Postage stamp honours Steve Irwin

Recently, the Australian magazine New Idea! teamed up with the Australian Post to create a stamp to commemorate the late Steve Irwin, a famous Australian wildlife expert and television personality.


From News.com.au

The late Crocodile Hunter has been immortalised on a new commemorative stamp, brought out just in time to celebrate Steve Irwin Day.

The stamp features a New Idea magazine commemorative cover of Irwin, his two children Bindi and Bob – and a large snake – which was originally published shortly after his death last September.

The stamp is the second joint venture between Australia Post and New Idea, after the two previously collaborated on a souvenir stamp featuring Hollywood couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

Asked by the magazine to nominate a second celebrity for another set of stamps, the public overwhelmingly voted for the late world-famous but home-grown wildlife warrior.

“We were overwhelmed with the response to the public poll and happy to be able to support New Idea in this initiative,” Australia Post’s Michael Zsolt said.

“This is the first time that an Australian magazine cover has been made available to the general public on an Australia Post stamp product.”

The Brangelina stamp was not available for public sale, unlike the Irwin one which can be purchased in 10 x 50 cent stamp sheets from Australia Post outlets or directly from New Idea.

It is available for sale from today, just in time for the inaugural Steve Irwin Day on November 14.

Proceeds from the stamps will go to Irwin’s conservation charity, Wildlife Warriors.

As you can see, the actual stamp is the stamp with a Kangaroo. The pictures of Steve Irwin and his family are merely supplements to the actual stamp.

Related Links:
http://news.com.au – Postage stamp honours Steve Irwin
Australia Post Stamp Shop – Buy the stamp online!

Golden Jubilee Celebration of Independence of Malaysia

In conjunction with our country’s 50th national day celebration, Pos Malaysia has issued new set of stamps commemorating the same.


It’s also our current Prime Minister, Abdullah Badawi’s first time appearing in Malaysian stamps
Credits: http://www.pos.com.my
Further to the stamps, Pos Malaysia has issued a set of 3 stamps made of pure gold.



At RM16,800 a set!
Pos Malaysia – Golden Jubilee Celebration of Independence of Malaysia
Related Links
AllMalaysia.info – Stamps to mark golden jubilee
The Star – Stamped into Memory
p/s In AllMalaysia.info – Stamps to mark golden jubilee namely the part where they said, “The third stamp will remain a surprise until it is made available to the public”. I think the third stamp is the stamp above. If you don’t know the background of the above stamp, it was the first stamp issued under the name of Malaysia in 1963.
I have a stamps catalogue of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. I’m a g33k 😛

Harry Potter Stamps

Harry Potter is out tonight in Malaysia!

In conjunction with the release of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows™, the seventh and final Harry Potter book, Royal Mail has issued a stamps which featured covers of the seven books.


Get it @ Royal Mail Website

United Kingdom is not the only country that has issued stamps depicting Harry Potter and the relevant characters. A search on Ebay reveals that the following countries have issued such stamps:


Taiwan


The Netherlands


France


Australia

Types of Stamps in Malaysia

In Malaysia, there are 3 types of stamps:
(1) Commemorative stamps
(2) Definitive stamps
(3) Special stamps

Malaysia’s Commorative stamp commorating the SEA Games.
Commemorative stamps are stamps designed to commemorate a particular event

Malaysia’s latest definite stamp.
Definitive stamps are stamps mainly for the everyday payment of postage. They often have less appealing designs than commemoratives. These are your usual Malaysian palm oil stamps. I usually throw them into the rubbish bins. And those plans to buy stamps for me, please, please, don’t buy me definitive stamps. They belong to the rubbish bin (although some experts may differ).

One of Malaysia’s national cars – Gen 2
Special stamps in Malaysia are stamps issued to represent uniqueness of a the country.
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commision has set up a guideline for the issuance of stamps in Malaysia. The said guideline can be downloaded here (In Malay language only)
It’s quite an interesting piece to read. It is noted that for Special Stamps, any prominent figures (except for the Sultan and Agong) therein must be, among others, Malaysian and is dead. If I’m not mistaken, USA has the same rule as well.

The late P. Ramlee, Malaysia’s most well known actor.
Recently, Malaysia issued stamps commemorating the Visit Malaysia Year 2007.


