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Spreading the love of postcards... in Malaysia!

About a month ago, a group of students in Kampar, Malaysia hosted a really nice event in their university, to spread the word about Postcrossing. It was quite successful, and everyone had a great time - so we wanted to share their story, in order to inspire you! :) Here they are:

If you are a postcrosser, you can probably relate to that indescribable feeling in finding a happy postcard sitting in your mailbox to welcome you home after a long, tiring day. A postcard is simply magical; each can only contain so few words yet enough to give you a glimpse of the life of someone living across the globe. To receive postcards personalized for you, knowing that each was handwritten by a thoughtful heart, it reminds us that the world is a hopeful and wonderful place.

Wanting to share what makes us so blissfully happy, we decided to start small in our university. One booth, 18 hours, 37 new members (not including those who preferred to register in the comfort of their own home) pretty much summed up our whole campaign. The idea of Postcrossing was very well received; many are excited and eager to restore the once forgotten postcards tradition together. To follow up, we created a small Facebook community, which is still growing each day. Hopefully if we can inspire every postcrosser to reach out and do something small, together we can achieve more.

Well, since a picture is worth a thousand words, here they come…

Our twin #1, Catherine (on the left) sharing her Postcrossing experience with enthusiasm.

Our twin #1, Catherine (on the left) sharing her Postcrossing experience with enthusiasm.

Our twin #2, Angela (on the right) is equally passionate when it comes to Postcrossing

Our twin #2, Angela (on the right) is equally passionate when it comes to Postcrossing.

Meng An (on the right) with potential new members

Meng An (on the right) with potential new members. She also contributed to most of our eye-catching and colourful decorations!

Ming Zhe (on the right) – our photographer #1 and the reason why we are 
now obsessed with postcards

Ming Zhe (on the right) – our photographer #1 and the reason why we are now obsessed with postcards. He introduced Postcrossing to the rest of us!

Yee Hong (on the left) attracting a potential member with her postcards collection

Yee Hong (on the left) attracting a potential member with her postcards collection.

Stewart in action! He is also the man in charge of producing our flyers and photographer #2

Stewart in action! He is also the man in charge of producing our flyers and photographer #2.

Sandrene posting the first batch of postcards written by our new members

Sandrene posting the first batch of postcards written by our new members.

Fantastic work! Please give a big round of applause for the enthusiastic members who organized this event:

Event organizers

From left to right: Angela (aka Hebe92), Stewart (aka stewartooi), Yee Hong (aka yeehongsia), Sandrene (aka sandrene), Meng An (aka mengan0716), Catherine (aka catgoh92) and Ming Zhe (aka ming_zhe0423).

What about YOU? Got any plans to spread the word about the project in your local school or university? :) Let us know how it goes!


Posted by on 25 Jul, 2014
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Postcrossing Spotlight: Nzqu from Finland!

Anna-Maria (aka Nzqu) is a young mother from Finland. She studied organic gardening & horticulture, and works at a biodynamic farm - so ecology is a theme that is near to her heart!

Here is what she had to say:

How did you come across Postcrossing? What got you hooked?

I saw a short article about Postcrossing in a magazine many years ago. I didn't join then, but I thought about it occasionally during a couple of years. Then my son was born, and I didn't have that much time for my penpals anymore. I missed getting mail, though, so after seeing Postcrossing mentioned somewhere again, I decided to join. It was so great to write and receive mail, to read about the lives of different people and to see places I'll never be able to visit myself.

Do you have any other interesting hobbies?

I'm a handicraft addict. I knit, crochet and make macrame, among many other crafts. I have penfriends all over the world - now I have more time to write letters again! I'm an active member of the local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) group, and try to take part to some activities of Finland's Nature Conservation Association. I have always been a bookworm, and I have several full bookcases at home. After meeting other postcrossers, I have also got into Bookcrossing and Geocaching.

Show us your mailbox, your mailman/mailwoman, your postoffice or the place where you post or keep your postcards!
Nzqu's son mailing some postcards

My son mailing some postcards. I use that mailbox quite often, even though it's not the nearest one. It's because there is a small service point of Finland's Post, so I can buy stamps also.

Nzqu's world map

And this is the world map I have over my desk. I have placed some of the beautiful cards I've received around it.

What is your favorite part of the Postcrossing process?

Hearing the slam of my letterbox! :) I also enjoy selecting cards to the recipients, especially if I can find a card that's on their favorites.

Show and tell us about your favorite received postcard to date, and what makes it special.
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This is the first postcard I received via Postcrossing, that makes it special. I also like those ancient stone circles, they are so fascinating!

Have you met any other members in real life?

Yes I have, and meeting them makes this hobby even more fun! We have meetings quite regularly here in my hometown Järvenpää. There are only few of us, but we have a great time writing postcards at the local yarn store/café about once a month. I also like to travel to other towns and cities, if possible, to meet fellow Postcrossers.

The biggest meeting so far was the International Meet-up in Helsinki last August (2013), and there I met Katja from Germany. We kept in touch, and last January I traveled to Germany and took part to a meeting in Aachen. That was so great! I warmly recommend the Postcrossing meetings to everyone, it's great to get to know different people - and to talk about postcards! :)

Is there anything that you are passionate about?

