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The meiLBOX 5+1 Project is now in Instagram!

Hello dear readers! I am happy to let you know thatĀ  The meilBOX 5+1 Project is now in Instagram (IG)! We can now swap updates and photos there! Here is the link.

I used to enjoy Facebook but I think that Instagram suits me better. For one, I do enjoy photography and being in Instagram allows us to share pictures as well as savor the beautiful work of other photo buffs. Thanks to my hubby and business partner, JR, I was able to learn how IG works! The use of hashtags was so “beyond me” at first but IG is worth the learning curve. Just seeing all those beautiful sites and photos make it worthwhile! Thanks to you guys and gals who created and continue to make IG a free platform for sharing and inspiring creativity (minus the ads, at that!).

Here is a couple of the first pictures that I posted there.

See this and other pictures of trees in the meilBOX 5+1 Project IG page. [Photo by Mary Anne Velas-Suarin]

See this and other pictures of trees in the meilBOX 5+1 Project IG page. [Photo by Mary Anne Velas-Suarin]

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To love and to hold. [Photo by Mary Anne Velas-Suarin]

Since The meilBOX 5+1 Project is about trees and letter-writing, I would be posting mostly pictures that I have taken of trees. More importantly, I will also use the site in sharing the pictures of tree-lovers and letter-writers who will participate in this project. If you are among them, please send me your pictures* (via the email addresses I had indicated in the project’s page here) and/or you can directly tag me through IG. You can do this by adding @the.meilbox.project and #meilboxproject in your IG post.

I will also appreciate it a lot if you can help me in passing the word around about this project. The more people who knows about this, the more letters we can send, the more love we can express and share, and the more trees we can plant!

Please help me in making this a greener, healthier, and happier world! Namaste!

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*You can share/post any of these pictures: (i) a picture showing you in the post office as you mailed your letters/postcards; (ii) a picture showing the stamped letters that you are sending out (please don’t take a picture unless you are already in the post office and are actually sending the letters out); and (iii) a picture of you planting a tree.

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The meiLBOX 5+1 Project sends out the first 5 letters via Post!

If you are one of my regular visitors, you must know already about the small project that I have launched very recently. :) It is The meiLBOX 5+1 Project (click here to know more about it) and I continue to humbly appeal for your help in spreading the word around.

The First 5 Letters on their Way to My Friends! (Photo taken through HTC Tattoo)

Anyway, with hubby in tow, I mailed the first 5 letters that I have written for this Project, via the Post Office in Cubao (near Cubao Expo) last Friday. I hope that my five friends (the lucky ones?!) who will receive my letters will be surprised and then, upon knowing that they are left with no other choice but to follow the meiLBOX instructions, would be happy to write and mail their five letters and plant their trees, too! :)

That day was particularly hot and humid so it was even more challenging to walk the extra mile, as the cliche goes. However, it made the experience more memorable and fun because we literally had to sweat it out! It was also nice to see authentic postal stamps again! The ones that were issued to me (priced at PhP 7.00 per stamp) had an image of a clownfish (or anemonefish) on them. Most likely, you are aware of or have watched the Disney film, Finding Nemo. The cute Nemo in that film is a clownfish.

You might be wondering why a clownfish would appear in a Philippine stamp. I checked the Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost) website and found out that they issued this stamp and several others in 2010 and 2011, to promoteĀ Philippine Marine Biodiversity. You can find more information here and here. I enjoyed browsing the Philpost website as I had also collected stamps when I was in high school and college (I pray that my stamp albums are still in a safe place!). Hubby and I are dog-lovers so we were glad to know that dogs were also featured in Philippine stamps! Here is the link to know more about the stamp series on dogs.

You can paste this meiLBOX 5+1 sticker on your letter envelopes. You can email me directly if you want to have a copy of the PDF file so you can print copies of this sticker at home. (Image of the Phil. stamps courtesy of Mr. Alex Moises. Image of the tree courtesy of rugbyipd.com.)

You can paste this meiLBOX 5+1 sticker on your letter envelopes. You can email me directly if you want to have a copy of the PDF file so you can print copies of this sticker at home. (Image of the Phil. stamps courtesy of Mr. Alex Moises. Image of the tree courtesy of rugbyipd.com.)

By the way, I came up with a sticker for the Project so you may want to email me through meilbox5plus1.project@asyanna.net or the.meilbox.project@gmail.com if you want to use this sticker for your letter envelopes. I can send you a PDF file so you can print it and enjoy the stickers as well. I spent a lot of time in my search for an old Philippine stamp with an image of a tree on it and my efforts were eventually rewarded because I was led to these 1950-issued stamps (priced at 2 and 5 centavos!). They are beautiful stamps featuring Red Lauan trees and issued to commemorate the 15 years of the then Philippine Forest Service (Source: World Forestry in Stamps, FAO, found at http://www.fao.org/docrep/x5383e/x5383e03.htm). Hopefully, I can still find authentic copies so I can include them in my collection. (Thanks to the owner of this image, Alex Moises with url at http://alexmoises.tripod.com/id262.html as well as to the FAO.)

All it takes is to send out 5 letters and plant 1 tree! (Photo taken through HTC Tattoo)

Before I end this post, I like to invite all of you again to join The meiLBOX 5+1 Project and together, let us revive the art of letter-writing, bring smiles to the face of our friends and family members, and plant more trees!

For a greener, cleaner, and happier Mother Earth, let’s count 5+1 now!

P.s. Watch out for my next post when I discuss the best tree species for both urban and rural set-ups.

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