Malaysian women and food. YUMMY!!
During the launch of the stamps, 2 of my colleagues followed me to the launch. They were pretty amazed with the design. One of them said,
“Wow, I didn’t know Malaysia has such nice stamps!”.
Me: 😀
Then she added,
“You damn weird la, collect stamps. I’m going to tell my boss”
O__O||||
[Credits: all pictures above are obtained from the website of http://www.pos.com.my]

Sweet and Sour Pork

Those who knows me for long, would know that my dinner is usually sweet and sour pork. My favourite! Those who reads this website often know I love stamps.

Now God has combined both of my favourite things into one thing, A SWEET AND SOUR PORK STAMP!!

ZOMG!!!!

Stamps released in China to celebrate the Year of the Pig taste of sweet and sour pork.

The stamps on sale in China to celebrate the country’s New Year. The stamps taste of sweet and sour pork.

When you scratch the front of the stamps, it smells of the popular Chinese dish and when the back of the stamp is licked it tastes of the dish too.

The stamps are on sale in China ahead of their New Year on February 18, reports Metro.

Royal Mail launched Britain’s first scratch ‘n’ sniff stamp in 2001 – they gave off eucalyptus aromas.

Source: http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_2150217.html?menu=

Thanks Sow for the link

Beatles covers on upcoming UK stamps

Yesterday,
All my troubles seemed so far away,
Now it looks as though they’re here to stay,
Oh, I believe in yesterday.

aaa.. My favourite Beatles track.
On 9 January 2007, the UK Royal Mail will be launching stamps with the covers of the now defunct 1960s Beatles band .

The Beatles are to appear on a set of stamps featuring images of their most famous album covers.

The collection of six stamps includes covers of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Abbey Road, Revolver, Let It Be and With The Beatles.

The stamps will go on sale in January 2007 as a tribute to the band.

A Royal Mail spokesman said: “The Beatles special stamps promise to be a big hit with fans the world over when they go on sale.”
He continued: “Royal Mail is featuring some 1st Class Beatles album covers to commemorate the UK band that stands for all that’s great in popular culture.”

Source:- http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/merseyside/5339284.stm
Buy the Beatles Stamps @ Royalmail.co.uk!

DC Comics Super Heroes Stamps 2006

Sarah of sarahian.blogspot.com bought me the DC Comics Super Heroes stamps while she was in the USA.


THANKS ALOT !

Ten comic book heroes are saluted on the “DC Comics Super Heroes” stamps. Half of the pane of 20 are portraits of the characters; the other half shows individual comic book covers devoted to their exploits. The characters include Aquaman, Batman, The Flash, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Plastic Man, Supergirl, Superman and Wonder Woman.

Buy online!

Great Xmas gift for g33kz.

I doubt Malaysia would have such stamps in the near future as we do not have many super heroes. The only super hero I could think of is Cicak man.

Note: Please note that the above stamp is not to be distributed or sold or used for postal purposes. It is merely for illustration purposes.

Under Section 33 of the Malaysian Postal Services Act 1991 (“the Act”), any person who-
(a) makes or knowingly utters, deals in, hawks, distributes, or sells any fictitious stamp or knowingly uses for postal purposes any fictitious stamp;
(b) has in his possession without lawful excuse any fictitious stamp;
(c) makes, or without lawful excuse has in his possession, any dye, plate, instrument or materials for making any fictitious stamp; or
(d) makes, issues or sends by post any stamped or embossed envelope, wrapper, card, form or paper in imitation of one issued under the authority of the licensee,
shall be guilty of an offence and shall, on conviction, be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or to a fine, or to both.

Under Section 2 of the Act, “fictitious stamp” means any facsimile or imitation or representation, whether on paper or otherwise, of any postage stamp purporting to denote any rate of postage including any stamp purporting to denote a rate of postage of any other country;

World Cup 2006 .. stamps.

As you all know, Germany World Cup 2006 is coming to an end. Host country, Germany is out and now we’re left with France and Italy. Both are not my favourite teams. My favourite teams, Brazil, Germany, England and Japan/Korea are all long gone. I don’t think I will stay up till 2AM on Monday just to watch the finals. Mad ah no need to work ah?

Anyway, I received a letter from an associate in Indonesia. On their envelope. it has stamps commemorating the Germany World Cup 2006! Since when Indonesia has something to do with the world cup?
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So I did further search on the net to see what other countries issued stamps commemorating the Germany World Cup 2006.

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Germany herself of course.

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England

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Mexico

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Ukraine

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Montenegro

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Croatia

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France – NO WAY. NOOOO BLOODY WAY THEY WILL LIFT THE CUP. MY RM10 AND A JAPANESE MEAL ARE AT STAKE!

Like Indonesia, countries like China, Belgium and Qatar issued stamps commemorating the world cup although they are not finalist for the World Cup 2006.

