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manachai

manachai
Date Joined: April 25, 2017
Last Online: December 16, 2018

Country: Malaysia
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About Me

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Note: I’ve been on Swapbot without a hitch for over a year, but I feel as if my work/life balance is tilting more towards the latter and is taking it’s toll on me. I have been relying on a third party (bad idea) to help me deliver mail to a post box as work has ramped up (thankfully, but nevertheless, it’s a schedule I do not enjoy working around) and this system is not working out for me, so I will have to take some time off to focus on work, and my IG account (which has sadly also winded down). Following that, should you need to contact me for anything once I am on my break, do drop me a private message on Swapbot or DM on Instagram and I will get back to you as soon as I can.


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.

My favourite part of swapping is mail art and I love to see mail art in your distinct style.

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 have commited myself to a full sized blue TN and I love it! 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

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  • @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 (sent 17/11/10)

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.

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

simcoe54 rated for Quick Swap - Your Choice on Dec 10, 2018
5
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Comment: Thanks for resending this swap. The postcards are perfect for my collection.
Response: Fantastic! I'm glad you like them! Thanks for the rating
3
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Comment: See this as a 3 with lots of ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥! I really enjoyed the spooky story, the extras and your letter. You have a beautiful handwriting and I have never seen someone writing on vellum before! This rating is only for the late sending date - don`t give your sister your mail again...! :D If you want to, I would love to send you the story I wrote for this swap... Just let me know!
Response: Thank you for liking it! I love spooky letters (both sending and receiving them) so this was a blast. I totally understand the rating, but I'm still thrilled that you really enjoyed it! BTW I'd love to read the letter you sent for this swap! <3
Emilycatherine1989 rated for APP: Horror Stories on Dec 4, 2018
5
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Comment: Just got this today... thank you! I will write back soon! 😊
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! It was one of my favourite envelopes I've made yet!
lilibet rated for 100 stickers! International on Dec 4, 2018
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Response: 5/12/18 - Hello Lilibet, as mentioned in the prior email, I posted all the outgoing letters I found as soon as I could (10th of November 2018). I noticed that many swaps I've mailed out on the same day have arrived and I believe your incoming swap(https://imgur.com/a/drk2Ecp) should arrive around the next couple of days. If it doesn't arrive, I'll be more than happy to send another.
5
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Comment: this swap was a year late, but coming from overseas I cannot rate late. It was done very nicely. thank you
Response: Thank you for agreeing to allow me to resend, even if it was a year late. It has been quite a task to clean up my resends and unreceived swaps, but everyone who has replied to my messages has been wonderful to work with and I'm very glad for it. This was only my second minizine, so I'm glad you liked it. Thank you for the rating.
Kvwanderlost rated for WIYM: Blind Envie Swap #10 on Nov 30, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you for the wonderful envie full of fun fun items, I love it all :)
Sandy1969 rated for *sticker sheet swap* on Nov 28, 2018
5
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Comment: Today I received your post. Thanks for All Stickers.
Beckysheldon38 rated for *sticker sheet swap* on Nov 27, 2018
5
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Comment: Thanks for the extra stickers!
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Comment: Will change rating when swap is correct. So sorry. It was sent 2 weeks late, stickers with justwords and alphabet. I received only 1 sheet with something other than words, alphabet, labels. Please read requirements. 😕
Response: 28/11 - Don't be sorry. I was having some issues with the swaps back then, and managed to fix most of them (but one or two must have fell under the radar). I had relied on a third party to post for me and it was horribly unreliable. BUT mailing the wrong stickers is on me, and I can fix that. You might have to give me a week, but I'll update this response when I mail out your resend.
knitterofhats rated for Mail Tag on a Post Card #3 on Nov 26, 2018
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Comment: Marked as sent on time on Sept 10 from Malaysia. Nothing as of Oct 22 - sent PM on Oct 22. Received resend on Nov 26. Thanks!
Response: 10/11 - Your PC is in the post! Hope it reaches you soon! 5/11 - Hi Amy, I remember your PM regarding this PC swap and replied you on October 23rd. Your resend is going to the post office on November 8th and I hope that it will reach you safely. Cheers, Cheryl
zoev1975 rated for TP - Getting to Know You on Nov 23, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you so much! I love all the galaxy goodies, the washi tapes are amazing
Response: So glad it got there safely! It took so long, I was starting to get worried!
5
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Comment: Thank you for nice stickers😊
USAFwife rated for manachai & USAFwife 100 ?'s journal on Nov 13, 2018
5
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Comment: Thanks so much for doing this swap with me. Loved the profile goodies, they are great and I can tell you really read my profile for the match. I would be more than happy to swap with you again, in the future. :)
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Comment: contacted you already on 15.10.2018 - received a proposition for resent from you but didnt receive anything. please contact me and I will gladly re-rate.
Response: 13/11 - I should have messaged you much earlier due to the delay. I resent your swap on the 10th of November, which is a little late, but I hope it reaches you in a timely manner. Hope you enjoy it when it arrives, and rerate me fairly. Thank you.
Katja rated for Sticker Variety 03 on Oct 5, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you for the cute stickers!
Arhel rated for Sticker Variety 03 on Oct 2, 2018
5
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Comment: Lovely stickers, thank you!
mb58ca rated for Sticker Variety 03 on Oct 1, 2018
5
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Comment: Nice stickers. Thanks for the sends :)
Jsereg001 rated for Sticker Variety 03 on Sep 29, 2018
5
rating
Comment: Thanks!!
bbsporty rated for WIYM: Blind Envie Swap #9 on Sep 25, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you for an awesome blind envie! I love everything!
Jenicat rated for Sticker Variety 03 on Sep 24, 2018
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the very pretty stickers 💜
Response: Glad you liked the stickers I chose for you! I tried my best to make choices based on your profile likes!

Rating Overview

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4.9557 236 7 7
Completed Fives Threes Ones
203 267 2 2
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Comments

pianoheart on Nov 23, 2018:

Thank you for the "something to wear" and profile surprise for the forum tags :)

nadithings on Nov 2, 2018:

duckymorgan on Oct 20, 2018:

Hi there! I just wanted to say thank you for hosting the Halloween in Your Culture swap - it was the most fun swap I've ever done on swap-bot (both to send and to receive!). I even ended up with a new pen pal! Thank you for setting it all up :)

Katja on Oct 4, 2018:

Just received your die-cut grabbie and carefully cut out flake grabbie for the Swap tag and the Cheap postage tag you're it tag. Thank you so much! I also LOVE your handwriting, it's so pretty!!

cinnamonspice on Oct 2, 2018:

Yay !I have received your Tag for the postcards.I forgot about this coming so it was a lovely surprise. Thank you. I can use them in my journal. Happy swapping (and tagging)

shinyserra on Oct 1, 2018:

Thank you very much for all of the lovely lettersets for the grabbie tag!!!

groundhogstamper on Sep 27, 2018:

I thought I commented here about the wonderful packets you sent to me, but I don't see it. I hope you will forgive me. I love the packets and your envie. Thank you so very much.

daydreamer47 on Sep 22, 2018:

I LOVE the washi rolls you sent! The animals are so so cute, and I'm kinda obsessed with lines haha. Thank you 💞

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 :-)

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