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Date Joined: July 12, 2010
Last Online: August 20, 2013
Birthday: June 4
Country: Philippines
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About Me

Bibliophile and cineaste. :) And it seems like I'm a deltiologist now. :D

I also like reading other people's letters. :D (I read them on http://www.lettersofnote.com).

And I'm writing again! Do you like culture-clash type romantic comedies? Well, check it out here: http://www.wattpad.com/user/paperstreetpress

Favorite Music

Recently I've been listening to The Blood Arm. I like world music, and French musicians/singers e.g. Francoise Hardy. I also like Mott the Hoople, the Velvet Underground, Nico, the Beatles (I grew up listening to them). Also, The Kinks, Belle & Sebastian, Portishead, Hooverphonic, Uffie.

Favorite Books

Calvin and Hobbes books, Madeline, Raymond Carver short stories, Acquainted with the Night by Lynne Sharon Schwartz, Perfume by Patrick Suskind, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami, Howards End by E.M.Forster, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Atonement by Ian McEwan, Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, Jhumpa Lahiri's The Interpreter of Maladies, Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things, Enid Blyton fairy-tale books (the illustrated ones), fairy tales of your country


I like watching films, interior design, specifically Scandinavian design. I like to mix the modern with old world stuff, and find new uses for everyday objects.

I like traveling, visiting museums, shopping, collecting objects esp. the arts/crafts of the country I'm visiting.

I like making my own envelopes, so paper with interesting patterns or anything related to the themes I like (see below in "Likes and Dislikes") will be very useful to me. :)

And yes, I like snail mail a lot; I also like sending and (of course, receiving) surprises in the mail. I've also had a renewed interest in postcrossing. It seems I write more postcards now than letters...

Do check out my profile there for postcard swaps to get an idea re: my preferences: http://www.postcrossing.com/user/smurfrevolt

Favorite Movies

At the moment, my favorite movie is Midnight in Paris. I loved all the cameos of the famous writers and artists. :)

I love the TV adaptation of Terry Pratchett's Going Postal (because it is about snail mail! I love Moist von Lipwig!)

I also love: Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums (well, let's just say everything Wes Anderson directed), Wong Kar-Wai's Chungking Express and In the Mood for Love, Run Lola Run, The Science of Sleep, Funny Haha (and other mumblecore films), Roman Holiday (I'm a Classic Hollywood film buff; I love Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn), Fight Club, Ghost World, Behind the Sun (a Brazilian film), The Virgin Suicides, French New Wave films (I love Alain Delon and Jean-Pierre Leaud, esp. in Masculin, Feminin), Ensemble C'est Tout, La Reine Margot

Favorite Television

  • period dramas (I especially loved Wives and Daughters, Cranford and Downton Abbey)

  • Doctor Who

  • The Borgias

  • Game of Thrones

  • Extras

  • Spaced

  • Wonderfalls

  • The Simpsons

  • Flight of the Conchords

  • Daria (MTV animation)

  • Dead Like Me

  • Felicity

  • That 70's Show

  • Poirot

Likes and Dislikes


  • quality over quantity. I prefer to receive quality stuff, even if it's just one thing. I'm trying to de-clutter.

  • paper! (letter sets and notecards or correspondence cards, notepads and notebooks)

  • rubber stamps (Themes I like for stationery --> French-themed, vintage, botanical illustrations, teacups, books, libraries, mail-related, art nouveau, anything related to the time periods I like :D )

  • I like ethnic scarves with colorful, unique patterns and textiles of a particular country (the long ones). I have a collection going and as of now I have scarves from Thailand, India, Cambodia and Vietnam. :) I love anything Oriental, Asian, Bohemian. :D I'm the eclectic, artsy type when it comes to fashion, but at the same time, I prefer classy designs, so no skulls, hearts, stars, animal print, etc. Floral's OK with me as long as it looks vintage (not too large prints please). I guess what I mean by vintage-looking is if it can be used in a period film or a Jane Austen adaptation. :-) Or just send me a scarf of your country's native fabric/dress/national costume (even if it's old and used). I would love it very, very much! :D

  • I will appreciate anything cultural from your country you'd like to share with me, maybe cultural artifacts, tiny crafts or souvenir-type things which represent your culture.

