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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Lucy & Schroeder are off to Kyoto, Japan.

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

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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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She Collects Sugar Packets: Received from Czech Republic, Germany, South Africa, & the U.S.

Robots! I chose this card from a Postcrossing Forum offer tag, and it was sent to me from Germany, where the sender tells me the card reminds her of the movie “Wall-E.”

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More machines, also from Germany, but this time via a swap-bot “chunk of cardboard” trade. The sender tells me the card is “made from the cover of a government’s brochure about work.”

The beautiful views come to me from the Czech Republic via a Postcrossing tag of national parks. The sender tells me:

Here at the border with Poland, there is our oldest national park Krkonoše (giant mountains). They raised already in Palezoic so they are much older than the other high European mountains (Alps and Carpathians). The slopes are no more very steep and on the tops, there is a central plateau with peat moss lakes. The countryside remind of the north of Scandinavian and sometimes is called as an island of tundra in the middle of Europe. The highest peak is Sněžka  (snowy mountain) 1,602 m. At the same time, it’s the place with biggest altitude of whole country.

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That reflective scene came to me through regular Postcrossing, from  Gelenau, Erzgebirge, Germany, and the sender tells me:

Gelenau is 7km with one of the longest villages in Germany. An Alpine Coasterbahn, wild reserve, heated outdoor swimming pool and many sports clubs are in the village.

More rusk from Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa. I remember the first time I got a recycled bit of rusk box from this user in a swap-bot “upcycled cardboard swap, I had to look up what rusk is. Now that I kind of know, I kind of wonder WHY it is!

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The sand dollar card is another one I received via swap-bot, this one from Florida in a “mishap” trade, in which we were to send cards that had somehow become messed up.  There was a bit of a coffee stain on the back of the card, but I think the most messed-up thing is actually that bit of fiction printed on the front.

Last postcard, this one from Russia via Postcard United. The sender writes:

In my childhood I used to collect Kinder toys (my favorite were series with lions and moles). Now I have a daughter, but when I bought her Kinder toys she was not interested at all. So we stopped it. =(

When I went to register the postcard, I leaned one more thing about this sender: she collects sugar packets! Very interesting. I wonder if she empties them, how she displays them…  Once upon a time I had a roommate who spent way too much time at Taco Bell.  The extra sauce packets they toss through the drive-through window ended up in a fishbowl–a great big fishbowl. They were used for at least one craft project before finally being sensibly tossed.

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Stamp time! I love these cuddly little creatures, and the flower next to them.

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Seasonal Stickiness: Sent to Japan & the U.S.

Sent something off to snail mail pals in Japan & Hawaii recently.  I’d only just recently sent them each something, but does that ever happen to you, where you’ve just mailed off something, and then you stumble upon some items so cool, it’s already time to return to the post office?  My local CVS had Peanuts stickers in Halloween & Thanksgiving flavors, and with them being timely right now (in the case of Halloween), and the snail mail pals in question being fellow Peanuts fans, I thought I’d better pounce.

I fashioned some quickie envelopes from old newspaper ads, and off they went.

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I Want to Live in a Water Home! Received from Czech Republic, Germany, Taiwan, Ukraine, & the U.S.

Time to post a few more of my incomings, before I get snowed under!  May be too late…

Snoopy-Dog-Dog!  It’s another fun bootleg Peanuts card from Pingtung, Taiwan, thanks to the Postcrossing Forum Snoopy/Peanuts tag!

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This sender apparently has a problem with stamp adhesion; we’re doing a little better this time, as one of the two stamps she affixed did make it all the way into my mailbox.  I knew one was missing, because in her message, she wrote about the stamps:

“The right side stamp is Taiwan fruit Shakya.  The left side stamp is a scene in the novel which is called ‘The Story of the Stone,’ also called ‘Dream of the Red Chamber.’  It is one of China’s Four Great Classical Novels.”

If you look at the stamp image below, you’ll be able to see that second stamp.  It’s at the very bottom, within the sticker Snoopy’s line of vision.  I looked up that book; at least in the English translation, it encompasses 5 volumes!  Whoa!

As for the fruit–shakya–I looked it up, too.  Also known as custard apple!

Cool ostrich shot!  That’s from a Postcrosser near Sonsbeck, Germany.  She’s 14, she says she’s glad she can write to the U.S.A., and she wishes me a happy birthday.

