Outgoing Mail: 01

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

3 official Postcrossing cards (ETA: +1)
2 for Birthday RR
1 for Weekly Wrap Postcard Swap

Weekly Round-up 2

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

 [ Walltype #1 ]
From: Hopalong
Highlights of Hawaii. The Hawaiian islands feature special offerings - a spectacular active volcano, majestic humpback whales, delicious shaved ice and Kona coffee, and countless, enchanting beaches. Each island has its own unique personality and provides a landscape full of adeventure and sightseeing oppotunities. 
Liarnie, also a fellow snail mail enthusiast, recommended this site called Walltype. It's a postcard exchange community where you can choose different topics, depending on the postcard you are going to send. It's really easy once you get a hang of it and here's the great thing: NO LIMIT.  This Hawaii mapcard from Hopalong (Glennys) is my first one through Walltype. It's quite adorable, isn't it?

Glennys used a Grand Teton National Park stamp.

 Thank you card!
From: Corina (corin)
Dated: July 26, 2011

I sent Corina an official postcard months ago and she was very nice to send me a thank you card in return. She also chose this one out of my favorites album! Maraming salamat Corina!

Stamps used:  Queen Beatrix, 15c, Kinderpostzegel Nederland


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Oh wow! It's been months since I last updated this blog. I've received loads of postcards and mail while I was gone and I think I've lost count of them already. To be honest, I don't know where to start if I start posting them each.

A lot has happened within these past 5(?) months. Hospital training has drained all of my energy and I find it hard to keep up with snail mails, etc. Now I have a very lousy record over at my Postcrossing account. I'd rather sleep and take a rest than make a run to the post office. Shift schedules also prevent me from enjoying the hobby. I've also been a very bad pen pal (Sorry Sarah!).

Now that my training is over, I'm slowly easing back into the hobby. It's so nice to have that excited feeling back and it made me regret the 5 month hiatus I took from snail mailing. I also tried joining Swap-bot and Walltype, great sites you should check out.

See you soon!

Weekly Round-up: Tags

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Another You Choose Tag #3

From: pelike
Dated: February 14, 2011

Stamps used:
Antique Furnitures

From: Childish
Dated: February 11, 2011

Stamps used:
Historical Sites: Fountains, European Philatelic Exhibition Bulgaria,
125th anniversary of Bulgaria's Reunification
From: pierresurleciel
Dated: February 18, 2011

Stamp used:
You can choose tag #2

From: edo
Dated: February 25, 2011

Stamps used:
Definitive, Storico Carnevale di Ivrea
I don't want this card tag

From: Ross
Dated: February 21, 2011

Weekly Round-up: Round Robins

Turkey x World Group 144 UNESCO

From: zeroday
Dated: February 26, 2011
One of Virginia's most impressive estates, Monticello offers visitors a look into the lifestyle of Thomas Jefferson. The grounds include a vegetable garden terrace, magnificent flower gardens, two vine-yards and a re-created orchard. The house itself is an architectural masterpiece as it brings his French influences home to Virginia countryside. Jefferson, whose grave is in the family cemetery on the estate, was the author of the Declaration of Independence, the 3rd President of the US and the founder of University of Virginia. 
Stamps used:
American Clock, Lunar Year stamps

From: ossuusso
Dated: March 2, 2011

The picture on the card is the Taru Observatory, which is part of the Struve Geodetic Arc in Estonia. Thank you so much for this wonderful card Heidi! 

Friedebert Tuglas stamp

Asia Meets The World RR Group 180

From: Gabriela_Andrade
Dated: February 16, 2011
Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, mostly known as "Lagoa", is a lagoon and district in the Lagoa, Zona Sul (South Zone) of Rio de Janeiro. The lagoon is connected to the Atlantic, allowing sea water to enter, by a canal which is bordered by the park locally known as Jardim de Alá.

Postcard 39 / US-1015315

Postcard 39 | Sliding Rock
US-1015315 from pinkvanilla
Dated: February 25, 2011

Sliding Rock is one of the most popular recreation areas in western North Carolina. Located in the Pisgah Forest on Highway 276 near Brevard, NC. 

Postcard 38 / BY-143507

Postcard 38 | Belarus
BY-143507 from lentyaika
Dated: February 17, 2011

Swaps / 3-2-11

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Private swap with lauren_klo

Year of the Rabbit stamp

Private swap with Marrie
Dated: February 16, 2011

Tag / 3-2-11

Balkan, Slavic and Eastern Europe 
to the World Tag
From: Torie
Dated: February 6, 2011

Torie wrote about the postcard and stamp's description. She sent me a matching postcard and stamp of a railway station. According to her, this is a view of the Mogilev Railway Station.
Mogilev is a city in eastern Belarus, about 76 km from the border with Russia's Smolensk Oblast and 105 km from the border with Russia's Bryansk Oblast. It is the centre of Mahilyow voblast and the third largest city in Belarus.
Mogilev Railway Station in the 20th Century

Swaps / 3-1-11

China's Pumi Ethnic Group Dance
Zhengyangmen Tower in the 1930s

Private swap with romanceisboring
Dated: February 5, 2011

Cassie posted in the Requests sections looking for churches around the world. Knowing that the Philippines has numerous churches, cathedrals and temples, I offered to swap with her. These two are the ones I chose from her lovely postcard offers. 

