Monthly Meanderings: October 2015

20151006_180341October was one of my more active months in recent memory despite the fact that I didn’t work at all during the majority of the month.  I’ve been an hourly employee for my teaching agency the past three-and-a-half years so I don’t earn any income if I don’t work.  Luckily, my savings cover those rare lean months of the between-term school breaks but that tenuous existence is about to change in a big way.  More on that in a bit.  As my “forced” holiday coincided with the annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival, I took full advantage of the time off and participated as much as I could.  Both during and following the festival, I finally started exploring the many interesting cafes and restaurants that have been sprouting up all around the Old Town area.

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Monthly Meanderings: August 2015

SAM_7003August saw my return to high school and I’m still trying to adjust.  My leisure time went from “perfect” to “will I ever have free-time again”?  September will be even busier but I should be able to take a lengthy holiday starting the second week of October.  At least the weather has largely cooperated; the mornings and evenings have been relatively cool with only the rare thunderstorm.

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A Month Of Letters

LetterMo2015square-1024x1024In the past, I’ve blogged about the lost art of writing letters but never really put it to the test.  Inspired partly by last spring’s BBC article I’ve decided to take up the challenge of writing and mailing at least one item during each day in February.  This is the fourth annual Month of Letters but my first year of participation; I’ve decided that my first missive will be directed to the event’s founder, Mary Robinette Kowal.

Participants are committed to mailing just twenty-three items during the month, due to there being four Sundays and one U.S. holiday during February.  Writing back to people who write to you counts.  Either letters or cards are okay.  I’ve decided that I’ll send a mix of postcards and real letters (the former because postage costs are more economical and not because I don’t think I’ll have enough to say in a longer letter – well, not entirely).  Letters will include some cool little nick-knacks.

If you would like me to send you something during A Month Of Letters, you can click here in order to give me your mailing address.  My address is below, should you wish to mail anything to me (you don’t have to be a LetterMo participant to do so!).

Mark Jochim
8/1 Suthas Soi 2
Thanaporn Guesthouse
T. Talat Yai
A. Muang Phuket
83000
THAILAND


Philatelic Pursuits: January 2015

PhilatelyJanuary was yet another philatelic-filled month and I added quite a few stamps to my various collections.  Most were obtained online and I made two trips to the Phuket Philatelic Museum to buy new Thai stamps.  I received a flurry of postcards at the start of the month but, alas, no further Christmas cards.  I only received one this past holiday despite mailing almost forty which is more than a little discouraging!  Perhaps the biggest event of the entire month was (finally) finding a stamp inventory program that I like and it’s caused me to make some real changes.

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Phuket Postcard Options

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I’ve been writing about my incoming postcards on the “Please, Mr. Postman!” blog for more than a month now but I haven’t mentioned anything about those I’ve been using for outgoing mail from my home here in Phuket, Thailand.

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A Stampy Start to the Year

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It has, indeed, been a “stampy” start to 2015, to use an adjective coined by one of my favorite online collector forums.  Not only did I have a few days of holiday time during which I could sort, scan and catalogue many of my stamps and postcards but the first mail delivery of the year brought several philatelic – and other – goodies.

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