11 May 2019 A Philatelic Pilgrimage 2: (Homecoming) Return to Penang

11 May 2019 A Philatelic Pilgrimage 2: (Homecoming) Return to Penang

10 May 2019:

Here is the situation:

1. Date of sale moved to 11 May 2019.

2. Half a day for the pilgrimage.

This presented a new challenge of half day. How do we plan out the logistics? Where do we start?

We need help!

Let’s Assemble the old team.

Conference calls time! Frantic Friday calls to various parties. Are we good to go?

11 May 2019:

05:00 am – Thermos – check, Air Sandwich – check, lots of drinking water – check, petrol tank – full! , Touch & Go – check, vehicle – check.

06:00 am – Load up! Good to go! Beep: incoming message, Southern Team nearing rendezvous point.

The drive was dark. Traffic was light. It felt like 21 November 2016 again! We will end up in Pitt Street, Penang again!

Ah finally here!

Rendezvous complete!

It was a quick stop – chop – go!

Why not visit the temple since we are here?

Hasty discussion ensued with the locals in the post office, Waze and Google Map. Where is the temple? I might as well toss a coin…. In myfdc I trust, let’s go!

The road led into off road plantation area. Once we alighted the architecture is awesome!

Beep… message from Central Team… designer is Mr Gan.

Time to leave to the next point: Reverand R.S. Hutchings’ legacy. He left behind 3. Can you name them?

11:00 am – Penang GPO was packed. All waiting to chop – chop – chop!

Better go to Plan B.

A quick drive around the corner to my secret spot where usually there is a spot or two put me within the middle of both location. Ooops… no more stock of the “scratch and win” parking coupons. A good samaritan sold me enough for an hour! I wish we have an easier parking method, e.g. the “slot machines” that eat up your coins. It will be easier than carrying a stack of cards and sometimes only to be used once in a while in the now famous philatelic tours!

11:30 am – Picked up the items from St George’s Heritage Centre

The Heritage Centre sold a set of concordant postcards which were very quickly sold out. I hope there are more stocks. In fact the cinderella was taken from an old print of the church.

Thanks Helenn! I really appreciate the assistance!

With the official private folders and covers in hand, it was a brisk walk back to the Penang General Post Office for the final touches! Enroute, stop at 7-11 for more “scratch and win” parking coupons! I really think they are “scratch or fine”!

12:30 pm – done stage 1!

Here is a comparison of the St George’s Souvenir Cover and mine (using the Pos Malaysia Cover) with the concordant Pulau Pinang cancellation (chop). Sure wished the St George’s Folder set was cancelled using the Pulau Pinang cancellation to be more meaningful (similar to the Penang Free School Bicentenary Folder set).

The St George’s folder set also includes a full sheet of St George’s stamps (with many saying it is a different shade, I think so too if you look at the above photos of the 80 sen stamp!), a mint cinderella and another Souvenir Cover with a single stamp.

It is time to take a break and head to the next stage! Beep…in coming message from someone who guided me a lot from the Central Team …. “the stamps have 1/5, 2/5, 3/5, 4/5, 5/5″…. really? I was pasting according to the Price List and e-Poster! Now this is a great move as I know know we have 5 stamps in a set and I will not stick the wrong stamp. As to the order… hmm… I might not be able to follow everytime in order to be concordant!

I heard in many post offices will be still selling and cancelling on Monday. You can check it out. Certainly your second chance to get things done! Penangites might want to visit the St George’s Heritage Centre: stgeopg@yahoo.com (or buy in person).

Many thanks to various logistics team.

04:30 pm – first drop off for Stage 2.

06:30 pm – second drop off for Stage 2.

Concordanists Assemble!

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ps: Philatelic Pilgrimage 1 can be relieved at: https://myfdc.me/2016/11/22/21-november-2016-a-philatelic-pilgrimage/

 

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11 May 2019: Places of Worship Series 2

11 May 2019: Places of Worship Series 2

The next issue was announced to be on sale in all Post Offices nationwide on 11 May 2019 until the post office closing time (normally 01:00 pm). Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu and Johor will sell the products on 12 May 2019.

This is a move away from the original plan to sell on Monday (13 May 2019). So do inform your friends who do not go on the internet.

The items are:

  1. Stamps 5 designs of 80 sen each (200,000 pieces per design)
  2. Empty Folder RM6.00 (1,600 pieces)
  3. Blank envelope 50 sen (27,000 pieces)

The cinderella is available in the St George’s Bicentenary folder set.

The designs feature:

  1. Sultan Ismail Petra Silver Jubilee Mosque (also called Beijing Mosque) in Rantau Panjang, Kelantan
  2. Hong San Si Temple in Kuching, Sarawak
  3. Maha Parasakthi Pachai Amman Kathirvel Murugan Temple in Taiping, Perak
  4. St George Church in Georgetown, Penang
  5. Gurdwara Sahib in Labuan, Federal Territory

The price list is as follows:

The designer is from World Communications Network Resources and will be invited to the Kuala Lumpur Philatelic Headquarters for the autograph session.

To read about the St Georges Bicentenary stamp launch: https://myfdc.me/2019/04/30/11-may-2019-st-georges-bicentenary-launch/

To read about the Places of Worship Series 1: https://myfdc.me/2016/11/22/21-november-2016-a-philatelic-pilgrimage/

Stay tuned for further information.

