Reunion with Aliah & Yul-goon!! :D

OMG! My long lost Postcrossing-ToyVoyagers buddy Aliah happens to start lecturing in some uni in Penang after completing her Masters since recently, so hey, she’s apparently become a Penangite as I am, though we’re about some 20km apart, but what the hell, the other day I had A SURPRISE REUNION WITH YUL-GOON!!

I mean, seriously!

The last time I met Aliah (and Yul-goon, in that purpose) was back in 2007 when I was in UIA and she was in UiTM Shah Alam and being some crazy Postcrossers and ToyVoyagers-addicts at that particular time, we traveled 2 hours by bus with handful of toys to Malacca for two main missions:

  1. Bring our toys to see this significantly historical town and take pics like mad.
  2. Shop for awesome variety of Malacca postcards like mad.

2007. Melaka.

Oh yeah, add to the mission: 3) eat Mi Bandung Muar with Kak Nurul :)) And visit her house to see HUGE collection of her stamps and postcards that simply make you faint. Or rather, make you feel like stealing them altogether! No wonder Newrule has been #1 rank on most sent/receives among Malaysia Postcrossers ever since I can remember. She is everyone’s role model okay! Even though me and Aliah have been slowing down since, after years, but Newrule still maintains her rank! Dont you think she deserves to be awarded THE MOST LOYAL MALAYSIAN POSTCROSSER EVER EXIST ON EARTH? Please give applause to Newrule! :D (pics not included here)

Oh well. Those were the moments. That was 3 freaking years ago, now tell me how could time fly this fast?? =.=

Now back to Aliah and me. Within this time, both of us have graduated, looked for job, got a job, got bored working, quit job, went back to uni to study Masters. Also, slowed down with Postcrossing and ToyVoyagers altogether. Dont know why, but perhaps this is how life goes.

And last Sunday evening, I guess exactly after 3 years, we met again.. and Yul-goon was here too YAY! :D Who would have thought? ;D

2010. Juru Autocity, Penang.

Now that Aliah lives only less than one hour away from me, I can sense that there will come the times soon I’ll see myself go for a postcards-hunt-and-toys-hangout trip with her again :P in Penang!!! Now I’m just waiting for Kelisa to be back to me.

Postcards

Another reason why you should move and live in Langkawi, apart from cheap cars: there are hell lot variety of pretty postcards of this island! Unlike Kelantan postcards, unlike the already-boring KL cards.. hmmph, I dont know if there are many Postcrossers in Langkawi anyway? Otherwise it’s such a waste!

Despite my long absence from Postcrossing and the habit of shopping-writing-sending-postcards-like-mad since ages, it was amazing that when I go on a vacation and see racks of postcards available, the itch comes back by default just instantly! :D I mean, it’s a real crime not buying at least 30 pieces when you already come all the way to here for a holiday, dont you think?

I dont go tagging or swapping on the forum anymore, let alone requesting officials (afraid if I cant keep up with registering cards on time) but I’m blessed that I still know a bunch of dear people who will always be delighted to receive mails :D so these 20+ people, whether you’re reading here or not, as long as I still keep your address, you can expect a mail from me soon ^_^

Talking about postcards, I received my first postcard from Az the other week :P

If this werent an advertisement card, I could have sworn that it wouldnt come as surprise anymore since I’ve already seen ALL possible pictures of KL postcards by now. Hohoho (gelak seorang postcrosser otai yg berlagak). And yes, Az likes to write using a pencil =.= and it’s the second time he addressed Nibong Tebal in Perak. Tsk… I know Parit Buntar is only steps away, but USM Nibong Tebal is still in Penang, okay?

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8pm tonight: there will be downtime for ilyani.net and all subdomain blogs coz we’re migrating the server. To where? To a place where my heart is closer to ;-) HAHA okay la will explain more next time ;D so see ya and pls pray that my sites wont crash tonight.

Flickr to Picasaweb

Finally I decided to migrate all 2600+ my photos from Flickr to Picasa, as much as I love my Flickr which I joined since 2005 (and even more after I upgraded to Pro 2 years ago) I have this thinking that I may have something more crucial to spend USD25 for than to renew its subscription next time.. seeing that I dont practically use it much apart of storing thousands of my postcards pictures… so I guess a free Picasaweb will just do for hosting my photos which most of them are the postcards scans… and only a small proportion are normal photos. And poor Ilyani has to go cheap now.

Have to admit I dont really like Picasaweb interface, its gallery, the album views etc.. they’re ugly :( I love Flickr and it’s pretty. But one great thing I found Picasaweb better than Flickr is how fast the image loads. And you can dowload the image right away on the image page. Unlike Flickr, now I realize I can no longer “save as” the picture  on its page, rather have to go deeper to All Size > Download Original Size. I mean, it wastes one click already.

Oh kay, and Picasaweb is free for now (up to 1Gb only, but thats helluva space already if I only want it to host image to embed on the blogs and stuff). And Flickr Pro will only be worth your RM80+ per year if you use it on common basis, or do high resolution professional photography.

I still have half a year to go with my Flickr Pro (which I now a little tiny bit regret for renewing its subscription last time knowing that I no longer upload postcards to it already.. sigh.. wasted) but until then, whoever wish to see my Postcrossing collection.. (especially to Nay ;-) eh… did you receive any postcard yet??) here is the collection I have been so proud of :P

Postcards to Nibong Tebal

I’m dedicating this post to Nay, a cheerful blogger whom I came across during blogwalking lately who happens to be a Postcrosser :) I mean, it’s such a pure luck to meet a Postcrosser outside Postcrossing site itself, no? (that counts Postcrossing Forum and postcards-related blogs and Facebook as well – where I already have loads of Postcrossers in friend list – and there could be more Postcrossers who are friends of friends therefore meeting Postcrossers on FB is no longer a coincidence) so YAY, I was happy as I found at least one among those bunch of bloggers from Nuffnang community visiting me lately who shares the same passion as I do! :D

And yesterday I received 2 official cards again – addressed to my hostel. As I said earlier I have put my Postcrossing career in rest  ever since I came to study in USM (I used to be a certified full-time Postcrosser, mind you – though a full-time career as a Postcrosser was more like spending more money while earning nothing :P), but as I got some cards in my hands the other month it was hard enough to resist myself from requesting address on Postcrossing. Hence the guilty pleasure, again, and I now started sending postcards after one semester of being totally inactive. And also, the swaps from people who PM me after being featured as Postcrossing Spotlight. And these are what I received within past few weeks:

From China, Brazil, Lithuania, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, USA, Finland, India, Romania, Serbia,  Slovenia.

If only I had a scanner here in my hostel room, you’ll not be surprised at all if you see me start scanning postcards and uploading to Flickr and updating the postcards blog again :P Well my roommate has a scanner, but it’s pointless to borrow for such purpose, I mean, okay, maybe I’m still not that desperate to update my Postcrossing collection just yet. (p.s. I used to be more than desperate actually – was spending hours in UIA computer lab many years ago only to scan my postcards when my scanner got broken =_= now give me a surprised look, I dont mind.) Well yeah, perhaps I’m still keeping my words that I said when I was about to give it a rest for a while as I knew I’d be having so much to do once I continue studying, even though I am not entirely too busy, but still, I know if I start doing it, then I’ll be devoting all my time and soul and money to it :)

To anyone else, apart from Nay, who pass by here and you’re a Postcrosser, please say hello to me! And my question now, are you as crazy as me (and many others, actually) who would keep a blog entirely about postcards you receive?

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