  • I like PCs with pictures of paintings on them (e.g. especially paintings of women in mythology, or period costumes, same goes for bookmarks. If it features a painting or something, I'd love it). Also, I prefer if postcards are written, sent naked with beautiful stamps. It just isn't the same without stamps. :D

  • I'm interested in trying food/snacks from your country which we don't have. I also like chocolate especially kinds which are only sold in your country, but it might melt in the mail, so wrap it in plastic or something. :D

  • I don't really wear jewelry that much, but if I did, I'd wear bracelets, or brooches/pins. I would like anything with a charm related to snail mail, or anything vintage. :D

  • If sending postcards in a parcel swap, that is cool, because I can use them for postcrossing. But please no touristy views or animals because I can't resend them if I haven't ever been there. :)

  • anything related to my Likes and my Favorites

  • Cute's OK with me too, but we might have different ideas of what cute is... I think Edward Gorey's illustrations are cute, for example. But, I don't really like Sanrio cute, if you know what I mean. :) I like some illustrators: Alain Gree, Carl Larsson, Herge, Fiep Westendorp. :D


  • pet hair in the swaps you send to me (sorry, I'm allergic...)

  • smell of smoke, and other unpleasant odors

  • anything too cute, as in Hello Kitty (Sanrio, San-X) but I find Korean stationery OK, even if it's cute it's very cool :) (just no animals, teddy bears, etc. please)

  • cutesy animal cartoons like bears and puppies and kittens (animals)...but then Totoro (from My Neighbor Totoro) is sort of an animal, isn't he? :) I also don't like insects and that includes butterflies.

  • commercialized characters, like Snoopy or Winnie the Pooh, or anything Disney (I'm already surrounded by this stuff :-/ I do make an exception for The Simpsons...I just love them all! :)

  • Unfortunately, I am not overly fond of PC's with the following themes: flowers, domesticated animals like dogs and cats (pets), babies, those multi-view postcards where you can hardly see the pictures (they're rather small)...

  • I'm also not very "crafty," and I don't make scrapbooks, or sew, or anything like that. So, I'd rather not receive any craft materials, except rubber stamps (see above for the kinds I like). I'm also not very religious...so don't send me religious stuff or cards with Bible verses. Thank you! :)

Postcards!!! :D

I really like art on postcards, and any old-fashioned and charming vintage illustrations. :)

Some art style/artists and topics I like: Tamara de Lempicka, Erte, George Barbier, Balthus, Pre-Raphaelite, Art Nouveau, Edward Penfield, Jack Vettriano, Wayne Thiebaud

  • Fairy Tale Illustrations by Warwick Goble, Edmund Dulac, etc. I also love Russian fairy tales/folk tales, actually, all European fairy tales and the different versions).

  • Tintin, the comic book covers, Smurfs

  • Marie Antoinette, the roaring 20's and flappers, Gibson Girls, Edwardian ladies with huge, elaborate hats :)

  • Edwardian and Victorian era, Renaissance

  • Women reading, women with umbrellas/parasols

Thank you Angels!

@Chelle for the the I'm a Japan-o-phile Swap http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/73066

@racheljohnson for the 100,000! Swap :) http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/100000


