Monday, July 29, 2013

Year of the Boar 2007 (Australia)

Miniature Sheet
Zodiac Stamps

Occupying the last position in the Chinese zodiac, the twelfth sign, the Pig is a symbol of wealth and prosperity. It also symbolises character traits such as diligence, compassion and generosity.

Those born in the Year of the Pig are usually chivalrous and gallant. Whatever they do, they do it whole-heartedly. They enjoy life and being entertaining in nature, others enjoy their company. Honesty is what they give, and it's what they expect in return. While they are hardworking and driven for success, they however have a great value for comfort and leisure.

Above stamp designs feature a pig carrying a treasure bowl. Using a paper-cut motif, it illustrates a story which symbolises the bringing of wealth and prosperity to the family.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 9 Jan 2007
Postmark : Christmas Island 6798 WA
Denomination : 50c and AU$1.45
Zodiac Stamps Denomination : 4 x 10c, 4 x 15c and 4 x 25c
Stamp Size : 37.5mm x 26mm
Paper : Tullis Russell
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Famous people born in the Year of the Pig include Maria Callas, Dalai Lama, Kublai Khan, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Bryan Adams, Woody Allen, Ernest Hemingway, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Freebie Postcard - Andronicus


[ Australia, 1999 ]

Andronicus - For the authentic cafe experience. In Australia since 1910, Andronicus is Nestlé's premium roast and ground coffee brand.


[ Australia, 1999 ]

Gourmet blend - smooth, fine and aromatic. A well-balanced, lively coffee gently roasted to deliver a smooth, aromatic flavour.

Caffe blend - rich, well-rounded and flavoursome. A smooth and dull, where selected coffee beans are carefully roasted to bring a rich, well-rounded coffee.


[ Australia, 1999 ]

Espresso - strong, dark and full-bodied. A full-bodied continental style coffee with all the richness and strength of a true espresso.

Espresso roma - bold, full-bodied and rich. Specially fine ground for use in home espresso machines, rich and full-bodied.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Year of the Rooster 2005 (Australia)

Miniature Sheet
Zodiac Stamps

In Chinese tradition, the Rooster, being the tenth sign of the Chinese zodiac, is admired as courageous and beneficent. The Rooster never fails to crow to announce the arrival of each new day, hence it symbolises reliability and is believed to ward off evil.

Those born in the Year of the Rooster are usually good looking and well-dressed. Rooster people are clever and earnest in fulfilling their duties. They are talented in organisational work and honest. They, however, can be critical, frank and insensitive, and may refuse to admit they are wrong.

The miniature sheet design draws from the story of an ancient creation goddess (Nu Wa) who created the rooster on the first day of the lunar new year.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 4 Jan 2005
Postmark : Christmas Island 6798 WA
Denomination : 50c and AU$1.45
Zodiac Stamps Denomination : 4 x 10c, 4 x 15c and 4 x 25c
Stamp Size : 37.5mm x 26mm
Paper : Tullis Russell
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Famous people born in the Year of the Rooster include Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Aniston, Elijah Wood, Matt Damon, Anna Kournikova, Cate Blanchett and Elton John.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Traditional Dance (Cambodia)


Dance in Cambodia consists of three main categories - classical dance of the royal court, folk dance which portrays cultural traditions, and social dances performed in social gatherings.

Above stamp issue by The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications of the Kingdom of Cambodia portrays the Best Wishes Dance. Best Wishes Dance, Robam Chuon Por in Cambodian, also known as The Blessed Dance, is a Khmer classical dance.

Khmer classical dance, is a highly stylized dance form originating from the royal courts. Performances of classical dance consists of elaborately costumed dancers and music played by a pin peat ensemble.

