Saturday, December 31, 2016

New Year 2012 - Fireworks


New Year countdown is a popular practice in many parts of the world to welcome the coming of a new year. The final seconds into a new year is usually accompanied by the deafening sounds of firework.

Fireworks have become the symbol of new year celebration and hence, Thailand Post has once again used fireworks in its 2012 New Year stamps design. The spectacular fireworks in the stamps are heightened with Glitter Ink printing technique which adds sparkles to the stamps.

Besides, above stamp issue also aims to promote stamp collecting activities, and these colourful fireworks stamps would definitely look good when affixed on New Year greeting cards.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 15 Nov 2011
Postmark : Bangkok
Denomination : 4 x 3 Baht
Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm
Printing Process : Lithography with Glitter Ink, Multi-colour

A LIL' NOTE

Another note to self - above is a memento from my Phuket trip. It's the glitters on the stamps that attract me to buy this issue.

And what better time to share above stamp issue than now on this last day of 2016, as a way to herald the new year of 2017 :)

Friday, December 30, 2016

Hello Kitty - The Kimono Neko


One of may favourites too - Hello Kitty in Kimono.

Kimono is a Japanese traditional garment. The word "kimono" means a "thing to wear" (ki "wear" and mono "thing").

The size of Hello Kitty in this design is slightly bigger than the rest in the collection - in fact this design has the highest number of pieces of block within the collection.

Hello Kitty looks sweet and adorable when wearing this pink kimono, and I'm lovin' it :p

DETAILS

Description : Hello Kitty in Kimono
Manufacturer : LOZ
Product No. : 9408
Pieces : 240 pcs

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

3.  Hello Kitty in Kimono
As usual, it's just a personal preference to name above design as Hello Kitty - The Kimono Neko, hence the title :p

Monday, December 26, 2016

Hello Kitty - It's Playground Time


Looks like Hello Kitty and Mimyi are having lots of fun playing sea-saw at the playground. Well, this is from the 2nd design from the Hello Kitty diamond block collection.

DETAILS

Description : Hello Kitty & Mimyi in Park
Manufacturer : LOZ
Product No. : 9407
Pieces : 190 pcs

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

2.  Hello Kitty & Mimyi in Park

Again, it's just a personal preference to name above design as Hello Kitty - It's Playground Time, hence the title :p

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas


Faith makes all things possible ❄️
Hope makes all things work ❄️
Love makes all things beautiful ❄️

May your Christmas be filled with love, joy and happiness.

Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas 🎄❄️⛄️

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas 2013

First Day Cover with Stamps
Christmas is a day when Christians commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. The Catholic Church celebrates the birth of Jesus on 25 Dec every year, which is in fact an ancient tradition. As early as around 366 AD, churches in Rome already celebrated Jesus' birth on this date.

As for the reason why 25 Dec was chosen, there are different views regarding this. The relatively acceptable reason among all is that the churches wished to replace a very important foreign religion festival Natalis Solis Invicti, which was celebrated on this day, by Jesus' Christmas Day, as Jesus Christ is the actual sun that shines all living creatures.

First Day Cover with Miniature Sheet
On Christmas Eve, both Catholics and Christians hold Midnight Masses and worship services, as well as Christmas Caroling. In Macau, at Largo do Senado, Ruins of St. Paul and the North District of Macau, church organisations hold Christmas Carol events every year with hymn singing, drama performance and preaching in order to proclaim the good news of the redemption of humanity by Jesus.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 21 Oct 2013
Postmark : Macau
Denomination : 3.50 Pataca, 5.00 Pataca and 12.00 Pataca
Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm
Paper : Paper with Security Fibres
Printing Process : Offset lithography

A LIL' NOTE

A note to self - one of the mementos during my Macau trip back in 2014 :)

Friday, December 23, 2016

50 Years of Christmas Stamps


Australia Post celebrated 50 years of Christmas stamp issues in 2007. Australia Post has selected five classic Australian Christmas stamp designs to celebrate this 50th anniversary of annual stamp issue.

Each of these stamps expresses the artistic style, social mood and cultural values of its time.

Christmas 1957 - 2nd row stamp

The first Australian Christmas stamp used a figure of a small child kneeling from the 1776 painting The Infant Samuel by English artist Sir Joshua Reynolds. At the time of issue, it was felt that the biblical Christmas story was best represented by an European image, hence this image was selected.

