Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

Hohoho - Merry Christmas, everyone! Have you been good this year? Only good girls and boys (okay, lets put it as ladies and gentlemen) will get their Christmas present from Santa :)

May you have a great celebration. Have a good time with your loved ones. And, of course, I do hope that there would be more peace in the world ...

Happy Holiday!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Knowing Your Kueh

Saw the following kueh chart in the web couple of days back, and I think it's worth sharing with anyone who happens to stumble and drop by my blog.

Kueh, also known as kuih, are bite-sized snack or dessert foods commonly found in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore as well as the Southern China provinces of Fujian and Chaoshan.

(Images courtesy of Singapore illustrator and blogger Lee Xin Li)

I have tried a handful of the kueh in the above charts, but have no clue on the names of some of these. The above kueh chart indeed proves helpful. At least, when I order kueh in the future, I know what to tell when ordering :p

Friday, December 13, 2013

Christmas 2004

The familiar symbols and characters of the Nativity are again the central elements of the 2004 Australia Christmas stamp designs. Designed by graphic designer Jeanette Fallon, the richly decorative style of the illustrations suggests beautiful Christmas baubles.

The designs are deliberately intricate and detailed, where the surfaces are ornamented and embellished. The use of gold alludes to the richness of the religious icons, while the depth of colour captures the richness of Christmas baubles.

Mary and baby Jesus are being illustrated in the 45c stamp, the angel appears to the shepherds in the 50c stamp while the three wise men are being shown in the AU$1.00 stamp.


Date of Issue : 1 Nov 2004
Postmark : Christmas Hills 3775 VIC
Denomination : 45c, 50c and AU$1.00
Stamp Size : 26mm x 37.5 mm (45c and 50c stamps) and 37.5mm x 26 mm (AU$1.00 stamp)
Paper : Tullis Russell
Printing Process : Lithography


Each stamp glitters like a precious jewel, making it a treasure to mark Christmas 2004, as well as a set of beautiful stamps worth collecting.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Christmas 2003

Since the first Australian Christmas stamps were issued in 1957, there have been many depictions of the traditional Christmas story.

Same goes for the Christmas stamps in 2003. Designed by Indigenous artist, Sally Morgan, the stamp designs illustrate scenes from the story of the birth of Christ. Morgan's distinctive style and use of brilliant colour have produced a joyous set of Christmas stamps for the year.

The 45c stamp features Mary and the baby Jesus, the 50c stamp features the three wise men while the 90c stamp shows the angel appearing to the shepherds.


Date of Issue : 31 Oct 2003
Postmark : Christmas Hills 3775 VIC
Denomination : 45c, 50c and 90c
Stamp Size : 26mm x 37.5mm
Paper : Tullis Russell
Printing Process : Lithography


Sally Morgan, an Australian Indigenous artist, first came to national prominence with the publication of her book, My Place, telling of her re-connection with her Aboriginal culture and community.

Besides an acclaimed artist, author and playwright, Morgan is also the Director of the Centre for Indigenous History and the Arts at The University of Western Australia.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Here Comes The Big Bad Wolf

Nope, don't worry, this is not the big bad wolf from the three little pig story. Instead, this is The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale.

The biggest book sale is making a comeback to the Klang Valley again, with books up to 95% off retail price.

The sale is from 6 to 15 Dec 2013, in MIECC @ The Mines. And it's going to be 230 hours of non-stop shopping!

As for some who are lucky enough to win a Preview Pass, they get to go to the sale one day before it's open to the public, i.e. on 5 Dec 2013. These lucky winners would have the privilege to choose the books first. Yahoo!

This is the Preview Pass that I won :)

More books to be added to my collection ... Find out more on The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale here.

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Magic Rainforest

The Magic Rainforest is a new Australian fantasy written for Australia Post by well-known author, John Marsden; and beautifully illustrated by Heather Potter and Mark Jackson.

This fantasy tells the story of Sam and his friend, Naomi's travels in the magic rainforest. They are on a quest to find a magic spring hidden deep in the Australian bush, where the purest water on Earth runs from a crack between rocks. The water is for Sam's grandfather who is ill and longs for a taste of the purest water on Earth.

Along their journey, Sam and Naomi encounter the Bunyip, Fairy, Gnome, Goblin, Wizard and Sprite - all being featured in this stamp issue in the same sequence.


Date of Issue : 25 Sep 2002
Postmark : Bunyip 3815 VIC
Denomination : 6 x 45c
Stamp Size : 26mm x 37.5mm
Paper : Tullis Russell
Printing Process : Lithography


Stamp Collecting Month was established in 1993 as a way to introduce children on the hobby of stamp collecting. Themes chosen are highly attractive and interesting to children, while at the same time being supported by parents and encourage educational activities suitable for school classes.

The Magic Rainforest is the theme for Australia's Stamp Collecting Month in 2002.

Following the great interest in fantasy generated by J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Ring, Australia Post looked for inspiration to the great tradition of Australian fantasies. The Magic Rainforest is hence created.