I always have this penchant for stamps, postcards, writing letters and keychains. I can still recall those days when I was exchanging letters to someone from Germany and Indonesia back in grade school writing about fuerteventura holidays but then I got busy and grew up.
Then 2 years ago, after blog hopping some sites, I stumbled upon Postcrossing.com, a non-profit (i guess) site which aims to give you the opportunity to allow you to exchange postcards with random strangers across the globe at the expense of the person sending the cards. With this, my passion in exchanging letters via postcards got renewed.
sent to Netherlands in 2010
receiver: ”I wanna live there “
So what do I gain from exchanging postcards? Stamps. My motive is selfish in nature. I send postcards so that I can receive postcards with real stamps in it. You see, I collect stamps. Not that I am a fanatic about it but I just want to collect them. No special/complicated reasons involved. The sight of stamps always fascinate me eh
Then lately, something hit me.
This Facebook group where I’m a member, the Pinoy Travel Bloggers group, is very much aggressive in their advocacy of promoting the tourism of the Philippines. You see, like any other Asian countries, a lot of travellers fear of visiting our country due to the bad publicity about our place. Some countries even have the Philippines on their list of must-not-visit places for security reasons. Aside from our country being totally misunderstood in terms of safety, travellers are also wary of travelling here due to the costs involved. Imagine the 7,100+ islands we have and the costs involved on exploring each one of them. Too expensive! Unlike the greater mainland Asia where you simply travel by bus or train to go to each country, in here, you have to fly to each one of those destinations. Cheap alternatives are available too but might be too tedious and stressful for some.
Anyway, going back to where I got hit (hehe), I realized that I was unconsciously promoting the Philippines by sending these postcards. Such a no-brainer if you’d think about it
Some of the random folks I send postcards would list down nature, sea, beaches, folk traditions, festivals, architecture and all those other categories for their postcard preference and we basically have all of those!
Like these 3 postcards I just sent out, each person who’ll receive this had their own preferences on what they wanted to get and here’s my share of promoting tourism in our country
This postcard of the Taal Volcano will travel all the way to USA since the person who requested this loves nature. I hope that with this postcard her family can visit the Philippines and explore Taal Volcano as soon as it’s safe to trek there again. Never been to this part of the country too. The closest I got to seeing Taal was viewing it from Tagaytay and I look forward to the day that I’d be able to climb this cute volcano
This beautiful scenery of the beaches of Coron, Palawan will go all the way to Germany as the person who will receive this loves the sea. Being in Germany, I guess they have limited options to swim in their beaches due to the cold temperature and I hope they find time to fly to the Philippines and enjoy this truly captivating treat that Coron has to offer. I’ve never been to this place too but Coron has been added to my must-see places list. Soon Coron, soon…
And of course my hometown – Cebu. This postcard shows the different places to visit in Cebu and this one’s gonna travel to China as the one who’ll receive this also loves nature, architecture and requested to receive something about my place. Like any other destinations in our country, Cebu is blessed with a rich cultural heritage and beautiful beaches that will definitely lure any traveller to visit the place. Although China is also rich with its own natural resources, I hope the one who’ll receive this postcard would visit Cebu and enjoy our tropical climate and prestine white sand beaches too.
So there you have it. Now you know the reason why I
waste take time and exert effort in sending out postcards.
How about you? Do you want to receive a postcard from Cebu? Yes? Then send me your complete mailing address here, with the subject: “PLEASE SEND ME A POSTCARD”, ok?