VaGrammy66 rated for Easy artphabet postcards -C- on Oct 9, 2012
Comment: Thank you for the Civil War postcard!
hippofairy rated for Easy artphabet postcards -C- on Sep 27, 2012
Comment: thank you for the postcard!
darzy30 rated for Painting of..... #1 *a woman* on Aug 20, 2012
Comment: Thank you for the TWO beautiful postcards - they are both very wonderful. I love the cats and the quote!
Dragonhead rated for Artsy Fartsy #4 on Aug 13, 2012
Comment: Hi Maria, many thanks for this wonderful Rackham card. I love his work, he did illustrations for Alice in Wonderland!
hippofairy rated for Artsy Fartsy #4 on Aug 13, 2012
Comment: thank you so much for the French ad postcard! i love it! :) and thanks for the great sea life postage stamps too! so cool!
pahunt925 rated for Artsy Fartsy #4 on Aug 9, 2012
Comment: thank you for this nice postcard.
RinaOliveira rated for Postcards with a painting-3 on Aug 8, 2012
Comment: Hi! I am very glad to receive a postcard from you once again! It's very beautiful! Klimt is one of my favourite artists. Surprising coincidence consists that my daughter with whom nearly 10 years, call Nadezhda. It does a postcard and your message on it special. Thanks!
Nekozet rated for Postcard of my fave artist on Jul 2, 2012
Comment: OK, yeah! Now I love Ditz too! I googled some other pieces - wonderful! I love the one of the cat in the sink in the blue bathroom! Although of all the ones I saw, the one you sent is my favorite! Thank you so much for this great kitty and bird card! Love the "Pilipinas" stamps, too!! :)
kankalin rated for Easy artphabet postcards -A- on Jun 29, 2012
Comment: Thank you for this great PC Maria! I also love fairytale illustrations, I buy a book sometimes just for the illustrations :0)
darzy30 rated for Easy artphabet postcards -A- on Jun 29, 2012
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful Modigilani PC - he is my favorite! - I love the painting!
literarycat rated for Postcards with a painting-3 on Jun 22, 2012
Comment: Hi Maria, Thanks so much for the great postcard, which I don't already have. Love anything with cats! :) Have a great weekend!
sealford rated for Postcards with a painting-3 on Jun 21, 2012
Comment: It is so nice to meet another Victorian era fan. The postcard is definitely symbolic of that era, and I adore it.:)
bluehairedmary rated for Postcards with a painting-3 on Jun 21, 2012
Comment: Great pc of those pets! What a funny commission to get as an artist!
lunakat805 rated for Postcards with a painting-3 on Jun 18, 2012
Comment: Great cat postcard!! I love it!
Marleen1979 rated for Postcard of my fave artist on Jun 15, 2012
Comment: Dear maria, Tahnk you for your wonderful Waterhouse postcard. I love his work too, I have been to an exhibition of Waterhouse 4 years ago, his work is magical;) Have a great weekend Marleen
Gabrielle rated for Art Postcard on Jun 12, 2012
Comment: Thanks for the lovely card. However, it would have been easier to give you a rating if you had put the name of the swap on the card! Happy swapping!
Ikat78 rated for Black and White #4 on Jun 4, 2012
Comment: Hi Maria, thanks for sharing about your day. It's nice to learn a little about people.
Swan rated for Artsy Fartsy #3 on Jun 4, 2012
Comment: Thank you for the great card and nice message!
shortmommy23 rated for Postcards with a painting-2 on May 29, 2012
Comment: Thank you.
ina rated for Postcards with a painting-2 on May 20, 2012
Comment: Thanks for your wonderful card.The Netherlands is a See-nation.The boy next door loves the stamps.

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abbyaguas on Jun 8, 2013:

Hello po Ate :D Wala po ako masyadong news from you.

I hope you are doing well :D Thank you for being a part of ASIA Republic!

anrtist on Jun 2, 2013:

Hi! I just sent you an invite to LLL (Location) GROUP ;-) So you can keep up with world happenings & SWAPBOTTERS in Your Area! ENJOY & Blessings, cc

hippofairy on Oct 22, 2012:

thank you so much for resending me a postcard for the Easy artphabet Postcards - C swap! i love the cathedral! and i do love Rome. i hope you get to visit it yourself one day! thanks again for the great postcard!

3goldkeys on Nov 30, 2011:

aira, I've just left you a rating. I really have to ask where you got your stamps that were used on the outside envie? I love them! Thanks again for a wonder 100,000 swap.

Pashanista on Sep 20, 2011:

Thanks for the swap invite. I will keep an eye on it I don't have any store bought of that type at the moment. But that could change.

mwquilt on May 6, 2011:

thankyou for the lovely flower festival postcard ( Passioned for Postcards group, "Who Likes?" tag)

hollycm6 on Mar 31, 2011:

I received your postcard tag and sincerely apologize for not thanking you sooner... but they did travel for quite a while... nearly a month from postmark! Worth the wait, though... thank you~!!

bluehairedmary on Mar 26, 2011:

Come join my $5 Etsy Surprise swap in the All About Austen group!

MsMarvel on Mar 23, 2011:

Thanks for joining "I <3 Non-Touristy Postcards"

Welcome to the group! :) Feel free to join any swaps and don't forget to check out the forum!

neecie on Mar 18, 2011:

yay, so cool to have a new email pal, tho' unsure if i can uphold my end of the chat, i am complimented by your interest & will write again asap! take care now & have a great day =)

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