I Hate Ketchup, & I Don’t Like Having to Play Catch Up: Received from Canada, China, Greece, Italy, Singapore, & the U.S.

It’s a silly thing, isn’t it?  I don’t want to have to post huge lots of postcards at a time (like the 8 here today), nor do I want to have to post too often–but I do enjoy having at least one postcard waiting for me when I check my mailbox each day!  I really just need to get over myself.

I just love the first postcard, depicting Singapore‘s Haji Lane.  I love it so much, I asked for it!  I received it in one of the Postcrossing Forum “you choose” tags in which I’ve been participating lately, where we post the cards we have available, and the person tagging us chooses which one we are to send.

I love it so much, because I’ve stood there, myself!  I took this photo:

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That mural is on the side of a Mexican restaurant.  Yup, a Mexican restaurant in Singapore.  I can’t tell you how the food was, because I didn’t try it, but I sure did love the mural!

 

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The card’s sender asks:

“Can you tell me what is your favorite food in Singapore?  I like Hainan Chicken Rice and Hokkien Prawn Mee.”

I ate an awful lot of wonderful food while I was in Singapore, but I told her that one meal that stood out as a favorite was the buah keluak at Daisy’s Dream Kitchen.  An interesting fact about buah keluak: it’s a nut, that in its natural state, contains cyanide. It must be treated before it is eated.

The card beneath the Haji Lane card is of Hainan Dongshan Ridge in China.  It comes to me via a Postcrossing Forum China Meets the World tag, and the sender writes:

“Hainan is the southwest province in our country.  It is very beautiful.  I have been there when I was 12 years old.  Maybe you can travel there when you visit China!”

Next up is the reindeer, which is the last card of 3 I received from somewhere around Hartford, Connecticut in a swap-bot trade of modified postcards.  I was pretty proud of the ones I sent out.  At first, I didn’t realize this postcard had been stamped up–and then I noticed the muddy penguins.

Let’s look at the touristy cards next.  The Greetings From Canada card is a surprise from Melissa, and the Lago di Garda is a regular Postcrossing send from Brescia, Italy.  The sender tells me about herself:

“I live near a beautiful lake.  I love painting and I am now studying the Japanese painting.  I remember a beautiful Japanese garden in San Francisco.  🙂  “

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I find that “Hello from Cape May, N.J.” card very odd.  Never mind that font reflected off the water: it seems as if the entire thing were pasted together.  Do you think the bird & boat were originally in the photo?  I sure don’t.  This is from a swap-bot “postcard roulette” trade, and the sender writes:

“I saw that you like beaches so I am sending this PC.  It is one of my favorite sunset beaches.  I checked out your flickr photos and must say, I LOVE your toy photos…very creative and fun.  When I’m geocaching, I take photos of a small stuffed bear but the toys are great.”

The next card, depicting a butterfly brooch, is also from the postcard roulette trade, and came to me from New Orleans, Louisiana. What I love about this card is what is on the BACK: 2 old bird stamps & a puffy Snoopy sticker.  You’ll see all that down below.

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The last card comes from Greece, & was hewn from a box of cigarettes.  It’s another swap-bot trade, this one of “upcycled cardboard,” and then sender tells me more than I ever wanted to know about cigs:

“We sell cigarettes in our shop.  These superslims came out a few years ago.  People can buy a carton or 1 pack.  In England they have 10 or 20 in a pack.  We only have 20’s.  Wishing you health, happiness & faith.”

I chuckled at that last part, about health.

Okay, time for stamps, postmarks, stickers, & washi tape.  Lots of good stuff down here.

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An Assortment to Go: Sent to Brazil, China, Japan, Taiwan, & the U.S.

Let’s get a bunch of outgoings out of the way at once, here.

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The two food package postcards are for a swap-bot trade.  Have you ever tried pani puri?  Mmmm… that card is going to Porto Seguro, Bahia, Brazil, and the Saladitas saltines panel went to Browns Mills, New Jersey.

The Rapunzel/Tangled card is headed for Beijing, China in a Postcrossing Forum tag trade to someone who in addition to liking Disney characters, enjoys Marvel characters including Sam Alexander’s Nova.  I told her I’m a big fan of the newer Marvel characters, too–perhaps especially Kamala Khan’s Ms. Marvel.

The coast & castle scene from The Little Mermaid went off to a lover of that movie in Taoyuan City, Taiwan; that’s a regular Postcrossing draw.

