Thursday, December 31, 2009

16 Covers to share!

Firstly, I would like to wish every single reader of this blog a Happy New Year and lots of philatelic fun for 2010!!

I have been quite busy ever since I returned from my trip. So without any further ado, I would like to share with you guys some of the covers that I received recently and also to thanks their senders.

The first beautiful cover was sent by Clarence George. It is my third cover from the Maldives! Thank you so much!

Another great cover from Jérôme! The 2 beautiful stamps franked on this cover belong to the UNESCO series, issued by La Poste in 2009. What is worth mentioning are the special postmarks on it. Thanks again for this awesome cover!

This second French cover was sent by fellow blogger, David Jastrzebski. Thanks alot! The 2 se-tenant stamps are part of a set of 4 commemorating the 150-year anniversary of the Red Cross. They were issued in 2009.

Next is a gorgeous cover sent from Macau, China. This time from fellow ICCC member, Filipe Correa Lemos. A great thanks to you should you happen to read this blog. The stamps depict the beautiful streets of Macau.
A nice surprise from Tran Qui Ninh, a new reader of this blog i assumed. Thank you very much for this lovely cover and postcard. I would be replying to you soon.

Special thanks to Zeljko Vasilik from Croatia. He took much effort to send me this awesome cover from Bosnia and Herzegovina while visiting his relatives. Thanks alot!! In fact, it is my first cover from this South-Eastern European state. The stamps belong to the "Vegetables" series, issued in 2006 and "Scout Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina" series (2002) respectively.

Another 2 lovely Turkish covers sent by fellow philatelist cum artist, Ahmet Demir. The stamps are from the "Mustafa Kemal Atatürk" definitive series (2009) and "5th World Water Forum" series respectively. In addition, I would also like to thanks Gottardi Lorenzo for this great cover and a Christmas card! It was posted on 09 December 2009 in Cogliate (Milano), Italy.
The next cover was sent from Czech Republic by Jan Strnad. Thank you! BTW you have such a beautiful country and I gonna miss it! Received these 3 lovely covers on Christmas eve (Christmas gifts from Slovakia!). They were sent by Robert Brnka. Thank you once again! These covers were postmarked in Trnava, Slovakia on 07 December 2009 and took 17 days to reach me. Next, I received this lovely Malaysian cover and 2 very awesome 'Spiders' FDCs. They were sent by Khor Kok Keong from Perak, Malaysia. Thank you my friend. I like them very much! Malaysia Post always issue very beautiful Fauna and Flora stamps, don't you think so? Lastly, I would like to apologize to all the senders for my lateness in replying. I promise to do it soonest. See you again next year! :)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

My Vienna's Souvenir!

During my visit to the Sisi Museum in Vienna, Austria, I bought this special edition 8 se-tenant stamps sheet featuring the Empress Elisabeth, also known as 'Sisi'. This sheet depicts (from left to right, top to bottom)
  • Empress Elisabeth as Queen of Hungary, Georg Raab 1867
  • Large Salon of Empress Elisabeth
  • Replica of the diamond stars worn by Empress Elisabeth
  • The Sisi Myth
  • Detail of the room, "The Myth"
  • Copy of Elisabeth's ball gown
  • The Michael Cupola forms the entrance to the Hofburg
  • Elisabeth wearing ruby jewellery, painting by Georg Raab 1879

I shall end my posting here by sharing with you some of our Sisi Museum photos. Auf Wiedersehen!

Monday, December 28, 2009

I am back!

Hi! I am back from my eastern Europe trip. Back at work, back to the hectic life … well back to the same old routine. Holidays are always too short eh!

During this short absence, I received many nice covers and I promised to post them here soon. Meanwhile, here are some awesome postcards that I posted to myself during the trip... definitely bringing back the good memories!

The first 2 postcards were sent from Striezelmarkt in Dresden, Germany. The Striezelmarkt is one of Germany's oldest documented Christmas markets. It was first mentioned in 1434, under Friedrich II, an Elector of Saxony, when it was held the Monday before Christmas on the Altmarkt square. Over the centuries it has developed into a huge event with 250 stands, taking up a large part of Dresden city centre and lasting throughout the Advent period. Today the Striezelmarkt attracts 2 million visitors a year from all over the world.


Dresden City
The beautiful stamps franked on the above postcards were issued in 2008 to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swedish author, Selma Lagerlöf. These stamps illustrate characters from her popular children's book "The Wonderful Adventures of Nils".What is worth mentioning are the special postmarks; commemorating 575 times the Striezelmarket opens since 1434!
Postbox in Striezelmarkt
The next 2 beautiful postcards were sent from Prague, Czech Republic. They depict St Vitus' Cathedral and Golden Lane at the Prague Castle respectively. The stamps used on the postcards belong to the Czech-Belgium "Stoclet house" Joint Issue, issued in 2007.
The last 2 postcards for today were sent from the capital of Hungary, Budapest! They feature Széchenyi Chain Bridge, a suspension bridge that spans the River Danube between Buda and Pest, the western and eastern sides of Budapest. It was the first permanent bridge across the Danube in Budapest, and was opened in 1849. The two Hungarian stamps franked on both cards belong to the "Chairs" definitive series, issued in 2000 and 300th Anniversary of the Diet of Marosvasarhely (2007).That's all folks! Talk to you again!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Eastern Europe here I come!

