Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Historical Place - Clock Towers


The existence of clock towers in every town in Malaysia portrays the recorded historical life of society, each tower having its own unique architecture and attractive design.

The following clock towers in Malaysia are being featured in this stamp issue.

Christ Church Clock Tower, Melaka - This clock tower is built in 1650 during the Dutch Settlement and is a fine example of Dutch architecture. A popular tourist spot for photography.

Jubilee Clock Tower, Pulau Pinang - This clock tower is a gift from local millionaire, Cheah Chen Eok, in 1897 to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. 60 feet in height; one foot for each year of Queen Victoria's reign.

Sungai Petani Clock Tower, Kedah - This clock tower was built in 1963 and was donated by Lim Lean Teng to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of King George V and Queen Mary in London. However, it was later established as a memorial to King George V as he passed away before the completion of the tower.

Teluk Intan Clock Tower, Perak - The pagoda-style clock tower by built in 1885 by Leong Choon Chong, and was originally used as a covered water tank. This tower appears like an 8-storey building but is actually divided into 3 storeys only.

Council Negeri Monument, Sarawak - Originally a memorial stone erected in 1967, it was further enhanced with a clock tower and fountain in 1897. This clock tower is to commemorate the centenary of Malaysia's first and oldest State Legislative Assembly Meeting in 1867.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 24 May 2003
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 5 x 30 sen
Stamp Size : 30mm x 40mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

The Teluk Intan Clock Tower is slanted leftward, similar to the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, hence earning the name Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan, the Malaysian equivalent of Leaning Tower of Pisa.

The reasons the tower leans are due the soft ground on which it was built, as well as the weight of the water in the water tank, which causes it to lean towards the southwest.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ornamental Fish - Fighting Fish


Betta splendens, as featured in this stamp issue, is a kind of fighting fish produced through cross-breeding of fighting fish from Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia.

This species of fighting fish is bred using the standard Betta breeding techniques. The new strains originated from unattractive, greenish and short-finned fish, whereby hybridisations of different strains are commonly carried out to produce attractive new hybrids.

Betta splendens are usually peaceful with other fish of its own size, however the males are aggressive with one another. Hence, to prevent fighting, they are usually kept solitary in transparent small containers.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 26 Apr 2003
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 30 sen, 50 sen and 2 x RM1.00
Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Bettas are carnivores and need food high in protein. They should be fed every day or nearly every day, however, do not overfeed or underfeed them.

A good rule of thumb in terms of amount to feed - a betta’s stomach is about as big as his eyeball and should not be fed more than that amount at a time.

Monday, November 28, 2016

100 Years Birth of the Late Tunku Abdul Rahman


Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj was born at the Istana Tiga Tingkat in Alor Setar, Kedah on 8 Feb 1903. He was the 7th child of Sultan Abdul Hamid, the 25th ruler of the Kedah Sultanate.

Tunku left for England at the age of 17 on a Kedah Government Scholarship to continue his studies, whereby he returned to Kedah in 1926 with a bachelor's degree in law and history from the Cambridge University.

Four months later, Tunku was sent to continue his law studies at the Inner Temple. In view of the increasing number of Malay students, he got together with the others and formed The Malay Association of Great Britain and was elected secretary of the association. Due to lack of concentration, after 5 years he failed in his studies and returned to Malaya.

Tunku chose to join the Civil Service as a cadet in the Legal Advisor Office in Alor Setar and then as Assistant District Officer and District Officer in several areas in Kedah.

Tunku was determined to finish his studies, hence in 1947, he went back to England and this time he successfully completed his studies at the Inns of Court.

As a leader, among historic events guided by Tunku include the political alliance of UMNO and MCA in 1952 and MIC in 1955. Tunku also declared an amnesty for communist terrorists who surrendered.

Efforts in freeing the country from being ruled further by the British were finally accomplished, with Malaya achieving its independence on the historic day of 31 Aug 1957.

