Sunday, August 30, 2015

Outgoing Mail Week #35

Instagram Swaps

GF for GF swap to Turkey
Bicycle maxicard to Netherlands, Strawberries to Japan and three others to Thailand

All 6 go to Memi in Thailand, a new swapper who found me a week or two ago and so far we've swapped over 10 postcards


Other Postcards

to Alex/Germany - a missing mail tag from my letter :)

Chain-card

I sent my very first chain card last week in a rush so I didn't have the time to scan the pretty cat card. The idea is to send it around to as many country as possible and collect stamps on the card - you send your cards and send forward all the cards you've received until you get your own card back. :) I didn't think I'd be able to join any as Finland has the problem that we only need one stamp to send out postcards and all the smaller stamps are either ugly (at least in my mind - 5, 10, 20 and 30 cent stamps aren't that great) or sold out ages ago (65-75 cent stamps, excluding our Christmas stamps for Christmas cards within Finland). BUT a Hong Kongese girl asked me to join her "cute stamps" chain card and I agreed that card travels: FI-HK-JP-IT-FI :)

And then on Sunday I got another request to join a chain card, this time from a Japanese woman I just swapped with. I agreed and this time the there is no theme, so whatever stamp is okay :) This card travels FI-JP-TW-PT-FI :)

Second chain card sent within a week :)

Take care!
~Lily

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Incoming Mail Week #35

Letters

Letter and postcard (2 tea bags missing as I already drank those! :S) from Germany

letter, postcard, stickers and a Paris postcard from Poland

Postcards from Penpals

from Lisa

from Emma

from Emma

from Emma

XL card from Belgium

Postcrossing

from Russia
postcard from Belarus

from Czech Republic

from Germany
James Bond Island, Phang Nga, Thailand
from Netherlands

from Germany

from UK

Instagram Swaps

from Netherlands

from England

from Thailand
"Loi Krathong is a festival celebrated annually throughout southwestern Tai cultures, (Thailand, Laos, Shan, Tanintharyi, Kelantan, Kedah and Xishuangbanna). The name could be translated as "to float a basket", and comes from the tradition of making krathong or buoyant, decorated baskets, which are then floated on a river. In 2015 it will be celebrated on 25 November; in 2016 on 15 November. In northern Thailand.
Loi Krathong coincides with the Lanna (northern Thai) festival known as Yi Peng
. Yi means "two" and peng means a "full moon day". Yi Peng refers to the full moon day in the second month according to the Lanna lunar calendar (the twelfth month according to the Thai lunar calendar). Swarms of Lanna-style sky lanterns are launched into the air where they resemble large shoals of giant fluorescent jellyfish gracefully floating through the sky."

from Thailand
"Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram is a Buddhist temple in the Dusit district of Bangkok, Thailand. Also known as the marble temple, it is one of Bangkok's most beautiful temples and a major tourist attraction. It typifies Bangkok's ornate style of high gables, stepped-out roofs and elaborate finials"

from Thailand
Wat Rong Khun/White Temple in Chiang Rai province in northern Thailand

from Thailand
Loy Krathong day in Sukhothai


from Thailand
"Phu Ruea National Park is a national park in Loei Province, Thailand. The park is centred on Phu Ruea mountain, a popular, scenic peak in the Phetchabun Mountains.
Phu Ruea National Park is located 60 kilometres (37 mi) west of Loei town in Phu Ruea district. The park's area is 121 square kilometres (47 sq mi)"

from Thailand
"A royal barge is a ceremonial barge that is used by a monarch for processions and transport on a body of water.
Royal barges are currently used in monarchies such as the United Kingdom, Sweden and Thailand.
Traditionally the use of royal barges was of high importance in southeast Asian monarchies such as Siam, Burma, Brunei, Riau and Cambodia."

from Thailand
"Hua Hin  is one of eight districts of Prachuap Khiri Khan Province in the northern part of the Malay Peninsula in Thailand. Its capital, also named Hua Hin, is a beach resort town. The district has a population of 84,883 in an area of 911 km². By road, it is 199 km south-southwest of Bangkok."

from Portugal

from Japan

from Australia

from Australia

Take care!
~Lily

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

School Started. (aka 50 shades of emotions within 10 hours)

I had my first actual class in 1,5 years (last year I stayed away from school, apart from maturity exam) thanks to internship and thesis writing.

I started a class with 10 contact hours a week.
Interesting subject BUT. I learned that we need to write another thesis-like paper.


Then I find out it has to be only ten (10) pages long.


My favourite teacher of these 4,5 years of UAS continues, after me introducing myself, that he has enjoyed my texts for a couple of years already and he's really looking forward to reading the texts I'll produce this year, after finishing my thesis and knowing how to write as our school requires over 5 pages long reports to be written. (Teacher isn't too bad looking or old)


But then learn that learning diary must be written 1-2 pages of EACH class we have - 3 per week meaning 3-6 pages of writing per week PLUS the assignment. And I sit on the front row and the teacher keeps staring at me in the eyes...


