Manila Sunset

Manila sunset is one of the famous view in the Philippines anyone could capture in a camera or video.  That’s my opinion and I am sure many would agree with me.

In the many times I’ve been in Manila including the almost one year stay in Pasay, I never had the chance to go to Roxas Boulevard to take a photo of that beautiful sunset. There are many shots of it across the world wide web so it is my long time wish that one day, I will have the chance to capture it.

The chance came – February 2, 2014.

It was not included in the list of things to do during our Postcrossing – Philippines meet-up, but when walked out of The Hub to the statue of Rizal, the sun rays was ablaze. It was so near us – it promises a wonderful view of sunset, so we decided to go to the bayside  to watch sun go down over Manila Bay. So, allow me to share some shots =)

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This was my first shot. I then knew that my phone cannot capture the beauty that my eyes have behold. But then anyways, I only have my phone to take pictures.

Enjoy more shots:

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Here I am trying to get a zoom photo. I can’t zoom more because the result would be a pixelated one.

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I have more in my file but let me just share these four.

I am glad we decided to watch the sun go down. Thanks to my companions: Sis Willa, Raine, and Joelle (new friend) — friends who just not love sunset but also postcards, stamps, and stickers. lol! Rence and Philip were with us in the meet-up but they got an appointment somewhere in Cubao so they missed the sunset that day.

Now I decided that my phone – Samsung Galaxy Win is just a fine phone. lol! I thought it is equivalent to a 3310 when it comes to modern era Samsung phones. ^&^

Trial Shots

I can now click again!

I got my new camera the other day. It was a 24 hours transaction with this guy – . I was so happy of the smooth and successful transaction.

After the battery was charge, i took out my unscanned postcrossing postcards and have a shoot at them. So here they are:


The Altai Mountains

Bad Marienberg, Westwerwald


Suspending Temple, Shanxi
P.R. China

St. Petersburg

San Prieto, Rome



More postcards later.

These postcards are all sent by postcrossers.

I so love Postcrossing

I guess i failed to post here the 9 cards i received two weeks ago. I just thought about it because i got 2 cards today.

How i wish i can show you all these 11 cards now. I still I will try to find means to borrow a scanner and have these cards scanned.

The 9 cards that i got hold of at the same day are from the following countries:

Siberia (Altai Mountains)

Finland (Soft House Tales)

Netherlands (Holland Images – Tulips)

Germany (Westerwald) — a direct swap

China (Suspending Temple, Xanxi)

Russia (St. Petersburg)

Italy (Rome)

Norway (Sognefjorden – west norway)

Netherlands (Landgraaf)

The cards i received today:

USA (Garden Grove, Orange County, California)

Russia (national greeting card)

Post Crossing Update: 7 Cards in 1 Day!

I was giddy with happiness yesterday afternoon when i got hold of the 7 cards.  It’s been 3 weeks since the last time i picked a mail and i was so surprised when the person at the counter (ate esther) handed me seven cards.  They are from the following countries:  China, USA, France, United Kingdom, Finland, Germany, and Austria.

Here are the cards and their respective notes:


Note:  Greetings from Austria!
Sender: Baikalsea



Greetings from China!   You’ve been to China?  Have you been to Shaoxing?  Shaoxing is in Zhejiang.  It’s a historical and cultural city.  There has beautiful scenery.  I am glad you understand chinese.  You must be able to understand the blessing I wrote to you in chinese:… ( i can’t read the characters but of course i can read pinyin)




Hello Arlene!  This postcard shows a part of the Castle of my small hometown Fontainebleau.  It is located about seventy kilometers from Paris.  The first references on the castle date back to the 12th century and all the great kings of France have lived here for eight centuries.

On the pond are living big old carps.  It is a nice place for walks in sunny days because the castle is sorrounding by gardens.  I live 5 minutes by foot from the castle.  Happy Postcrossing!

Sender:  Alexandra

(I really envy her.  Imagine living just 5 minutes away from the castle!!!  I guess that is so cool)




Hello Arlene!  Greetings from Harwich on the east cost of England.  The card shows some of the interesting buildings in the town.  Best regards.

Sender:  Audrey


suomi finlandNote:

Hi Arlene!  Sunny greetings from Helsinki, the beautiful seaside capital of Finland.  I can see views like these in my mother’s place in the central Finland and i’ll go there next month for two weeks.  I love to live in the city, but it’s always nice to visit the countryside.  Have a nice day!

Sender:  Jani




Hi Arlene!  You will be quite surprised to get a postcard from Germany.  I get your address from and thought it might be nice to someone in Tibanga.  Best wishes.





Greetings from Washington States.  I live in the Pacific Northwest near the beach and mountains.  Postcrossing is fun and a way to travel the world.  Best wishes.



Hopefully next week i can mail 6 cards.  🙂

I just heart postcrossing!

Post Crossings Update

Last Friday i received 3 cards.  One from Poland and one from Italy (a private exchange) and another one from Australia.  I love seeing my postcard collection growing.  I can’t believe that i can actively card exchange with anyone from around the world.

My collection started in 1995 and it was only between me and a girl in New York.  So i have tons of cards from New York.  She also sends me cards from her trips.  We actively exchange for 2 years and then it stopped.  Although our exchange stopped, I never stopped asking friends from other places to send me cards if they have time.  So discovering postcrossing the other year made me feel so lucky.  Unfortunately, i become a member of postcrossing but failed to send cards for a year.  It is just this year (3 months back) that i decided to be active again.

So far, i have received a total of 19 cards and the top sender countries are the following:

Germany – 4
Netherlands – 3
Finland – 2

I received a total of  21 cards and the top countries where i sent most of my cards are the following:

USA – 5
China – 4
Finland – 4
Germany – 3

I know more cards are coming.  And i know too that i need to scan some of the received cards to be placed in my wall.    Oh time time i just need time.

5 Cards at One Time!

I should have made this post last week yet because 5 cards arrived together last week.   This is my first time that the cards came in bunch.  They were from (1) Los Angeles, California (2) South China (3) Taiwan (4) Germany (5) Neitherlands

I haven’t scanned them all but the 2 of the 5 cards were already scanned and walled by the sender:

from germany april 27

This is from Torsten of Rostock, Germany.

A beautiful card of KHEB.

The note with it says:  Greetings from Germany!  I live in Rostick, a Mansealic on the Baltic Sea with 200,000 inhabitants.  City foundation was 1218.  To Berlin on the highway is only 2 hours.

los angeles april 27

This is the one from LA, California!

Carrick sent this with the note:  Hello Arlene!  Greetings from California!  I live near Los Angeles in the city of Irvine.  LA is known for its freeways and a lot of traffic.  The city is very spread out so almost everyone has their own car.

If i can take the time to scan the other 3 cards then i would share them with you later.

My postcrossings latest update is that I got 5 cards that is on travelling status. 3 of that is still to be mailed later in the afternoon. 1 card mailed to Germany expired after 98 days. I guess it was lost in the mailing highway.    So after this post, I am going to prepare  3  postcards to be mailed to Finland, USA, and Shanghai China.  Id like also to note that the recipients this time are all male. 🙂

Are you collecting post cards?  Do you like receiving postcards as well as sharing postcards to people around the world?  Then you better check out – you will indeed enjoy the sharing.