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RatsAndRags

RatsAndRags
Date Joined: March 13, 2015
Last Online: October 17, 2015

Country: Canada

About Me

PENPALS: I am open to anyone around the world who is looking for someone to correspond with on a regular (or slightly irregular) basis. We can swap emails, postcards, letters, small objects, treats, or any other small and inexpensive items. Just drop me a PM to let me know.


HEARTS: I don't give hearts "just because." With that being said, I try to find every little reason or excuse to give them :) So after making sure that a swap has been sent on time and has met all the requirements, I will give a heart for three reasons: 1. You have included something related to my favourite theme. (Should be pretty obvious :D) 2. You have included something related to my second favourite theme. 3. You have included something related to my third favourite theme.


I studied linguistics and translations at university and am now doing translation work for my father. My family is from China, but I was born, raised, and educated in Canada, and I consider myself more Canadian than Chinese. I have a passion for languages. My goal is to learn six, but I also like to learn bits and pieces of others (grammar, general knowledge, interesting facts...). I stopped taking piano lessons years ago, but I still play for fun from time to time.


Random Facts:

  • I consider myself only partly tone-deaf (I suck without background music, but I actually sound okay when I'm singing along)
  • I love trying exotic cuisine (insects, live octopus, raw fish...)
  • I can do the Spanish "r", but I can't do the French one.
  • I have never met a language I didn't like.
  • I suck at multi-tasking.

Feel free to PM me, rate, or comment in your native language. If I don't understand you, it will be fun trying to figure out what language your message is in!

Favorite Music

  • Pokémon theme: Indigo League, Galactic Battle, Sinnoh League Victors (English)
  • Julio Iglesias (Spanish)
  • Julio Iglesias Jr (Spanish, English)
  • Frederik (Finnish)
  • Anna Erikson (Finnish)
  • Ace of Base (English)
  • 2moro (Mandarin)
  • Celine Dion (French)
  • Ozone (Romanian/Moldovan)
  • Dschingis Khan (German, English)

Favorite Books

  • The Official Pokémon Handbook (updated with every new generation)
  • Harry Potter (1-7)
  • The Relic (Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child)
  • Torn Thread (Anne Isaacs)
  • Children of the New Forest (Frederick Maryiat)
  • Gulliver's Travel (Jonathan Swift)
  • anything by Cornelia Funke
  • TinTin (comics)
  • Asterix & Obelix (comics)
  • language coursebooks

Favorite Movies

  • Pokémon 7: Destiny Deoxys
  • The 12 Tasks of Asterix/Les 12 travaux d'Astérix
  • Tintin
  • Garfield: Tale of Two Kitties
  • Ratatouille
  • Pink Panther 1
  • ScoobyDoo y el monstruo de Mexico (Spanish)
  • ScoobyDoo and the Cyber Chase (English)
  • SpongeBob: the Goofy Goober movie (English, Spanish)
  • Penguins of Madagascar

Favorite Television

  • Pokémon
  • Garfield and Friends (including U.S. Acres)
  • SpongeBob
  • LazyTown (Romanian, Spanish)
  • My Family
  • Fries With That
  • Uh Oh!

Favorite Crafts

I recently started doing crafts out of sheer boredom. I am in no way an artist, but the projects I'm undertaking are quite fun. In a swap, anything for my projects will be greatly appreciated:

  • anything POKEMON
  • anything TINTIN
  • anything gothic, emo, punk, dark, etc.
  • black and white sequins (the bigger the better so I can cut them into shapes I need)
  • felt (orange, red, yellow, off-white/light yellow, dark turquoise, pink)
  • tracing paper (about 23cm X 18cm)
  • washi tape 
  • postalettes
  • anything in Romanian or Icelandic
  • double-sided tape (not the foam kind)
  • candy or treats from another country (to indulge myself while crafting!)

I LOVE POCKET LETTERS!!! It's like going on a scavenger hunt to fill all the pockets. I'm horrible at decorating it, though (I'm not an artist).

