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Postcard Love: Washi Tape Postcards

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I’ve talked about postcards and washi tape lots of times here on the blog but I realized that I haven’t talked about postcards made out of washi tape.

My current washi tape stash

My current washi tape stash

I usually just use board paper and then use washi tape to decorate it. I have fun making them and friends who have received these homemade postcards seem to like them. I started out with just using different designs and using them as strips to fill up a card:

washi postcard - Singapore limited edition

Then I experimented with this Singapore Zoo-themed postcard out of the zoo’s paper bag and the safari Singapore limited edition MT tape. I initially made it for someone who loves the tapir because I couldn’t find a tapir postcard from the zoo’s souvenir shop then I ended up making several for other friends as well.

washi postcard - Singapore Zoo

After that, I made a couple more out of gift wrappers and tape designs that go well with them:

washi postcard - tickets

Tickets

washi postcard - stars

Stars

I think one of the reasons why I like postcards and washi tape is because they’re little pieces of art. I can’t get over how cute or pretty some of the designs are and I just want to keep collecting them.

washi postcard - Picasso quote

What do you think of these washi postcards? Have you heard of washi tape before? More than a few blog friends have told me that they didn’t even know what washi tape was until I started talking about it. :P It’s almost midnight in this side of the world and as always, I’m wondering where did the weekend go. Hope you all had a lovely, restful weekend.


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Postcard Love: Singapore Philatelic Museum

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We have a long weekend in Singapore now and I’m hoping that I will be able to work on some reviews. In the meantime, I thought it would be nice to put up a post about the Singapore Philatelic Museum, which I visited the weekend before last. I’ve been wanting to visit the place and didn’t get the chance to do so until my mom came here for a short vacation and said that she wanted to go to a museum. While I did have a small stamp collection when I was a child, I’m mostly interested in this museum because of its connection with postcards. If nothing else, I knew that the museum shop would probably have an interesting selection of postcards for sale.

Singapore Philatelic Museum

Singapore Philatelic Museum

What is a stamp?

Description of a stamp

SPM stamps

Various stamps

SPM mailboxes

Different mailboxes

SPM postcards

Description of postcards

SPM old postcard

An old school postcard

Like I predicted, there were some wonderful postcards in the museum shop and I had a hard time deciding which ones I should get. If you send a postcard from the museum, you just have to pay a certain fee and it gets this special Singapore Philatelic Museum stamp:

SPM stamp

I finally decided to grab these reprinted vintage postcards because I think they look cool. All of them are pictures taken in Singapore back in the day. I wish we had something similar to these back home in Manila.

SPM vintage postcards

It was a fun visit, my only complaint is that while they have a lot of old stamps for sale for collectors, they don’t have any philatelic stamps that can be readily used to send postcards. I’ve asked in several post offices and it seems like philatelic stamps in Singapore are only used for collections and they can only be bought in certain Singpost branches. This makes me a little sad since I used philatelic stamps in Manila whenever I sent postcards, I think those stamps added to the charm of sending snail mail.


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Postcard Love: A to Z Animal Postcards

animal postcards from woods in the books

I wrote a short post about the indie bookstore Woods in the Books back when I first visited the store. It’s a good place to buy books for kids. Whenever I drop by, I always end up buying these cute animal postcards worth SGD 2 each. I’ve sent them several times to friends all over the world and everyone loves them. I kept resisting buying an entire set for myself because at SGD 42 for 26 postcards, it’s not cheap. I finally gave in when I was there yesterday and I thought it would be a good idea to share pictures.

animal postcards 1

A to I animal postcards

animal postcards 2

J to R animal postcards

animal postcards 3

S to Z animal postcards

animal postcards 4

Back of the postcard

Each letter in the alphabet is represented by an animal, which also comes with a short description about it. Aren’t they cute? Which one is your favorite? I like the C for cheetah (for Chachic, of course) as well as the L for lion (it goes with my blog’s header design).


