Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Malaysia Philately - 2017


1.    Festival Food Series - Chinese  (24 Jan 2017)
2.    Chung Ling High School Centenary 1917 - 2017  (9 Feb 2017)
3.    National Definitive Series - Orchids  (21 Feb 2017)
4.    Festival Food Series - Kadazandusun & Dayak  (16 Mar 2017)
5.    Festive Greeting  (28 Mar 2017)
6.    Installation of HM Yang di-Pertuan Agong XV  (24 Apr 2017)
7.    100th Anniversary Malaysian Palm Oil Industry  (18 May 2017)
8.    Festive Food Series - Malay  (6 Jun 2017)
9.    Malaysian Batik  (20 Jun 2017)
10.  MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line  (17 Jul 2017)
11.  ASEAN 50 Years Anniversary  (8 Aug 2017)
12.  29th SEA Games and 9th ASEAN Para Games  (19 Aug 2017)
13.  150 Years Straits Settlements Stamps  (1 Sep 2017)

Above list will be updated as and when covers are received.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Happy 转机🐥 Year 2017


Wishing all a Happy and Prosperous Year of the Fire Rooster.

Same old wishes for all.
May you be blessed with
Good Health, Good Wealth and Good Luck.

祝大家

🐥 年好运   🐥 大欢喜
🐥 年快乐   🐥 祥如意

Happy Chinese New Year
&
Gong Xi Fa Cai !!!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Malaysian Traditional Costumes - Miniature Sheet


The richness and diversity of Malaysian traditional costumes can be seen throughout the length and breadth of the country. There is great variety of beautiful costumes which differ in style and design from state to state.

Sabah and Sarawak, rich in tradition and culture from its many ethnic and indigenous people further contributed to the fashion heritage of Malaysia.

The miniature sheet of this stamp issue features traditional costumes of the Iban and Kadazan.

Iban traditional costumes - The male Iban is dressed in Baju Burung or vest and sirat woven loin-cloth which is a warrior's outfit. Accessories worn include belt, armlet and anklet made from silver and headgear decorated with hornbill feathers. The Iban maiden meanwhile wears the ceremonial dress, which consist of the bidang cloth, marek empang which is a chest adornment, the sugu tinggi headdress and other silver ornaments.

Kadazan traditional costumes - The male Kadazan is wearing a ceremonial costume usually worn during the Sumazau dance. It comprises of a jacket and trousers with gold trimming and a woven destar cloth headgear known as siga. The female Kadazan is wearing a ceremonial Kadazan Papar costume made of embroidered colour and gold thread, worn with a headgear made of bamboo strips known as siung and silver coin belt.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 29 Aug 2006
Postmark : Kajang
Denomination : 2 x RM1.00
Stamp Size : 30mm x 40mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

The Malay, Chinese and Indian traditional costumes are being featured in the other stamps in this issue. Click here to find out more.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Malaysian Traditional Costumes


Malaysians are most fortunate to witness the rich legacy of traditional costumes of various ethnic groups and communities in Malaysia as their very own cultural identity that they can be proud of.

This stamp issue features the traditional costumes of the Malay, Chinese and Indian communities of Malaysia.

Indian traditional costumes - The traditional costume for the Indian men is known as Vaishti, which is matched with a cotton cloth woven with gold thread. Meanwhile, the Indian ladies adorn beautiful silk gold thread bordered saree, matched with a tight choli.

Chinese traditional costumes - The man is wearing a Chinese satin Samfoo, intricately woven with Chinese motif matched with trousers. The maiden is wearing a modern red Cheongsam with exquisite design woven with motif that symbolises prosperity.

