Wednesday, July 20, 2016

10 Facts About Me

Been a bit quiet as life in Lapland has been tiring and whatnot and as I have used Instagram more often than Blogger. Whenever I came to Blogger I quickly changed the site, somehow writing the blog has been the last thing on my mind. BUT as I am spending yet another night at a train travelling from South to North (3rd time doing the trip this year, 2nd time in night trains) and as Jenni had a 10 facts post in her blog (in Finnish) I got inspired (and she kinda tagged everyone willing to do so). SO here we are. 10 facts about me. :)

Sunrise from train, around 4am in Tampere (July 10th)
1. I suffer from atopic dermatitis and am over-sensitive to scented products. My everything has to be scent free or else I get bad rash or really swollen and red skin. Got diagnosed when I turned 18 (7 years ago) and the worst area is my hands.

2. My dad speaks both Swedish and Finnish as his native languages and my paternal grandfather and great grandparents spoke mostly Swedish. However, I'm horrible at it. I understand Swedish well when spoken or written to me but I take ages to reply.

3. I only speak Finnish and English fluently (thanks to spending my 2nd grade home-schooled in Australia meeting my mum's aunt, uncle and 2 cousins living in Brisbane and Sydney). And I understand/speak SOME Japanese (6 months of studies), German (6 months of studies) and Russian (1 year of studies). And Swedish. :D

4. I have no idea what I will be doing in 3 months. I am currently working in retail but my contract ends in late September and I won't renew it. Will be returning to South and start looking for other opportunities. 7 months in Lapland was enough.

5. However, I am in LOVE with the midnight sun/white nights. The light keeps me awake but I love sitting on the sofa, looking out at 2am and enjoy the short summer of Lapland.

6. I was offended back in 2011 as a friend of a friend told me how I don't need a man as I am a strong independent woman. I dated for some time back in 2012 and since then I have been single and don't mind it. I actually prefer it this way as there is nothing to restrict me (like in 2012 I gave up one dream because of my then partner). So all in all, she was quite right. :D

7. I am suffering from constant wanderlust and I have a big plans on how to spend the next 5 years (travel-wise). I want to partake in 5 great and big trips before I turn 30. During next year (July 2016-July 2017) I hope to either do a trip around northern areas of South East Asia (Northern Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, maybe Southern China) or a trip by bus around the Baltic Sea (ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn, then busses from there to Riga, Vilnius, Warsaw, Berlin (and other German cities), maybe including some BeNeLux countries, Copenhagen, Stockholm and back to Helsinki either via Lapland or ferry to Åland and from there to Finland. After that I want to see the cherry blossoms of Japan, visit USA and return to Australia. OR take the Trans-Siberian train!

8. I am terrified of flying, mostly the taking off-part but I still choose flights over trains any day. And I thrive on Airplane Crash documents. Go figure. In June when I flew back north from a week at my parents' place I had problems with my ears and nearly cried half the flight (only 1h 20mins or less from Helsinki to Rovaniemi).

9. I am a dreamer and I enjoy escapism. Especially during the normal day to day life. :)

10. I gained 10kg while in Thailand (5,5 months!) and I still haven't lost those. Hopefully Pokémon Go and the gym membership I will get for my 25th birthday present will FINALLY help me with those. :)

~Lily

11. Due to my over sensitivity to scented products I LOVE walking in the cleaning product aisles at stores. I LOVE the scent and can stay there for minutes just enjoying the products which I cannot use in my normal day to day life. Powdery products are the best and smell so good I'd love to try and taste those. :D I blame the lack of scents at home :D

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Incoming and Outgoing Mail Weeks #7-8 (plus beginning of 9) :)


Life has been busy and tiring after work started 3 weeks ago. People are super nice and I'm finally starting to learn their names (I have a crappy name memory but I remember a face easily - go figure why I need up to 4 weeks to remember which name belongs to who). I have suffered from shoulder and lower back pains now and then but I do like it in here. :)

But now that my roommate left me for nearly 2 weeks (she likes Southern Finland more than my company! :( ) I decided to really focus on letters and mail in general. No one to talk to and tv shows can be crappy (I NEED MORE "Awkward"!!!) so that's a great reason to focus on mail and catch up for good! :) Haven't been all caught up with mail in YEARS! :) But here are some of the mail received and sent during February. The lack of mail is due to Posti being an ass and not redirecting my mail even though I ordered redirection. :/ Oh well, February's worth of mail should be arriving to me today :)


