Tag Archive | Northern Greece

Yolanda Typhoon Charity Event in Thessaloniki

You must have heard it already. The sad event that happened in the country where I came from, the Philippines, was recently due to the super typhoon “Haiyan”. In my country it is well-known as “Yolanda.” The island that was hit hard, was where I was born and grew half of my life on it. Thankfully, my relatives are fine. As you might have seen in the news for more than 2 weeks, this natural disaster is one of the worst  in mankind history. I was dumbfounded – up to this moment, I still am. The videos and images roaming around the international news channel makes one who is far from her homeland,  in excruciating pain. My co-Filipinos have suffered so much and they need everyone’s support in anyway/every way they can. Filipinos abroad, do not forget to give a helping hand though thousand of miles distance apart from our homeland. Here in Northern Greece (State of Macedonia), the Filipino Organization of Northern Greece held a charity event last Sunday in Thessaloniki City. Even though it rained, the Filipinos still continued their road concert in Plateia Aristotelous (Aristolelous Plaza.) Nothing could stop them!
There will be a second charity event this coming Sunday and it is also the start of December.

I do not exactly know how to help, but I decided to spread the word through the “blogosphere.”  I also contacted friends  in Thessaloniki to go there. I made my own invitation card for those who reside in Northern Greece. I hope you could share something, too, to help my fellow Filipinos who are victims of the catastrophe. Kindly spread the word to your family, friends, co-workers, acquaintances if they have anything they don’t need that is listed on the card below. I am thanking all of you, in advance. I do believe the little things we can do to help, matters to the lives of the individuals who were affected by typhoon Yolanda.

The Donation List:

MONEY: Cash only, no checks.
SUMMER CLOTHES: Philippines may have heavy rain, but it’s not as cold as Greece. It is relatively a very tropical country so if you have summer clothes you do not need, please do not throw them but donate it to Philippines.
HYGIENIC SOAP & OTHER TOILETRIES: Hand soap, beauty soap, shampoo, toilet paper, facial paper, towels, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc.
CANNED FOODS: Anything that can be stored for longer time: Preserved Foods in Can, Pasta, Noodle packs, etc.

For those who want to go there with me, send me an e-mail on shadelassy@yahoo.com. You can also leave to me your donations beforehand in case you cannot go there on Sunday. All donations will be taken care of by a Philippine organization. They will be handed directly to the victims.
Peace to All Men and hope to see you on Sunday!

TA LEME,
~Nessy~

Alphabet Photo Challenge: “L” is for Lake Kerkini

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{All photos were taken on November 25, 2012}

 

My Lake Kerkini Postcard. I tried to create an Autumn mood here, if you think this is good, let me know. If not, help me criticize by commenting below. Thank you!

Last Winter, I went on trip with one of the Filipino organizations in Northern Greece. One of our destinations was Lake Kerkini. It is located in the prefecture of Serres, Macedonia region.  From the town of Serres, it is  35-40 km away; 100 km from Thessaloniki city, and 50 km from the border of Bulgaria. It is surrounded by the mountains of Belles & Mavrovouni. The river where the lake is situated, is called “Strymonas / Struma River.” The lake has a pear-shape and is one of the most important wetlands in Europe. As the season changes every year, the migrating birds come and go, too. There are 300 species of birds found on the lake. More info here.

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Travel Theme: Hidden

This collection are photos from 2010 to present.  Since I cannot make  posts for each of them, so Weekly Photo Challenges in WP really helps a lot to show some of them in one post. If you want to join this challenge, check out  Ailsa‘s hide-out! And I wish everyone a nice Thursday! 🙂

What’s hidden, and what’s being revealed?

One of the remaining monasteries in Meteora. They were hidden on top of a mountain without staircase in 11th century. The windows were used as ‘kind of like an elevator’ by the monks.

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Thursday Lingering Look at Windows: Street Art in Ano Poli

I am participating in this week’s “Thursday Lingering Look at Windows” by “The Day After: Musings of a Wannabe  Photographer.” The photos below were taken in July 25, 2012 – when I wondered on my own at the ancient Acropolis of Thessaloniki. Now the area is a town called “Ano Poli.” Here, you will see alot of traditional houses of Thessaloniki. A mix of Jewish, Turkish, and Greek-style houses are everywhere. Some were kept in good condition, some were fully abandoned. And in between them were modern houses. Abandoned houses attract many street artists. As you will see below.

Broken window panes. Look below what a street artist did.

He painted the walls of the abandoned house.

Street arts like this, I enjoy looking. But I have to say that vandalism in Thessaloniki is rampant. At some point years ago, someone painted the historic wall of  the city’s icon – the White Tower. The “Paraliya”,  the seashore of Thermaikos Gulf, is relatively new, but look what it looks like now; graffiti here, graffiti there. From the vandals of football teams in Greece to vandals of foreigners hating Greece or Greeks hating the government — these property offenders has nothing good to contribute to this country, but just simply dirtying it.

This used to be the bathroom of a demolished house.

And if you want to see normal windows, yes, this is an example. 🙂 An old house in Ano Poli.

If you want to participate on this weekly activity, check it out!

TA LEME! See You!
~ Nessy ~

Alphabet Photo Challenge: “I” is for ISLA!

It’s a new week and I am joining again Frizztext’s challenge! It’s the letter “I” this time. Because it is summer, let me introduce a summer place in Northern Greece. It is called, “ISLA.” It is the name of a beach bar in 2nd leg, Sithonia, of Halkidiki. Located in the shore or coast of Kalogria, “Isla” is one of the newly discovered places we found this year in Halkidiki.  It is next to Makednos Hotel beach bar.

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Alphabet Photo Challenge: GGG!!!

G – is for Garden Decorations

{ This is in response to the weekly activity of Frizztext. }


During a beach excursion with Mr. Hubby and a friend: We went to 2nd leg of Halkidiki, Sithonia. On our way, we stopped at a bakery to get snacks. We passed through many flower shops. Then there was a huge garden store which has these lovely garden pots & decors.
{taken @ July 20,2013}