Discovering Fado Through a Postcard from Portugal


"Fado Corrido" com Amália Rodrigues, 1964“it shows AMÁLIA RODRIGUES, the best FADO singer of all times.”

For this Postcard Sundays edition, I’m giving you something black…as promised  😉

Actually the postcard I received looked more of a sepia thingy but either way, it’s the closest thing I got to having a black and white postcard. Never expected I’d get one too. I was used to getting all those colorful postcards with beautiful sceneries, festivals, etc and this postcard gave me that “WOW” factor.

Not that it was too beautiful, ok? It’s more of a realization that I do not have to stick to sending the postcards I normally send out, you know – those showcasing beaches and famous landmarks. But the problem is there’s so little to choose from with the limited budget that I have. If I send a big postcard, it means I had to add more stamps to it on top of paying extra for the card. Good thing it doesn’t require me to hire German Translators. Ok, now I’m ranting. back to the topic…

This postcard was sent by an aunt in Portugal who’s starting a postcard and stamp collection for her baby niece. Isn’t that sweet? According to the sender of the card she sent a Postcard of one of the best Fado singers of all time. “Fado is a typical Portuguese music genre”  she said.

Wiki says that …
“fado is a form of music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor. However, in reality fado is simply a form of song which can be about anything, but must follow a certain structure. The music is usually linked to the Portuguese word saudade which symbolizes the feeling of loss (a permanent, irreparable loss and its consequent life lasting damage).”

Not knowing what Fado is, I had to checkout YouTube and listen to the song Fado Corrido. Then I checked a couple more songs from Portuguese singer and actress Amália Rodrigues, known as the Queen of Fado. It’s like listening to songs of Billy Holiday in the movie Forever Young. One song I liked was Amália’s rendition of the song Fado Meu 😉

Fado Meu by Amália Rodrigues

It’s just nice knowing that I got to have this opportunity to learn something new from the countries of each of the postcards I receive 😉 and Yes, I listen to songs like this 😛

Postcard Origin: Portugal
Date received: June 2010

Stamp collected: Portugal Stamp

Portugal stamp

Up next…something from China 😉


    • it’s actually the stamps that I’m collecting. the postcards are an added bonus dong 😉
      I’d sure love to receive one of your postcards from Japan too! 😀

  1. oh great! i am also collecting stamps and i bought one booklet of stamps in vietnam. but its still best to collect with it still in the envelope or postcard.

    • wow! nice! had to pause for a while to imagine how many stamps are in that 1 booklet. lol.

      dong, do you remove the stamps from the postcards or envelopes? if yes, what technique do you use? 😉

  2. dami din nasa booklet. abot din yata ng 60 or more stamps. as much as possible di na dapat tinatanggal. kung tinatanggal, ang ginagawa ko yung cut the portion of the stamp from the envelope (with space) then put the side of the envelope on a warm water. leave it there for a minute then take it. from there madali at kung minsan natatanggal agad yung stamp. clean the stamp back surface tapos yun. konting tuyo kung nabasa.

    • dati ginagawa ko kuha ako mainit na tubig. lagay ko sa yung stamps with paper and soak it till matanggal sa pagkadikit then ipadikit ko ang stamp sa labas ng glass para matuyo sa init ng tubig. but with this practice, nagiging curve ang shape ng stamp bec of the curved body ng baso and when i flatten it, pangit na quality nung paper ng stamp. will try your suggestion dong! 🙂 let me know too ha if may alam ka nice bilihan ng stamp album 😉 desperately need to organize and arrange those stamps na 🙂


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