Cindi went to Maui, and sent me this Pa’iloa Bay card!  I do love a coastal scene with no people in evidence–that’s what I cross my fingers for when I look for a beach to walk in my general region.  A couple of weeks back, when I was in Central California, I ended up in a couple of touristy areas where there was not even any room in the parking lots next to the beaches, so I just kept on going.  No peace to be found there.

Then there is that very cheesy card.  It came to me from Dallas, Texas, thanks to a swap-bot food postcard trade, and the sender writes:

“I spent this morning canning Bread & Butter pickles.  It’s the first time I have used a recipe with Splenda so I’m wondering how/if they will turn out.  Two days ago I canned Kosher Dill Pickles and I have plans for Pickled Squash.  I love food and I enjoy eating cheese.  The different flavors and textures are amazing.”

Okay, now we have the girl walking some paper boats.  It’s from Odessa, Ukraine, and it’s my 300th Postcrossing Card Received!  Also, a few days ago, Postcrossing emailed me to congratulate me on 2 Years with the Site.  I haven’t seen a card in the mail from them, yet.

The insects come from a Postcrosser in  Blatná, Czech Republic. She tells me,

“We have got amazing water castle.  Around this castle is big park with fallow deer.”

I looked up “water castle.”  That means, basically, it has a moat.  I want to have a water home!

Stamps, postmarks, stickers, & washi tape– my favorite stamp this time would have to be that beautiful fish!

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People on the Go Don’t Freeze Well: Received from China, Germany, & the U.S.

The mail carrier handed me all five of these cards at once yesterday–and look at these awesome top two!

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The bao come from Shanghai, China, thanks to a Postcrossing Forum trade.  The sender writes:

“Greetings from China.  This card shows char siu buns (dumpling with marinated pork).  It is also Cantonese cuisine.”

Love me some Cantonese cuisine!  I have made bao several times.  Hint for people on the go: they freeze well (bao, not people on the go).

I’ve had a lifelong love of the Kliban Cats, and in swoops Avery in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to enable me a little more!  Hey is that a juice box? Oooh, pineapple juice…

I also like all those little figures on the “impressure BEIJIN” card.  Another Postcrossing Forum trade, it was sent to me from someone in Harbin, China, who tells me:

“Our city is famous for ice and snow.  The winter here is beautiful.”

Nope.

Then comes a bit of recycling from Kiel, Germany, another result of a swap-bot Upcycled Cardboard trade.  Those truffles sure look good.  The sender writes that he works as a teacher, and that he’s on summer break.  Do you know some schools here in the U.S., right now in August’s infancy, have already started back up?  Saddest thing ever.

Finally, another swap-bot trade, this time the “I HATE this postcard,” comes to me from Austin, Texas.  The sender writes:

“This is one of those cards I’ve had for years and can’t seem to get rid of.  It’s almost vintage!  Hope it brings you some joy.  🙂 “

I don’t mind the postcard, but I had to admit to the sender that I DO HATE the stamp:

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What a horrible life for a beast. 

The rest of the stamps (some wonderful ones here, I love the hurdling ram from China), plus postmarks, stickers, & washi tape…

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A Few of My Favorite Things! Received from Japan, Singapore, & the U.S.

A week for some really great postcards!  I love all three of these, which came to me in Postcrossing Forum-related sends.

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Mmm, look at all that wonderful Singaporean food!  The person in Singapore who sent this to me lists off the deliciousness, from the first column to the second: chicken rice, laksa, fried kway tiao, Hokkien prawn noodles, rojak, and wan tan mee.  She asks, “did you try all these foods?”  Here or there, yes, I have!  The day after I got the card, I felt the need to go to a Singaporean/Malaysian restaurant.  Gotta say, it’s just not the same here as in the hawker centers…

I love marine mammals, and that fur seal is beautiful!  The card was sent from Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A., home to the New England Aquarium.  The sender is a volunteer at the aquarium, and she says:

“The fur seal on this card is named Ursula.  I have worked with her before, observing her actions for research purposes.  Some of my other duties include working aquarium events and working at the rescue and rehab center.  This past winter we helped over 500 cold-stunned sea turtles!”

