Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Rabbit stamp from Malaysia!

The Year of Rabbit is just around the corner (beginning 3rd Feb!). The Rabbit is the fourth animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac.

People born in the year of Rabbit (1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999) are usually kind and sweet and of course, popular people. Nobody ignores them, for they are good company and know how to make the best of themselves.

A rabbit's home is always a beautiful one cause Rabbit people are famous for their artistic sense and good taste. They are also usually well-dressed. Go check out your Rabbit friend's closet, I bet you will find many expensive and beautiful clothing there.

But even though they are popular and loved by their friends and family, rabbit people are also pessimistic. They are conservative and insecure, and that explains why most of the them don't like changes.

To mark the Year of Rabbit, Malaysia Pos issued a set of 3 lovely stamps entitled "Children's Pets" on 18th Jan 2011. These stamps feature a rabbit (of cos!), a cat and a dog, with face values of 60sen, 80sen and RM1 respectively.

Here is a lovely FDC sent by fellow blogger, Khor Kok Keong. Thanks very much!!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

A lovely Swiss cover!!

Sharing with you today is a lovely Swiss cover. Many thanks to Vural Oguz!
On 28th Nov 2008, Swiss Post released two special stamps devoted to Concrete Art. One of the stamps can be seen on this cover (right corner). The term "concrete art" was first introduced by Theo van Doesburg in his "Manifesto of Concrete Art" (1930). In his understanding, this form of abstractionism must be free of any symbolical association with reality, arguing that lines and colors are concrete by themselves.

In support of Pro Patria's work, Swiss Post issued a set of 4 stamps titled "Historical monuments of Switzerland" to raise funds.
Released on 10th May 2005, the stamps feature Rotach houses, Zurich (CHF0.85+0.40) which is the middle stamp on the cover, Monte Carasso Abbey, TI (CHF 0.85+0.40), St. Katharinental Abbey, Diessenhofen TG (CHF1.00+0.50) & Palais Wilson, Geneva (CHF1.00+0.50).
To make up for the postage, Vural used an ATM stamp (5c) which is part of a series of four stamps, devoted to different postal transport means. Issued on 20th Sept 2001, each of these four stamps includes one of the letters of the word "Post", the letter "S" is shown here.

Also worthy of mention are the lovely postmarks from Geuensee, with the St. Wendelin Chapel, on 13rd January 2011.

This cover took just 6 days to reach Singapore.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

My first cover from Luxembourg!

Many great thanks to Arturo Sparapano for offering my first cover from Luxembourg! The stamp on the right shows Grand Duchess Charlotte (1896-1985) and the second one features the present Grand Duke Henry.

Today Luxembourg is the only remaining grand duchy. It has been a grand duchy since 1815 when the Netherlands became an independent kingdom and Luxembourg was handed over to the King of the Netherlands, William I. Luxembourg remained in personal union with the Netherlands crown until 1890 when William III, King of the Netherlands and Grand Duke of Luxembourg, died without leaving a male heir, so that in the Netherlands he was succeeded by his daughter Wilhelmina and, in the Luxembourgish Grand Duchy, by a distant male cousin, Duke Adolf of Nassau who became HRH Grand Duke Adolphe—an arrangement necessitated by Salic law being applicable to Luxembourg but not to the Netherlands.

Monday, January 10, 2011

A bird cover from Spain!

Here is a cover related to two of my interests, Philately and Aviculture (my latest hobby! :))
Many thanks to Antonio Crespo for this awesome bird cover from Spain! The stamps on this cover belong to the flora and fauna series which feature 3 common species widespread in Europe; The Great Tit, European Greenfinch and Common Kestrel.

I shall end here by sharing with you guys my pet birds. Adiós!

'Rainbow' my talking Scarlet Macaw!

'Zazu' and 'Mr Horn', Toco Toucans from South America!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Hi Everyone!!

Happy New Year! How time flies! It has been 3 months since this blog was updated. I do not want to give any excuses.

During that period of time, I received tons of awesome covers! Many thanks!!
Regret that I managed to reply to them only yesterday. Thousand apologies!

The first cover that I am sharing was posted from Argentina by Cernjul Viviana. Gracias!
The beautiful set of reptiles stamps was issued in 2002. One of the stamps depicts a Red-footed tortoise, a native of South America which can be found in Argentina.

To make up for the postage, Viviana used a 50c stamp from the "Indigenous Culture" definitive series.

The second cover was sent by Devashish Ruthia from Dubai, U.A.E.! Shukran Jazilan!!

Devashish used a beautiful YOG souvenir sheet for the postage. Issued in 2010, it commemorates the inaugural Youth Olympic Games which was held in my country, Singapore.

Next, we have another awesome cover posted from France. This time from Francois Leboucher. Merci!
This cover was franked with a souvenir sheet dedicated to Charles de Gaulle, one of France most well known statemen. He was French leader during WW2 and fought against the Nazi Germany. He was elected President of France (1959-1969) and died on 9 Nov 1970.

The 4 portrait stamps belongs to the "Marianne" definitive series.

The last cover that I am sharing for today was posted from South Africa. Many thanks to D.Hazell!!

On 23 Sept 2010, South African Post offiice issued five stamps to celebrate one of South Africa's most fascinating regions, the Richtersveld.

These stamps feature the animals, birds, people and plants of the region. Costing R2,40 each, the postage for a standard domestic letter.

That's all for today! Talk to you guys soon. Bye!


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