Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Vappu 1

Havis Amanda was capped today at 6pm and the May Day celebrations began! People popped their champagne bottles and the drinking started.
May Day celebrations here is a mixture of themes; a day for workers, a day for university students to wear their colourful overalls and get wasted AND a day for the young and old to wear their white graduation caps.
More photos to follow in the next few days ...

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Havis Amanda

Havis Amanda is a nude female statue in Helsinki, Finland. It was sculpted by Ville Vallgren (1855-1940) in 1906 in Paris, but was not erected at its present location at the Market Square in Kaartinkaupunki until 1908.

She is a mermaid who stands on seaweed as she rises from the water, with four fish spouting water at her feet and surrounded by four sea lions She is depicted leaning backwards as if to say goodbye to her element.

What's interesting about this statute is that she will be capped tomorrow. Students of the local universities will put a cap on the statue on an elaborate ceremony to start off the May Day celebrations. After which it is time to start drinking and get wasted.

Read more on May Day (Vappu) celebrations in Finland

Photo of the capping ceremony here!

Monday, April 28, 2008

yellow everywhere...

Today in Ullanlinna, Helsinki. :-)

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Among the trees

A bus getting passengers and their bags. Took this from the train when it was at Louhela train station. The building seen here is a church and the people were seen loading their bags to the bus.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Friday, April 25, 2008

BrOwN bUiLdInG

I've been in school the whole day doing my programming project that I haven't had any time to go places.
This office building is located opposite my school. My friend thinks it is an interesting building so that I'll post it here.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Time to sit outside!

Restaurants and bars have started to have their terraces open for customers. Restaurant RataKivi offers breakfast and lunch buffets at reasonable prices. Lunch buffet is from 1030 to 1400 for 8.20€. It has a good selection of tasty food.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Stop to smell ...

I saw these pretty flowers on my way home today. They were along the forest path that I take when I need to get home from the train station. It's not everyday that I take a slow walk and stop to smell the flowers.. today was such a day. Sunshine makes me smile :-)

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

It's Spring!

Today was a warm and sunny day. Spring has finally arrived. :)

Monday, April 21, 2008

It's a dog's life!

A lot of Finnish people have dogs. (well.. defintely more than Singaporeans) Dogs are well cared for here. They have their own parks and now their own cakes. BonBone in Ullanlinna for your doggy needs.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Recruitment Fair 2

SOL is a laundry service company. Stationed just outside Kamppi shopping centre for the recruitment fair.
Yup, more balloons.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Recruitment Fair

Adult Education and Recruitment Fair in Kamppi yesterday morning at 10am.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Spring display

Take a trip to Hawaii right here in Tiimari, Helsinki!

Thursday, April 17, 2008


Time for Spring fashion at Stockmann's. Another store promotion with balloons!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Spring Designs 2

I prefer this design to the previous one.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Spring Designs 1

Looks like Marimekko is advertising its spring collection. Pretty colours!

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 Website

Monday, April 14, 2008

Capped Castle

It's unfortunate that these beer bottle caps were found in the children's playground. But the kids have made something good out of a bad situation. Not to worry, the caps have been cleared.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Wire and Recycle Art 6

Still have one more for the wire and recycle art. You can't see it clearly here but there is a bulb inside. It lights up as well.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Break away

I saw this scene near Martinlaakso bus station yesterday. I was curious why the police van was parked there directing traffic while this piece of 'box' was stuck on the street. I immediately took out my phone and took a shot from the overhead bridge I was standing. Then I looked on the other side of the bridge.
It was too far to take the shot from there and so getting off the bridge and walking ahead, I saw the other part of the 'box'. It had seemed that the rear end of the lorry had somehow broken away from it. Maybe it was too high for the bridge. No idea how it happened but it was a good photo opportunity. ;-)

Friday, April 11, 2008

Wire and Recycle Art 5

This is the last for the wire and recycle art. A pretty sandal keychain.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Wire and Recycle Art 4

The guitar player. Besides these large figures, there are also smaller art pieces which can be used as keychains. Have a look at them tomorrow...

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Wire and Recycle Art 3

It's a radio! As you can see, it plays when connected to a battery. Nice!

Wire and Recycle Art made by Francis Mushonga from Zimbabwe.
For more info contact: OR
+358442762099 / +358408734583

Art on display at The Ullanlinna School, Neitsytpolku 2 B, 00140 Helsinki
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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Wire and Recycle Art 2

The small bird is made of plastic. It was quite soft to hold.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Wire and Recycle Art 1

As mentioned last week, here are more details about the wire and recycle art displayed in Ullanlinna School. Ullanlinna School is the kindergarden where I work part-time.

