Swap-bot Time: September 22, 2019 11:59 pm


Date Joined: March 16, 2013
Last Online: October 16, 2018
Birthday: June 19
Country: Ireland

About Me

I am a Filipina nurse living in Ireland. I craft in my spare time, I run and cycle to keep the sanity. I take time to enjoy the little pleasures in life, like happy mails.

Christmas is my most favourite time of the year. I just love how everything transforms into something wonderful at Christmas time.. autumn my favourite season.

Kiddie swaps/penpal

I have a 16-year old daughter and a 9-year old son and they are both looking for penpals of the same age. If anyone has a child willing to do same please PM me. My children embrace diversity and they want to know more about other cultures.

Favorite things/wishlist

If anyone has access to kitkat wasabi or green tea flavour please PM for a private swap! My son loves it and unfortunately we don't have them here. 😕

♡lighthouses for display - any size, any kind.. i love lighthouses!

☆souvenir Christmas ornaments for hanging on the tree.. will be most welcome anytime of the year as I am starting to collect the ones unique to a particular country, old or new, used or unused.. again, anytime.

♥new or used postage stamps. I am currently working on a project and I need used stamps from around the globe. I could do private swap for this..please message me.

♡socks UK size 5 or standard women's 4-10 - funky coloured/patterned ones, running or sports socks, warm fluffy winter socks, slipper socks or boot socks.

★yankee candle/ wax tarts-my new addiction..love the berries and mashmallow scent but any scent is welcome.

*cheetos!!-the crunchy ones.

★drink mix/chocolates/hot cocoa drinks/snacks from your country

♡ coffee mixes- plain, flavoured, brewing, instant, sugary, sugar-free, etc - anything caffeinated, send them in!

☆iced tea mixes-especially nestea and crystal light. i have enough lipton at the moment so please no lipton for now. thanks.

♥touristy magnets..resin magnets is preferred if available, otherwise any kind will be much appreciated.

★tote bags/reusable shopping bags

☆decorated facial or table napkins/serviette-please send them sealed

♥hair accessories- elastic hairband, hair clips

♡scarves- i could never have enough of them, no used ones please

☆hand sanitizer/hand cream

♥scented candles, tealights, car freshener

★coffee mugs, storage boxes and tins

●writing pens - especially those beautifully decorated ones that write nicely too, I don't understand why they are so darn expensive here, hard to find. Just no pencils please.. I don't use them a lot.

FOOD PRODUCTS - I'd like to try recipes from around the world, any recipe mix/spice mix is most welcome. I also have savory tooth more than sweet tooth, but my kids and the hubby love sweets so I join food swaps. Anything local to your place. Hershey's hugs and kisses, Reese's peanut butter if you're from America. I will be the happiest if I get original crunchy Cheetos as we don't get those here, any flavour is good but I specially love cheese and flaming hot lemon. I WOULD LOVE LOVE LOVE TO DO A PRIVATE FOOD SWAP WITH ANYONE FROM AMERICA I could trade Irish food/goodies for a bag of cheetos ( okay, i want more LOL.

TEA/COFFEE- any coffee mix is most welcome. I love flavoured coffee, like hazelnut and caramel. One swap partner from New York sent me some mint-flavoured coffee and they were divine! (Mint and coffee, who would have thought?!) Dessert-flavored tea preferred- vanilla, chocolate, caramel. Rooibos, and any of the Pickwick and Nordqist flavours. Not a big fan of flowery/floral flavoured tea. Iced tea mix is love. Also, without being too picky, I have easy access to Twinings and most English teas, so please none of them, I'd rather try new brands and flavours unavailable here. I also love hot cocoa drinks.

MAKE-UP/Bath and Body- please don't send me any make-up as I have sensitive skin. Bath and body is okay-lotion,bath bombs,hand cream,body wash..they're more than welcome, but nothing for the face please.

Thanks, but NO, thanks..

I have amassed a lot of postcards, stickers, washi tapes over the time I've been swapping, I have enough of them and I seriously have no need for any more.

No notebooks, memo pads, note cards, writing sets or any stationery at the interim.. got tons of them, too.


I am a busy mom and work on shifts but I will always make the effort to send out packages promptly.. If you don't receive anything from me in 1-2weeks within Europe, 2-6weeks outside Europe, please email me and I will rectify. If you are not entirely happy with my swap, please contact me first before leaving me a low rating. I will never flake on anyone, as I do not want to be flaked on. Also when sending packages to me PLEASE MARK THEM AS GIFT to avoid paying ridiculous tax, if you have to declare amount, please keep it to minimum even if inside is worth more. I also promise to rate on the day I get the swap.

the fine print

I am very particular with hygiene, so anything that is dirty or I find unhygienic will go to the bin. There is nothing worse than getting expired goodies, so inconsiderate and just rude..believe me I've had them here. Also a few things I don't like.. too much drama (life is too short for such), flakers, NON-raters, especially those who don't reply to PMs, and not thanking anyone for swaps received is just not nice. If at some point I forgot to rate you, please remind me and I'd gladly oblige. I reuse packaging and resend swaps I received not because I didn't like it but because I have not much use for it. Also, I upload photos of my swaps on my instagram account linked here (except those I forget when I try to meet deadlines, or when too much excitement gets in the way.). If you see your swap and not happy about it, please contact me. I will not post addresses and real names except my own.


