Thursday, November 30, 2006

Something Finnish 6: light up

Here's a candle holder which was a gift from hmmm.. can't seem to remember who. :(
The roots of Iittala date back to 1881 when a glass factory was established in a small village by the name of Iittala in southern Finland.

Iittala’s breakthrough occurred in the early years of modernism and functionalism in the 1920s and 30s. It was among the first companies to make the transition from creating decorative settings and dinner sets to progressive Scandinavian design. Iittala’s designers included the modernist trailblazers, Kaj Franck, Alvar Aalto and his wife Aino.

Sad to say, the response has been quite lukewarm for the bits and pieces quiz. Is it hard, uninteresting or no time? Your feedback is apprecitated. Thank you!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Something Finnish 5:comfy

Finlayson has a rich heritage of manufacturing quality textiles since 1820. Even today, Finlayson Oy textiles and Familon bed concepts add a touch of luxury to private homes and public premises.
First Finlayson factory located in Tampere, check the photo in my summer finland blog.

Play and Win Bits and Pieces Quiz.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Something Finnish 4: yummy

One of my favorite Finnish chocolate is Fazer's dark chocolate with 70% cocoa. Oy Karl Fazer Ab is a family business founded by Karl Fazer in 1891. The French-Russian café has grown into an international group of companies.

Wanna receive something finnish, guess some photos and win

Monday, November 27, 2006

Something Finnish 3: somewhere to travel

Play and Win Bits and Pieces Quiz.

This is the electronic travel card for travel on buses, trains, metros and trams. It is a fixed price and is not dependent on the distance travelled. The fare is 1.80€ per trip for travel within Helsinki and Espoo. It is 2.07€ in Vantaa. When travelling from one region to another(regional fare), e.g. Vantaa to Helsinki, it is a fixed price of 3.10€ per trip.
The above are adult prices and monthly fare uploads are possible on the cards as well. For example, a month's internal fare is around 40€ and for regional is 79€.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Something Finnish 2: something pretty

Marimekko Corporation is a leading Finnish textile and clothing design company that was established in 1951. The company designs, manufactures and markets high-quality clothing, interior decoration textiles, bags and other accessories under the Marimekko brand, both in Finland and abroad. Official Homepage

The one above is a sling bag. Is this brand available in your cities?
Remember to stop by and play Bits and Pieces Quiz.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Something Finnish 1: something fishy

This item kinda looked rather fishy, the first time i saw it. In all my years living in this world (which is more than 2 decades), I've never come across a can opener like this. It seems it is a finnish design. It might be small but it works as efficiently as the other convenential can openers.
Play my Bits and Pieces Quiz, and win yourself something finnish but not maybe not this 'fishy' item. ;-)

Friday, November 24, 2006

Bits and Pieces Quiz 1

Vantaa Daily Photo's first ever quiz with 'prizes'. The prizes will be postcards and a grand prize, 'something finnish'.

Here are the rules: Simply guess the photos(the blog posts) the tiny cropped up pieces belong to. When giving the answer, give the title and date of the blog corresponding to the correct Piece number. Please give all the answers in one post. No multiple enteries, have to be fair for everyone. Closing date of the quiz is Dec 1st, Friday.

Winners: You'll receive a postcard from me as long as you get FOUR of them right. . And if you manage to get all SIX correct, you receive more than a postcard. IT's a surprise! ;-)

Main idea is to have fun playing the matching game. In the event, that no one is able to get four right, I'll just have a top 5. So make your guesses even if it happens to be only one.

ANSWERS to be revealed on 2nd December. Happy guessing! Hope you have some fun with it.








Thursday, November 23, 2006

City of your Dreams?

UNELMIESI KAUPUNKI? - City of your dreams. The polar bear is inviting you to his 'city of dreams.' Freezing cold. ' The latest ad is for the Finnish paper Helsingin Sanomat. I think the polar bear ad was for cough drops.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006


Isn't his jus cute and lovely. Just had to take a picture of it cos it is attractive. Is there red bull in your city? I just know that it is an energy drink. where is it from?

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Untitled sculpture

No, it is not snowing again. This was taken last week when it snowed. There wasn't any name to this sculpture. Anyone can suggest a name while i try to find more details about it... This is found near Vantaa City Hall in Tikkurila.

Monday, November 20, 2006


Have been seeing this bird quite often outside my window. Anyone knows the name of it.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Singing Magician

Here's the magician from the precvious post. He's singing and dancing with a bunny and a lion i think.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Magician is in

Taken this afternoon at Myyrmanni Shopping Centre Xmas light up has started and this magician besides performing magic tricks was also singing for the crowd.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Recycle 5

This is the last in the series of recycling photos for now. ;-) This clothes recycling bin found next to the glass recycling bins. People are advised to pack the clothes properly in plastic bags before depositing them here. VAATE-KERÄYS = CLOTH COLLECTION

Vandals have hit this as well. 'Moi' is a finnish greeting for Hi.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Recycle 4

This glass recycling bins are found near the Martinlaaskso bus station. The one with the green label is for coloured glass and the other is for transparent ones. Usually there are cash refunds for beer bottles but not for other liqour bottles.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Recycle 3

This is found on the door. The names on the coloured background are in Finnish. The Mixed Waste is collected on Tuesdays and Fridays. Biowaste is on Mondays, Household paper on Thursdays and Mixed fibre packaging is also on Thursdays. Besides these bins, there are other kinds of recycling.
No place for glass and cans in this place. They are found elsewhere in the open.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Recycle 2

The green one's for newspaper and magazines. The other's for cardboard. Besides the three already managed, there are grey ones for general rubbish. Why i mention the colours. Find out tomorrow.