Tunku relinquished his position as the first Prime Minister of Malaysia in 1970 to his deputy, Tun Abdul Razak after the racial riot outbreak on 13 May 1969.

The late Tunku Abdul Rahman passed away in 1990 at the age of 87 years old.

2003 marked the 100 years of the birth of this important figure in the history of Malaysia. In conjunction with this, Pos Malaysia issued a set of 4 sets to commemorate this event.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 3 Mar 2003
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 30 sen, 50 sen and 2 x RM1.00
Stamp Size : 30mm x 40mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Memorial Tunku Abdul Rahman, located in Alor Setar, is a museum commemorating the life and contribution of Tunku Abdul Rahman. It occupies a colonial-era bungalow, originally the residence of the bank manager of Standard Chartered Bank.

The building was subsequently taken over by the Kedah State Government, which then passed it to the State Museum Department.

It is open to the public; free admission.

Address : Memorial Tunku Abdul Rahman, No. 1 Jalan Menteri, 05350 Alor Setar, Kedah Darul Aman, Malaysia.

Phone : +604-730 3771

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Roses in Malaysia


Having an Equatorial climate enables Malaysia to enjoy the ideal weather for the cultivation of various plants and trees. One of the plants that flourish in Malaysia is the rose tree.

Roses come in a variety of sizes and colours. Generally, roses need extra care in its cultivation. From its soil, fertiliser and insect repellent, all these information are vital in order to produce a beautiful and healthy blossom.

Rosa hybrida is featured in the first 3 stamps above. Among popular breeds of Rosa hybrida is the Hybrid Tea, which are either budded or grafted, i.e. not growing off their own rootstock.

Floribunda is featured in the 4th stamp above. This species is produced by crossing Polyantha roses with Hybrid Teas. Floribunda is suitable to be grown either on flowerbeds or in pots. The Floribunda featured in this stamp issue is a rare species. Stripes, which appear on its petals, make it more unique.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 22 Feb 2003
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 2 x 30 sen and 2 x 50 sen
Stamp Size : 35mm x 35mm
Paper : Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Fragrant Ink

A LIL' NOTE

Roses are frequently sought after as a symbol of remembrance during special occasions. Roses have inspired people over the ages to develop a language of roses by ascribing meanings to colours, variety and number of roses gifted.

o  Red roses - Convey deep emotions; an expression of love
o  White roses - Convey sympathy and humility
o  Yellow roses - Symbol of friendship and caring; an expression of exuberance
o  Pink roses - Convey gentle emotions such as admiration, joy and gratitude
o  Orange roses - Convey a sense of fascination
o  Lavender roses - Expresses "love at first sight"

Friday, November 25, 2016

XIII Conference of Heads of State or Government of NAM


The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) was established in 1961 with the objective to create an independent path in world of politics that would not result in member States becoming pawns in the struggles between the major powers.

NAM was formed during the Cold War, at the collective initiative of President Josip Eroz Tito of the then Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru of India, and President Ahmad Soekarno of Indonesia, as an organisation of States that did not seek to formally align themselves with either the United States or Soviet Union, but sought to remain independent or neutral.

Malaysia was officially brought into the fold of the Movement as a member country with its participation in the Informal Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of NAM in 1969.

The Conference of HOS/Gs, or NAM Summit, is held every three years. It is the highest decision making authority of the Movement. Malaysia attended its first ever Summit as a member country in 1970.

Malaysia hosted the XIII NAM Summit from 20 to 25 Feb 2003 in Kuala Lumpur. In conjunction with this event, Pos Malaysia issued a set of 4 stamps to commemorate this event.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 6 Feb 2003
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 2 x 30 sen and 2 x 50 sen
Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Besides above stamp issue by Pos Malaysia, a limited number of commemorative vanity plates with prefixes XIII NAM are made available by the Malaysian Road Transport Department.

