Swap-bot Time: September 19, 2021 9:19 pm


Date Joined: October 15, 2019
Last Online: September 19, 2021

Country: Indonesia
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About Me

Extra update: My departure to the US is delayed until further notice. I'm joining a few swaps to pass the time. If I owe you a resend and haven't notified you about sending the resend, please let me know. I'm a little scatterbrained these days :"

Update: I have been nominated for a scholarship in the US (only for the fall quarter) and I will be moving by the end of August. Cutting back on swaps for now as I prepare for the move.

If you have any recommendations for places to visit or things to try in North California, feel free to let me know!

Hello! I'm a twenty one year old girl, living in Jakarta, Indonesia. I'm currently studying Biology in university and hope to be able to work as a scientist in the future. My focus is Botany. I will be looking at the genetics of mutant flowers for my undergraduate research. I'm really excited to start!

Hobbies and interests:

  • I love reading, mostly classics, general fiction, and fantasy. I'm trying to read more philosophy books. I'm not a big fan of thrillers and horrors (although I will read some good ones occasionally).
  • I love journaling! Especially junk journaling.
  • I love collecting stamps and postcards.
  • I enjoy gardening in my spare time.
  • I can also knit and crochet. I'm currently learning how to make embroidery.
  • I love flowers.
  • Favorite animals: birds, especially sparrows and pigeons. RACCOONS!!
  • I've been really obsessed with dinosaurs lately
  • My favorite food is cinnamon rolls :D

I will always try to send out swaps on time. If I have to post a swap late (usually because of schoolwork and other school-related events), I will send you a message. If my swap doesn't reach you within a month or two, please leave me a message. I am happy to resend. Mail from my country can sometimes take a (very) long time to arrive.

I became interested in the world of snail mail only recently, and so far I have enjoyed the process of sending and receiving mail. My mother gave me her stamp and postcard collection to continue the hobby. I enjoy looking through her collection every now and then. Snail mail makes me feel like I'm living in a different era. A small escape from the mundane everyday life, I suppose.

I have been on swapbot for almost two years now, and I am always so very grateful for all the lovely swaps I've received. I really do believe in the kindness of strangers, and I always try to return that kindness into the world as my way of saying thanks

What I Like

I like happy things. Anything to make me laugh or smile :D

  • anything related to biology (plants, animals, insects, etc)
  • a soft sunrise, a blue and clear sky, the sky in general, a starry sky, aerial views of cities at night
  • neutral/earthy tones
  • vintage/old items
  • history, mythology, urban legends, and the likes
  • learning about new culture
  • puns and memes
  • a good story
  • any kind of tea (I'm not allergic to anything, so feel free to send me any kind of tea :D). I have a certain love for spiced tea, hibiscus, rosella, rooibos, and tea for sleep (since I often have difficulty falling asleep). I'm okay with caffeinated tea, too. They help boost my focus in the morning :D
  • hot chocolate!

What I Don't Like

Nothing much, really...

I'll like anything you send me, so don't worry too much about it :)

Here are a few things that I do try to avoid, tho:

  • I'm not very fond of swimming pools.
  • No images of caged animals, please. It upsets me :(

Pen Pal Letter

I enjoy reading long letters (and I mean LONG letters). They can be about anything: rambling, venting, daydreaming. I'm okay with simple letters that have no decorations. I don't mind if you don't send me any goodies at all. I write letters to make new friends and exchange stories :D


I like any kind of store bought, handmade, or even free / ad postcards, as long as they are interesting :D I don't mind if you send me a postcard naked or in an envelope, but please write me a note on the back of the postcard :)

Ideas on what to write on the back of your postcards: - your favorite plants / animals - a favorite quote from a book that you're currently reading (don't forget to write down the title and the author so I can check it out!) - something about you or your hometown / and country - something about you culture, history, myths, legends - something that I might not know about you, your culture, or the world in general - a fun fact - a funny story - the reason why you chose to send that specific postcard for me :D

Favorite kinds of postcards: - flora / fauna themed - about nature in general - about your hometown / country - about your culture - any kind of art postcard

Favorite Books

My favorite book genres: classics, general fiction, fantasy.

