Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Kenya's Ceremonial Costumes Cover!

Just a short post on this busy wednesday to share with you an awesome Kenya cover received from Bhavin R.Gada. Thanks bro!
The lovely set of stamps franked on this cover belongs to the "Ceremonial costumes" series, issued in 2007.

It was postmarked on 23th Sept 2010 in Kenya and reached me on 29th Sept 2010 after traveling for about 7,661kms!

Monday, September 27, 2010

4 Lovely covers!!!!

Another nice surprise! This time from Cuba! In fact it is only my second cover from this Caribbean nation! A great thanks, Pablo!!
The stamps used on this cover belong to the 2008 "Cuba-Iran Joint Issue". The stamps feature a Ramsar site in each country, with the Ramsar Convention logo and the two countries’ national flags as the centre-piece. Featured are the Cienaga de Zapata Ramsar site in Cuba and the Anzali wetlands Ramsar site in Iran. The Iranian version of the stamp has the same images but with different wording.

Such a pity that these stamps were not postmarked. However an unclear postmark can be seen on the reverse side (this proves that the cover actually went through the postage system :))

In addition, Pablo enclosed a set of tiger stamps, issued in 2010 to commemorate the Year of the Tiger!

Although, Thailand is only 157km away from Singapore, it is rarely do I receive a cover from our ASEAN friend. Hence, I was extremely happy to receive one last week!

Terdsak Tublom used stamps from the "Bicentenary of the Demise of King Rama I of the Royal House of Chakri" series, issued on 06th April 2010. Thank you very much!

Rama I (20 March 1736 – 7 September 1809) was the founder and the first monarch of the reigning House of Chakri of Siam (now Thailand). He ascended the throne in 1782, after defeating a rebellion which had deposed King Taksin of Thonburi. He was also celebrated as the founder of Rattanakosin (now Bangkok) as the new capital of the reunited kingdom.
Rama I was born in the Kingdom of Ayutthaya, and had served King Taksin in wars against the Burmese Konbaung dynasty and helped him in the reunification of Siam. During this time he emerged as Siam's most powerful military leader. In 1782, he took control of Siam and crowned himself as the monarch.

The next 2 South African covers sent by D.Hazell show Train stamps from the "150th Anniversary of Railway" series (a continuation of his previous cover). Thank you so much!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

An awesome cover from Mongolia!

Extremely excited to receive this awesome cover from fellow ICCC member, Dashdondov J! Thank you very much! It is my second Mongolian cover!

The portrait stamp franked on the front of cover was issued in 2007 to commemorate the 780th Death Anniversary of Genghis Khan.

Genghis Khan (1162–1227) was the founder, Khan (ruler) and Khagan (emperor) of the Mongol Empire, which became the largest contiguous empire in history after his death.

He came to power by uniting many of the nomadic tribes of northeast Asia. After founding the Mongol Empire and being proclaimed "Genghis Khan", he started the Mongol invasions that would ultimately result in the conquest of most of Eurasia. These included raids or invasions of the Kara-Khitan Khanate, Caucasus, Khwarezmid Empire, Western Xia and Jin dynasties. These campaigns were often accompanied by wholesale massacres of the civilian populations - especially in Khwarezmia. By the end of his life, the Mongol Empire occupied a substantial portion of Central Asia and China.

Back of the cover shows stamps from the "Swans" series. They were issued in 1987.

This cover was posted from Ulan Bator or Ulaanbaatar, the capital and largest city of Mongolia on 10th Sept 2010 and took 11 days to reach me!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

My first cover from Aruba!

Many thanks to Rodel Evangelista for this great gift from Aruba! It is my first cover posted to me from this Caribbean island!

