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nikkihc

nikkihc
Date Joined: February 10, 2011
Last Online: May 24, 2018
Birthday: October 21
Country: Philippines
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About Me

Hi! My name is Nicky. 😊 I'm a queer human rights activist from the Philippines. I live with my partner and our menagerie of rescues that run our lives.🐢🐱🐱🐱🐱🐢🐱🐱🐱🐱🐢🐱🐱🐱🐱🐢

I've always loved snail mail.πŸ’Œ

It was my grandma who first introduced me to it.πŸ‘΅ We were writing back and forth to each other as soon as I could handle a pencil.✏

I still really love it. From the process of putting together a letter or parcel to that excitement of getting something in the mail -- it's all just so lovely.πŸ’– I don't even mind the wait. I think of it as a slow ebb of connections being made and stories being woven. Plus, it makes each mail day a bringer of nice little surprises. Love it!😍

To keep the lights on, I work as a freelance copywriter and digital media strategist. But what I'm really passionate about is my advocacy work. I volunteer to help run two LGBTQIA+ rights non-profits. One focuses on community and space building, the other deals mostly with legislative and policy advocacy. Both give me an opportunity to teach, which I LOVE. I'm also slowly but surely learning more about how to make my activism more intersectional.🌈

I used to be on track for medicine, but I decided that it wasn't for me. Something I've always wanted is to go into further studies on human rights and gender.πŸŽ“

On the non-academic side, I've always wanted to learn woodworking, dressmaking, painting, photography, digital illustration and animation, metalworking, and pottery. I enjoy cooking especially because of the opportunity to get creative. I love learning about other cuisines.

I recently got into plants! I have a Monstera deliciosa (or cheese plant), fittonias, dancing ladies, succulents, butterfly oxalis, marigolds, and a few herbs. I still need to learn how to keep the more finicky ones alive though. I really, really want a Beaucarnea recurvata and a Medinilla magnifica.πŸ’šπŸŒ±

My goal life would be to live in a commune between the beaches and the mountains with my partner, our pets, and all our friends. We'd spend our days growing our own food, creating all the things we need, running a leadership and makers camp, and rescuing all the strays that we can.

P E R F E C T I O N.

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Favorite Music

I like a whole range of stuff. However, I'm mostly drawn to indie folk and indie pop music. I love Nataly Dawn, Perfume Genius, Julien Baker, Sufjan Stevens, Dresses, Lake Street Drive, dodie, MUNA, The Wild Reeds, Anna of the North, BP Valenzuela, Ourselves the Elves, Shura, Banks, HAIM, Oh Wonder, Ingrid Michaelson, and the list goes on.

I also love a lot of 90s and early 2000s music. Spice Girls, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bic Runga, Vitamin String Quartet, Garbage, and a whole lot more!

Favorite Books

I love books. So it's really sad that I don't have time to attend to them! I have about 200 books in my library but have only read a little over half of those.πŸ™ My guilt has gotten the better of me so I've pledged to stop buying books until I read everything I already have. Still not done with all of them. I have a lot of Wintersons, Murakamis, Gaiman, Atwood. I also really love Gay Talese and Jeffrey Euginides.

The books that really defined my childhood were Madeleine L' Engle's Time Quintet, the Harry Potter series, and Nancy Drew books (although the themes in some of these really didn't age well).

Currently reading: The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Favorite Television

I rarely ever watch TV anymore but I binge Netflix more than I should! I love Doctor Who, Star Trek (Discovery, Next Generation, and Voyager), Orange is the New Black, Alias Grace, Jane The Virgin, Orphan Black, Brooklyn 99, Sens8, The Good Place, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, This is Us, Travelers, Grace and Frankie, Dirk Gently, Dark, Crazyheads, Fringe, and so much more!

Would love to get

Postcards: I like my PCs written on and with postage stamps and all those postal markings. I do join blank postcard swaps once in a while to replenish my stash. Please don't send me touristy postcard for those swaps. I won't be able to use them unless we live in the same area.

