A Post So Action-Packed, it’s Got BULLET-POINTS! Received from Canada, Germany, Macau, Malaysia, & Taiwan

So much going on, I’ll hype in in bullet points right here at the top!

  • Snoopy!
  • Hamilton!
  • Another Postcard United Quirk: In & Outta Macau
  • A Very Special Postmark, & an IDGAF Hand Cancellation!

Okay, let’s get down to it…

First group of cards: STAR POWER!  This cool shaped Snoopy & Woodstock card came to me from Taiwan, thanks to a Postcrossing Forum Snoopy/Peanuts tag.  The back was cool, too, as you’ll see toward the bottom of this post.

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From NYC: the “Ham Across America” card is a thank-you for making a donation to the Planned Parenthood Foundation of America as a special contest/fundraising promotion Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda was promoting.  His mother is on the national board of directors of Planned Parenthood Action Fund.  No, I did not win anything, but I was really looking forward to receiving this postcard–and I already have my tickets for Hamilton’s SF run.

Second set of cards: FOOD!  That lovely illustrated recipe came to me from Malaysia in another Postcrossing Forum tag.  The sender writes:

I’ve been to SG, TW, Thailand, Indo but I realized I haven’t tried all the delicious cuisine in Malaysia.  Malaysia is a multiracial country and also a gourmet heaven.  Hope you can come and try it next time.

His country holds the very top slot on my “want to visit” list.

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Spoons!  They’re from Lithuania, thanks to Postcard United, and the sender wries:

I live in the capital city with my family & dog & rabbit.  I love animals a lot.  They always make me smile!  Traveling is my passion.  I haven’t been to US yet, but hopefully I’ll get a chance one day!

The next card is from Nagoya City, Japan, also via Postcard United, and the sender tells me, “I love these Japanese sweets, wagashi.”

Third set of cards: NATURE!  I love this depiction of Malaysian foliage.  It’s yet another Postcrossing Forum tag (can you tell I love those things?), from the same sender as the food card above.  This time, he writes:

Have you ever heard about Terengganu?  It’s one of the states of Malaysia and famous with islands, beaches, and other unmatched beauty.  As a local, normally I went for off-road cycling/jungle trekking/hiking with my friends during the weekend.  There are lots of interesting looking plants inside the wood including the Pitcher plant from the postcard.  The local named it “Periuk Kera,” means monkey pot because they think monkeys drink and eat from the “pot.”  Though playing in the wild was fun, there’s still some rules and taboo you must know before going to the forest and mountain.  It might sound superstitious, but there’s a lot of strange and explainable things that me and my friends encounter before.  But not enough space to write here.

Ugh!  Just when it was getting to the good part!  Well, I hope he tags me again soon.  You know what, though?  Look at that message above.  Such a long, content-filled note!  So much, in a tight, pretty neat, hand.  This is what I just love to see on a postcard.  Cool texture on the card, too–it even shows up in the scan.

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Remains from sea creatures, arranged neatly in the sand…it’s a regular Postcrossing draw from Germany, and I like the way the card’s sender closes her message:

“…let us all hope for peace on earth!!”

Now, I’m no fan of excessive exclamation points, but it’s definitely a good time for us all to hope for peace on earth!!

Those leaves are from A Bug’s Life, and the sender is Melissa, who was writing specifically to try to get me the special Canada Post cancellation from Saint-Valentin, Quebec.  It worked, as you’ll see if you scroll down.  They kinda cancelled out her message, rather than the stamps, but the red ink wouldn’t have shown up well on the red stamps, anyhow.  Scroll on down, and you’ll see the postal worker’s inelegant solution to make sure the stamps couldn’t be reused!

Fourth & final group of cards: MANMADE STUFF!  Taipei 101 is from a Facebook friend in Canada who’s noticed my postcard postings in social media.  He recently took a trip to Taiwan & China, and put out a notice to his contacts to let him know if they’d like him to send them postcards along the way.  Why, yes, please!

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Oh, the Macau card!  I mentioned this situation recently! One day, I clicked on Postcard United’s “send a postcard” link, and was assigned a recipient in Macau–and the very next day, I received a card from that same person!  As I said in my other post, this is not the first time this has happened with old P.U.  Do you have any similar experiences?

The sender of the card is also the card’s artist.  She writes:

I love painting & take photo.  My dream is to send my art works all over the world.

I don’t remember if I noticed at the time I received this card that the sender was also the artist.  Horrible memory, so there’s another reason it’s good I do this bloggy thing with my cards.

The last card is the one with those interesting beach chairs.  It’s a swap-bot trade from Berlin, Germany, and the sender tells me:

This is how a German beach looks like usually.  At least at the Baltic Sea.  And I love how colorful it is.

Time to look at the backs of the cards, with all the stuff I mentioned earlier, & more…

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Cool postmark AND stamps!

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I love the tasty Japanese food stickers.

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Dude! That’s Not Even a Postcard! Received from Czech Republic, Lithuania, & Slovenia

So, when an envelope from Lithuania appeared in the mail, I assumed it was via Postcrossing, from a sender who (sigh) thinks postcards should be mailed in envelopes.  I was only half right.

