Sunday, April 13, 2014

World Cup Golf 1999


World Cup Golf, which has earned the title "Olympics of Golf", was held at The Mines Resort and Golf Club, Sungai Besi, Kuala Lumpur in 1999.

Set up in the early 1950s, under the auspices of the International Golf Association to spread the message of "Goodwill Through Golf", this prestigious event has brought together finest golfers of each generation to compete for the honour of representing their country, and winning the game.

Since its inception, World Cup Golf has travelled to all corners of the globe, popularising the game in many of the world's most vital markets. Japan's golf explosion was initiated by World Cup Golf in 1957. The South China Morning Post described World Cup Golf 1995 in China as "the first truly important international sporting event to visit the Mainland".

In this commemorative stamp issue, the 20 sen stamp depicts the much-coveted World Cup Golf trophy; a golf ball with the logo of the 1999 tournament printed is shown in the 30 sen stamp; the 50 sen stamp depicts the luxurious green on which the golfers pit their skills; and the Mines Golf and Country Resort clubhouse graces the RM1 stamp.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 18 Nov 1999
Postmark : Kajang
Denomination : 20 sen, 30 sen, 50 sen and RM1
Stamp Size : 34mm x 29mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

The Mines Golf and Country Resort is built on the former site of the largest open cast tin mine in the world. The condition of the land was so bad that many thought that it could not be developed, hence there was a lot of re-engineering required to repair the soil and stabilise the land.

Click here for Mines Golf and Country Resort official website.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Trees of Malaysia


The Malaysian tropical rainforest is one of the most complex and rich ecosystem in the world. Being our natural heritage, the rainforest is home to about 14,500 species of flowering plants and trees. Some of the fruiting species or leaves are used for food or extraction of chemical compounds for treating diseases. Trees which have beautiful flowers or shape have been introduced as ornamental plants.

The following five trees are being featured in this stamp issue by Pos Malaysia :

The Kapur tree, also known as Camphor Tree, was one of the main sources of camphor. It attracted early Arab traders to Borneo, and was worth more than gold at that time. It was used for incense and perfumes production.

The Pulai tree and the Burgor tree are widely planted in gardens and along the highway.

The Tembusu Padang tree has yellowish flowers with a distinct fragrance. The fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.

The Perah tree, with fresh fruits which are poisonous but can be consumed after cooking.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 14 Aug 1999
Postmark : Kajang
Denomination : 5 x 30 sen
Stamp Size : 30mm x 25mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

We are fortunate to have such a rich ecosystem in the country. If I were to choose, I will definitely go for a place with trees planted, rather than a concrete jungle, and of course not the real jungle though :p

Friday, April 11, 2014

Freshwater Fishes of Malaysia


Freshwater fishes can be found in rivers, ponds and paddy fields across the landscape of Malaysia - from fast flowing, clear highland streams to the murky waters of lowland swamps.

Despite being scattered in wetlands and waterways throughout Malaysia, freshwater fishes require specific habitats, which restricts their habitats. They feed on terrestrial leaves, flowers, fruits and insects. Oddly, they do not depend on aquatic plants.

Over the years, freshwater fishes are under threat from industrial wastes, agricultural pesticides and siltation from land clearing. Healthy freshwater ecosystems are vital for the production and protection of the country's food and ornamental fisheries.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 31 Jul 1999
Postmark : Kajang
Denomination : 2 x 10 sen, 2 x 15 sen, 2 x 25 sen and 4 x 50 sen
Stamp Size : 32mm x 54mm (se-tenant)
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Long part of the culture and cuisine, freshwater fish is a source of protein for centuries. Besides that, the popular Bellicose Fighting Fish is a favourite due to its fiercely competitive nature.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

National Children's Day 2012


The stamp issue by Thailand Post in 2002 to commemorate the National Children's Day features illustration of comic-style characters of a Thai classical literature based on the Javanese tale titled Inao.

Inao - The Best of Verse Drama, is a traditional verse drama which was written by King Buddha Lerdlah Naphalai or King Rama II. This verse drama is one of the literary masterpieces of the Rattanakosin Period and it is treasured as the best of verse drama.

The drama is known for its beautiful poetry, idioms and expressions, sharp comparisons, the realistic creation of character and the beautiful setting, which have been greatly admired by readers.

The stamp designs illustrate the following from the tale :

1.  Inao's dagger flashing (top left design)
2.  Bussaba consulting the candle (top right design)
3.  Joraka falling passionately in love with Bussaba (bottom left design)
4.  Inao disguised as a forest bandit named Misara Panyi (bottom right design)

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 14 Jan 2012
Postmark : Bangkok
Denomination : 4 x 3 Baht
Stamp Size : 48mm x 30mm
Printing Process : Lithography, Multi-colour

A LIL' NOTE

Children's Day is recognised on various days in many places around the world, to honour children globally. Universal Children's Day takes place annually on 20 Nov.

In Thailand, it is celebrated on the second Saturday of January. Meanwhile, both Malaysia and Australia celebrate it on the fourth Saturday of October.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

50th World Children's Day Celebration


The 2003 Children's Day Celebration brought great significance, as it was the Golden Jubilee celebration of this world event in honouring and cherishing the children of the world.

The first World Children's Day was celebrated in 1953 by the International Union for Child Welfare. In the following year, the United Nation's Children's Fund (UNICEF) officially recognised and celebrated the World Children's Day. The World Children's Day was officially sanctioned by the United Nations 5 year later in 1959.

Malaysia celebrated its first World Children's Day on 8 Oct 1959, held at the National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.

The World Children's Day celebration in 2003 served as the platform to extend our hands, and ensuring that the younger generations receive the nurturing and love that is due to them.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 11 Oct 2003
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 1 x 20 sen and 4 x 30 sen
Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm
Paper : Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Children's Day used to be one of my favourite events when I was young. Various activities, and foods, were available on this day in my school, in conjunction with this celebration. Something from the past, which I truly cherish.