A Tour of Melaka

A Tour of Melaka

The day started really slow. When the counters were opened, it was only a handful of regulars.

I decided to skip the MATTA Fair in PWTC as there was no longer any philatelic event. The designer informed me that the Sarawak Tourism Bureau made their own folder designs for patrons of the Sarawak Tourism Booths. Did anyone manage to check them out?

Here is Mr KY Lim autographing the stamp products.

So it was a tour of Melaka for me!

The drive was smooth and scorching hot. The first stop was the General Post Office. Lim Stamp was busy with his stall inside the main foyer selling old FDCs and mish-mash of stamps and MS. Today’s envelopes and MS were sold out early in the morning. The stamps were still available. This was in stark contrast to the low uptake in Kuala Lumpur.

The next stop was the historic centre of Melaka.

Did you know the Jalan Laksamana Post Office used to be the General Post Office?

The situation was the same here, all the products were sold out early. There were a few concordanist who came in early. Jalan Laksamana is the closest Post Office to the Melaka River Cruise station as well as the Maritime Museum.

First was the rest stop for the famous Melaka Chicken Rice Balls with of course chicken! Wash that down at the Clock Tower Cendol stall is an ideal way to cool down in the perpetual hot Melaka.

The Melaka River Cruise is located a short walk away from the cendol stall. I prefer to walk by the side of the Melaka River. The river is continually spruced up. It looks significantly cleaner.

The River Cruise office was already visited 3 times by concordanists. This is what they were looking for.

The condition of the cachet is really bad. It is basically disintegrated. Anyway, time to move to the Maritime Museum featuring a replica of Flor de la Mar. The museum was officiated on 13 June 1994 by Dr Mahathir Mohamed!

 

The last stop was in Merlimau. Merlimau has been a regular stops there few years due to a few concordant designs. This time it is the Demang Abdul Ghani Gallery located about 2 minutes from the Merlimau Post Office.

It is really worth visiting. The designs are so intricate that it is mind boggling! Looking just at the exterior will give you a hint of the magnificent design!

Concordancy is fun. Care to join the next tour?

Meanwhile, what are you waiting for? Visit Melaka 2019!

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Next Issue: 15 March 2019 Tourist Destinations – Melaka and Sarawak

Next Issue: 15 March 2019 Tourist Destinations – Melaka and Sarawak

The next issue is the continuation of the Tourist Destinations series. This time it is Melaka and Sarawak. The issue will be released on Friday, 15 March 2019. However, Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu and Johor will need to wait for 17 March 2019 to be able to buy the issues as Friday is weekend.

Do you want to know how to get the stamps for FREE? You have to read this article.

This issue will feature:

  1. 60 sen setenant stamps pair – Melaka (Melaka House / Demang Abdul Ghani Gallery in Merlimau and Rumah Ibu, Seri Pillar and Ceramic Jar)
  2. 60 sen setenant stamps pair – Sarawak (Alu – Alu Dance of the Melanau and Sarawak Cultural Village in Santubong with Pua Kumbu and Tajau Vase)
  3. RM 4.00 MS – (Maritime Museum and Melaka River Cruise and Astana Sarawak and Sarawak River Cruise)
  4. RM 6.00 Empty Folder
  5. 50 sen Blank Envelope

The designer is Mr KY Lim from Reign Associates.

Quantities issued:

  1. 400,000 pieces of setenant stamps of each state
  2. 25,000 pieces of Miniature Sheets
  3. 1,800 pieces of Empty Folders
  4. 30,000 pieces of Blank Envelopes

The Sarawak Tourism Board will be in the MATTA Fair in Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) on 15 March 2019. If you want the stamps for FREE at the Sarawak Tourism Board, check out: https://enewsletter.sarawaktourism.com/news/limited-edition-sarawak-stamp-at-matta-fair/

There are only 400 sets in the promotion. The Sarawak tourism cluster are at booths 5058 – 5063 and 5068 – 5073 in Hall 5. I even give you the booths! Make your life easy?

Here are the past Tourist Destinations issues:

2018 – Sabah: https://myfdc.me/2018/05/25/next-issue-05-june-2018-tourist-destinations-sabah/

2017 – Terengganu, Pahang and Perak: https://myfdc.me/2017/11/23/the-three-states-another-epic-philatelic-adventure/ and https://myfdc.me/2017/11/17/17-november-2017-media-preview-of-tourist-destinations-issue/

2016 – Kedah and Kelantan: https://myfdc.me/2016/07/15/new-date-of-issue-tourist-destination-kedah-and-kelantan/

Now for the myfdc advertisement: If you are interested in the past issues’ concordant FDC, just drop me a note at sky52200myfdc@gmail.com

Happy Journeys! Melaka…here I come!

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The Royal Visit 2017

The Royal Visit 2017

The Royal Visit generated a number of places of interest for philately.

In the Klang Valley, a nice match would be KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport), where the Royal Airforce touched down. Here it is parked on the tarmac of KLIA on 03 November 2017.

Kuala Lumpur GPO would definitely be the postmark for the visit since it is the first place of visit. 2 other Philatelic Bureau branches of interest are Medan Tuanku (roughly translated as His Highness Place) and Putrajaya (Successful Prince). Combine it as Medan Tuanku with Putrajaya will get you His Highness Prince.

Not to be missed is the designer, Mr Shahrul Izhar. Here he is patiently autographing for all the collectors.

Here is the completed FDC set for Klang Valley:

Meanwhile further North, Perak was the next stop with 3 Philatelic Bureau branches of interest, i.e. Gerik (the nearest post office to Royal Belum), Taiping (War Cemetery) and Kuala Kangsar (Istana Iskandariah). A fellow concordant FDC collector has successfully completed this leg.

The next stop would be to Sarawak and Kuching GPO would be the best match as Semenggoh Wildlife Centre and Sarawak Cultural Village.

The final leg has started as the Royal Visit concludes in the Prince of Wales Island! Well, the island is now known as Pulau Pinang (Penang). The best matches are Pulau Pinang GPO and Butterworth Post Office (Five Power Defence Agreement / Royal Malaysian Air Force Base).

This pretty much sums up the places of Philatelic postmark interest for the Royal Visit.

To follow the Royal Visit, check out this link: https://twitter.com/hashtag/royalvisitmy?f=tweets&vertical=default&src=hash

Anyone interesting to sell or exchange Royal Visit FDCs with concordant postmarks? Feel free to contact me.

Meanwhile, many were hoping to find the 2012 type of printing error. Hmmm…..

Keen to read the old William and Kate series of articles? Check out: https://myfdc.me/articles/royal-visit-william-and-kate-series-of-articles/

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