Malay traditional costumes - The man is dressed in Baju Melayu Cekak Musang, matched with hand woven songket sarong with floral design and a headgear known as songkok. The lady is dressed in a flowery songket Baju Kurung Telok Belanga, matched with a sarong neatly tied in the ombak mengalun technique.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 29 Aug 2006
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 3 x 50 sen
Stamp Size : 30mm x 40mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

The miniature sheet meanwhile features the traditional costumes of the Iban and Kadazan, the indigenous people of Sabah and Sarawak. Find out more here.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Malaysia Batik


Batik is a resist technique of patterning on cloth which uses wax as its dye resist. The word batik is an Indonesian term derived from the word "ambatik" - a combination of the words "hamba" (servant) and "titik" (dots); literally translates as the batik maker being a "servant of dots".

Traditionally, batik producers used wooden or metal blocks to stamp designs on to the surface of the cloth. Batik produced using this technique is known as "Batik Cap".

The current trend however favours the use of an implement known as "Canting" which enables the maker to draw designs rather freely. This handcrafted Malaysian Batik has been well received, and is exclusively produced. The designs created are inspired by various elements such as traditional wood carving motifs, Sarawak ikat "Pua" design, local floral and fauna in stylised forms rendered in a spectrum of colours.

This stamp issue features the following actual motifs produced by the winners of the prestigious Piala Seri Endon Batik Design Competition :

Foundation Building - The basis of this design is derived from the most organic form - the roots, symbolically depicting the firm symbiotic relationship motif between trees with soil and rocks. This design combines practical values and the aesthetics of Malaysian Batik with the intention to promote the rich, gentle yet universal Malaysian cultural values.

Silk Pesonna - Malaysian flowers have inspired this design. The use of bright colour enlivens as well as increases the exclusivity of this design while the silk fabric used adds to the beauty of the batik, while has also drawn international attention to Malaysia batik.

United Malaysia - The design for this batik is based on the colours of the national flag, focuses on the effects of wax crackles. Crackles or "retak seribu" happens as an incidental outcome of dye seepage through the resist wax during the multiple boiling in the dying process. The overall creation aims to reflect a blend of influences inspired from the design elements in textiles originating from the Malay Archipelago, China and India.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 2 Dec 2005
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

If you happen to be in Penang, you can pay a visit to the Batik Painting Museum located at Armenian Street. The museum showcases the history of batik in Malaysia, and also showcases many of the art pieces by artists who were central in batik making an artform.

Address : 19, Armenian Street, 10200 Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Phone : +604-262 4800

Website : http://www.batikpg.com/

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Songket, The Regal Heritage


Songket is a traditional Malay fabric, hand woven by inserting gold or silver thread in between silk or cotton weft or latitudinal threads of the main cloth, using a flat needle or cuban. The songket goes through eight stages before it becomes a piece of fabric.

As weavers are usually from rural areas, it is not surprising that the motifs featured are very much nature inspired, from local flowers, fruits and plants. The use of special harmony, balance, rhythm, repetition and sizes of the motifs express a high level of artistic achievement.

Above stamp issue by Pos Malaysia features the following four songket designs :

Pucuk Rebung Gigi Yu - This bamboo shoot pattern has a very stiff, disciplined effect, forming a wavy, indented edge like that of shark's teeth. It is one large, complex design of floral motifs, with overall effect one of integration and harmony.

Bunga Bertabur Pecah Lapan - This scattered pattern of repeated motifs produces a beautifully harmonising coverage, balance and visual beauty of the cloth. The flower motif has eight separated petals, meeting in a distinct centre.

Pucuk Rebung Gigi Yu dan Bunga Kayohan - Another bamboo inspired design with rows of flower motifs intricately patterned in the centre. It is a very distinctly traditional and uniform pattern that lends a majestic feel to the fabric.

Teluk Berantai Bunga Pecah Empat - This pattern can be woven in some ten distinguished patterns. The solid chain is woven in gold thread, with the centres of the chain filled with flower motifs with four separate petals to produce a softer, lace-like appearance.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 29 Apr 2005
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 30 sen, 50 sen and 2 x RM1
Stamp Size : 30mm x 40mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

The National Textile Museum showcases the origins, development and techniques of local textiles and the role they have in the rich and diverse heritage of Malaysia. This museum is housed in a Moghul-Islamic architecture historical building, which was gazetted as a historical building in 1983.

