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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Happy Stamp Week 2016!

Happy Stamp Week 2016!

Today marks the launch of the International Definitive Stamp.

Launch

The launch was held in Dewan Sri Pos on Level 3 of the Pos Malaysia HQ in Dayabumi Complex.

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Queue numbers were given out at about 08:30 am in the Philatelic Bureau, which is very much appreciated. It allowed those outside to be able to come in and wait comfortably inside the Philatelic Bureau. The area was already organised for the event.

The sale only commenced after 09:30 am. At about the same time the Group Chief Executive Officer launched the stamp on Level 3. Here is the media interview session. Holding the microphone is Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh, Group Chief Executive Officer. On the right of the photo, in batik, is the President of the Philatelic Society of Malaysia, Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Anuar Bashah.

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Stamp Week 2016

Today also marks the first day of the Stamp Week 2016. It runs from 01 – 07 October 2016. The turnout was high for collectors. To top it up, there were bus loads of students. The students were spread out all over Level 2, General Post Office area, colouring!

The first dealer to arrive was T&Y. Soon, T&Y was joined by Dreaminder, Union Philatelic and the ever present Govin’s stall were bustling with customers. PSM commanded the direct view coming out from the elevator.

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Products

Back to the Philatelic Bureau….the crowd was very much larger than usual. Even the high values did not deter many buyers who came from outside of Selangor. The largest crowd was at the old stamps counter. This time, there were many blasts from the past…..except that you need to pay the 6 % GST on top of the face value for these old stamps.

A special Setemku (personalized stamp) was released for this event.

international-stamp-personalised-ready-made-version

 

For the first time, the Setemku is cheaper than the regular stamps!!! I can get the whole set of images on a nice sheetlet at RM 21.20 (with GST)!

Did you notice the gap between ST and AMP is quite big! I only realised this when I got back home.

A light hearted cartoon postcard set of 2 was also released! As there was no notice that postcards were issued. We got wind of it from the conversation amongst the crowd.

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I thought that the breakaway from the traditional formal postcards was cool. I like the design though the elder collectots think it is cartoonish. I think we are trying to appeal to the younger group. This design is suitable. The pair of postcards retails at RM 2.12 (including GST).

Autograph

The stamp designer, Mr KY Lim arrive around 01:45 pm to autograph the covers, posters and whatever the customers deemed fit. I got him to autograph the Setemku cover this time as he designed the images.

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Some managed to get the Group CEO, Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh, to autograph as well.

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Normal Sheets

The normal sheets of 100 were NOT sold in the Philatelic Bureau. They are sold in our regular post offices. Being the first Saturday, the post offices are closed. However there are a few full service post offices that remain open for short duration on the first Saturday. That was quite a bit of homework before the sheets of 100s were located.

This is a sample of how a sheet of 100 looks like. I have mentioned in my previous posting that there are no “year” printed on the selvedge.

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The normal stamps are a bit pale compared to the philatelic sheets of 10s. The easiest to identify is the International Stamp red background. The philatelic stamp is a sharp dark red. The normal stamp is pale red. My camera is not sharp enough but this is as close a comparison that I can provide. The back is the philatelic stamp and the from is the normal stamp.

shade-comparison-of-normal-and-philatelic-versions

Here is a full set of normal stamps:

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Wait, there is more!

Postcrossing Meetup

The 4th Malaysia Postcrossing Meetup on Level 3 inside Dewan Sri Pos. This is the first time that I attend such an event. The participants prepared very creative postcards. Some brought huge postcards to accommodate the over 46 attendees, the largest so far in Malaysia. Everyone was busy introducing themselves and swapping postcards to autograph. I learned one important thing. Do not sign too near into the address side! I also made sure my autograph is small enough so that others have more space. I conclude that it is lots of fun. There were cover collectors coming over to get the special Postcrossing cachet. The great idea of the cachet was credited to the President of PSM.

Here is the group photo which has probably gone viral amongst the Postcrossers. They are showing 4 to signify that this is the 4th meetup. No, I am taking the picture. But I did manage to sign some postcards! Drop me a note if you receive it from your friend.

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What would you do if you are Pos Malaysia at the Postcrossing event?????

Why………………….open a booth and sell postcards! The 7 Wonders of Malaysia’s Flora & Fauna and today’s postcards were snapped up rather quickly.

The Stamp Week continued until 05:30 pm. I guess some need to be dragged out or else they will still be chopping away (pardon the local slang but we do what we do…chop stamps!).

Here is my autographed FDC with the now scarce Postcrossing cachet!

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What’s Next?

