Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Thief junks valuable stamps

Saw this interesting article so I thought I would share with you...

(Singapore Straits Time, 05 August 2010): Sorting his loot after a burglarly, Matthew Ong Joo Wah kept the S$180,000 (US$132,714) in cash and foreign currencies, the two Rolex watches worth a total S$11,000 (US$8,184), and threw away four albums containing old China stamps, which he thought was worthless.

Only after he was arrested about two weeks later, did he learn that the stamps were valued at S$100,000 (US$73,730). By then, they could not be found.

The 30-year old pleaded guilty to three counts of housebreaking on Thursday. As he had several previous convictions for theft and cheating, District Judge Sarjit Singh called for corrective training and preventive detention reports. Such longer and tougher detention is meant for seasoned offenders.

The court heard that at 12pm on 11 March 2010, Ong noticed that an apartment at Le Meritt condominium in Telok Kurau appeared unoccupied. He sneaked in after forcing open the balcony's sliding doors.

Finding a safe in a bedroom, he wrapped it in a blanket and carried to his car. After he forced the safe open, he kept the money, the watches but disposed off the stamp albums at the rubbish collection point.

Ong then went to Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), where he sold the watches to an illegal secondhand dealer and gambled some of the money away. The next day, he flew off to Vietnam with his Vietnamese girlfriend. There he gave her S$6,000.

He was arrested at the Causeway checkpoint upon his return on 26 March 2010. Cash amounting to S$113,400 (US$83,609) was recovered from him.

Ong also admitted to breaking into two other homes and stealing a total of S$17,000 (US$12,534) in cash and S$25,000 (US$18,428) worth of jewellery and watches. He sold off the stolen items and then gambled away the money at RWS.

Semi-postal cover from Turkey!

Recently, Turkish Post issued a lovely set of semi-postal stamps featuring two different types of locomotives. Great thanks to our fellow philatelist cum artist friend, Ahmet Demir for sending me this great cover franked with both stamps!
Ahmet also used 5 semi-postal stamps from the 1973 "Export Products" series on the back of cover. It is a pity that they are not postmarked!
What is a semi-postal Stamp?
A semi-postal stamp is a postal stamp issued to raise money for some purpose (such as a charitable cause) and thus sold over and above the cost of postage. Typically the stamp shows two denominations separated by a plus sign, but in many cases the only denomination shown is for the postage rate, and the postal customer simply pays the higher price when purchasing the stamps.


History of semi-postals
The first semi-postal was actually a postal card; to commemorate the Uniform Penny Post in 1890, the United Kingdom issued a card with a face value of one penny, but sold it for sixpence, with the difference given to a fund for postal workers.

The first semi-postal stamps were issued by the Australian colonies of New South Wales and Victoria, who both marked the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897 with stamps denominated in pennies, but sold for shillings, a 12x increase over the face value!

Monday, August 30, 2010

2 Neat Slovak Covers!

Received these 2 neat covers from Slovakia. Once again many thanks to Robert Brnka!
The first cover shows stamps from the "Seven Saints" series, issued on 27 Sept 2010.

The second cover features stamps from the "Sights of our Homeland" series. Issued on 18 June 2010, they depict Castle Betliar and Castle of Topoľčianky respectively.
The extreme right stamp is pre-printed inscribed "T2 50 g", which corresponds to the postage for a second class letter up to 50 grammes in the domestic service.

AWESOME aren't they?

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Many covers to share!

Trust you guys are well! Here I have many awesome covers to share!

My first cover from Venezuela! Many thanks to Jesus Moret Y Ferrer! The lovely stamps are from the "Bicentennial Independence of Venezuela" series, issued in 2009.

Next is a wonderful cover posted from Vancouver, Canada! Courtesy of Kang Wei Xie! The set of 4 beautiful stamps belongs to the "Roadside Attractions" series, issued on 05th July 2010.

Once again many thanks to Koh Kok Keong for yet another beautiful FDC from Malaysia! Released on 31 July 2010, the cover features stamps from the "Grand Knight of Valour" series.
A lovely cover posted from USA! This time from Buck Creek, Indiana. Thank you very much, Tim Schenpp! Yes, I would send you a cover from Singapore soon!
Posted on 02 August 2010 in Bursa, Turkey, this gorgeous cover bears stamps from the "Railway Station Buildings" and "World Environment Day" series. They were issued on 15 October 2008 and 05 June 2008 respectively. Many thanks to Baris Yakar!
Last but not least is an awesome cover posted from Gujarat, India! Great thanks to Shrikant Modh! The stamps belong to the "XIX Commonwealth Games" series.

The Games are scheduled to be held in Delhi, India between 3 October and 14 October 2010. It will be the first time that the Commonwealth Games is going to be held in India and the second time the event has been held in Asia (after 1998 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).
That's all folks! Have a great weekend!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Latest Youth Olympic Games Stamps!

The first-ever Youth Olympic Games will be held in Singapore which starts from 14 to 26 August 2010 (Beginning tomorrow!). Young athletics aged between 14 and 18 years, will complete in 26 sports and take part in a culture and education programme.

To celebrate this special event, Singpost is releasing another set of four beautiful stamps (This is the third stamp issue timed to commemorate the start of the inaugural YOG!).

The stamps come in a set of four designs featuring Singapore YOG mascots, Lyo and Merly
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The first two designs highlight the World Culture Village and Island Adventure formats of CEP. Athletes will learn diverse cultures, teamwork and leadership through these two activities. The other two designs show Lyo and Merly engaging in the sports of swimming and basketball. Lovely!

The stamps are valued at 1st local (S$0.26), S$0.65, S$1.10 and S$2.00 respectively. (1 Singapore dollar equals about US$0.73)

I will be using these stamps on my next covers to my friends. Hopes they will help to spread the Olympic spirit in a fun way!

Talk to you guys again soon. Bye!

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