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manachai

manachai
Date Joined: April 25, 2017
Last Online: September 21, 2018

Country: Malaysia
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About Me

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I'm a Jack-of-all-trades and a master of none. My interests include crafting, collecting stuff (vintage knick knacks and clothing, washi from everywhere and old school stickers from my childhood), and traveling.

I'm a total city kid. I love the idea of the countryside, but after a few days it starts to freak me out (too quiet - where's the traffic). My favourite thing to do in my city is to hunt for street art - preferably at night when it isn't so hot (it's always hot in Kuala Lumpur). And we have amazing artists where I'm from.

I've been on Swapbot for a year, and penpalling for about half a year, and I love it. My favourite part of swapping is mail art. I love to see mail art in your distinct style. To check out my mail art, click on my Instagram link above.

10 favourite books

  1. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
  2. The Magicians series by Lev Grossman
  3. A Life in Frocks by Kelly Doust
  4. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  5. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  6. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  7. South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami
  8. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffinegger
  9. The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice
  10. Care Packages by Michelle Mackintosh

Things I like, love & dislike

I love to receive:

  • horticultural cutouts: I use these in my journal and on envelopes. My favourites are of mushrooms and flowers.
  • stickers: I love designs featuring nature, books, coffee, pastries, maps, precious stones, planets and stars, cats, fashion, cacti, and succulents. Currently, my favourite stickers are by Flow Paper Lovers, Sandy Lion, vintage Sanrio, and Mrs Grossman. My preferences lean towards stickers from the 90s and earlier, but I love new ones. Especially the Sticker Marche line from Midori (so cute!).
  • vintage paper: I was recently sent happy mail with some vintage wrapping paper samples and they were lovely! Otherwise, I also love vintage cutouts from books and magazines and random old ephemera.
  • washi tape: I love trading washi tapes! I mostly buy Japanese and Taiwanese branded washis, as well as generic washis and I love mixing and matching between them. My favourite brands are OURS, Toffee Rabbit, Aimez Le Style, Chamil Garden, Classiky, MT, Bande and Maste, but I also love a whole bunch of Taiwanese designers I can barely begin to list them down!
  • tea: I don't buy tea often because I feel like I won't be able to commit to a whole box in one flavour, but I love receiving tea in the post. My favourite flavours are berry, tangerine and peppermint, but I also like to try new things. I recently tried the rooibos with banana and vanilla Moomin tea by Nordqvist which was excellent!
  • glansbilder/scraps: We don't have these where I'm from, and I love receiving them. I'm also happy to trade for full/partial sheets.
  • curated paper scrap packs: I don't receive this very often but I love when people put together happy mail scrap packs in a theme. It tells me so much about what you like, and allows me to make things from materials you have chosen.
  • Traveler's Notebook accessories: I started journaling not too long ago, but I'm going to commit to a regular sized blue TN in September! I'm quite excited about it and have been collecting ephemera, envelopes to turn into pockets, inserts, and charms to add to it. I've even picked up some foreign coins to turn into charms (once I find someone to drill a hole in them)!
  • food: one of my most favourite things to receive is your favourite snack! I'm not allergic to much so I can generally eat anything you send me (except for liquorice - which is weird, as I don't mind the smell of it). I love trying new foods from different countries and I have a massive sweet tooth! Also, I think that it's cool how different spicy food is from one country to another. And one of the best swaps ever sent to me was this amazing local tea selection with a couple of local salt water taffies and they were delicious! It was one of the most magical things ever sent to me.
  • other random things I like: I appreciate a witchy aesthetic, and collect old vintage dresses and knick knacks. I love motel style keychains (we don't have those here), and collecting storage boxes (which is weird, I know, but useful given that I have a habit of hoarding little paper things).

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I love to send:

  • flip books: I love making flip books it's one of my most favourite things to send. I prefer making a more minimalist version with less flips and layers, and a more clean look, whilst still capturing the essence of a flip book. But sometimes I go nuts with the flips and pockets! I love extremes in design and crafting.
  • happy mail: I like to send people things that make me happy at the moment. So whatever it is that I buy and use for myself and love, I tend to also send to my swap partners. Currently, I love those Japanese paper envelopes you get in a bunch of sizes and designs at Daiso, and I've been including a bunch of those in my letters and swaps.
  • postcards: I don't use postcards very often but I bought a bunch I like very much, and I like to add them to my swaps.
  • stickers: I have a sticker hoarding problem that I've been trying to curb, so I've been sharing stickers that I like (but do not love, as the ones I do love get put away into storage) with everyone.
  • washi tape: I collect washi, but I've been trying to clear my stock of washi tape as I'd like to buy more. So if you'd like to trade anything for washi samples, just drop me a PM.
  • tea: Before Swapbot, I never really had a thing for tea. But now I love it, and I love sharing it!

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I'm really sorry. I don't use the following, and I hate to waste:

  • anything with snails on it
  • religious pamphlets/quotes
  • instant coffee sachets
  • used cosmetic products
  • bookmarks
  • tourist keychains
  • coasters
  • magnets
  • caramel flavoured things
  • stamped images (with the exception of stickers. I love handmade stamped stickers)
  • costume jewelry (I don't know what to do with this)

Private swaps, tags and RAKs

Due to some financial constraints, I shall be mailing out my unsent outgoing swaps, trades and RAKs by October 1st 2018. I want to be able to send people something good and useful, not just something small and cheap that I can afford to send out on a budget, and I'm sorry if it takes some time but I promise it's worth it.