How ’bout that wacky retro tennis scene?  It’s another card from my ma’s stash, off to Ōtsu, Japan, in another Postcrossing Forum tag trade. Take a lot at the caption from the other side:

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Tiger went out in yet another Postcrossing Forum tag trade to New Taipei City, Taiwan.

Finally, the California card.  That was a regular Postcrossing draw, and it went out to Oberschefflenz, Germany–arriving there in about 7 days!  It’s just incredible to me sometimes, the time differentials; I have a Postcrossing card out to France, for instance (not all that far from Germany) that’s been traveling for 17 days as I write this.
OH!  INSTANT UPDATE!  As I was writing this, I got the “Hurray” message that the card arrived!  Here’s the message:

Thank you a lot for your amazing postcard of California. I love the illustration on the postcard. A lot of colours, that’s really beautiful!! I’d love to visit California. But this summer, I maybe will go to my bestfriend’s home : Wisconsin, Milwaukee! Should be beautiful too.

Okay, time to show a little backside:

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FOOOOOD! Received from Belarus, China, & the U.S.

I tend to receive a lot of food-related cards.  Here are three of the most recent!

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That big, happy burger card was fashioned from the cover of a pad of stickers, and it comes from a swap-bot member in Trenton, New Jersey as part of a chunk of cardboard recycled content postcard trade.  When you look at the other photo, you’ll see one of the stickers.  The sender of this card tells me, “my husband & I have a large toy museum in storage until we can find a suitable, affordable location!”  I can’t wait to see that!

The other two cards are regular Postcrossing incomings.  The babka is from Minsk, Belarus, and the sender tells me:

“People say that Belarussians are very calm and hospitable.  We like guests.  That’s why we have our own cuisine.  Our most famous dish draniki, but this one may be even more tasty.  Hope you can cook it.”

And now for something I really like!  From Hefei, China comes that wonderful assortment of xiaolong bao, soup, and more.  The card’s sender tells me:

“I’m a food enthusiast.  Do you know one food that a stick of sugar-coated haws?  It is very delicious.  Next Monday is our Lantern Festival.  I will enjoy sweet dumplings.”

I have never had sugar-coated haws, have you?  I’ve certainly had draniki, and made it it many times myself (though I know it by a different name).  What’s your favorite food from today’s post?  I’m calling XLB!

Stamps, stickers, & postmarks:

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Crunch-tastic: Received from Taiwan & the United States

The latest mail brought a train, and a ship’s crew!

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Let’s start aboard the ship, for an arrival through swap-bot’s chunk of cardboard trade, from a fellow swapper somewhere near Trenton, New Jersey.  I have mentioned many times here how much I enjoy making & receiving postcards from recyclables–it’s just fun.  Cereal boxes, I think, make for great postcards, and I’ve repurposed them in this way since way before I’d ever heard of such amazing things as swap-bot & Postcrossing.  The sender of this card wished me a Happy New Year, and tells me she has set a goal for herself to write or take a photograph each day.

The train card came from Taipei, Taiwan, via a Postcrossing Forum “Taiwan Meets the World” trade, in which Taiwan is Taiwan, and I am the world.  I would nitpick about the lack of a message on the back of the card, but for two things: first, the sender admits in his profile that his English is bad; and second, this card, which from the rear reminds me of the outline of a manatee, is so small, and the manufacturer has printed an image all over the space not allocated for the stamps & address.  It negates the whole purpose of sending a postcard!  I have reprinted the entire card below, omitting only the address & user name.

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(Great stamps, BTW)

The U.S.’s High Five?!?? Sent to Taiwan & the United States

Kitty is hanging out in the recycling.

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Kitty is going to a cat lover in Taichung City, Taiwan, for a Postcrossing Forum USA-Asia tag trade.

The rest of the cards are hewn from cardboard boxes, for a couple of swap-bot trades calling for recycled bits.  Two panels from boxes of chocolate-covered cookies from It’s-It (mmmm): one is on its way to Saint Paul, Minnesota; the other is headed to Livonia, Michigan.  The latter person had the oddest statement in her profile: she said she lives in “the U.S.’s high five.”  Now, what on earth does that mean?  Yes, I Asked Jeeves, and even Google, but there was no help to be found.  I was in a library earlier today, but it had passed my mind until I sat back down here to tell you about it.  Do you have any idea what she was talking about?

The cake pic came from a box of cake flour, and now that card will go to lovely San Diego, California.  I’m a bit cold today in the San Francisco Bay Area, so I’d like to try San Diego on. Just for a while, though–until I am able to move someplace warm.

Lastly, there is the happy little face, formerly a side panel from a box of tissues.  Someone in Belle Mead, New Jersey should be winding up with that.

