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Recently, Paulo and I spent some time in Taiwan, and like any postcrossers out there, our first order of business was to locate nice postcards and stamps. 😍 Who better to recommend these than the local postcrossers? So, I asked on the forum and received quite a few tips from the locals — more than I could visit! One of them came from Ying-Han (aka henna168) who recommended Chu Entry Time, a postcard café! I was intrigued by the idea, so of course we needed to go check it out!

The fun starts outside, even before you get in, because the menu is all displayed in illustrated postcards! One picks the cards featuring the food or drinks you’d like to have, and then take them to the staff inside. The postcards are for you to keep, which is a really nice touch.

A display on a wall shows dozens of illustrated postcards featuring food and prices A hand holds 2 cute illustrated postcards in cartoon style (one featuring lemonade and the other a piece of cheesecake). On the background, the rest of the display can be seen.

One special thing about Chu Entry Time is that you can mail postcards to someone in the future: you write, address and stamp your postcards, pay the fee and then put them on the box of the week you want them to be mailed. And then the staff will mail these for you when the time comes! So in theory, you can pre-send all your friend’s birthday cards for the whole year, or even a few years in advance.

A painted wall holds several wood and glass displays, where postcards are stored. On each one, the timespan of a week is indicated A close up of the postcard displays, where postcards can be seen

It’s not the first time we hear of something like this, but it was the first time we saw a “postcard café” in real life, which was pretty cool. While we were waiting for our drinks, Paulo was browsing some magazines from a shelf and randomly stumbled on one that mentioned Postcrossing. What are the odds, eh?! 😊

Two pages of a magazine are shown, where screenshots from Postcrossing's website are featured. The text is all in Chinese.

There was also a really nice selection of illustrated postcards and other handmade crafts that you could buy, a table with rubberstamps for anyone to just use, and a few friendly cats that came to you for cuddles. It was just lovely all around, and I wish there were more of these in the world!

A wall with hundreds of little cases is shown, each featuring different illustrated postcards for sale

For more pictures, you can check out their Instagram account.

Do you know of other postcard-themed cafés out there? Tell us all about them! 😍


Remember last year, when we announced a group of Taiwan members were preparing a special Postcrossing cancellation mark? They’re doing it again this year, for their fifth annual Postcrossing meetup! :)


This time, the meetup will take place in Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan. This Friday (June 7th), there will be a postcard exhibition at the National Taiwan University 1st Student Activity Centre, and then on Saturday, the meetup itself will take place.

Weital has once again designed a fantastic cancellation stamp for the occasion:


Isn’t it special?

Dodd, the meeting organiser, and all the other attendants are happy to share this special Postcrossing cancellation with other postcrossers and are therefore offering to send a postcard to the 50 members who first leave a comment below!* – All postcards have now been given away, thanks everyone!

For more information on this event, please check the meetup’s forum page.

(*) This means that if you’re one of the first 50 commenters, we’ll share your address with the member from Taiwan who will send you a postcard.
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On this week’s spotlight interview, we feature Wei Yi, (aka WY), from Kaohsiung, Taiwan. He’s an avid collector and also likes studying history and international relations – and has a very cute daughter who is as excited to receive postcards as he is!

Here is what he had to say:

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

Firstly, I must say thank you to whom recommended me to have this opportunity to be interviewed by Postcrossing.

I actually heard about Postcrossing for the first time while browsing a Japanese blog circa 2007. The blogger showed her postcard collection through Postcrossing. However, I formally joined Postcrossing in 2008, the same year my elder daughter was born. Since then I’ve been hooked on sending & receiving postcards – until now. Sometimes I send more than a postcard to satisfy the receivers, and sometimes I receive something unexpected including banknotes, maps, brochures…etc. That’s why Postcrossing is so fascinating. My elder daughter “joined” Postcrossing together with me when she was 2. She’s more excited than me while receiving postcards!

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

Here are some photos modeled by my elder daughter showing Taiwan’s postboxes, our letterbox and where we enjoy reading the postcards.

postboxes and mailboxes

The green postbox is for domestic ordinary mail. The 2 holes are for local (Kaohsiung) & outgoing (other cities & counties in Taiwan). The red one is for international airmail & domestic prompt delivery. The number “812” showing on the Postboxes is the zip code of Siaogang District, Kaohsiung.

Our letterbox always brings a lot of joy while opening it. Of course, we feel disappointed in case it’s empty or bills only…

wy daughter reading postcards

We like to read postcards freely on the floor. After reading we store them in shoe boxes and simply catalogue them by continents (Asia/Oceania, Europe/Africa & Americas).

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

It’s really hard to decide which ones are our favorite among more than 1000 postcards received. We don’t set any wantlist or preference on the profile. Every card we get are our favorites and we appreciate every sender. If I really need to pick a special one, I think the one (SI-29912) sent by Paulo, the founder of Postcrossing, is very representative and unique. It’s really my honor to receive the postcard from him while he stayed in Slovenia.

bohinj lake

I’d also like to share some splendid postcards received by private swap. They’re from & DiannaMacau of Macau and sevvie of Finland.

dianamacao   wy cards sevvie   wy cards
What is it your favorite part of the Postcrossing process?