Here are some of the themes I enjoy (but you're welcome to definitely go beyond these):

  • Pride (LGBTQIA+), feminist, human rights or activist-relatedπŸŒˆπŸ’œβœŠπŸ½
  • Handmade cards. I love seeing your art. Whether it be craftivism or personal sketches, send your handmade cards my way!🎨
  • Illustrations (digital or otherwise). I especially love nature illustrations in a style similar to those found in old botany or zoology books.
  • Adult coloring postcards! Would really love blank ones sent in an envelope because we don't have these in the Philippines! If there's something you want from here, I'm game to do a private swap.
  • Art. Any style really! I can't afford good art myself, so I'm content seeing them on a smaller scale like postcards.πŸ–Ό
  • Cute animals. I'm probably one of the millions of folks around the world who turn to cute animal videos/photos/stories to destress. If you have postcards that fit the bill, please send them to me. If these are photos of your own pets that are accompanied by stories (plus points for rescues!), I will treasure those.πŸΆπŸ±πŸ­πŸΉπŸ°πŸΈπŸ€πŸ¦πŸ¦„
  • Ad/free cards with interesting/clever art/ad campaigns. Not a lot of folks like ad cards, and there are some ugly ones out there. But if you have a really interesting/creative one,ΓΎ feel free to send it my way! Please alter the back enough for there to be space for a personal message (maybe tell me about where you got the card and why it is interesting to you), postage stamps, and the recipient address.

Fun or Pretty Postage stamps on swaps: I'm not a collector, but I find the art on many postage stamps really beautiful. Nice postage stamps also tend to amp up the ❀️ factor for swaps for me.

Rubber or Silicone Stamps: I especially love feminist, LGBTQIA+, travel, mail, and writing-related ones. I'm honestly going to be happy with whatever you send unless it's one of those teacher reward stamps or anything listed in my dislikes below. Would also love stamping inks/pads!

Washi and Deco Tape: I'm only recently getting into these! Please feel free to feed my growing addiction. I prefer the paper ones over the plastic ones. But I'll take anything with really nice designs!

ATCs and other original art: I made my first ones in February 2018 and now I'm hooked. I look for ATC materials in every thing I see. I'd love to be part of more of these swaps so I can exchange more.🎨 I really wish there were more creative international swaps for ATCs!

Stickers: I have no preferences except that I don't really have a use for Disney and Looney Tunes kinds. Would love feminist or LGBTQIA+ themed cartoons though!

Tea: We have a really limited selection in the Philippines. Would love to get teas from all over the world!🍡 My favorites are fruity teas. Not so fond of overly floral ones.

Food: This can be actual food from your country or your favorite recipes!

Craftivism and subversive crafts: I'm starting with small crosstitched pieces for friends. I can definitely see this blossoming into other mediums. If this is something you're interested in exploring with me, hmu.✊🏽

Geekery themed items: Fanart, postage stamps, and other fun stuff that features the shows and films I mentioned above would be AWESOME. For example, I've seen Doctor Who postage stamps and I would honestly love one (or 50 haha) of those!πŸ’™

Legends and Myths: I really love reading about fairy tales, legends, and myths from different countries. It's even more interesting for me to learn how these stories actually affect a society's traditions and practices.

Colors I Like: This is a difficult question because I like almost all colors.🌈 Pretty gradients are a favorite (sunsets, galaxy, ocean, etc etc)! These days I tend to gravitate towards coral, peach, purple, fuschia pink, teal, and salmon. But I honestly do love almost any color so don't even worry about this.🎨

Other stuff I collect:

  • Books
  • LGBTQIA+, feminist, or human rights themed material (pins, postcards, art, stickers, magnets, etc)
  • Any reading material that has deepened/enhanced your activism that you think would interest me (e.g. links to books, research, Twitter threads, videos, etc.)
  • Unicorns. I think my fascination for them started with Madeleine L'Engle's A Swiftly Tilting Planet. These days I love it mostly as a symbol for the LGBTQIA+ community.πŸ¦„

Would prefer not to get

  • Religious-themed items
  • Multi-view postcards
  • In swaps that require sending several blank postcards in an envelope, please do not send me touristy or area-specific postcards. I won't be able to send those out unless we live in the same area.
  • β€ŽTeacher reward stamps or stickers
  • β€ŽAnything anti-LGBTQIA+, anti-feminist, anti-POC, anti-human rights or with any type of discriminatory message/theme.

International Mail and Rating

SLOW POST

The Philippine postal service is frustratingly erratic. Sometimes it takes international mail less than 10 days to get to their destination, other times it's taken as long as 66 days for a simple postcard!πŸ˜’ Here's the a link to the days of travel my Postcrossing cards have taken to illustrate that.

Surprisingly, sending to North America takes even more time these days. Here's a forum post about other swappers who are also experiencing delays with international mail getting to the U.S.

RATING

I only ask that you give my swaps some time before you rate because the speed of post is not under my control.

If I'm your assigned partner I will always resend a swap that gets lost.

If the swap I send doesn't meet swap requirements, I will always resend.

