Tuesday, August 16, 2016

CHINA - Chengjiang Fossil Site

"A hilly 512 ha site in Yunnan province, Chengjiang’s fossils present the most complete record of an early Cambrian marine community with exceptionally preserved biota, displaying the anatomy of hard and soft tissues in a very wide variety of organisms, invertebrate and vertebrate. They record the early establishment of a complex marine ecosystem. The site documents at least sixteen phyla and a variety of enigmatic groups as well as about 196 species, presenting exceptional testimony to the rapid diversification of life on Earth 530 million years ago, when almost all of today’s major animal groups emerged. It opens a palaeobiological window of great significance to scholarship." -

Thank you so much Luo Fei for increasing my UNESCO China collection!
I am so close on completing the 50 UNESCO Sites from your country!
I wish you happiness always as we are enjoying our hobby! ^-^

Monday, August 15, 2016

SOUTH AFRICA - Vredefort Dome

"Vredefort Dome, approximately 120 km south-west of Johannesburg, is a representative part of a larger meteorite impact structure, or astrobleme. Dating back 2,023 million years, it is the oldest astrobleme yet found on Earth. With a radius of 190 km, it is also the largest and the most deeply eroded. Vredefort Dome bears witness to the world’s greatest known single energy release event, which had devastating global effects including, according to some scientists, major evolutionary changes. It provides critical evidence of the Earth’s geological history and is crucial to understanding of the evolution of the planet. Despite the importance of impact sites to the planet’s history, geological activity on the Earth’s surface has led to the disappearance of evidence from most of them, and Vredefort is the only example to provide a full geological profile of an astrobleme below the crater floor." -

Hi Retha! Thank you so much for this really wonderful card!
I so much appreciate the love and effort on the art work you added on it!
I really need this today to brighten up my gloomy day.
I wish you a great great day too! ^-^

Sunday, July 31, 2016

SAINT LUCIA - Pitons Management Area

"The 2,909-ha site near the town of Soufriere includes the Pitons, two volcanic spires rising side by side from the sea (770 m and 743 m high respectively), linked by the Piton Mitan ridge. The volcanic complex includes a geothermal field with sulphurous fumeroles and hot springs. Coral reefs cover almost 60% of the site’s marine area. A survey has revealed 168 species of finfish, 60 species of cnidaria, including corals, eight molluscs, 14 sponges, 11 echinoderms, 15 arthropods and eight annelid worms. The dominant terrestrial vegetation is tropical moist forest grading to subtropical wet forest, with small areas of dry forest and wet elfin woodland on the summits. At least 148 plant species have been recorded on Gros Piton, 97 on Petit Piton and the intervening ridge, among them eight rare tree species. The Gros Piton is home to some 27 bird species (five of them endemic), three indigenous rodents, one opossum, three bats, eight reptiles and three amphibians." -

Postcard 1

Another great postcard with great stamps from Jean Pierre! ^-^
Thank you so much Jean Pierrre for making my collection grow!
Maraming maraming salamat!

Postcard 2

And you are back to St. Lucia after a year, Jean Pierre!
Look at the card you sent me last year...
Thank you so much for all these wonderful postcards!
I get to see great places I wish to go to someday... :)

BARBADOS - Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison

"Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison, an outstanding example of British colonial architecture consisting of a well-preserved old town built in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, which testifies to the spread of Great Britain's Atlantic colonial empire. The property also includes a nearby military garrison which consists of numerous historic buildings. With its serpentine urban lay-out the property testifies to a different approach to colonial town-planning compared to the Spanish and Dutch colonial cities of the region which were built along a grid plan" -

Postcard 1

Center of Bridgetown

Thank you so much Sanjeev for my very first card of Barbados!
I am so happy to have this!

Postcard 2

Beautiful Barbados, indeed!
I'm sure you had a great time there, Jean Pierre!
Thank you so much for sharing with me a glimpse of your trip there!
And look at the stamp!
One of my favorite fruits! Avocado!
Avocados are also plenty here in the Philippines...

Thursday, July 14, 2016

SENEGAL - Island of Gorée

"The island of Gorée lies off the coast of Senegal, opposite Dakar. From the 15th to the 19th century, it was the largest slave-trading centre on the African coast. Ruled in succession by the Portuguese, Dutch, English and French, its architecture is characterized by the contrast between the grim slave-quarters and the elegant houses of the slave traders. Today it continues to serve as a reminder of human exploitation and as a sanctuary for reconciliation." -

Another beautiful wok of art, with an issued stamp from France.
Thank you so much Jean Pierre for helping me discover so many things!

YEMEN - Old City of Sana'a

"Situated in a mountain valley at an altitude of 2,200 m, Sana’a has been inhabited for more than 2,500 years. In the 7th and 8th centuries the city became a major centre for the propagation of Islam. This religious and political heritage can be seen in the 103 mosques, 14 hammams and over 6,000 houses, all built before the 11th century. Sana’a’s many-storeyed tower-houses built of rammed earth (pisé) add to the beauty of the site." -

Postcard 1

My first UNESCO postcard of Yemen! So happy!
Thank you so much Jean Pierre of France for your unending help
 in growing my UNESCO postcards collection!
I wish to receive a written and stamped postcard from Yemen one day! ^-^

Postcard 2

Wonderful work of art turned into postcard, now with matching stamp!
Thank you so much Jean Pierre for this great piece of art!

YEMEN - Old Walled City of Shibam

"Surrounded by a fortified wall, the 16th-century city of Shibam is one of the oldest and best examples of urban planning based on the principle of vertical construction. Its impressive tower-like structures rise out of the cliff and have given the city the nickname of ‘the Manhattan of the desert’." -

Another interesting postcard with matching stamp issued in France!
Happy to have this in my collection!
Thank you so much, Jean Pierre!