Sunday, December 31, 2006

last day..

it is the last day of the year but it seems not quite the last of xmas trees and celebrations.. so here is one more for this year. This is located at the new extension of jumbo. it is much prettier than the main one near the santa cottage. Or do they look alike?
This shot is contributed by my sis. Tat is something different for the year end. ;-)

Fireworks have already started here at 6pm but I've been having a hard time getting a good shot. Hope I get one before the year is done.. ;-) HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!

Saturday, December 30, 2006

water tower

water tower in Hiekkaharju.

Friday, December 29, 2006

green marbles

Indoors today, munching some sweet jellies. "Green Marbles" = "Vihreitä Kuulia". Another yummy goodie from Fazer. here are fazer chocs

Thursday, December 28, 2006

jus a birdie..

sitting on a rusty pipe near the carpark...

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Merry Xmas Poinsettia

Left over from a wrapping paper. It was a pretty gold paper so decided to do some origami with it.
poinsettia: folding instrutions
P.S. Happy Birthday to my dearest sis today ;-)

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

lights up...

Here's a gift my sis brought over from Singapore. Been at home the past couple of days. Everything's closed here.. Tomorrow shops open and the post christmas sales start...
And maybe more outdoor shots... probably not of the dark snowless christmas we have had.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Ho ho ho

Tis the day to be merry. I opened most of my gifts at 6pm yesterday. The Finns open their gifts on xmas eve... not on xmas morning as most around the world do i suppose.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

christmas greetings

Merry Christmas to everyone!!!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

who goes there...?

Tat's my sis! She's always walkinh ahead of my mum and me to get out of the cold as soon as possible. ;-) This was at about 4pm.

Friday, December 22, 2006


Not a real one yet not with the teeny bit of snowfall we have had. This cute little one was a gift from my bro and sis-in-law last christmas. His head opens so that you can stuff in some candies in his hollow body.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

advent calendar

Here's the advent calendar before it is opened for each day. Kids usually like these chocolate advent calendars and they love to eagerly count down the nites to xmas.
Some calendars come with small gifts, some without chocolates and some are themed (e.g. disney calendars)
Most kids tend to have more than one calendar...

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

advent candle

To count the days to xmas, here's the advent candle. I light it everyday and put it out at the right position. Not many more days left for xmas. ;-) 20th has yet to be lit.
There's also the chocolate advent calender for kids and those young at heart.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006


Finally it snowed today. We already had a bowling day planned so we were there in Myyrmäki Bowling and Minigolf Centre.

Monday, December 18, 2006

entire xmas from one door...

Koko Joulu Yhdeltä Ovelta = Entire Xmas from One Door is the catch phrase for City Market stores. The phrase is seen in the banners and this gift wrapping counter is right outside the store. I've never used their services as I usually like to wrap the gifts up myself.
Today was a Jumbo shoppin day with my mum and sis. ;-) Took this shot while resting my feet at the jumbo falls.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

jus the sky...

The sky was a pretty sight today at 1530. Got a couple of shots but still caouldn't manage to capture it as the way i saw it. This is seen from my balcony. The temperature hovers jus below the zero the couple of days. Frosty but snow not in sight yet.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

more candles

Here is another popular christmas custom in Finland. You can see various versions of these electric candle stand, from 2 to 5 to 7 candles. How do people prepare for xmas in your city? Any traditions and customs unique to your city?

Friday, December 15, 2006

Joulutähti, Poinsettia

Joulu-tähti = christmas star is the name for poinsettia in finnish. This is the real plant and is a very popular addition to the christmas season here.

white poinsettia?

Thursday, December 14, 2006

holidays start

I was at the Helsinki-Vantaa airport early this morning. My mum and sis are visiting from Singapore. :D Today was also the last day of my exams. My holidays have begun... Yippee!!!
The above is the arrival hall shot before their arrrival. No time to take other shots after tat. ;-)

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

brightest tree

I suppose this must be the brightest tree in Tikkurila. Magnificent!
another look here

Tuesday, December 12, 2006


Taken this morning on my way to school (about 9am). Some of the households still had their christmas lights on. The lighting on the right are decorative lights adorning the trees. Such sights are common here. And it is welcoming to see these lights adorn the dark day.

Monday, December 11, 2006

ikea tree

Huge tree outise ikea, vantaa.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

White Christmas

White Christmas theme at Plantagen. Plantagen is the place to go for all your gardening needs. I was there today looking for a tall green potted plant and poinsettia. Got myself the traditional red poinsettia. White ones are featured in this shot. Really hoping for a white christmas...

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Xmas at Toys R Us

That's Geoffery wishing everyone Hyvää Joulua!(Merry Christmas) Hope i got his name right. This new Toys R Us branch in Vantaa opened only last month. It is the second one in Finland. There are two other branches. (one jus recently opened on dec 1)

Friday, December 08, 2006

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Ice Sculpture

This is really beautiful and well crafted so I hope you won't mind that this isn't in Vantaa. It was taken near Kamppi Shopping Mall in Helsinki today. The artist was still in the process of sculpting it.
It was refreshing to see some light and something different then the gloomy dark days. It looks like a red indian chief. What do you think?

Close up

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Finland's Independence Day

Today is Finland's 89th independence day. It has become a tradition n Finland to have these Independence Day Candles.
Learn more about Finland's declaration of Independence here

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Christmas cottage

Christmas cottage in Jumbo where Santa makes an appearance.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Jumbo tree

Outdoors are dark and gloomy. Raining the whole day today. Where is the snow?? :( More cheery to be indoors with bright lights and xmas carols.

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Sunday, December 03, 2006

Mail to Santa Claus

This is the mailbox of Santa Claus who lives in Korvatunturi.
Mailbox is found in Jumbo, Santa Claus(Joulupukki) makes an appearance in Jumbo every Sunday.

The name Korvatunturi literally means "Ear Fell". Finnish kids are told that from this Ear Fell Santa Claus can hear what all the children are saying so he can find out if the children behave and obey their parents (and therefore may receive gifts next Christmas).

Have you sent in your christmas wishes to Santa Claus?

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Bits and Pieces still on...

Yesterday was the last day but thought i'll extended till this weekend. Still have a couple more days. Then ANSWERS on MONDAY!

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Friday, December 01, 2006

DP Theme Day:A Photograph from the Waist Down

This is not what i planned to post. I planned to get Santa Claus in line with my theme Something Finnish but i didn't get a chance to visit him in Jumbo last Sunday. :( So here's an Indonesian dancer, from a painting I got from my Bintan visit.

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