Buffet Edition: Sent to Australia, China, Finland, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Russia, Taiwan, and the U.S.

I like Ritz crackers, and I like chocolate — so what can go wrong? THIS. My mistake: “fudge” does not mean chocolate. Yuck. One bite, and the rest went to work. Sending this box panel off to Tokyo, Japan, in a food package postcard tag.

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More packaged foodstuffs, but this time something much better: the seasoned flour for Tom Yum chicken goes out in a food package postcard tag to Cedar Hill, Texas.

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This is the restaurant in San Francisco where the food may not be the best, but free postcards? Yeah, I guess I love this place (even though I may well never decide to eat there again). Going off in a food tag to Rui’an, Zhejiang, China.

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These messy cones are going to Foshan, Guangdong, China.

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Let me show you the back side of that one right now. Never have I been so matchy-matchy.

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The creme brulee with blowtorch goes to Gunma, Japan.

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Brown foods go to Harbin, Heilongjiang, China. I should have paid more attention, not to send Chinese foods to China, but maybe the guy will love it. I told him I’ve eaten most of these things–and cooked with some of them–over the last month.

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Moving away from food, while staying on topic: part of the joy of buffet (all of the joy of buffet?) is about choice. Postcrossing Forum has many tags where users can link to their available postcards, and others can choose the card they want. The redwoods were chosen by a Postcrosser in Nairne, SA, Australia.

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This one was chosen by a Postcrosser in Saint Petersburg, Russia:

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This one was requested by someone in Lübeck, Germany. I told her that I’m not convinced the trees are actually in Hawaii. This is one I received as a part of a disappointassortment. Look it up, you’ll find it, I’m sure.

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By request to Omsk, RussiaPostcard A Sequoia Park Zoo Eureka

By request to Fiskars Village, Finland:

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Franklin meets Linus, off by request to Taichung City, Taiwan.

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“Have a great country day!” WOOOO! I never thought I’d get rid of this stinker! Off by request to its recipient in Cheboksary, Russia.

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Moving off the buffet line to non-request tags: this one went out in a Disney tag to New Taipei City, Taiwan.

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Another one to Taiwan, this one to a map lover in Taipei.

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This, from my most recent quick shopping stop into the Charles M. Schulz Museum, goes off to Yokohama, Japan.

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Moving along… I took another stop at Postcard United! a click on the “send a postcard” button, and I prepped this one for its trip to Johor, Malaysia.

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Stamps, stickers, & washi tape time…

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I am Losing Track! Sent to England, Israel, Malaysia, Netherlands, Russia, & Taiwan

This is getting out of hand.

The game of snail mail is such an ephemeral thing, I thought it would be nice to use a blog to keep track of the comings & goings, to e-save the postcards I send out, and to remember the countries & people I’m hearing from.  The fact is, though, it’s a lot of detail to keep on top of.  I’m losing out on reading time!

If you, as a snail mailer & blogger, have any tips for simplification & organization, please share!  In the meantime, let’s try to catch up on some of my outgoing cards I’ve been letting slip through the cracks here on the reporting end.

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Princess Tatiana from Disney’s The Princess & the Frog went to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for a Postcrossing Forum trade titled “what I’d really like to have is,” and I THINK the recipient asked for a Disney princess.

Eat More Hole Foods!  Just don’t buy them at Whole Foods, or they’ll cost you an arm & a leg.  The doughnut went to Suffolk, England, in another Postcrossing Forum “you choose” tag, in which the person tagging us gets their choice of a postcard from those we have posted as having available to send.  She’s since tagged me again, and has chosen a similar card from my collection–but that will have to wait for another post.

The next set of 3 are all for regular Postcrossing draws.  The corgi went to Johor, Malaysia; the bear to Saint Petersburg, Russia; and the shots of San Jose to The Hague, Netherlands. See how quickly I dispatched with all of that?  Not satisfying at all.  We are learning nothing, here.

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The Japanese Friendship Gardens in San Jose are beautiful.  There are a lot of beautiful Japanese gardens in the SF Bay Area.  My FAVORITE such garden, though, is in Hilo, Hawaii.  True story.

Okay, here we go.  This lady down here, don’t keep her waiting any longer.  I mailed her out like a month ago.

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The lady looking at clothes went to Tel Aviv, Israel.  That’s another card from the Klutz Press World’s Tackiest postcards, and if you don’t think it’s tacky, just look at the next image down, which is the text printed on the back of the card.

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C r i k e y .

Lovely.

It went off for a swap-bot trade of “weird/ugly postcards,” and as I wrote to my partner, “doesn’t get much weirder & uglier than this!”  You know, at some point, Klutz published a second book of these cards, but I don’t tend to see either of them around!

Finally, the sea nettles from the Monterey Bay Aquarium went to Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, in a Postcrossing Forum tag trade of marine life-related cards.  I love marine life.  I try to make an aquarium trip just about every place I travel, so just now I got curious about whether Kaohsiung happens to have an aquarium.  It does, but apparently it’s not such a great place to be a fish.