Traditionally, this dance is performed to give blessing to the king, country leaders, or official guests visiting the country. It is now widely celebrated as iconic of Cambodian culture, often being performed during public events, holidays, and for tourists visiting Cambodia.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 8 Aug 2008
Postmark : Kingdom of Cambodia
Denomination : 600R, 1000R, 1700R, 1800R and 1900R
Stamp Size : 31mm x 46mm
Printing Process : Offset

A LIL' NOTE

A memento that I get during my last trip to Cambodia. Only 200 first day covers were produced, so am grateful that I actually own one of these :)

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Traditional Dance (Malaysia)


Malaysia, a country with rich intermingling of cultures, has a particularly rich and varied dance heritage. Each dance performance is a tapestry which weaves together exquisite costumes as well as delicate and expressive movements.

Featured in the 30 sen stamp are two Indian dances - Bharata Natyam and Kathak. Indian dances are many and varied, and can be divided into classical and folk styles. Some of the dances express a more spiritual angle, others express the simple joy of village life. Both Bharata Natyam and Kathak belong to the classical styles.

Chinese dances, as featured in the 50 sen stamp, use simple props such as Fan, Umbrella and Handkerchief as extensions of the dancer's own emotions. Many Chinese traditional dances are important accompaniment to key festivals, and are accompanied by the pounding of the gu (drums) and bo (cymbals).

Two traditional Malay dances are being featured in the RM1 stamp. The fluid grace of the dancers of the Kelantanese Tarian Asyik, as they sway gently to the sound of traditional instruments such as serunai, gambang and rebab, represents the flight of birds. Tarian Zapin, which has Persian roots, has now developed many forms across the states of Malaysia.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 9 Apr 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

Perhaps the region of Malaysia most blessed with the most form of dance is Sabah and Sarawak, due to the many different ethnic groups of the land. Tarian Sumazau, Tarian Datun Julud and Tarian Kanjet Ngeleput, just to name a few.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Handicraft


Handicraft is the art of creating decorative and utility items completely by hand or using simple tools, emphasis being on craftsmanship.

This joint issue between Hongkong Post and Romfilatelia showcases masterpieces from each country, highlighting the vitality of the art form - the dough figurines and painted eggs.

The dough figurines, a handicraft from Hong Kong, is an enchanting Chinese folk art. Figurine makers, with superb skills and creative talents, turn the dough into lifelike figurines and paint them to make them more vivid, using simple tools such as a pair of small scissors, a comb, a bamboo splint and a bone needle.

The painted eggs is a handicraft from Romania. During Easter, starting on Holy Tuesday, women and children will gather to paint eggs in a multitude of colours. This is a very old custom in Romania and is a symbol of spring and the rebirth of nature.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 24 Nov 2011
Denomination : 2 x HK$5.00
Stamp Size : 36mm x 36mm
Paper : Paper with Security Fibres
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Both stamp designs are jointly issued with Romfilatelia. In Romania, stamps are issued at a denomination of 2L (L = Romanian Leu).

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Small Pond


The creatures living in and around the Small Pond are intricately linked, be they prey or predators. Frogs are being featured dramatically in this stamp issue, alongside the dragonfly and sacred kingfisher.

The following frog species are being featured :

1.  Roth's Tree Frog, a mainly tropical frog
2.  Northern Dwarf Tree Frog, a small, slender frog
3.  Javelin Frog, a frog with long and sharply pointed snout
4.  Magnificent Tree Frog, the largest tree frog in Australia

Frogs can be predators in such small habitat – feasting on bees, wasps, beetles, bugs, dragonflies and other small, moving prey drawn to the pond – or the prey of other creatures.

Meanwhile, birds and snakes are a frog’s worst enemies, and dragonflies are also a threat to survival – eating frogspawn and tadpoles.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 1 Oct 1999
Postmark : Hoppers Crossing VIC 3029
Denomination : 4 x 45c and 2 x 50c
Stamp Size : 30mm x 25mm (1st & 2nd stamp), 25mm x 30mm (3rd & 4th stamp) and 26mm x 37.5mm (5th & 6th stamp)
Paper : Tullis Russell
Printing Process : Offset lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Above stamp issue - Small Pond, is the theme for Australia's Stamp Collecting Month in 1999.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Year of the Monkey 2004 (Australia)

Miniature Sheet
Zodiac Stamps

The ninth sign of the Chinese zodiac, the Monkey symbolises intelligence and resourcefulness combined with irreverence and mischief-making. Not surprisingly that people born in the Year of the Monkey are said to possess good humour, and can be very entertaining and mischievous.

