Stamp Foot Forward, & then for a Feast: Received from England, Japan, Malaysia, Russia, Taiwan–& Muttville!

Can we start with a few of the stamps this time?  I love these stamps.

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That was a really, really good round of stamps.  Now, on to the postcards.  Let’s start with some FOOD!

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Two delicious servings from Taiwan. First the pinball-style image, and you can’t tell from the scan, but the words “Taiwan’s delicacies” and the little circles by each item and a shiny silver-colored finish.  The sender writes:

“Greetings from Taiwan!! This card is about Taiwanese food in ‘night market.’ They are really delicious, you must try if you have chance!!  Welcome to Taiwan!!”

I can’t wait.

That card was from someone who had drawn my name via Postcard United.  The next delicious Taiwan card is from someone who drew me on Postcrossing, and she tells me:

“Glad to send a postcard to you via Postcrossing this great project.  I really so like collecting postcards and stamps.  I selected this drawing card with Taiwanese foods. 🙂 Do hope you will like it.”

I do!

More food from Asia–in that Assam Prawn card from a Postcard United member in Malaysia.  The card was printed to promote a program on the National Geographic Channel called “A Peranakan Heritage: Gok’s Chinese Takeaway, Malaysia.”  I gotta find that online & watch it. As the card describes the dish, “the assam prawn is a classic Peranakan dish and is usually cooked in tamarind paste.”  The sender writes:

“Hello!  Welcome to visit Malaysia.  We have a lot of street food and local multi variety food.”

Okay, now I want to go to Asia & eat. Peranakan food is so delicious, have you ever tried it?  I’m trying to think whether I’ll have the energy for a cooking project this weekend…

Next up, from Japan, & thanks to a Postcrossing Forum trade, is this wonderful mass of Sanrio characters, anchored at top center by my buddy Badtz Maru!

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All the flowers were originally adorning the cover of a box of postcards, and thanks to a swap-bot trade, were upcycled into a postcard & sent to me from Malaysia.

The snowy, woody, lantern scene came from a Postcard Uniter in Russia.  The sender says:

“Greetings from Russia, Urals.  I live near Yekaterinburg with my family.  Today cold (-15 C) and snow.  Merry Christmas to you.”

Oh, my.  I’m freezing right here in the S.F. Bay Area, and then I get a postcard that brings me chills!

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Another snowy scene, made worse by clowns!  That’s a card purchased in Italy from a postcard pal in England.

Next up is a big postcard from MUTTVILLE!

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As you see, it’s a senior dog rescue.  It’s based in San Francisco, and I received this greeting as a donor to their wonderful cause.  I also contribute to Old Friends, an organization in Tennessee that makes sure old pups have a happy home & great care.  Follow them, and they will fill your Facebook feed with some really engaging personalities!

The remaining stamps: more nice ones here, and not to do too much more singling out, but I always love Malaysian stamps.  Taiwanese, too.

Speaking of stamps, I just ordered a bunch more a day or two ago–and then today, I learned that there are new stamps coming out I really NEED to buy!

My stamp budget sure has ballooned since embarking on this hobby.

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Holiday Special III: A Family Holiday

It’s not happening this year, but there have been a couple of times when the right materials, time, and inspiration came to a confluence, and I created some very special holiday greetings.  This was one of them.

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Do you think anyone appreciates me?

As far as I remember (and I actually don’t), this didn’t necessarily result in a spike in the number of cards I received the following year.

Previously:

Holiday Special I: Astro Boy Edition

Holiday Special II: Peanuts on a Wreath

Does a Dog Eat its Fortune? Received from India, Japan, Taiwan, & the U.S.

I came home today to a full mailbox!  Five pieces of snail mail–whoa!

I love this Taiwan Railway Journey postcard.  Taiwanese bento are sold in quite a few places in my city–but I really think I need to take an extended trip to their homeland, for comparison purposes.

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The card was sent to me via Postcard United, and the sender writes:

“Railroad lunch box is well-known, it’s delicious and inexpensive.  People can only buy it on the train or at the train station.”

I’m not so impressed with the fortune cookies–and I’m not sure I knew La Choy even sold the things!  You can go into most CVS stores around here & buy locally-manufactured fortune cookies (also available in various colors, as well as flat & fortune-less).  Which ones do I choose?  Well, I don’t!  It’s a food package postcard, thanks to a Postcrossing Forum tag trade, and the sender is in Colfax, Washington.  She writes:

“I hope I am not the only one who is amused by the fact that fortune cookies are not actually Chinese, nor English muffins, English; French toast, French; Danishes, Danish, etc.  Since these do not contain chocolate, they are critter-safe.  My dog, Max, loves them.”

I wonder whether she lets him eat his fortune.

Incredible India is another Postcard United incoming, and it came in to me from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.  Do you want to know what I just learned on Wikipedia?  Thiruvananthapuram is the capital–and the largest city–in its state, and it has a sister city in the U.S.: Galveston, Texas.  The card’s sender tells me:

“My hobbies being stamp collection, travelling places, water painting, gardening, enjoying soups, movies, etc. Have visited many places in India. We got many exotic sites. 🙂 Never been to another country. Wish to visit USA one day!! I like to have friend’s company when travelling.  Just 1 or 2 friends.”

I chuckled a bit at the hobby of “enjoying soups.”  I do have to admit, though, that particularly-good versions of sambar do indeed get me making yummy sounds.

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Well, there’s a weird postcard.  It’s via swap-bot, from an unassigned partner in the “postcard roulette” trade I’ve mentioned a couple of times lately.  The sender chills me to the core when she says:

“Hello from Colorado where we expect it to be 4 degrees for the high temperature on Saturday.  This is not normal.  You’re my chosen one from the list of roulette people…wonder if anyone will choose me… 🙂  :I  😦  “

Yeah, when I was reading about the “get assigned one, choose another one from the list of participants” nature of the swap, I did indeed wonder whether someone would choose me.  So now I know!  I wonder if I will receive still more unassigned cards…

Finally, I got a Christmas card from my snail mail pal in Tokyo, Japan, from whom I just got some cooool mail yesterday!  She writes she hopes we will be writing each other letters for years to come.

Some wonderful stamps today: I love the animals & food.

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Topographical Snoopy: Received from Finland, Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan, & the U.S.

What a swell batch! I especially love the cards at the top, both of which are ducky.

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What a wonderful, beautiful Donald Duck drawing.  He’s looking befuddled; he’s definitely been disrespected–and you just know he’s moments away from launching into an angry fit!  I received this in a Postcrossing Forum “I would really like to have tag,” where I wrote that I would really like to have a card with Donald or one of his relatives.  The sender wrote:

“Apa Kabar?  How are you?  Salam/greetings from Indonesia!  May the Peace and Joy that Christmas brings be with you and your loved ones!

I really want to see giant rubber ducks in a harbor.  One did come, very briefly, to Los Angeles, but only very briefly, and that’s about 6 hours away from me.  This card is one I actually asked for, thanks to a Postcrossing Forum tag in which we were to post the cards we offer.  The back side is beautiful, too!  The sender, who is in Taiwan, tells me:

“This card is Rubber Duck in Keelung (maybe you know).  I visited it in 2014.”

The Sally Brown card is very interesting: Sally is drawn is Charles Schulz’s style, but the other items show no attempt to match up.  The sender wrote:

“Greetings from Riihikoski, a village in south-west Finland.  I really love Snoopy and his friends.”

Down below, where I show the backs of the cards, check out the also-very-interesting 3-D Snoopy sticker!  By the way, this card was sent as part of one of Postcrossing Forum’s most lonely threads, the Snoopy/Peanuts tag.

Great drawing on that Snoopy card!  The image had been in my Postcrossing wall of favorites, and a sender in Japan chose it for me, thanks to a forum trade in which you were to send someone a card from their wall. The sender wrote about food:

“I like cooking.  Today’s dinner is yakitori.  It’s grilled chicken skewers.  They are made from bite-sized pieces of meat from all different parts of the chicken, and grilled with salt.”

The card at bottom right is from somewhere in the U.S., and came to me in a swap-bot trade of movie or TV postcards.  The font style on the front made me just dismiss it as computer code, and my first thought was that perhaps the two characters on the front were Snape & Malfoy from the Harry Potter series.  NOPE.  The sender tells me:

“I got this card at a craft fair a while back.  Hope you don’t mind that it’s a custom one.  I kind of got sucked into the SuperWhoLock fandom.  I’m a bit embarassed about the Super element, but a proud Whovian…and who can resist Cumberbatch?”

And so I came to Ask Jeeves about “SuperWhoLock.”

Soooo much good stuff on the back of the postcards this time:

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Here comes that 3-D Snoopy sticker I mentioned before.  It’s hard plastic.  Below this image, I’ve posted an enlargement, so keep scrolling.

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I guess it’s hard to show in a scan…it’s like a plastic topographical map… have you seen some like this before?

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Holiday Special I: Astro Boy Edition

There have been a couple of years where I was truly inspired to go all-out with the home-crafted holiday greetings, me-style.  Here is the result of one particularly satisfying bout of craftiness:

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I’m not sure if my friends & loved ones really knew what hit them.  While my parents’ generation issued holiday cards by the bushel, it seems the practice is not as appealing any more.  Now, I don’t miss braggy mass-produced newsletters, but it sure would be fun to receive…well, exactly the kind of card shown here!

Coming Up: Holiday Special II