This postcard arrived as a delightful surprise on my birthday, making it feel like an unexpected gift from a fellow postcrosser. It came all the way from China, sent by Ilolo, and it truly brightened my day.

Inside the Yellow Earth

I was intrigued by the mention of "Yellow Earth" on the postcard, so I decided to look it up. However, my search led me to a movie, leaving me uncertain if it's a landmark or a behind-the-scenes shot from a film. Nonetheless, the mystery adds to the charm of this wonderful postcard.

The Cotton State

Sent by Carla, the postcard showcases a detailed map of Alabama, highlighting its fascinating landmarks and sights to see. Alabama is famously known as the Cotton State, and it's also referred to as the Yellowhammer State and the Heart of Dixie. In her message, Carla mentioned that they are currently gearing up for Thanksgiving celebrations.

I was delighted to receive two exquisite nature postcards, my first from both Taiwan and Australia. The stunning landscapes depicted on the cards truly captured the beauty of these countries.

Kinmen Kuningtou Cliff
The cliff is situated on the tip of the west-northern coast of Kinmen. It has been the scene of the Kunington battlefield in 1949

Sent by Jubie from Taipei, who shares the same love for purple :). She mentioned not having a purple postcard, but this one is somewhat purple too. Another lovely addition to my collection of purple cards.


Wangoolba Creek, Central Station
World Heritage Listed
Queensland, Australia

Sent by Bec, from Burpengary, a small town located on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. She mentioned that she stumbled upon a bunch of cards hidden away in the back of a cupboard and is now having a blast sending them out.

Chateau de Gorgier

I'm delighted to receive my first postcard from Switzerland, which was sent by Anabela. 

Showing Chateau de Gorgier, a picturesque castle nestled amidst the Swiss landscape. The stunning architecture and serene surroundings make it a perfect postcard-worthy sight. It's delightful to receive such beautiful glimpses of places around the world through postcrossing!

Received yet another postcard this month, and this time it's my first postcard from Russia, sent by Anya.

Olgas's Pavilion
The study of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolayevna

I was curious about the postcard's content, which featured Grand Duchess Olga Nikolayevna. So, I searched Wikipedia to learn more about her. Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia (11 September 1822 – 30 October 1892) later became Queen Olga of Württemberg. She was a member of the Russian imperial family and held great appeal due to her beauty, intelligence, and cultural interests. She was regarded as one of the most eligible princesses in Europe, with proficiency in several languages, and a passion for music and painting.


Only a few days after receiving the last postcard, I've received another one!

1) Mitropolia
2) Biserica Stavropoleus
3) Biserica Cretulescu

This postcard is my first from Romania, and it was sent by Andreea, a teenage girl who is almost the same age as my eldest son. It's great to see that at such a young age, she's already into postcrossing, while most kids her age are busy with games and other activities.



Rachel from Phoenix sent me another postcard with a purple theme, adding to my collection. The postcard features an impressive capture of powerful lightning, giving the impression that the sky was raging with anger that night.

Kameido Tenjin Shrine, Tokyo
Originally built in 1662, pattering after Dazaifu in Kyushu, the park of this shrine has been one of the most popular spots for the wisterias and apricot flowers since the Edo era.

Received my initial postcard from Japan, courtesy of Atsushi from Tokyo. It features a lovely purple or lavender theme, showcasing beautiful wisterias. I can't help but wish to have those flowers in my dream garden, though I'm not sure if that will ever come true.

Blakeney harbour offers safe sailing and the bustling quayside, where rows of boats are always to be seen, presents a colourful scene.

I received my second postcard from the United Kingdom, courtesy of Mavis. Observing the boats in the picture reminded me of a memorable experience during a vacation at our maternal grandparents' place. I recalled riding a small boat, which was both awesome and thrilling. However, since I don't know how to swim, it was also somewhat scary as I couldn't shake off the feeling that the boat might sink at any moment.

Dwarf Golebnik (Birdman) resting for a while on the window sill of the City Hall.

Received my first postcard from Poland, courtesy of Joanna, who is a mom and teacher from Wroclaw. The postcard showcases one of the numerous local dwarfs found throughout her hometown. I was curious about their significance and learned that these dwarfs have a fascinating history. In the 80s, they were part of a local underground protest movement, particularly connected to the Orange Alternative movement in 1982. During that time, these dwarfs with amusing hats and cheerful expressions were used as graffiti to cover up anti-Communist slogans.