Christmas 1977 - 1st row 3rd stamp

The "Surfing Santa" stamp design was thought to be inappropriate as the general Christmas stamp, although religious opinion had not found the image unacceptable. The majority of Australian liked the stamp, its design relevant to a time in which Australians felt confident and at ease with their identity.

Christmas 1984 - 1st row 4th stamp

The Madonna and Child stamp was depicted in the 1984 stamp design, using detail from a stained glass window made in 1938 for St Bartholomew's Church of England, Norwood, South Australia.

Christmas 1990 - 1st row 1st stamp

A shift of the Nativity from its traditional scene to the Australian bushland is seen in the 1990 stamp. It depicts baby Jesus being surrounded by the native koala and kangaroo. This stamp is issued at the height of the bicentennial decade during which Australian historic subjects, flora, fauna and nostalgic Australians were at the forefront of visual culture.

Christmas 1996 - 1st row 2nd stamp

The theme of Virgin Mary and Child had been a strong ones during the 1990s. After a period of economic recession in the late 1980s and the boom in information technology in the 1990s, a sense of unease and anticipation marked the period moving towards the new millennium.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 1 Nov 2007
Postmark : Smithton (Christmas Hills) TAS 7330
Denomination : 3 x 45c, 50c and AU$1.10
Stamp Size : 26mm x 37.5mm and 37.5mm x 26mm (AU$1.10 stamp)
Paper : Tullis Russell
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Countries such as Austria and Cuba had issued stamps with Christmas themes before 1957, but Australia was the first country in the world to issue Christmas stamps each year.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Christmas 2006


As is customary with Australia Post Christmas stamp issues, the Christmas stamps issue in 2006 engages with aspects of the traditional Christmas story, depicting scenes from the story surrounding Christ's birth.

The 45c stamp depicts the Virgin Mary with baby Jesus in her arms.

The 50c stamp depicts one of the three Magi bearing a gift of frankincense for the Christ child.

The AU$1.05 stamp depicts a young shepherd boy bathed in the light of the Angel of Annunciation.

Each stamp conveys a sense of reverence and the spirit of this foundational Christian story.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 1 Nov 2006
Postmark : St Marys NSW 2760
Denomination : 45c, 50c and AU$1.05
Stamp Size : 26mm x 37.5mm
Paper : Tullis Russell / B100
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Melbourne-based artist Anne Spudvilas has skilfully worked her canvas to represent above three aspects of the traditional Christmas story. Anne is a portrait painter and works predominantly in oils, a medium that gives richness to the colour of the canvas and texture to its surface.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Christmas Island Christmas 2005


Christmas Island Christmas stamps are issued every alternate year and have included Santa Claus in a variety of island settings.

The 45c stamp shows Santa admiring a Christmas Island Palm on the island, decorated with Abbott's Booby and a Red Crab.

The 90c stamp shows Santa approaching Christmas Island, where Santa's sled is being pulled towards Christmas Island by crabs rather than reindeer.

Christmas Island stamps are valid for use within Australia and can also be used as an alternative Christmas stamp.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 1 Nov 2005
Postmark : Christmas Island 6798
Denomination : 45c and 90c
Stamp Size : 30.5mm x 30mm
Paper : Tullis Russell
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Red crabs are the dominant wildlife in Christmas Island, with an estimated 120 million on the island, and are being featured in both stamps above.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Christmas 2005


The 2005 Christmas stamps issued by Australia Post show the Madonna and Child in the 45c stamp and an Adoring Angel in the AU$1.00 stamp.

The original art works of these stamps have been painted according to age-old techniques of medieval icon painting. The exquisite images are painted on wooden panels in traditional egg tempera paint, with the background richly embellished with 23 carat gold leaf, originally designed to catch the flickering light of church candles.

Like precious icons, each stamp glitters like a rare jewel. These beautiful stamps celebrate Christmas with serene joy and peace.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 1 Nov 2005
Postmark : St Marys NSW 2760
Denomination : 45c and AU$1.00
Stamp Size : 37.5mm x 26mm (45c stamp) and 26mm x 37.5mm (AU$1.00 stamp)
Paper : Tullis Russell
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

The artist of the original art works, Ursula Betsa, is an artist specialising in icon painting with a PhD in medieval art history.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

10 Days to Christmas


10 days to Christmas - tick tock tick tock, it's about time to start counting down to Christmas.

While the rest are busy preparing for Christmas celebration, guess I would be "busy" sharing the remaining Christmas stamps in my collection here, a continuation from those stamps I shared back in 2013.

