Let’s dive in!
Look at that cooool Totoro card! Be sure to scroll down & see the stickers on the back, too. A Postcrosser in Seattle, Washington sent this to me in a Postcrossing Forum tag trade.
Right next to Totoro is a scene from Singapore’s very colorful Haji Lane. I was able to request that card in another Postcrossing Forum tag–from the same person I’d received a similar card in this tag, a few months ago.
Then we go into the wild, sort of: Cameron Highlands, Malaysia. The sender tells me:
“Greetings from Malaysia–a very warm country in South East Asia (avg. temperature: 30C). Malaysia is a country with multiple cultures and religions. Despite what the news have said about us, we still live in perfect harmony and celebrate all festival together. I grew up in a small town call Cameron Highlands, a famous cool hill resorts which had average temperature of 16C throughout the year. It is famous for its tea growing, vegetables farming and flower nurseries. Now I live in the capital city–Kuala Lumpur. But I still visit my parents back in Cameron Highlands during holidays.
Panda time: it comes from China, in another PF tag trade.
Also from China is that colorful Shanghai skyline, sent to me by an Instagram friend who’d been noticing my postcard posts, and put out a call to his friends who would like to see postcards while he was traveling in China & Taiwan.
Oh, there’s a story behind that orca card. And by behind it, I mean regarding the back side.
I flipped the tag over to find a taped-on block of orca info printed out from Wikipedia. C’mon. After that, the sender jammed in a handwritten hi-how-are-you-hope-you-enjoy-this-card-take-care, and a scrawled hieroglyph of an initial. I know the card came from Seattle, Washington, because it was clear in the postmark (clear postmarks never being a guarantee), but I didn’t know the venue (Postcrossing Forum? swap-bot?), or the user name. I had to spend some time going through my inbox looking for possible senders of this card, then trying to match those possibilities with locations in their profiles. UGH!
I wish everyone using these sites would take greater care and PLEASE neatly print the following:
- The date (postmarks are not always clear–or present)
- Trade venue (Postcrossing Forum? swap-bot?)
- Exact name of trade (many have similar names, and much trading is rapid)
- User name (c’mon)
End rant, let’s go to Manila, Philippines. This card was received via Postcard United, and the sender tells me about “the Philippine jeepney–a unique mode of transportation here in my country.” They sound like an adventure!
Next, from Athens, Greece via a tag trade, comes the candy package, the contents of which are described by the sender as “ION Baloo, amazing butter candies.” Onto the back of the card, she glued a panel from a box of tea I assume she also likes. Scroll down & you’ll see it.
I got a colorful card & message from the Netherlands, in a regular Postcrossing incoming:
“I love the USA, I practically visit every year. I’ve seen quite a lot of it…last visit was to San Francisco, what a beautiful city! In daily life, I’m a nurse because I love to take care of people. It was like a calling for me.”
Another Postcrossing card: it’s the cannon, & it’s from a real estate agent in Moscow, Russia. He printed out his message & glued it to the card–I’m assuming it has to do with English skills. This reminds me of another card I received recently, which I guess I’ll include in a later post (if I don’t lose it).
Last up, from somewhere in Minnesota via swap-bot, is that cereal. The sender tells me, “for ‘diet’ food, it’s actually pretty good.”
Okay, time to look at all of the stamps, stickers, & stuff. The Totoro on the 1st image looks like a stamp, but is just part of the postcard printing. My favorite 3 stamps down here, in order of scrolling appearance, are the spoonbill (U.S.), the chicken (Singapore), and the flowers (Malaysia. How about for you?