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The envelope is from Šiauliai, Lithuania, and it contains no postcard at all, but rather a handwritten letter (I approve) and the gift tag you see at the bottom of the image I posted.  Inside the little card was written, “Best wishes from LITHUANIA to United States of America!”  Now, the letter was from a 16-year-old, and he has been Postcrossing for less than a month, so perhaps he will soon pick up on the “postcard” part of Postcrossing.  It’s funny to me that at the end of his letter, he wrote, “P.S. Postcard ID: LT-49….” As for the content of the friendly letter, it’s very apparent he would like to study–and stay–here in the U.S., and wants some tips.  Unfortunately, I really don’t have any, but advised a cross between asking his college counselors & doing copious internet research.  He’s also interested in pen pals, even giving his email as well as physical address.  Sometimes I wonder how safe these sites are for young people, you know?  I limited my communication to answering some of his questions within the Postcrossing thank-you message field.

Going back up to the top of my image, that puppet card is from Kladno, Czech Republic, from where the sender tells me that these are “puppet characters Grandma and very famous Hurvinek.”  I looked up Hurvi, and see he hails back to 1926, making him older than Mickey Mouse!

The card with the crocs comes from Bovec, Slovenia, and is from a real postal carrier!  He says:

“I have such a great job.  🙂  Happy mail (except bills) bring smiles on peoples’ faces.  Wish you a lot of interesting mail and enjoy what you like to do.”

Stamps, stickers, postmarks, & stuff:

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Even at magnified size, I have no idea what that sticker above the priority label is supposed to be.  Can you help?

Like Cats & Dogs: Sent to Lithuania & Thailand

Sending out another 2 Postcrossing cards:

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Snoopy & Woodstock are off to Bangkok, Thailand, and I am jealous.  I told the recipient about my trip earlier this year to her city, & how I loved exploring the wet markets & night markets, and how I especially loved all of the wonderful, plentiful fresh fruit.  No, it’s not at all the same here in California.  I also told her, since she did specify a desire for Snoopy cards (something even more rare here than an ever-present, abundant variety of super-delicious & cheap fresh fruit), about my trip out to the big Megabangna mall, especially to visit the Charlie Brown Cafe.  It was there, in fact, that I found & purchased my first set of Peanuts postcards.  This is my second-ever Postcrossing card to Thailand.  I have yet to receive one.

As for Lithuania, I have sent 3 and received 5.  This will be my 4th out, I guess, to the city of Vilnius, to a 47-year-old mother to 5 children between the ages of 6 and 23.  She claims to still have time for hobbies, including traveling, handicrafts, & Postcrossing.

“It’s a Disaster:” Received from Belarus, Lithuania, & the United States

A pair each of Postcrossing & swap-bot incomings this time–from Minsk, Belarus; Zarasai, Lithuania; and Alabama & Connecticut, U.S.A.:


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Since I’m rushing through this, I’ll just write about the top left card, which was sent to me by a Postcrosser in Minsk, Belarus.  She tells me:

“Here’s a card which shows you some items of household with their names in Belarusian… Could you believe that these cards were issued to motivate people to talk their native Belarusian language? The problem is that we mostly speak Russian.  It’s a disaster.”

Stamps & postmarks!

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It All Starts with a Couple of Bowls: Received from China, Japan, Lithuania, & Singapore

Lots of Postcrossing here.  I really love the two tasty ones!

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The cartoon bowl has got to be one of my all-time favorites.  It came from Sendai, Japan, in a journey of 10 days & 5,012 miles.  The sender writes,

(In Sendai,) we have lots of nature, delicious foods especially rice, fruits, and vegetables…In Japan, there’re lots of bowl-style foods.  Do you know how many styles way to eat rice cake? The answer is 200.

The bowl of food without a face comes from Chongqing, China, not a postcrossing draw–we’ll I’m not her draw, but she’s mine!  I drew her, and have had a card allegedly traveling her way 99 days as of this writing.  When I contacted her at the 60-day mark, and sent a new card (which also, I guess, has not arrived), she rewarded my efforts by sending this delicious card.  She writes of the dish on her card:

This card is a delicious food called ‘cold noodles with chicken shreds.’ This food is a little spicy, or maybe not a little spicy for you guys.”

The American art (Subway, by Jacob Lawrence) came from Singapore, a trip of 8,469 miles over 23 days.  The sender does mention food: that she is craving wonton noodles (at 11:40 p.m.), and that she has an eating disorder called ARFID.  I had to look that up.

Finally, a few nice views from Kuršių Nerija National Park in Lithuania, on a card that took 22 days to travel the 5,674 miles to my mailbox.  The 16-year-old high-school freshman says she trying to learn some Spanish:

I’m learning it from a phone app, so I don’t know how it’s gonna work.

Stamps & postmarks! So many great stamps here.

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Stampy! Received from Lithuania

This just in from Kaunas, Lithuania: my take from the latest swap-bot stamp trade.

