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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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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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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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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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GUERNSEY POTATO PEEL PIE RECIPE

(Traveled from November 24 to December 9)

Trivia: I learnt about Guernsey through the book “Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”. It’s an epistolary novel set during the German occupation. At the time, the German soldiers ate the residents’ pigs and herbs. The members of what started out as a literary society improvised a recipe with potato peel as the main ingredient during their secret meetings to attract a guest who refused to join their meetings if there was no food. Since then, the potato peel pie had been their standard food. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is an interesting and insightful read. After I’ve read that book, I’ve been dreaming of spending my retirement in Guernsey.

Guernsey is an independent and self-governing part of the Channel Islands. Geographically speaking, Guernsey is closer to France. But Guernsey retains a certain amount of loyalty to the United Kingdom such that British Pounds may be used on the island.

Thank you very much to my pen pal from Guernsey, Denise, who’s thoughtful enough to get me this card after I told her the story of my discovery of the island.

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My Top 14 Postcards of 2014

I receive many postcards each time the postman delivers the mail to my house because of Postcrossing. Truth is, no matter how many postcards I receive, each one is special and yet there are some that truly stand out.  Here’s a round-up of my fourteen favorite postcards of 2014.

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(Facebook Private Swap)

Traveled from September 26 to October 7

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Illustrated nest box postcard from Finland

(Facebook Private Swap)

Traveled from September 3 to October 9

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Jane Austen Quote card from Czech Republic

(Facebook Private Swap)

Traveled from September 12 to October 25

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Pablo Neruda postcard from Santiago de Chile

 (Facebook Postcrossing Lottery)

Traveled from September 28 to October 18

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3D Beer card from Germany w/ Oktoberfest stamp

(Facebook Private Swap)

Traveled from October 3 to November 6

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Typographic postcard from Netherlands

(Postcrossing Registered)

Traveled from October 14 to October 23

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JpegJpegIllustrated teapots and teacups postcard from China

(Facebook Private Swap)

Traveled from October 19 to November 11

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Henri Matisse: The White Plumes, 1919 from Germany

(Facebook Private Swap)

Traveled from October 23 to November 8

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Neuschwanstein Castle

(Facebook Private Swap)

Traveled from October 26 to November 6

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Tattoo postcard from Russia

(Facebook Private Swap)

Traveled from October 21 to November 11

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Rustic-themed postcard from Lithuania

(Postcrossing Direct Swap)

Traveled from November 3 to November 24

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DSC_5315Tintin postcard from Ireland

(Facebook Private Swap)

Traveled from November 4 to November 29

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Stamp shaped card

(Postcrossing Direct Swap)

Traveled from November 7 to November 24

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(Postcrossing Direct Swap)

Traveled from November 10 to November 23

There’s more that I’d love to share with you! Good news is, I’ve decided to utilize this platform by spotlighting my postcards. From now on, you’ll be seeing a closer look at my collection. 😉

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Happy Postcrossing Holidays!

My last outgoing mail for this year! Well, supposedly. since I’ve stopped restocking on postcards. (I still have stamps though). 😉

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I also picked up my incoming mail at the post office myself because I couldn’t wait for the postman’s next visit to my house (which, by the way, happens every three weeks).

Incoming cards from Turkey, Spain, Luxembourg, Ireland, Serbia, and Bulgaria.

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PLUS, envelopes from my two pen pals: Tina of Bielefeld, Germany (top) and April of Beijing, China (bottom)

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Simple joys! Like a heartfelt written postcard and a blank postcard that’s for keeps (not for swap). Tina and April certainly know the way to my heart. ❤

My mailbox sets the mood for giving which is  perfect  since Christmas is just around the corner. 🙂