Friday, November 24, 2017

130th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Fire Brigade


The Fire Brigade was established in Macau on 2 May 1883, whereby the early fire fighting work was governed by Xiangshan County Government of Guangdong Province.

From the late 19th century to present, the fire brigade has developed into today's army with advanced equipment and more than 1,000 personnel.

To commemorate the 130th anniversary of the establishment of the Fire Brigade in Macau, Macau Post issued a set of stamps illustrating selected fire stations, together with the evolution of fire rescue vehicles across time :

o  Central Fire Station and Fire Services Museum; and
    British style manual pump

o  Taipa Fire Station; and
    British style ladder

o  Areira Preta Fire Station; and
    Aerial ladder platform

o  Headquarters of Fire Brigade & Sai Van Lake Fire Station; and
    High reach extendable turret stinger


Meanwhile, the following is being featured in the miniature sheet :

o  Command Building of Fire Brigade; and
    British style steam pump

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 25 Apr 2013
Postmark : Macau
Denomination : 1.50 Pataca, 2.50 Pataca, 3.50 Pataca and 4.00 Pataca
Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm
Paper : Paper with Security Fibres
Printing Process : Offset Lithography

TECHNICAL DETAILS - MINIATURE SHEET

Date of Issue : 25 Apr 2013
Postmark : Macau
Denomination : 12.00 Pataca
Stamp Size : 138mm x 90mm
Paper : Paper with Security Fibres
Printing Process : Offset Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

The Corpo de Bombeiros de Macau (Macau Corps of Firefighters) is responsible for fire and rescue services in Macau. Besides that, it also operates ambulance services in Macau.

Monday, November 20, 2017

20th Anniversary of the Promulgation of the Basic Law of Macau


The Basic Law is a national law, also known as constitutional law and is the basic law of Macau. The Basic Law of Macau came into effect on 20 Dec 1999, the date when the People's Republic of China resumed the exercise of sovereignty over Macau.

Under the principle of "one country, two systems", the socialist system and policies of the People's Republic of China would not be practiced in Macau. Instead, the Basic Law of Macau was enacted, prescribing the systems to be practiced in Macau.

Macau celebrated its 20th anniversary of the promulgation of the Basic Law of Macau in 2013, and in conjunction with this event, Macau Post issued a set of stamps to commemorate this event.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 31 Mar 2013
Postmark : Macau
Denomination : 1.50 Pataca and 5.00 Pataca
Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm
Paper : Paper with Security Fibres
Printing Process : Offset Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

I personally really like the design of this issue - the people of Macau celebrating the 20th anniversary beautifully illustrated in simple sketches ...

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Freebie Postcard - Finding Nemo

Another favourite in my freebie postcard collection - the Finding Nemo set ...


[ Malaysia, 2003 ]

Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated film produced by Pixar Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures.


[ Malaysia, 2003 ]

Finding Nemo tells the story of Marlin, an overprotective ocellaris clownfish, who together with Dory, a regal blue tang with short-term memory loss, searches for his abducted son named Nemo all the way to Sydney Harbour. Along the way, Marlin learns to take risks and comes to term with Nemo taking care himself.


[ Malaysia, 2003 ]

This film won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. It was also the highest-grossing animated film at that time as well as the second-highest grossing film of 2003.

Source : Wikipedia


[ Malaysia, 2003 ]

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

MMXVII - XI

November is my favourite month as it's my birthday month 😆

Besides that, for shopaholic out there (which includes myself), every year on 11.11 - there would be lots of good bargains when you shop online, yay, more reasons to shop 🙃

In this favourite month of mine, am planning to share one of my favourite freebie postcards, plus a couple of first day covers which I bought during my last Macao trip.

Not too many to share this month, gotta chill a bit in my favourite month 🍹

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween 🎃


Things are getting spooky ...

Happy Halloween !!!

🎃 👻 🎃 👻 🎃

Monday, October 30, 2017

Centenary of Australia's First Victoria Cross


The Victoria Cross (VC) is the highest award of the United Kingdom honours system, awarded for gallantry "in the face of the enemy".