So, whether you have words of wisdom on keeping on top of recording mail, or favorite aquariums, or whatever… please do check in!

 

“I Can’t Believe This Postcard Was Actually Produced!” Received from China, Japan, Malaysia, Russia, & the U.S.

I love those top two cards.  Donald & Mickey are gracing my first Japanese New Year postcard received this season!  I think the custom of nengajo is a great one: I love receiving those cards, and I wish the practice would migrate to the U.S. This card came to me from, yes, Japan, thanks to a Postcrossing Forum Disney card tag.

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The beautiful sea turtle came to me from somewhere in the U.S., due to a marine life & sea creatures tag.  The sender tells me that the turtle…

“…reminds me of my trip to South Padre Island, Texas when I was a biology grad student.  There is a sea turtle rescue center there that we toured.  Amazing to see what great work they did, and the turtles that were being rehabilitated for release.  I’d like to go back one day to see how much it’s changed.”

If you think that lighthouse photo is just horrible, let me tell you: it’s much worse-looking in person. It came to me from Providence, Rhode Island, thanks to a swap-bot trade specifically for ugly postcards, and the sender says:

“I can’t believe this p/c was actually produced!  Terrible picture!”

Well, yes.

The other lighthouse is a marked improvement. It came to me from a brand-new Postcrosser in Saratov, Russia, and it took a long 56 days to find me!  I’m thinking the Saratov mail must be delivered via molasses, because I received that card on October 5, and the sender has had 3 more of their cards delivered–but has yet to receive a single card herself!  She needs to put some work into her profile: as of right now, there is not a single word on it.  Speaking of words, here’s what she wrote on the postcard she sent me:

“One learns people through the heart, not the eyes or the intellect.” –Mark Twain  (…and then some stuff in Russian… and then) “Best Wishes from Russia.”

The next card, the illustration of a woman illustrating, is also a Postcrossing incoming, this time from someone in southeastern China.  Her writing is very pretty, but I couldn’t really quite understand much more than that she was experiencing summery weather, and she is a fan of the great writer Haruki Murakami.  I love his stuff, too!  Have you read any of it?

The berries are another Postcrossing card, this one from Saint Petersburg, Russia.  The sender tells me she likes “nature, travels, sea, good books, and music.  Also I love photography.”

Finally, yet another Postcrossing card, this one from Malaysia.  It kinda makes me cry that the postcard does not depict beautiful Malaysian food, flowers, scenery, or anything Malaysian.  At least the stamps helped!

Stamp & postmark time: I love the Malaysian flowers, the American anglerfish, and the Japanese Donald Duck!

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Get that Ice Cream Offa My… Received from Russia & the United States

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That postcard up top is called “While He’s Sleeping,” and the artist is Daria Danilova.  I don’t know why the bunny is rubbing the ice cream on the fox, and it would probably be rude of me to ask.  The card was sent to me by a Postcrosser in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and she tells me:

“I’d like to tell you about my plan about celebrating New Year: my husband and me will celebrate it on the train. 🙂 It will be my first time.  Hope it will be interesting and unusual.  :)”

That other card was sent to me as a part of a swap-bot “free/ad postcard” swap, and was sent by a swapper in the San Bernardino, California area.  I had never heard of Bridgeport, so I had to look it up.  It’s a tiny place near the Nevada border.  Had you ever heard of it?

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International Incidents! Received from Canada, Finland, Japan, & Russia

DORAEMON!  And some other great cards, too…

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Doraemon came to me from Shizuoka, Japan, thanks to a Postcrossing Forum USA-Asia tag trade. Love this card, and the stamp, too (see the image below).  The sender tells me Shizuoka Prefecture is “famous for the world heritage (site), Mt. Fuji.”  She also tells me she is a cooking teacher, working in her kitchen studio, and she spent a couple of years living in Boston… “I have also been to California, 3 years ago.  Both places are really nice!  I love U.S.A.!”

The rest of these are regular Postcrossing cards, and while we are talking about people who have lived internationally, let’s move on to that beautiful sea turtle.  The sender, from Ottawa, Canada, has actually just moved there, having previously lived in Istanbul, Turkey and Taipei, Taiwan.

The beautiful bears are on a card from Saint Petersburg, Russia, and they come with a story.  The sender tells me:

“Once upon a time, I was in the Siberia, me and my friend walked from our side of a pass and a pair of bears from another, and we met at the top.  So, bears was not too hungry, and I can sen this card to you.  :)”

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That delicious-looking food hawker scene from Vietnam was sent to me from Finland!  The sender picked the card up while traveling a couple of years back, and she tells me:

“I liked Vietnam very much, but my favorite country in Asia is Burma (or Myanmar). I just loved the country and the food was excellent. :)”

Mmm, I’d love to go to both of those places & eat up.

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Doraemon!