Monday, April 14, 2014

April GIVEAWAY #2 • Playing Cards + Last Week's Winner

Hello my friends!   This is monday's giveaway... But first, let's announce last week winner. 

Just 12 people entered the contest by commenting in the Facebook's picture.  The winner is Rany Puspitawati from Indonesia. Congratulations!  Rany won a playing cards deck + an Altos de Chavon's postcard. 

For this week, as I already said, prize will be the same: Playing Cards Deck + a very beautiful postcard of a Dominican beach where I'm having some vacations day right now...


HOW TO ENTER:

Just COMMENT on THIS post, Where is the most beautiful beach you've ever visited? Do you remember its name? 

****BE SURE your Blogspot profile has a contact info or if you comment Anonymous leave an functional email or link to your facebook along with your answer so I can contact you if you're the winner****

Drawing will be closed on Sunday, April 20 at 11:00pm AST. Winner will be selected using random.org and announced on the next week along with the next giveaway! 


¡BUENA SUERTE! 

Monday, April 7, 2014

April GIVEAWAY #1 • Playing Cards + March Giveaway #4 winner

March Giveaway #4 WINNER
Yes, I've been and I'm very busy, but I keep the giveaways running (there's nothing to stop it!). So, as I mentioned the last week, all the giveaways during april's month will have the same prize: a playing cards deck picturing a map of the Wonderland aka Dominican Republic. 

But before I tell you how to enter April Giveaway #1, I must announce the winner of the last giveaway. 

I asked What's your favorite cards game? I loved your answers, I also love UNO and Solitaire, but they were also some games I didn't know about so I google a lil bit and I'll probably play them sometime soon. 

They were 27 comments. Random.org gave me #27, that's exactly the last comment made on time by Heli. 




Congratulations Heli!!!


APRIL GIVEAWAY #1 • Playing cards deck + Altos de Chavón's postcard. 

As already mentioned, this week postcard will be same as last week.

To participate you must comment in the Facebook Page, answering the question asked there. Like our Fan page and Answer the question, That's it! CLICK HERE to take you there.

Contest will be closed on Friday, April 11 at 10:00pm AST. 


GOOD LUCK!!  







Monday, March 31, 2014

March GIVEAWAY #4 • Playing Cards + Giveaway #3 winner

GIVEAWAY #3 WINNER

It's smonday again! So, it's time for the weekly giveaway, but first, let's announce the winner of postcard #3. Last week, I asked you to answer: 

What does the Dominican Republic Celebrates on March 30?

As I said, you didn't have to give the correct answer, but comment anything to participate, just that. 

We became free on February 27, 1844, that's our Independen Day. We became free after being slaves of the haitians for about 21 years. However after the Independence, haitians kept trying to slave us, so we kept fighting several battles to consolidate our Independence. The first battle was held on March 19, 1844 in Azua Province where about 2,000 dominicans won against 10,000 haitians. The second battle was on March 30 in Santiago De Los Caballeros Province, where an unknown number of dominicans (presumably 400) won againts an unknown numbers of haitians (presumably 2000).  

Every year we celebrate the courage of the dominicans citizens and soldiers who fought all the way to make us complete free to the date. 

Lot of people answered that, others answered it was the Independence Day and others didn't answered at all, but EVERY COMMENT right or wrong was available to participate. So, I went to random.org and from 25 comments, it gaves me #18, who is the comment of Katie:




Katie won a beautiful map shaped key chain + a National Palace Postcard. 

¡Congratulations Katie! 






GIVEAWAY #4 • Playing Cards Deck + Altos De Chavón Postcard

For this week and all April's week, the prize will be a Playing Cards Deck + Altos De Chavón aerial view postcard.

HOW TO ENTER:

There are several types of cards games such as solitaire, blackjack, pocker, spades and so many others... 

Just COMMENT on THIS post, What's your favorite type of card games? 

****BE SURE your Blogspot profile has a contact info or if you comment Anonymous leave an functional email or link to your facebook along with your answer so I can contact you if you're the winner****

Drawing will be closed on Friday, April 04 at 10:00pm AST. Winner will be selected using random.org and announced on the next week along with the next giveaway.


