Tuesday, March 30, 2010

I am back!

Hi everybody, it has been a while since I last updated this blog. Thousand Apologies! I was in Taipei, ROC for a short break. It was an awesome city!

Received lots of nice covers during this short absence. Today, I shall share with you guys 2 of them.

The first cover travelled from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is my new country #86!! Many thanks to Rodel Evangelista for your help!

This cover was franked with 2 bird definitive stamps, issued in 2009 and 2003 respectively. They feature the UAE’s national bird, "The falcon".

Said Dr Sleiman Najm Khalaf, a heritage expert at the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, the falcon stands for valour and chivalry; a bird that fights for itself, that hunts for its food with elegance and ferocity.

The second cover for today was posted from England. The extreme left stamp belongs to the 1987 Europa series, entitled "British Architects in Europe ". The four stamps in this set depict Willis Faber and Dumas Building, Ipswich (18p), Pompidou Centre, Paris (22p), Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart (31p) & European Investment Bank, Luxembourg (34p).

Next, we have a beautiful Barn Owl stamp from the Millennium Projects (1st Series). "Above and Beyond" issue, released on 18 Jan 2000.

Franked on the top right corner is a stamp issued on 12 August 1981 to commemorate the "25th Anniversary of Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme". The stamps in this series depict 'Expeditions' (14p), 'Skills' (18p), 'Service' (22p) & 'Recreation' (25p).

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (or DofE), is a programme of activities that can be undertaken by anyone aged 14 to 25, regardless of personal ability. DofE programmes can on average take anywhere between 1 year and 3/4 years to complete, depending upon the route taken, and around 275,000 participants are taking part in their DofE Programme at any time in the United Kingdom. It began in the United Kingdom and is popular in the Commonwealth. The Award is also run in other countries by the International Award Association.

The 2 stamps on the bottom row belong to "Gallantry - 50th Anniversary of the George Cross" series, issued on 11 Sept 1990 and "English Medieval Embroidery" Christmas series, issued on 24 Nov 1976.

The Christmas stamps in this set depict "Virgin and Child" (6½p), "Angel with Crown" (8½p), "Angel appearing to Shepherds" (11p) & "The Three Kings" (13p). That's all folks! See you soon!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Bhutan's world first CD-ROM stamp covers!!

I trust everyone had a great weekend! As promised, here are 2 registered covers franked with Bhutan's first issue of world's first CD-ROM postage stamps that I bought on eBay. They were posted from the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu to Kolkata in India.

Issued in 2008, the Bhutan government hopes that this computer-age stamp, which is also the first to feature a documentary about a country, will help educate people in the country and outside it about environmental, cultural and economic sustainability.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Bhutan's CD-ROM stamp cover!!

In the world of Philately, the Kingdom of Bhutan in the Eastern Himalayas is well known for its innovative and exquisite postage stamps.

On 21st February 2009 coinciding with the 29th Birthday of His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the 5th Druk Gyalpo of the Kingdom of Bhutan, Bhutan Post issued its second issue in a series of world's first CD-ROM postage stamps. These stamps are mini-CDs that fit into exquisitely decorated, self-adhesive envelopes. When affixed to a larger envelope, the CD-ROM stamp can be used as postage. When inserted into a computer, the CD-ROM plays an 8-minute video about Bhutan
"Bhutan: Voting for Happiness" illustrates the country's peaceful transition from heredity monarchy to constitutional democracy. "Bhutan: Coronation 2008" documents the coronation of Bhutan's new king, His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. The colorful stamps illustrate Bhutan's recent history for all time.

But have you ever wonder whether these extraordinary stamps can really be used for posting? Well! today, I received one such "rare" cover sent registered from an eBayer.
This cover actually bears the logo of India Post on the barcode label attached to it. Ms. Jyoti of Rainbow Stamp Club explained, "the India Post and Bhutanese Govt. has mutual arrangement for forwarding of foreign mails' originated from Bhutan.....the mails go to New Delhi from Bhutan, and then to destinations with Indian personnel's help with Indian labels for records." Interesting!

According to an article, it is rare for the Bhutan stamps being used in country and most letters mailed from Bhutan are mostly from tourists writing home about their travels in this beautiful little kingdom . So its safe to say that only up to 30% of all the Bhutan stamps ever printed and issued are ever used as regular postage and the ones that are , are in big demand for the rare cancellation marks of the Bhutan Postal Service .

On my next posting, I shall share with you another 2 covers also with CD-ROM postage stamps that I bought on the eBay. Till then, have a great day!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

My Second Argentine Cover!

Received this cover from an eBayer. It was sent registered from the capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires on 17th Feb and took 16 days to reach me. The stamps on the cover belong to the "Indigenous Culture" definitive series, issued in 2000.
That's all for today. See you guys soon!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

South Africa FIFA World Cup cover!

South Africa has the honor to host this coming FIFA World Cup, scheduled to take place between 11 June and 11 July 2010. This will be the first time that the tournament has been hosted by an African nation, after South Africa beat Morocco and Egypt in an all-African bidding process. This decision left the Oceania Football Confederation as the only confederation yet to host the FIFA World Cup.

To commemorate the special occasion, South Africa postal service (SAPO) recently released a minature sheet for its International Airmail Small Letter postage. This lovely M/S can be seen on the latest cover sent by Dudley Hazell. Thank you so much!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Another lovely Hong Kong cover

Hi everybody! Hope you guys are enjoying your weekend! Today, I would like to share this lovely cover posted from Hong Kong, China. Many thanks to Kevin Tse!
The first stamp from the left belongs to the "Hong Kong Attractions " series, issued on 3rd Feb 2004. It features the famous Victoria Harbour.