Recycling seems to be the way of life in most parts of Europe. Sad to say, my home country has a lot more to do in recycling.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Recycle 1

The 'shed' in the previous post is the place to dump rubbish and also for recycling. Got this idea to do a series on the many ways people in Finland recycle from keropokman's blog. The bins are colour coded for different types of rubbish. This one's for bio-degradable stuff. It's mainly for left-overs and the phrase 'Takaisin luontoon' means 'Back to nature.'
How active is recycling in your cities?

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Important 'Shed'

This building is needed in every housing estate. It is an important structure and apartments would start to smell if this is missing. More on it tomorrow.

Saturday, November 11, 2006


Found this 'birdhouse' on a tree near my place. Not sure who put it there or for what.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Train doorway

This was one of my options for the doorway theme day. The dog sign means that dogs are allowed in this carriage. The sign beside the No Smoking sign means that tickets are not sold in this carriage. Most of the train travel is done by travel cards but there is still a conductor who sells tickets in certain carriages.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Just a wall or more?

This was posted before. Anyone remember what it was about? Answer tomorrow.

Answer here It was a street art and just last week it was no more.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Moon in morning

This was taken this morning at 8. The sun was shining behind as I took a shot of the moon. Here's another view.
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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

100th Post: Apple tree again

This is my 100th post. Never thought I'll survive this long. It has been great doing Vantaa DP and it is especially made more meaningful and interesting due to the support from the DP family. :-)

Why the apple tree cos my first post was on apples. Thought I go back to the beginning, the apple tree that started it all. The same apple tree now in winter.

Here's how I got to join the DP trail. I followed a link from the google group page to a new site I Dressed Myself. From this page, I linked to Tanty's Stavanger Daily Photo. Her DP was interesting and informative. At that time the only Finnish site was Oulu. So I decided to try my hand at Vantaa. For Singapore, there was only Raymond. Now there is Helsinki and 2 more sites for Singapore:Keropokman and Zannie
Thanx to Eric of Paris DP for starting this daily photo series.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Outside my window: Day

View during the day.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Outside my window: Nite

The view outside my window last nite. Was almost a full moon and temp. are below zero so the snow has stayed on. Will show the day view tomorrow.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Grilli country

There are a lot of grill places like this all over Finland. They usually sell burgers and fries. Sometimes also kebab and pizzas.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Ghost at Myyrmanni?

Took this shot because of the advertisment for the cable channels. It has Ronaldinho one side and I'm not sure who's on the other side. It was an eye catching ad. Someone jus walked past as I was taking the shot, hence the ghostly figure on the left hand corner. Here's a clearer view.
The Myyrmanni Shopping Centre is in Myyrmäki. Read more in my previous post about the bombing that happened that here in 2002.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Vantaa DP in Snow..

Took this shot yesterday morning at the train station. The bench was covered with snow. So white, uniform and undisturbed. Well, you can see what I did. ;-) The idea jus came to my mind and I had a couple of minutes before the train arrived to get this done.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

DP Theme Day: Something that is about to disappear soon

31 October '06
Hi all,
How have you all been? I'm fine. I'm Maple and I think it has been 2 months since I last wrote. I've especially asked to write for this DP theme day: Something that is about to disappear soon. I feel honoured to have my letter published as this theme day is a DP family event that happens monthly on the first of the month.

Well, I have enclosed a current picture of myself and as you can see I have shed all me leaves except for a handful. It is only a matter of days before all the remaining leaves disappear. Well that is my life and it is time for me to rest.
I'm not saddened by the bare look that is upon me because I'll have snowflakes adorning me thereafter.

I'll keep my letter short as I was told that there will be other blogsites participating in this theme day. Make sure to visit all and have a look at the things that are to disappear soon. Will keep in touch
Yours sincerely
Previous Letter from Maple

p.s. This was taken at 7am yesterday(31.10) It started to snow later in the day.

Other sites participating in the theme day
Porto -Seattle WA USA (Kim) -London, UK -Greenville, SC -Albuquerque, NM (USA) -St Paul Kate -ShangHai, China -Phoenix, Az -Twin Cities, MN -Sequim, WA -Stayton, OR, USA -Bandung (Indonesia) -Dallas, USA -Stavanger (Norway) -Singapore (zannnie) -Budapest (Hungary) -Paris (France) -Tuzla (BiH) -Melbourne, (Aust.) -Auckland, New Zealand -Singapore (Raymond) -Dubai UAE (DXBluey) -Vantaa, Finland -Oshawa, Ontario, Canada -St. Paul MN Carol -Singapore (Keropok) -Delta Colorado, USA -Rotterdam (Netherlands -Queens, NY (USA) -Tenerife (Spain) -Santiago (Chile) -Nelson, New Zealand -( Japan ) -Hyde (UK) -Sydney (Sally) -Manila, Philippines -Aliso Viejo, CA (USA) -Nottingham UK -Brussels, Belgium -Sharon, CT (USA) -Sydney Australia (Nathalie) -Edinburgh, Scotland -Evry, France -San Diego, CA (USA) -Santa Clara, CA (USA) -Saarbrücken, Germany -Joplin, MO (USA) -Indianapolis,IN (USA) -Trujillo (Peru) -Barcelona (Spain) -Berlin (Germany) -