AND after going through course schedule (and realizing this is only ONE course out of 3, this ends in October and continues with a similar course/part 2 with the same teachers Oct-Dec) we have a workshop, go through 5 different passenger types (course is Airline Business, yes, it's in English) and teacher gets the idea that he wants to see us ACT what we have learned instead of showing a boring PowerPoint presentation.


After class is over I sweat like a pig, walk to my favourite hairdresser and give her free hands to do WHATEVER she wants, as the last time I cut my hair was in September or October 2014 and I had NO idea what I wanted, I just had to cut my hair.

Say hello to 12-14 year old Lily! (bangs and all). Even my mum laughed at me and she has been having a REALLY bad day since yesterday.


And then I get home and check Moodle and emails for another course that starts tomorrow..
And this is how the emotions change..


Lectures and home exam and all the papers and links to relevant pages:


Term paper and the 4 different subjects we can choose from:


Book summary, book to be accepted by teacher, 8-10 pages:


And last but not least, ANOTHER term paper:
"Write an essay about the hey attractors[sic?] of the destination and how it is managed and marketed (how, where) by the local/regional tourism destination organization" 10 pages + sources etc.

Don't forget the extra assignments during the courses!


This was supposed to be easy 4 months at school before graduation...
~Lily

EDIT: Forgot 2-3 exams (on the first class - 10 contact hours/week) where I have to score 80-100% in order to pass the course - otherwise I fail.

Monday, August 24, 2015

LALALAB (former Polagram)

Ever since Jutta wrote on her blog about Printic and how she ordered polaroid-like pictures with that app, straight from her phone, I got interested in that idea.

A little after that post I actually downloaded Polagram as I didn't immediately find Printic on my tablet (Chinese tablet with Google Play), checked what kind of pictures I could order but as my first order would have been over 40€ (I went a bit crazy with it..), I closed the app and later on, when my tablet was complaining of insufficient space, I deleted it.

Now that I am slowly running out of polaroid pictures I took in Kuala Lumpur and Phuket (and polaroids cost ~1€ per picture + my stash of polaroid films isn't THAT big) I chose to try out, especially since I found a 5€ voucher.

I ordered some pictures (60 or so) on Thursday, got a notification that those were sent on Friday and I received those today. Based on the postal marking, the prints came from Germany.

The pictures were in these pretty pink envelopes, which were inside a big, flat, cardboard envelope

20+ different prints and 2-4 copies of each, to be added to letters and such.
Size: 10x12cm
I was bummed when I realized that the print is glossy and hard to write on (and only now noticed that you can put a text on the white part while you're ordering), but those are of great quality anyways. You can also order prints of your Facebook or Instagram pictures! :)

The price per print is 0,39€ and postage is 1,99€ - cheaper than buying a Polaroid camera and film and you'll get good pictures for sure :)
Jutta said that Printic doesn't have postage fees and that the prints cost as much. Don't know which is better as both have apparently good quality products and at least LALALAB's app is super easy to use! :)

Take care!
~Lily

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Outgoing Mail Week #34

Almost no letters written this week (though I started many) :( I've felt really uninspired and unmotivated as I need to return to school next week and have these awful times:
Tuesdays 2pm-6pm
Wednesday 8.30am-11.30am
Thursday 8.30am-11.30am and 2pm-6pm.. :(

I only have 3 courses that I was told to take when they notified that I wouldn't be able to graduate, though I had all the required courses/credits and had finished my thesis and internship.. :( But yeah, Thursdays I spend almost 10 hours at school with 2h free between two classes.. :( Been stressing about that (plus the fact that I live 1h away from school so in the end Thursday will be around 12h long from ~7am to 7pm ;;__;;) Maybe I start writing more as I have skip hours on Thursday and I need to spend some extra time waiting for the bus or another drive home on Wednesdays or on Tuesdays before class.. :/

Postcrossing

2nd card to China (1st sent on April 16th)

2nd card to Indonesia (1st sent on May 4th)

2nd card to India (1st sent on May 16th)

to USA

to Germany
to Japan

to Australia

to Latvia
to Germany

to Belarus

to Lithuania

to Czech Republic

to Hong Kong
to Austria

to Finland

to Ukraine

to Switzerland

to Russia

to USA

IG swaps

Missing postcards that were sent in envelopes to Taiwan, Thailand, Finland, Poland and China :)

to China

to Thailand

to Singapore

to Thailand

to Thailand

to Thailand
LOADS of swaps to Thailand as I'm SO in love with the country and want some of the new stamps on some view cards I still don't have from there :)

to China and Thailand

to Australia and Thailand

to Australia

to China

to China

to China

to Hong Kong

to Thailand

to Thailand

to Thailand
Postcards to Penpals

to Lisa
as we met about 13 months ago in Helsinki I thought this would be a great card to send to hear to "commemorate" our first meeting after writing actively for 2 years :)
to Lisa

Letter

short letter and new Padington bear teas to Kitty/Germany

Take care!
~Lily