I love receiving personal snail mail. The simple joy and giddy excitement of reading my messages on paper gives me a boost of happiness. But with emails, IMs and text messaging, it’s hard to find people who share a fondness for snail mail as I do. Luckily I found a website where people from all over the world converge to share in this interest . Now I receive postcards on random days from random people all over the world! :)
A few months ago, I created an account on Postcrossing. It was mentioned to me by a friend a long time ago but I forgot about it until recently. Creating an account was pretty simple. Each user is given a profile page where they can write about themselves, about their interests and about the type of postcards they want to receive. As a new user I have to first send a postcard to another Postcrosser. Once my fellow Postcrosser receives it and registers the card on the website, I will be the next one to receive a postcard. My address will be given to another random Postcrosser.
I thought that there were only a few Postcrossing users, but I was proven wrong when I saw the website stats (this is copied from the homepage and is being updated every second):
24,716,906 postcards received
464,724 postcards traveling
126,058,969,788 km traveled
3,145,576 laps around the world
When I started, I bought a stack of postcards from National Bookstore and Fullybooked for Php 11-13 each. I also found recycled postcards by Papemelroti at Php 5 each. My main problem was what to write on the postcards I send.
When Postcrossing assigns addresses to me, I read the profiles of the recipients to figure out what they like to receive. Sometimes the users are very specific about what they want written on the postcard so I just follow their instructions. Most of the time I find a common interest from their profile page and write about it. When all else fails I introduce myself, what I do, where I live and the current weather condition when I write on the cards.
Sending postcards from the Philippines is very easy. I only have to bring them to Philpost and pay Php 13 to have the cards delivered. This rate is the same for all postcards being sent to anywhere in the world. I usually go to the Philpost branch in Ali Mall, Cubao because it’s near the office. I have also used the branches in UP Diliman, in Quezon City Hall and Binmaley Municipal Hall. I sometimes ask my mom to send postcards for me as there is a Philpost branch in Veterans Memorial Medical Center where she works. I have also asked my brother-in-law since he works in the Senate and told me there is a Philpost office there. Post offices are not as rare as I thought!
Since I started, I have received and sent 13 postcards. I wish I could send as many as I want so I could receive more but there is a limit to how many you can send at a time.
I promised myself that I would visit the country where the first postcard I receive will come from. It’s a promise I intend to keep not immediately but soon :)
Here are the other postcards I received so far:
I’m still figuring out how to organize these postcards. Right now they’re being kept in a clear book but I want to create a postcard album when they increase.
If you also want to send and receive postcards from random places in the world, join Postcrossing. Or if you want to receive a postcard from me, let me know. I only ask for a postcard in return :)Snail mail is not dead. I love receiving personal snail mail. The simple joy and giddy excitement of reading my messages on paper gives me a boost of happiness.
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