January 08, 2013

Inexpensive Plane Tickets

It was a gloomy afternoon when I decided to gamble on whether or not it would rain during my walk to the post office. I refuse to pay P50 to ride a tricycle there, so I took my chances by simply going by foot. To be honest, it's been a while since I actually walked alone in that part of town. Some people would not dare because of the possibility of encountering snatchers, but when you're saving up for something you really want, you can't be picky.

What led me to suddenly visit the post office when I've never sent anything through snail mail before?


Postcrossing is a site that allows you to send and receive postcards from random people in the world. Think of it like Omegle or something, only you correspond with people through postcards. I decided to join this site after a Tumblr user that I admire asked people who would be receiving handwritten poems from her to send her postcards. I quickly obliged. Because of it, I think I've found a new hobby.


In 24 hours, I've written and sent 9 postcards so far. Four of them are for Postcrossing, one is for my favorite author and the rest are for new-found Tumblr friends. I suddenly wondered why I did not think of doing this before. It's so fun! It's like an alternative to traveling. You get to "meet" people and see the rest of the world just by paying about 15 pesos. A postcard would cost you about two pesos and you'll have to pay 13 pesos for mailing it.


I'm really getting into it because it's the perfect way for an introvert like me to socialize. I'm too socially awkward to make friends face to face, so this is a great alternative for people like me. I tend to open up a lot more through writing compared to speaking. Also, I find it easier to express myself through writing so I guess I'm less boring if you ask me to scribble my thoughts instead of saying them out loud.


I went a little overboard and bought some postcards and materials I can use to decorate them. I'm excited to send a other batch, but I guess that'll have to wait since I've sent out more than enough already. It's really a great way to connect with people from around the world, so I suggest you try it. You'll never know, you might even make a new friend along the way. Plus, who wouldn't be excited to receive postcards of various designs from around the world? Visits from the mailman would never be the same again. <3

If you wanna swap postcards, just let me know by reaching me through the Contact page of this blog. ^_^

24 comments :

  1. Ooh Jemm I wanna try! Hahaha. Do they accept DIY postcards? I've got photos which I took myself during a trip to ZaNorte last year and I think these can add a personal touch... =D

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    1. I think so. As long as it has the same dimensions as the regular ones, I guess. XD

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  2. Wow!I would love to do that too! :) I always drop by the post office anyway to get packages. Maybe I'd give this a try :)Hmm, but where to start?

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    1. Get a Postcrossing account. They'll give you random addresses. :) Let me know how it goes. :))

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  3. WOW!!! It has been a long time that I've ever written or received a postcard from anywhere!!! I may not be able to join PostCrossing (because of too many activities) but I encourage you to continue with this Jemm... sort of a kind of penpals! Maybe this will be your venue to travel to other countries in the future!!!

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    1. Thank you! I really plan to. As early as now, I'm already so hooked. What more when I start receiving postcards? :)

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  4. this is fun!!!! i was supposed to exchange postcards with another blogger in Dubai but didnt push thru... hope to find the energy to do the same...will try postcrossing... :-) if i can still find the energy and time! haha :D

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  5. What a nice hobby. This is another sort of travelling around the world thru picture.
    Another proof that snail mail is not yet obsolete.

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  6. I'm glad that you started post crossing as well! I was very active with postcrossing last year but I kinda stopped na hahaha :D Still got tons of postcards though from all over the world :)

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  7. lots of bloggers are into postcrossing these days.. I wonder if I join the wagon soon...

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  8. Cute naman! I'd love to try this, too.

    By the way, P50 for a tricycle ride? What?!

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    1. Was charged that much because, according to Manong Driver, grabe raw yung traffic. Ugh. Zamboanga and overpricing tricycle drivers. -_-

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  9. i miss receiving snail mail from other country.. :)

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  10. Tricycles in ZC are more than taxis overpricing, especially during night time I wonder why? maybe because the roads are increasing in length at night. I usually argue with the drivers in the past because of this.

    Anyway, should I try post crossing? I wish I can.. :)

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  11. I have come upon this I think at a homeschooling-your-teen site. So interesting. I miss receiving snail mail. I might try this one of these days

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  12. Ooh coolness! I want to try this one, too. Will contact you in a bit. ;) Thanks for sharing this!

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  13. That's a really cool activity. I remember when I was a teen we use to have such penfriend exchanges..still keep in contact with some of these friends till now.

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  14. Nice! I thought, in the age of emails and Facebook, postcards don't exist anymore :)

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  15. That's great. Would probably try that when the kids are a little more grown up so they can participate and write.

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  16. That sounds fun indeed! I hope to try this one of these days. I'm still catching up with work right now. Too many backlogs because of the holidays.lol

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  17. This should be fun to try. I like the idea of having someone from different countries share a part of themselves through a postcard. :-)

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  20. I remember when I was in highschool. The dormitory my mother was handling has these huge collection of stamps. I became a little addict in collecting stamps then. I agree with you, I enjoyed swapping stamps with may classmates but I can't remember why I stopped.

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