Good luck! 





Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Postcard #21 • Baile Calavera

(MEXICO)- From the Maya & Aztec, throught gastronomy to religious celebrations, there is no doubt that Mexico has the richest and varied culture throughtout The Americas. The Mexican culture fascinates me, that's why this postcard has become my favorite one. It was sent by Lando, from Distrito Federal, Mexico, and it shows these beautiful and colorful mexicans crafts representing "La Calavera Catrina" (dapper skeleton). They come from an original draw named "La Catrina o Calavera Garbancera" by Jose Guadalupe Posada, which later became popular thanks to the paint "Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central" (Dream of a Sunday Afternoon at Alameda Park) by Diego Rivera. The Catrinas are an important symbol in Mexico's Day of the Dead holiday along with the Santa Muerte (Lady of the Holy Death). The postcard is postmarked and has three stamps, one of them commemorating the mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead. 

(MÉXICO)- Desde la cultura Maya y Azteca, pasando por la gastronomía, hasta las celebraciones religiosas, sin duda alguna, México tiene la cultura más rica y variada en todo el Continente Americano. La cultura mexicana me tiene fascinada, por eso, ésta postal se ha convertido en mi favorita. Me la envió Lando, desde el Distrito Federal, México y muestra estas bellas y coloridas artesanías mexicanas que representan la Calavera Catrina. La misma proviene de un dibujo original de José Guadalupe Posada llamado "La Catrina o Calavera Garbancera", que luego se popularizó gracias a la pintura "Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central" de Diego Rivera. Las Catrinas (como se le llama a la artesanía), son en México un símbolo importante del día de los muertos, junto a la Santa Muerte. La postal tiene matasellos y tres estampillas, una de ellas conmemorativa de tradiciones mexicanas, Día de los Muertos. 



Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Postcard #20 • Magens Bay Beach

(US VIRGIN ISLANDS)- Magens Bay Beach in St. Thomas, US Virgin Island, is the most famous and most visited beach in St. Thomas. Magens Bay has the magical white sand and clear water, along with a radiant blue sky and a shiny sun, very typical paradisiac scenario of Caribbean beaches. Postcard is postmarked and stamped with United States of America stamps. US Virgin Islands does not issued their own postal stamps. 

(ISLAS VÍRGENES DE EEUU- La playa de la Bahía de Mangen en San Tómas, Islas Vírgenes de EEUU, es la playa más famosa y más visitada de San Tomás. La Bahía de Mangen tiene esa mágica arena blanca y agua cristalina, junto a un cielo azul radiante y un sol brillante, típico escenario de las playas caribeñas. La postal tiene matasellos y estampillas de los Estados Unidos. Las Íslas Vírgenes de Estados Unidos no emiten sus propias estampillas. 




Monday, March 24, 2014

March GIVEAWAY #3 • Keychain + Giveaway #2 Winner


GIVEAWAY #2 WINNER

It's monday again and the right time to announce the Week 3 Giveaway, but first, let's announce the Giveaway #2 Winner. 

14 people commented on the Facebook Post, answering the question I asked for. Thank you very much!  Winner is Laura Daniela Sciarra. Winner was selected using random.org 

Laura won a small wooden craft figure, handmade by dominicans at the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo.

She will receive this enveloped along with a beautiful multiview postcard. 

Congratulations!






GIVEAWAY #3 • KEYCHAIN + NATIONAL PALACE POSTCARD

For this week, the prize of this giveaway will be a light wooden map shape keychain, perfect for singles keys or just one heavy key. 




HOW TO ENTER: 


- Leave a comment in THIS BLOG POST, right below answering this:

What does the Dominican Republic Celebrates on March 30? 

You don't need to have a correct answer to win the contest, the sole commenting makes you enter the drawing, but a little bit of research and/or reading would be great! 

****BE SURE your Blogspot profile has a contact info or leave an functional email along with your answer so I can contact you if you're the winner****

Drawing will be closed on Friday, march 28 at 10:00pm AST. Winner will be selected using random.org and announced on the next week along with the next giveaway.


Good luck! 