Please just get in touch with me before you rate so we can work things out. I will always extend the same courtesy to you. Thank you and happy swapping!🌻

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Ratings

thepinkaholic rated for Just to Say Hello Swap on May 23, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely note!
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Comment: Volcanoes are something I’ve not seen too many of. The Philippines the same. But I’ve seen lots of lovely postcards - and here’s another ! Thank you !!
m3i5 rated for Simple and Quick Tea Swap on May 22, 2018
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Comment: Hi Nicky, Thank you for the yummy tea's, will try them tomorrow at work :) Hope the postcast went great and that's you'll be invited to more podcast guesting! :)
Response: Whoa. I didn't realize that it's been 2 weeks since this swap. Time flies! I'm glad you got the teas! I hope you enjoy them.🍡
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Comment: OH MY GOODNESS! What an inspired tiny surprise! Perfect timing too as I am in the market for these but couldn't decide what to get. So amazing, I'd give 50 hearts if I could!! Thanks so much!
Response: Yay! Thank you for the rating and the heart.πŸ’– I'm so glad you like them. I had so much fun with the Adrien Brody vampire especially. Hehe
gmathias rated for Blind, quick tea swap nr.4 on May 21, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much for the tea! I cannot wait to try them out!
Response: Glad they got to you safely! Enjoy. 😊 Thank you for the heart.πŸ’–
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Comment: Thank you so much..once again πŸ˜„for the teas Yes my husband will love the herbal ones! All the best xx
Response: You're welcome!🍡 Thanks for rating.😊
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Comment: Thanks so much for the resend. I have to say- I've been participating in postcard swaps a lot less frequently because so many of the images I receive are ugly, boring, or dull - even when it has nothing to do with the swap!
Response: I'm glad it got to you this time! Sorry to hear about the quality of postcards you've been getting.πŸ˜” I hope you get better ones when you join another PC swap!
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Comment: Guess what arrived today!! I LOVE it! The flamingo monogram is amazing and I especially love the penis paper (of course). What a generous and thoughtful swap! Love it, thank you!!
Response: Oh yay! Thank yoy for the heart.πŸ’– It's funny how it showed up on the same day we were talking about it.😊 I'm so happy you love the monogram! I had fun making that and I was most excited for you to get it. It's great to hear that you love the penis paper, too!πŸ†The one that looks like wallpaper really cracked me up because anyone can use that unwittingly. Your profile was such a great creative prompt! It was fun to make this super tailored to you. Looking forward to swapping with you again! πŸ’Œ
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Comment: Thank you for the pretty adress labels. They are adorable!
Response: Glad you like them! Thank you for the heart.πŸ’–
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely parcel.
Response: Thank you for the rating and the heart, Natalie.πŸ’– I hope that the recipes brought you some joy and that you will be able to use then one day! Wishing you a restful day ahead.🌻
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Comment: Omgoshhhh thank you so much!!! I have been BADLY needing and wanting return address labels!!! And they're ALL SO AWESOMELY CUTE I LOVE THEMMMM!!!!!
Response: Oh yay!!! I'm so glad they got to you safely and that you love them.😍 The Westie ones were SO CUTE I squealed when I saw them. Haha! Thank you for the heart.πŸ’– Have fun using them!
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Comment: I really loved the envelopes you made! thank you for making the effort to make it profile based even though the swap didn't require you to do so, they are really lovely!! Although I wished that they are in standard envelope sizes so I can use them for mailing haha! And yes, totally open to swapping! I can make the mystery PL for you to if you're interested! Let me know! :D
Response: I'm glad you love them! I had fun making them.😊 Except for the unicorn one, I actually based all of them off envelope templates I use to send mail! So you can definitely use them for swapping. πŸ’Œ Yes to a private swap. Let’s discuss over messages. Thank you for the heart.πŸ’– I hope you have a great day ahead.🌻
manme rated for Quotes ATC - 3 partners, 1 ATC each on May 10, 2018
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Comment: Wow! I looooove your ATC. It is very well made, and I love your creative idea: it is like a wardrobe, and when open the doors of it you can see the world of Narnia and the Narnia related quote. This ATC is one of my ever received favorites! And guess what? It arrived perfect time: it is like a birthday present for me! Thank you sooooooooo much! ❀️❀️❀️
Response: Happy birthday!πŸŽπŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽ‚πŸŽˆ I'm so glad it arrived safely and that you love it.πŸ’– It's also honestly one of my absolute favorites out of all the ATCs I've made so far. I'm so happy it's bringing you so much joy on your birthday! I hope you have a great day today.🌟
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Comment: Thanks a lot for your card! Love those peonies!
Response: I'm so glad they're recognizable as peonies!❀ Thank you for the rating and the heart.πŸ’–
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Comment: Thank you so much
Response: You're welcome. Thank you for the heart.πŸ’–
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Comment: This ATC was amazing! I love the colors & the quote. You picked one that really appeals to me. Thank you!
Response: I'm so happy you liked it! I'm always so nervous about my partners' reception of my ATCs. This a little bit nerve-wracking because I wasn't sure about the concept at first. So I'm especially glad to hear you liked this.😊 Thank you for the heart.πŸ’–
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Comment: I LOVE your card. What did you use for the clear plastic????
Response: I'm so glad! I was worried because it wasn't shaking well. πŸ˜” It's this material called overhead transparency (here we call it acetate). I just got it at my local bookstore. Thank you for the heart.πŸ’–
Amalia25 rated for Random PC International #4 on May 4, 2018
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Comment: Thanks Nikki.. Like the pc
Response: I'm happy to hear that you like it. Thank you for the heart.πŸ’–
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Response: Thank you for the heart.πŸ’–
sugabb rated for Washi Tape Sample Swap - April on Apr 28, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for the washi i love them all! it's so cool you hand carved those stamps i'll definitely have to use such a one of a kind bookmark!
Response: Yay! I'm glad you loved all of them.πŸ’–