The Australian War Memorial recognises the 96 Australian servicemen to have received the VC since 1900. Australians have received the VC for their actions in various locations across the world :

o  6 during the Boer War
o  64 during World War I
o  2 in the North Russian campaign of 1919
o  20 during World War II
o  4 in the Vietnam War

This issue by Australia Post commemorates the Centenary of the First Australian Victoria Cross Award. The stamps feature images of :

o  Sir Neville Howse, the first Australian to be awarded the VC
o  3 living Australian recipients - Sir Roden Cutler, Edward Kenna & Keith Payne
o  The VC medal

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 24 Jul 2000
Postmark : Orange NSW 2800
Denomination : 5 x 45c
Stamp Size : 26mm x 37.5mm
Paper : Tullis Russell, Red Phosphor
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

The Victoria Cross was previously awarded to Commonwealth countries, most of which have established their own honours systems and no longer recommend British honours. The Victoria Cross of Australia was created by letters patent signed by Queen Elizabeth II on 15 Jan 1991.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

100 Years of Test Rugby


The first game of official test rugby played by an Australian Team against an international opponent was at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 24 Jun 1899.

This stamp issue commemorates 100 Years of Test Rugby in Australia, featuring illustrative images of the Wallabies against four other nations (New Zealand and England in the se-tenant 45c stamp, South Africa in the AU$1.00 stamp and Wales in the AU$1.20 stamp). Each stamp shows a different aspect of the game - a try, a lineout, a kick and a pass.

The stamps were issued on 8 Jun 1999 prior to the Centenary Test on 26 Jun 1999, where Australia played against England, competing for the Cook Cup.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 8 Jun 1999
Postmark : Sydney NSW 2000
Denomination : 2 x 45c, AU$1.00 and AU$1.20
Stamp Size : 26mm x 37.5mm
Paper : Tullis Russell
Printing Process : Offset lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Rugby is said to have been invented in 1823 by schoolboys at Rugby School, England when a boy called William Webb Ellis picked up a soccer ball and ran with it - quickly followed by his fellow students ...

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Happy Diwali 🎆


May the divine light of Diwali shine peace, prosperity, happiness and good health in your life.

Happy Diwali 🎆

Saturday, October 14, 2017

100th Anniversary of Institution of Audit


The Institution of Audit was established in Malaya during the British Colonial administration in the early 19th century, with the office of the Auditor General formed separately in both the Federated Malay States and the Straits Settlements.

The first Auditor General of the Federated Malay States was appointed in 1906.

In 1932, both institutions were merged and placed under the Director of Colonial Audit, London. However, the auditing and preparation of the audit report were still carried out by the Auditor of the Federated Malay States and the Straits Settlements.

In 1957, when the Federation of Malaya attained its independence, the post of Director of Auditor was abolished and the post of Auditor General of the Federation of Malaya was established.

The Institution of Audit celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2006. To commemorate this milestone, Pos Malaysia issued a series of stamps featuring the :

o  National Audit Academy (30 sen stamp)
o  National Audit Department Logo (50 sen stamp)
o  Auditor General's Reports (50 sen stamp)

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 14 Feb 2006
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 30 sen and 2 x 50 sen
Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Click below links for the respective official website :


Saturday, October 7, 2017

100th Anniversary of University Malaya


The University of Malaya is the oldest and most esteemed university in Malaysia. The university was established on 28 Sep 1905.

In conjunction with the university's 100th anniversary in 2005, Pos Malaysia issued above stamps to commemorate this milestone of the university. This stamp issue features the following :

Dewan Tunku Canselor (30 sen stamp) - DTC in short, the hall was officially opened on 25 Jun 1966 by the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, who was also the university's chancellor. This hall is where students took their pledge upon first stepping into the university, where examinations are held and where graduates have their convocation.

University Malaya Library (50 sen stamp) - This library was established since 1962, with a network of 17 libraries, fully computerised and integrated in its operations and services. Being a component of the national knowledge network, the library has throughout the years adopted a policy of actively acquiring Malaysian materials, where one of its greatest strengths lies in its collection of Malaysian in all subjects.

University Malaya Medical Centre (RM1 stamp) - The University Malaya Medical Centre is a statutory body of the Ministry of Education. Its main objectives are to provide healthcare services of international standing and also to provide facilities for medical education, training, research internship and consultancy. 