I like reading classics because it's the most accessible for me. I can easily find old classics in used bookstores or in libraries :D

  • I'm trying to read more philosophy books, mostly about Stoicism. I'm still currently reading Discourses by Epictetus.
  • I have found that I am also drawn to Scientific History books, such as Harari's Sapiens or Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything. I haven't read Bryson yet, but it's on my TBR!

Book genres that I don't really like to read: horrors or thrillers.

Content triggers that I try to avoid: isolated imprisonment, drowning. These are two of my major traumas.

George Elliot's The Mill on the Floss was a big trigger for me. I had to put down the book at one point because it hit too close to home. Although I love George Elliot's writing style, and I did manage to finish the book eventually, but it took a lot out of me :(

Favorite books:

  • The Master and Margerita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  • Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  • An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

Favorite Authors:

  • Andrea Hirata
  • Dee Lestari
  • Sapardi Djoko Damono
  • Jane Austen
  • George Eliot
  • Charles Dickens
  • Leo Tolstoy

Currently reading: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

What I Collect

  • postage stamps (used and unused).

Main topics that I collect: plants, flowers, birds, frogs / toads, dinosaurs, landscapes, buildings.

Other topics that I collect: insects, reptiles, fauna, nature, agriculture, historical events.

(Optional) If you know the story behind the stamps you're sending me, feel free to let me know! I love learning more about the stamps I'm collecting! (Write about one or two stamps is fine) :D

  • glassine bags, for stamps. I can't seem to find any here in Indonesia, so if you have a few extra bags to spare, I would be happy to receive them. Any size :D
  • coins from other countries, especially if they have a flora / fauna picture on them
  • postcards with written notes on the back
  • anything flora / fauna themed
  • any kind of tea (I'm not allergic to anything). I also like to collect the tea bag packaging (I usually use them in my journal) :D
  • Journaling ephemera (vintage style): stickers, washi tapes, pattern paper, or anything that I can use in my journal, really ;)
  • pretty floral washi tapes and paper with a floral pattern on it! I love using those in my journal
  • pressed flowers

Letter Topics

This is just a little idea from me in case you're stuck on what to write.

  • tell me about you. How was your day? What are you currently working on? What are your dreams for the future?
  • your likes and dislikes. Hobbies and interests?
  • your town, city, or country. What is it like living where you are? What are the tourist attractions in your country? What would foreigners find surprising about your country?
  • what book(s) are you currently reading? I'm an avid reader, so I'd love to know what books you're currently reading, and maybe add it to my TBR :D
  • go philosophical? I don't mind talking about deep philosophical topics.
  • tell me a joke or a funny thing that happened to you.


