17 November 2018: 7th Malaysia Postcrossing Meetup Kuala Lumpur

17 November 2018: 7th Malaysia Postcrossing Meetup Kuala Lumpur

The 7th Malaysia Postcrossing Meet-up will be held in the Kuala Lumpur General Post Office Headquarters from 12:00 noon onwards at Level 3, Dewan Sri Pos.

Here is the postcard design:

The postcard can be ordered from Matthew Lai KH (Facebook). The postcard was designed by @mei_amyng

Many thanks to Malaysia Postcrossing for the information.

Do make time for this event especially if you like postcards.

For more information: https://www.postcrossing.com

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The Three States: Another Epic Philatelic Adventure

The Three States: Another Epic Philatelic Adventure

Engine oil – check, brake fluid – check, battery – check, coolant – check, tyre pressure – check, brake pads – check, petrol – check, Waze – check, chargers – check, spare power bank – check, bottled water – check, bread – check, biscuits – check, towel – check, coffee – check, rest – uncheck!

Thus the journey started! With an excited mind, the trip started in the wee hours of the morning! No, NOT to the Kuala Lumpur General Post Office this time. The trip starts from the idyllic East Coast! However, time is of the essence. It is another great philatelic tour! I lost count of how many there has been. It will be another epic 1,000 km adventure.

The Tourist Destinations stamps feature some of the best places to visit in Terengganu, Pahang and Perak. These 3 states organised their respective visit the state campaigns in 2017!

Not many are aware of the richness of our own country. Did you know that the sand in the East Coast is finer and whiter than Bali (basically a volcanic grey sand)? You can choose from over 500 km of accessible beaches! Just stop by anywhere you fancy.

Here is a selection of post offices that matches the stamps very well. First up in Terengganu is Dungun, a close staging point to Rantau Abang.

The next state, Pahang, has an interesting tourist destination – Sungai Lembing, the El Dorado of the East, in its heydays. Sungai Lembing translated means the River of Spear which, according to folklore, received the name from the dream of a local ruler of a spear in the river.

The town still greets visitors with the grand trees at the central traffic divider. As you reach the end of the town, the Sungai Lembing Museum looms on a hill along with the Sungai Lembing Post Office just below the hill. The post office is manned by a single Postmaster. Inside the post office, you can still see the sturdy wooden post box seen predominantly in Pahang!

Another location well hidden location is Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary in Lanchang! The nearest Post Office is located in … you guessed it… Lanchang town! You can see the same sturdy wooden post box inside the post office.

The third state is Perak. Kuala Kangsar, the Royal Town, is featured on the top stamp.

The bottom stamp featured Taiping Zoo located in Taiping! Taiping (Everlasting Peace) was formerly known as Klian Pauh! It was also briefly the state capital of Perak before the transfer to Ipoh. Taiping features a post office with a rich history. Located at the front of the post office is a Tourism Malaysia explanation on the significance of Taiping post office!

Did you flip over to the back of the envelope? Yes! The grand Ipoh Railway station is featured at the back! The Ipoh General Post Office is located just next to the Ipoh Railway Station.

Meanwhile a fellow concordanist is heading up from South East of Malaysia to complete the concordancy!

The richness of concordant First Day Covers comes from understanding the significance of the story behind the stamp. In addition, it brings to life the stamp that you are collecting. The next time a stamp is featured in your location, why not take a bit of time to visit the places and the nearest post office? Soon you will find that it is time well spent. Make a few more and trade with fellow concordanist. There is no shortage of concordanist, except some of us cannot make the time due to work and family, availability of transport, COST (petrol and toll is a huge factor) and the high number of stamp issues to chase. Thus we are always on the look out for those who would like to join in these adventures or help out in your location.

Interested? You know how to contact.

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17 November 2017: Media Preview of Tourist Destinations issue

17 November 2017: Media Preview of Tourist Destinations issue

Today was the Media Preview of the Tourist Destinations: Perak, Pahang and Terengganu.

This issue will comprise of 3 pairs of setenant stamps. Each setenant stamp will feature one state.

The quantities are:

3 x 60 sen setenant pairs: 280,000 pieces of each setenant stamp

50 sen envelopes: 32,000 pieces

RM 6.00 empty folders: 1,800 pieces

The above prices are excluding GST.

Here are the locations for each of the setenant pair:

1. Pahang: Fraser’s Hill, Sungai Lembing Mines, Abu Bakar Palace, National Elephant Conservation Center, Cameron Highland’s Mossy Forest and Tioman Island.

2. Perak: Ubaidah Mosque, Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan (Telok Anson), Perak Royal Museum, Taiping Zoo, Royal Belum National Park and Pangkor Island.

