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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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STUDIO GHIBLI’S SPIRITED AWAY

(Traveled from February 7 to February 28)

My second Studio Ghibli postcard came from Chang of Huanggong, China. Released in 2001 and written, drawn, and directed by Studio Ghibli’s then director Hayao Miyazaki (hailed by the New Yorker as the “auteur of anime”, Spirited Away was easily Japan’s highest grossing movie at the time, overtaking the Titanic, and went as far as winning an Academy Award. Disney was so impressed, they bought the distribution rights of the animated film, but on the condition that they would not cut or alter any part of it. The first screening was also held at the Pixar Studio in California. I cannot advertise this film enough, and neither could the Disney team. 🙂

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Nothing could possibly better express the excitement I feel with every incoming mail I receive than this Inge Löök card. You may be asking what’s Inge Look? The correct question word is WHO! Inge Look (Ingeborg Lievonen) is a Finland-based gardener and illustrator who’s know for her illustrations of her aunts.

I obtained this card from a swap with a Finnish member of the Postcrossing Facebook page. According to her, Inge Löök drew inspiration for her art from her childhood. Inge Löök lived in a seven-story building in Helsinki. She  was neighbors with two old, naughty ladies named Fifi and Ali, referred to as “the Aunties”, who would be the famous subjects of her illustrations.

Inge is currently living and working in Pernaja, Finland.

I hope to receive more of her illustrated cards showing the Aunties going on crazy adventures. There is so much positivity in her works and I need more of this.

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On Being 21

I can’t believe March is here. Just three weeks ago I dyed my hair ash brown and celebrated my 21st birthday.

Time flies!_DSC2749_DSC2680 I’m already 21!!! I would trade anything to be fifteen again. Nothing excites me about being 21. I feel too darn old. To hell with growing old! I can’t even cross the street without somebody leading the way for me. 🙂

I know a lot of people remember my birthday, but there were some who moved me with how they demonstrated their gladness for having me in their life. I also want to share with you what I have received from my postcard correspondents and pen pals.

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pop-up card from Guernsey and postcards from Bielefeld and Langenargen, Germany and Leduc, Canada

On separate note, I’m sorry if I haven’t been updating as often as I used to and if my recent posts are undated. I don’t have an excuse for this. I am not neglecting this blog. Post-birthday blues, I guess. I do read your comments though and I’m glad to know you appreciate my posts. I promise you’ll see more frequent posts for the next few days! Just give me an allowance to come up with an informative write-up for each postcard and presto!