Thursday, March 20, 2014

Postcards #19 • USSR Postcards

(UKRAINE)- One of the best envelops I've received was sent by Darya from Ukraine. Just few days ago we agreed to swap some postcards. She had to send me four postcards related to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). To my surprise Dasha not only sent four, but seven wonderful postcards not only related to the USSR, but also originally printed at the time. Pure treasures. More than greatful! 

(UCRANIA)- Uno de los mejores sobres que he recibo, fue el enviado por Darya desde Ucrania. Hace apenas unos días acordé un intercambio en el cual ella me enviaría cuatro postales relativas a la Unión de Repúblicas Socialistas Soviéticas (URSS). Para mi sorpresa, Dasha no me envió cuatro, sino siete maravillosas postales, que no solo son de la URSS, sino que también son originalmente impresas en la época. Puros tesoros, ¡más que agradecida! 









Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Postcard #18 • Yugoslavia Map

(SERBIA)- For some unknow reason, I'm fascinated about the history of Yugoslavia and all the nations that once formed that union. The true is that, receiving this colorfull map of Yugoslavia brings me lot of feelings. This map shows the geographic territory of Yugoslavia and the nowdays division and the Yugoslavia Flag that somehow is still being sort of the same (lightly modified) for the Ex-Yugoslavia countries. Yugoslavia was an european Federate State formed by Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia and Montenegro; after different kinds of conflicts in 1980, Yugoslavia broke up took place country by country in1991. In year 2006, Montenegro separated from Serbia; they were the last two Yugoslavian countries that remained together until that year. Kosovo is also an indepent autonomous country nowdays, but holding some conflicts since just 103 United Nations states members have recognized then as independent. The postcard is postmarked and it has two Serbian stamps. Thanks to Ana from Serbia and Dasha from Ukraine for sending this postcard to me! 

(SERBIA)- Por alguna razón que desconozco, siento fascinación por la historia de Yugoslavia y las actuales naciones que alguna vez conformaron esa unión. Lo cierto es que, recibir este colorido mapa de Yugoslavia me trae muchas emociones. Este mapa muestra el espacio territorial de Yugoslavia y la división actual, así como la que fue su bandera y que de alguna manera se ha mantenido (modificada) como la bandera los países ex-yugoslavos. Yugoslavia fue un Estado Federado europeo conformado por Serbia, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Croacia, Macedonia, Eslovenia y Montenegro; luego de diferentes conflictos en 1980, la ruptura de Yugoslavia se fue llevando a cabo poco a poco en 1991. En el año 2006 Montenegro se separó de Serbia; eran los últimos dos países Yugoslavos que permanecían unidos. Kosovo también es un Estado autónomo, aunque parcialmente reconocido por otros estados del mundo. La postal tiene matasellos y dos estampillas de Serbia. ¡Muchas gracias a Ana de Serbia y Dasha de Ucrania por enviarme esta postal!





Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Postcard #17 • Pitcairn Island

(PITCAIRN ISLAND)- The Pitcairn Island is a volcanic island located in the Pacific. It's one of the most remote inhabited places in the world, the last overseas territory of the United Kingdom. There are just about 59 people living in the island, so you can imagine how hard is to get a postcard from that place; but actually the major source of revenue of Pitcairn people comes from the sales of postage and coins to collectors from all over the world. Thanks to postcrosser Tommy, who surprised me by getting this postcard sent to me from Pitcairn Island. The postcard is postmarked and has two stamps showing a beautiful sunset. It just travelled 26 days from Pitcairn Island to Santo Domingo. 

(ISLA PITCAIRN)- La Isla Pitcairn es una isla de origen volcánico, ubicada en el Pacífico. Se trata de uno de los lugares habitados más remotos del planeta, el último territorio de ultramar del Reino Unido.  Hay solo cerca de 59 personas viviendo en la isla Ya se imaginan qué difícil es conseguir una postal de ese lugar, pero lo cierto es que la mayor fuente de ingreso de la gente de Pircairn proviene de la venta de sellos postales y monedas a coleccionistas de todo el mundo.  Muchas gracias al postcrosser Tommy, quien me sorprendió al conseguir que me enviaran esta postal desde las Islas Pitcairn. La postal tiene matasellos y dos estampillas mostrando un hermoso atardecer. El viaje duró 26 días desde Isla Pitcairn hasta Santo Domingo. 



