Of Local Connections, Banana Stickers, & “Lifestyle Bloggers:” Received from China, Japan, Russia, Serbia, Spain, & the U.S.

This beautiful flower postcard was sent to me from Japan, and it wasn’t originally meant as a postcard! The sender explains:

This card is famous souvenir cookie’s box from Hokkaido–the northernmost prefecture in Japan.

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The onions are an actual postcard, rather than from a box of souvenir onions or something. The card was sent to me from Kaluga, Russia, by a sender who writes that her town is not far from Moscow, and:

We are proud of Cosmonautics State Museum. I love art, puzzles, psychology.

The child-on-cattle card came from China, and the sender explains:

This kind of painting is called shuimo, an old traditional kind. There’s a kid riding on the back of a cattle, farm cattle. Guess you know the importance of cattles to ancient Chinese people. Also, there’s a poem written in ancient Chinese characters. The poem dated from 2500 years ago.

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The Indian Court card came to me from Wisconsin via Postcard United–Postcard United does that thing, pairing a person with someone from their own country. It also does stuff like this:

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That is correct: as of the moment I am writing this, I have received 36 more postcards than I have mailed out. This embarrassment of riches points out the fact that other people out there are getting screwed over.

One more thing of note about that card: the man who sent it decorated it with a couple of banana stickers. Scroll down, you’ll see.

This sketchy little village is also from the U.S., but via a swap-bot trade. The sender, who lives somewhere near San Diego, is just the first person in this post who spent some time living not far from me:

Hello! I grew up in Hayward, lived there until I was 20. Not too far from you. ūüôā

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The Japan card came from somewhere in–guess what country–via Postcard United. The sender tells me she, too, lived quite close to me for a time:

I spent a year in Oakland, CA as an exchange students & almost every weekend I visited S.F by myself. It was about 30 years ago (!!) But still I ‚̧ Bay Area and I’m so happy to write to you. My host mother used to work your place as a teacher.

Speaking of true callings, and professions of high purpose & service to humanity, this next card came to me from a self-professed “full-time lifestyle blogger.”

She lives in Belgrade, Serbia, and took time out from her busy schedule to tell me about the card:

You can see “the face” of the Statue of Victory, one of the most known sights in Belgrade. It’s the symbol of our city. You can Google it and see what it looks like in nature. Hope this will help you find out more about our country.

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The card next to the last one looks like death, and it was sent to me from Spain, in a Postcrossing Forum “last movie I’ve seen” thread. She tells me about “My Life as a Zucchini:”

…a French animation film for adults that is just one hour long but the impression it makes lasts for a lifetime. I was deeply moved by it and cried buckets. So if you have not seen it yet, I highly recommend it.

I want to see “Coco,” but I’m not sure if they’ve removed the 21 offensive opening minutes I keep hearing so much about. I would have to adjust my arrival time.

This headphone-wearing letter C is from a Postcrosser in Xinyu, Jiangxi, China. He had a standard message translated into English and printed on a rubber stamp, as you’ll see toward the bottom of this post.

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I end with the “NORMAL” postcard, which I may or may not have shared many moons ago–but it’s not marked as having been logged, so there we have it. This was received from Bonnie Jeanne

This was from Bonnie Jeanne of Postally Yours, who had an “orphaned postcard project” in which she logged the postcards in her personal collection, and people like me would “claim” a card to which they had a personal connection (a place they were from, a favorite place to visit, etc.). She would send us the card in an envelope, and we would write on it, about the card/place, and send it back to her. Her website would share those stories. I participated twice, and really had fun with it. It seems she has moved on to other things. I wish her all the best.

Stamps & stamps & stickers follow. I especially loved this one stamp from Japan, so I made sure to show an enlargement (for my own enjoyment, if for no one else’s).

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So Hard to Keep Track, Though: Sent to China, Greece, Hong Kong, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Taiwan, & Thailand

Lots of cards to show off this time: more than I can actually keep track of, as you’ll see. Mostly Postcrossing Forum tags, with a couple of Postcard United sends. Please let me know what you like!

I love sea otters! This one goes to Bangkok, Thailand–and I am jealous.

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Trinidad, California goes to Lublin, Poland

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This beautiful tiger is headed for Hong Kong. Also to Diessen, Netherlands!