Well, stay tuned then :)

P/S : To view my collection on Christmas stamps, click here.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Installation of HM Yang di-Pertuan Agong XIII


On 12 Dec 2001, at the 208th (special) Meeting of the Conference of Rulers in Malaysia, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, the Sultan of Terengganu, was elected the 13th Yang di-Pertuan Agong for a term of 5 years from 13 Dec 2006 to 12 Dec 2011.

His Majesty was formally installed as Yang di-Pertuan Agong on 26 Apr 2007, with the title Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin.

Elected at age 44, as of now, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin is the third youngest Yang di-Pertuan Agong, after Tuanku Syed Putra of Perlis (3rd Yang di-Pertuan Agong) and Tuanku Abdul Halim of Kedah (5th Yang di-Pertuan Agong), who were elected at age 40 and 43 respectively.

His Majesty was appointed as the Crown Prince of Terengganu on 6 Nov 1979, and much later as the Acting Sultan of Terengganu on 20 Jun 1986 and for the second time from 21 Oct to 8 Nov 1990.

His Majesty was appointed the Sultan of Terengganu on 15 May 1998 following the death of his father, the late Sultan Mahmud, and was crowned as the 17th Sultan of Terengganu on 4 Mar 1999.

Pos Malaysia issued above set of 3 stamps to commemorate the installation of His Majesty as the 13th Yang di-Pertuan Agong on 26 Apr 2007.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 26 Apr 2007
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 30 sen, 50 sen and RM1
Stamp Size : 30mm x 40mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Today, 13 Dec 2016, is the day when Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan begins his term as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong for a term of 5 years.

Have decided to share prior stamp issues by Pos Malaysia on the installation of past Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia in conjunction with this special day.

To find out more on the stamp issued to commemorate the installation of the 12th Yang di-Pertuan Agong in 2002, click here.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Installation of HM Yang di-Pertuan Agong XII


On 12 Dec 2001, at the 191st (special) Meeting of the Conference of Rulers in Malaysia, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin, the Raja of Perlis, was elected the 12th Yang di-Pertuan Agong for a term of 5 years from 13 Dec 2001 to 12 Dec 2006.

His Majesty was installed the Supreme Head of Nation on 25 Apr 2002, with the title of Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin.

His Majesty was installed as the Crown Prince of Perlis on 30 Oct 1960 while he was still schooling, and installed the 6th Ruler of Perlis on 17 Apr 2000.

Pos Malaysia issued above set of 3 stamps to commemorate the installation of His Majesty as the 12th Yang di-Pertuan Agong on 25 Apr 2002.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 25 Apr 2002
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 30 sen, 50 sen and RM1
Stamp Size : 30mm x 40mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

At the 243rd (special) Meeting of the Conference of Rulers in Malaysia, Sultan Muhammad V, the Sultan of Kelantan, was elected the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong for a term of 5 years beginning 13 Dec 2016.

Counting down to 13 Dec 2016, have decided to share today and tomorrow prior stamp issues by Pos Malaysia to commemorate the installation of past Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Coronation of HRH Sultan of Selangor IX

(Cover Design 1)

His Royal Highness Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah was proclaimed as the ninth Sultan of Selangor on 22 Nov 2001 after the demise of his father, the late Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah. His Royal Highness was proclaimed and gazetted as the Crown Prince of Selangor at the age of 15.

His Royal Highness was born on 24 Dec 1945 at Istana Jema'ah Klang Selangor, and is the eldest son of the late DYMM Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah.

His Royal Highness received his early education at the Malay Primary School and St John's Institution Primary School. His Royal Highness then continued his secondary education at Hale School in Perth, Australia before proceeding to England to further his education at the Langhurst College in Surrey.

His Royal Highness returned from England in 1968 and held several posts in the Selangor State and Federal Government Administration Services. His Royal Highness was attached to the Selangor State Secretariat, the District Office and the Royal Malaysian Police Department in Kuala Lumpur.

His Royal Highness was also actively involved in sports. His Royal Highness was appointed the Chairman of the Semi-Pro Football Association and made as an Honorary Life President of the Football Association of Selangor.

His Royal Highness is also active in adventurous sports. The most prestige Vintage Car Race that His Royal Highness has participated and achieved was the Peking to Paris Challenge in 1997, a race covering 16,000 km distance through 15 countries, whereby His Royal Highness received the Silver Medal under the Vintage Car Class.

In the academic field, His Royal Highness was appointed the Pro-Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and was also appointed as the Chancellor of Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).