Well known for its spectacular views, the harbour is a major tourist attraction of Hong Kong. Lying in the middle of the territory's dense urban region, the harbour is the site of annual fireworks displays and its promenades are popular gathering places for tourists and residents.

The other 20 stamps in this issue depict Museum of Tea Ware, St John's Cathedral, Legislative Council Building, Tai Fu Tai, Wong Tai Sin Temple, Hong Kong Railway Museum, Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower, Hong Kong Stadium, Western Market, Happy Valley Racecourse, Kowloon-Canton Railway, Repulse Bay, Chi Lin Nunnery, The Peak Tower, Buddha at Po Lin Monastery, Aw Boon Haw Gardens, Tsing Ma Bridge, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre and lastly, Hong Kong International Airport.

The stamp franked on the right corner was issued on 23th May 1999. Entitled "Hong Kong Public Road Transport", this set of five special stamps depicts five different modes of public road transport available in Hong Kong. They are buses ($1.30 stamp); mini-buses ($2.40 stamp); tram ($2.50 stamp); taxi ($2.60 stamp); and Airport Express ($3.10 stamp).
What is worth mentioning is the beautiful postmark bearing an aeroplane with the words "Airport" and "Hong Kong" both in English & Mandarin. I am guessing that this cover was posted from Hong Kong Airport Post Office.

Friday, March 5, 2010

An awesome Aussie cover!

G'day, mate! Just a short posting for today to share with you this beauty received from Down Under, Australia!

The cute cartoon stamp was issued on 2nd Oct 2001. Entitled "Wild Babies", this series depicts the unique Australian animals such as Kangaroo, Possum, Koala, Bilby, Wombat, Platypus & Cockatoo.

The other 2 stamps belong to the "Australian Botanic Gardens" series, issued on 12 September 2007.
See ya!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

New country #85!


Today, I add another new country to my cover & postcard collection! My #85 from Bulgaria! Thanks very much, Savash Suleyman for your great help!

The 3 identical stamps franked on the top of this awesome cover belong to the "Panagyurishte Treasures" definitive series, issued on 15 Nov 1999.
The Panagyurishte Treasure is a Thracian treasure excavated on 8 December 1949 by three brothers, Pavel, Petko and Michail Deikovs who worked together at the region of “Merul” tile factory near the town of Panagyurishte, Bulgaria. It consists of a phiale, an amphora and seven rhytons with total weight of 6.164 kg of 23-karat gold. All of the objects are richly and skilfully decorated with scenes of Thracian myths, customs and life.
It is dated from the 4th-3rd centuries BC, and is thought to have been used as a royal ceremonial set by the Thracian king Seuthes III. As one of the best known surviving artifacts of Thracian culture, the treasure has been displayed at various museums around the world. When not on a tour, the treasure is the centerpiece of the Thracian art collection of the Plovdiv Archaeological Museum.
The colorful stamp franked on the top right corner was issued on 06 July 2007. It is one of four commemorative stamps from the "Plants of the Eastern Balkan" series.

The Balkans is a geopolitical and cultural region of southeastern Europe. The region takes its name from the Balkan Mountains, which run through the centre of Bulgaria into eastern Serbia. The region has a combined area of 550,000 km2 and a population of about 55 million people.

Lastly, the gorgeous stamp franked on the left belongs to the "Night Butterflies" definitive series. It was released on 15 Jan 2004.

This cover was postmarked on 18 Feb 2010 in Kurdjali, Bulgaria and took 14 days to travel an estimated distance of 8927kms to reach me.

Before i end this posting, I appeal to you to help me fulfill my philatelc wish of having at least a cover or postcard from every country or issuing entity by sending me one from your country. (the more the merrier! :)) In return, I would love to send you one from Singapore. Thanks everyone!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Indonesian Folktales cover!

Just a short posting to thanks Sigit Adi Buwono for this lovely FDC posted from the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta.

Entitled "Terusan Nusa" from the Indonesian Folktales Series, this cover was issued on 02nd Feb 2001.
It took 9 days to travel an estimated distance of 912kms to reach me.

That's all folks! Enjoy ur day!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tiger cover from Malaysia!

Received this beautiful FDC posted from Ipoh, Malaysia! Courtesy of fellow blogger, Khor Kok Keong, thank you very much bro!

On 23rd Feb 2010, Pos Malaysia and her South Korean counterpart released a joint stamp issue to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Malaysia-Korea Diplomatic Relations. The subject used in the joint issue is tiger.

Two tiger stamps with denomination of 50 sen were issued - one stamp depicts Korean Tiger (also known as Siberian tiger) and the other one on Malayan tiger. The Korean tiger and Malayan tiger are different subspecies of tiger. The Korean tiger is the largest tiger subspecies distributed from Russia to Korea. On the other hand, the Malayan tiger is the smallest tiger subspecies confined to Peninsular Malaysia.

These tiger stamps are absolutely beautiful which coincide the year of tiger.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Russian regions cover!

Many thanks to Kochetkov Pavel for this awesome cover posted from Moscow, Russia!! Simply love it!

The stamps franked on this cover were issued on 21 August to showcase the six lovely Russian regions. They depicts (L-R, top-bottom) Altay region, Vologda redion, Irkutsk region, The Novosibirsk Region, The Orel Region & Rostov region.
This cover took 14 days to reach me.

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