Sunday, 31 March 2013

Knesset Menorah, Israel

This card here shows the Knesset Menorah in Israel. It was built by Benno Elkan, a British-Jewish sculptor who worked on it for 6 years. The Parliament of the United Kingdom gave it to Israel in 1956. It looks pretty cool with all those engravings on it!

Chernivsti University, Ukraine

This postcard looks like a page out of a fairy tale, doesn't it? Officially known as the Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans (wow thats a pretty long name), the building currently houses the Chernivsti University which was founded in 1875.

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Petra, Ma'an, Jordan

Here's a beautiful card from Jordan which shows Petra. Petra is historical and archaeological city that is famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system. Known as "a rose-red city half as old as time", it is a very famous tourist attraction today. Petra is believed to have been established around 312 BC as the capital city of the Nabataeans. Excavations at the site have shown that the Nabataeans had the ability to control water supply that allowed the desert city to rise and prosper. It sounds really amazing and I really can't wait for a chance to visit this beautiful place!

Pyramid of the Moon, Teotihuacan, Mexico

Here's an interesting card from Mexico showing the Pyramid of the Moon from the enormous Teotihuacan archaeological site in Mexico. I got it from a swap with Niza. You can see the card that I sent her here.

Teotihuacan was a city that is thought to have been established around 100BC and construction continued till about 250AD. At it's zenith in perhaps the first half of the first millenium AD, it was the largest city in Pre-Columbian America that housed perhaps 125,000 residents. A pretty impressive feat at that time eh?

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Singapore Philatelic Museum, Singapore

The Singapore Philatelic Museum (SPM) is currently holding a snake themed exhibition in conjunction with the year of the snake in the Chinese zodiac series. I came across this deal on Postcrossing: send the SPM  a snake themed card and they'll send you one back! The cool thing is that the stamp on the postcard that they send back will bear the special SPM postmark! So I sent them a card, and here's what I got:

uShaka Marine World, Durban, South Africa

Here's a card from a different part of South Africa; not Cape Town this time, but Durban! This card is from a different series of cards that Sebastian usually sends me, but nevertheless, it's still awesome :).

This card shows uShaka Marine World, a very popular tourist attraction in Durban. It is the 5th largest aquarium in the world (the largest is in Singapore :D). There is an underground aquarium which is designed around 5 shipwrecks, a water themed park, and a beach which has direct access from the amusement park. More details can be found here.

Sunday, 3 March 2013


Not long after I received my first card from Guatemala, I've received more cards from another Central American country. This time, it's from Honduras! I never imagined I could get a postcard from Honduras, much less a whole package of beautiful cards, stamps and a banknote! Here's what I found when I opened the package:

This card shows a view of the central park of San Pedro Sula. San Pedro Sula is a city in Honduras. It is the second largest city in the country after the capital Tegucigalpa. The central park lies in the middle of the First Avenue and the Third Avenue. The small white gazebo in the center of the park marks the spot where the city was founded. The interesting thing is that this gazebo is the only piece of architecture that is still standing from the day it was built in 1901.