In conjunction with the coronation of His Royal Highness as the ninth Sultan of Selangor, Pos Malaysia issued a set of 3 stamps to commemorate this event. Two designs of cover are available for this issue - one cover design as shown above, the other design shown herewith.

(Cover Design 2)

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 8 Mar 2003
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 30 sen, 50 sen and RM1
Stamp Size : 30mm x 40mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Today, 11 Dec 2016, is Sultan of Selangor's Birthday, hence have decided to share above stamp issue on this day.

The Sultans Birthdays are decided by the respective states. So whenever the actual Sultans are changed, the birthdays do not. Which is why Sultan of Selangor's Birthday is on 11 Dec "officially" every year despite His Royal Highness Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah actual birthday is on 24 Dec.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Marine Creatures (Thailand)


Thailand Post, together with Pos Malaysia, jointly issued a set of four stamps featuring marine creatures, in conjunction with World Ocean Day in 2015.

This joint issue aims to create awareness on the importance of conserving marine life and resources as well as promote stamp collecting activities and fostering a good cooperation between both postal operators.

The stamps feature the following marine creatures, out of which the Harlequin Shrimp and Coral Guard Crab are Thai designed :

1.   Harlequin Shrimp
2.   Coral Guard Crab
3.   Nudibranch
4.   White Spotted Jellyfish

Harlequin Shrimp, also known as clown shrimp, is a species of saltwater shrimp found at coral reefs in the tropical Indian and Pacific Oceans. In Thailand, this species is widely available at Similan Island in Pang-Nga province. These shrimps feed on sea stars that pass near their hideouts. They feed on all species of sea stars but its favourite genus is Linckia. It may take up to 1 to 2 weeks to eat a single sea star.

Coral Guard Crab can be found living among branching corals. In Thailand, it is found in Surin Island in Pang-Nga province. Despite very small in size, they are very protective of their corals and tenaciously fight off starfishes that try to eat the corals, hence earning the name "coral guard crab". They live in pairs but several can be found on large coral, alongside other fauna. This crab species feed on coral mucus and the organic substances deposited on it.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 8 Jun 2015
Postmark : Bangkok
Denomination : 4 x 3 Baht
Stamp Size : 30mm x 40mm
Printing Process : Lithography, Multi-colour

A LIL' NOTE

This is the first time Thailand and Malaysia postal administrations jointly issued stamps to strengthen a good collaboration and cooperation between both administrations.

To view and find out more on the equivalent stamps issued by Pos Malaysia, click here.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Marine Creatures (Malaysia)


Pos Malaysia, together with Thailand Post, jointly issued a set of four stamps featuring marine creatures, in conjunction with World Ocean Day in 2015.

This stamp issue also aims to create awareness on the importance of conserving marine life and resources as they are rapidly declining around the world.

The stamps feature the following marine creatures, out of which the Nudibranch and White Spotted Jellyfish are Malaysian-designed :

1.   Harlequin Shrimp
2.   Coral Guard Crab
3.   White Spotted Jellyfish
4.   Nudibranch

White Spotted Jellyfish is also known as the Floating Bell or Australian Spotted Jellyfish. It is native to the warm, tropical waters of the western Pacific Ocean, from Oceania through East Asia. This jellyfish is easily recognised by its bell-shaped body and colouration which is usually brown with white spots. The sting of this species is mild and is not considered a threat to humans.

Nudibranch are basically sea slugs with no external or internal shells. Often referred to as "jewels of the sea", nudibranchs are amongst the showiest and most amazing creatures of the sea. There are more than 3,000 species - Hypselodoris bullockii is being featured in this stamp issue. This species has a dark blue to purplish blue colour with a mantle of broad, white edge.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 8 Jun 2015
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 2 x 60 sen and 2 x RM1.20
Stamp Size : 30mm x 40mm
Paper : Tullis Russell High Reading Yellow / Green Phosphor Gummed
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Being a joint issue, the remaining 2 stamps on Harlequin Shrimp and Coral Guard Crab are Thai-designed.

To view and find out more on the equivalent stamps issued by Thailand Post, click here.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Rare Fruits of Malaysia - Series IV


Rare fruits are fruits that are difficult to find and rarely grown commercially. Originally, rare fruits are mostly found in the wild forests.

Today, rare fruits are almost forgotten and efforts to raise awareness on the value and importance of these fruits is important. Pos Malaysia's effort in issuing stamps on rare fruits (above stamp issue being the 4th series) does serve as an effort to raise awareness on rare fruits.