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11 May 2019: St George’s Bicentenary Launch

11 May 2019: St George’s Bicentenary Launch

The latest news release from St George’s Bicentenary page was an announcement that the Cinderella and a souvenir cover will be launched by the Honourable Chief Minister of Penang at the church on 11 May 2019 from 09:00 am.

This is an image release by St George’s Bicentenary:

Stay tuned for more information.

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Next issue: Most likely Places of Worship Series 2

Next issue: Most likely Places of Worship Series 2

The next issue will most likely be Places of Worship Series 2. This is stated in the latest Standing Order Deposit Account statement from the Honey Bees in Malaysia stamp issue.

The issue date is written as 11 May 2019 which is a Saturday and thus unlikely to have any sales. The sales arrangement has not been informed, thus just wait for the official information.

Why 11 May 2019? This issue corresponds to the 200th Anniversary of St Georges Church, the oldest Anglican Church in Southeast Asia! The church was was consecrated on 11 May 1819!

Reverand R.S. Hutchings was instrumental in the founding of the church. Reverand R.S. Hutchings was the founder of the Penang Free School. Penang Free School celebrated her Bicentenary in 2016 with a stamp issue that re-sparked the interest in school themed stamps.

Incidentally, one of the former sites of Penang Free School is located next door in the form of the Penang State Museum and the Hutchings School!

Based on the latest Standing Order Deposit Account (SODA) statement, the issue will comprise of 5 designs of 80 sen stamps. Further details have not been released.

It is also understood that the church will release a cinderella.

A folder set can be ordered using the order form.

Stay tuned for further information on the designs and sales arrangements.

Here are some additional references on Places of Worship Series 1 stamp issue:

https://myfdc.me/2016/11/11/next-issue-21-november-2016-places-of-worship/

https://myfdc.me/2016/11/22/21-november-2016-a-philatelic-pilgrimage/

https://myfdc.me/2016/11/24/interesting-findings-on-the-places-of-worship-stamp-issue/

Meanwhile, to fill your philatelic past time, plan you visits to relocating post offices.

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ps: Anyone planning a philatelic trip to Penang?

Let Us Onwards to Win: Bicentenary of Penang Free School

Let Us Onwards to Win: Bicentenary of Penang Free School

“And New Laurels Gained.”

The day is here. As crowds queued in the Penang General Post Office, the award recipients are already packed in the hall awaiting the arrival of the VVIPs and VIPs. The earliest came at around 06:00 am.

Here is the crowd. The folder was sold out!

Next was the Penang Free School. The queues to buy and cancel were long and winding. Here is the sales area.

There was a surprise set of 10 postcards for sale! The postcards were sold by Pos Malaysia. The ready made Setemku was also irresistable for me.

Here is the cancellation station.

The response was very high for this issue. It is expected. Penangites by and large are proud of their heritage more so in education. 50 years is a long time to wait since the 1966 issue.
The Pos on Wheels vehicle from Penang had some problem and a vehicle was brought in from Sungai Petani! This is one of a kind!

Here is the Pos on Wheels vehicle.

There is actually a post box set up behind the vehicle for posting! I did not see anyone do any posting.

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Pos Malaysia stayed on until late evening, way after 06:30 pm to support the sales to the old boys streaming in for the Bicentenary Dinner.

Dato’ Mohd Shukrie, Group CEO was very obliging to autograph for the many fans.

The balance of the Penang Free School Bicentenary Postcards were sold in the souvenir area at the school field.

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Thank you Pos Malaysia for making this a big philatelic success!

A special thanks to the Group CEO who was there all the time as well as the staff from across the north and from the Philatelic Bureau HQ.

“Free School For the Brave and For the True.”

This concludes my coverage of one of the hottest stamp issue of the year!

Watch out….another school is coming next year!

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Let Us March On To Fame: The Road Home

Let Us March On To Fame: The Road Home

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Let Us March on To Fame: Next Issue 21 October 2016 Penang Free School Bicentenary

Let Us March on To Fame: Next Issue 21 October 2016 Penang Free School Bicentenary

Well, you already know the images (https://myfdc.me/2016/09/08/strong-and-faithful/), so I guess the price list of all the available products will be useful. A mobile post office (Post on Wheels) will be sent to the school to sell and postmark the First Day Covers, very much like 50 years ago! SODA holders, watch out for a surprise (unless there is a change…).

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The products will be sold in all states on 21 October 2016 except Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu and Johor. The products will be sold in Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu and Johor on 23 October 2016 (Sunday). Penang will be flooded by folks from Kedah on 21 October 2016 since Friday is a holiday for Kedahans.

Coincidentally there is a Stamp and Exhibition Fair organised by the Penang Philatelic Society in the old Star Building along Pitt Street: https://www.facebook.com/TheStarPittStreet/

This is not an official event of the school’s celebration. However, the society will be issuing an exhibition cover featuring Dr Wu Lien Teh (http://wulientehsociety.org/), the famous plague fighter and an Old Free, and an image of the second location of the Penang Free School. It will make a good match for the issue.

Do you know where is the second location of the Penang Free School?

The fair runs from 21 – 23 October 2016 from 9:00 am to 06:00 pm.

Right, I guess many Old Frees will be heading “home”. Have a safe journey.

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“Let the Aisle Proclaim!”

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