My Prize From A Postcrossing Giveaway Is Here!

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Postcards and anything postcrossing-related is always a delight to receive in the mail!

I was lucky to win a giveaway in Postcrossing Philippines last month and it sure put a smile on my face whe I got to receive my prizes! Lookie! Some of these cards are blanked while some are used cards {official Postcrossing.com, in fact}. I love the cathedral card as well as the one from Japan. I also adore the big PH cards that include a couple of my favorites ~ tarsier of Bohol and Miag-ao Church of Iloilo {which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site}, which I shall be sharing with my sister {who is more addicted to postcrossing these days!}. I will also be sharing the University of Sto. Tomas cards to some members of our Facebook group. The package also included a pink clear folder for stashing postcards as well as 2 pieces of Miss World Megan Young stamps {Php30 denomination}, which will be handy when I send an envelope one of these days since I do not really collect stamps. I find it a joy to send them to postcrossing friends and put a smile on their faces! :)

Oh well, I am slacking in postcrossing these days and I am still contemplating whether I should request cards from Postcrossing.com or participate in an upcoming local swap in our group. I will try to decide after reading all about reason 7 MF.

How’s your postcrossing hobby so far and what lovely surprises did you receive from the mail lately? Do share in a comment below, right? :)

New Year’s Day Postcard 2017

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One of the things that I look forward to in postcrossing is receiving lovely cards from Japan. It seems like the country got the lion share of everything kawaii {did you know that even sewer covers are a thing of beauty in this country?!}.

For a while now, I have been getting these beautiful New Year’s Day postcards from a friend in Fukushima. She sends the most colorful and beautiful cards. For 2017’s Year of the Rooster, she sent me this lovely rooster card. Ain’t she a pretty?

Did you know that it is customary for Japanese people to send New Year’s Day postcards? In fact, the end of December and the beginning of January are the busiest times for the Japanese post offices as people send nengajō to their friends and relatives. According to Wikipedia, the original purpose of this tradition was to give faraway friends and relatives tidings of themselves and their immediate family and tell others whom they did not often meet that they were alive and well.

Japanese people send these postcards so that they arrive on 1 January. The post office guarantees to deliver the greeting postcards on 1 January if they are posted within a time limit, from mid-December to near the end of the month and are marked with the word nengajō. To deliver these cards on time, the post office usually hires students part-time to help deliver the letters.

It was a beautiful tradition, right, something that every postcrosser will appreciate. I sure love the thought that went into sending this colorful card to me. Thank you so much, Mommy Clang, and I sure hope you got the Christmas card I sent soon.

Meanwhile, I am getting a bunch of cards ready to be posted on my next post office visit. Tradition or not, I would love to help keep snail mail alive in the Philippines with my little contribution. I will be preparing my postcards as soon as I am done writing all about the guitar center virginia.

Happy New Year to all! May this year brings us many surprises in the mail and more reasons to travel and explore the world! ^_^

Mail Day ~ 25 October, 2016

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I have been on a hiatus of some sorts with my postcrossing hobby. I don’t get to swap and send as many cards as I would love to for the past few months now. I just got busy with one thing too many, I guess.

Last month, I managed to mail a number of postcards that’s been long overdue. I sure hope their recipients get them real soon. Here is the list of the card I sent that day:

  1. V. Lankerd, USA ~ Barasoain Church
  2. M. Ming, Singapore ~ Barasoain Church
  3. M. Arai, Japan ~ Barasoain Church
  4. A. Celik, Turkey ~ Barasoain Church
  5. E. Willems, The Netherlands ~ Barasoain Church
  6. Z. Khalid, Pakistan ~ Fort Santiago
  7. M. Sam, Malaysia ~ Rizal Park
  8. M. Szabia, Poland ~ Rizal Park
  9. K. Dovhopolo, Ukraine ~ Bohol
  10. S. Marger, USA ~ Barasoain Church
  11. M. Markhvinskij, Russian Federation ~ Fish Monger Papemelroti card

These are a bunch of official Postcrossing.com cards, as it has been ages since I sent cards through them. I still have a few direct swaps to finish and mail before this month ends, along with a number of Christmas that I will send to my friends overseas. I sure hope I can find the time to finish them all soon. Meanwhile, this mums will head on to check these cool music instrument stores online.

Wonderful Surprises In The Mail

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Lovely surprises in the mail are just a few of the things that brighten up this mum’s otherwise hectic and tiring day. Not too long ago, I got a package containing an envelope full of beautiful postcards from a postcrosser friend.

Annie sent me a bunch of awesome cards including:

  • a box of Mo Cards containing lovely Japanese illustration
  • a couple of cute owl postcards
  • a bunch of Filipino recipe cards
  • and these uber cute cards for kids on birthdays, summer, Christmas holidays, back-to-school, and school break {I am sure it will be fun to send these to the little one’s classmates!}

I am still undecided if I’d swap these lovely cards, but I did promise to share them with my sister who is even crazier about postcards than I am. But this also means I highly needed to update my swap album to include these new postcards. I have been on hiatus from swapping and I still have a dozen or so official Postcrossing.com cards that I need to prepare and mail this week. I will prepare the postcards for their pictorial as soon as I am done checking out this informative article about guitar center used instruments.

Thank you so much dear Annie for sending these gifts in the mail, I will send something for you and your little pumpkin soon.

Mailed This Batch of Cards This Month {August}

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Mailed this bunch recently

I have a number of cards for swap that I finally managed to prepare and mail recently, and good thing, too, as I was able to send them before the rainy days set in. Some of these cards are long overdue and I sure hope they arrive to their destination real soon.

I hope my friends will love the Miss Universe 2015 stamps I used on the cards. Isn’t Pia Wurtzbach stunning? Such a Pinoy Pride and I am delighted the local Post Office released these equally gorgeous stamps {will share more about these on a separate post}. I also used a number of lovely washi tapes on my cards. I recently got them from a shop on IG, and I particularly love these Mommy Lhey Washi Tapes {the one with “love kiss fun” design}, I absolutely adore the colors!

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Miss Universe 2015 Stamps

Here’s the list of the cards I mailed, I sure hope you find your name in it:

  1. Biju Dev, India ~ Mayon Volcano, San Juanico Bridge
  2. Gilbert Dela Cruz, Makati City ~ Barasoain Church
  3. Neny, Indonesia ~ Roxas Boulevard, San Juanico Bridge Multiview
  4. Bohdana Matejkova, Czech Republic ~ Mount Mayon
  5. Alissa Guillaume, France ~ Museo Pambata, Barasoain Church

I have a few more pending swaps to finish and I am planning to prepare them while reading all about these awesome Kramer Guitars. I sure hope I can mail them before the week ends as next week will be a lot busier while I work on my blog deadlines and for the remaining preparations for my little one’s 7th birthday celebration. I am also planning to revive our Postcrossing.com accounts and mail a couple of official cards before the month ends, just to spread some postcrossing cheer around. I will also make sure to share a number of wonderful cards I got recently on my next post. Hope you watch out for that.

How’s your postcrossing so far? Received any interesting cards you’d like to share?