Monday, March 17, 2014

March GIVEAWAY #2 • Craft figure


As I said the last week, there will be weekly giveaway... This time the prize is a handmade typical woodcraft figure I got yesterday at a gift shop in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo. This craft piece is made to resemble the taino art. The Tainos were the native aboriginal indians that lived in La Hispaniola Island. They were all extinguished over the years after the America’s discovery, when the Spanish people took over our island at the end of the 15th Century.

How to enter:
  1. Why is my island called "La Hispaniola"? Click HERE to answer that question in the Facebook Page so you enter the drawing.  That's all! 
  2. DON'T FORGET To like the Facebook Page :) 

Notes: 
  • Just 1 (ONE) winner will be selected using random.org 
  • Comments in this blog won't be valid. Just the comments in the mentioned FB post question will be valid. 
  • There is a right question, but if you answer it wrong, you will have the chance to win anyways. (But try some reading!).
  • Drawing will be closed Friday 21 at 10:00pm AST. 
  • Winner will be announced on the blog and contacted throu private message. 
  • Craft will be send enveloped along with the postcard. 


¡Good luck! 








Postcard #16 • The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

(BRUNEI)- The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque is an Islamic mosque located in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of the Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam. Considered as one of the most beautiful mosques in the Asia Pacific, it is a place of worship for the Muslim community, a major landmark and a tourist attraction of Brunei. As you can see and as Ara says, the dome of this mosque is made of pure gold!!! It never ceases to amaze me how some Arabs countries tend to build, where luxury, grandeur and opulence seems to be a must be. Postcard is postmarked and has two stamps, with, of course, the sultan. 

(BRUNÉI)- La Mezquita del Sultán Omar Ali Saifuddien es una mezquita islámica ubicada en Bandar Seri Begawan, la capital del Sultanato de Brunéi Darussalam. Considerada como una de las mezquitas más bellas en la región de Ásia Pacífico, es un lugar de culto para la comunidad musulmana, y un importante punto de referencia y atractivo turístico de Brunéi. Como pueden ver y como dice Ara, la cúpula de la mezquita ¡está hecha de oro puro! Nunca deja de sorprenderme la manera en que algunos países Árabes tienden a construir, donde el lujo, la majestuosidad y la opulencia parecen ser obligatorios. La postal tiene matasellos y dos estampillas, que por supuesto, muestran al sultán. 





Saturday, March 15, 2014

Winners (Magnet map Giveaway)


31 participants joined the giveaway, thank you very much!  2 lucky winners were selected. Congratulations Bilal and Anaganhan's Postcards and stamps. I'll be mailing the rubber magnet map + map postcard as soon as I get their address. I still need to get in contact with Bilal, since his profile doesn't have the proper contact information.  

For the rest of participants: We'll be having WEEKLY give away, always announced EVERY MONDAY. Stay tunned! 


BLOG Winner






FACEBOOK Winner








Friday, March 14, 2014

Postcard #15 • Ghandruk Village at Pokhara, Nepal

(NEPAL)- Pokhara is the second most populous city in Nepal. There, hidden in the hills there is the Ghandruk Village, a town famous for its trekking facilities and the amazing view to the mountains Annapurna (the nepali part of the Himalaya) including the Machapuchare mount (the snowy peak in the right). This is a beautiful and relaxing landscape that makes me want to be right there. Postcard is slightly postmarked and has an upside down stamp. 

(NEPAL)- Pokhara es la segunda ciudad más habitada en Nepal. Allí, escondido entre las colinas está el pueblito de Ghandruk, famoso por sus instalaciones para practicar senderismo y por las impresionantes vistas las montañas Annapurna (la parte nepalí del Himalaya), incluyendo la vista al monte Machupuchare, (el pico cubierto de nieve a la derecha). Este es un hermoso y relajante paisaje que me hace querer estar justo allá. La postal tiene un matasellos ligeramente puesto y una estampillas al revés. 



Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Postcard #14 • Camel Caravan at Thar Desert

(INDIA)- All the postcards I've received throu postcrossing.com tent to be from the same countries, but I recently received an official postcard from India, that is in fact, the first postcard I receive from that amazing country. This one shows a camel caravan passing by the Thar Desert. This Desert is located between India and Pakistán. Camels are an integral part of this kind of enviroment. The beautiful postcard is postmarked and has 3 stamps: Children's day, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar and Polar Regions and Glaciers Conservacy.  You can also see the dominican postmarks for received mail. 

(INDIA)- Todas las postales que he recibido a través de postcrossing.com suelen ser desde los mismos países de siempre, pero recientemente recibí una postal oficial de la India, que es, de hecho, la primera postal que recibo de ese increíble país. Esta postal muestra una caravana de camelos pasando por el Desierto de Thar. Este desierto está localizado entre la India y Pakistán. Los camellos son parte esencial de este tipo de ambientes. La hermosa postal tiene matasellos y 3 estampillas: una del Día del Niño, otra del Dr. B.R. Ambedkar y la restante es sobre la conservación de las regiones y glaciares polares. También pueden apreciar los matasellos dominicanos para correspondencias recibidas. 




Monday, March 10, 2014

-CLOSED- Magnet Giveaway

I went to buy a magnet for a postcrosser from Turkey so I got some extras for my penpals and for this blog giveaway. I know I don't have a lot of followers in the blog since I started it recently, but I'm going to give away this beautiful rubber map magnet to one of the few readers. I will send it along with a handwritten map postcard in an envelope.

How to enter:
  1. Leave a comment saying what place, landmark or city do you like the most in the Dominican Republic or which one you would love to visit someday and why; OR
  2. Like the Facebook Page  and post your place, landmark or city there in our wall. 

-DRAWING IS CLOSED-




Sunday, March 9, 2014

Postcard #13 • Alger la Blanche

(ALGERIA)- Samir sent me this postard of Algiers, the capital of Algeria, a city with a rich architecture and structures with a neo musulmán styles. In the upper left is the Maqam Echahid or Martyrs' Memorial, a monument built to honor the heroes killed during the Algerians Independence War. Upper right is the Notre Dame d'Afrique catholic basilica. Bottom left is the UNESCO WHS Ketchaoua Mosque, and bottom right is the Port of Sidi Fredj. Postcard has one stamp showing a ceramic lamp and red postmark. 

(ARGELIA)- Samir me envió esta postla de Argel, la capital de Argelia, una ciudad rica en arquitectura y estructuras con estilos neomusulmán. En la esquina superior izquierda está el Maqan Echahid, un memorial en honor a los héroes que cayeron durante la lucha por la Independencia de Argelia. La esquina superior derecha es la Basílica de Notre Dame d'Afrique (Nuestra Señora de África). En la esquina inferior izquierda está la Mezquita Ketchaoua, Patrimonio de la Humanidad de la UNESCO; y en la esquina inferior derecha el Puerto de Sidi Fredj. La postal tiene una estampilla que muestra una lámpara de cerámica y matasellos en rojo.  




Saturday, March 8, 2014

My First Penpal Letter


Back in January I just decide to get a penpal, but instead of one, I ended up with three, all girls living in Europe. This is the first letter I received. It's from my penpal in Germany. I sent her the first letter when we agree to become penpals, and this is her reply. She tell me so many things about her, and wow, she's just impressive, I'm happy to be her penpal. Besides the letter, she attached a german teabag that I already drank (it was so soft and delicious), 1 euro coin (yes! now I can cover the expenses to reply her letter... j/k) and a photo of her and her boyfriend, when they were in Russia back in May 2013, enjoying a nice vacations. Now I have much to write about!  What should I attach for her in the letter?


En enero pasado decidí buscarme una amiga por correspondencia, pero en lugar de una, terminé teniendo tres, todas chicas que viven en Europa. Esta es la primera carta que recibí, es de mi penpal en Alemania. Yo le envié la primera carta cuando acordamos ser amigas por correspondencias y esta es su respuesta. Ella me dice tantas cosas sobre ella y wow, me impresiona; estoy muy feliz de su su amiga por correspondencia. Además de la carta, ella me envió una bolsita de té alemán (que ya me lo bebí y estaba delicioso), una moneda de 1 euro (fantástico, ahora podré cubrir los gastos de responderle esta carta -es broma-), y también incluyó una foto de ella y su novio, cuando estaban en Rusia en mayo del 2013, disfrutando de unas buenas vacaciones. Ahora tengo mucho que escribirle! ¿Qué debería ponerle en el sobre junto a su carta? 