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The pelicans should land with a brand-new Postcrosser in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. Although he is participating in the forum tags, he has yet to upload a profile, which is always a disappointment to me.

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California Coast Highway 1 went off to Larissa, Greece, and the Grinch (from the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden in Springfield, Massachusetts) went to Saitama, Japan.

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Uhm, I didn’t do a good job keeping records on this next pair, but one is going to New Taipei City, Taiwan. This stuff is hard.

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Here we have one off to Sarsborg, Norway. I hope the recipient enjoys this dramatic coastal scene.

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Time for stamps, stickers, & washi tape. Do you have any favorites?

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A Few of My Favorite Things: Received from China, Japan, & Russia

Three wonderful cards to share this time, representing some of my top favorite categories: toons/toys, food, & animals! One of these arrived months ago, the other two just yesterday, all via Postcrossing Forum tags.

First postcard is this very large one from Yokohama, Japan. I love this old-school Astro Boy artwork.

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The sender’s message on the back is intact in the scan below. As you’ll see, she writes of a toy museum in her town. I would love to visit. It made me think of one I have visited, the MINT Museum of Toys in Singapore. It also makes me think I should organize my own toys. Heck, I should organize my everything.

Some delicious food ahead, from Xi’an, China:

They are one kind Chinese pie on this card. There are many tastes: Chinese leek & egg, blanched garlic leaves & egg, Chinese leek & beef, Chinese sauerkraut & carrot. I like the fried taste.

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Love that squirrel, sent to me from a Postcrosser in Russia! She tells me:

I love animals so much! By the way, squirrels are very common animals in Russia.

Time for a look at stamps and washi tape! Isn’t this an interesting trio of toy stamps on the card from Japan? I just looked them up, and they are from Hungary (the sender posted this card to me inside an envelope).

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Send in the Pandas: Received from China

A great couple of mail days: 3 postcards, 11 pandas, all from one sender in Guiyang,¬†China, thanks to a pair of tags in a Postcrossing Forum “you choose” thread.

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This Postcrosser writes a few little things between the address space & all of the wonderful stamps she uses (you’ll see), but the thing most interesting to share here is probably that the Chinese term for panda translates into something like fat cat bear.¬† Hmm.

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All 3 of these cards are so wonderful. I’d have to say if I need to choose a #1, it would be beautiful Jingjing up there.

Stamps! What I really (really) like is that shiba inu sticker down at the bottom.

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CORRECT THEM: Sent to China, Finland, Hong Kong, & Japan

As I attempt to catch up from several months of near-inactivity, I’m trying to complete some posts I started weeks ago–in an attempt to keep up. Now I have to back up, trying to find a few of the details to fill in some blanks. I feel like this post kinda gets an “incomplete” grade, but let’s get it out of the way so that we can move on. I think there’s some fun stuff here.

This stamp collection went to Hong Kong

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Cap’n Crunch went to Yotsukaido, Japan. Some foods are healthier as postcards, no? By the way, if you ever hear anyone refer to this product as “Captain Crunch,” CORRECT THEM.

This one went to Sagamihara, Japan.

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San Francisco looks best at night, and from far away.

Lucy went to Guiyang, Guizhou, China.

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Lucy pounds sand

I really love that era of Peanuts characters. That’s one of my favorite cards, right there.

It’s the Cap’n again! He set off for Pudasj√§rvi, Finland.

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Wuhan, Hubei, China

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Stamps! Stickers! Washi tape! Do you have any favorites here? There’s so much from which to choose!

 

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Stamping Both Sides: Sent to China & Finland

Let’s take a quick look at the four cards I mailed out yesterday through Postcrossing Forum tags! This one goes to Yl√∂j√§rvi, Finland, in a “food and drinks” tag:

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It’s from a Malaysian book called The Food that Makes Us, full of wonderful stories of people and food, and there are recipes, too! When I ordered the book, it came with a set of postcards utilizing the illustrations found within. I told the recipient that this bread with chocolate looks delicious–but my first meal of the day would be Indian food.

This next card goes to Zhongshan, Guangdong, China. When I checked this Postcrosser’s profile to see what kind of card to send, and what to write about, I noticed she said that she doesn’t care too much about what kinds of cards she gets: “I mostly just like stamps.” Thus armed, I pulled out one of the collage cards I’ve made, using stamps received through Postcrossing! That stamp sheet from Ukraine did most of the work for me.

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Garfield goes to a Garfield lover in Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China

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…and this Pinocchio card was in the favorites of its recipient-to-be in Hangzhou,¬†Zhejiang, China.postcard toon Disney Pinocchio

Time for stamps, stickers, & washi tape: First up, the back of the food postcard. You’ll see I stuck with the theme as much as possible.

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And of course, on the back of the stamp postcard (middle row below), I used stamps.

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Amazing Eats, and Also Some Pancakes: Received from China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, & Ukraine

We have another themed post, as I catch up with the mountain of previously-undocumented postcards I’ve received recently and not-so recently. Most came to me via Postcrossing Forum trades, unless otherwise noted. Check out these amazing foods!

First up:¬†Khanom khrok. YUM. These delicious little coconut custard cakes can be had, cheaply, throughout Bangkok at breakfast time. And late-night snack time. And all in-between. Try them with green onion, and without… it’s all good.

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The card actually came to me from Ukraine, where the sender writes about different types of food:

Baking is my big passion.¬† I like to spend my free time with doing some cakes, pies, buns, or anything else! I love American recipes! I especially adore brownies, chocolate chip cookies, different cupcakes, and others. I’ve never seen the ocean, it’s my big dream! I hope one day I can take a long walk through the California beach!

This lovely, thick, messy coffee, with a little dan tat peeking in from the side, came to me from Malaysia via Postcard United. The card’s caption labels this as Ipoh White Coffee, and the sender writes:

It has been a while since I sat for a thick sludgy cup o f coffee. They often make it too sweet for me but what the heck, you can indulge once in a while, right? I like my coffee black and it pairs well with banana or sweet potato fritters. Egg tarts are okay too, but I prefer cheese tarts. Yummy!!

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Time for some dim sum! Har gau & siu mai. The first of these came to me from Hong Kong, where the sender tells me that he also loves to eat Singaporean food: “I once flew there for a day trip just to eat!” Love it.

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The siu mai also came to me from HK, and the sender tells me:

This card is about Hong Kong dim sum.  It was pork sui mai here. Some Chinese restaurant may include shrimp or abalone! But I like shrimp much. If you visit Hong Kong please go Chinese restaurant. You will discover some delicious cuisine.

Where I live, in Silicon Valley, there is a wonderful large immigrant population, with a lot of foods that are delicious (and otherwise) and authentic (and otherwise). I really enjoy vegetarian foods, and this week, when I was at a to-go dim sum place in the city of Sunnyvale, I noticed they had a new offering: vegetarian siu mai. I ordered it:

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Okay, it turns out the dish was ill-conceived. The sticky rice filling was actually quite loose, meaning the dumplings could not even begin to hold themselves together as they were eaten. I’ll have to try creating my own version.

Still more tasty foods: on the left, from Limbang, Sarawak, Malaysia, is a “chicken chop.”

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The card on the right is from China, and the sender tells me about the food–after she tells me about the last movie she’s seen (that was, after all, the thread in which she’d tagged me):

“The Conjuring” is the last movie I’ve seen. It’s a horror movie, and the director is James Wan. Do you know that director? I like his another classical, bloody movie–“Saw” very much! This postcard shows “Braised Pork with Vermicelli,” which is a popular Chinese dish from Liaoling Province. I hope you like it!

Last postcard, another from Hong Kong: pancakes. I think the leaf is beautiful.

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Time for the stamps, which bring us more food. Malaysian stamps are always so great, with beautiful foods, flowers, & animals. Do you have any favorite dishes, or stamps, this time around?

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Hong Kong stamps are great, too! This Kitchenware Street stamp makes me want to seek out the real place. Also, lots of beautiful natural settings.

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Oh, and I love those puffy little animal stamps.  Also, the super panda below.

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Marine Life Edition, with Weather Reporting: Received from China & the U.S.

Time for another small batch posting, to get my backlog of postcards up here. This time we have a theme, and one of my very favorite themes: ocean animals!

I love all of these colorful fish. It came via a Postcrossing Forum tag (as did all of the cards in this post), from China.