The Snoopy card came from my Snoopy postcard pal in Tokyo, Japan.  Isn’t it cool?  The sender has visited Tokyo’s new Snoopy Museum, and she gave me a little report.  She says it’s an “awesome lovely place,” and she “enjoyed watching original pictures and shopping.”  She had the most to say, though, about the cafe:

“It was bummer that museum’s restaurant (called ‘Cafe Blanket’) was super crowded, so I couldn’t have lunch there.  The menus are interesting such as Lucy’s Bubbles Lemonade, My Sweet Babboo (a milkshake), Snoopy Dish Combo, and so on.”

She says she will go back again as soon as she can.  I’ve already received–just two days later, I think, another Snoopy card from her, & I’ll share it soon.

Stamps, stickers, & washi tape:

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Wet & Dry (but not in that order): Received from Russia & the United States

It’s another chunk of cardboard!

I love these swap-bot trades, where any cardboard can be turned into a postcard.  This big chunk from Saint Paul, Minnesota–I don’t know what it’s fashioned from, exactly–it’s apparently the box for a towel made of non-woven fabric.

The sender writes:

“What are you reading lately?  I am working my way thru John D. McDonald’s Travis McGee series, and also John Sandford.  Yesterday I started Guns, Germs and Steel.  It’s long, and I’m hoping it’s not too dry.”

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The ocean postcard comes from a Postcrosser in Moscow, Russia, who writes:

“Greetings from Russia with the wishes of good luck, joy, happiness.  I like to travel the world, taking pictures of sights.  I like painting, especially the marine pictures.  The postcard–Black Sea–Russian painter Ivan Aivazovsky, picture.  Your photos are super!!!  You’re professional!!!

“‘We all have time to expend on what is essential to our nature.’ –Thornton Wilder”

Stamps & postmarks:

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Gel Pens on a Deep, Bright-Red Background: Received from China, Germany, Netherlands, & the U.S.

A handful of various cards I received & scanned some time ago, but have forgotten to post…

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That card made from a cereal box comes from a swap-bot member in Hamburg, Germany, thanks to my beloved chunk-of-cardboard trade for postcards made from chunks of cardboard.  The sender writes that this is from one of his favorite cereals:

“It’s called ‘Toppas’ and is made by Kellogg’s.  Do they have it in the U.S. as well or is it a German/European thing?  It’s similar to UK Shredded Wheat Bitesize but filled with chocolate.” 

I wonder whether he went in for the free bowl with built-in straw.

That squirrel-and-sprinkles card is another “chunk.”  The sender is somewhere near Zwijendrecht, Netherlands, and tells me:

“This is very small pieces of chocolate that you can put on your slice of bread.  Not only eaten by children.  On the back side of the package there are some puzzles.”

In my thank you message to her, I said that I see products like this in the European aisle of my local Asian supermarkets.  She was shocked–shocked–that toast sprinkles are not a “thing” here in the states.  I will say as many times as I’ve seen these things at the 99 Ranch 99, I have never been tempted to try them.

The mountains are more swap-bot, this time for a trade entitled, “I wish I was where?”  The scene is Mount Katahdin in Maine, and the swapper lives somewhere in Maine.  She writes:

“This is one of my favorite places in the whole world!  …I have climbed Mt. Katahdin 6 times.  We are planning a hike this summer!”

Candied cherries.  Yes, it’s a chunk, but we are on to Postcrossing Forums now, for a Food Package Postcard tag trade.  The sender lives in Xiamen,China.  Props to the postal workers across the word who managed to get this to me, because she wrote & addressed it with colored gel pens on a deep, bright-red background, and I am straining my eyes like crazy to read it!  Here’s what she says about the package itself:

“This is chocolate from Ukraine because our technical instruct is from Ukraine.  This is a gift from him.  Hope you like it.”

Finally, from Beijing, China, comes this batch’s only regular Postcrossing card.  I have no idea what’s going on, because no English description, and the sender only writes, “Hello, Greetings from Beijing China,” with the date and his name.  I assumed he was a brand-new user, until I saw on his profile that he has been Postcrossing for about 4 years, and has sent out 785 postcards.  In case you have never read my opinions about this kind of thing here before, I will stick to the tl/dr version for now: I AM NOT IMPRESSED.

Lots of nice things to see down in the stamp zone:

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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)