Postcard Love: Hong Kong Edition

I’m back from Hong Kong! I was so excited for this trip because it’s my first out of the country trip this year and the first stamps on my shiny new passport (I got it renewed late last year). Also, it’s my first time in Hong Kong. I haven’t done a Postcard Love post in a while and I thought it would be nice to do one about my trip. Let’s start with these free ad postcards from our hostel, I included a map of Hong Kong in the picture:

Here are a bunch of touristy postcards that I bought and sent while I was there:

We went to Hong Kong Disneyland and it was a lot of fun! Wish we got to spend more than a day there because we weren’t even able to explore the whole place. I wanted to get a lot of souvenirs but they were expensive so I only ended up getting a postcard set and some of those coin press souvenirs. Also, I thought it was great that visitors could send postcards inside Disneyland – too bad they didn’t have special edition Disney stamps to match the postcards.

Hong Kong Disneyland souvenirs

Here’s a closer look at the coins:

Hong Kong Disneyland coin presses

And the Disney postcards inside the set:

Hong Kong Disneyland postcards

When I got back from the trip, I found these lovely postcards waiting for me at home:

May 24 Postcards

One from my friend when she traveled to Cambodia, one from Australia care of my good friend Nomes of Inkcrush and two from Scotland! Here are the stamps:

May 24 Postcards Stamps

Guess who sent the Scottish postcards? They’re from one of my favorite authors ever, Elizabeth Wein! I think this is the first time that I’ve received a postcard from an author. Yay, I now have her signature:

EWein postcard

Maybe I should insert these postcards in my copies of her books? πŸ˜€ I also dropped by a bookstore on our last day in Hong Kong but I thought I’d come up with a separate post for that. Feel free to leave a comment and let me know if you’ve received any snail mail recently.

Book Haul: Bitterblue, Borrowed Books and Snail Mail

This week’s book haul post includes one of my most anticipated titles in 2012: Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore. I loved both Graceling and Fire so I feel like I’ve been waiting for YEARS for this beauty to be released. And it is beautiful, I’m planning to take pictures of the illustrations included inside so I can post them here. I was also able to borrow two books from my good friend Celina: Hallowed by Cynthia Hand and Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard. This reminds me that I need to post a review of Unearthly soon.

I also picked up a little package from the post office today, check it out:

Yes, my lovelies, that IS mail from the Queen of Aussie YA: Melina Marchetta. Remember when I organized Marchetta Madness back in March? This post briefly mentions a soundtrack for The Piper’s Son. Well, the soundtrack that I received is a playlist for my two favorite Marchetta novels: Jellicoe Road and The Piper’s Son. I think the picture shows the list of songs clearly but here’s a list:

Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors by Editors
Samson by Regina Spektor
How to Make Gravy by Paul Kelly
Here If You Want by The Waifs
London Still by The Waifs
The Blower’s Daughter by Damien Rice
Flame Trees by Cold Chisel
Your Ex-Lover is Dead by Stars
One Crowded Hour by Augie March
Solsbury Hill by Peter Gabriel
Flame Trees by Sarah Blasko
Better Days by Pete Murray
Am I Not Pretty Enough by Casey Chamber
Crazy Train by The Waifs
Opportunity by Pete Murray

The Piper's Son Australian edition with a guitar

I love it! Currently listening to it right now and I suspect I’ll discover some favorites in this soundtrack. Thank you so much, MM. πŸ™‚ You can also check out my friend Jo’s post about Mackee’s Music over at Wear the Old Coat. She talks about the same soundtrack and includes more details about the songs.

Last but not the least, I got some lovely postcards the past few days. The pretty Penguin postcard in the middle is from my pen pal Capillya of That Cover Girl. One is from my officemate when he traveled to Milan and the rest are from Postcrossing.

What about the rest of you, did you get any books recently? What about postcards? πŸ™‚

Postcard Love: Postcards from Ladybird

After I ordered the Postcards from Puffin set from Book Depository, I knew I wouldn’t be satisfied with just that so I went ahead and included the Postcards from Ladybird set in my next order. I loved reading Ladybird books when I was a kid. Most of my own copies have already been passed on to my godson and he’s enjoying them now. For this Postcard Love update, I thought it would be a good idea to show you some of the Ladybird postcards. I’m a bit sad that my favorite Ladybird book, The Enormous Turnip, doesn’t have a postcard version.

