A New Gotochi From Hyogo, Japan

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postcards, Gotochi, Japan

I always love receiving a card from Japan and Gotochi are my favorites. Recently, I was able to swap with someone from Hyogo for this colorful card. The sender lives about 10 minutes away from this majestic castle. I bet it would be awesome to bike to this castle or pass it by daily. I wonder what sort of activities and festivities they host there on a regular basis. Perhaps a royal ball or a scrumptious banquet. There will be lovely music blaring from the grand halls, I suppose, and there might be live instruments from musiciansfriend.com played, too.

postcards, Gotochi, Japan

The generous sender also used this lovely stamp sheet, as well as other interesting stamps. I love them all. Thank you Chie for swapping and for sending me this beautiful card! Arigato! ^_^

Sending Smiles Through The Post

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It has been sometime since I received postcards in the mail as I have been inactive in postcrossing for a number of months now. I have also put my + the little man’s Postcrossing.com accounts to inactive. But I have been missing receiving postcards in the mail that I plan to be active in swapping postcards again this year.

Since I miss getting postcards from our local mailman, I thought it was high time I send postcards, too! So, one morning before February end I set out to write in a couple of postcards to send smiles to my friends across the globe.

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Among the cards I included in my first batch of postcards to mail this year are the colorful postcards from Ghibli Museum in Japan, lovely quote cards from Papemelroti, this card we got from Museo Pambata last year, as well as this Peace ad card my brother got at the MRT, which I am sending to a friend in Japan who is fond of quotations in cards.

I hope these cards reach their destination soon and may they bring smiles to their recipients’ faces when they do!

Are you sending postcards today? What sort of postcards are you sending?

Bulacan Daily: Sining Pandayan 2016

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image from the Pandayan website

I have been too preoccupied with other things that Fiesta Republika came and went without me partaking in at least one of the many colorful activities they have lined up to commemorate the very first Philippine Republic formed in Malolos City centuries ago. It was too late when I chanced upon the tarps and the banners promoting the activities around the city in time for the festival. I’d be sure to keep an eye out on this celebration next year so we can participate.

Anyways, we had a chance to go out of our cocoon early this month for the Million Volunteer Run 3 {which I have yet to post on ze mum blog, by the way} and just in the nick of time as I saw this banner hanging at the eaves of Graceland Mall coming from the event at the Capitolyo Park.

There were similar art fairs held in Glorietta and Trinoma recently that I was really raring to check out and hoping to purchase a couple of brush pens to jump-start my calligraphy journey this year. But I was not able to make it on either of these fairs. Good thing one will be held soon and just here in my city!

Sining Pandayan 2016 will be held this coming 22-23 February, 2016 at the Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center at the Capitolyo Grounds. Here are the list of the activities for the event:

  • Likhang Kamay: Arts & Crafts Fair ~ 22 & 23 February, 2016, 7am
  • Pandayan Bookshop 3rd Poster Making Contest ~ 22 February, 2016, 11am
  • Dance Sculpture Competition ~ 23 February, 2016, 11am
  • Caricature Seminar for Teachers ~ 22 & 23 February, 2016, 7am

The fair will be open from 7am-5pm and admission is only Php10, so if you happen to be free on these days, do not forget to check out the Sining Pandayan 2016 and have an enjoyable day making the crafter and the creative in you happy! For more information, visit the Pandayan website here: http://linkis.com/pandayan.com.ph/SU4pM.

Kung Hei Fat Choi! Welcome The Year Of The Fire Monkey At SkyRanch Tagaytay

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Filipinos are known for being a friendly and supportive community when it comes to commemorating iconic celebrations. Chinese New Year, among many, is one event that everyone warmly looks forward to. Such is the popularity of this annual festivity that Chinese customs and traditions are followed by almost everyone; no matter what heritage they have.

But did you know that there is more to this celebration than just wishing for peace and prosperity for the new lunar year? In China, the changing of the year is actually considered as a festival for the family!

This 2016, say goodbye to the Wood Sheep and welcome the rule of the Fire Monkey with your family at SkyRanch Tagaytay. The much-loved travel destination will hold a series of activities to commemorate the festivity with a bang.

Dragon and lion dancers as well as the Money Tree will also be present on February 6 and 7. Snap a shot with a Chinese Empress and Emperor for extra luck!

Will a Chinese celebration be complete without fireworks? Make sure you scare all the bad luck away by watching Fire in the Sky, a spectacular fireworks display which will be held on February 6 and 7 at 7pm. Feast your eyes at the wonderful lights display with your loved ones and experience SkyRanch’s rides afterwards.

SkyRanch Tagaytay is a 5.5-hectare development by SM Prime under Commercial Properties Group (CPG),the property holding firm of the SM Group of Companies. Apart from the property segment, the latter has also has major business interests in banking and retail sectors. Read more »

Traveling To Langkawi

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Pantai Kok Lighthouse in Langkawi, image from commons.wikimedia.org

Accessible to both local and foreign tourists through Langkawi International Airport, Langkawi is a group of about 100 islands located merely 30 kilometers from the main coast of northwest Malaysia, off the Adaman Sea. It is mostly known for its numerous beaches and went on to become a top travel choice for tourists as it is a duty-free area. The Geopark, as declared by UNESCO in 2007, is among the top places any traveler must see once they set foot in Langkawi.

Climate

Generally of good weather condition, Langkawi is a perfect beach island getaway. Tourists can easily spend numerous hours basking in the good weather, bathing under the sun and enjoying the lively beach vibe.

In And Around Langkawi Read more »