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 103 4 4
Completed Fives Threes Ones
80 123 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
10 51 19 0
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Comments

ittybittykitty on May 23, 2018:

Welcome to Weirder Every Day!

vlhafer54 on Feb 13, 2018:

I want to wish you a Happy Valentine's Day.

Love is Love is Love is Love is Love is Love is Love is Love - Lin-Manuel Miranda - 2016

I'm glad to hear you've overcome adversity and managed to return to us - good to have you back and Happy swapping!

StwbyQT on Feb 12, 2018:

Quick and Easy Profile message #16

StwbyQT

I hope this finds you doing well. It was fun reading your profile. Take care and have a great rest of your week!

cindygroet on Feb 12, 2018:

Quick and easy profile message #16:

Hello Nicky, Wow, sending to the Philippines, but it goes really fast by electronic mail. I will have to look up LGBTQIA, I only knew what the first part LGBT means. I am behind, I notice.

I really like many things you like. Maybe one day we meet eachother in a mailing swap, who knows? Have a wonderful day, greetings from Holland, Cindy

krissyhead1990 on Feb 9, 2018:

Quick and Easy Profile message #15

Greeting from Australia! What a great opportunity it is to write to a fellow tea drinker! But first, let me introduce myself.

My name is Krissy and I live in the capital city of Australia. I woke up early this morning and checked my vegetable patch to see if it was all ok. Shockingly, I discovered that a snail had eaten the leaves of a baby zucchini! To remedy the situation I gave the ground a light sprinkling of Γ’β‚¬Λœsnail and slug repellentÒ€ℒÒ€¦. And now I waitÒ€¦ patientlyÒ€¦ for the convicted snails to suffer their fate. But, I wonÒ€ℒt know until tomorrow morning! Fingers crossed.

I would add a picture, but I am unsure how to do it. I like that your have such an amazing profile :) Do you use wax seals on your stationary items?

Happy swapping for 2018 Warm regards, Kristine

ifzaaras on Feb 9, 2018:

Quick and easy profile message #15

Hello Nicki, I hope you are having a wonderful day. it is freezing here in England and I can't wait for summer to arrive so I can go to a beach. At least the cold weather means I can stay in bed with a cup of tea binge watching doctor who- Eleven is my favourite doctor- I love that he can be so childlike one second and then completely transform and become serious.

love, Ifzaa

Matts on Feb 1, 2018:

Thank you for your lovely message! and the Anniversary Wish!!

Love

Hope

(Matts)

AlyssaYFTM on Feb 1, 2018:

Hi there, It looks like you do a lot of good through your volunteer work. I help run a non-profit and our organization wouldn't run without the help of our amazing volunteers. Brest of luck getting into medical school. -Alyssa from Quick and easy profile message #9

KellyS on May 17, 2011:

Thanks for the nice note in your rating. I'm so glad you liked the Simpsons postage stamp! I love them as well and so wish they had not been discontinued :( I'd love to swap postcards with you so I could get one from the Philippines. I think I have a few Simpsons stamps left, let me double-check :)

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