It is open daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; free admission.

Closed on first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Hari Raya Aidiladha.

Address : 26, Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, 50500 Kuala Lumpur

Phone : +603 2694 3457 or +603 2694 3461


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Traditional Kites


Kite flying is a popular traditional hobby in Malaysia and very much part of the culture too.

In Malaysia, layang layang is the generic term for kites in the Western and Southern regions of Peninsular Malaysia such as Selangor, Melaka and Johor. Kites from these states are generally divided into three categories - the fighting kite, the baby kite and the decorative kite.

Meanwhile, in the East Coast and Northern States of Peninsular Malaysia such as Kelantan, Terengganu, Kedah and Perlis, kite is known as wau - the name derived from the wau, wau, wau rhythmic pattern hummer sound of the kite when in flight.

Above stamp issue by Pos Malaysia features some of the most popular traditional kite of Malaysia - namely Wau Jala Budi, Wau Bulan and Wau Kucing.

Wau Jala Budi - The name is derived from a leaf found in Kedah called the "budi" leaf, as the tail of the wau is similar to the "budi" leaf. When flown, the kite produces a medium buzzing drone emitted from the hummer located at the head of the kite.

Wau Bulan - This kite is the most popular and most attractive in appearance. It is called Wau Bulan because of its crescent shape and tailpiece (bulan means crescent in Bahasa Malaysia). Given the right colour, Wau Bulan apparently resembles a rising crescent moon when flown.

Wau Kucing - The design of this kite resembles the cat (kucing means cat in Bahasa Malaysia), and is most apparent when seen from the back. The specialty of Wau Kucing is its hummer releasing a screeching, high-pitched sound, similar to the sound made by cats.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 10 Oct 2005
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 30 sen, 50 sen and RM1
Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Wau Bulan is one of Malaysia's national symbols. The reverse side of the 50 sen coin of Malaysia (the 1989 series) features an intricately decorated Wau Bulan with a hummer on top.

Meanwhile, the logo of Malaysia Airlines is based on the Wau Kucing.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Christmas Island Favourite Festivals


Festivals are an important part of life on Christmas Island, celebrating its multicultural heritage and people. In this stamp issue by Australia Post, drawings by the children of the Christmas Island District High School were chosen to be featured.

The se-tenant 45c stamps depict a Dragon from the Community Arts Festival as well as a Red Crab clutching an Easter Egg. The Community Arts Festival is an integral part of the Territory Week Community Festival which celebrates the Island's formation as an Australian Territory.

The 85c stamp shows the Hungry Ghost Festival which culminates with a special ghost-feeding ritual to avoid the malice of despairing ghosts.

The AU$1.20 stamp features the Hari Raya Haji Festival which marks the conclusion of the annual pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 15 Jul 1999
Postmark : Christmas Island 6798
Denomination : 2 x 45c, 85c and AU$1.20
Stamp Size : 37.5mm x 26mm (45c stamps) and 26mm x 37.5mm (80c and AU$1.20 stamps)
Paper : Tullis Russell
Printing Process : Offset Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Around two-thirds of the Christmas Island population are Malaysian Chinese, with significant numbers of Malays and European Australians, as well as a smaller number of Malaysian Indians and Eurasians.

Religions practiced include Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Islam and Christianity - with all these religions, no wonder there are many religious festivals in Christmas Island, a few of which are depicted in above stamp issue.

Monday, January 2, 2017

MMXVII - I

A new year signifies a new beginning, a new start and perhaps, a new list of resolutions for some.

What's in store for this first month of the year? Well, am planning to share stamps issues with cultural theme this month - ranging from traditional game to traditional attire, so do stay tuned.

This month is also a double new year celebration month - a month whereby we herald the Western New Year as well as the Chinese New Year.

And, as Snoopy says : This will be a good year. Well, am keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed ...


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year 2017


A new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book waiting to be written.

Happy New Year to everyone,
and hope it's a wonderful journey ahead for all of us.

Let's toast for a great year ahead 🍸