Some fairy tales:

Four seasons postcards:

People at work series:

How it works series:

Some animals:

Some plants, birds and butterflies:

Random cards I liked:

All of these book-themed postcards are so cute, it’s hard to let go of them. I think I might use the Ladybird cards more often though because I’m more familiar with the Puffin ones. I already sent off a bunch of these to some real life friends and here’s a picture of one of them:

#Bloggiesta Weekend: Postcard Love

I’m participating in Bloggiesta (hosted by Suey and Danielle) so I’m adding “Bloggiesta” to the title of all my posts this weekend. To those who are participating, hope you guys are having fun checking things off your to-do lists! I still have several on my list that I need to accomplish. If you’re visiting the blog for the first time or dropping by care of Bloggiesta, Postcard Love is a feature focusing on my enthusiasm for snail mail. Anyway, I was surprised to get mail this Saturday afternoon because I just received a couple of postcards the other day. This is what I received:

The two postcards on top are from Postcrossing – one from Germany and one from Thailand. If you love getting snail mail then I recommend signing up for Postcrossing. You get assigned to send postcards to random people all over the world and for every postcard that you send, you get to received one as well. Getting a postcard from Postcrossing is always a nice surprise because you never know when it’s going to arrive and where it will come from. The USA postcard on the bottom left is a Ladybird postcard that I sent to myself (yep, I send postcards to myself, usually when I travel or when I find a nice one that I’d like to keep). The orange card is another one from Steph! That’s three postcards this week from her – thank you, Steph, I hope you had a wonderful birthday and that you had a great time in Taipei. Last but not the least, the birthday card is from two lovely blog buddies Holly and Angie. Thank you for sending me something for my birthday, Holly and Angie! Love the camera theme of the card and how bright and happy it looks. πŸ˜€

Postcard Love: Puffin Batch

I sent off a batch of Puffin postcards to blog buddies and real life friends last week. I thought it would be a good idea to post a picture of all those postcards that I sent:

Goodbye, Puffin postcards, I will miss you! Good thing I kept so many for myself. I think I still have more than half of the set. It’s so hard to let go of them because they are so cute. I love that each postcard in the set features a different cover design. Makes me want to keep them even if I haven’t read the books (what if I read it in the future and end up loving it?) Sigh, but I did buy this set to send to friends who love to read so we’ll see. Maybe I should order the Postcards from Penguin set? I have a feeling it will be easier to let go of those, the postcard designs in that set look much more serious because they don’t use covers of children’s books. Hmm…

In My Mailbox: February 29

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren and was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. This meme is about books that you received or bought during the week.

Woohoo, our super slow internet connection at home (we’ve been having problems with our provider) finally let me post something on the blog! I haven’t done an In My Mailbox post in a while but since I received books the past few days, I thought it would be a good idea to consolidate everything into one post. It’s always nice to get something in the mail, isn’t it? Even if it’s just a postcard. So imagine my delight when I got several packages. Last week, I got Book Depository packages and some postcards:

Inside the packages are my Postcards from Puffin set and my physical copy of Code Name Verity:

Then I got another package from the lovely Michelle of See Michelle Read:

Thank you, Michelle. I knew you were sending me a copy of Whiskey Road but I was pleasantly surprised by all the goodies that you included. Love the Valentine’s card and the Julie James bookmarks. πŸ™‚ Last but certainly not the least, I got a package from one of my favorite authors today:

It’s the Aussie edition of The Piper’s Son! Ahhh, it looks even better in person. I’ve been wanting to grab a copy of this because of the gorgeous cover. I also can’t wait to read The Gorgon in the Gully. I have a feeling reading about Jonah Griggs’ little brother will make me want to reread Jellicoe Road. What’s even better is both books are signed:

THANK YOU so much, Melina Marchetta! I will treasure these books and put them in the highly prized section of my bookshelf, maybe next to my signed copies of Megan Whalen Turner’s books? What about the rest of you, what books and goodies did you get this week? πŸ™‚


Edited to add: got another package and postcard in the mail today! Yay, my pre-ordered copy of Sarra Manning’s latest adult title, Nine Uses for an Ex-Boyfriend, finally arrived. The awesome bookish anime postcard is from fellow postcard+book lover Alexa. Thank you, Alexa!

Postcard Love: Postcards from Puffin

I ordered the Postcards from Puffin set from the Book Depository and I was so excited when it finally arrived almost four weeks after my purchase. So many pretty postcards inside, I knew I had to take pictures and share them with the rest of you. Most of the postcards pictured here are the ones that I want to keep for myself.

Box looks nice, doesn’t it? This is what it looks like when you open it:

It includes three Roald Dahl postcards:

Descriptions of the cover designs:

This is what the back of the postcards look like, “nuffin like a Puffin!”

I’ve seen these 2008 Puffin classics in bookstores and I like the designs in this edition:

Little Women has two postcards, I think it’s the only one that had a duplicate:

Two old school Narnia postcards and The Hobbit:

Retro classics:

Other titles I liked (I was surprised that Diary of A Wimpy Kid got included in this set):

All sorts of cute puffins:

Other postcards that I want to keep even though I haven’t read these books:

So, so, so. Don’t you think this is a lovely set of postcards? If you’re planning to buy Postcards from Puffin, I hope I managed to convince you with these pictures. Now I just need to decide what postcards I’m willing to part with so I can send them to book blogging buddies. Sigh, so hard to choose.

