Wednesday, November 4, 2009

21 mails going out!

Phew! It was hard work :) I have just finished preparing 21 covers and postcards to be sent to 15 countries, namely Argentina, Brazil, China, Finland (2), France, Germany, Iraq, Italy, Macau, Maldives, Malaysia (4), Pakistan, Portugal, Slovakia (2) and Turkey (2).

I truly hope that their receivers will like them as much as I enjoy preparing them.

One of the sets of stamps which I have used on some of these mails is from the "Singapore-Indonesian Joint Stamp Series", issued on 28th October 2009.

The 1st Local stamp depicts the Singa Ambara Raja Statue in Bali, Indonesia. It is the landmark of Singaraja City on the northern part of Bali. Adapted from Buleleng regency symbol, this statue uniquely depicts a winged lion holding a big corn in one of its front leg. The statue was officially inaugurated on 30 March 1971 to signify the historical struggle of Singaraja people against Dutch colony. The 65cents stamp features the Merlion. The iconic Merlion is Singapore's most enduring symbol. The name of the half-lion, half-fish creature is a combination of both Singapore's ancient name "Temasek" (meaning "sea town") and original name "Singapura" (meaning "Lion City").
Next, we have a 80cents stamp showing Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park). Officially opened on 20 April 1975, it covers nearly 250 acres of area at the eastern side of Jakarta. The park is a summary of Indonesian culture, with virtually all aspects of daily life of each provinces of Indonesia encapsulated in separated pavilions with collection of architectures, clothing, dances and traditions.
The last stamp ($1.10) depicts Sentosa Island in Singapore. Sentosa was a British military fortress until 1967 when it was handed back to the newly independent Singapore government. In 1968, the government decided to develop the island into a holiday resort for local visitors and tourists. The public was invited to suggest names for the island and "Sentosa" - meaning peace and tranquillity in Malay - was eventually chosen for the island resort in 1972.

Today, Sentosa is Singapore's premier island resort getaway, visited by some five million people a year. It's attractions include a two-kilometre long sheltered beach, Fort Siloso, two golf courses and two five-star hotels, and the upcoming Resort Worlds at Sentosa, featuring the new theme park Universal Studios Singapore.

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