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Here’s my I’m-back-to-Postcrossing-because-I-finally-have-the-resources-but-can’t-talk-about-it-now-cause-I’ve-got-no-time photo. Guess who’s back and ready for mail love? #saycheese

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Studio Ghibli in Postcards

As already previously (and shamefully) admitted, I am probably the most inconsistent blogger-being ever created.  There isn’t an excuse in the book valid enough to explain why I’ve been such a terrible blogger. At times, I just feel uninspired (for the lack of a better word) to blog. You guys sure you don’t want me to just exit?Life just gets in the way sometimes.

During those weeks that I wasn’t blogging, I’d been constantly receiving postcards, such as these Studio Ghibli postcards:

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Princess Mononoke

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Spirited Away

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Kiki’s Delivery Service

Obviously, since I’d been away for too long, I’d received more than these. But my spirits are not in the mood to write thoroughly about postcards. Sorry to disappoint. I am hoping for a better comeback. In the mean time,  I wish everyone a Happy Postcrossing!

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POSTALLOVE COLLECTION:

SMILING POSTMAN, CIRCA 1900 (L)

POSTAGE STAMPS (R)

Alas, after a 2-week escape into my parents’ province, I am back with an almost embarrassing amount of backlogs in my inbox. Beginning with these two postcards from Kalina of Poland. They are available at Postallove if you’re obsessed with mail-themed stuff. Their postcards are of good quality and I bet their other products won’t disappoint.  And if I’m not mistaken, the owners are also Postcrossers – so they understand the needs of the most nitpicky of postcard collectors. 🙂

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Here is a postcard from Frisco, Texas. It has a matching stamp which reminds me of the recently held Earth Hour.

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If I made this post last week, right before the Earth Hour, that would’ve been on-point. Unfortunately, the Earth Hour wasn’t given much importance in the Philippines and I can tell that by how it was advertised. I DIDN’T KNOW IT WAS SCHEDULED ON THE 28TH OF MARCH. I know there’s an annual event called the “Earth Hour”, but I never came across any advertisement for this year’s. Not even a post on my timeline on the day itself made me aware of what was happening. I haven’t talked to someone who observed the Earth Hour. But deep in my heart I wish it was successful even without my cooperation.

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Funemployment No More

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Normally, as soon as it reflects on my Postcrossing account that I have one address left to send a postcard to, I would click the ‘Request address’ button with excitement. But not this time. 0 out of 9 traveling postcards means I have no more outgoing postcards. My long unemployment means my funds  have been drained. I am never quitting Postcrossing. However, my situation requires that I get a job first if I want to sustain this hobby of mine. So please say a little prayer for me. 😉

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HRAD KOKORIN

(Traveled from January 18 to February 16)

After a break from blogging caused by misplaced priorities, I am eager to write about one of my favorite topics: castles! I hope you are eager to read too. 😉  The Kokorin Castle is a small Czech castle (as you can see) in the middle of a forest. Unlike the elegant castles I have featured on this blog, the Kokorin Castle is an abandoned fortress which has lost its beauty through the years. Before you blame the Czech government for its “abandonment” of such a historical architecture, here’s an excerpt from the Czech Tourism Website:


After the Thirty Years’ War the Austrian Emperor Ferdinand included the desolate medieval residence in “the cursed castles”, which were forbidden to be repaired.


Why it has been declared ‘cursed’ – I will leave that assignment to you.

The Kokorin Castle may be lacking in grandiose, but I believe it is still worth visiting. A little hike through the woods will lead you to a castle that is easy to capture whole due to its size. It might help to know that there are stairs leading to the castle. And did I mention that it is a few hours drive from Prague? Not bad if you are up for a side trip huh.

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Gasing, or top spinning, is a popular traditional game in Indonesia. It is also a traditional game in the Philippines. In the Philippines, we call this ‘trumpo’, and is usually made by local craftsmen. The common gasing or trumpo is made of wood, seashells, hard fruit,  and iron, and is spung with a string or a thin rope. To be able to play gasing/trumpo, one must know how to make a good throw.

The ‘trumpo’ has declined in popularity in the Philippines. The emergence of the Beyblade and with the shift to digital citizenship(? )may have contributed to its decline. When the Beyblade came to rise, almost every kid in the Philippines owned a Beyblade.  I had a wooden ‘trumpo’ and two Beyblades (one large and one small) back in primary school too. Now, even the Beyblade fever has been completely wiped out, but it seems that the iPads and gizmos are here to stay.