My favorite part of the Postcrossing process is sending and receiving. It’s also the basic spirit and principal of Postcrossing project. Waiting & cards getting expired are also important parts of Postcrossing process from my point of view. I know it makes us upset, but I think it’s also a part of our life. Nothing is always smooth and successful.

Have you been surprised by any place that you have received a postcard from or sent a postcard to?

Most of the postcards are sent/received to/from European countries & United States. However, I still had the opportunity to receive postcards from Lebanon, Guatemala & UAE and sent to Oman, the Bahamas and Brunei. They’re the special countries to me so far.

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A group of Taiwan members is organising the fourth Postcrossing meeting in their country – and they’ve been preparing a special surprise for the event… a Postcrossing cancellation mark!

The meetup will be held on May 26th, in the city of Taichung, in Central Tawain. The group was granted permission to set up a temporary Post Office, and use a custom-made cancellation mark, which was drawn by weital. Here’s how it will look:

taiwan postcrossing cancellation mark

Isn’t it exciting?

Dodd, the meeting organiser, and all the other attendants are happy to have the first special Postcrossing cancellation, and would like to share it with 50 postcrossers around the world!

Thank you to everyone who responded – the 50 postcards have all been assigned!

For more information on this event, please check the meetup’s forum page.


Remember our little mail carriers? The last time we checked on them, little Paulo and Ana were in Taiwan… but no more! Come discover what they’ve been up to recently, in this lively report by their latest host, icitaiwan!

Hello from Valencia in Spain. It has been quite a while since you’ve heard something from us, but we’ve been very busy with traveling all over the world.

Our journey started in November when our sweet host shui sent us to the northern part of Taiwan where our new host, icitaiwan, was living. Yes, you’re reading it well…she’s not living there anymore. We arrived at a place, full of boxes and to be honest, it was messy, too ;). We explored Nankan where we were staying and took the bus to Taipei for a short trip. Our first stop was the Taipei 101. The “101” was the tallest skyscraper in the world until 2010 and we can tell you that it’s tall, 509 meters!

We ate a local snack and on the way back we really had a laugh when we read this sign in the bus on our way back home: “Please fasten your seatbelt. For landing please ring the bell. Please do not leave the seat when the vehicle is not all arranged yet”.


We also wanted to visit the Taipei International Flower Exposition, but unfortunately we didn’t get a chance, because the weather was so bad on the day that we intended to go and my host had to leave Taiwan soon. Instead of visiting the Expo we went to the Taipei Zoo where we saw pandas and many other animals.


At the end of December we were put in a little box and when our host opened it again we felt so cold. We had taken an airplane to the Netherlands where our host was staying for the holidays. Everything was covered with snow and we really regretted it not to have brought our scarves with us. We had a great time during the holidays, ate lots of food and gained some weight.


In the beginning of January we were put in the same little box again (oh no….!) and we saw daylight again in Valencia, Spain. We have traveled all the way to Spain, because our host decided to leave Taiwan for Europe for good.

We have had a great time in Valencia. The weather was sunny, warm and we saw beautiful blue skies. We enjoyed our free-time by wandering through the streets downtown. We started our trip on “Plaza de la Reina” where you can see the “Catedral de Valencia”. After that we walked to the “Mercado Central”. It’s a colorful market in a very old building. This sight-seeing trip made us hungry, so we ended up on one of the many terraces to have something to eat. What else could we buy than paella valenciana? This is Spanish rice with chicken and rabbit. The wine tasted pretty good, too…cheers!


After our siesta we decided to go to “La Lonja de la Seda”. It’s a late Valencian Gothic style civil building, built between 1482 and 1548, and one of the principal tourist attractions in the city. The UNESCO considered it as a World Heritage Site in 1996. “La Lonja” was used as silk exchange.

Another day we planned a trip to the "Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencas”. This is a cultural and architectural complex and it’s the most important modern tourist destination in Valencia.

The City of the Arts and the Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias) is situated at the end of the old riverbed Turia. Turia became a garden in 1980, after the bypass of the river by the great flood of Valencia in 1957. The complex was designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela and the whole project was completed in 1998. It’s made up of 7 buildings. It is an amazing place to visit and it’s so beautiful on sunny days when the sun reflects onto the water and the buildings.


Time flies when you’re having fun and our last trip was to Malverossa Beach in Valencia. It’s a nice place to go to on the weekends. People are strolling along the beach, playing soccer and beach volleyball, or they are having a drink on one of the many terraces along the beach. We played on the beach and even tried to go for a swim, but the water was still too cold.


OK….this was an update from the two of us. Check out this site again soon for more adventures. We are on our way to a very special place now…..adios……..!