Friday, January 28, 2011

CA-106480 CANADA from DanielYOW

~ Ottawa, Ontario, Canada ~ (CA-106480)
The famous skating park in Ottawa City>>>
                                                                               Received June 2010
Thanks for DanielYOW (Zack)!!!

The Rideau Canal (French: Canal Rideau), also known as the Rideau Waterway, connects the city of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on the Ottawa River to the city of Kingston, Ontario on Lake Ontario. The canal was opened in 1832 as a precaution in case of war with the United States and is still in use today, with most of its original structures intact. The canal system uses sections of major rivers, including the Rideau and the Cataraqui, as well as some lakes. It is the oldest continuously operated canal system in North America, and in 2007, it was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It is operated today by Parks Canada as a recreational waterway. The locks on the system open for navigation in mid-May and close in mid-October.

DE-607136 GERMANY from Willi

~ Northsea Coast, Germany ~ (DE-607136)
What a damaged VolksWagen... Nice card...
                                                                               Received June 2010
Thanks for Willi (Wilhelm) !!!

NO-32804 NORWAY from Haugtussa

~ Låtefossen, Norway ~
Wonderful waterfall world in Norway...
Received June 2010
Thanks for Haugtussa (Gro) !!!

Låtefossen or Låtefoss is a waterfall located in the municipality of Odda in western Norway. The total height is 165 meters. The water fall is a well known tourist attraction in the area. It is special in that it consists of two separate streams from its source, Lotevatnet, that meets in the middle of the water fall.

PT-126243 PORTUGAL from Isamaria

~ Portugal ~ (PT-126243)
nice Art Card, Received June 2010

Thanks for Isamaria!!!

FI-801145 FINDLAND from Ulriikka

~ Finland ~ (FI-801145)
                                                                               Received May 2010
Thanks for Ulriikka (Ulla)!!!

PT-120462 PORTUGAL from HelenaIsabelMelo

~ Portugal ~ (PT-120462)

                                                                                      Received May 2010

Thanks for HelenaIsabelMelo (Isabel) !!

CN-201978 中国重庆 CHINA from XuXiao

~ 重庆 Chong Qin, 中国 China ~ (CN-201978)

Woow!!! definitely my favourite UNESCO card 秦朝兵马俑 Qin Dynasty's Terracotta Warriors...
Is nice to see the Chinese Phoenix stamps attached this card... I like it...         Received May 2010

Thanks for XuXiao!!

The Terracotta Army (simplified Chinese: 兵马俑; traditional Chinese: 兵馬俑; pinyin: bīngmǎ yǒng; literally "soldier and horse funerary statues") or the "Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses", is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang 秦始皇, the First Emperor of China.

The figures, dating from 210 BC, were discovered in 1974 by some local farmers in Lintong District, Xi'an, Shaanxi province, near the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor (Chinese: 秦始皇陵; pinyin: Qín Shǐhuáng Ling).

The figures vary in height 1.83–1.95 metres (6 ft 0 in–6 ft 5 in), according to their roles, with the tallest being the generals. The figures include warriors, chariots, horses, officials, acrobats, strongmen and musicians. Current estimates are that in the three pits containing the Terracotta Army there were over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which are still buried in the pits.

The Terracotta Army was discovered in the spring of 1974 in the eastern suburbs of Xi'an, Shaanxi Province by a group of farmers who were digging a water well 1.5 miles (2.4 km) east of Mount Li. The region around the mountain was riddled with underground springs and watercourses. In 195 B.C., Liu Bang — the first emperor of the dynasty that followed the Qin — had ordered that 'twenty households' should move to the site of the mausoleum of the First Emperor of Qin (Qin Shi Huang, "shi huang" means the first emperor) to watch over the tomb. To this day, twenty villages sit in the immediate vicinity of the mausoleum, one of them the hamlet where the Yang family lived; the terracotta army may have been rediscovered by the direct descendants of the people left to guard it. For centuries, there were reports of pieces of terracotta figures and fragments of the Qin necropolis — roofing tiles, bricks, and chunks of masonry — having been occasionally dug up in the area.

