Pre-war Postcards of Manila

I met a few new friends during our meet-up at the Manila Central Post office last November 23, 2011.  One of them is Lawrence Chan.  It was a quick hi and hello but everyone feels like we were all long time friends.  Jonathan collects stamps and I guess postcards too and I sensed he is very familiar with the museum that he picked a book (stamp catalog) showing me an old stamp of Maria Cristina Falls.

One of the things he showed me from his collection are these pre-war postcards:

These are pre-war postcards of Intramuros and the Jones Bridge.  I think this is really a treasure.  These were shared to him by some members of the philatelists who meets at the museum every third Sunday of the month.  If I am just staying in Manila, I’d surely love to attend the monthly meetings.  Who knows I will also receive treasures such as Jonathan have.

Nostalgia (my 11th)


Stamp Collection

I was still in the fifth grade when i started collecting stamps. We exchanged stamps with schoolmates and classmates. There was even a time when stamp stealing was in that we have to label our stamps with our names. We wrote our name at the back of the stamps we are planning not to swap with anyone. I remember to have have two big envelopes – one for my collection and one for stamps that are to be given away or for swapping. During those years the only foreign stamps i had was from the USA, Libya, Saudi Arabia and other Arabian countries. That means some of my schoolmates fathers are working in the Middle East.

In high school, I was given a box of old (really old stamps) from my boyfriend. I can imagine they were collection of his mom. He gave it to me and the more i was so inspired to continue my collection.

I didnt stop collecting and i think i will continue this hobby until i grow old. hehehe Although the passion is not as much as it was in high school, yet I still grab and swap doubles from friends. And lately, i got these from a kababayan who relocated in Canada.

I so love this!

I think Emarene (online name) Emma (her real name) read in one of my posts that i collect stamps and she promised me that if someone comes home to Pinas, she would love to share some of her stamps. One day, in Facebook, she asked for my address and indeed i got a parcel. It was already home waiting for me. When i opened the cute parcel, omg! so much stamps gushed out of the envelope. All Canadian stamps.


Last year, i also got packet of them from Mommy Ebie and am just so happy.  I am also sharing my double copies to one of my colleagues.  He collects stamps and he even have them categorized.  Mine is still in heaps in boxes.  Hopefully one day i can categorized them and album them.

I wish there is a philatelic club here in my hometown, but there is none that i’ve known.  Buti pa sa Bacolod meron.  🙂  I was once a member of the Negros Occidental Philatelic Club. 🙂  That was in 1996.

5 Cards at One Time!

I should have made this post last week yet because 5 cards arrived together last week.   This is my first time that the cards came in bunch.  They were from (1) Los Angeles, California (2) South China (3) Taiwan (4) Germany (5) Neitherlands

I haven’t scanned them all but the 2 of the 5 cards were already scanned and walled by the sender:

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This is from Torsten of Rostock, Germany.

A beautiful card of KHEB.

The note with it says:  Greetings from Germany!  I live in Rostick, a Mansealic on the Baltic Sea with 200,000 inhabitants.  City foundation was 1218.  To Berlin on the highway is only 2 hours.

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This is the one from LA, California!

Carrick sent this with the note:  Hello Arlene!  Greetings from California!  I live near Los Angeles in the city of Irvine.  LA is known for its freeways and a lot of traffic.  The city is very spread out so almost everyone has their own car.

If i can take the time to scan the other 3 cards then i would share them with you later.

My postcrossings latest update is that I got 5 cards that is on travelling status. 3 of that is still to be mailed later in the afternoon. 1 card mailed to Germany expired after 98 days. I guess it was lost in the mailing highway.    So after this post, I am going to prepare  3  postcards to be mailed to Finland, USA, and Shanghai China.  Id like also to note that the recipients this time are all male. 🙂

Are you collecting post cards?  Do you like receiving postcards as well as sharing postcards to people around the world?  Then you better check out – you will indeed enjoy the sharing.

From Riga & Barcelona

Last week Thursday, i got my first two cards from Postcrossing and it came all the way from Latvia (Riga) and Spain (Barcelona).

The post office staff called me up yesterday and I have 3 cards in there that needs to be picked-up.  I thought yesterday noontime i could but time did not allow me.  Same thing happened today.  HOpefully tomorrow I can and will share it here in my blog next week. 🙂

For now, enjoy these two:

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Note from Jordi:

Hola Arlene, The Monument to Colon is one of the most famous statues of Barcelona constructed in honoring the discoverer Christopher Colon.  It is raised in the square of Porta de la Pau (Portal of Peace).  The monument was constructed as culminating point of the works of improvement of the littoral of Barcelona, done on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition of Barcelona in 1888.  It turned immediately into one of the icons most typical of the city.  I hope you like this card.  All the best for the next upcoming year 2010 to you and your beloved ones!  Best regards from Barcelona.


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Note from Sievia:

Greetings from Latvia! It’s a small country at the Baltic Sea, and on this card you see the skyline of our capital Riga. It’s an old city, founded in 1201, and it has a beautiful old town with lots to see, so come and visit! Right now, everything is under quite a deep cover of snow, and I’m looking forward to springtime. 🙂 Love, Sievia

Hi from Australia!


I received this card last Thursday.  Another shared postcard from Sheng.  The last time i got cards from them were from Latvia and not long after she mailed me those cards, they have moved back to Australia.

Right now i can’t wait for another card from her (as she promised) from the beautiful country, Australia.

Officially Postcrosser Again

I mean again because i checked it out for the whole month of 2009 I haven’t mailed a single card.  I was a member of Postcrossing in 2008.  I sent out a total of 6 cards per received record and I have received a total of 7.  2009 was a hard year so that explains I did not have budget to buy cards and much more to post them.  I did not post any card but somehow received from friends around a total of 10 cards for 2009.

Anyhow, today, i asked for 3 address and tomorrow (hopefully tomorrow) 3 cards will be off to the following countries:


I am also going to drop a card for a fellow Filipina who is also a certified postcrosser herself.  I envy her collections. And one card will also be off to Makati.

I am wondering who is into herbal tea sessions.  Someone suggested that to me that it is good for weight loss management.  I am not yet sure but she also showed me some herbal weight loss pills and i am not sure either if it works on me. I told her to try it then when i have enough cash will try some some.