neslihandalga rated for Tea For Thee # 86 on Sep 18, 2021
Comment: omg your package is arrived just today😅😅😅😅 it has been 8 months, i am shocked! anyways thank you very much for lovely teabags💜
Morrmie rated for International Stamp Swap- July on Sep 7, 2021
Comment: Halo ayuu, ga nyangka ya bisa ketemu yang se negara juga padahal swapbot assign patner nya random terimaksih ya prangko nya sudah sampai dengan selamat tadi sore suka banget
DakotaSkye93 rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 39 on Sep 4, 2021
Comment: Thank you for sending the postcard! Love the cute envelope ♡
lostinavalon rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #50 on Aug 7, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the pretty extras!
BecSB01 rated for 25 Postage Stamps Swap #3 on Jul 29, 2021
Comment: Thank you Ayu - I look forward to writing back!
Vickyen rated for R&W: What I'm reading postcard on Jul 20, 2021
Comment: Hi Ayu! Love the pc and feel like I have read "Perks of Being a Wallflower" but I cannot remember it - sad but true! Glad you enjoyed it! How's the new book going? I so love reading! Hugs, Happy Reading, and Swapping! ;)
USAFwife rated for R&W: It made me so happy! on Jul 20, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for sharing your happy swap memories with me. :) It was really fun to read about the swaps you enjoyed the most. I've always enjoyed looking at all the different stamps that are available, but I've never been a collector. It sounds like they bring you a lot of joy. :)
Comment: Thank you so much for your lovely package! I was so excited to read about your studies in Botany. I will be writing back to you shortly!
Stamper rated for Used Postage Stamp #3 on Jul 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the stamps
Comment: Thank! Can’t wait to read this :)
suepier rated for January Days - 2021 on Jul 10, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful calendar of all of your events. I enjoyed learning more about your life by reading your calendar. I enjoyed the goodies that you included.
kizzlets rated for Used Postage Stamp #6 on Jul 9, 2021
Comment: Oh my, I didn't just receive stamps, I literally receive an art gallery haha!! Wow, your collage card is beautiful!, do you have any techniques? Do you plan them out or do you just randomly pull scraps and glue? It's so coordinated beautifully! I also loved your mini flower sketch AND your painted flower art! Of course, I appreciate the tailored stamps according to my profile :). Thank you so much!
Response: Yay! I'm glad you like it! I usually just go with the flow when I'm collaging. Sometimes I take inspiration from Instagram. Other times I just do what feels right for me :D
mb58ca rated for Haiku Challenge on Jul 9, 2021
Comment: Thanks for joining the swap. Finding a haiku for the dragon will be challenging. Looking forward to finding one.
Comment: THanks so much for the card and all the goodies! <3 AL
amccracken109 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #249 on Jun 28, 2021
Comment: What a very nice note! I hope that your presentation went well and that your workouts have continued. Happy swapping!
misscorina rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 37 on Jun 14, 2021
Comment: Your envie arrived today yay I already thought it was lost. Thanks a lot for the extra card from Sydney.
Chechel2 rated for Tea For You # 94 on Jun 14, 2021
Comment: Thank you!
Chechel2 rated for Tea For Thee # 95 on Jun 14, 2021
Comment: Thank you & I apologize for all the inconvenience!
Response: No worries! I'm glad the teas have arrived. I hope you enjoy them <3
adorablebutdangerous rated for Tea For Thee # 97 on Jun 10, 2021
Comment: The teas are wonderful and Ayu really went above and beyond!

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Rhino44 on Apr 26, 2021:

My postcard with your haiku just arrived!!! I love your haiku, thank you so much. This was a really fun swap, and I'm glad we were partners.

sleepingrover2010 on Apr 9, 2021:

HAIKU for You--Swap

Barbara Brandt


Stars dancing on, off

Dotting the night sky with light

Constellations formed

AnitaHames on Apr 8, 2021:

Hi, Ayu! This is for the Haiku For You swap. Enjoy!

Pale color peeking

Anticipation. The wait.

Plum-colored iris.

tiger1i1y on Apr 8, 2021:

Hello! This is the poem I wrote for the Haiku for You swap. I hope you like it.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

A misty morning

Tiny water droplets cling

to the cool spring breeze

Jaimiepaige on Mar 1, 2020:

Thank you for joining the group and the swap! I hope you like these photos for Swap #19: Plants!

farangelinan on Feb 29, 2020:

PDS: Swap #19: Plants

Here are my favourite indoor plants :)

Happy swapping.

nannycat on Feb 29, 2020:

swap no 19 plants..... ........ ....... ........

enjoy the color of plants

mchesser12 on Feb 28, 2020:

for: Swap #17 Happiness

from: Melissa (mchesser12)

Jaimiepaige on Feb 27, 2020:

Hello! I hope you like the photos I chose for 'Profile Based' in the PDS group! Have a lovely day! -Jaimie

IDreamOfAfrica on Feb 27, 2020:

Swap #17: Happiness

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