This most recent discovery prompted archaeologists to investigate. The Terracotta Army is a form of funerary art buried with the First Emperor of Qin in 210-209 BC. The Army's purpose was to help rule another empire with Qin Shi Huang in the afterlife. Consequently, they are also sometimes referred to as "Qin's Armies." The material to make the terracotta warriors originated on Mount Lishan. In addition to the warriors, an entire man-made necropolis for the emperor has been excavated. Up to 5 metres (16 feet) of reddish, sandy soil had accumulated over the site in the centuries following its construction, but archaeologists also found evidence of earlier, impromptu discoveries. During the digs at Mount Li, archaeologists found several graves from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, whose diggers had obviously struck terracotta fragments, only to discard them as worthless with the rest of the back-filled soil.

According to historian Sima Qian (145-90 BC), construction of this mausoleum began in 246 BC and involved 700,000 workers. Geographer Li Daoyuan, six centuries after the death of the First Emperor, explained that Mount Li had been chosen as a site for its auspicious geology: it once had a gold mine on its north face and a jade mine on its south face, demonstrating not only its sacred value, but also perhaps how the tunnels had come to be dug in the first place.[4] Qin Shi Huang was 13 when construction began. He specifically stated that no two soldiers were to be made alike, which is most likely why he had construction started at that young age. Sima Qian, in his most famous work, Shiji, completed a century after the mausoleum completion, wrote that the First Emperor was buried with palaces, scenic towers, officials, valuable utensils and "wonderful objects," with 100 rivers fashioned in mercury and above this heavenly bodies below which he wrote were "the features of the earth." Some translations of this passage refer to "models" or "imitations," but he does not use those words.

Recent scientific work at the site has shown high levels of mercury in the soil on and around Mount Lishan, appearing to add credence to Sima Qian's writings. The tomb of Shi Huang Di is under an earthen pyramid 76 metres tall and nearly 350 square metres. The tomb remains unopened, in the hope that it will remain intact. Archeologists are afraid that if they do excavate the tomb, they might damage some of the valuables buried with emperor Qin Shi Huang. Only a portion of the site is presently excavated, and photos and video recordings are prohibited in some areas of the viewing. Only few foreigners, such as Queen Elizabeth II, have been permitted to walk through the pits, side by side to the army.

Qin Shi Huang’s necropolis complex was constructed to serve as an imperial compound or palace. It comprises several offices, halls and other structures and is surrounded by a wall with gateway entrances.

RU-182970 RUSSIA from Lyubov

~ Tula,  Russia ~ (RU-182970)
Received April 2010
Thanks for Lyubov!!

NL-324312 NEDERLAND from Anniekster

~ Utrecht, Nederland~ (NL-324312)
Received April 2010
Thanks for Anniekster!!

St. Martin's Cathedral, Utrecht, or Dom Church (Dutch: Domkerk) was the cathedral of the diocese of Utrecht during the Middle Ages. Once the country's largest church and only cathedral, dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours, it has been a Protestant church since 1580. The building is the one church in the Netherlands that closely resembles the classic Gothic style as developed in France. All other Gothic churches in the Netherlands belong to one of the many regional variants. Unlike most of its French predecessors, the Dom Church has only one tower, the 112 m (368 ft) high Dom Tower, which is the hallmark of the city.

The church today

What remains of St. Martin's today are the choir, the transept and the Dom Tower. The central nave of the cathedral which collapsed in the storm of 1674 is now a square with large trees, the Domplein. Stones in various colours indicate in the pavement the original outlines of the church.

In 2004, 750 years after construction began, the collapsed parts were temporarily rebuilt in scaffolding material. The scaffolding has since been taken down.