I try my best to be 'green'. I have studied organic gardening, and like to support organic agriculture whenever it's possible. I am a bit of an idealistic, but I do want to believe that there are other better, possible ways to live. Buying tons of postcards doesn't really help, but I think there are more harmful hobbies in this world. :)


Posted by on 21 Jul, 2014
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The 25 million postcards guessing game!

Remember when we celebrated 20 million postcards last October? Well, 9 months have passed, and we've already sent five million postcards more! So it's time to start the traditional guessing contest once again! :)

For those not familiar with the game, it goes like this:

Every member has a chance to submit a bet for the day and time on which they think the postcard number 25 million will be registered. The bets need to be submitted on the contest page.

And of course, there are prizes for the best guesses, sponsored by MOO!

The member who guesses the exact minute when postcard number 25 million is registered will win a pack of 40 MOO postcards (20 classic, 20 luxe) + a surprise set of 100 postcards.

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But there's more! If you're not the lucky one, you could still win something: each of the 4 next best guesses (before or after the registering time) will also win a pack of 20 postcards from MOO!

Some rules: each time slot can only be chosen by one person, so the first person to pick that slot gets to keep it. You can change it at a later stage, if you want, but only from the available time slots left. We will close the bets when there are 1,500 postcards left to postcard 25,000,000. Check the contest page for more details.

So... what are you waiting for? Ask your lucky stars or open a spreadsheet to make your calculations... but be fast! Slots tend to run out quickly!

PS - MOO is having a 25% off sale until July 21st! If you follow the link to the special page for postcrossers, a small percentage of every purchase you make reverts towards Postcrossing - so with each pack of postcards you buy, you're also helping the project. Win-win! :)


Posted by on 16 Jul, 2014
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Happy 9th birthday, Postcrossing!

Happy Birthday Postcrossing!
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday dear Postcrossing,
Happy birthday to you!

Hurray! It's Postcrossing's 9th birthday today! That's quite a lot for an internet project, isn't it? :)

A few exciting things happened in this past year. Here are some of the highlights:

What a great year! :D

And since it's a special day, we wanted to share something special with you...

Remember back in March, when we asked you to send us postcards for an event - and you responded in a spectacular fashion, sending us over 1000 postcards in a week? Well, the postcards were all delivered at TEDxOporto, and we thought we'd share the talk I gave that day, as it has just been translated into English! Here it goes:

I was so nervous that when I stepped off the stage that I couldn't remember a single word I had said... but it was truly an honor to be able to spread the message and play "mail carrier" to all your nice postcards! The people loved them and were thrilled to take them home. Some joined the project immediately, others signed up their classes... and a few were already postcrossers and came to say Hi! in the end!

So, our heartfelt thank you to all of you, for making Postcrossing what it is today. Enjoy the day... and send a postcard... or nine! ;-)


Posted by on 14 Jul, 2014
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Yogyakarta Postcrossing meetup!

Once again, we give the Little Mail Carriers' cousin center stage, so that he can finish telling you about his adventures in Indonesia (here's part one in Jakarta, if you missed it)!

Yogyakarta meetup banner

The Yogyakarta meetup was slightly different because it was not just for Postcrossing members but for all mail lovers.... even Indonesian Post attended!

The meetup was held in Indonesia Education Museum (Museum Pendidikan Indonesia) at Yogyakarta State University (Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta), and was opened by Vice-Regent of Sleman Regency, who symbolically signed a postcard.

It was really exciting for me to attend what was the largest meeting in Yogyakarta so far. Everyone was really friendly and took the time to introduce themselves and exchange gifts! :)

Meet Up Buddies

After that, we went straight to the post office, to have a look and mail some cards! Did you know that pillar boxes are orange in Indonesia? Neat!

Picture 7 The day was so hot, letís take a rest on the post box Post Office Yogyakarta

The next day we visited Vredeburg Fort (which means Peace Fort). It used to be a military fortress, but these days it's been restored and turned into a museum. Inside of the former barracks there is a collection of historical photographs, historical objects and replicas.

Vredeburg Fort Vredeburg Fort

Street food in Indonesia is unbelievably delicious, I couldn't get enough of it! This is mendoan, which is basically soy bean that has been yeast fermented for around to 2 days. When it's sticky enough, flour and spices are sprinkled on it, and then it's fried. Nom nom nom!

Snack time - mendoan!

I also visited the souvenir heaven in the corner of Malioboro street, one of Yogyakarta's main shopping streets. There were a lot of miniatures there that were just the right size for me, yay!

Malioboro street Malioboro street souvenirs

We got the chance to watch a lady painting batik, a traditional art in Indonesia which UNESCO has classified as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

Batik painting

Wax must be applied to the cloth before it is dipped in color, so that the design can be unveiled once the wax is removed. It was wonderful to see, such attention to detail! The lady explained to me that batik must be painted diligently, neatly, and patiently.

Batik painting

I had gudeg for my last meal in Indonesia. It's a jack fruit stew, served with rice and chicken, and it's also the signature dish of Yogyakarta. I must have gained at least 20 grams here... I can't seem to stop myself! :)

Gudeg

And that's a wrap! Indonesia is so huge and diverse... I regret not having more time to properly explore it, but at the same time, I'm grateful for the amazing opportunity! :) A big thank you to Yanita, Aisha, Tintin, Ari, Dewi, Tascha, Dhani, Maya, Fathia, Sekar, and Fatima who welcome me warmly and took some very nice pictures for me!


Posted by on 9 Jul, 2014
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