Sui Knowles, New Zealand

suiHello there! How are you doing? Tell us more about yourself, your hobbies, personal life, interests.

I’m fine thank you. I’m Sui Knowles, born and raised in Wellington New Zealand, I have one sister named Michelle, no brothers, my mother was from Samoa and my dad is from England. My hobbies and interests are reading, listenting to music, ancient cultures and civilazations, anthopology, researching family history, penpalling.

If you have to describe yourself in only 5 words what would they be?

If I had to describe myself in 5 words it would be cheeky, naughty, sacastic, tough and friendly.

Tell us something about your town, city or country.

I live in Porirua, which is part of Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. Porirua has a population of around 50,000 and has a large Polynesian and Maori population.

How did you start penpalling? When was that? And why did you decide to start Penpalling?

I started penpalling by accident really and that was back in 1982 when I wrote to someone in Mozambique. But I really started getting into penpalling in 1988 and got my first real penpal from a newspaper. I started penpalling to meet new people around the world and to learn about the different cultures etc that are out there.

What do you like / dislike about Penpalling/correspondence?

I like penpalling cause you get to write to different people around the world that could have the same interests and things in common as you. What I don’t like about it is all the weirdos that are out there.

How do your friends react when they discover you are into Penpalling? Are they also into it or they give you the “strange” faces?

They find it interesting that I write to many people around the world and ask how I got into it and stuff like that. Some give strange looks as if to say “why do you want to do that for?” but I just dismiss that.

Do you still stay in touch with your first penpal? Tell us about your first penpal even if you have lost touch with them. We might be able to help you locate him/her.

Yes I’m still in contact with my first penpal. He is from Nigeria and now living in Canada. We had lost contact for a while there and then I found him again on Facebook. 🙂

How many Penpals do you have? Where are they from?

At one point I had over 200 penpals, but that’s come down in bumbers a bit. I have penpals from Canada, USA, Bermuda, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Guyana, Jamaica, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Russia, Austria, Luexmbourg, Switzerland, Turkey, Belgium, England,Guernsey, Ireland, Egypt, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Seyechlles and some other places that I can’t think of at the moment.

Are you searching for new Penpals? If yes, please give us some contact information that we can publish in the magazine so that people can write to you back.

Not at the moment, unless they want to be friends on Facebook.

What are you looking for in a penpal?

Someone that has honesty

Where do you find new Penpals from? Do you rely on FBs or Facebook or other websites/blogs?

I usually find them in fbs or on Facebook..

Tell us a funny/interesting story from your Penpalling experience?

Um…can’t really remember any funny or interesting stories, there’s been so many so it’s hard to single just one out.

How do you keep track of your mail? Share your tip on how to organize ourselves.

I write down in a book each day who I have got a letter from, when the letter arrived and when I have sent the letter off. I usually the letters in a folder.

Do you swap things? Do you like sending gifts to friends? If yes, what is the funniest gift you have ever sent/received?

I usually just swap fbs and postcards.

Have you met a penpal? If so, let us know how the meeting went.

Yes I have met 7 of my penpals so far from Hong Kong, two from New Zealand, two from Germany, Ireland and South Africa. All the meets with my pals went well. We exchanged gifts and just went and had lunch somewhere and had a look around Wellington. One of my New Zealand stayed at my place for a couple of days.

What do you usually like writing/reading about in the letters?

Usually about what we have done since the last letter, what we like in common etc.

When it comes to making cute and personal letters, everyone has his/her own style. Tell us your trick how to make a letter/envelope unique? Do you decorate it? If yes, how. Give us some tips on how to make the letters more interesting.

I usually just decorate it with stickers that’s about it really, nothing too exciting.

Where do you buy your stationery supplies from? Do you prefer traditional shops or e-shops? If so, give us some links.

Usually from just the local shops from our shopping centre.


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