Vanity plates are vehicle registration number plate with distinctive prefixes made available by Malaysian Road Transport Department at a higher cost.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Southern Serow


Serows have relatively short bodies and long legs. The upper parts of their bodies are usually black or dark grey, sometimes with reddish tinges. Their under parts are paler, with long shaggy mane of hair runs along their backs.

The serows territory spans from India to Southern China. This includes most of the mainland in Southeast Asia and Sumatra. They mainly inhabits steep forested cliffs, including limestone mountains. They can also be found in lowlands and on off-shore limestone islands.

Serows are herbivore, and they will come out to feed in more open areas during early morning and late evening.

Mainly solitary, serows come together only to mate. One or usually two young are born after a gestation period of 7 to 8 months. The young may stay with the mother for up to a year.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 25 Jan 2003
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 30 sen and 2 x 50 sen
Stamp Size : 30mm x 40mm
Paper : Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Southern Serow, Capricornis sumatraensis, is also known as Sumatran Serow. This species is listed as vulnerable by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), due to over-hunting and habitat loss. It is hence protected under the Protection of Wildlife Act.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Wong Kei Tau Foo Fa 旺记祖传豆腐花, Bercham

A random post on tau foo fa, one of my favourite desserts.

Tau foo fa (豆腐花), also known as soy bean pudding, is a delicious silken tofu dessert eaten with a clear syrup infused with ginger or pandan.


There are many stalls or outlets selling tau foo fa out there; one of the best I have tried thus far is from this roadside stall in Bercham (Chinese : 巴占), a suburb of Ipoh next to the North-South Expressway in Perak, Malaysia.

The tau foo fa from this stall is of really silky smooth texture, with a choice of syrup in ginger, white sugar or brown sugar. Not too touristy, it's where the locals go for tau foo fa. It costs less than RM2 for a bowl. Take away is slightly more expensive, but the portion is also bigger for take away.

Definitely a heaven to the taste bud. Brought friends as well as colleagues to this stall before; verdict - they love it.

旺记祖传豆腐花
Roadside stall situated next to 7 Eleven
Persiaran Bercham Selatan 1
Bercham
31400 Ipoh
Perak Darul Ridzuan

Opening hours : Daily 12:00pm until sold out

Monday, November 21, 2016

The Grand Piano

Of the few micro blocks which I have assembled thus far, this is one of my favourites - the Grand Piano.

And perhaps now I own one of the smallest grand piano in the world?


DETAILS

Description : Grand Piano
Manufacturer : LOZ
Product No. : 9305
Pieces : 110 pcs

Best of all, got it at a bargain at RM10 only :)

Sunday, November 20, 2016

80 Years of Sultan Idris University of Education (UPSI)


Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI), the Sultan Idris University of Education, was founded on 29 Nov 1922. This institution was popularly known as a teachers' training college specifically for the Malays and was regarded as a Malay university back then.

Some milestones of this institution ...

1922 : Founded as Sultan Idris Training College (SITC)
1957 : Renamed Maktab Perguruan Sultan Idris (MPSI)
1975 : Received its first batch of 150 female students
1987 : Upgraded to institute; renamed Institusi Perguruan Sultan Idris (IPSI)
1997 : Changed to university; renamed Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI)

UPSI celebrated its 80 years anniversary in 2002, and Pos Malaysia issued a set of 3 stamps to commemorate this anniversary.

The 30 sen stamp features the Suluh Budiman Building, currently used as the administrative office for the Department of Student Welfare & Development, besides a Royal and VIP holding room for state dignitaries.

The first of the 50 sen stamp features the Chancellery Building, a 4-storey building accommodating the administrative office of the University's executive board and also the office of the main administrative and academic department.

The second of the 50 sen stamp features the Tadahan Selatan Building, previously the student hostels. Now, it is fully used as lecture and lecturers room to cope with the increasing number of students.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 29 Nov 2002
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 30 sen and 2 x 50 sen
Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm
Paper : Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Some notable alumni of UPSI includes :

2.   Dr. Awang Had Salleh (First Vice-Chancellor of University Utara Malaysia)
3.   Tun Ghaffar Baba (Former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia)

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Kebaya Nyonya


When the Nyonyas, the women of the early Peranakan community, first donned the baju panjang, the long Arab-inspired top made of woven cotton, little did they know that this garment would become the Malaysian fashion icon.