Now I am looking forward to seeing what cardboard scraps people cut into postcards to send to me!  Do you ever create such postcards?

Sent to Canada & United States

Time again to rustle through the recycling bin to create postcards for a swap-bot “Chunk-O-Cardboard” trade!  I think these are a lot of fun.

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Reduce * Reuse * Recycle (There’s a 4th R–ROT–but let’s talk about something more pleasant)

Clockwise from the left:

The first postcard is headed for a swap-botter in Port Coquitlan, British Columbia, Canada, to whom I’ve sent a couple of previous cards. She says she likes surprises in the mail; I hope she’s amused by this little mascot from a bag of taro chips hanging out in front of a pile of pineapple cakes! By the way: after seeing my scan, I noticed I had not trimmed the card neatly; it has since been fixed!

The next card is on its way to Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A., to the person who arranges these wonderful “chunk” trades!  Her card comes from a panel from box of of facial tissues, so cute it demands this second life.

In the final card, we see the character from a bag of spicy peanuts hanging out in sweet territory, a selection of cookies I bought for trick-or-treaters.  The card is going to Somerville, New Jersey, U.S.A., to a swap-bot member who says of postcards, “I have a good sense of humor so even funny and bizarre ones are welcome!” Hope she finds this amusing!

Do you ever repurpose old packaging & such into cards to send to friends (or, I dunno, even strangers)?

Received from: Taiwan & U.S.A.

3 in, clockwise from top: Taiwan, New Jersey, California

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Let’s start with the U.S. entries, both received through swap-bot:

The owls, which flew all the way from New Jersey, are from a “notecard postcard” trade.  The sender decorated the edges of the repurposed card with some soft, sparkly tape, and also told me she is looking forward to spring.  Me, too!

At bottom left is an image of Sedona, Arizona, sent to me by someone right here in California.  She took a trip there a few months back, and recommends it.

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And now on to Taiwan, Postcrossing, and one of my favorite postcards received to date! The top card, featuring Doraemon (Robot Cat from the Future) traveled over 9 days and 6,628 miles to get to my mailbox.

I know from reading profiles & stories on Postcrossing & swap-bot that many people would be irate at receiving  a hand-made card decorated with stickers, but more effort & consideration went into this than most cards, I think.  Look at the drawing from the opposite side:

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Nice art, on both sides!  The person said she likes drawing, and I see that she seems to have looked at the handful of cards I’ve favorited on Postcrossing (yes, they contain images of Doraemon & the Buddha) & tailored something especially for me.  Made my day!

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Cool stamp, too.

Sent to: Groningen, Netherlands; Singapore; Deltona, Florida; and Frenchtown, New Jersey

First off: Postcrossing news.  A card I sent to Qingdao, China, has been received!  It took 24 days to travel 5,977 miles.  Now, I get to send out a new card–to Groningen, Netherlands!

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Yes, this card has appeared on this blog before.  The fact there are 500 of them means it is also likely it will appear again. In fact, I am also sending one out, not via Postcrossing or swap-bot, to a friend in Singapore.

To Deltona, Florida, part of an “upcycled postcard” swap-bot trade:

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Nancy here has walked down the The Snail Mail path before, too.

Also for the swap-bot “upcycled” trade, this masterpiece goes to Frenchtown, New Jersey.

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Hmm, perhaps, I should have saved that one for an international art collector…

Sent to Mountain Lakes, New Jersey

My favorite postcard I’ve created so far in this venture! A repurposed snack box, a little Calvin & Hobbes…

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As I wrote on the back of the card, I doubt Calvin has ever even TRIED “this stuff!” It’s pretty good, BTW.

The title of this swap-bot trade is “What are you reading?”  I read a lot, and a lot concurrently, so I wrote really small on this one.  I’m looking forward to receiving a postcard full of great recommendations from the person who drew my name!

 

Sent to Belle Mead, New Jersey

Another submission for the swap-bot directive to “make a postcard recycled from some other cardboard type material. It could be a cereal box, the container for something bought, a paperback book cover, a used greeting card… The possibilities are endless!”.  I love the concept–it comes to me naturally.

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Someone looks thrilled about making the trip to Jersey! I see he’s stocked his rations.

When I was a kid, I loved Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch so much.  The fact it wasn’t available in my area made it more special, no doubt.  Not so good these days, for one reason or another.  It can’t help that the Cap’n himself just doesn’t look as cool as he used to, and most of his crew is missing.

Have you ever turned old packaging into post cards, or otherwise used it as mail art?