The following are being featured in this 4th series :

Passion fruit (Markisa) - This fruit is yellow or purple in colour, tastes a bit sour and sweet, and can be eaten or made into juices. Its pulp may be used as gelatin, flavourings or mixture to yogurt and ice cream.

Custard apple (Buah Nona) - This fruit is usually round or oblong in shape, and gnarled. The skin of this fruit is unique and its flesh has a lot of seeds, has a yellowish look and tastes similar to custard, which may be eaten raw.

Nam-nam fruit (Buah nam-nam) - This fruit has a sour taste when young, and changes into sour sweet when ripe. People do believe that eating this fruit and shoot can heal high blood pressure and diabetes.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 28 Oct 2013
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 60 sen, 80 sen and RM1.20
Stamp Size : 30mm x 50mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Click the following links for prior stamp issues on rare fruits by Pos Malaysia :

Series II
Series III

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Rare Fruits of Malaysia - Series III


Malaysia possesses a rich diversity of tropical fruits, with many fruit species grouped under rare fruits. The production of rare fruits is rather limited due to low number of trees available for each species. These rare fruits are usually grown in home gardens or orchards.

In continuation to previous issue on rare fruits, Pos Malaysia issued another set of stamps on rare fruits in 2006, this time featuring the following species :

Terap bulu - Featured in the 30 sen stamp, this fruit is famous in Sarawak and it resembles that of nangka or cempedak. The fruit is large, oval-shaped, and is slightly orange in colour with a strong smell. The flesh, consisting of many small segments is white, soft, sweet, juicy and fragrant. The seeds can be eaten by frying without oil or boiled.

Cermai - Featured in the 50 sen stamp, this fruit is small, and when ripe, the fruit is yellow, translucent and shiny. The surface of the fruit has 6 to 8 lobes. The flesh is usually sour with stony seed. Besides eating fresh, the fruit can be pickled, made into dried candy and used in rojak mixture.

Beruas - Featured in the RM1 stamp, the Beruas tree resembles that of mangosteen tree. The fruit is 4 to 5 cm in width and round-shaped with pointed tips attached to the stigma. The thin flesh of the fruit consists of 8 to 10 segments and is sour in taste.

Ceri Terengganu and Jentik-Jentik are being featured in the miniature sheet.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 28 Mar 2006
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 30 sen, 50 sen and RM1.00
Stamp Size : 29mm x 34mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Click on the following links to find out more on prior and subsequent series on rare fruits stamp issue by Pos Malaysia :

Series II
Series IV

Friday, December 2, 2016

Rare Fruits of Malaysia - Series II


Among the popular rare fruits of Malaysia include jambu bol, cerapu, binjai and salak; of which are being featured in this 2nd series on rare fruits stamp issue by Pos Malaysia.

These fruits are usually eaten fresh, however, salak can be processed and preserved or pickled. These are seasonal fruits.

Jambu bol is native to Malaysia, and distributed widely, almost in all states. The fruits are oblong or oval in shape. The skin is thin, either white or white tinged with red or dark red, depending on the varieties. The flesh is juicy and aromatic, and is usually eaten fresh or made into local fruit salads known as rojak.

Cerapu is a sweet-sour juicy fruit and is normally eaten fresh. It can be found in Perak, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang and Terengganu. The unripe fruit, which is sour, is used as a substitute for tamarind in fish curries. The fruit is almost globose but slightly flattened at the top and bottom. Ripe fruits are bright orange with green petals. The skin is thin and can be easily peeled off.

Binjai is also native to Malaysia. The binjai fruit is a big drupe, obovate-oblong or pear-shaped, narrower at the base. The skin is yellowish or pale brown with brown spots. There are many varieties, and they differ in shape, size, skin colour, as well as taste ranging from sweet, sweet-sour to sour.

Salak is a palm, with fruits that are juicy, sweet but slightly astringent. It is cultivated mostly in Terengganu. The fruit is globose or ellipsoid, pointed at the base. It is either pale reddish or dark brown in colour. It has rough skin, with overlapping, closely arranged scales. It's either eaten fresh, or can be preserved or pickled.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 27 Feb 1999
Postmark : Kajang
Denomination : 20 sen, 30 sen, 50 sen and RM1.00
Stamp Size : 35mm x 45mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

The first series on rare fruits of Malaysia stamps were issued on 10 Jan 1998, featuring kundong, sentul, pulasan and asam gelugor. I do not have this series in my collection (unfortunately).

 (Image from www.pos.com.my)