Once traditional, plain and straight in cut, facilitated by the availability of new fabrics, the baju panjang gradually evolved into more comfortable garment as compared to its highly starched predecessor. With the hot climate and their exposure to European blouses and lace, the practical Nyonyas shortened the dress top to hip length and enhanced its beauty with lace trimming along the fringes of the tunic.

Heavily embroidered kebayas are usually worn during festive gatherings while simple scallop-edged ones are for daily activities. White, blue and green ones are reserved for mourning or to attend wakes.

This lovely piece of art is traditionally worn with matching batek sarong and beaded slippers, and is fastened with a set of chained kerongsang (also known as kerosang), a costume jewelry that functions like a brooch.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 2 Nov 2002
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 2 x 30 sen and 2 x 50 sen
Stamp Size : 28.5mm x 42.6mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

A book entitled The Nyonya Kebaya was published in 2004 recording the lovely kebayas collection of the late YAB Tun Endon Mahmood, late wife of the 5th Prime Minister of Malaysia YAB Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

More details on this book can be found here.


(Image from www.bookdepository.com)

Friday, November 18, 2016

Pendeta Za'ba


Za'ba or Zainal Abidin bin Ahmad, born in 1895, is a language figure as well as the pioneer of Malay language grammatical rules in Malaysia.

Born into a religious family, not surprisingly, Za'ba had completed his reading of the Quran seven times by the age of 7. He was the first Malay student from Negeri Sembilan who completed standard one to Senior Cambridge in 6 years.

Za'ba started writing seriously while he was serving as a temporary teacher at Johor Bahru in 1916. His gift was his ability to bring all aspects from language, literature, religion, economy, education and politics into his writings.

Za'ba focused his effort to adopt the Arabic and English grammar into Bahasa Melayu while he was working at the Sultan Idris Training College. He used these grammatical rules in the publishing of school text books and public reading materials.

Za'ba received the title Pendeta (Scholar) officially, in the form of songkok (a Malay cap), in 1956 at the Third Malay Language and Literature Congress in Johor Bahru. In 1962, he was awarded the award of Pingat Mangku Negara that carries the title Tan Sri.

Za'ba passed away in 1973 at the age of 78. It is not easy to follow the footsteps of a scholar but it is hoped that Zaba's effort and sacrifice to upgrade the Malay Language would be continued.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 17 Sep 2002
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 30 sen and 2 x 50sen
Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

The House of Pendeta Za'ba, also known as Teratak Za'ba in local tongue, is a historic residence that records the life and times of Za'ba. Situated about 50km from Seremban, this museum is one of the places of interest in Negeri Sembilan.

Address : Teratak Za'ba, Kampong Bukit Kerdas, Daerah Jempol, 72200 Batu Kikir, Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus, Malaysia.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Malaysian Unity


Pos Malaysia issued a set of 3 stamps on Malaysian Unity as part of National Day celebration in 2002, with the 50 sen stamp depicting the various races and indigenous people of Malaysia; while the se-tenant 30 sen stamps depicting the multi-cultural aspect of Malaysia.

The ethnic of Malays, Chinese, Indians and the numerous indigenous people of Malaysia form a fascinating potpourri of a multi-cultural and multi-racial population. As such, Malaysian Unity is of paramount importance.

Although each race maintains its individuality in terms of traditions and community structures, the overall cultural mosaic is well integrated to create a contemporary Malaysia, rich in its diverse heritage.

One of the most interesting form of cultural and racial interaction is the practise of "open house" during festive celebrations, effectively breaking down cultural and racial barriers, thus cultivating greater understanding amongst all races.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 24 Aug 2002
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 2 x 30 sen and 50 sen
Stamp Size (30 sen stamp) : 40mm x 30mm
Special Stamp Size (50 sen stamp) : 80mm x 30mm
Paper : Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

It was 11 years later that a National Day related stamps were issued by Pos Malaysia to celebrate National Day of Malaysia.