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 9 Jun 2005
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 30 sen, 50 sen and RM1.00
Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

The University of Malaya has been ranked among top 500 universities in the world according to reputed ranking publisher in the last few years. In 2017, it ranks at 114 according to QS World University Rankings.

Click here for University of Malaya's official website.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Happy Mid Autumn Festival 🏮


Wishing all a Happy Mid Autumn Festival.

祝 : 中秋节快乐,花好月圆

🏮 🏮 🏮

Sunday, October 1, 2017

MMXVII - X

Time flies - we are now entering the fourth quarter of the year. Couple of celebrations in the month of October this year :

o  The Mid Autumn Festival 🏮
o  Oktoberfest 🍺
o  Diwali 🎆
o  Halloween 🎃

Just to name a few.

And what's in plan for the month?

Since October ²  =  100, am planning to share a couple of first day covers marking events or organisations hitting the centenary milestone, so do stay tuned 😁

*  October ² = 10 ²
*  Centenary = 100 Years

Sunday, May 28, 2017

50th Anniversary of Khon Kaen University


Khon Kaen University is a public research university in Northeastern Thailand established in 1964. It was the first university established in Northeastern Thailand, and remains the largest and oldest university in the region.

Khon Kaen University celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014. In conjunction with this event, Thailand Post issued a commemorative stamp to celebrate this milestone, with another aim of disseminating the fame of the university.

The stamp design illustrates the Golden Jubilee Convention Hall of Khon Kaen University.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 25 Jan 2014
Postmark : Bangkok
Denomination : 3 Baht
Stamp Size : 50mm x 36mm
Printing Process : Offset Lithography and Hot Stamping

A LIL' NOTE

Khon Kaen University was established as Khon Kaen Institute of Technology, before being known as University of North East Thailand. In 1965, the Prime Minister officially changed the name of University of North East Thailand to Khon Kaen University.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

50th Anniversary Korean War 2000


The Korean War began on 25 Jun 1950, when communist North Korea crossed the 38th parallel to invade South Korea.

The United Nation, with the United States as the principal force, came to the aid of South Korea; while China came to the aid of North Korea, and the Soviet Union also gave some assistance to the North.

The fighting ended on 27 Jul 1953, when an armistice was concluded at Panmunjom, dividing Korea along the 38th parallel, essentially identical to pre-war border.

This stamp issue commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Korean War, and was released to coincide with the dedication of the new Australian National Korean War Memorial in Canberra. The issue honours members of the Royal Australian Navy, the Royal Australian Air Force and Three Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, each of which represented Australia in the Korean War as part of a Commonwealth contingent.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 18 Apr 2000
Postmark : Canberra GPO ACT 2600
Denomination : 45c
Stamp Size : 37.5mm x 26mm
Paper : CPL
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

21 countries of the United Nations contributed to the UN force, with the United States providing 88% of the UN's military personnel.

The countries which came to the aid of South Korea includes United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Turkey, New Zealand, Thailand, Philippines, Greece, France, Netherlands, South Africa and Luxembourg, to name a few.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

50th Anniversary Snowy Mountains Scheme 1999


Year 1999 marks the 50th anniversary of the Snowy Mountains Scheme, one of the greatest engineering projects undertaken in Australian history.

When the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Authority was established in 1949, there was a serious national shortage of skilled personnel, equipment and construction materials – largely a legacy of World War II. An intensive recruitment campaign was waged. The Scheme absorbed many of the migrants who were arriving in Australia in response to the Commonwealth Government’s Immigration Scheme in the post-war years.

Snowy Mountains Scheme is regarded to be the most complex, multi-purpose, multi-reservoir hydro scheme in the world. It diverts water through huge trans-mountain tunnels (via power stations for the generation of electricity) before releasing it into the Murray and Murrumbidgee Rivers for irrigation or river management purposes.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 12 Aug 1999
Postmark : Cooma NSW 2630
Denomination : 4 x 45c
Stamp Size : 37.5mm x 26mm
Paper : Tullis Russell
Printing Process : Offset Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

The Snowy Mountains Scheme is widely recognised as the birthplace of successful multiculturalism in Australia as workers from more than 30 countries worked on the Scheme.

