wrote at the back of the postcard, that he dropped this postcard  at the post office before grocery shopping and window-shopping, on his own, for stainless steel sinks to replace his broken sink. He said he has a recent photograph of the Railway Station Avenue, the same exact location as the one shown in the postcard,  and he will send it to me. I think that would be awesome. I bet there will be lots of interesting “changes” and furthermore, I would love to see how Alfredo was able to recreate the framing and composition. I get a kick from “then and now” photos – it’s almost like time traveling!  What do you think?

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Postcard Perfect 012: The Lone Star State - Texas


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Today I’m posting a card that was sent to me by a friend who is now based in Texas. She has just undergone a dental surgery – a dental
electrosurgery, to be exact – and is recuperating quite well.  I was really surprised to learn that this type of surgery is also done in dentistry! I wonder if it’s the same thing in hospitals outside of the US.
I digress. Anyways, I wish you a speedy recovery, amiga.

And here’s the postcard:


Texas trivia:

- it is the only state that was a Republic before joining the Union.

- it is the second largest state in terms of land mass and the third largest in population. It occupies approximately 7% of the total land and water areas of the United States.
- Texas owes its name to the Caddo tribe - and the Spaniards. During the Spanish exploration of Texas in the 1540s, the Spaniards met the Hasnai Caddo tribe in present-day East Texas. the Native Americans used the word tayshas for "friends" or "allies." In Spanish, the translation came out as tejas. Eventually, Tejas became Texas.
- Texas is also known as the Lone Star State, in reference to the state flag. The flag displays a single, five-point white star on a field of blue with an upper white horizontal stripe and a lower red horizontal stripe.
- Texas declared 
independence from Mexico on March 2, 1836, to become the Republic of Texas.
- Texas was admitted to the Union on December 29, 1845, as the 28th state.

Source:
Texas Online

 

If you look closer you would see that the postcard was marked “Carta mal encaminados al Ecuador”, meaning, the postcard was mis-sent to Ecuador. I could not believe it was sent to South America instead of Southeast Asia!


Top left: 32cent Mastadon stamp, part of a 4-set definitive issued in 1996 featuring Prehistoric Animals; top, right: a definitive issued in 2008 by the USPS featuring the dragonfly, the world’s oldest insect; above right: a commemorative issue of the creation of the steam carriage.

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Sunday Stamps 016: Oh, Holy Mother…

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We have another challenging theme for this week, at least for me. I checked my current cache of stamps and could not find any stamps relating to Mother’s day or mothers. So I’m going to stretch my interpretation towards the religious theme and this is what came out of my search: an image of the Madonna and Child. We all know how Catholics revere the Blessed Virgin Mary as their own mother. Please see my older post on the devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.


Virgin Mary on Lithuanian stamp 

 

 

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Above, left, is a commemorative stamp on the 400 years anniversary (1608-2008) of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s apparition in Šiluva, a small town with about 1,000 inhabitants in the region of Samogitia in Lithuania. On the right, is the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Šiluva that is found in the current-day church.

According to Wikipedia,this small town was known for its church, the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Apostles Saint Peter and Saint Bartholomew built by the Lithuanian noble Petras Gedgaudas. Later the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary attracted huge numbers of the faithful to Šiluva. However, in the advent of the Reformation age in the 16th century, the largely Catholic town of Šiluva converted to Calvinism.

I shall not bore you with the details but, to those who are curious and interested, here is an interesting account about the Blessed Virgin Mary’s apparition in Šiluva.



Siluva Church Siluva Chapel This is how the current-day Basilica of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin (left) and the Šiluva Chapel look like now. These are beautiful buildings. The church was constructed and furnished in the 17th century and one that is an example of the late baroque architecture in Lithuania. The chapel, on the other hand, was constructed a bit later, in the beginning of the 20th century, and features a 40-foot tower and built on the apparition site. Imagine how beautiful it must be inside these buildings, and one can only wonder whether there was a need for steel buildings when this was constructed long time ago to support the exteriors.


Anyways, despite the turbulent past and many years of suppression, the Church and the Chapel now stand in Šiluva as a symbol of their unwavering faith and devotion and the spiritual centre of the devout and faithful Catholics in Lithuania.

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Photo Credits:
Panoramio User Egidjus, for the Basilica of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin and the Siluva Chapel.