Located just 15 miles off the coast of Venezuela, Aruba enjoys a premium location outside the hurricane belt. Tons of beaches line Aruba’s coastline, ranging from the surfer’s beach to the family beach to the private romantic beaches hidden away from the crowds. The attractions extend far beyond the beaches. There are the coves of Andicuri and Dos Playa. The calm of the Conchi, or natural pool on the windward coast. Restaurants ranging from seafood to Oriental and lots of great places to shop – outlets, collector’s shops specialty and antiques shops boutiques – and many more.

Awesome isn't it? I am sure Rodel must have enjoyed this wonderful trip. The pair of triangular stamps franked on the top right corner belongs to the "Flower" series. They were issued in 2008.
We also have a Blue-and-yellow Macaw stamp from the "Parrots" series. Such a pity that the stamp was torn. Issued this year, the other stamps in this set depict a Yellow-shouldered Amazon and Scarlet Macaws.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

4 Covers to share!

Hey guys! Four lovely covers to share today!

An awesome set of 10 commemorative stamps was released on 25th June 2010 to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the 1st passenger train to be hauled in South Africa.
Once again, many thanks to D.Hazell for another great cover bearing 3 of these stamps.

The first stamp from the left shows 1860 “Natal” – the first locomotive to run in South Africa. The middle is 1948 Class 24 – the ultimate power on branch lines all over South Africa. And the corner right stamp depicts 1954 Class 25 Condensor. These 90 engines – the largest non-articulated steam locomotives in the world – were designed to re-use their water and savings up to 85% were recorded. No other country employed condensing engines on a scale as large as this.

Next is a beautiful cover from the Philippines, sent by John Paul B.Rodriguee (a new friend of this blog!) Thank you so much!

This cover bears a set of stamp from the "Deep Sea Lobsters of the Philippines" series. Issued on 30th Sept 2009, they show Northwest Reef Lobster, Two Spot Locust Lobster, Locust Lobster and Blind Lobster respectively.
The 2 identical stamps on the extreme left belong to the 2010 "Marine Life" series. They depict the Yellow Seahorse.

The third cover was sent by fellow ICCC member, Yves Lapointe from Canada. Thank you!

This awesome cover was franked with stamps from the "Endangered Species" series. To raise awareness about endangered species, Canada Post issued three sets of stamps featuring Canadian creatures at risk of extinction from 2006-2008.

According to the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC), there are more than 500 plant and animal species currently at risk in Canada. The homes of our wildlife are withering away at an alarming pace due to human activities like development, deforestation and pollution.

The last cover for the day was sent from the State of Qatar by Rodel P.Evangelista. Thank you!
The stamps belong to the "FIFA World Cup" series, issued in 2002.
The 2002 FIFA World Cup was the 17th staging of the FIFA World Cup, co-hosted by South Korea and Japan from 31 May to 30 June.
It was also the first World Cup held in Asia, and the last in which the golden goal rule was implemented. Brazil won the tournament for a record fifth time, beating Germany 2–0 in the final. Turkey beat Korea Republic 3–2 in the third place match.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Queen's Baton Relay Cover!

Many thanks to fellow blogger, Jeevan Jyoti for this wonderful First Day Cover commemorating the launch of the Queen's Baton Relay on 25 June 2010!
The Queen's Baton Relay, similar to the Olympic Torch Relay, is a relay around the world held prior to the beginning of the Commonwealth Games. The Baton carries a message from the Head of the Commonwealth, currently Queen Elizabeth II. The Relay traditionally begins at Buckingham Palace in London as a part of the city's Commonwealth Day festivities. The Queen entrusts the baton to the first relay runner. At the Opening Ceremony of the Games, the final relay runner hands the baton back to the Queen or her representative, who reads the message aloud to officially open the Games.

The baton contained 71 lights on the front, representing the 71 member nations of the Commonwealth Games Federation. A video camera built into the front of the baton recorded continuously as the baton travelled, and a GPS tracker was fitted, so that the baton's location could be viewed live on the Commonwealth Games Website.
The 2010 Queen's Baton was built from Aluminium, Gold with a 18 Carat gold leaf carrying the Queen's message.


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