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Looks like I got something extra! I’m sure that’ll come in handy in a Postcrossing forum cartoon card trade–if not sooner.

Some nice ones–and I don’t even collect stamps!  I especially love the Malaysian food stamps up at the top.  And the birds right next to them.  And the river otter stamp that is on the envelope!  No idea what to do with them, but they are all beautiful!

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WOW–just look at all of this–and it isn’t even all of this!
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I entered another swap-bot exchange of used postage stamps, even though (though I do use postage stamps) I do not collect postage stamps.  Of course, I do not collect postcards, either.  Now, I do accumulate a whole lot of stuff…

This was sent to me by a trader in Kaunas, Lithuania, and I sure do like those postcards!  I think I will send that Tofu Boy card to a toy-loving friend in Singapore.  Some great stamps here, too: I put my favorites near the top.  I love the Quentin Blake illustrations, and the flowers & fish are great, too.  My scanner bed was not big enough for everything I received, but if you are a stamp lover, you can see most of the omitted stamps on cards I have posted here previously.

Ephemeral Tragedies: Received from Lithuania, Russia, and the United States

Half of this haul actually went well, but a dramatic title always spices things up!

That poor dead bird, though…

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The cat was not responsible for what happened to that bird. At least, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t…

The poor eviscerated bird somehow made its way through my mail slot via Postcrossing, from Lithuania.  It was a die-cut card, which I’m sure is what sealed its fate.  The poor thing’s legs & chest have been torn away. All remaining on the back is (most of) my address, the stamp, Postcrossing ID, and “Hi John! Greetings …m Lithuania!” In the tattered edges, I can see there was originally more. I somehow remember the post office used to deliver such tragedies in little plastic bags with apologetic notes…

Things aren’t going so well with that cat card, either.  Sure it’s in one piece–but its backside is barren!

It came to me from Alabama, part of a swap-bot “creatures great & small” trade, in which we were to exchange animal cards.  The directions included, “write a message, quote, or something something, you know.”  As you can see from the image below the cat, there is a whole lotta nothing on the back of that postcard: simply the swap title, user name, date, a couple of tiny (though lovely) stickers, and “Have a great day!”  And oh, I’m sure I would have, if only the sender had bothered to put just a wee bit of time & effort into writing something on the postcard.  Write what, you ask?  Who cares what!  A message, quote, or something something, you know.  Why sign up for a postcard exchange if you don’t want to use the postcard for its intended purpose?  Swap-bot, Postcrossing–internet searches–they all have plenty of advice for what to write if you can’t think of something by yourself.  I’ve explained several times here that I am not into any of this for the postcards, but rather what I will call cultural exchange.  If I wanted to collect postcards, I would buy them myself.  It would be a whole lot cheaper that way.

I would rather have ten eviscerated birds than one cat with an under-tended backside.

The other two cards are just fine: the one full of colorful siphonophores came to me from Idaho, part of a Postcrossing Forum marine life tag.  The sender fills out a card like I do, with neat writing filling up the space at about 13 lines or so of text.  She writes, in part, of looking up these creatures & learning “…they’re in the same family as Portugese Man ‘o Wars, which I used to see littered on the beach when I lived in Florida.”  Here we have my favorite card of the day.

The final card came to me via Postcrossing from Moscow, Russia.  It depicts the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, which Wikipedia tells me is “a few blocks southwest of the Kremlin. With an overall height of 103 metres, it is the tallest Orthodox Christian church in the world.”  The sender tells me that she and her daughter were having a short vacation.

The stamps are just great.  I love the tiger, and also the birds–which I think look like grackles.

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Stampy! Sent to Lithuania

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I was happy to see this trade come up in swap-bot, calling for members to send 25 stamps to their assigned partner.  Most of these stamps have appeared on this blog before, attached to cards I’ve received through Postcrossing & swap-bot.  Postcards tend to accumulate, and the time soon comes to wonder what to DO with them all!  I solve that by scanning & posting them here, setting aside a precious few for possible display.  This trade let me put some part of the cards to good use.

New problem, though: what the heck am I supposed to do with the envelope full of stamps that is coming my way?

Received from Japan, Lithuania, and the United States

Three more in…

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The card at the top of the stack was sent to me from Denver, Colorado, in a swap-bot trade of map postcards.  You might or might not be able to discern that this is not a map of the Denver metro area.  The sender tells me that fall in the Rockies is beautiful.

The two bottom cards come my way thanks to Postcrossing.

The card at bottom right came to me from Yokohama, Japan, having traveled 5,180 miles in 8 days. The temple pictures is in Kyoto, which the writer thinks is one of the best destinations for a domestic trip, with leaves turning red & yellow this time of year.

The third card–the one with the fish party–is from Lithuania, and it made a trip of 5,739 miles in 30 days to get to me.  I like that the card’s writer shared this bit of wisdom: “cleaning with kids in the house is like brushing your teeth while eating Oreos.”

All three cards had nice & interesting stamps:

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I guess I forgot that we here in the U.S. can make whatever stamps we want, thanks to services like Zazzle.