Outgoing Postcrossing postcards
most were sent last week's Monday from Arktikum with the special postmark they offer :)

to Germany

to India

to Finland

to Poland, Germany and Armenia
Arktikum postcard with matching postmark ;)

to Netherlands

to Lithuania

to Turkey

to Chile

to Argentina

to Russia

to Russia

to Czech Republic

to Russia
Other Outgoing postcards

Private swap to Japan

Private swap to Miia, Finland
Incoming Postcards

from Alex, Germany

Year of the Monkey postcards from Singapore and Australia

Jetoy postcard I received empty from Memi, Thailand as a souvenir from her trip to South Korea.
Wrote and sent it for myself as a way to collect another special postmark we had for only a short time!

old stamp and the Lahti Ski Games (Salpausselän Kisat) postmark
Letters

to Maria, Russia

to Emma, Finland

from Amy, UK

my reply to Amy - sent on Feb 29th :3
from Kitty, Germany
she sent a letter and a box of tea :D

my reply to her. Sorry for the crappy pic. Didn't realize it was that bad before I moved it to my laptop.
Sent on Feb 29th.
to Sabine, Germany

to Daria, Poland

from Momo, Finland

My reply to Momo, sent a week ago Monday with the special postmark :)

from Alexis, USA
she sent me sheets of her self made stationery as well as stickers!! ;;__;; I'm so lucky to have a pal like her!


Here's to hoping March will bring more mail than February did!
Hope you all have full mailboxes! :)


~Lily

Friday, February 12, 2016

Mail from week 6 (and earlier)

Incoming and outgoing mail in the same post as my incoming mail is non existent :D Blame the move but nearly none of the letters I've mailed in December-January have received a reply. Out of my many penpals only 5 have written me in 2016 and 2 of them (UK, Germany) have sent me 2 letters, third (USA) is sending out her letter soon and then these 2 last ones (Germany, Austria) have sent me one letter. Where are my penpals hiding?? :O And how do people seem to receive a bunch of mail nearly daily? I want some of their mail! :(


Only thing missing is the newest Christmas chaincard as I just couldn't get a proper picture of it or the stamps as the lighting in here is what it is.. :(
But 7 written letters in 4 days is good if you ask me. I have plans on writing even more during weekend, as long as my headache gets better, so that I'd start receiving letters soon. I'm sad that the mailbox is so empty.. :(


Postcards

Surprise postcard from Alex, Germany.
She sent the card for me and my roommate based on the address - the first mail that came directly here without being turned like the chaincard was (see some of the stamps up in the pic :D)

Outgoing postcards - I'm preordering the Salpausselän kisat - special postmark :)
Jetoy is for myself and others are for my roommate and penpals from USA, Germany and Thailand :)
Surprise

A fellow Finnish Instagramer sent me a message after I had moved and told me she wanted to send me a housewarming surprise. This lovely envelope arrived on Monday along with one letter and my belated stamp order.
We had talked about Karel Capek tea ordering earlier and swapped Gotochi cards and apparently she remembered it as she sent me the tiny Gotochi and two extra KC teas she received! :3
Letters

This is how I take over the table over here whenever I'm all alone with the doggy :3

from Lisa, Germany in January

from Kitty, Germany in January

from Amy, UK in January

from Jacqui, Austria - the very first letter of February
Outgoing letter to Jacqui, Austria - sent the reply on Tuesday afternoon and she received the letter on Thursday :)

to Lisa, Germany

to Evelyn, Australia
New penpal 

to a new Finnish penpal

to Julia, Russia

to Amy, UK

to Kitty, Germany

Take care!!
~Lily

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Some incoming mail during January

Apparently I didn't really post anything (here or Instagram) nor have I taken photo of everything but here's what I found scanned in my laptop and from my camera~

Postcrossing

from Taiwan

from Czech Republic

from Russia

from Russia

from Russia

from Russia

from Russia

Private swaps

from Memi, Thailand
sent from Japan during her trip

from Memi, Thailand
sent from Japan during her trip

from Japan

from Thailand

from China

from China

from China

from Memi, Thailand

from Miia

from Miia

from Japan

from Japan
from Thailand

Year of the Monkey stamp and postmark from Thailand. SO happy!

from Malaysia

Chaincard

Favourite stamps chaincard
FI-RU-CA-TH-FI
I was a bit worried over this due to the two slow countries but all 4 postcards reached each pit-stop! :)

The stamps are pretty :)
I especially like the Russian map-flag stamp and the Thailand-Portugal joint-issue! :)

Letters
Missing Lisa's letter as well as a couple of others.


Surprise from Jenny, Germany

from Kitty, Germany
Received a second letter from her as well but didn't take a pic.

from Alexis, USA
the first letter of the year :)
And the letter paper is made by her!

from Amy, UK
Also received a second letter from her but haven't taken a pic of it.. :(

Take care!
~Lily