Was looking for cassette tapes for possible fangirling tonight, but instead I found a bunch of relicts (some from the last century) that did not drown in the flood.
Back when the internet was rather new, or at least from someone in the third world, I was part of this online community where people signed up to barter with strangers or participate in various creative projects, among other things.
This particular envelope was sent to me from Canada. It was part of an object exchange. She sent me a scarf she bought from a Gypsy in Murano, Italy and included three glow in the dark stars. I can’t remember what I sent her, but vaguely remember an e-mail conversation where “the highlands of Antipolo” were mentioned.
One of the last projects I participated in that site included a sketchbook where a person was allowed a page or a spread to make a collage/artwork about a place s/he wanted to go to. You mail it to the next person on the list. I was like #37 and the book was heavy and shipping cost me an appendage so I might have stopped after that, except for the odd handmade postcard or object exchange.
Since then, I have lost the scarf, and both the website/online community and the e-mail service I used for that has since folded up, and I haven’t saved my correspondence from that. I kind of miss both the website and how the net was at the time. But it was a lifetime ago. And I guess we all move on from that.