Sunday, May 29, 2016

Hello Kitty - The Sea Explorer

Some enjoy crotcheting, while some enjoy puzzles. I enjoy blocks, building blocks - Lego and micro blocks.

Micro blocks are similar in design to a Lego brick but they are much smaller in scale, with the smallest brick being 4mm x 4mm x 5mm. Some manufacturers named their micro blocks as nano blocks, mini blocks and diamond blocks, but for me, they are essentially the same, just difference in branding.


Had my first attempt with micro blocks couple of months back - tried the diamond blocks from LOZ. Being much smaller, it does not take up too much space, and due to it's lower price, it doesn't really burn a hole in your pocket - more reasons to buy and have fun :)

DETAILS

Description : Hello Kitty in Boat
Manufacturer : LOZ
Product No. : 9406
Pieces : 210 pcs

A total of 4 designs to complete this Hello Kitty collection :

1.  Hello Kitty in Boat

Lastly, it's just a personal preference to name above design as Hello Kitty - The Sea Explorer, hence the title :p

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Garden Flowers - Definitive Series (Johor)


A definitive stamp is part of a regular issue of a country's stamps available for sale for an extended period of time.

The Garden Series definitive stamps were first issued on 31 Dec 2007, with the following denominations - 5 sen, 10 sen, 20 sen, 30 sen, 40 sen and 50 sen. The equivalent state definitive stamps were subsequently issued almost 2 years later with the same denominations.

With the revision of the new postal tariff on 1 Jul 2010, the Garden Series definitive stamps were reissued as a national definitive series, with the following denominations - 30 sen, 50 sen, 60 sen, 70 sen, 80 sen, 90 sen, RM1 and RM2. Two new stamp designs were issued, each for the RM1 and RM2 stamp respectively.

In Feb 2016, Pos Malaysia reissued the Garden Series state definitive stamps for the state of Johor in conjunction with Sultan Ibrahim coronation anniversary on 23 Mar 2016, with the following different denominations from the national definitive series :

o  10 sen - National definitive 30 sen stamp design
o  20 sen - National definitive 50 sen stamp design
o  30 sen - National definitive 70 sen stamp design
o  40 sen - National definitive 60 sen stamp design
o  50 sen - National definitive 90 sen stamp design
o  60 sen - National definitive 80 sen stamp design

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 25 Feb 2016
Postmark : Johor Bahru
Denomination : 10 sen, 20 sen, 30 sen, 40 sen, 50 sen and 60 sen
Stamp Size : 27mm x 32mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

The emblem of Johor as well as the current reigning Sultan of Johor, HRH Sultan Ibrahim Ismail, are shown at the top right corner of the stamps.

In the previous state definitive stamps issued in 2009, the reigning Sultan at that time, the late Sultan Iskandar was shown at the top right corner of the stamps, together with the emblem of Johor.


Click on below links to find out more on previous issues of Garden Series definitive stamps :


Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day


Mother, Mum, Mama, Mummy
Mak, Emak, Ibu, Bu
妈妈, 妈咪, 妈子

No matter how you call them,
Mum's unconditional love is one of the greatest love of all.

To all mothers and mothers-to-be,
Happy Mother's Day.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Traditional Dance (Malaysia) - Series II


Traditional dance is a popular form of cultural expression in Malaysia, a country well-known for its multi-racial and multi-religion population. Such dances are performed during festive celebrations, weddings or public events.

This second continuation of the Traditional Dance series gives prominence to the traditional dance of the Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kwijau and Bidayuh.

Cempaka Sari Dance - This is a traditional Malay court dance which highlights the greatness of the Perak Sultanate of the olden days. The use of long scarves in the dance epitomise grace and beauty, while the use of fans symbolise a peaceful and harmonious life under a fair and just ruler.

Chinese Ribbon Dance - This dance originated from mainland China during the Han Dynasty but evolved during the Tang Dynasty. The ribbons used in the dance are usually 5 to 12 feet long, and is tied to a stick. Skilled dancers can create beautiful movements of dragons and rainbows in the sky using these ribbons.

