Swap-bot Time: June 22, 2021 9:38 pm


Date Joined: October 15, 2019
Last Online: June 21, 2021

Country: Indonesia
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About Me

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.


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!
adorablebutdangerous rated for Tea For Thee # 97 on Jun 10, 2021
Comment: The teas are wonderful and Ayu really went above and beyond!
Bjorketre rated for Tea For Thee # 90 on Jun 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the tea! It took a while but has now arrived safely.
Comment: Thanks, Marc
Kallywampas rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #49 on Jun 7, 2021
Comment: Ooh. Thank you for the happy mail! It has been really warm here, too. We hit 103F last week! Whew! But I love the heat, so it's fine with me. :)
katjalves rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #47 on Jun 4, 2021
Comment: It made it!! Oh my goodness so strange. Thanks for resending it. Thank you for all the extras. Totally made my day.
Response: Yay! I'm glad that it made it this time! <3
Carollee922 rated for Used Postage Stamp #5 on Jun 4, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for another amazing swap. Have a great weekend!
Comment: You made a beautiful card, thank you for the teas as well
Carollee922 rated for β˜† TEA TIME #26 β˜† on Jun 3, 2021
Comment: Thank you for this beautiful package. I love it and your creativity.
Response: It finally arrived! I'm glad <3
Comment: Thank you! πŸŒΌπŸ–
Savannah76 rated for Tea For Thee # 88 on Jun 2, 2021
Comment: Finally arrived :) Thank you for your lovely package, waouw all it's nice
Comment: I just received your letter in the post today. Unfortunately Covid has slowed the influx of mail here, but I'll write a reply tonight and send it off before the weekend.
Carollee922 rated for Stamp Bag Lovers #1 on Apr 23, 2021
Comment: This was an awesome swap, thank you so much!
fairylover rated for One Week - One Letter #14 on Apr 20, 2021
Comment: I can't believe your letter took over 5 months to reach me! I had tottally forgot I had to receive it and it came as a total surprise! I give you a heart for the effort you put in writing because there are so many people who write only a few sentences. It was really a delight to read about your daily routine and your studies! Your studies are absolutely passionning, I love plants and birds too! It was great to read about them! I hope now you feel better than at that time and you can go out more!
Response: Yay I'm glad that it has finally arrived! I'm in a better place than when I was five months ago. Definitely a lot more new things to look forward to this year :D
Comment: Finally got here. I am so excited. I will write back soon. I am in the middle of moving so I will send the new address too
Response: I'm glad my letter reached you before you moved! I can't wait for your reply <3
arystotle rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #47 on Apr 14, 2021
Comment: Thank you. I love the way you decorated the envelope, so beautiful.
arimails rated for Haiku for You on Apr 14, 2021
Comment: Thank you for a lovely swap :)
Naeco rated for Haiku for You on Apr 14, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful haiku and photo!

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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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