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As some of you can probably tell by his username, Eels (aka Qi) is a music fan. He also likes Wes Anderson's movies… and surprisingly, we share a favourite book from a Portuguese author, which he first learned about through Postcrossing! Come discover which, on his spotlight interview!

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

I used to send postcards to my close friends and even myself during my travels, and I happened to know Postcrossing when I was browsing the website Douban many years ago. There’s a Postcrossing group there and I was fascinated by the amazing project after I read its brief introduction, so I immediately opened an account to start my Postcrossing journey. :)

Since then, I’ve been active also in the forum and ‘met’ lots of nice friends these years. The most amazing thing is I have a penpal who used to be a postcrosser. Though she is no longer active in Postcrossing due to her busy work, we still keep in touch and send postcards and letters to each other from time to time. Without Postcrossing, I wouldn’t have such a important far-away friend, even though I never saw her.

Show and tell us about your favorite received postcard to date, and what makes it special.

It’s really hard to choose only one favorite card from my received cards…

I am a big fan of James Dean and I really love all his movies, so I started to collect postcards of him. Till now I have over 100 James Dean postcards.

Maybe my first James Dean card

I also love Japanese Gotochi cards and started to collect them… though collecting them all seems like an impossible task. A few weeks ago I received my favorite Gotochi featuring Momotaro — what a lovely card! My favorite Gotochi   Momotaro

And here’s a card with Fernando Pessoa, a famous Portuguese poet. I got to know him through a Postcrossing friend’s introduction, and I’ve enjoyed discovering his work. I have finished reading the Chinese version of 'The book of disquiet’ and I’m reading the English version now.

Fernando Pessoa

Finally a postcard of the Pilgrimage Church of St John of Nepomuk, a UNESCO site in Czech Republic with beautiful architecture. I want to visit it if I have the chance!

Pilgrimage Church of St John of Nepomuk
What is it your favorite part of the Postcrossing process?

To read each postcrossers’ profile, choose the perfect card (at least I think), choose stamps, decorate and write on it. Also upload the picture before I send out the card. All these processes are interesting and I enjoy them.

I love receiving surprises as well, not just the postcard but also the message on the back side. The magic charm of Postcrossing is you never know what will arrive to you everyday, and I love sending and receiving surprises. :)

Show us your mailbox, your mailman/mailwoman, your postoffice or the place where you post or keep your postcards!

This is my local post office…

The post office in my living town

… and the postbox from which my cards are usually sent:

The mailbox I usually put postcards in

Here is my mailbox, where postcards arrive:

My Mailbox

After registering, they get put in a box, waiting to be sorted…

Postcards need to be sorted out

… and this is the shelf where they end up, after being sorted and stored.

Postcards(already sorted out)
Have you met any other members in real life?

Yes! I attended a small Postcrossing meetup in Shanghai two years ago:

Postcrossing meetup in Shanghai

That’s me on the front right side, and my wife Yaya on the front left!

Had I joined Postcrossing earlier, I might have had the chance to see Paulo and Ana, as they were in a meetup in Shanghai in 2008.

Do you have any other interesting hobbies?

I really love listening music in my daily life, and started to collect vinyl records about a year ago. I am enthusiastic about watching movies — my favorite director is Wes Anderson. I also love jogging and want to finish a marathon one day in the future. Besides that, I started to learn yoga few months ago, a quite interesting exercise which makes me feel peaceful and relaxed.

Postcrossing widened my eyes, there are sooooo many wonderful places/countries I want to visit! My wife and I have visited several European countries: France, Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands or Spain. And Iceland is the place I most want to visit in the future.


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26 comments so far

honeybee, Austria
Hello Eels, thank you for a very nice spotlight.

rosenbusch, Germany
Thank you for sharing the interesting informations....

TabithaH, United States of America
Hello Eels!

Tetsuko, Germany
I received today 2 postcrards from Eels :D Nice coincidence. Nice to hear your story ^^

Jolana74, Czech Republic
Hello Eels, thank you for sharing your hobbies with us! Your "postcrossing box" is really full :) And I also like your shelves :) Have a great time! Jolana

chrissybaby, Ireland
Great spotlight - nice to read here about you. Just received a wonderful card from you this week!

booboo_babies, United States of America
Eels, I hope to exchange cards with you someday. Like you, I love both Postcrossing and Wes Anderson movies!

faiolee, Ukraine
It's so nice to read a spotlight about you, Eels. ❤️

JetteLise, Netherlands
Hello dear Eels , it's really a pleasure to exchange mail with you , to write cards to you :) . A wonderful blog of a dear friend :) !

Nzqu, Finland
It was great to read about you, dear Eels. Have a lovely Summer! :)

Meerjam, Netherlands
How great to read an interview with Eels ❤️ and to see some pictures of your mail and your mailbox. I am so curious which guy you are on the photo. Thanks for being my postcrossing friend!

nugget, United States of America
Interesting interview. Thanks for sharing!

Eels, China
Thank you all for the kind comments! :P

It's my pleasure to meet you through postcrossing dear friends!

@ Mirjam, the front right of the photo is me,and front left of the photo is Yaya,:)

maleko, United States of America
It's so great to see you in the spotlight, Eels! You are one of the super-nice guys on the Postcrossing Forum!

post, Belgium
I am really happy to know you! You are a very kind person!
Great to read this blog of you!

magenta0810, Japan
It's nice to find you in the spotlight, dear Eels! It's been a great pleasure to exchange cards with you. A great interview!

shieru, Russia
Thanks for the great spotlight! Pleased to meet such a devoted postcrosser from China. (^▽^)

zwiebelbaguette, Germany
If I ever get lcuky enough to send a card to you, I know exactly what I would send you. =) Your spotlight is awesome, keep it up!

mysweetlife63, United States of America
Great story, very interesting! Love that you found a poet you love from another Postcrosser! Keep having fun!

Rejuvenator, Indonesia
The 'gotochi' card is totally cool!

Ramya, United States of America
Nice to meet you here Eels! Postcrossing is wonderful. So glad you have found Yoga. Peace, Ramya

mingshu, Finland
great spotlight, story and pictures ! best wishes to you Eels and your wife from Finland :) if you ever visit Finland, wellcome to join a meetup here :)

mounten, Italy
Great story and nice pictures. Saluti from Italy (north german part)!

MPCS, Portugal
Saudações from Alcobaça-Portugal, Eels! Nice to meet you ... and Fernando Pessoa! Hug for you and Yaya :)

Riutsi, Finland
Eels! Nice to see you here in spotlight! How come I didn't see this earlier?! A great story with wonderful pictures :) Thank you!!!

Jesterday, Netherlands
What a nice read , Thank you and may you and Yaya enjoy postcrossing and traveling for many years to come :-)

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