“To me, reading through old letters and journals is like treasure hunting. Somewhere in those faded, handwritten lines there is a story that has been packed away in a dusty old box for years.”
I feel lucky that I was born in the 80’s and grew up without computers, the internet and mobile phones. Back then, we only had typewriters to do our school projects. We would visit libraries and go through thick encyclopedias when we needed to research something. To contact someone, we would go to a nearby store and use the rotary dial phone. Looking back, I find them really cool!
But aside from those I mentioned, my favorite remains to be the handwritten letters. The featured photo in this post was the first ever letter that I received. It came from Taiwan, where my godsister was working at the time. I was just 10 years old then and that was the start of my fondness for handwritten letters.
When I was in high school, me and my “elementary friends” were separated into different class sections. Sometimes, we would bump into each other in the hallway or in the school canteen. I don’t remember who initiated it but we just started exchanging letters to catch up and update each other about our classmates, teachers, our struggles and of course, our crushes! The latter was my favorite topic then =P
It became a hobby and understandably, it was also the time when I got obsessed with anything related to writing letters. I would save a certain amount from my baon (school allowance) just so I can buy stationery especially the scented ones and ball pens with glitters. Yes, all the girly stuff =)
So much to reminisce about my high school life! Maybe I will have a separate post about it. But these letters were a big part of that phase in my life. Yes, it may seem an old fashioned hobby but definitely it is heartwarming for people like me who are very sentimental. I appreciate the advanced technology that we have now, it makes life easier and convenient. But there are things that become more meaningful when you know that they are made with labor of love and that you can physically hold, smell and “hug” them as if you’re hugging the senders again and again, any time you want. Do you also do that with letters?? Ok, maybe I’m just weird =) Talk to you again on my next blog!