The event still runs for the next 6 days. Here are things you should check out:

1. The old stocks book in the Philatelic Bureau – lots of gems to unearth.

2. The dealers’ treasure trove.

3. Setemku! Most affordable way to get all 8 images in one go! Limited too!

4. Postcards

5. Chopping!

6. Offers and freebies

7. Philatelic Talks

8. 50 sen inverted watermark (no I do not have it, but the watermark collectors have found it)

Or just visit old friends and meet new ones. Though the price is high, I think the turnout is high too.

The Philatelic Bureau will be open as usual from 09:30 am to 05:30 pm on 02 and 03 October 2016.

Our friends in Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu and Johor will be experiencing the same excitement x 2 on 03 October as they will get to buy both sheets of 10s and 100s at the same time unlike us who cannot buy at the same venue.

On 04 October, the rest of Malaysia’s collectors will be able to join in the fun! The Stamp Week ends on 07 October. From 04 – 07 October, the venue closes at 07:30 pm, suitable for us working folks.

Happy Stamp Week!

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01 October 2016: Going International

01 October 2016: Going International

The next issue is the International Stamp issue planned on 01 October 2016.

Today is the launch of the stamps in the Philatelic Bureau in Kuala Lumpur.

This issue coincides with the Stamp Week 2016 from 01 – 07 October 2016. The Stamp Week will be held in the General Post Office, Pos Malaysia Headquarters on Level 2 and 3 starting at 09:30 am – 05:30 pm from 01 – 03 October and 09:30 am – 07:00 pm from 04 – 07 October. There will be daily cancellations during the Stamp Week 2016. In addition, there is also a Postcrossing Meetup on Level 3. The Postcrossing Meetup will have a cachet.

The International Stamp will be on sale in the Philatelic Bureau, Kuala Lumpur on 01 October 2016 starting from 09:30 am. It is also the first Saturday of the month, thus most post offices are closed. The Philatelic Bureau version are in sheets of 10 pieces.

The stamps will be on sale on 03 October in Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu and Johor. The other states will see the stamps being sold on 04 October.

Here is the poster:

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The philatelic stamp sheet designs are:

1. 10 sen: Festivals – possibly Zapin Dance, Silat, possibly Bharata Natyam, possibly Mask Dance (Mah Meri), Ngajat Dance, Sumazau Dance and Lion Dance

2. 20 sen: Local Fruits – Rambutan, Durian, Nangka and Manggis

3. 50 sen: Wildlife – Orang Utan, Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing Butterfly, Tapir and Tiger

4. RM 1: Unity – Sikh, Chinese, Malay, Indian, Nyonya all around a table with some local cookies and kuih

5. RM 2: Places of Worship – Putra Mosque, Thien Hou Temple, possibly Sri Mahamariamman Temple and Christ Church in Jalan Laksamana, Melaka

6. RM 5: Our Nation – Map and Flag of Malaysia with silhouette of Petronas Twin Tower and KL Tower

7. RM 10: Flora – Bunga Raya, Orchid, Morning Glory, something that looks like Jasmine and possibly Bunga Gapis  – confirmed it is a Bougainvillea

8. RM 20: Handicrafts – Wau, Pua Kumbu and another possibly Dayak handicraft design

The following are the quantities issued per value:

10 sen, 20 sen, 50 sen: 120,000

RM 1, RM 2: 100,000

RM 5, RM 10, RM 20: 30,000

Folders: 1,500

The proposed concordant location if the above designs are correctly identified are:

01 October 2016: First Day Bureau chop

10 sen: KL, Johor Bahru, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu

20 sen: Segamat

50 sen: Gombak, Kuching and Sandakan

RM 1: Melaka

RM 2: KL, Putrajaya and Jalan Laksamana

RM 5: KL and KLCC

RM 10: Ipoh

RM 20: Kota Bharu and Kuching

Keep in mind that 01 October 2016 is the first Saturday and thus the post offices are closed. The normal 100 pieces sheets will then need to come out on 04 October as 02 is a Sunday (and a holiday) and 03 October is a replacement Public Holiday (except Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu and Johor which will see the stamps being sold on 03 October). The normal sheets of 100 pieces do not have “year” markings unlike the current local definitive.

Thus the first day of usage for the normal sheets of 100 will vary – 01, 03 or 04 October depending on where you are. Here are the proposed locations for normal postmarks.

First Day Usage:

20 sen: Tanjung Rambutan, Guar Chempedak and Durian Tunggal

50 sen: Taman Melawati

RM 10: Melor

A full concordant FDC for this issue is far too expensive and too complex.

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