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.    Festive Food Series - Malay  (6 Jun 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.

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 🍸

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
4.  Hello Kitty Mini Fountain

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
4.  Hello Kitty Mini Fountain

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.