Hello! I’m still alive… I disappeared for a few days because of the craft fair, but I’m back for the Penpal of the Week! Today, let’s meet Elle from Singapore.
Please tell us about you!
I’m Elle and it’s actually a pet name. My mother and I have the same name so I anglicised my name so that my friends can differentiate me. I live in Singapore and I’m the eldest of three children.
I’m not good with animals but I can garden pretty well. I love to cook and I write creatively almost everyday. It’s an outlet for me. Also, karaoke. I can’t go through a month without hitting the microphone.
I love taking self-portraits when I’m on the road.
Sometimes it all comes together and I manage to capture exactly how I feel.
Describe your personality in 10 words!
I’m actually an introvert but I do like to quietly socialise?
How long have you been penpalling? How did you first start? Tell us about your first penpal!
My first penpals were actually friends from primary school who moved away.
My first penpal was a New Zealander called Madeleine. We’ve lost touch but it would be great to find out how she’s doing. :)
How many penpals do you have now and where are they from?
Currently, I’ve got 2 new penpals from South Korea and Japan. I used to have a few more from Finland and Canada but I guess they got busy. :/
My friend from Japan is a real great person. We even skype weekly!
I love food and I love beauty so having tea at a traditional
Japanese teahouse was a wonderful experience.
What are your favorite topics to discuss in letters?
I don’t really have a favourite range of topics that I keep talking about. I generally chat? I mean, I like a sense of rapport in my letters and I write as if I were speaking directly to the person.
Normally, my friends and I talk about books, movies, music, people. Sometimes, we plan trips that we might take when we finally meet.
What are you looking for in a penpal?
I like someone with a vibrant personality and legible handwriting. My handwriting’s not too fantastic so I’m not going to make a big issue out of it. XD
I’m generally easy-going so I get along well with most people.
Making new friends with an English Language Practice group in Japan.
I met up with them through my penpal. :)
What do you like the most about penpalling?
Handwritten letters have this old-world charm that modern emails don’t really possess. I love taking out old letters and reading them again and again on a quiet evening or a lazy afternoon. It’s almost like a window into someone else’s life. I like to imagine where they were when they wrote it, what they were thinking. Sometimes, I imagine how they might sound like if we had never skyped before.
In what language(s) do you correspond?
I correspond only in English. >_< I wish I had more fluency in the writing of other languages because I speak conversational Mandarin and Bahasa Indonesia and I’m in the process of reading and writing basic Japanese.
What are some of your habits in regards to letter writing?
I like to make time to write my letters so I usually write them in the evenings after work. I usually write around three pages. Any longer and it feels like I’m rambling and repeating myself. Lol. I usually write at least once or twice a month but if I’m busy for a particular stretch of time, I’ll inform my penpal as soon as I can.
More new friends I made on the road! I still keep in touch with the owner of this bar.
Has anything strange/funny ever happened to you since you’ve been penpalling?
I haven’t had anything weird sent to me in the mail but I’ve met a few penpals and that lead to so many good memories that are too long to be listed here!
That being said, there are some seriously weird people out there whom I’ve successfully managed to avoid.
Have you met any of your penpals?
I’ve met my Japanese penpal and she’s such a lovely person! She showed me around Tokyo and I learned so many awesome things about Japan from her. We took a rickshaw ride around Asakusa in Tokyo and had the pleasure of eating at a 300 year-old pastry shop and teahouse. I wouldn’t have found this place if not for the fact that I had a friend to translate what the rickshaw puller was telling me. XD We’re both history buffs so we actually discuss what places we’d like to visit together when we get the chance to meet up again.
This is my handwriting and an example of a special ‘Japan’ collage I sent to my friend.
My handwriting is legible but it isn’t perfect. :p
Are you currently looking for more penpals?
I’m not actively looking for more penpals but I wouldn’t mind writing letters to new people. Who knows where it might lead to, right? :)
Thank you Elle! And for the record, I think that your handwriting is just lovely!
* a little update *
–> For anyone who would like to get in touch with Elle, her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org