Those born in the Year of the Monkey are also said to be clever, quick-witted, skillful and versatile. They are inventive and original, and usually successful in any field they choose. They have plenty of common sense and being clever, they are rarely fooled by others.

The miniature sheet design draws from a popular novel, The Journey to the West, whereby the Monkey has a starring role. The novel tells of a priest’s adventures as he travels to the Western paradise, accompanied by three disciples, one of whom is the irreverent and capable Monkey, to procure the Buddhist scriptures for the Emperor of China. In the story, the Monkey is a symbol of human intelligence and of man's skill and resourcefulness.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 6 Jan 2004
Postmark : Christmas Island 6798 WA
Denomination : 50c and AU$1.45
Zodiac Stamps Denomination : 4 x 10c, 4 x 15c and 4 x 25c
Stamp Size : 37.5mm x 26mm
Paper : Tullis Russell
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Monkey years over the century are 1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992 and 2004.

Famous people born in the Year of the Monkey include Kylie Minogue, Will Smith, Julius Caesar, Lord Byron, Elizabeth Taylor, President Harry S. Truman, Jennifer Anniston, Celine Dion, Leonardo da Vinci and Tom Hanks.

Friday, July 12, 2013

It's Friday


Nothing in specific - since it's Friday and weekend is approaching, here wishing everyone a great weekend. Time to rejuvenate and have a rest after a week of hectic here and there.

And what's greater than having the Peanut gang to welcome the weekend with us :)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Insects of Malaysia


Although some insects are pests and disease bearers, these form only a small part of the abundant species of insects. Other insects in fact do play important roles which make them a necessity rather than a nuisance in our lives.

Vast armies of insects spend their day cleaning up after us and themselves. Flies and beetles remove and bury refuse such as decomposing garbage and dung below the ground, hence keeping us from being overwhelmed by our own waste.

Insects are also a source of food, such as honey and royal jelly derived from bees. Livestock such as chickens also feed on insects.

Insects are a good indicator of the quality of our environment. Their population levels in different habitats can tell us a great deal about increasing pollution and worsening conditions.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 28 Nov 1998
Postmark : Kajang
Denomination : 20 sen, 30 sen, 50 sen and 2 x RM2
Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm and 27.9mm x 44.5mm (RM2 stamps)
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Above stamps are issued during Pos Malaysia Stamp Week in 1998. Activities are being held during such stamp week with the objective to generate interest in stamp collecting.

I always find those stamps issued during Stamp Week to be attractive and beautiful. Well, in order to foster interest in stamp collecting, especially among the younger ones, guess those designs just have to be attractive enough :)

Monday, July 8, 2013

Year of the Goat 2003 (Australia)

Miniature Sheet
Zodiac Stamps

The Goat (also translated as Ram or Sheep) is the eighth sign in the Chinese zodiac. In Chinese tradition, the Goat is the most tranquil of the twelve Chinese animals. It is the most artistic of the Chinese signs, and it symbolises beauty and good fortune.

Those born in the Year of the Goat are said to be easy-going, amiable, gentle and compassionate. Their sense of humour and fun makes them popular company, and are great socialisers with a wide circle of friends. Family bonds are important to them. But all is not perfect, they can be pessimistic, indecisive and dependent.

The miniature sheet design is based on one of the many Chinese folk tales involving goats. In this story, five immortals arrive at the city of Guangzhou riding divine goats of different colours. Each carried an ear of grain, which was given to the people to teach them how to cultivate the land. When the immortals departed the goats turned into rocks. Today the five goat statue is the symbol of Guangzhou city.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 7 Jan 2003
Postmark : Christmas Island WA 6798
Denomination : 50c and AU$1.50
Zodiac Stamps Denomination : 4 x 10c, 4 x 15c and 4 x 25c
Stamp Size : 37.5mm x 26mm
Paper : Tullis Russell, with Gold Foiling on Stamps
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Goat years over the century are 1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991 and 2003.

