Mark Jochim - Postcrossing Since July 2006

Postcrossing Since 2006

I started this postcards only blog in early December 2014. In that time, I have posted 31 articles about postcards from Thailand. Yet, I still have quite a few Thai cards I haven’t yet written about. Some, like the one pictured above, are my own designs. I had a number of these printed by MOO Printing in England in 2016 and I enjoyed mailing them … Continue reading Postcrossing Since 2006

Postcards FROM Phuket

Like a Phoenix rising out of the flames, erm…. like a pigeon rising from the street, I am am finally sending my first Postcrossing cards since September 25, 2017. I never received a single card from that last (big) batch of cards I sent out and I lost interest for a while; I did a few direct swaps last year but it’s been a while … Continue reading Postcards FROM Phuket

Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Today marks the start of the annual Vegetarian Festival (thetsakan gin jeh — เทศกาลกินเจ), Phuket’s version of the Nine Emperor Gods Festival (九皇爺 —  Jiǔhuángyé in Chinese pinyin or Kow Wong Yeh in Cantonese). This is a nine-day Taoist celebration beginning on the eve of the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar and is widely celebrated throughout Southeast Asia. The biggest (and most dramatic) … Continue reading Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Map Cards from Sweden & Phuket

Recently, I’ve started to organize some direct postcard trades through various groups on Facebook.  The first of these to arrive happens to be my first-ever card from Sweden!  This card pictures a wonderfully drawn map of the Nordic country as was sent from Daniella in the township of Kållered, just 10 kilometers south of the capitol city of Göteborg.  Daniella was a bit concerned that I wouldn’t like … Continue reading Map Cards from Sweden & Phuket

Phuket, Thailand – Old Phuket Post Office / Phuket Philatelic Museum

I consider myself rather fortunate to live a pleasant ten-minute walk from one of Thailand’s eight philatelic museums in the provincial capital of Phuket Town.  The other seven are located in Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Ubon Ratchathani, Nakhon Sawan, Hat Yai, and behind the Samsen Nai post office in Bangkok. The postal counter in the Phuket museum is my only source of Thai … Continue reading Phuket, Thailand – Old Phuket Post Office / Phuket Philatelic Museum

Phuket Town, Thailand – Iconic Buildings

My home in Phuket, Thailand, is right around the corner from the district now referred to as Old Town, an historical area full of old Sino-Portuguese architecture housing a variety of local shops, guesthouses, and cafes.  Two of these buildings serve as iconic symbols of the island, standing at the entrance of what is today called Th. Phang Nga which runs parallel to Th. Thalang, … Continue reading Phuket Town, Thailand – Iconic Buildings

Phuket, Thailand – MV Logos Hope

In mid-August 2013, the MV Logos Hope arrived in Phuket for a week-long stay in it’s role as the world’s largest floating bookfair.  She’d replaced the MV Doulos which had visited in 2006 prior to her being withdrawn from active service three years later.  The 434-foot long Logos Hope began life in 1973 as the ferry MV Gustav Vasa sailing between Malmö (Sweden) and Travemünde … Continue reading Phuket, Thailand – MV Logos Hope

Phuket, Thailand – Phuket Airport in 1952

The centenary of Thailand’s first airport – Don Muang in Bangkok – was commemorated last year with a set of stamps.  Phuket’s first provincial government plane began using the island’s first airfield at Baan Manik in 1928.  Within the next two years, a regular seaplane service had been established carrying mail and a few passengers with the primary routes being Bangkok-Phuket and Phuket-Penang.  A new … Continue reading Phuket, Thailand – Phuket Airport in 1952