Burials and memorials in the Dom
Utrecht was an important city in the western Holy Roman Empire and had particularly close links to the imperial Salian dynasty. In the early Middle Ages the Holy Roman Emperor was always an honorary Canon of the Dom. The Emperor Conrad II and the Emperor Henry V both died in Utrecht in 1039 and 1125 respectively. Their bowels and hearts were interred in the Dom of Utrecht. The modest "Emperors' stones" (keizerssteentjes) in the floor of the choir of the Dom are a reminder of this fact.

The only medieval tomb of importance to remain relatively unscathed in the Dom is that of Bishop Guy of Avesnes (also known as Gwijde van Henegouwen), the brother of John II, Count of Holland and Hainaut, who was bishop from 1301 until his death in 1317.

There are many other beautifully carved burial slabs and memorials in the cathedral. Of particular note is the monumental cenotaph, which contained the heart of Bishop Joris of Egmond (died 1559).

EE-70152 ESTONIA from Ellaa

~ Kuressaare, Estonia ~ (EE-70152)

@The most popular stamp in the world attached -- Shang Hai Expo 2010 ^^
Received April 2010
Thanks for Ellaa!!

For the town in Germany, see Ahrensburg. For the village in Tarvastu Parish, Viljandi County, see Kuressaare, Viljandi County.

Kuressaare (Finnish: Kuressaari, German: Arensburg) is a town and a municipality on Saaremaa island in Estonia. It is the capital of Saare County. The current population is about 14,926 (1. January 2010).

Its historic name Arensburg (from Middle High German a(a)r: eagle, raptor) renders the Latin denotation arx aquilae for the town's castle. The fortress and the eagle, tetramorph symbol of Saint John the Evangelist, are also the depicted on Kuressaare's coat of arms.

The name was replaced by Kuressaare (probably from Estonian kurg: crane) in 1918 after Estonia had declared its independence from Bolshevist Russia. Under Soviet rule the town from 1952 to 1988 was called Kingissepa after the Bolshevik Kuressaare-native Viktor Kingissepp killed in 1922 (not to be confused with the Russian town Kingisepp, formerly Jamburg).

FI-774837 FINLAND from Talvikki

~ Finland ~ (FI-774837)
Received March 2010
Thanks for Talvikki !!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sent from Kuantan (Pahang) to Seremban (N.Sembilan)

~ Beserah Village Kuantan, Pahang ~

First Day Cancellation on 22-06-2010

Post Office Ipoh, Perak - Malaysia

Pejabat Pos Taman Ipoh

Jkr4837 Jalan Lau Pak Kuan, 31400 Ipoh
05-546 6555 ‎
Photo taken by Ryvenn Foong

Posting at Ipoh - Perak

Posting to PostCrossing Friends on 10th January 2011

Yesterday!!! Posting to PostCrossing Friends on 26th January 2011

Sending to Postcrosser, hope you all like it. Upin & Ipin Maximum Card ...

Maximum Card - Traditional Past Time Games With Upin & Ipin and Friends

Congkak / Cocky

Galah Panjang / Long Quant

Perang-perang / Battle of Soldier

Telefon Tin / Canned Telephone

Konda-Kondi / Game likes Baseball game...

 Batu Seremban / "Seremban" Stone

That day passed the Ipoh Pos Office, it was first time I dropped in philately counter, day came warmly because of something new appeared in front of me...
I bought a few sets of these Maximum cards, this was the first time I ever seen Pos Malaysia issued cartoon Maximum card with UV adhesive stamps, so surprised!!! I like it so much...

Stamp Value :60sen (3 setenant designs)
Sheet Content :20 Stamps
Paper :Self-adhesive security stamp paper with fluorescent
Printing Process :Offset with Spot UV & Glitter Ink
Printer :Joh. Enschede Security Print, Netherlands
Stamp Designer :LC Merchandising & Les Copaque Production
First Day Cover
First Day Cover Value : 30 Sen
Miniature Sheet
Miniature Sheet Value :RM 5.00
Folder Value :RM 5.50
Maximum Card
Maximum Card Value :RM 0.80 (6 designs)
Date of Issue 13-Dec-2010