I've grown close with a Thai swapper and a new penpal Memi. We started swapping in July and have so far (no joke) swapped at least 30 postcards with each other and I sent her a letter a couple of weeks ago which was over 10 pages long. We have a lot to talk about and now we have started to swap stamps as well.
I fell in love with Thai stamps during my internship in Phuket and got a bit angry and sad that the cutest stamps came when I was leaving or already left, such as Songkran Festival, 40th Anniversary of Thailand - North Korea Diplomatic Relations, Thailand - Malaysia Joint-Issue stamp, Thai Numerals stamps and 60th Anniversary of Thailand - Sri Lanka Diplomatic Relations. I have received or am going to receive most of the new stamps on postcards thanks to various swaps but Memi has also sent me some of those stamps in mint condition.
Somehow we got to talk about Moomin stamps (we chat via Instagram and Facebook nowadays) as I've been the one feeding her Moomin postcard collection and we agreed that I'd send her the 2013 Moomins stamp booklet as well as both of the 1994 Moomin stamps.
After a while she told me she was going to Japan and South Korea later on and promised to look for something Tangled and/or Frozen related for me in the Disney Parks of Tokyo. I was ecstatic to say the least (especially about Tangled) so, I went and hunted down all of the Moomin stamps ever published in Finland and only one of those was cancelled (but with the first day postmark (1998) so it's special). :) It did cost me an arm and a leg (as the 2004 Moomin stamp alone costs 6€ mint) but it was worth it. As a design student she was also interested in the new Eläinten Kaupunki (The Animal city/City of the Animals) stamps and I got a sheet of those for her as well! :)
|Eläinten kaupunki, 2015 Moomin EUROPA stamps, 1998 Moomins with the first day postmark and the notorious 6€ 2004 Moomin stamp (it's a bit fluffy so I love touching it! :3)|
|1992 Moomin stamp with prices in Finnish mark (went away as Finland took euro in.. 2001-2002? I just remember I loved having a 10mk coin and going to buy a bag of sweets with it every Friday when I was small :D) and another one from 2000.|
|2009 Moomins and some of the very first 2nd class stamps, which were sold in smaller amounts than 20 and you could actually buy home, until then 2nd class stamps were only in use if you sent mail in big piles from the post office, from 2011.|
Sending these out slowly but surely and soon Memi will have a better Moomin stamp collection than I do! :D