Pink Pigs

Common Sense

Luckily, I stumbled upon this postcard while it was just starting to rain. If I hadn't, the card would have been soaked and ruined. There were a few raindrops on it, causing some of the message to be unreadable. The sender mentioned that the postcard was more pink than purple. Nevertheless, I'm thrilled to receive my first postcard from France and appreciate the sender's effort to find a purple one for me.

It has been 6 weeks since the previous postcard arrived. Today, I received three new postcards from China, the U.S.A., and the Netherlands.

ELLE 15 Years in China

Received my second postcard from China, sent by Li. I'm grateful to the sender for adding another purple card to my collection!

San Francisco

The postcard was sent by Megan from San Francisco, and I must highlight her beautiful handwriting. She even took the effort to add some artwork to the dedication part of the card.


Lindy from the Netherlands sent the postcard, and I noticed that we share similar hobbies, except for her love of cats, which is not my preference.

This postcard was sent before we moved, so it was still addressed to our old place. Luckily, when it arrived, our old landlady personally delivered it to our new address.

22nd Universal Postal Congress, Beijing 1999

It's my first postcard from China, and it was sent by Lily. The card has a lovely purple theme, and I'm truly grateful to the sender for that. What's even more impressive is that she wrote the message in both English and Chinese characters—absolutely awesome! I hope I can learn how to write and read Chinese characters someday.

Six days from the last postcard received, came another interesting card from another country.


This came from Claudia of Vienna. It's the Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel. Again, I searched on wikipedia, and found out that this is a surviving example of nineteenth century Ferris wheels, and is still in operation today. Erected in 1897, damaged during WWII and was rebuilt. WOW!

There is an undeniable joy in riding Ferris wheels, a thrill that sweeps over you as the vibrant carnival lights dance around, casting a magical glow. With each gentle ascent, a sense of wonder takes hold, and the world below seems to shrink as you ascend to new heights. The anticipation builds, heart racing, as the cabin reaches its zenith, offering breathtaking vistas that stretch far and wide. The feeling of weightlessness and the gentle sway of the wheel create an enchanting experience, leaving you utterly captivated and yearning for more. For those who love to ride Ferris wheels, it's an extraordinary journey where time stands still, and cherished memories are etched in the heart forever.

Just four days after receiving my first 2 postcards, here is another one. The sender forgot to include the Posctcard ID, good thing though, the card has her address. I managed to browse/search through profiles, and luckily found the sender resembling her name.

Rochester, New York

The arrival of spring heralds Lilac Time in Rochester usually in May, rarely in late April or early June. Highland Park in Rochester is the site of the world's largest public display of Lilacs spread over 15 acres. This magnificent collection of over 528 varieties includes more than 1500 shrubs.

This came from Lisa of Rochester, where all Kodak cameras came from. First postcard with a purple theme, I did mention on my postcrossing profile that I love that color. Great thanks to the sender, she really made me tremendously happy. My reaction made my third son (1 year 7 months old) so curious, so while I'm preoccupied, he grabbed the postcard. That explains why there's a little tear on lower part of the postcard :P.

I became a member of Postcrossing on December 18, 2008. Since that day, I've eagerly been checking my mailbox, filled with excitement, hoping to receive my first postcrossing postcard.

After almost two months, the long-awaited moment finally arrived, catching me off guard. To my pleasant surprise, not one, but two postcards were waiting for me in the mail. Both postcards were absolutely lovely, one from the Netherlands and the other from the United Kingdom. It was a delightful surprise that made my day!


The postcard, sent by Evelien, beautifully showcases the view of the town where she studies.


The postcard, sent by Agi (hope I spelled it right) of Croatia, features a captivating view of the sea. It's wonderful to receive a glimpse of this young European country through the postcard. Agi mentioned that he lives near the seaside, which is really cool!

Receiving postcards from both origins was a delightful surprise for me, as the places were entirely new and unfamiliar. Curiosity got the best of me, and I couldn't resist diving into more information about these locations on Wikipedia. This postcrossing idea is truly captivating, as it opens up a whole new world of discovery, allowing me to explore and learn about fascinating places I never knew existed before. I'm already falling in love with this wonderful journey of exploration!