Friday, March 7, 2014

Postcard #12 • Faroe Islands

(FAROE ISLANDS)-  Faroe Islands is an archipielago and autonomus country within the Kingdom of Denmark, located in between the Norwegian Sea and North Atlantic Ocean. The closest countries are Norway, Scotland and Iceland. There are just about 50,000 people living there, who speaks their own language, the Faroese. It is hard to find swappers/postcrossers from that far away country, but my friend Som, from India, who is a philatelic (stamps collector), he bought some stuff from Faroe Island Postal Service and also paid a postcard and asked them to send it to me and voilá. This postcard shows a rockhill within the shore. It is postmarked and has two beautiful and lovely stamps displaying silvester cats from Faroe Island... (Kitty lover here!).    Thank you very much Som! 


(ISLAS FEROE)- Las Islas Feroe (o Faroe), es un archipiélago y país autónomo dentro del Reino de Dinamarca, localizado entre el Mar de Noruega y el norte del Océano Atlántico. Los países más cercanos son Noruega, Escocia e Islandia. Hay alrededor de 50 mil personas viviendo allí, quienes hablan su propio idioma, el Feroés. Es difícil encontrar personas que intercambien postales desde ese país tan lejano, pero mi amigo Som, quien es de la India además de ser un filatélico (coleccionista de estampillas), compró algo al servicio Postal de Islas Feore y de paso compró una postal y les pidió que me la enviaran, y aquí está. La postal muestra una cima rocosa en la orilla del mar.  Tiene matasellos y dos hermosas y tiernas estampillas que muestran dos gatos silvestres de Islas Feroe (¡Amante de los gatos aquí!).  ¡Muchas gracias Som! 

PS: Yo ahí con una yagua = ¡Felicidad!




Monday, March 3, 2014

Postcard #11 • Klompen: Wooden Clogs

(THE NETHERLANDS)- It was a beautiful surprise to receive a colorful postcard from The Netherlands showing the typical wooden clogs of Holland named "komplen". Katka says that time ago this type of clogs were used by hardworking people and also farmers, but nowdays is only used by tourists (I guess while buying them)... Anyways, as Katka wrote, using wooden clogs would be definitely very uncomfortable.  Postcard is postmarked and has a stamp for international delivery. 

(PAÍSES BAJOS)- Fue una bonita sorpresa recibir una colorida postal desde los Países Bajos, mostrando los típicos suecos de madera de Holanda llamados "komplen". Katka dice que tiempo atrás estos suecos eran usados por los obreros y granjeros, pero que hoy en día solamente son usados por los turistas (supongo que mientras los compran)... De todas maneras, como dice Katka, usar estos zapatos sería demasiado incomodo. La postal tiene dos matasellos y estampilla para envíos internacionales. 







Friday, February 28, 2014

How to get a swap from me



Do you want to receive a postcard from my country, the amazing Dominican Republic?  

If you haven't swap with me in the past and you want to receive a postcard from the Dominican Republic I can swap with you Please notice this is only for people who have not swapped with me already. To receive a postcard you just need to follow these steps: 

• +1 and Follow the blog with your Google account in the right side by clicking "Join this site". (optional)

• Like us in Facebook. (optional)

• Send me ONE handwritten postcard (NO Enveloped) related to the country you're gonna send it. This mean that I'll really appreciate if the postcard you send shows a place, people, recipe or image of the country of the stamps you're using to send. Tell me about what’s shown in the postcard you're sending or about you or your country. Please write what you like about this blog. (Mandatory)

DON’T forget to include your address and e-mail in a readable typography and DON’T forget to mention the blog. So I can know where the swap comes from. I will send you back a handwritten and stamped postcard as soon as I get yours! My address: