Let’s Just Agree to Ignore One Another: Sent to Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Poland, & Thailand

A mere 10 postcards this time! What’s the story with the title? We’ll get to it, but not too much into it–later.

Elephant & Piggie are going to Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Japan.

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The recipes from a box of cake flour went to Niigata, Japan. Do you ever try the recipes on a food package? I have, from packages of chocolate chips & cocoa powder. I heard from the card’s recipient, and she does not cook anything from the recipes printed on food packages.

Off to Bangkok, Thailand, in a “marine life & sea creatures” tag, goes this sun star from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I tell the card’s recipient I enjoy visiting aquariums when I travel, and have been to her local, Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World.

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Piedras Blancas Lighthouse goes to Saitama, Japan. I go to the area often, but never to the lighthouse; in fact, I just learned you can get a tour! For me, the draw of Piedras Blancas is the thousands of elephant seals. As it happens, on the very day I wrote this postcard, I took a little day trip down there to see the current denizens of the beach.

California Coast Highway 1 with Piedras Blancas Lighthouse

Far, far north of Piedras Blancas are Northern California & its coastal redwoods. This card goes out by request to a Postcrosser in Lublin, Poland, who noted, “blank in an envelope, please.” I’ll ignore that like she ignored my notation that I send my cards stamped and written, as the snail mail gawdz intented. And as I suspected, her “profile”is nothing but a list of cards she wants.

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For a food tag, this goes to Jakarta, Indonesia. I may have already mentioned that this vegetarian Chinese restaurant in San Francisco’s Chinatown isn’t the best representation of its genre–but I sure liked getting free postcards!

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Aladdin, Jasmine, & Abu are off to Hong Kong in a Disney tag.

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This cool Totoro card should end up in New Taipei City, Taiwan.

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Franklin is off by request to Taichung, Taiwan. I sure wish he–or any of the Peanuts characters–had won that election!

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More Peanuts: Li’l Lucy is headed for Yokohama, Japan.

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Before stamps, stickers, & washi tape, let’s look into my Postcrossing Forum U2U inbox. I just got a thank you from an earlier send to Taichung City, Taiwan, with a little museum report:

Thank you so much for the beautiful cards! They arrived at the same time 😀 We don’t have a lot of museums in Taiwan. There are two in my hometown, the science and art museums. But the museums are small and do not have a lot of works contained. I once took my foreign friend there and she said it was boring compared to those in her country. Thank you for always using great stamps 😀 Have a great day!

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Please Help Me Identify This Fruit! 3 from Indonesia

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.

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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.

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I love mynah birds.