Love Month 2018 Swap Received Cards

I really love postcards!  Mint ones and written and stamped ones.  After the Christmas 2017 swap, I then organized the Valentine’s 2018 Swap.

The group was not as big as the Christmas swap because I limit it to 15 participants para isang group lang.  So the following cards are the ones I received for the Love Season 2018.

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— A nice card from Sir Wilz! —

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— A heart drawn in the sand. so cute, lovely, and kind of romantic. Sent all the way from New York!

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–A card showing an area an hour away from Loma Linda, the home place of Ate Joy! Thank you,
Ate Joy for this card! —

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— A personal design of sis Quelynn really intended for the Valentines 2018 swap event. —

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— Another cute card from Yvi! I love the back part because it was decorated with a gold tape. Lovely!

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— YOU from Jennifer Chan.
I love this because YOU reminds me of many songs:

YOU are the one who makes me happy when everything else turns to gray…
YOU are the song playing so softly in my heart…
YOU are my sunshine…

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–A valentine greetings from Sis Willa all the way from USA! —

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–Sakura love from Japan! Reminds me of spring.  Thank you sis, Clang!

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–Flower love from Lance! The flower is pretty but marred by that ink stamped huhuhu —

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–A quote postcard sent all the way from Hong Kong! Thank you, Joy Lim! —

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–This sweet card is from Joy Camato. The candy makes it soooo sweet! —

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–A love quote card from Sandra! So beautiful! The verse in the front is one of my favorite texts —

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–A dreamy view of the Eifel Tower in Paris. Thank you Abegail! —

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–A quote card from Maricel. Mailed from the Philippines because she was home during the swap time 🙂

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–A cute illustrated card from Sundae Domingo. Dreamy scene. —

I know another swap call will be made later this month for the Easter time. 🙂

I am really happy to receive these cards. Thank you each one who has joined the Valentine’s 2018 swap.

Learning to Let Go

I went away for the weekend to go along with my daughter to another city for her second rotation.  It was not planned.  But since the school decided to let the students go on their own , anytime and any day in the week as long as they should be there before the Sunday orientation,  I then decided to go along with her and see to myself that she has settled well with her roommates in the room assigned to them.

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I did not mind going along and taking the long trip because I love to travel.  Opportunities like this makes my feet literally H A P P Y!

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Me and the happy girls!

For 2 nights, we slept side by side in the big bed.  On the first night, just the two of us while on the second night, Shaira was already in, so the 3 of us in the big bed.  I am suppose to travel back on the second night, but due to the strong rain, I decided to sleep in and wake up early the next morning.

The Sunday orientation was suddenly changed into a Saturday night schedule.  They reported at six in the evening and I thought they would be done in an hour or two. But nah, they came home past 10 in the evening with the news that they have to wake up early for the 5 o’clock bayanihan!   I do not know what to feel and react!  I just kept my cool and tried to look happy for them.  But really I cannot understand why they have to do the bayanihan on their first day before rotation.  Anyways, my plan to leave early the next day became definite.

Early morning came and the kids left for the hospital before I got ready to leave. I was not able to stick to my plan to wake up really really early. Ha ha ha. Lazy me! But indeed I did not feel like going home.  I had wished for a moment that I worked there so that I would stay there until their rotation is over.

I stopped daydreaming and left the house and I arrived at Ecoland terminal before the bus got full.

When the bus was about to leave, I tried calling the daughter.  Her phone just rang but she is not picking up.  I let it pass.  When the bus left, I called again. I just wanted to say that the bus has left and I am really going now.  Still the phone was not picked. I tried many times until the bus passed by the hospital, and still my call wasn’t picked.  I felt more sad than disappointed.  The fact that I am leaving her and we will not be together for some months hit me hard on the chest.  Then the tears started to fall fast.  I tried calling again while controlling a sob.  It took some time for me to feel better and stopped crying.

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Despite my tears, my sad feeling was never obvious to my seatmate – a lady who was excited to touch the clouds when they reach their destination.  My tears were hidden but I cannot stop blowing my nose. lols!

My mind then wandered to the time in the past when my mother brought during my first trip to Mountain view College for my college education. I can no longer remember if I cried when she left. But it made me wonder what she felt that time when she left me there.

I was already far from the city when the daughter called.  She said she tried several times to contact me but I was out of reached.  Possibly because of the signal in some areas.  She was laughing when she knew I cried.  She laughs while I cried!  Oh kids these days! lols!  She asked me why I cried.  And later she said, “stop crying na”.

The tears eventually stopped falling and I said to myself, I should start to learn the art of letting go of a child – because one day they eventually leave me and will have a life of their own.  I guess it is just easy to say it and think of it, but when the time comes, no matter how ready I would be, I will still bawl in tears.

Davao City is not really too far but it is farther than MVC and the daughter will not be home for several months.  So that explains my sudden sadness.  I then thought maybe I would make Davao my kitchen. lols!

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Christmas 2017 Swap Postcards Received

For several December now, I have been joining Christmas swap.   I was the one who organized the swap in 2016 as well as this year.  As of this making, I can sense that 2016 swap is 90% success compared to the December 2015 swap.

I am posting this so you can have a glimpse of all the cards I received for December 2016,

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1. Thank you Jennifer Chan for this church decoration card.

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2. This yummy sweet card is sent all the way from Loma Linda, California.  Thank you Ate Joy!

 

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3.  This one is so Christmas!  I love it!  Thank you Sandra Regino!

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4. An interesting one for the season.  Thank you Edcel for this.

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5.  It’s Christmas but this card was a unique one for the season.  I have this kind of card but different types of dancers. 🙂  Thank you JC!

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6.  This is so cute and lovely for the season!  Thank you, Mitch!

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7.  This beautiful sunset card was sent all the way from Japan.  Thank you so much, Sis Clang!  This came with cute stamps.

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8.  A lovely card all the way from Australia.  A perfect picture for the season.  Thank you, Cindy!

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9.  This card is from Elaine and she mentioned that this card was made by her students at Wordlab school.

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10.  A card from North Pole! Yay!  Thank you Michelle Mullins for this pretty card from winter wonderland!

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11.  This card is really new to me and I like it!  I wish there’s more like this available in Philippine stores.  I love the word “Kumusta from the Philippines” on it.  Then you, Yen for choosing this one for me.

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12.  Turtle card! Love love this.  This is from sis Vix.  Thank you so much!

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13.  This nature card is from Jay Valmonte all the way from Cagayan de Oro.  The city next to us going north. 🙂  Thanks, Jay!

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14.   This Christmas card is from Tatit. Cute and pretty.  Thank you, Tatit!

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15. Another lovely postcard with an inspiring words – sent by Anthony.  Thank you!

 

Thank you everyone for a wonderful Christmas swap.  Until the next swap!

Postcrossing | Chinese Architecture

This straight inclined roofs are commonly seen in “old dwellings” in China. I say old because in urban places, old dwellings were converted into places of tall buildings to accommodate the population. But still when you see one of these, you can still feel the wamth of traditional dwellings.

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The greetings read:

Hi! Nice to meet you! I’m from Zhejiang, China. And I believe in the word of the fate. So I am very glad that I can write you. 🙂 (with smiley) Happy Postcossing! — Dayue / October 31, 2017

So this card has been mailed quite a long time already and I received it just few days ago. Quite a long time, but I am glad it has arrived.

The stamp used is a building with the Great Wall at the background. I still I cannot decide if this is a definitive stamp or a commemorative one.

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