Monday, April 30, 2007

May Day celebrations

May Day celebrations in Helsinki on the eve of May Day. Find out more how it is celebrated in Finland here.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

what is she doing?

This was taken on Friday morning. The train track is behind the lady with the green bag. But she was not looking out for the train instead she was facing the sun. She was smiling and looking up towards the shining sun. Something that I would never understand if I have never moved down here to Finland. ;-)

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Friday, April 27, 2007

Thursday, April 26, 2007

clear blue skies

Today was nice and warm; totally opposite from yesterday. I've learnt to appreciate these days as they are hard to come by here.
After the long dark winters, one hopes for nice spring weather but the occasional rain spoils it. When a day like this arrives, I really do stop and take time to 'smell the roses' which I have never done back home in Singapore. ;-)

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Spot the snail?!

The day started out sunny but in the afternoon we had rain again. :( And all the snails are out and about when it is wet.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

'holy' ad

This is actually an ad (1st part)!!! Any ideas for what? Some guesses please... will reveal the 'answer'(2nd part) on sunday.

Monday, April 23, 2007


Veinin-mylly(Veini's Mill) situated in Tikkurlia. This is an old mill built in 1935. In 1988 it became a cafe and still operates as one. It can be rented for special occasions as well.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Animal Clinic

Eläinklinikka (Animal Clinic) in Myyrmäki. Notice the wet pavaments. We've been having rainy days the past 3-4 days. Feels more like autumn weather than spring.

Friday, April 20, 2007

orange and yellow

This bus was parked at the bus stop. The driver wasnt around; no idea why it was there. The bright colours against the forest background was wat made me want to take a photo. But unfortunately, the zooming on the view made the photo turn out smaller. This was taken with my mobile camera.

Thursday, April 19, 2007


Renovations at Martinlaakson Neuvola / Kivimäen Hammashoitola. See previous post.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Martinlaakson Neuvola / Kivimäen Hammashoito

Neuvola is a clinic for children and hammashoito is the dentist. Even though they are both located at the same place, they have different area names. Strange. Anyway, it seems to be under construction now.
Took a closer look at the stuff they were disposing off, more on tat tomorrow..

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Travel Fare

Here in Finland, bus/train fares are fixed regardless of the number of stops. The fares vary for different regions. This fare reader is used in Helsinki, Vantaa, Espoo and Kauniainen.
1 is meant for travel within a certain region (internal journey).
2 is meant for regional travel (e.g. from Vantaa to Helsinki).
3 is whole region. (three zone extended regional ticket)
L is extended region (two zone extended regional ticket)

If one has a monthly travel card, there is no need to press the numbers. They are meant for people who pay for single trips with farecards.
Travel Card and Prices

There is of cos the traditional method of getting a bus/train ticket if one dosen't have a farecard. Just get it from the train conductor or bus driver by paying cash.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Spring flowers

Noticed these flowers on my way home today.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

wat is this?

the label is a clue to wat this is...

Saturday, April 14, 2007


With 4600 parking spaces, Jumbo has the largest parking area in Scandanavia but in the above shot, the parking area P1 is FULL and in P2 no. of lots VACANT is 1.
This was taken 1st day of Hullut Päivät sales.

Friday, April 13, 2007


the past couple of weeks has been vey windy in Helsinki and Vantaa. look at the flags..

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Why i like Finland...

Today was a beautiful sunny day. Clear blue skies against the greeny. Open spaces and nature everywhere... :-)

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Shopping Carts Here

'Place Shopping Carts Here. Thank You.' I took this shot because of the small juice packets on the otherwise clean parking lot. The green is apple flavour and the orange is orange flavour. Not sure what the pink is.. could be strawberry??

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

cloudy skies

This is today at about 7pm. The sun, hidden behind the clouds compared to the clear skies yesterday.

Monday, April 09, 2007

setting sun

The setting sun at about 8pm today.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Happy Easter!!!

Mämmi is a Finnish traditional Easter dessert, a malt porridge which is baked in an oven. It is made of water, malt and rye flour and is dark brown in appearance.
more info and photos in wikipedia

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Easter eggs

Preparing for easter...

Friday, April 06, 2007

train home..

Another busy time for trains in Finland when people are heading home for Easter.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Bottle and can return

Recycling is very common here. These machines are operated by the supermarket. Here you can return the bottles and cans and the machine prints out a receipt which you can use to pay for the purchases made at the supermarket.
40 euro cents for 1.5litre soda bottles
10 euro cents for beer bottles, 330ml
10 euro cents for cans (I guess)
Click the label to see how else Finland recycles. Almost everything recyclable is recycled here...

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

sand truck..

This was two weeks ago when the truck was clearing the sand pebbles left over from winter.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

wet stop

This was taken yesterday at a Tikkurila bus stop. It was not a rainy day and the surrounding area near the stop was dry. I don't think the bus stop was cleaned on purpose cos the water was like all over the place. where then did the water come from? Or maybe it was a rushed up cleaning job...??

Monday, April 02, 2007

Mailbox again

Here's the smaller version of the mailbox from themeday. It is made of metal. This mailbox is emptied at 9am every morning (mon-fri). The one before is emptied at 1600 on weekdays as well. No mail is delievered on Sat or collected on Sat.
The mailbox is found on house that functions as an cafe. Thus the owner's own mailbox (the green one) is also seen here.
p.s. A letter usually takes about 3-5 working days to reach Singapore. So I guess the service on both sides are fast and efficient.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Theme Day: A Public Mail Box

It's theme day again. I missed the last one. So glad to have made it to this one on time. Jus the normal standard sized mailbox here in Finland. There is also a smaller version to this which is half the size.
The one here is found next to a small neighbourbood building of shops. I wanted to say shopping centre but that conjours up images of a big fancy place which it is not.

64 other Daily Photo sites are participating in the 1st April theme, "A Public Mail Box", please use the links to below to visit them. Due to time zone differences and other factors, the theme photo may not be displayed until later if you are viewing early in the day. VANTAA is no.35

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