Tastes Like Canned Soup: Sent to Australia, China, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Russia, Taiwan, U.K., & the U.S.

I just got back from Malaysia, and it truly is a food paradise. Sad to say, I didn’t quite make it to every single thing on this postcard! It went off in a Postcrossing Forum food tag to Quzhou, Zhejiang, China.

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The Hainanese Chicken postcard is also from Malaysia, but not procured during my trip. I got it some time ago when I ordered the wonderful book, The Food That Makes Us. A set of postcards came with the book! This card is on a trip to New Taipei City, Taiwan.

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Another food tag, but this recipient in Sendai, Japan, isn’t getting anything nice at all. In brief: Andersen’s Split Pea Soup is a pretty popular brand on California supermarket shelves, so of course way back when I first passed the restaurant–a popular roadside stop in the city of Buellton–I wanted to try their homemade version. Well, do you know what it tasted like? CANNED SOUP!

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Another card I bought in Malaysia; this one goes off in a “not my country” tag to Gunma, Japan.

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This is a place I’ve been to, but not in a while; it’s the Hotel King Kamehameha in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and it’s off in a travel tag to Nairne, SA, Australia.

Hawaii Hotel King Kamehameha

Here’s a card I bought at the airport as I was departing for my vacation. I’ve come across a whole lot of California map cards, but I think this is my favorite. It looks even better in person! This one goes out to a postcard pal in Hawaii.

California Max and Oscar

This pair of shiba inus are headed for New Taipei City, Taiwan.

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This card goes to an otter lover in Hamburg, Germany.

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Another otter card for another otter lover, this one in Shenyang, Liaoning, China.

Postcard A Sea Otter California Coast

Honest John went off in a Disney tag to Ylivieska, Finland.

Disney Villains Honest John

Postcrossing Forum has a number of “send me a card from my album of favorites” tags. I don’t dip in too often because, you know, what are the odds I’ll have a card the person has marked as wanting? Well, it’s happened twice recently (though the second Postcrosser has yet to respond to my tag)! This gator is being mailed to Faches-Thumesnil, France.

Mail a Gator

The lovely merpug is off — by request — to Itzehoe, Germany.

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Here’s another requested card, this one on its way to Riverside, California.

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Ready for a Peanuts Gallery? I’d better send off this 2018 postcard while it’s still topical! Copies go to Itami and Tokyo, Japan.

Peanuts Snoopy Year of the DogThis is the moment when Lucy starts calling for iodine; it goes to a postpal in Peacehaven, East Sussex, U.K.

Peanuts Smak Snoopy and Lucy

Lucy & Schroeder are off to Kyoto, Japan.

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“My Favorite Peanuts” will go to Jinjiang City, Fujian, China.

Schulz Museum My Favorite Peanuts

The tiger, like one of my earlier cards shown here, is also headed for New Taipei City (but to a different recipient).

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I pulled another name on Postcard United! The recipient in Hong Kong enjoys images of architecture, so I’m sending her an image of the grand main library in San Diego, California.

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…and another Postcard United draw, this one going to Zheleznogorsk, Russia.

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This third Postcard United draw goes to Hangzhou, China.

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This last card makes 23 I’ve chronicled this time around, and its a postcard of Kliban Cats! I love them. This card goes to a fellow fan in Taipei, Taiwan.

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Stamps! Stickers! Washi tape! Do you see the durian washi tape I picked up on the second leg of my eating vacation: Singapore? Here and there you’ll also see puffy Tom & Jerry stickers, a silly online purchase that was awaiting me when I returned home. Kliban cat stickers also show up a lot in this batch of outgoing cards. I love Kliban cats. Dunno if I’ve ever mentioned that before…

Do you have any favorites this time around? Please let me know about them!

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Stuffables & Stuff: Received from Japan

** First, a note on the giveaway: NO ONE WANTS IT so far!  All is exactly as I had suspected–but please check it out, & let me know if you would like to stake a claim.**  

Now, look at this beautiful surprise envelope I got from a Postcrosser in Utsunomiya, Tochigi, Japan:

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This Postcrosser, who has been on the site for just over a year & writes in her profile that she has never been overseas, really threw herself into sending something special across the ocean to a person she was assigned through a rather random website click.  Look at that beautiful envelope she fashioned out of a map!  Look at the wonderful things that were inside!

She writes:

“…Utsunomiya there are a lot of specialty shops of pan-fried dumpling.  At first, dumpling was imported from China, pan-fried dumpling is one of popular food in Japan.  Do you know the pan-fried dumpling?  I like delicious it.”

Yes, I know them & like them, too–although with all of the dumplings out there, I do not get to these all that often.  There’s the Chinese name, kuo teh, AKA pot stickers, and there’s the Japanese name, gyoza.  And here I have a story.  I was at a Japanese restaurant just a few days ago (not eating dumplings).  At some point, behind me, I heard what sounded like a teen girl talking about what she planned to order: “I’m going to get the GOYZA!”  Goyza?  I was waiting for someone to correct her, at some point, as she repeated what she was getting, but apparently no one else… sigh.  And I think the waiter humored her by repeating the mispronounciation.  I was hoping someone, ANYONE, in that little restaurant would improve her life by pointing out that “gyoza” is not pronounced “goyza.”  Someone, anyone?  Someone, anyone but me?  Not me.  And not anyone else.

The message on the goyza postcard continues:

“I was put (in this envelope) Pochi-bukuro.  Pochi-bukuro (petit envelope) is often used in Japan.  Especially at New Year’s, there is a custom in Japan that adults give money to children as a tip.  Of course, it may be good for a small accessory or mini card.  Try using this Japanese style envelope in your creative style.

I don’t remember hearing about this Japanese tradition.  Now, I do know the envelopes, known as hongbao, for their use in the Chinese tradition during the Lunar New Year.  I have used hongbao in the past in “my creative style:” I gave a friend a coffee gift card in a little envelope.  He asked me where the money was.  I told him I wasn’t his parent.  A lot of Chinese adults still get hongbao from their parents.  Never having been a Chinese child, I have never received a cash-stuffed hongbao (at least, not that I remember).  I do have a little stash of little envelopes (they are sold at many places in my area, and have a variety of fun designs & famous characters), into which I stuff tiny treasures & junk when I am preparing a package to mail to a friend.

What do you think I should do with these Pochi-bukuro I have been sent?