Dislikes, Pet Peeves

  • sports
  • politics
  • religion (I respect your beliefs, but please don't preach)
  • people who judge others based only on appearance
  • people who don't cover their mouth when they cough or sneeze (and people who do it into their hands right before a handshake)
  • people who insist that Romanian is a Slavic language (it has Slavic influence, but the Romanian spoken today is a blend of the old Dacian language and Latin)

POKEMON!!!

I'm no expert when it comes to the video games, but I love watching the series and checking out the online Pokédex. I love anything relating to Pokémon, and am collecting trading cards, figurines, and plushies. I am also on the lookout for Pokémon-themed postcards, but that's probably a long shot. I found some official trading cards in Italian while exploring Italy, and I'm now on the lookout for anything (not just trading cards) in foreign languages.

Ratings

neca84 rated for PPU: Pick a Theme International on Dec 4, 2015
3
rating
Comment: will change if I receive changed to a 3 as this was sent very late without communication. Thank you
foolograce72 rated for POCKET LETTER INTERNATIONAL on Sep 15, 2015
5
rating
Comment: Great Package!
Vallmo rated for Rats And Vallmo on Sep 14, 2015
3
rating
Comment: I really dislike having to give a 3. I have contacted you repeatedly about fixing the swap, giving you many chances to resend and even offered to do an additional swap to fix this one, all of those attempts you rejected. You also did not respond to things I repeatedly pointed out in my messages but you kept ignoring what I wrote. Instead you kept subtly trying to threaten with giving me a 3 rating (what I perceive as revenge rating), even after you said you received and loved my part of the swap. There was no apology from your side, instead you kept asking me to just not rate you. I am still open to change the 3 into a 5 if you are willing to fix this swap.
Response: To those checking my ratings: This was my first PL swap, and I did not realize that decorations were mandatory. I offered to send nine decorated pieces of cardstock to make up for my mistake.
oblivionspin rated for r&r and o.s. on Aug 28, 2015
5
rating
Comment: Apologies for the slow rating! The marine animal sticker sheet is awesome! I am going to have to go stick sharks everywhere. (: Thank you!
fiorellaione rated for ESG: Voice message on Aug 18, 2015
5
rating
Comment: Muchas gracias! Me encanta que lo hayas hecho en español :D Tu acento se entiende muy bien. Cuanta conmigo siempre para cuando quieras practicar!
MsKuky rated for Entre amigos on Aug 16, 2015
5
rating
Comment: Querida Julie, gracias por mis lindos papeles de carta, el rosado de la pareja (romantico) es mi favorito! Gracias por el sello postal de Islandia, no tengo ningun sello de ese pais en mi coleccion, por medio de las postales me doy cuenta que te divertiste muchisimo en tus viajes, una postal es mas linda que la otra, la de Venezia y la panotamica de Paris ya estan en mi pared. Muchisimas gracias y espero seguir haciendo intercambios contigo. Sigue viajando y disfrutando de nuestro maravilloso mundo :)
miablancs rated for Between Friends #2 on Jul 31, 2015
5
rating
Comment: Thank you so much for your wonderful package it arrived today =D. I love so much the lava rock and feel lucky already! I hope you were able to get yourself a nice piece also. Thank you also for the wonderful assortment of postcards you are so generous with how many you have shared with me. I love them all and I can only hope that you will like just as much what I will send to you. You are such an awesome swapper and I feel like my swap will not be as good as yours. Thank you again for everything. Happy Lord Simcoe Day long weekend too.
Response: It arrived already? I only sent it out yesterday!
miablancs rated for Between friends on Jun 22, 2015
5
rating
Comment: Thank you so much for your wonderful swap =D. I love everything and you were such a generous swapper...OMG. The jade is perfect thatnk you and I love the markers too! And all the extras...OMG you spoiled me so much =D. What an awesome swapper I will surely swap with you again anytime soon! Thank you for everything and thank you for the angeling me for the swap I was flaked on =D
lyzz rated for Pokemon grass on Jun 3, 2015
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the awesome pokemon card i love it!!! So glad you got to do a mailing swap even tho you are in china atm working! Thank you very much hope you aint working to much!
myshoesdontmatch rated for APDG ~ Pretty UP MY Profile on May 12, 2015
5
rating
Comment: I love the Beatles!!! yay thanks!!
Response: They're back! I was wondering where they went...
5
rating
Comment: Thank you Julie for this special list of songs! I got to know a lot of new nice ones (:
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for your list! Funny to see Céline on there :p LOL! Seeing that I am a fan hahaha
fineapple rated for APDG ~ Pretty UP MY Profile on May 1, 2015
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the Michael Jackson pictures on my profile; they made me smile :)
jakeandnicksmom rated for APDG ~ Pretty UP MY Profile on Apr 30, 2015
5
rating
Comment: Thanks so much Julie, I love the pictures you picked out for me ♡♡♡♡
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for sharing your playlist. I have never heard some of the songs before, but I like it :)
ChrisAnne rated for :) ~ FRIENDLY profile comment Swap on Apr 29, 2015
5
rating
Comment: What a sweet note; thank you!
chendaleh rated for :) ~ FRIENDLY profile comment Swap on Apr 29, 2015
5
rating
Comment: Thank you Julie for your lovely comment :-)
Vickyen rated for :) ~ FRIENDLY profile comment Swap on Apr 29, 2015
5
rating
Comment: Hi Julie! Thanks so much for the sweet comment! I think you travel to way more interesting places then I do! LOL! But we all do what we can and I am thankful to get the opportunities that I have had - my bucket list is to travel outside of Mexico and the US - so we will see! LOL! Hugs, Safe Travels, and Happy Swapping! ;)
Ginger4520 rated for EASY: Profile Comment #5 on Apr 19, 2015
5
rating
Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely comment. If you ever want to set up a private trade, feel free to PM me. I'll have to explain to you sometime why I put that no convicts note there. LOL! :)
Quiffanairy rated for the 15 questions-swap #6 on Apr 19, 2015
5
rating
Comment: Thaks for your 15 questons email. Travelling is something I would like to do but can't for similar financial reasons right now. Sometimes I think (or hope) that doing it when I am older and more mature will be a better experience anyway.