The last stamp issue prior to 2002 on National Day celebration was in 1999 on Past Prime Ministers of Malaysia.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Aquatic Plants of Malaysia


In Malaysia, most of the aquatic flowering plants are found in ponds, ditches, lakes, dams, rivers, irrigation canals and wet paddy fields.

Although some are considered weeds, these plants do have their own beneficial values. More than 15 species of these plants are edible and some are harvested and used as animal fodder. Some have medicinal value, while certain species are used as ornaments and a source of oxygen in fish tanks.

This stamp issue by Pos Malaysia features four species of aquatic plants found in Malaysia :

1.   Water trumpet  (Keladi Paya)
2.   Water lily  (Kiambang Malaysia)
3.   Water mimosa  (Kangkong Puteri)
4.   Arrow-leaf pondweed  (Keladi Agas)

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 11 May 2002
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 30 sen, 50 sen and 2 x RM1
Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm
Paper : Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

The flower of water lily is said to have a soothing and tranquilizing impact on the nervous system which makes the flower valuable for treating conditions such as nervous anxiety, insomnia as well as other problems involving agitation of the nerves.

Monday, November 14, 2016

17th World Orchid Conference


The 17th World Orchid Conference, held from 24 Apr to 2 May 2002, provides an avenue for established experts, scientists and well-known orchid growers to share their knowledge and expertise in the science of orchids.

In conjunction with this event, Pos Malaysia issued a series of stamps on orchids. The following species are being featured in this stamp issue :

Paraphalaenopsis labukensis - Also known as rat-tailed orchid, it is one of the four species found in Mount Kinabalu. This species is best grown in hanging baskets or mounted, and usually requires full sunlight and intermediate to warm temperatures.

Renanthera bella - Commonly known as the Beautiful Renanthera, this species is found growing on tree trunks in Sabah. It is best grown hanged in baskets or mounted, and requires full sunlight and warm temperatures. If hung, the roots must be watered frequently.

Paphiopedilum sanderianum - Commonly known as Sander's Paphiopedilum, this species is found growing on limestone rock in shade with roots in mossy cracks and on trees with roots and moss detritus. This orchid should be grown in areas with moderate light and intermediate to warm temperatures.

Coelogyne pandurata - Also known as the Black Orchid, this species is usually grown in baskets. Flower grows from warm to intermediate temperatures in partial shade.

Phalaenopsis amabilis - Commonly known as Moon Orchid or the Lovely Phalaenopsis, this flower is one of Indonesia's national flower. This species is found on tree trunks hanging bogs in the rainforest of Northern Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and New Britain.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 24 Apr 2002
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 2 x 30 sen, 50 sen and 2 x RM1
Stamp Size : 30mm x 40mm
Paper : Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Besides Indonesia, other countries with orchid as their national flower include :

1.   Belize - The Black Orchid, Prosthechea cochleate
2.   Colombia - The Christmas Orchid, Cattleya trianae
3.   Honduras - The Rhyncholaelia Orchid, Orquídea brassavola
4.   Panama - The Holy Ghost Orchid, Peristeria elata
5.   Singapore - The Singapore Orchid, Vanda Miss Joaquim
6.   Venezuela - The Easter Orchid, Cattleya mossiae

Sunday, November 13, 2016

KL Sentral - KLIA Express Rail Link


Pos Malaysia issued in Apr 2002 a set of 3 stamps on Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station and KLIA Express Rail Link (se-tenant design).

The blueprint of KL Sentral began with the masterplan of a City-within-a-City concept designed by renowned architect Dr. Kisho Kurokawa.