To name a few, they came from Australia, Austria, Finland, Jordan, Russia, USA, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, Switzerland, Turkey, Estonia, France, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Romania and the Ukraine.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

50th Anniversary of Felda


The Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) is a Malaysian government agency established with the intention of eradicating poverty and developing the federal land.

Formed on 6 Jul 1956, it started out with rubber and oil palm plantation as its core focus. Felda has since moved onwards by diversifying its economic activities to include manufacturing, services, engineering, transportation, shipping, construction, information technology and communication, retail, tourism, herbs, security and catering.

Felda celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2006.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 7 Jul 2006
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 30 sen, 50 sen and RM1.00
Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Click here for Felda's official website.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

50th Anniversary of Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka


Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) was established on 22 Jun 1956 in Johor Bahru as a department under the Ministry of Education. It was established to develop the Malay language as the national and official language as the nation was moving towards independence.

DBP was relocated from Bukit Timbalan, Johor Bahru to Jalan Young, Kuala Lumpur in 1957, before moving to Jalan Lapangan Terbang Lama (now known as Jalan Dewan Bahasa) five years later.

DBP celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2006, with Pos Malaysia issuing a set of stamps to commemorate this milestone.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 22 Jun 2006
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 2 x 50 sen and RM1.00
Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

DBP has always been regarded as the pillar of success in the development of the Malay language. Click here for DBP official website.

Monday, May 1, 2017

MMXVII - V

Today is 1 May 2017, and today is Labour Day, which means we are having the day off, plus no Monday blues today 😂

This date always reminds me of this song from Bee Gees - First of May. Well, this doesn't mean I am from that generation ya (super perasan), but I do enjoy good songs, regardless of generation or language.

5 is the number of the month, how about sharing a couple of first day covers in my collection marking events or organisations hitting the 50 years milestone. Yup, that's the plan ...

Lastly, wishing all great mothers an advance Happy Mother's Day 😊


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Queen's Birthday 2005


The stamp issue by Australia Post in 2005 on Queen Elizabeth II birthday features a photographic image of The Queen as Head of the Commonwealth of Nations at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Queensland during Mar 2002.

The purpose of CHOGM is to facilitate the exchange of ideas and information across cultures and communities. The common goal is to improve the future of the people of the Commonwealth of Nations.

The position as the Head of the Commonwealth of Nations implies no constitutional or executive power and the Queen is accepted by members of the Commonwealth as a symbol of their free association.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 10 May 2005
Postmark : Elizabeth SA 5112
Denomination : 50c
Stamp Size : 37.5mm x 26mm
Paper : Tullis Russell
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

CHOGM is held once every two years around the Commonwealth. The first CHOGM was held in 1971. This pattern however was interrupted in :

o  1986 - It was held consecutively in 1985, 1986 and 1987
o  2002 - It was held in 2002 in Australia instead of 2001

Vanuatu rescinded its offer to host the 25th CHOGM in 2017 after Cyclone Pam devastated the country's infrastructure in Mar 2015. The meeting was eventually rescheduled to 2018, to be hosted by United Kingdom. This also resulted in the 26th CHOGM, which was originally scheduled for Malaysia in 2019, to be rescheduled to 2020.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Golden Jubilee


The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place on 2 Jun 1953, more than twelve months after her accession.

The coronation ceremony, which was conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, has remained essentially the same since before the Norman Conquest in 1066. Her Majesty swore the coronation oath whereby she undertook to rule according to law, to exercise justice with mercy and to maintain the Church of England. She was then anointed, blessed and consecrated and crowned by the Archbishop.

In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II coronation in 2003, Australia Post issued a set of stamps to commemorate this event.

The 50c stamp features a formal portrait of the Queen taken in Buckingham Palace during 1953.

The AU$2.45 stamp features the St. Edward's Crown, which is worn only once in a sovereign's lifetime, i.e. during the coronation.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 2 Jun 2003
Postmark : Elizabeth SA 5112
Denomination : 50c and AU$2.45
Stamp Size : 26mm x 37.5mm
Paper : Tullis Russell

A LIL' NOTE

The crown used in the coronation dates from 1660, when it was commissioned for the coronation of King Charles II.