reauk rated for let's get to know each other! on Oct 4, 2016
Comment: thanks for a lovely letter and teas
Diam0ndchan rated for let's get to know each other! on Sep 3, 2016
Comment: Thank you for all of the lovely teas! I can't wait to try them! <3
Tanika rated for TLE: QUICK blind tea swap August on Aug 18, 2016
Comment: Thank you for your selection and the beautiful envie you made. It are Dutch texts, my native language :-)
LauraF rated for TLE: QUICK blind tea swap August on Aug 17, 2016
Comment: Thank you for your tea and also the cute envelope. Happy swapping. Laura
Comment: Thank you sooo much for this great package! You made me extra happy with the Twinings tea ;-)
Comment: I'll admit it; i opened them early! What a great swap this was. Thank you so much for everything!
soinischka rated for IPS - Food Scavenger Hunt #2 on Oct 8, 2015
Comment: Thank you so so much for this great swap! As I saw that it came from Ireland i already wanted to give you a heart (i loove Ireland) and as i opened it i was even more happy! I love asian food and the shortbread made my day. I wish i could give you more than one heart;) If you are ever interested in a private food swap just let me know ;)
pammykn rated for IPS - Souvenir swap #1: magnet on Sep 30, 2015
Comment: Thanks for the fun magnet! Have a great week!
sam86 rated for Sock Swap on Aug 25, 2015
Comment: Arrived today thank you :-)
renate rated for ISS: Destash! on Aug 17, 2015
Comment: thanks for the nice swap
viza rated for mara76 and viza swap# 4 on Dec 31, 2014
Comment: I've got your awesome sweet parcel just before New Year! It's great! Thank you very-very much!!! The teas are very new for me to:) the only thing I'm worry is my parcel to you: where is it??? Wish you and your family happy new year!
Response: It arrived before Christmas but I missed it and was only able to collect from post office yesterday. Everything was awesome.. just in time for the new year! I am glad you liked what I sent you. Til next swap. xx
Comment: Thanks very much. Looking forward to seeing what's inside x
viza rated for Tea advent calendar #2 - EDITED on Nov 14, 2014
Comment: Thank you for nice-looking envelopes with tea! Can't wait to open them:) And thank you for my favorite chocolates - I love them:)
Creeny rated for Tea advent calendar #2 - EDITED on Nov 10, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the cute tea packages! They look very interesting and it will be a hard time waiting for December to start opening :D Have a wonderful advent time!
Lizard rated for **** Stocking Stuffer 2014 #2 **** on Nov 5, 2014
Comment: I am not opening it until Christmas. It feels interestng and is testing my resolve to wait... Happy swapping. ♥
viza rated for € 10 surprise package!!! on Oct 14, 2014
Comment: WoW!!! What an awesome package I've got from you! I absolutely in love with this cosy mug! It became my favorite:) I love teas, chocolate and candies and all others!!! Thank you very much! Maybe we have private swap before Christmas?
Response: Pleasure was mine.. delighted tbat you liked what I picked for you.. sure a private swap is most welcome.. you let me know.
sanna rated for sanna and mara76 on May 20, 2014
Comment: I have just received your swap. Thank you very much! <3 You sent so much, I'm sure you exceeded our swap budjet... I can't wait to taste them all. :) If you ever wish to make another swap (maybe more licorice?), please let me know! Have beautiful summer days!
Response: I'm glad you liked them. I'd be glad to do another swap with you.. after summer perhaps. Hugs from Ireland!
hazelwitch3 rated for Foodie Scavenger Hunt on May 4, 2014
Comment: Hi Maricar, When I saw that you were from Ireland, I knew that finding 'different' things to send to England would be really challenging! I think you've done a fabulous job -- I'm absolutely delighted with everything you sent and I really really like the Irish caramels -- I had never tried them before. Thank you!
Response: Thank you for the rating and heart.. I am delighted you liked them. Getting a swap partner from England is always a challenge for me ☺.. a challenge I like, nonetheless. Have a lovely summer!
Comment: Delish tea, thank you ♥
Comment: Thank you! Thank you! A lovely hand made notecard, friendly message and two tea bags! Lots of thought put into this swap.
Response: Thanks for the rating and heart..and the kind words. Hugs from Ireland!

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viza on Dec 31, 2015:

Happy new 2016 year!!!

Blacksugar on Sep 23, 2015:

So great to hear you are actually visiting Cologne in November! The christmas market there is great, I'm sure you will enjoy it. If you need any advise let me know otherwise I hope you have a perfect vacation and enjoy the city as much as I do! :)

viza on Jun 19, 2014:

Happy Birthday, Dear Maricar! Wish you all the best and happy swapping!

RareBlue on Apr 11, 2014:

Hello! I got your package today and was so excited to open it. Thank you!

Happy Swapping, Gabrielle

RareBlue on Apr 11, 2014:

Hello! I got your package today and was so excited to open it. Thank you!

Happy Swapping, Gabrielle

Johkup on Mar 3, 2014:

Thanks for the tea on Goodie tag :)

SweetClementine on Jan 1, 2014:


Welcome to the Edibles Swappers group! I hope you'll join one of our food-related swaps for January or February! Happy 2014!

melaniabercrombie on Oct 11, 2013:

Mara, Just savored another of the candybars you sent my way. I was generous and shared with my husband! Thank you again. Let me know if you want to private swap anything from here.

melaniabercrombie on Sep 22, 2013:

I cannot believe how gracious & wonderful your package was. I've never had a swapper return the favor of swapping. That was so incredibly generous of you. And I love the chocolate!!! I'm going to attack it slowly as to savor it! Thank you again. It was a delightful package to come home from working out of town & have waiting for me. Thank you...thank you...thank you... -Melani

Grapefruit7625 on Jun 16, 2013:

Thank you so much for sending the jelly bean chocolate bar, it's very interesting! Thank you also for the milka bar! Can't wait to eat it!!

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