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alt text RAKs, Private Swaps & Trades:

  • @ArtExpress : 1oz of vintage Mrs Grossman stickers for 12 washi tape samples (received 17/7/18)
  • Sunday Funday (sent 05/07/18)
  • @ArtExpress : 4oz of vintage Mrs Grossman stickers and vintage for 4oz washi tape samples and stickers (sent 08/09/18)
  • @Cosychaos Washi/tea swap (sent 08/09/18)
  • @federfuchs thank you happy mail
  • @moni August WTA

Resends & flakes

I am doing a thorough clean up of my "sent" page, and will be documenting my progress sorting out incoming and outgoing swaps that have not arrived since I joined Swapbot. All profiles involved have been contacted privately and I shall be mailing out my outgoing resends by October 1st 2018.

Incoming Swaps:

Outgoing Swaps:

Flaked Swaps:

Regarding the post

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Pictured above is the postbox I use. I worked for a stint at the cafe behind it, and I've had customers ask me if the postbox was a prop! I love that spot, and it worries me that postman doesn't come often enough because it's rather out of the way but I'm on a one woman mission to revive this mail route. So, I'm sorry if the postmark is a little late.

Also, if a swap doesn't arrive, let me know! There's always something that can be done about that.

And as for incoming mail - it's a little slow so have some faith. It usually arrives! I usually rate immediately (or at least on the day I receive your swap). Drop me a PM if you're worried about your swap and I'll keep an eye out for it.

Ratings

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Comment: Lovely samples and cute envelope, thanks!
Popsicle rated for WIYM: Mini flipbook - Summertime on Sep 6, 2018
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Comment: Got your swap today, thank you. It is very pretty.
Beatrice rated for #DearSwap - june 2018 on Sep 2, 2018
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Comment: Sorry for the late response, your letter are always special and full of love and cute things! Thank you!
federfuchs rated for Tropical flip book on Aug 29, 2018
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Comment: I got your flip book today and I love everything about it!! I really like your style, it's so brights and cheerful. And your handwriting is soo beautiful as well, it's so neat and simple and really legible. Thank you so much! <3
Response: I'm so glad you like the flipbook! I was trying out something new and wasn't so sure if anyone would be into it.
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Comment: Don't know what happened I received this on March 13 and rated shortly after. Loved the washi you sent. Hope this rating sticks this time.
EmilyT rated for MISHAP pc FEBRUARY on Aug 25, 2018
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Comment: It seems this one met the worst mishap of all!
luluvision rated for Creative Letter Writers on Aug 24, 2018
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Comment: Received a very lovely letter and creative envelope that I enjoyed! You have an amazingly neat handwriting!! Thank you for the extras!
sherylk3 rated for INTL Happy Mail - 5 Pieces on Aug 23, 2018
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Comment: Thanks so much for the goodies, love the goldfish postcard, and the cat one is so cute.
Response: The goldfish postcard is by a local artist! I love it too
itsnobody rated for 3 for 3 on Aug 21, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for your fruity washish and the other summery extra washis. I'm so in love 😍
Response: Glad it arrived safely and so happy you liked them!
adrianaclara rated for Snail Mail Rules! on Aug 16, 2018
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Comment: Finally got a resend.
lemooon rated for Blind Envelope - International #21 on Aug 14, 2018
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Comment: Hi! Finally, I have received it without any problem. Thanks a lot! I really like them! Happy swapping 😊
Response: Glad it made it there safely! I packed it before I got my swap partner so I wasn't sure if you'd like it, so I'm thrilled that you do!
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Comment: I loved this washi collages card, it was so beautiful, thank you for the washi tapes too!
Response: I had so much fun making it! Glad you enjoyed it
Avi rated for DIY Letter Writing Kit: Int. on Aug 13, 2018
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Comment: Thankyou
MSturgill87 rated for 25 Stickers and a Surprise on Jul 31, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for a lovely selection of stickers and the washi tape! And the decorated envelope was great! I'm adding it to my journal.
jeepermom rated for Onesies stickers. INTL on Jul 19, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the stickers!
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pichuey rated for 60 stickers - international on Jul 9, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely stickers. Love it !! I give you extra ❀️❀️❀️ 😘😘😘
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Comment: Thank you for the colorful envelope and the lovely washi! πŸ’•
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Comment: Thank you so much! Might sound crazy, but both your enveloppes arrived on the sale day xD I loved all of the stickers you send me, thank you so much!
Response: I'm very glad that they both arrived! I hope you enjoy all the stickers.
candybeads rated for Share the stickers with me! on Jun 28, 2018
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Comment: Thanks a lot.

Rating Overview

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Comments

Queensmiley2530 on Jul 28, 2018:

Thank you so much for the 40+ stickers love the variety you send me.

ArtExpress on Jul 17, 2018:

Thank you for the washi tape samples...they just arrived! I like! And your handwriting is AHhhh-maz-ing! Thank u for the beautiful envelope & neat packaging. U taught me that I can turn an envelope on its side :-)

bblue on Jul 16, 2018:

Thanks for the handmade stickers you sent for the "Help! I can't find..." tag. They are great. Love the hand-drawn envelope as well.

Moni on Jul 6, 2018:

Thanks so much for the lovely tag you sent me for Quick I need tag. I love all you sent me :)

Lonestarchild on Mar 1, 2018:

Oh -- what a sweet total surprise arrived today! Very thoughtful of you to send a SURPRISE envie -- but totally unnecessary!. Thank you so much! Very kind!

anicka22 on Jan 31, 2018:

Thank you so much for the beautiful mail you send me as a thank you for my resend! It is all so pretty!! Thank you for making my day/week :)

OrigamiGrace on Sep 25, 2017:

From Cheap Postage Group!

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anicka22 on Jun 2, 2017:

Thank you soooo much for all the beautiful washi stickers for the grabbie tag! Love them.

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