Famous people born in the Year of the Goat include Jane Austen, Lord Byron, Coco Chanel, Catherine Deneuve, Bill Gates, Mel Gibson, George Harrison, Mick Jagger, Nicole Kidman, Michelangelo, Rupert Murdoch and Bruce Willis.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Perth Mint Centenary


The Perth Mint, Australia's oldest operating mint, was established on 20 Jun 1899 as a branch of Britain's Royal Mint. Its original task were to refine the gold from Western Australia's Kalgoorlie gold fields and turn it into sovereigns and half-sovereigns. Today, the Perth Mint, operating under the guarantee of the Western Australian Government, is Australia's specialist legal tender coinage.

In conjunction with this centenary event in 1999, Australia Post has issued a single stamp featuring both sides of an 1899 gold sovereign. The obverse features a portrait of Queen Victoria, and the reverse the legendary Saint George and the Dragon. The coin faces on the stamps are gold embossed, thus adding the reflective quality of real gold to the sovereigns.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 13 May 1999
Postmark : East Perth WA 6004
Denomination : AU$2.00
Stamp Size : 50mm x 30mm
Paper : De La Rue
Printing Process : Offset lithography

A LIL' NOTE

To find out more on The Perth Mint, as well as products releases, click here for the official web page.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Malaysia-Indonesia Joint Issue


This joint stamp issue between Pos Malaysia and Pos Indonesia aims to promote greater understanding and goodwill among the people of both nations.

Featured in this issue are the followings :

1.  National Monuments of Malaysia and Indonesia
2.  Currency of Malaysia and Indonesia
3.  First stamp of both nations after independence
4.  The Red and Green Jungle Fowl

Tugu Negara, The National Monument of Malaysia, is a memorial to those who have sacrificed their lives for the freedom of Malaysia. Indonesia's Proclamation Monument features images of President Soekarno and Mohamad Hatta at the reading of the Proclamation of Independence of Indonesia.

Malaya's first currency note was introduced in 1959, with the first One Dollar featuring a sailboat being hauled ashore by a crew of fishermen. On the other hand, Indonesia's first currency note, Oeang Rupublik Indonesia was introduced in 1946.

Malaya's first stamp features Malaya's first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman in the foreground and an endearing crowd of Malayans in the background. Indonesia's first stamp features native scenes showing rice cultivation.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 8 Aug 2011
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 8 x 90 sen
Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

All stamp designs are jointly issued with Pos Indonesia. In Indonesia, stamps are issued at a denomination of Rp 2,500.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Year of the Horse 2002 (Australia)

Miniature Sheet
Zodiac Stamps

The Horse, the seventh sign in the 12-year Chinese zodiac, symbolises strength and courage. At the same time, it also indicates the swiftness of life and the passage from one existence to another. The Horse is intelligent, energetic, bright, warm-hearted and able. Hence, ancient people like to designate an able person as "Qianli Ma" (千里马), literally a horse that covers a thousand li a day (One li = 500 metres).

People born in the Year of the Horse are gregarious and loyal by nature. They are clever, kind to others, cheerful, perceptive, talented, earthy but can be stubborn and impatient. Underneath their outgoing personality, there is a desire to please and to be liked.

The miniature sheet in this issue illustrates a popular poem that speaks of longing for home and family at the time of the new year. All the stamps (including the zodiac stamps) in this issue feature gold foil.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 8 Jan 2002
Postmark : Christmas Island WA 6798
Denomination : 45c and AU$1.35
Zodiac Stamps Denomination : 4 x 5c, 4 x 15c and 4 x 25c
Stamp Size : 37.5mm x 26mm
Paper : Tullis Russell, with Gold Foiling on Stamps
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Famous people born in the Year of the Horse include Chopin, Teddy Roosevelt, Sir Isaac Newton, Barbra Streisand, Cindy Crawford, Harrison Ford, Jackie Chan, John Travolta, Oprah Winfrey and Genghis Khan.