Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Midweek Mails: From Mike of Miami

My mail this week came from Miami, Florida. Thanks a lot!
I fell ill - for the second time this year. With flu. Again! :( Flu caused me all sorts of misery - from the coughing to fever, to sore throat and congested nose, to headaches and muscle pains. I don't take flu shots though even though I wish I did so as to erase all of these symptoms in one shot, you know, just like an anti-virus wiping a hard drive clean.

Since I abhor medicines and antibiotics, my first line of defense to boost my immune system and to fight the flu has always been natural home remedies. I drink lots of fluid, get a lot of rest, eat a lot even if my taste buds aren't exactly working, and gargle with salt water. It's the most effective way for getting rid of that stubborn mucus at the back of my throat. So, I'm sorry that I could not update as much as I want to. And while I'm recuperating, my dear husband was kind enough to drop by the Post Office from work. He brought home my mails! Thank you, dearest.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Midweek Mails: Bound for USA and Romania

This post was supposed to be posted every Wednesday, or midweek, as the post title says. However, I had some urgent errands and work that needed to be done so posting had to take a backseat. Plus, I had to take care of the spams in my mailbox(es). Have you seen a t ball trophy and would you like one? Or, are you looking for luxury brand of bags? Here's more interesting - someone wants to share their inheritance money with me and all it takes is for me to send them my passport details and bank account number to get the money. How convenient, isn't it? The spam mails do get automatically deleted after one month but, looking at the state of my spam folders, I got to empty them already. I do find enjoyment reading selected ones before deleting them. There's a feeling of relief after seeing an empty folder! 

Now, on to my main topic. Sent these four postcards today to folks in Romania and the USA:

I hope these postcards reach the recipients. Lately, my outgoing postcards just vanished to somewhere  other than its intended destination.
It's been a disappointing two months for me as I learned that most of the postcards I sent out weren't received by the recipients. How could that be? Where does the problem occur - here?  So please let me know if I had arranged to swap with you and hasn't received anything yet. I have no other way of knowing except the feedback coming from you.

Before I sign off, I would like to shout out to a fellow Postcrosser who is based in Netherlands. Edith, thank you for your very nice email. I look forward to hearing more from you!

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Sunday Stamps 069: Khmer Aspect - Silk-weaving in Cambodia


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A bit late but here's my entry for this week's Sunday Stamps. It is a cover, a First Day Cover, which I bought some two years ago. I believe this is one of the first Cambodian covers I purchased at the General Post Office in Phnom Penh.

The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications issued this FDC in five values, as shown above. Please note that the price of this FDC was higher than its actual value when I bought it (always the case). The currency exchange at the moment is US$1=4100riels.
This is a great cover, among my favourites. The stamps are beautifully illustrated reminiscent of the classic art of hand-painting that was popular in the 60s and the (pre-Khmer Rouge) 70s.

All of the above stamps depict the traditional silk-weaving process in Cambodia. From the harvesting, drying and separating of silk from the cocoons, to dyeing, spinning and ultimately weaving them into beautiful pieces with unique designs or patterns.

Cambodian silk is among the best in the world and Cambodia's silk-weaving tradition started way back during the Angkorian times. In 1994, the Cambodian government revived this Khmer art with the financial backing of Agence Française de Développement, or AFD. (Source) It is generally the women in rural areas who weave using traditional methods combined with modern, innovative dyeing designs and techniques. Aside from its beauty, the Cambodian silk are sturdy yet soft, and are machine washable. I have only two dresses made of Cambodian silk for they are very expensive!

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After reading Postcardy's comment below, I decided to put a link to a shop in Cambodia selling premium silk products. I am in no way affiliated to this shop nor am I receiving any compensation from them. I just want to show you  how beautiful Cambodian silk is and what they look like when made into clothing and accessories. Here is the link.

Friday, 12 October 2012

A thrift-hunting post


I know this is not a postcard-related post but... hey, please forgive the "girl-on-a-thrift-hunt" babble and indulge me. After postcard collecting, thrift-hunting is my next favourite thing to do!

Lookie-lookie here! I found this fox motocross hoodie at the Japanese Sakura Recycle Shop in Russei Keo the other week. It was a steal for only $3 bucks! Have look at the photo, it is obviously creased but very much unused and unworn. No signs of wear, tear and stains.


It looks like a nylon racing hoodie, long-sleeved with front zip in black and gray combo of colours. It is lightweight and water-resistant with two zipped front pockets and an embroidered logo just below the chest area. This kind costs not less than $80 on ebay, so imagine how much it costs on regular stores. Is this a good deal or what?

I think this is a perfect gift for my husband who's planning to go on a cycling trip from Phnom Penh to Kep next month at the height of the rainy season. What do you think? 


Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Soundtripping

Today is October 9, and the whole postal world is celebrating the Postal Day. So to my friends out there, happy World Post Day!  For sure there'll be lots of activities in other parts of the world to mark this occasion. Sadly, our Post Office is quiet, so nothing much to talk about.

A friend and I were chatting on Facebook over the kind of music we used to listen to in the 80s and the 90s. Oh, we had fun enumerating them one  by one, laughing while recounting stories, funny or otherwise, that go with the songs.


We started our chat with a link to a Japanese traditional folk music (and then branched out to the 80s, 90s, and the new millennium). I have an eclectic taste in music that extends to traditional, folk types. In my opinion, the Japanese folk music is very nice and relaxing! However, I may like them but I have really no ear to discern what types of instruments are used, lol. I do know that the shakuhachi is Japanese flute that's used in folk music and is traditionally made of bamboo. Wow, who would've known bamboos could create great music! I've seen one when I visited a museum in Tokyo back in the mid 2000s and it looks just like any other piccolo

Here's a postcard I saw on ebay showing two geishas playing the shakuhachi. I want one for myself. The postcard, I mean.






Saturday, 6 October 2012

Midweek Meet Up

This post is supposedly for Wednesday but I had other things that needed to be done first so this was postponed.

A friend of mine from Postcrossing Philippines, Arlene of I love Postcrossing, came to the city, via Saigon, for a whirlwind tour. I feel bad because it was raining really hard on the day she arrived and the city was flooded. I could not meet her that time.   I do not have a big house with spare room to accommodate her either. I wish had, you know, like the kind you see at Ocean isle Beach Real Estate. But I digress.

We agreed to meet the following day, but only very quickly, for she had a bus to catch at 10am. She didn't even have time for coffee, but we made sure we had photo together :)

That's Arlene, on the right. Where else did we meet but at the Post Office!


Arlene has the sweetest smile! She has so much energy about her and her smile brightened the otherwise gloomy day when we met. She brought me some goodies from her hometown, thank you very much. In return, I asked her to deliver a small package - it contains two postcard booklets -  to members of Postcrossing Philippines, via my other friend, Willa, at Postcard Perfect. Postcrossing Philippines are going to have another Meet Up this Sunday and I thought the postcards would be a nice addition to their giveaways. I hope the postcards arrive on time and the members like them.





 
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