Setenant strips of the Year of Rooster and Places of Worship

Setenant strips of the Year of Rooster and Places of Worship

Today, 18 May 2017, the setenant strips of the Malaysian Serama (Year of the Rooster) and Places of Worship were put on sale. There was no prior announcement.

I have some spares in case any reader is looking for the sheet.

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Yesterday’s Feast

Yesterday’s Feast

Yesterday saw the release of the second Festival Food Series stamps. The turn out was lower than Series 1.

The design is still attractive and there is a consistent look and feel. Characteristics: (1) a buffet spread what makes a nice joined design, (2) basically a round shaped MS and (3) a special die-cut empty folder with a food cover locally called a “tudung saji”. The designer is Mr KY Lim from Reign Associates. He came early as usual to start the autograph session. This time more collectors brought the older issues designed by Mr KY Lim to be autographed.

I am looking forward to Series 3 and Series 4 coming out later this year. A full set of 4 MS will look great in my album.

Meanwhile, I was off to look for bamboo for Manuk Pansuh (Chicken cooked in Bamboo). Hint:

There is one other match for the Kadazandusun. The adventure took me deep into the Felda Estates. The interesting thing is that this is the first mini post office with a sorting and delivery section!

How was the response in your place?

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Eastern Feast: Festival Food Series – Kadazandusun and Dayak

Eastern Feast: Festival Food Series – Kadazandusun and Dayak

Pos Malaysia will bring us to East Malaysia for the next Festival Food Series. This is the second in the Festival Food Series. The first Festival Food issue featured Chinese Festival Food. This issue will feature some of the food in the Kaamatan (Harvest) Festival celebrated in Sabah and Gawai Festival in Sarawak.

The¬†stamps and miniature sheet will feature the following cuisine (local names followed by rough translation in English). I have loosely used “Cake” as a translation for “Kuih” which is actually a local savoury pastry snack.

60 sen: Tuak (Rice Wine РSarawak) / Lihing (Tapioca Wine РSabah), Kek Lapis (Layer Cake), Tapai Pulut (Fermented Rice) and Kuih Jala (Net Cake)

80 sen: Ambuyat (Sticky Sago РSabah) / Linut (similar to ambuyat and attributed to Melanau, Sarawak) Рnote: Ambuyat is usually attributed to Brunei local food

90 sen: Manuk Pansuh (Chicken cooked in bamboo) and Hinava (Raw Fish Salad of Kadazandusun, Sabah) / Umai (similar to Hinava and attributed to Melanau, Sarawak)

RM 5.00 MS: Kuih Penganan (delicacy in Sarawak), Kek Sarang Semut (Ant Nest Cake РSarawak), Kuih Deran (Cake from Sarawak), Kuih Jala (Net Cake), Kuih Ros (Rose Cake), Kuih Lapis Pelangi (Rainbow Layer Cake) and Kek Lapis (Layer Cake) shown in the center of the MS

If you view the Borneo Island as a whole, it is very hard to separate the cuisine. There are local differences however there will also be similarities. Just enjoy the food and the stamps!

As usual an empty folder will also be on sale.

Here is the media preview.

The quantities issued are:

60 sen: 100,000 pieces

80 sen: 80,000 pieces

90 sen: 80,000 pieces

RM 5.00 : 25,000 pieces

Empty envelopes: 30,000 pieces

Empty folders: 1,500 pieces

Come join us for the next feast! Make a date on 16 March 2017. Your table is reserved!

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Hunger Games

Hunger Games

Yesterday was the start of the Malaysia Festival Food Series. The first in the series of 4 (at least this is what is planned out for 2017) takes a look at the Chinese food during the Lunar New Year (Spring Festival / Chinese New Year). Though there are similarities to the food in China, especially the intrinsic meaning attached to the food, Malaysian Chinese New Year food has local elements, such as Yee Sang (Lou Sang) which has gained regional recognition.

This issue saw a decent crowd. It was not at the level of the Year of the Rooster stamp issue, however the Miniature Sheet (Tray of Togetherness) saw good demand and praise. The folder was quite decent with a added die-cut that act to close the lid on the Tray of Togetherness.

Mr KY Lim from Reign Associates was on hand early to start the autograph session. Today he brought a new name seal as the original seal used during the Year of the Rooster was spoiled from over use on the day itself! You can imagine the extent of usage! Thus whoever has the original name seal from the Year of the Rooster will have a real “one day” name seal! Here he is autographing.

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Some of the better concordant locations for this issue are as listed:

  1. Merlimau – from one of the origins of the name of the town – to apply lime
  2. Lubok China – the only post office with China in the name
  3. Post Offices with the name Udang (there are 2 in Malaysia) to match the Prawn on the RM 1.05 stamp
  4. Pekan Nanas (Village of Pineapples) to match the pineapple tarts

Merlimau post office is also a Philatelic Bureau branch. Here is the post office.

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My adventure in search of Mandarins took me over 425 km. That certainly kept me hungry. It was well worth the adventure to make a concordant cover.

Wishing my readers celebrating the Lunar New Year, a happy, prosperous and healthy year ahead!

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