Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sunset-Loving Wednesday

I love sunsets. I am always amazed on how the sky in the horizon are painted with bold colors, mostly hues of orange and red -- my favorites.

Sunset at the beach tops my list. Dreamy, serene, and comforting. With the sun setting at the horizon, the calming lullaby of the waves carries me to the world of my dreams. It's always easier and more inspiring to dream when you have the world painted with your favorite colors in front of you.

This evening, I was delighted to see cards on my study table and one of them is this sunset card, a direct swap from Poland. Breathtaking, isn't it? Much gratitude to Adam, the sender, for picking this card for me. :D Being drawn into the comfort of this card is definitely the best way to relax from a day spent with field work.

Checking my postcard collection for more sunset cards from other senders, I found a painting of the Venice Lagoon by Ivan Aivazovsky. The painting was from 1841. I received this card from Russia early this year.

The third card is another private swap. It also came early this year, it's from Tianjin, China. The postcard however shows a view from Da Li, Yunnan. This is the Three Pagoda Monastery during sunset. Now I wonder how it would feel to experience the delight of a sunset from a monastery. Would it be more serene, since monasteries are holy places? I wish I can try to take in a wonderful sunset experience from a monastery by the sea real soon.

It's a sunset-loving Wednesday for me. Visit This Kind of Love by clicking on the photo below to see what other bloggers are hooked up to on this third day of the week. Wishing everyone is having a smooth week so far! :)

~ maria

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Orange red -- almost summer!

It's almost summer here in the Philippines. The sky is perfect blue and the days are starting to seem more gay. I always love this atmosphere when everything seems to be radiant. There are birds chirping in the laundry area of our apartment, probably delighted by the morsels of rice that were washed down from the sink.

This makes me miss life in the province even more, especially around dusk -- when the world is orange red. The surroundings of our home would look serene...the flowers would seem to be retreating for the night, the bees would still be around -- teasing the flower buds, while the birds are cooing from a distance.

Here's a postcard that I received from September last year which brings me back home to the province. The card is from China, though.

The card looks kinda similar with the stamp that came with it. I am sharing this post with Viridian for the Sunday Stamps. Visit her page for more cool stamps. Happy Sunday everyone!

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

A cat from California

This card arrived this week. It came from a woman who's a postal carrier at the Central Post of California. I wonder how many cards from and private swaps she delivers per day...I bet a lot! :D She said postcards exchange gives her security in her job. Great to read that! 

When I saw the card, I was reminded of a silly thought that I had for my bestfriend's cat, Machiato. I told her, "Jeri, do you think we should get your cat christened?" Oh my...the Christian in me! Hahaha!! But seriously? Can we have pets/animals christened, too?

I'm linking up with Beverly's Pink Saturday for this post. Visit her site to see more pink! 

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Nauset Light graces Cape Cod

Finally, after months of perusing over whether to reformat my 3 year-old blog or not...taaaddaa!! My page is now dedicated to postcards and stamps. My apologies to my life has been one wild roller coaster but I hope the ride is getting smoother now. I can go back to blogging.

Believe me, I miss my old themes for each day too! Music on Monday, Thankful Thursday, etc...if anyone feels the same as I do...please let me know and we'll see about getting another page dedicated for those posts. :D

And because I expected myself to have worked on this postcards and stamps blog by the start of Feb 2012 (and I haven't until today), I would really do my best to post a new entry as often as I can. There are a lot of wonderful postcards and stamps that I wish to share! :D

First, one of my favorites: a lighthouse from Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

The lighthouse, built in 1877, was moved 300 feet from its original location in 1996. Prior to being relocated, it was placed dangerously at the edge of the cliff by the narrowing shoreline and coastal erosion.

The card came with 4 stamps. One of those is shown here, a 1 c Tiffany lamp stamp. It was first issued on 28 April 2009. This stamp designed by Lou Nolan is the third in the American Design Series.

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