HolyCardLover, for the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Siluva

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Pink Saturday 010: Skinny wristwatches

 

   
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Here’s a fun postcard from Portugal:



The sender is a self-confessed fashionista and goes gaga over the latest trends in fashion, from

blac label clothing to funky accessories and latest designs in watches. I am fond of watches and I myself is a fan of this brand. In fact, when I was in college this brandwas so popular that almost everyone in school was wearing one. I myself bought several pieces out of the savings from my allowance. I prefer the unisex kind as well as the big sporty pieces with bold colours.  Out of the five skin choices above, my choices would be yellow, purple, and pink – yes, in this order! The brighter the colour, the better for me! LOL. How about you, what would you choose?

This postcard is affixed with the following stamps:



This is a part of a five-set series of definitives issued in 2007 featuring the public urban transport – the horse tram – that was in use back in the old days in Portugal. Notice the clean stamps, no postmarks :D

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Postcard Friendship Friday 032: Print-your-own postcard



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Here’s a postcard from Arabella of China. It’s an unfinished a simple, pen and ink drawing of a campsite that I initially thought she did herself.

It is different from the other postcards I received from China as all were touristic postcards. So I’m wondering if she loves camping, or if camping is popular in China, or whether there are official campsites there.  Anyways, when I looked at the back, I found out that the postcard is actually somebody’s drawing that was printed into a postcard. Cool, eh? She’s supporting one of her favourite local artists.


Chinese stamp And here’s the stamp used in this postcard. I tried to look for information about the stamp but I could not find any. If you have any information about this stamp (left), kindly help me out, please.

2 x 6 Bookmark I think it’s great to have your work, an illustration or a photograph, made into postcards.

And it got me into thinking – although not everyone prefers hand-made cards, there are quite a number of people who do. There are also people who likes photos printed into postcards… So I thought about

postcard printing myself since I took a lot of photos here in Cambodia. My photos are not all touristic type but they show the sights and every day life in Cambodia. Some could even be used as greeting cards, too.

 



Actually I already put up an album of selected pictures that I’m planning to print into postcards. Maybe when my blog turns three (years old) later this year, I’ll select the best ones for printing and use them as my blog anniversary giveaways. Aside from postcards, I’m also thinking of getting fridge magnets and bookmarks printed using my photos (like the one you see above) as additional giveaways.

What do you think? Would you like to join if I hold a giveaway promo?


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Bookmark Photo Credit: nextdayflyers.com

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Postcard Perfect 011: Singapore skyline


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Here’s another postcard sent by Lee Hock Peng for this week’s Postcard Perfect.

Would you believe, I have never been to Singapore yet? It’s not that I didn’t have a chance but I had passed up on every opportunity that came my way, especially when I was still working, due to conflict of work schedules mostly. Singapore is a very dynamic city-state, a high-tech society, a melting pot of cultures, and the  regional hub of not only of airlines and traveling but also of most businesses and investments (such as gold bullion) and several international non-government organisations, one of which I had the opportunity to work with. 





Speaking of gold, I know of somebody who has a gold IRA account there and overheard him say that a lot of retirees like him are opting to invest in gold.

Maybe that is why Singapore’s business and investment sector shines so brightly like their brightly-lit skyline at night. Kidding.


Please allow me to digress a bit more. Gold is a precious commodity in Cambodia, especially in the days after the Khmer Rouge rule when the Khmer riel has no value (it was demolished by the KR). People with gold were the ones who had higher chances of survival in post-KR Cambodia, as they used gold to barter rice, sugar, food and other basic commodities, for everything. These days, of course, everything is different now – aside from the Khmer riels, the US dollar is widely used – but still gold is the most preferred investment for some. My former landlord presented his son’s girlfriend’s parents with gold on the day of the engagement.  Personally, the only gold I’ve seen are already in the form of jewelry and I’m curious to know (and see with my own eyes) whether people really

buy gold bullion or gold nuggets only.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Sunday Stamps 015: Hooves and wheels!

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We had a bit of excitement at home today. My younger brothers went over the house to watch boxing on TV (Pacquiao-Mosley fight) and brought along some barbie for lunch. I got busy with the food and entertaining guests that I forgot to click the “publish” button on time.


