lundi 31 janvier 2011

What's in my mailbox?

SOOO... my mailbox wasn't as full last week as it was the previous one but still, I got some pretty awesome stuffs in the mail last week as well =]

Let's have a look at what was in there...

2 second hand books :) I loooove buying books online !!

4 awesome letters from: Croatia, The Netherlands, Scotland and Malaysia :) I know have lots of letters to catch up on *oops*

And I also received 2 TEA swaps // One from Malaysia and one from Belgium.

So that is it... wait until you see what was in my mailbox today... Well, technically it wasn't in my mailbox cause it definitely wouldn't fit in but anyway for that, you'll have to wait until next week when I post pictures of what was in my mailbox. Be patient!


jeudi 27 janvier 2011

Writing poetry

Angel in the sky

You always think it's gonna last
It always goes by too fast
It's now all in the past
Live up and have a blast

It might take you a while
Try one step and then a mile
Travel the world, stay on your isle
Eventually, again you'll smile

You got to say goodbye
And all you can do is cry
He now has wings to fly
He is your angel in the sky.

mercredi 26 janvier 2011

Do you swap?

Well, if you don't, you totally should. Wanna know why? Then keep reading :)

Do you love having a full mailbox? Receiving letters from your friends or from complete strangers?
Do you like putting together packages? and receiving stuffs from other countries?

Then, swapping is made for you. Lots of people think that swapping demands lots of money and just don't want to get into it. Swapping is actually a very large word. I mean, sending a package to someone doesn't mean the package has to be big. It can actually be just a small envelope. For example, one thing I love to swap is... Tea!
Do you know how many tea bags can actually fit in a standard envelope? Well, I don't know either but A LOT (I sent 11 tea bags + a card in a standard envelope last week and I could have put some more in it).

If you're a crafty person, swapping is also a great thing for you. Handmade envelopes, cards, journals, etc. And if crafts isn't your thing, there are lots of other things that can be swapped, small or big... souvenirs, stationery, jewelry, books, food, magazines, mixed CDs, postcards and tons tons more.

It sounds interesting, right? And to make it even better, an amazing website has been created to make swapping easier :)

This website is Swap-Bot ; they organize group or private swaps for everyone who loves Snail Mail.

Once you've created your profile on there, you can participate to all the swaps that you want. At first, you will be a Newbie and will only be able to participate to 5 swaps at the same time and would usually be accepted in small swaps only like Tea swaps, postcard swaps for example. There are even some swaps created for Newbies only so that you can find your way easily around the swap-bot community.

The swaps are really well organized. When you join a swap, there is a deadline for the Swap coordinator to assign partners. Swap partners are assigned automatically and you'll receive an email when you can check your partner online. You will see the address of the person you have to send the swap to and here you go. You put the swap together for that person and send it before the Swap deadline. When you have send it, you have to mention it on the website by clicking on the "Sent items" button.

The next part is receiving YOUR package. Whenever you receive a package you have to rate your partner on the website. You give a 5 if the swap met the swap requirements. You can also give a "heart" to the person if it's an amazingly great swap.

Unfortunately, swapping isn't always that fun and sometimes you receive crappy stuffs or worst you don't receive anything :s It's always a bad feeling when it happens but you can also rate your partners accordingly and those people can be banned from the website or aren't accepted in swaps anymore. You can give a 3 if you receive the swap but it didn't met the swap requirements and You can also give a 1 if you didn't receive anything at all.

And now, here are pictures of Swaps I have received in the past...

Tea Time, Newbies Welcome

Profile Surprise #11

Make my day nice

Favourite Candy Swap

1 chocolate bar swap #5

You can also visit my profile on there: PinkBubble (want a tip to get more experienced at swaps and be able to participate in all the swaps that you want? you can also organize Private Swaps with people you know (or don't) on the website // You decide of your own requirements and your number of swaps grows faster, plus, if you know the person you're swapping with, you know you can trust her/him).

Do not hesitate to share your swapping experiences in the comment section.

samedi 22 janvier 2011

Happy Mailbox :)

My mailbox was really really happy this week
I got totally spoiled by my penpals =] Here are the pictures ;)

Monday: a letter from Germany and one from Belgium.

Wednesday: a letter from my new penpal from Taiwan.

Thursday: a letter from Belgium (and an awesome magazine in Flemish) and a huge package from Reno, Nevada (USA).

Friday: 3 letters (2 from the UK and one from Malaysia).

And Saturday: an amazing letter from the US.

What about you guys, have you been spoiled this week?! It really felt like Christmas all over again for me this week as I barely received any mail during the first 2 weeks of January =]


A movie Weekend

In the bubble where I live, it can sometimes happen that I watch lots of movies in a single weekend. How many movies do I watch in a WE? Well it all depends on the weather, the movies available in the video club down the apartment and whether or not I am at the apartment.

This weekend was pretty productive, if I may use this adjective… 7 movies.

Two of them are French so everyone might not know them. If I had to choose ONE movie, out of all the ones I watched this weekend, the choice would be easy. They were all great in their own style but my favorite and far ahead of all the other is a French movie called “La tête en friche”. The movie was made after the book of the same name, written by Marie-Sabine Roger.

The story is beautiful: a simple man, sweet, nice who isn’t really well-educated and who has been called an idiot by everyone, even his own mother, since he has been born, meets Margueritte (with 2 Ts), a 95-year-old lady with an open mind and a great culture and education. Together, they meet every day in a park, on the same bench and count the pigeons. Margueritte reads to him out loud and thus goes their relationship… 2 completely different persons from 2 completely different backgrounds who meet on a bench and share the love that they have to offer. Margueritte is the grandma we have all had or dreamt of having, she is smart, she is lovely, she is beautiful and all you can wish is sit on that bench and listen to the stories she reads…

Let's have a Bubbly 2011 =]

The month of January is always made of good resolutions and new beginnings for everyone. I usually don’t make any resolutions or want to start something new when a new year beginning but this year is different…

I lost someone very close to me in 2010 and that was the end of a big part of my life. I had a choice: keep crying and be sad or start over and be happy. I chose to be happy cause that’s what she would have wanted.

My first resolution of this year was to be a better penpal and live my passion for snail mail to its fullest. What is a passion if you can’t share it with others, right? I have met lots of amazing people through letters and my life wouldn’t be what it is if it wasn’t for them. In order to show them (and the rest of the world) how their letters/cards/packages are important to me, I have decided to create this blog.

So let’s be bubbly and share our passion together and with the rest of the world =]