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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SODA Order Forms for Definitive, Thailand 2018 and Stamp Week 2018

SODA Order Forms for Definitive, Thailand 2018 and Stamp Week 2018

Here are the various SODA Order Forms:

  1. 14 States Definitive with special matching cancellations:
  2. Thailand 2018 ETS MS Overprint and Exhibition Cover:   
  3. Stamp Week 20128 with all daily cancellations on 7 covers  

Start by downloading. Then print fill and scan and email or fax.

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13 November 2018 News flash: Setenant Strip Sheets

13 November 2018 News flash: Setenant Strip Sheets

Today Pos Malaysia will release the following Setenant Strips Sheets:

  1. Musical Instruments Series 2 (I think Pos Malaysia made an error on the price shown in the poster)
  2. Medicinal Plants Series 4
  3. ETS (NOT the Overprint ETS stamps setenant that was opened for SODA, this is the original ETS)

I have spares for sale in full sheets. Contact me at: sky52200myfdc@gmail.com

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28 November 2018: ETS MS Overprint for Thailand World Stamp Exhibition 2018

28 November 2018: ETS MS Overprint for Thailand World Stamp Exhibition 2018

Pos Malaysia will be represented by Philatelic Society of Malaysia (PSM) for the World Stamp Exhibiton in Bangkok, Thailand. The event is held in Royal Paragon Hall 1 – 3 in downtown Bangkok. It runs from 28 November 2018 until 03 December 2018. Thailand Post is providing an exhibition cachet and daily cancellations. These are the current image available and subjected to changes.

Pos Malaysia is expected to have the exhibition cachet to complement the Exhibition Overprint MS of the ETS issue.

PSM will be selling their own envelope. There is also a proposal to pre-sell the envelope during the Stamp Week 2018. Why not drop by and have a look during Stamp Week at the PSM booth?

Here is the image with the consent to share by PSM (copyright holder of the envelope design).

The overprint MS is also expected to be on sale by the International House of Stamps in the exhibition hall.

While Pos Malaysia has not provided information on the order forms for SODA, it has been a trend that Pos Malaysia offers the overprints AFTER the exhibitions.

Updated 12 November 2018:

Philatelic Society of Malaysia was selling the blank envelopes at RM 2.00 each at the Stamp Week 2018 in their counter in the Kuala Lumpur General Post Office.

Updated 26 November 2018:

If you are interested in the Thailand 2018 commemorative stamps, you can read them at the Thailand Post Stamp Catalogue (October – December 2018): http://www.mbookstore.com/book-read/10412 (pages 6 – 7).

Any readers who is visiting, I appreciate it if you can also send back news and maybe a few pictures for the readers.

I will not be attending.

Updated 27 November 2018:

Here are the SODA Order Forms for the ETS MS Overprint and ETS MS Overprint Exhibition Cover.

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Next issue: 23 July 2018 Historical Museums in Malaysia

Next issue: 23 July 2018 Historical Museums in Malaysia

The next issue is planned to be released on 23 July 2018. That is just a week from the last issue (Telegraph Museum)!

This time the products are:

  1. 60 sen x 3 designs of stamps (Perak Museum, in Taiping, Sarawak Museum in Kuching and National Museum in Kuala Lumpur)
  2. RM 6.50 Miniature Sheet (Malacca History and Ethnography Museum, Admiral Cheng Ho’s Statue and Queen Victoria Fountain in Melaka) – a sandy feel on the Admiral’s statue
  3. RM 6.00 empty folder
  4. RM 1.00 x 3 postcard designs of the 3 museums in Taiping, Kuala Lumpur and Kuching
  5. 50 sen blank envelope

This issue is in conjunction with the national level International Museum Day 2018 celebrations to be held in Melaka on the same date (23 July 2018). The International Museum Day 2018 event is organised by Perbadanan Muzium Melaka (PERZIM) and runs from 21 – 28 July 2018: https://www.facebook.com/events/471492996625695/

A media preview was held on 20 July 2018 with the items showcased.

The quantities issued for the products are:

  1. 200,000 pieces of each stamp design
  2. 25,000 pieces of MS
  3. 28,000 pieces of blank envelopes
  4. 5,000 of each postcard design
  5. 1,800 pieces of empty folder

Here are additional information:

  1. There will be an on-site Pos Malaysia tent at the Declaration of Independence Memorial in Melaka old city (near Porta De Santiago).
  2. A special cancellation with the words “Muzium Setem Melaka” will be made available on 23 July 2018.
  3. The tent will start after 09:00 am.
  4. The official launch by the Tourism Minister is at 8:00 pm at night.

Advisory: Prepare your covers before heading to Melaka Old City to join the fun and do postmarking at the tent. Expect hot and crowded.

Great news for SODA again! You will receive the same Muzium Setem Melaka cancellation.

Meanwhile anyone keen on another philatelic tour up north?

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Next issue: 20 March 2018 Electric Train Service (ETS)

Next issue: 20 March 2018 Electric Train Service (ETS)

The next issue is on the Electric Train Service provided by Keretapi Tanah Melayu. The products are:

  1. 60 sen featuring ETS Class 91 and Ipoh Railway Station – 200,000 pieces
  2. 60 sen featuring ETS Class 92 and Seremban  Railway Sation – 200,000 pieces
  3. 80 sen featuring ETS Class 93 and Old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station – 200,000 pieces
  4. RM 6.00 MS featuring ETS Class 93 with the route (Padang Besar – Arau – Alor Setar – Sungai Petani – Parit Buntar – Taiping – Kuala Kangsar – Ipoh – Tanjung Malim – KL Sentral – Bandar Tasek Selatan – Kajang – Seremban – Pulau Sebang / Tampin – Gemas) – 30,000 pieces
  5. Blank envelopes – 28,000 pieces
  6. Empty folders with the route shown on the inside of the folder – 1,800 pieces

The Miniature Sheet is a trained shaped die-cut with spot varnish. This should appeal to the unusual stamp collector.

The designer, KY Lim from Reign Associates have been invited to autograph this issue.

Anyone interested to take the route for another epic philatelic journey?

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