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China

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Thailand’s King Bhumibol’s 60th Anniversary to the Throne

Due to King Bhumibol’s 60th Anniversary to the throne, the Thailand postal has issued a stamp commemorating the event. I’ve tried getting hold of it but unfortunately my colleague and my Dad couldn’t get it for me. Bah.

2 weeks back, my Dad was in Thailand for a week. He told me that his Thai colleagues were all donning yellow tshirts that said “We Love our King” to celebrate King Bhumibol’s 60th Anniversary to the throne.

Royal fever sweeps Thailand for king’s anniversary

Fellow Malaysian blogger Ken blogged about the Thai’s reaction towards the King’s 60th Anniversary. Good read!

The King of Thailand, More than a Monarch (Have a read)

On the 10th of June 2006, it was the King accession to the throne for 60 years and he is the one and only King in this world who has ruled and served the nation for the longest period of time. The celebration for the King was known as the Diamond Jubilee, marking his accession. According to local radios and tvs, all monarchs from every country flew in to Thailand and all hotels along the Chao Phraya river bank was fully booked by tourists to witness this massive event which held along the river.

The King of Thailand King Bhumibol Adulyadej was born in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1927 and is the third and youngest son of Their Royal Highness Prince Mahidol of Songkla.The King of Thai may be an ordinary person but he is a King with extraordinary love, passion and devotion for the people of Thailand and Thailand itself. King Bhumibol took part in most of the projects for areas or places where tragedy occurred and gave numerous help and support for the poor in the rural area of Thailand. Schools were also built by the King, not one but hundreds all over Thailand for its people to have good understanding of the importance of good education. The King took part in every project individually in arranging and to pursue a better tomorrow for his people. He was once being referred as “The light of Thailand” by its people and regardless of any circumstances the King will always be there in the first place to lend a shoulder for his people.

The popularity of the monarchy, at its lowest during the reign of Bhumibol’s uncle, King Prajadhipok, improved when his brother, King Ananda Mahidol, acceded to the throne, and reached an unprecedented level during King Bhumibol’s reign. The King commands great respect among the Thai people, who view the monarchy in a semi-religious light and admire his hands-on approach in helping Thailand’s rural poor. He manages this by extensively touring the various different corners of the country and by installing various medical aid and agricultural projects. His rare political interventions, generally viewed as being in favour of democracy, also added greatly to his already enormous prestige.

One of his avocations, unique to the Monarch of Thailand, is to preside over the commencement activities of the government universities. Formerly most graduates from the government universities in Thailand received their diplomas from his royal hand. In recent years, however, this tedious work has been delegated to the prince and princesses.
Having had the same monarch now for 60 years, few Thais can remember any other head of state. King Bhumibol’s image is prominently displayed all over the country, including on every coin and banknote. Thais take any suggestion of disrespect for the King, by Thais or foreigners, very seriously.

Me, myself didn’t realize at all how much the Thais love their King and how much the King mean to them till my company announced that there was no holiday for the 12th and 13th of June which was the celebration of the king’s accession to the throne for 60 years. Some workers cried, some working like without a soul and some just sat there without the strength to say a word.

During my early days in Bangkok, i was confused why we needed to stand up in the cinema before the movies started. And then a song and image was played on the big screen, it was to pay respect for the King. I don’t understand why they need to do so in cinema. Also everyway you go, there’s a picture of the King as if he was looking all over Bangkok with his caring eyes.

After almost 2 years in Bangkok, i understood and saw with my own eyes what the king has done for his people. What the King did, isn’t for his own popularity but everything he has done, was from his heart and soul for every people of Thailand.

Well, I felt I was lucky enough to witness this event which will be written and marked in the history of Thailand and the world.
Here i would like to say, Long Live The King and may The King stay healthy always.

Celebration Day One

9th of June was the date King Bhumibol accession to the throne 60 years ago. That night there was firework show at the Palace area as a part of the celebration for day one. To drive there was an absolutely silly idea and it is almost impossible for us to look for a parking spot, so i decided to park my car at siam paragon and take the sky train to the palace area called Sanam Luang.

Beyond my expectation the sky train station was full with people packed like sardines. But it was all worth it, why? Because it is a scene that we will never see in most countries. To my suprise 80% of the people that i saw everywhere was wearing the King’s celebration polo-T with the word “We Love Our King”. I’m touched to see how patriotic the Thai people are and the way they devote themselves to the King.

GAAHH I IS SO WANT THAT TSHIRT!!!!

I IS GOT THE SHIRT