• Of course … the virus

    We thought — like SARS — that COVID-19 would have gone away by now.  Clearly not.  If you’re thinking “what does this have to do with postcards?”, we’ll tell you.         We don’t know where all our readers live.  You probably already know, though, that we’re based in Hong Kong.  Compared to […]

    Date posted: 28 December 2020 | Comment (3)

    Of course … the virus
  • Manga ( 漫画 )

    If you don’t know about Manga, our best advice:  get your cup of coffee and head immediately to the Wikipedia entry that explains everything yet nothing.  The thing is, if you’re Japanese or Chinese or Korean you probably know all this anyway.  If not, of course you might already be a fan.  Or, you could […]

    Date posted: 14 December 2020 | Comment (0)

    Manga  ( 漫画 )
  • Thanksgiving

    For this short entry, we won’t send out the general notice.  If you are seeing it (in a timely way!) you will know the message is especially for you  … as we wish our American readers in particular a very Happy Thanksgiving.  While it sometimes seems there’s not a lot of joy around, we know […]

    Date posted: 26 November 2020 | Comment (0)

    Thanksgiving
  • Ad cards (Part 2)

    A few months ago, we wrote about the ad card we published for ourselves.   Now it’s time to explore the whole category — love them or hate them.   We can’t speak for anyone else, but we like to think of ad cards in three groups.  First, the older ones, whose historical context and artwork […]

    Date posted: 25 October 2020 | Comment (1)

    Ad cards (Part 2)
  • Sand

    Back in the Dark Ages, we had a friend who was a celebrated travel writer.   He was in hot demand, by publications large and small.  No subject, however trivial; no location, however obscure, was beyond his skill.  Except one:  beaches.  He hated sand in all its forms, and more than once we heard him say […]

    Date posted: 21 August 2020 | Comment (1)

    Sand
  • Rojak

    If you’ve spent time in Southeast Asia, you might recognise “rojak” as a kind of salad with everything in it.  The term colloquially also means “a bit of everything,” or — less politely — the dog’s lunch.  And so you are reading a rojak entry now, what comes to mind on this sunny morning.   […]

    Date posted: 19 April 2020 | Comment (0)

    Rojak
  • A cautionary tale

    No, the picture you see isn’t a mistake.  Let us explain, but first:  what’s a cautionary tale anyway?   We can condense Wikipedia’s definition:  there are three essential parts to a cautionary tale.   First, a prohibition;  then,  someone disregarded the warning and performed the forbidden act; and finally, the violator comes to an unpleasant fate.  […]

    Date posted: 25 March 2020 | Comment (1)

    A cautionary tale
  • Scarce Countries

    Now there’s a subjective term. If you live here in Hong Kong, it’s not scarce at all. If you live in (fill in the blank) and can’t find Hong Kong on a map, it might be. But for the sake of argument — ours — countries like Germany and USA are not scarce, but Guyana and Equatorial Guinea are. Let’s go through our own situation.

    Date posted: 24 July 2019 | Comment (0)

    Scarce Countries
  • The Future of Postcards

    A recent article in our major local newspaper, the South China Morning Post, carried the title “Tech-savvy travelers are reshaping city’s tourism”. Well, we knew this already. What caught our eye was the sub-head: “Gone are the days of postcards”. It’s getting harder and harder to disagree.

    Date posted: 20 June 2019 | Comment (1)

    The Future of Postcards
  • Post offices

    We have more than a few anecdotes about post offices.  Without them, postcards — and we — would be in big trouble.   Travelling and mailing postcards, not to mention running an online business, inevitably means dealing with post offices around the world.  Just about any highly developed western country’s postal service lands on the honour roll, […]

    Date posted: 20 April 2019 | Comment (2)

    Post offices