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
4.8889 32 3 4
Completed Fives Threes Ones
22 34 2 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
12 1 9 0
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Comments

Wildchild on Aug 30, 2016:

Greetings from ESG and me

I hope you are having a great day!

chaari on Apr 28, 2016:

Just Because

Thanks for being a part of my group ♥

anrtist on Sep 25, 2015:

Wishing u a Very Lovely Fall ;-)


Blessings, cc

daydayhappy on Sep 21, 2015:

OMG! Today I found that your mail of washi tape samples was behind my desk! I think my mom may have dropped it accidentally. So sorry for this. And thank you for the washi tape samples :D

simcoe54 on Sep 17, 2015:

Thanks for the awesome postcards that you sent me for the tag: Take Ten...10 ! They are all new ones for my collection.

urbexarchaeology on Sep 6, 2015:

Thank you so much for the washi grabbie from forums tag! :)

simcoe54 on Sep 4, 2015:

Received the postcards for the tag: Who likes... tag & I would say that you outdid yourself on these cards. They are fantastic and all new ones for my collection. Thank you!!!

daichki on Sep 3, 2015:

Thank you for 10 PCs of paintings via Take 10....! tag.

hollycm6 on Sep 2, 2015:

Oh, thank you for the fun Vacation RAK! What a GREAT idea! I'm going to do this next time i go somewhere!! :-) i LOVE my little vacation, the paris postcards are amazing (and perfect timing since I'd like to convince my husband fate insists he take a trip to paris) The tickets (especially train), coin, stamp, all the brochures... How fun! You went to iceland, too????

simcoe54 on Aug 31, 2015:

Yay! The postcards arrived today for Cheap Postage Tag International & I love them. They are all new ones for my collection. Thank you!!!

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