Date Joined: May 1, 2014
Last Online: August 12, 2014
MY APOLOGIES FOR NOT CHECKING IN EARLIER!!! I HAD TO MAKE AN URGENT TRIP TO SINGAPORE AS MY MUM WAS ILL. IF MY MAIL/SWAP HAS NOT REACHED YOU, PLEASE MESSAGE ME. I WILL RECTIFY ANY NO-SHOWS.
Hi! I'm Shirin, a Muslim mum of 3. I'm 42 and am originally from Singapore, but have been based in Islamabad, Pakistan for close to 7 years.
I pretend at being creative â€“ I dream of writing a novel, am an addicted Instagrammer and often try out crafts that I am pretty much hopeless at. I'm attempting a hand-pieced quilt, Smashbooking and Project Life. Oh yes, I love tea!
I am married and have 3 kids â€“ we are homeschoolers and books are a major part of our lives. We run a little library for homeschoolersâ€¦ an excuse for us bibliophiles to continue hoarding books!
I also love vintage things like old pyrex, typewriters, wooden spools and such. If you like tea, then chances are, we can be good pals :)
I like needlework â€“ nothing fancy, just stitchery and redwork â€“ and am starting a Project Life album and a smashbook.
I love journalling in my Midori Traveler's Journalâ€¦ this cute notebook is my new BFF. If you're a Midori fan, message me!
I love reading and am particularly fascinated with children's and young adult literature. I love looking for award-winning titles and sharing them with my kids. We've amassed quite a collection and trawl second-hand bookstores any chance we get.
My favourite work of fiction is "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee. I also love works by Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell.
I love writing letters â€“ my letters are notoriously long and chatty! My daughters aged 12 and 9 are also hoping to find some pen pals that they can build long-lasting friendships with.
I also like exchanging postcards and have resumed postcrossing after a break.
Cards I like:
If you're from the US, I'd appreciate a state card (map, flower, birdâ€¦ whatever!!) as I'm trying to do a 50-state book with the kids.
I'm quite particular about sending out my swaps early or on time. I get anxiety attacks about being late! LOL! So, if you do not receive something from me, please send me a message and I will rectify any non-deliveries. I assure you that I will do the same for you â€“ I would never rate you down without checking with you first.
Pakistan mail is usually reliable, but there are the odd occasions when things are slowâ€¦ Once, they ran out of high denomination stamps and so I had to repackage my parcel and another time, they weren't able to weigh my letters as the power had been cut! I know this would be totally unheard of for most of you, but hey! It's what I live with ;) A letter or package may be posted punctually and still be postmarked a day later because of their own internal schedules that I have yet to understand.
I am not a fussy person and I'm grateful for whatever I get â€“ I believe it is the thought that counts and you don't need to break the bank to have some fun and friendship :)