The first one is an ink painting depicting a Chinese folk dance. I wonder how this dance looks like when in motion. This still painting is quite interesting, with the flow of the woman's dress. I chose this card because of the wonderful colors and the costume itself. It looks wonderful doesn't it? 

The second one is a painting of The Zhengyangmen Tower in the 1930's. Here is what's said on the card:
There use to be two small temples in front of the gate tower and a gate in the wall on each side. The temples and wall were dismantled in the 1950s and now only the gate tower remains.  
Cassie also included an adorable bookmark shaped like an icecream. I'm particularly fond with adorable things to you could get from China. There are so many accessories and trinkets from China in some of the markets here, especially Divisoria. I always control myself when I see them. Hehe.

Shangri-La stamps Cassie used (She even made a detailed description for each one of them!):
L-R, T-B: Songzanlin Temple, Chang Jiang River, Pulada National Park,
Dukezong Ancient Town and Qinghai Lake

Private swap with lucymonty
Dated: February 16, 2011
Sussex from the Old English Sūþsēaxe ('South Saxons'), is an historic county in South East England corresponding roughly in area to the ancient Kingdom of Sussex. It is bounded on the north by Surrey, east by Kent, south by the English Channel, and west by Hampshire, and is divided for local government into West Sussex and East Sussex and the city of Brighton and Hove. The city of Brighton & Hove was created a unitary authority in 1997; and was granted City status in 2000. Until then Chichester had been Sussex's only city.
Thank you so much for this wonderful swap Lucy!


Private swap with squirrelsohno
Dated: February 13, 2011

This swap is one of the few special ones for me. This is my second time swapping with Megan. She put up a thread offering postcards sent from the United Nations Headquarters in New York. How awesome is that? I immediately grabbed the opportunity to have a card sent from there. Thank you so much Megan for this swap!

UN Stamp

Swap / 2-24-11

Friday, February 25, 2011

Private swap with Grettaa
Dated: February 6, 2011

A beautiful postcard of Klaipeda in Lithuania. Oh, and this is my first card received from Greta's country. Because of this card, I realized how much I love aerial views. I love seeing the architecture, streets and pathways. It's nice to see the structure of a city. 

It seems that a lot of us couldn't wait for summer. Just like Greta, I love the beach! 
Youth Olympic Games Stamp

Tags / 2-24-11

Austria Meets Far East Tag
From: Linzerin
Dated: February 9, 2011

Lake Wörthersee, Carinthia and Ioan Holender stamps


I don't want this card... do you? Tag
From: Margaret111
Dated: January 25, 2011

Stamps used:
Wild Animal (European Mink) definitive and Kalaidy stamp

Postcard 37 / JP-151749

Postcard 37 | Traditional Festivals of Japan Mapcard
JP-151749 from tinktink0302
Dated: February 14, 2011

A postcard from my Postcrossing Favorites album! Yay! Another mapcard has found it's way to my collection. This time it's this Festivals Picture Map of Japan. It came from a person who I always see around the forums but never had the chance to had a little chat with. If I'm not mistaken, this is the second postcard I received from a known forum member, the first from norbaer

Sumie tells me that she is originally from Aomori (which is there on the postcard somewhere) where Nebuta Matsuri is held. According to her, it  is very old and one of the three big summer festivals in Japan. 

She used a lot of interesting stamps on the postcard, especially these marked with 1964 and 1972. I've been trying to figure out what are these, but I can't seem to find them on the online lists. Maybe somebody could help me?

The said stamps and this adorable Air Mail stamp mark. 

Postcard 36 / PL-174481

Postcard 35 | Czestochowa
PL-174481 from Romanek
Dated: February 4, 2011

Martin says that this a card that shows the Cloister of St. Mary in a town he lives in. It is famous for a picture of the Black Madonna. Salamat Martin! 

Manor Houses stamps

Postcard 35 / NL-546164

Postcard 35 | Mike's Brainstorm Movie Poster
NL-546164 from sasgm

My first Free Boomerang Cards postcard (It says that on the back). I have no complaints on this one. I didn't know there are ad cards like these. Saskia told me that this is a poster of an American film from 1912 and is in the collection of their national film museum. She also recommended a movie named "The Band's Visit" wherein an Egyptian police band visits Israel for a concert only to find themselves on the wrong town.

Maraming salamat Saskia!