Odissi Dance - Also popularly known as Orissi, this dance is one of the eight traditional dance forms of India. This dance is characterised by three body bends involving the the deflection of head, torso and hips, with dancers in colourful costumes stamp their feet and strike various poses as seen in Indian scriptures.

Magunatip Dance - Also known as the Bamboo Dance, this head hunter dance is performed by the indigenous ethnic group Kwijau of Sabah. Two dancers will hold bamboo poles and beat them together over shorter wood or bamboo, creating an interesting rhythm. This dance involves jumping between clapping bamboo poles and requires one to be fast to avoid getting their feet trapped.

Redang Be'uh - This is a dance of the Bidayuh community in Sarawak, and is usually performed after the harvest season. The movements of the dancers with outstretched hands, imitating the movements of flying eagles, which is why this dance is also known as Eagle Dance.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 3 Feb 2016
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 5 x 60 sen
Stamp Size : 25mm x 60mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

The Indian's Bharata Natyam and Kathak dance, the Chinese dance and the Malay's Tarian Asyik and Tarian Zapin are featured in the first issue on Traditional Dance.

Find out more here.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Primates of Malaysia - Series II


The Malaysian rainforest is a bio-diverse landscape that is home to a total of 19 species of primates. The tropical climate of the country offers the perfect sanctuary for these primates. Primates have larger brain than its body size, stereoscopic vision and grasping hands and feets, as well as behavioural traits such as grooming and allomothering.

In this second continuation of the Primates of Malaysia series, the following species of primates are being featured, while the Agile Gibbon is featured in the miniature sheet.

Macaque - The macaque has light brown fur on its body, white fur on its underside and dark brown or black hair on top of its head. As skilled climbers, they are traditionally trained by farmers to pluck coconuts and fruits from trees. Highly intelligent, they are also trained to choose coconuts based on their ripening stages.

Silvered Leaf Monkey - Also known as silvery lutung or silvery langur, the silvered leaf monkey has dark-skinned face with brown or black silver-tipped fur. In contrast, newborns have bright orange fur and white-coloured face, hands and feet; the skin colour changes to black within few days after birth while their orange fur changes to darker colour after 3 to 5 months.

White-handed Gibbon - Also known as lar gibbon, the white-handed gibbon has a distinct white fur that surrounds its black face and covers the upper sides of its hands and feet. They are remarkably agile is swinging from branch to branch, with such method of locomotion is known as brachiation.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 26 Jan 2016
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 60 sen, 70 sen and 80 sen
Stamp Size : 30mm x 49mm
Paper : Phosphor Coated, Security Stamp Paper
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Above stamps are also issued in conjunction with the Year of the Monkey. 2016 being the Year of the Fire Monkey is said to be a year of optimism, cheerfulness and a great year to enhance family ties.

Also, find out more on the earlier stamp issue on Primates of Malaysia here.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Primates of Malaysia


Among the most fascinating denizen of Malaysia's rainforest are the Leaf Monkeys. Their diet is comprised mainly of leaves, flowers, buds, seeds and shoots. Evolution has granted them complex stomachs with bacteria-filled fermenting chambers that digest leaves, releasing the normally indigestible sugars and deactivating toxins.

The Ref Leaf Monkey, a species of leaf monkey featured in the 30 sen stamp, is known locally as Lotong Merah. Being territorial in nature, they will chase away other monkeys in its area. They feed only during the days, breaking into sub-groups as they forage for foods. They can only be found in Kalimantan, Karimata Islands, Sarawak, Sabah and Brunei.

The Proboscis Monkey is featured in the 50 sen stamp. This unique species is easily recognisable by the male's large nose. They will not move further than 600 metres from river or stream. Being accomplished swimmers, they can swim underwater for up to 20 meters. Unlike the Ref Leaf Monkey, they are not territorial and will tolerate other groups in their area. Due to their dwindling numbers, they are a strictly protected species.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 16 Dec 2003
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 2 x 30 sen and 2 x 50 sen
Stamp Size : 30mm x 40mm
Paper : Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

In 2016, after 13 years of above stamp issue, Pos Malaysia issued another set of stamps on Primates of Malaysia. Find out more here.