Wow–3 cards from Indonesia this week, and 2 of them in one day!
One is via regular Postcrossing card, another a Postcrossing Forum USA-Asia tag, and a third is a direct send that originated through the forums.
Let’s start with that fruit, though, okay? It came from my new postcard pal in Bekasi (near Jakarta), and she says of the fruit, “we call it buah tinah here. I don’t know its name in English or in Latin. That fruit is small and very sweet.”
I had very bad luck in my web searches trying to find this fruit, or a photo of it. I tried several different variations on the name & where it grows, and at one point I ended up with an entire search field full of photos of figs. CAN YOU HELP ME? Do YOU know what this is? I’d really like to know more, and see photos of the inside.
Clearly I need to go to Indonesia so I can try it.
On to the map card. It’s the regular Postcrossing draw, and it came from an English teacher in Jakarta, who says, “I encourage my students to join Postcrossing so they can practice their English. I’m hoping to visit USA one day and have a road trip visiting my friends living there.”
Students practicing their English–what a coincidence: the third card, also from Jakarta, comes from a 15-year-old (who, by the way, has just about the neatest printing I’ve ever seen in my time postcarding) who tells me, “I’m new to Postcrossing and I’m enjoying this activity so much. This activity of course will help me improve my English skill.”
This made me wonder whether he is a student of the teacher who wrote to me. In e-correspondence, he said he is not.
He also, on his card, wrote about the hotel depicted: “Preanger Hotel is a luxury hotel for high-class people. The luxury renowned since Dutch-East Indies colonial era and is still hold its status as the most luxury hotel of its era.”
I might tell him that “rich” does not equal “high class.”
Stamps, postmarks, & washi tape: three cards from the same country, 7 stamps total–and every single one of them is different! I love every single one of these stamps. Isn’t scanning great? It means we can see all the great detail here, enlarged for ease of viewing.