Monday, March 31, 2008

Parking Meter

This is an older version of parking meters here in Finland. Don't usually see this kind of meters in most places here.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Wired up.

Taken on the same day. More details to follow next week ...

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Metal Rhino!

An artist is displaying some of his works at the place where I work. He apparently has a website but haven't had the chance to get those details. More details coming soon...

Friday, March 28, 2008


A traffic light in the city all exposed. Had to take a quick shot before the lights changed.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Pasila crossroads

3pm today in Pasila. The sun was shining and as you can see the snowfall from yesterday is already melting. It is expected to be all gone this weekend when the temperatures are above 0 deg celsius.
This is quite a busy intersection as the Pasila train station is in the right hand corner and trams also commute this route.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Snow again!

Housebound again. I was hoping for spring to arrive. Not this much snow... :(

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Good taste!

This cocoa by Fazer is yummy. I've been with the flu the past week so haven't been out of the house. Maybe tomorrow...

Monday, March 24, 2008


Due to the long dark nights here, it is vital that everyone wears a reflector so that they can be noticed by vehicles in the dark. Reflectors come in various shapes and sizes here. Like this dolphin one here.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter!

The Narcissus is associated with Easter here. I don't really celebrate Easter. Just had a quiet day at home. The Easter egg was painted at my workplace (a childcare centre) as a sample for the kids to follow.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Teräsbetoni in Concert 2

Here is a close-up of the lead singer Jarkko Ahola. He is also the bass guitarist. The concert was great! Hope they do well in the EuroVision 2008 song contest.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Teräsbetoni in Concert

This was taken on wed 19.3 at Tavastia, a concert hall Helsinki. Teräsbetoni (Finnish for "steel reinforced concrete") are a Finnish heavy metal band. They are this year's candidate for EuroVision song contest.

Thursday, March 20, 2008


This gathering was near Kamppi Shopping centre yesterday to remember the start of the Iraq War on 20th March 2003. Rauha Irakiin = Peace for Iraq.
Finland has asylum seekers from Iraq.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Tuesday, March 18, 2008


It's slippery... Sign on the train door.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Mr/Ms Price Circus

HintaSirkus minus the legs ... Need to focus more and be more quick with my shots.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Corona Bar & Billiards

This portrait of Matti Pellonpää, a Finnish actor and musician hangs in Coronoa Bar & Billiards in Helsinki. It was co-founded by Mika Kaurismäki, brother of Aki Kaurismäki. Matti Pellonpää has acted in 18 of Aki Kaurismäki's movies.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Little Miss Balloon

I was trying to take a shot of the walking 'ad' that read Hinta Sirkus = Price Circus but he was moving around a lot that the shot ended up as above. I got Little Miss Balloon instead ... ; ) Taken at Forum, Helsinki today.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

St. Henry's

One of two Catholic churches in Finland.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Is it still on?

Happened to get this shot today. What a coincidence! Still checking ... ;-)

Is your lipstick still on?

Usually trams are green in colour. It's not usual to see trams have full ad all over. This was very striking. Taken today at the city central.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Mini Casino

Play the slot machines while you wait for you train at Pasila train station. They even have a roulette tabl., Are there slot machines like this in your city?

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Mammoth Sales

at CityMarket in Jumbo. The balloons read Mammutti Markkinat = Mammoth Markets

Friday, March 7, 2008

First Snowman

I think this is the first snowman i've seen this winter...

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Sweeping Sales

at Kamppi now till Saturday.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

More snow

Snow has stayed on today. Kids were sledding and cross-country skiers were out. Expected to be freezing tomorrow as well.

Oh.. this scuplture is in the school cafetaria.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008


It snowed today. Temperatures were below 0. It has been a bad winter. We haven't had much snow. Feb was supposed to be the coldest month but temperatures were been between 2 to 5 deg Cel. Whenever we do get some snow, it melts away the next day.
Most Finns are just waiting for spring to come and SUMMER! It's just too late to have snow now.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Fan of graffiti?

There is no lack of graffiti here in Helsinki/Vantaa. Graffiti is found on buildings, train stations, bus stations, buses, trains etc.. This is found in Myyrmäki train station. This will be the FINal one for now...

Sunday, March 2, 2008

writings on the wall

This was found on a child's clinic in Vantaa. Not sure what it means..

Saturday, March 1, 2008

March 2008 Theme Day: Graffiti or street mural

It's theme day again and I have chosen to post this graffiti in a toilet cubicle in Tennispalasti (cinema) in Helsinki.

Here's a close up of the finnish text in the left hand corner. From what I can make out it roughly says: what if something could make all the women very crazy??? One band .... (not sure wat's here) WONDERFUL! Rather Antti Tuisku (even though I dont't listen to him)

Antti Tuisku is a finnish male singer.