Postcard Love: Griffin and Sabine

Since I’ve never reviewed the Griffin and Sabine trilogy, I thought talking about the books would be perfect for a Postcard Love post. If you’re a book lover and you enjoy reading epistolary novels, then I have a feeling that Nick Bantock’s series is something that you’d really like. If you love both books AND postcards then you probably won’t be able to resist getting your own copies of these lovely books. Here’s the summary from Goodreads for some background information:

It all started with a mysterious and seemingly innocent postcard, but from that point nothing was to remain the same in the life of Griffin Moss, a quiet, solitary artist living in London. His logical, methodical world was suddenly turned upside down by a strangely exotic woman living on a tropical island thousands of miles away. Who is Sabine? How can she “see” what Griffin is painting when they have never met? Is she a long-lost twin? A clairvoyant? Or a malevolent angel? Are we witnessing the flowering of a magical relationship or a descent into madness?

I love the format of these books. They include beautifully illustrated postcards and letters inside actual envelopes so the reading experience is an interactive one. Let me show you what I mean through pictures. It starts with this postcard:

This is what you see when you turn the page:

And the next one:

Let’s move on to the letters in actual envelopes that I mentioned. This is how they look like:

Some other postcard designs that I loved:

Yes, I did become a little trigger happy in taking pictures for this post. All of these pictures are from the first book, Griffin and Sabine. Maybe I can take pictures of the sequels for another post. Anyway, I don’t want to reveal too much and ruin the reading experience for those who haven’t had a chance to go through these books. I hope the pictures that I posted give you enough of an idea of what’s inside. Have I made you curious enough to look for the books the next time you’re in a library or a bookstore? I really think they’re perfect for postcard-loving bookworms. Have you read the books in this series? Let me know what you think if you’ve read them!

Postcard Love: Latest Batch

I send postcards in batches because here in Manila, whenever you want to send a letter or a postcard, you have to drop it off at the nearest post office. Oh and buy stamps while you’re there. It’s so much easier to send postcards in other countries (I’ve tried it in the U.S. and Singapore) because you can buy stamps either from a vendo machine or in convenience stores and just drop them off in mailboxes. I sent off my latest batch a couple of days ago, I think there were fifteen postcards in that pile – three for friends in real life and the rest for book blogger buddies. Here are the postcards that I used:

The philatelic stamps that I bought from my last post office run that I used in this batch:

In the next picture, you can see the countries where I sent off the postcards. Also, the stickers that I used. I like putting stickers on postcards because they look more fun that way. In this batch, I used stickers of Philippine animals, which I bought in a local store:

New philatelic stamps that I bought for the next set of postcards that I’ll send:

I also got this Penguin postcard from the lovely Capillya. She said she chose this one because it reminded her of the Queen’s Thief series:

Thank you, Capillya! I finally gave in and signed up for Postcrossing, a postcard swap website. Hello, postcard addiction! I already sent off my first batch of Postcrossing cards and I hope they all arrive safely. I’m still waiting for my Puffin set to arrive, I’ll probably send another batch of postcards when it gets here.

New Blog Feature: Postcard Love

I recently discovered that there are postcard blogs out there. It shouldn’t be surprising because postcards are awesome – I love to send and receive postcards. I’ve talked about how I love postcards several times here on the blog and actually thought of making my own postcard blog. I realized that I don’t get enough postcards to sustain that and this book nook keeps me pretty busy. Since most of the recipients of my postcards are book blogger friends, I thought it would be a good idea to just start a new blog feature highlighting postcards. I’m keeping it simple by calling it Postcard Love. I have no idea how often I’ll be putting up Postcard Love posts, I guess it depends on whenever I have anything I’d like to talk about.

For my first Postcard Love post, I thought I’d talk about bookish postcards. I’ve been wanting to order this Postcards from Puffin set for a while now and finally gave in and included it in my latest Book Depository order. I hope it gets here soon:

They also have Penguin and Ladybird sets that I’m interested in:

I also found some bookish postcards in Etsy. I really want them but they’re kind of pricey and I think I’ll just end up keeping them for myself instead of sending them out to friends if I order them. Here’s something called Paper Chase:

And here’s Warning Signs from the same designer:

Here’s a Book Lovers Postcard Collection:

A set of Nancy Drew postcards:

A fabric postcard of a library:

Postcards featuring book photographs:

A Book Ninja postcard:

From the same designer, Peace, Love, Books:

Love this Penguin spoof, There’s More to Life than Books:

Something called Muse of the Undiscovered:

I think Etsy will bankrupt me if I ever decide to sign up. Find anything you like in this post? If you decide to buy some of these postcards, I wonder if you’d be willing to send one to me? πŸ˜› Let me know what you think of my new Postcard Love feature!