Technology reinvented the world in the 21st century. With social media and chat messaging apps being the main tools of communication for most people nowadays, gone are the letters and postcards of the past.
However, even though everything has shifted digitally, the appeal of tangible mementos such as postcards never loses.
I was first introduced to postcards when I met a Spanish man who eventually became a good friend. Although postcards seem quaint in Spain, I admire that he still sends them to his pen-pals worldwide whom he met via the website Postcrossing, a “postcard exchange project that invites everyone to send and receive postcards from random places in the world.” I have yet to try the website, so a review might come along in the next few months.
If you want the sense of personal and profound connection that postcards evoke or if you just want to build friendships that last a lifetime, here’s how you can send your first one:
Buy a Postcard
As always, this is the hardest step I do in sending a postcard. You think that looking for quality postcards around Metro Manila is easy, but you’re wrong.
In fact, I tried looking for them in National Book Store and Fully Booked branches in Greenbelt. But as expected, they don’t sell them anymore.
Fortunately, I was able to find one at Kultura in SM Mall of Asia after reading some blog posts that they sell touristy postcards. I bought two pieces of them with a photo of the Philippine kalesa at the back.
In terms of design and aesthetics, that’s your call. If you want to be a bit touristy or it’s your first time sending one, photos of famous attractions you are currently visiting will do.
Write on the Postcard
Keep it brief and a little bit “vague.” Postcards don’t come in with envelopes, so anyone can read what you write on them. Avoid writing your phone numbers, personal e-mail addresses, or other confidential details if you care about your privacy. A postcard is not a letter.
Moreover, before writing on your postcard, make sure you prepare your message beforehand. It’s a good idea to have a general thought of what you want to convey. Then practice writing it on a piece of paper. You don’t want to mess it up and buy a new one.
Send the Postcard
Now, go to your nearest post office and tell them you’re sending a postcard. They will give you a stamp for each postcard you send. It costs around PHP15 per stamp regardless of the location.
That is a bit surprising but delightful for me since I will be able to send my friends abroad. It’s that cheap!
Then, put the stamp near the address section of your postcard. After that, the folks at the post office will ask you to drop it in a small box.
And that’s it! Make sure to touch base with your new friend or lover if they already received your postcard.
As for me, my postcard to State of Mexico, Mexico and Seville, Spain (I think so!) arrived in a month. Not bad, isn’t it?