These art pieces are made by Francis Mushonga from Zimbabwe.
For more info contact:
+358442762099 / +358408734583

More of his art pieces will be displayed this week.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Still in pasila library

The label reads:
Martin Black (American: born 1962)
Hot-sculpted glass
Presented to the Helsinki Library by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Friday, April 4, 2008

Time for reading..

Pasila Library in Helsinki. Calm, quiet and peaceful..

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Spare change, please...

In the past months, there have been a lot of reports on the increase of beggars in the Helsinki city region. Most of the beggars are refugees from Romania. The government is worried that the number will increase in summer when the weather gets warmer.
It is not illegal to beg here but the government is worried about the city's image. So they are trying to curb the problem by taking the children into custody. The authorities are hoping that this would force them to stop the act.
Well we'll have to wait and see...
Read and view videos at MTV3 news (in finnish)

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Sandcastles and Snow

I was at work today and the kids were making sandcastles in the park. Yes, it was a nice sunny day with temperatures about 7 deg cel and the snow is melting away slowly but surely.
Hope you noticed the snow in the photo ...

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Theme Day: Water

This Month's theme is Water and here's a bottle of WATER.

Hundijala VESI is a vodka from Estonia. VESI = WATER (in finnish and in estonian) has 80% alcohol content. Vesi is a proper word in finnish and it actually does mean water. dictionary result for the non-believer ;-) This bot was a gift from a friend for my husband and I have yet to taste it.

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Here are the other 177 sites participating in today's theme day.
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Michelle, Clearwater (FL), USA by Smaridge01, Clearwater Beach (FL), USA by Smaridge01, Cleveland (OH), USA by iBlowfish, Coral Gables (FL), USA by Jnstropic, Cypress (TX), USA by Riniroo, Dallas/Fort Worth (TX), USA by A Wandering Soul, Dunedin (FL), USA by Smaridge01, Durban, South Africa by CrazyCow, East Gwillimbury, Canada by Your EG Tour Guide, Evry, France by Olivier, Glasgow, Scotland by Jackie, Greenville (SC), USA by Denton, Grenoble, France by Bleeding Orange, Guelph, Canada by Pat, Gun Barrel City (TX), USA by Lake Lady, Hamilton, New Zealand by Sakiwi, Hampton (VA), USA by ptowngirl, Haninge, Sweden by Steffe, Helsinki, Finland by Kaa, Hobart, Australia by Greg, Hyde, UK by Old Hyde, Inverness (IL), USA by Neva, Jackson (MS), USA by Halcyon, Jakarta, Indonesia by Santy, Jefferson City (MO), USA by Chinamom2005, Jogjakarta, Indonesia by Jogja Portrait, Joplin (MO), USA by Victoria, Juneau (AK), USA by Gwyn, Katonah (NY), USA by Inkster1, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Edwin, Kyoto, Japan by Tadamine, Lake Forest Park (WA), USA by Azure, Larchmont (NY), USA by Marie-Noyale, Las Vegas (NV), USA by Mo, Lisbon, Portugal by Sailor Girl, Lisbon, Portugal by Maria João, Lodz, Poland by ritalounge, London, UK by Ham, London, UK by Mo, Mainz, Germany by JB, Maple Ridge, Canada by Susan, Marseille, France by Alex, Mazatlan, Mexico by Kate, Melbourne, Australia by John, Melbourne, Australia by Mblamo, Memphis (TN), USA by SouthernHeart, Menton, France by Jilly, Mexico City, Mexico by Carraol, Mexico City, Mexico by Poly, Minneapolis (MN), USA by Greg, Minneapolis (MN), USA by Mitch, Minsk, Belarus by Olga, Monrovia (CA), USA by Keith, Monte Carlo, Monaco by Jilly, Montego Bay, Jamaica by Ann, Monterrey, Mexico by rafa, Moscow, Russia by Irina, Mumbai, India by Kunalbhatia, Mumbai, India by Magiceye, Mumbai, India by MumbaiiteAnu, Nancy, France by yoshi, Naples (FL), USA by Isabella, Nashville (TN), USA by Chris, Nelson, New Zealand by Meg and Ben, New Orleans (LA), 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