Below are the other cities participating in today's theme day:
Adelaide, Australia by Gordon, Albuquerque (NM), USA by Helen, Aliso Viejo (CA), USA by Rodney, American Fork (UT), USA by Annie, Anderson (SC), USA by Lessie, Arradon, France by Alice, Ashton under Lyne, UK by Pennine, Athens, Greece by Debbie, Auckland, New Zealand by Lachezar, Austin (TX), USA by LB, Bandung, Indonesia by Guntur Purwanto, Baziège, France by PaB, Belgrade, Serbia by BgdPic, Bellefonte (PA), USA by Barb-n-PA, Bicheno, Australia by Greg, Boston (MA), USA by Fenix, Boston (MA), USA by Sarah, Whit, & Leyre, Boston (MA), USA by Cluelessinboston, Brighton, UK by Harvey, Bucaramanga, Colombia by Fernando, Budapest, Hungary by Zannnie and Zsolt, Budapest, Hungary by Isadora, Buenos Aires, Argentina by Karine, Canterbury, UK by Rose, Cape Town, South Africa by Kerry-Anne, Chandler (AZ), USA by Melindaduff, Chateaubriant, France by Bergson, Cheltenham, UK by Marley, Chicago (IL), USA by b.c., Chicago (IL), USA by U R us, Christchurch, New Zealand by Michelle, Clearwater (FL), USA by Smaridge01, Clearwater Beach (FL), USA by Smaridge01, Cleveland (OH), USA by iBlowfish, Cologne, Germany by April11, Coral Gables (FL), USA by Jnstropic, Detroit (MI), USA by Taittems, Dunedin (FL), USA by Smaridge01, Durban, South Africa by CrazyCow, Evry, France by Olivier, Forks (WA), USA by Corinne, Glasgow, Scotland by Jackie, Greenville (SC), USA by Denton, Grenoble, France by Bleeding Orange, Guelph, Canada by Pat, Helsinki, Finland by Kaa, Hobart, Australia by Greg, Hyde, UK by Gerald, Inverness (IL), USA by Neva, Jackson (MS), USA by Halcyon, Jefferson City (MO), USA by Chinamom2005, Joplin (MO), USA by Victoria, Juneau (AK), USA by Gwyn, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Edwin, Kyoto, Japan by Tadamine, Larchmont (NY), USA by Marie-Noyale, Le Guilvinec, France by ds2944, Lisbon, Portugal by Sailor Girl, Lisbon, Portugal by Jsaltao, Lodz, Poland by ritalounge, London, UK by Ham, London, UK by Mo, Mainz, Germany by JB, Maple Ridge, Canada by Susan, Mazatlan, Mexico by Kate, Melbourne, Australia by Mblamo, Melbourne, Australia by John, Memphis (TN), USA by SouthernHeart, Menton, France by Jilly, Mexico, Mexico by Poly, Mexico City, Mexico by Carraol, Minneapolis (MN), USA by Greg, Minneapolis (MN), USA by Mitch, Monte Carlo, Monaco by Jilly, Montréal, Canada by Douber, Moscow, Russia by Irina, Mumbai, India by Kunalbhatia, Mumbai, India by MumbaiIteanu, Naples (FL), USA by Isabella, Nashville (TN), USA by Chris, Nelson, New Zealand by Meg and Ben, New Orleans (LA), USA by steve buser, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK by Cassie & Chris, Niamey, Niger by Dinabee, Norwich, UK by Goddess888, Nottingham, UK by Gail's Man, Ocean Township (NJ), USA by Josy, Paris, France by Eric, Pasadena (CA), USA by Petrea, Pasadena (CA), USA by Can8ianben, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia by Murphy_jay, Pilisvörösvár, Hungary by Elise, Port Angeles (WA), USA by Jelvistar, Port Elizabeth, South Africa by Sam, Port Vila, Vanuatu by Mblamo, Prague, Czech Republic by Honza03, Quincy (MA), USA by Cluelessinboston, Radonvilliers, France by Deslilas, Riga, Latvia by Prokur, Rome, Italy by Giovanni, Rotterdam, Netherlands by Ineke, Saarbrücken, Germany by LadyDemeter, Saint Louis (MO), USA by Strangetastes, Saint Paul (MN), USA by Kate, Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation by Lark, San Antonio (TX), USA by Kramer, San Diego (CA), USA by Felicia, San Diego (CA), USA by Zentmrs, Santa Fe (NM), USA by Randem, Seattle (WA), USA by Chuck, Seattle (WA), USA by Kim, Seguin (TX), USA by Thien, Selma (AL), USA by RamblingRound, Sesimbra, Portugal by Aldeia, Setúbal, Portugal by Maria Elisa, Sharon (CT), USA by Jenny, Silver Spring (MD), USA by John, Singapore, Singapore by Keropok, Sofia, Bulgaria by Antonia, St Francis, South Africa by Sam, Stavanger, Norway by Tanty, Stayton (OR), USA by Celine, Stockholm, Sweden by Stromsjo, Subang Jaya, Malaysia by JC, Sydney, Australia by Sally, Székesfehérvár, Hungary by Teomo, Terre Haute (IN), USA by Zann, Terrell (TX), USA by Bstexas, Terrell (TX), USA by Jim K, The Hague, Netherlands by Lezard, Tokyo, Japan by Tadamine, Torun, Poland by Torun Observer, Toulouse, France by Julia, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina by Jazzy, Twin Cities (MN), USA by Slinger, Vienna, Austria by G_mirage2, Wailea (HI), USA by Kuanyin, Wassenaar, Netherlands by Rich, Wellington, New Zealand by Jeremyb, West Paris (ME), USA by crittoria, West Sacramento (CA), USA by Barbara, Weston (FL), USA by WestonDailyPhoto, Wrocław, Poland by Loompi, Yardley (PA), USA by Mrlynn,