Located at the fringes of the city's central business district, it offers a sophisticated rail network system with links to air and land transportation. It is where the KTM Intercity and Komuter services, Express Rail Link (ERL) KLIA Express and KLIA Transit, Putra Light Rail Transit (LRT) as well as KL Monorail systems converge.

This teeming network is surrounded by commercial development that includes high rise buildings, hotels, urban residential areas and a shopping mall.

The Kuala Lumpur City Air Terminal (KL CAT), officially recognised as a city destination by International Air Travel Association (IATA) with its XKL code for transfers and baggage, is supported by an integrated express rail transit system - KLIA Express and KLIA Transit.

Travellers who check-in at KL Sentral and with a valid KLIA Express ticket would be issued a flight boarding pass and luggage claim tag upon checking-in 2 hours before flight departure.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 13 Apr 2002
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 30 sen and 2 x 50 sen
Stamp Size : 30mm x 40mm
Paper : Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Click on the following links to find out more on :

o   KL Sentral

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Species of Snakes in Malaysia


Malaysia is bestowed with 180 species of snakes, of which 142 species are found in Peninsular Malaysia. Of the 142 species, only 39 species are poisonous.

Snakes live in places where they can find food, as well as provide the kind of camouflage needed for their concealment.

Ecologically, snakes play a major role in keeping the rodent population in check as most snakes feed on rats, which are not only pests but also a source for spreading various diseases.

Above stamp issue by Pos Malaysia features the following species of snakes (from left to right) :

Reticulated Python, a harmless snake which can be dangerous because of its size which has the power of constricting its victim.

Royal Tree Snake, an uncommon species confined to Malaysia. With its multi-colour pattern, this non-poisonous snake is the most elegant and beautiful in Malaysia.

Malayan Krait, confined to inland than coastal areas, and is usually found near water. Its bites are venomous.

Blue Malaysian Coral Snake, the largest of the coral snake species. Its bites are also venomous.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 9 Mar 2002
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 2 x 30 sen, 50 sen and RM1
Stamp Size : 28mm x 38mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Most of the snake bites in Malaysia are due to Malayan Pit Viper, a bad-tempered snake, quick to strike if disturbed. It is known in Malaysia as "Ular Kapak Bodoh", literally the Stupid Viper. It earned the reputation of being ‘stupid’ because the snake usually remains at the site of an attack despite several hours later, and hence usually killed.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

10th Men's Hockey World Cup 2002


The Hockey World Cup is an international field hockey competition organised by the International Hockey Federation (FIH).

The 10th Men's Hockey World Cup was held in Kuala Lumpur from 24 Feb to 9 Mar 2002. The main venue for the tournament was in National Hockey Stadium Bukit Jalil, with 16 countries taking part to vie for this prestigious title.

Pos Malaysia issued a set of 3 stamps to commemorate this international acclaimed tournament, showcasing world-class players in interesting moves.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 2 Jan 2002
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

The winner of the 10th Men's Hockey World Cup is Germany, while Australia is the first runner-up. Beating South Korea, Netherlands won the third place in the tournament.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Table Tennis


Table tennis, a game originated from UK, is a derivative of tennis. It is a sport whereby players hit a lightweight ball back and forth across a table divided by a net, using a small bat. Rather similar to tennis, except that it is played across a table, hence the name table tennis.

It is also known as "Ping Pong" after the sound when it's being played. Table tennis has been an Olympic sport since 1988, with several event categories.

Honoured as the "national game" of China, China has been playing a dominant role in table tennis, and the achievements made in the game has been a brand of the Chinese sports arena.

Sweden also plays an important role in table tennis in the world due to its traditional competitiveness in Europe.

This joint issue by China and Sweden on table tennis consists of 2 stamps featuring "Loop Drive" and "Forehand Service".

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 27 Sep 2013
Postmark : China
Denomination : 2 x CNY1.20
Stamp Size : 33mm x 33mm
Printing Process : Photogravure

A LIL' NOTE

Both stamps issued by Swedish Post are valued at 6.00 SEK.

(Image from StampNews.com)