Saturday, April 3, 2010

5 Asian covers!

Today, I have an all-Asian lineup of covers to share.

The first 2 FDC, entitled "Malaysian Fern" were issued on 10th March 2010. All thanks to Khor Kok Keong for sending over these 2 amazing covers!

Due to Malaysia's hot and wet climate, hundreds of fern species can be found in the rainforest of this Southeast Asian country. Some ferns grow clinging onto tree limbs without doing any harm to the host trees (know as epiphytes), while the others grow upright from the forest floor or creep over rocks. In the jungle, tree ferns grow like giant umbrellas on sticks up to 10 metres with 4-metre long leaves.

Ferns are easily distinguished from other plants by the fact that they are non-flowering plants which do not produce fruits not seeds , and they reproduce by spores. They can be of various sizes and can grow on the soil, on plants as well as on rocks. They are also very interesting plants due to the new leaves which typically expand by the unrolling of a light spiral, the different pattern and designs of the leaves as well as the patterns of the sporangia at the end, surface or sides of the leaf (often referred to as frond) which differs according to the fern species.

Ferns are not as important economically but in the jungle, the ferns play an important role as a thick ground cover, preventing erosion and invade areas where trees have fallen. Some ferns are edible by humans either raw or cooked, some used as traditional medicine while other fern plants and trees are used for landscape and decorative purposes.

The 5 se-tenant stamps depict the edible Tunjuk Langit (Helminthostachys zeylanica), long creeping Paku miding (Stenochlaena palustris), Tanduk Rusa (Platyceriun coronarium) which grows hanging onto branches of high trees in the jungle, creeping ground fern Resam (Dicranopteris linearis) and lastly, Paku Sungai (Diplazium esculentum) which can be found growing on wet ground and along stream banks.
The beautiful minature sheet completes the set.
In addition, Kok Keong also sent me this lovely "Local Markets" FDC, issued on March 2010.

Visiting the local market in any state in Malaysia is a good way to discover the way of life of the people from that state. Each market from the different states has different culture, way of life and unique characteristics.

The se-tenant stamps show Pasar Siti Khadijah in Kelantan and Pasar Kraf Tangan of Sabah.

Pasar Siti Khadijah, originally known as Pasar Buluh Kubu is the central market located in the heart of Kota Bahru. Its name was changed to the name of the first wife of Prophet Muhammad who was a businesswoman, as the market is mainly made up of female traders.

The market is in an octagon shaped building consisting of four levels which specialize in different areas. The lower floor specializes in wet food such as fish, vegetables, poultry and so on. The first level specializes in dry food such as spices, serunding, local sweets, keropok and dodol. There are also food stalls selling popular Kelantanese food such as ayam percik, ikan percik, nasi kerabu, nasi berlauk, nasi dagang and laksam. The famous traditional sweets such as tahi itik, akak, jala mas, buah tanjung and others are also available on this level. The second level specializes in non-edible items such as kain batik, batik clothing, head gear and muslim women and other household items.
Pasar Kraf Tangan situated in the city of Kota Kinabalu is more popularly known as Filipino Market among the locals and tourists. This is due to it s history of selling only handicrafts from the Philippines. However, it has since developed and now also offers handicraft and souvenirs from other Asian countries as well. Kain Sarung batik, rattan carpet, calligraphy carvings, crystal and pearls are amongst the popular items in this market.

The fourth cover, also a FDC, this time posted from India! Courtesy of Jeevan Jyoti. Thank you very much!

The stamp franked on the top right corner belongs to the "The Silent Valley" series, released on 15th Nov 2009. The park is one of the last undisturbed tracts of South Western Ghats montane rain forests and tropical moist evergreen forest in India.

The portrait stamps on this cover depict father of India, Mahatma Gandhi (100p), Dr. B.R.Ambedkhar (200p), who tried to turn the Wheel of the Law toward social justice for all and the 7th Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi (500p), who was the youngest Prime Minister of India when he took office (at the age of 40).
Also worth noting is the special StampMania 2009 postmark.Next is a Cécogramme cover posted from Zhou Ning, People Republic of China. Thank you, Zhou Fan!

Cécogramme refers to a letter or a package containing documents sent or received by visually impaired people or by assisting organizations. Identified by a special label, it can be sent at a special postage rate. In this case, 1.20 yuan (0.25 Singapore dollar or 0.176 USD) to send registered!

The stamp was issued on 08th March 2010 to commemorate the "Centennial Anniversary of International Women's Day".
That's all folks! Enjoy your weekend!

1 comment:

  1. Its great to see one of the special cover of Stamp Mania 2009. Do you know there are three more covers issued at Stamp Mania. you can check it at



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