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. ^_^