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The sender writes, in part:

I don’t like too hot weather. If it’s hot, I don’t want to go out. >_<

Contrast that with the next card, the wonderful seal (also from China), where the sender tells me:

Today is a little cold in my city. I don’t love winter day. But I love polar animals!

I fall with that second correspondent.

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There’s the only way I like to see orcas (and dolphins)–in their natural element! The card represents San Juan Island, Washington, but the sender is in Florida. She also has a weather report:

Best wishes from rainy & dreary Florida!

Time for a look at stamps & stuff.  I like the super panda drawing, and the sticker of the little old couple watching it fly!

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Small Batch: Sent to China & Japan

In trying to get back up & running here, I realize that I shouldn’t be considered about going through the effort of omnibus postings (although I am so backed up, some of those may well happen).¬† I’m going smaller & easier here, with just the two postcards I wrote out today. Both will go out in Postcrossing Forum tags.

The “Mud Pies and Jelly Beans” exhibition at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, California, is pretty awesome, I think. It’s designed to look like a retro kitchen, and in addition to original food-related Peanuts strips, it displays character related lunch boxes (of which I had one) and food items (of which I ate a few). There was also a recipe card for chocolate chip cookies you could take with you!

**Instant update: In preparing the link to the museum, I discovered that the ongoing wildfires in the Sonoma County area have caused the museum to close indefinitely in order to clean the air & protect the collection. The status, as I write this on October 27, 2017, is that the museum is closed until further notice. I had already known that the fire claimed the home of Jean Schulz, the widow of Charles, and also so many of the couple’s treasures.**

The card goes out to a Snoopy lover in Nakatsu, Japan.

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A Postcrosser in Nanjing, China, had this Jetoy cat card in her favorites, so I am sending it her way.¬† I always enjoy seeing that I have a card that appears in someone’s collection of favorites.

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Let’s end, as usual, with stamps, stickers, & washi tape.¬† Do you have any favorites here? I always enjoy the shell stamps. I wish the Peanuts stamps were still available. At some point, I’m actually going to run out–but not today.

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Hello Again: Sent to Belarus, Brazil, China, Germany, Japan, & Malaysia

Hello there, it’s been a while! I am so behind in posting here.¬† I’ve still been posting–that is, mailing & receiving mail–but other things have been getting in my way of keeping track of it all: more work, more tired, trying to fit in more time for reading & other important things.¬† I’ve got a fistful of mail ready to go out, so let’s look at it before I send it off!

These all come from Postcrossing Forum trades, most from the offers threads, where a user gets to choose which postcard they will receive from a sender. I love looking through those, and discovering I have a card another user would love to receive.¬† Let’s start with Lucy here, because there is a story.¬† Not much of a story, but it’s as dramatic as things got this time around, so let’s go with it.

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I got tagged by a possible recipient in Germany, who wanted me to send the card blank in an envelope, because he wanted it for a friend. This is exactly not why I joined Postcrossing. Postcards are meant to be written on, stamped, and dropped directly into the mail box. This fella knew that, because it’s now part of my Postcrossing Forum signature.¬† Eventually, he settled on the idea that I could mail it directly to his friend–which is what I did (with a note that started off by saying so-and-so thought he would like this card).¬† Off it goes to Berlin, Germany.

Let’s go on to more Peanuts, and also more Germany: Snoopy here was requested by a Postcrosser in¬†K√∂ln (AKA Cologne), Germany.

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More toons, this time going to Selangor, Malaysia, to someone who likes children’s book illustrations.

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Do you know Elephant & Piggie? They are by the wonderful Mo Willems, who also wrote Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. If you’ve not exposed yourself to his work, you are missing out.

Someone in Minsk, Belarus, wanted this windmill postcard from my offer album, so that is exactly what she shall get.

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The “North Central Coast Wineries” map card was requested by someone in Yotsukaido, Japan. I told her I go to Monterey a lot, but I wasn’t at all aware of the wineries in the area before buying this postcard (at a gas station way down in San Luis Obispo County).

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I took a nice little trip to Trinidad–CALIFORNIA–a few months ago.¬† This card was requested by a Postcrosser in Hefei, Anhui, China.

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The last card goes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in a “last movie I’ve seen” tag. I never saw “Maudie,” though I did see the preview.¬† The last movie I’ve seen is Victoria and Abdul, starring Judi Dench.

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Stamps, stickers, washi tape: see anything you like?

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