This week’s theme happens to be also one of my favourite themes,  both stamps and postcards. I have several in my collection, but I’ve narrowed down my choices to the old modes of land transportation (or vintage). Here are some of them:


This is a commemorative issue of the creation of the steam carriage (made in 1866). It is issued by the USPS in January 1991. The stamp features the steam carriage, named the “Richard Dudgeon”, which is now part of the Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution.

 

One of the 5-set definitives issued in 2007 featuring the public urban transport, the horse tram, back in the olden days.


 

The charming pastoral scene on this Swiss stamp was designed by Alber Manser, a well-loved Swiss painter and a son of an Appenzell farmer. The stamp above is the the third of a three se-tenant stamps entitled the “Descent from Alpine Pastures in Appenzell” issued in September 2009. These three special Swiss Post stamps showcase the spectacle of moving cows to and from alpine pastures in Appenzell.

It is a custom and a red-letter day when man and beast celebrate the descent from mountains to lower pastures in late summer. The centerpiece of every decent are the three cows with bells, led by a herdsman in the traditional costume worn on high days and holidays featuring bright yellow leather britches, a red waistcoat and a red undershirt, and carrying a pail with a painted bottom over his left shoulder. The three bells on the cows form a harmonic series with the herdsmen behind the cows who has bells and sings and whoop for joy to the three instruments, the only ones in the world to be played by cows.

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This beautiful stamp from TNT Post above is a special edition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the DAF 600 car. The DAF 600 automoble was first manufactured in 1950s in the Netherlands and also became popular in the US. Aint that an awesome ride?

These stamps are my favourites in my hooves and wheels collection and I know you’d agree with me that they’re all so frame-worthy!

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Pink Saturday 009: Rhododendrons on Canadian stamps



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I have beautiful stamps from Canada to share today.

 



 

 

These are commemorative stamps issued by Canada Post in 2009. It shows the beautiful  white and pink rhododendrons, and these stamps were affixed in a Heart/Earth lenticular postcard, which will be featured sometime next week.


Just in time for spring, two rhododendrons, the pink and white R. yakushimanum "Mist Maiden" and the vibrant pink R. Minas Maid, are shown in their full glory through natural light photography. This release is part of the informal series of floral-themed stamps issued annually by Canada Post. The booklet includes ten stamps and envelope seals that highlight these floral gifts from nature.

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Friday, 6 May 2011

Postcard Friendship Friday 031: The scenic Yosemite National Park


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Oh, what a bummer – it’s already Friday night and I just remembered I haven’t posted my PFF entry today. I was skimming through the dozens of laptop reviews earlier and I got lost track of time.  Here it is, a vintage postcard of Yosemite National Park in California. It shows the breath-taking view of Yosemite from the Inspiration Point. I think this is one of the most photographed views of the park and the one that visitors could never forget.



 

 


This postcard was sent by Ralph, of Maryland USA. He took his family to Yosemite National Park in January and they all enjoyed their stay there.

Yosemite National Park lies in the heart of California. With its 'hanging' valleys, many waterfalls, cirque lakes, polished domes, moraines and U-shaped valleys, it provides an excellent overview of all kinds of granite relief fashioned by glaciation. At 600–4,000 m, a great variety of flora and fauna can also be found here. Designated as a World Heritage Site in 1984.
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Wednesday, 4 May 2011

First class medical treatment and healthcare in Singapore

For some reason this post didn’t come out on the scheduled time today. I wonder what went wrong with Blogger’s autopost feature. Bleh. So here it is again, publishing one more time, for Postcard Perfect.
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This postcard came through a private exchange. Lee Hock Peng is from Singapore and, in exchange for several Cambodian postcards, he sent me Singaporean postcards that include above. Actually the above postcard is an adcard with postage paid for by the advertising company. Lee said that Singapore  is now established as the prime choice of destination, not only for leisure, but also for healthcare. This is due to their  advanced technology in medicine and medical care. In the recent years, the country has seen a steadily increase in the number of international patients each year.  Insurance is big thing in Western countries and for sure it is gaining popularity in Asia and other countries as well. As an expat, I really make sure that I am well insured and my organisation (i.e. employer) makes sure that several term life insurance quotes from different companies are gathered and compared before choosing the best one for its employees. I sure hope next time, ours will include an executive check up in Singapore! Lee, thank you, lah. Best wishes to your family and I am praying for your mum’s recovery.
 
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