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Postcard Love: The Hobbit, Narnia and Les Miserables

Wow, I didn’t even realize that my last Postcard Love post was way back in October last year. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you’re aware that I enjoy sending and receiving postcards from all over the world. Some of my postcard buddies are fellow book bloggers. I think it’s always nice to get a little something in the mail. Lately, I seem to be collecting more and more postcard sets because so many stores in Singapore sell nice ones. Since I bought several postcard sets during the weekend, I thought it would be a good idea to show them here. Back in December, my flatmates gave me this:

The Hobbit postcard set

Here’s another shot of the postcards:

Hobbit postcard set cast

I was delighted to receive this set and told them that I would love to see the store where they got it because I wanted to get another set. Sometimes, I get duplicates of certain postcard sets because I keep one for myself and the postcards in the other set will be sent out to friends. Kind of like having more than one copy of your favorite book, one to keep in your bookshelf while other copies can be borrowed by other people. So they took me to Popcorn Pop, a store that sells movie memorabilia and I went a little crazy trying to decide which postcards to get. It shouldn’t be surprising that I ended up getting book-related movie postcards. I couldn’t resist another set of The Hobbit postcards:

Hobbit postcard set scenes

And here’s a little Richard Armitage appreciation shot:

Richard Armitage Hobbit postcards

One of my favorite book series while growing up was The Chronicles of Narnia so I had to get this postcard set of the movie adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe:

Narnia postcard set

A closer view at my favorites from the Narnia set:

Narnia postcard set2

Last but not the least is this beautiful Les Misérables movie postcard set:

Les Mis postcard set

Aren’t they all gorgeous? They’re the kind of postcards that I’d love to have framed and displayed if I had my own place. What do you think of these postcards? Have you come across any nice ones recently?


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Postcard Love: Sending Postcards from Singapore

It’s so much easier to send postcards here in Singapore than back home in Manila. In the Philippines, I had to swing by the post office to buy stamps and drop off postcards. Over here, I can buy postage labels from conveniently located SingPost machines like this one:

SAM machine

postage labels

I just wish I could choose different label designs because using the same one gets boring. I haven’t had a chance to buy philatelic stamps from the post office yet. To send off the postcard, I can just drop them in mailboxes all over Singapore:

SingPost mailbox

Pretty easy, right? I’ve also mentioned that there are so many quirky stalls and stores that sell cute postcards. Here are some that I’ve picked up since I got here:

postcard set and stamp stickers

illustrated postcard set and stamp stickers

letter animal postcards

Alphabet animal postcards from an indie bookstore

Huge postcards from the Singapore Art Museum

Huge postcards from the Singapore Art Museum

Shooting Stars postcards

Another illustrated postcard set, mostly featuring girls and cats

What’s the procedure like for sending postcards in your country? I know the system is pretty similar in the US and Singapore – from what I’ve experienced so far, those two countries are the most convenient places to send postcards from. Also, feel free to share pictures if you’ve come across any nice postcards lately.


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Postcard Love: Free Ad Postcards

I find it funny that I haven’t done a Postcard Love post in a while even though I’ve been actively buying and sending postcards ever since I got here in Singapore. There are so many stalls and stores that sell pretty postcards and I’m always tempted to buy whenever I see nice ones. I can’t even remember the number of postcards that I’ve bought here. I should do a better job of posting about them here on the blog. To start things off, I thought I’d show you guys some of the free ad postcards that I’ve picked up all over Singapore. I’m amazed at how nice most of them are and I’ve already started sending them to friends. Here’s the first batch that I grabbed:

I think the romantic rainy scene on the upper right looks like a cover of a YA novel. Here’s another batch which I got near the office, love the artsy pet paintings:

Here’s a postcard sent by my pen pal Steph of Steph Su Reads, it’s a free ad card from Shanghai:

Isn’t it great that all of these postcards are free? I think it’s a good way of encouraging people to share and send postcards more often. Yay for snail mail!


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Stamp Pendants

Book blogger Leila of Bookshelves of Doom has a lovely Etsy shop. She combines two of my favorite things by making pendants from book-themed stamps. For someone who loves books, postcards and stamps as much as I do, you’d think that I would have bought something from her shop a long time ago. I kept resisting because I’ve never tried buying from Etsy before and I’m always a bit hesitant to try shopping from a new-to-me online store. Finally gave in and ordered a few weeks ago. A package was waiting for me when I got to the flat today:

Curious about what’s inside? Check them out:

LOTR map and Matilda pendants

One stamp has a section of a map of Middle-earth from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. The other stamp shows bookworm Matilda, as illustrated by Quentin Blake, from Roald Dahl’s novel of the same name. I would have been thrilled to receive postcards with stamps like these but they’re even better as pendants because now I get to show them off. :P

LOTR map pendant

What do you think of these stamp pendants? :)

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