Hi everybody! I will be traveling to Eastern Europe for my year-end holidays from 10-19 Dec, hence won't be blogging for a while.

My first stop will be the capital city of Germany, Berlin. Then travel to the historical German city of Dresden. Stay 2 nights each in Prague, Krakow and Budapest. With my last stop in Vienna, Austria.

As it is a package tour, I don't think I have any chance to visit the local post offices to buy philatelic stuff or to post a cover/postcard. Anyway I will try!

Meanwhile, pls feel free to browse through my past posts.

Enjoy your stamps!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Another awesome Polish cover!

On 20th November, Poland’s postal service issued a series of stamps showing reproductions of famous paintings stolen from Poland during WW II. Entitled “Lost Masterpieces”, the move is part of a campaign to recover some of Poland’s art treasurers. Polish Post hopes to reach people who might know something about the lost paintings. Designed by Kazimierz Bulik, the series includes reproductions of Jesus Collapses Under the Cross by Peter Paul Rubens and Joseph Telling his Dreams by Rembrandt.

Many thanks to Andrzej Bek for sending this Rembrandt van Rijn cover with matching stamp. To make up the postage, Andrzej used a beautiful stamp from the "Polish cities" series, issued on 1st March 2002. It depicts Cathedral of Gniezno showing the coffin with relics of St Adalberg.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Finnish Alpine Skiing Stamps

Another lovely postcard sent from Pori, Finland. Thank you so much, Johanna!This postcard depicts a beautiful painting of Finnish painter, Albert Edelfelt (1854-1905). It shows snowy Helsinki in 1894. Nowadays, it is becoming a rare sight in south and coastal Finland according to Johanna.
On 24th January 2008, Finnish post issued a special minature sheet, never before seen on Finnish stamps. Entitled "Alpine Skiing", the sheet has an illusion of movement thanks to the imaging and printing technology used. When you turn the sheet in your hands, the picture comes to life.
This makes Tanja Poutiainen speed downhill on the slalom stamp. The stamp is in the lower right corner of the miniature sheet. The picture is from the Finnish round of the slalom World Cup in Levi. The 27-year-old skier from Rovaniemi is also shown at speed next to the stamp, on the edge of the stamp sheet. Tanja Poutiainen's achievements also include a silver medal at the Turin Olympics in 2006 and numerous other victories and high placements in world cup championships over a period of years.

The stamp dedicated to snowboarding features a stunning performance by Antti Autti. The stamp, on the top right of the sheet, shows a series of stills in which Antti Autti performs a cab 540° roast beef in a half-pipe. Among Antti Autti's triumphs are two gold medals in the World Championships of winter 2004-2005 and the prestigious XGames half-pipe competition in the same season.

The two other stamps on the sheet depict freestyle skiing, which includes several types. The upper left of the sheet shows Matti Räti, a 19-year-old exponent of new school skiing and a student at the University of Kuopio. The stamp shows a 'drop'.

The stamp on the lower left shows Tapio 'Arska' Saarimäki on powder. Saarimäki now lives year-round in the village of Verbier in the Swiss Alps, where he practices cross-country and downhill biking in addition to Alpine skiing. In freestyle, helicopters are sometimes used to take skiers to virgin slopes, and this explains the chopper on the upper edge of the stamp sheet.

The production process used for the miniature sheet is called MotionPrint imaging. The Alpine Skiing miniature sheet is the most advanced print job ever done with this technology. For example, it simultaneously uses both animation and a 3-D effect for the first time.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

3 Awesome covers!!!

Today I shall share with you 3 awesome covers from Slovakia (one of the countries which I will be visiting on my Eastern European tour next week), Pakistan and Malaysia! Many thanks to Robert Brnka, Ehsan Ur Rehman and Khor Kok Keong respectively.

The neat Slovak cover features a set of beautiful stamps from the "Preservation of Nature" series, issued on 23th October 2009. They depicts an European Pond Turtle and a Fire Salamander, both commonly found in most parts of Europe.

This cover was postmarked in Trnava, Slovakia on 02nd November 2009 and took 32 days to reach me! Where has it been?

On the other hand, the Pakistani FDC shows lovely stamps from the "10th ECO Summit at Tehran Iran" series (issued 2009), "Mr. Hugh Catchpole" series (2007), "International Women's Day" series (2007) & "SOS Children's Villages of Pakistan" series (2005).

This cover was postmarked in Islamabad, Pakistan on 21th November 2009 and reached me on the 28th November 2009.

Last but not least, we have a Malaysian cover franked with a Kedah state souvenir sheet devoted to the "Garden Flowers" series, issued on 09th November 2009.

The cover was postmarked in Ipoh, Malaysia on 24th November and took 8 days to reach me.

That's all folks! Enjoy your weekend!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

My Christmas Tree!

Nothing related to philately for today's post. Just to share with you my Christmas tree :)
Christmas Day is less than 3 weeks away and I finally got my Christmas tree all set up!

My Christmas tree sitting beside my sofa in the living room.


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