3. Terengganu: Terengganu State Museum, Maziah Palace, Kenyir Lake, Rantau Abang Beach and Redang Island.

Meanwhile the artwork for the 150 Years Straits Settlements was released. It will only be a single Miniature Sheet. For the background and why this is the permanent issue for the original Straits Settlements, please take the time to read my old posts. You can also use the SEARCH box and type Straits Settlements.

The 150 Years Straits Settlements “Permanent Issue” will be on sale on 04 December 2017 and that coincides with the planned Stamp Week. Stay tuned for LEGO!

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Zootopia

Zootopia

Yesterday saw a moderate crowd in the early morning when the Kuala Lumpur Philatelic Bureau opened. The sale was brisk and the “empty” folders were quickly sold out with only the “full” folders left. The nice surprise is that the “full” folder set’s FDCs have the special “Zoo Negara” cancellation! Not many realised this!.

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Then it was off to concordancy adventure again! First to go back to uni:

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If you have read the original posting on 12 August 2016, you would have guess where this post office is located :-).

Then it was a drive to the zoo!

Here is the stamp launch programme:

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Pos Malaysia set up a booth outside the entrance turnstiles at the Wall of Fame.

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This is much kinder than the previous launch of Panda Postcards whereby the booth was set up inside the zoo! By setting up outside the zoo, this time there were more collectors, dealers and casual visitors buying the products. Great work, I hope Pos Malaysia continue to keep this point in mind on affordable accessibility. Parked near the Pos Malaysia booth was a VVIP vehicle. Have a guess at the VVIP:

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Philatelic Society of Malaysia’s President, Dato’ Anuar Bashah was also on hand at the booth after the launch ceremony was over. He kindly arranged to have Zoo Negara address cancellation available at the Zoo Negara reception desk. This is an added bonus. This time, the cancellation is a new and neater version. The staff at the desk was also very helpful to the collectors who went there.

The booth remained open to late afternoon. It was supposed to be until 03:00 pm but reports came in that the staff did an outstanding job of waiting for some far away collectors to arrive before closing up! The lady doing the postmarking was very steady. She did a perfect job of cancelling all the covers, folders, posters, postcards and all sorts of philatelic items. Overall, the Pos Malaysia booth did a great job.

Here is a set of the official FDCs.

20160823 & Wonders of Malaysia Flora and Fauna set

There were many other creative private designs to accommodate the sheetlet. Perhaps Pos Malaysia can bring back the taller envelopes to accommodate special sheetlets. Collectors in Malaysia tend to like to create covers and this will help them put the sheetlet on cover. I made some sheetlets on plain envelope FDCs and will print a design on the plain area.

The stamp designer, Mr. KY Lim, was spotted arriving at about 2:00 pm to buy the products. He was gracious in agreeing to autograph the items on sale. An impromptu autograph session was set up at the cafeteria near the booth. Mr. Lim had earlier done an autograph session in the Philatelic Bureau. However, most of those at Zoo Negara missed the session as they left the Philatelic Bureau earlier. Here is the impromptu signing session:

20160823 Mr KY Lim Autograph Session Zoo Negara

Overall, the design is attractive and the event in Zoo Negara with the special cancellation is an added bonus. Perhaps Pos Malaysia can announce the special cancellations and the “name” on the cancellations earlier. More collectors could have made arrangements to come to the zoo for the cancellation.

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Get ready for Pandaemonium 2

Get ready for Pandaemonium 2

It seems the Panda fever is already gripping the stamp collecting circle here. The “Made in Malaysia”, baby Panda (Nuan Nuan) will have the birthday bash in the National Zoo (Zoo Negara) tomorrow (22 August 2016) including a launch event of the 7 Wonders of Malaysia’s Flora and Fauna series.

An additional personalised stamp (locally called Setemku) will also be issued and made available in the Philatelic Bureau, General Post Office (Kuala Lumpur) and Zoo Negara. The Setemku will be sold at RM 21.20 (including GST).

Here is the visual:

2016 Ready Made Setemku Panda Birthday

There will be a special “Zoo Negara” cancellation in Zoo Negara! The Pos Malaysia booth will be at the entrance (thankfully!).

Time to visit the Zoo!

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Media Preview of the 7 Wonders of Malaysia’s Flora and Fauna

Media Preview of the 7 Wonders of Malaysia’s Flora and Fauna

In today’s 10:00 am media preview, Pos Malaysia showcased the upcoming 7 Wonders of Malaysia’s Flora and Fauna.

Media Preview

This set of products is confirmed to be launched in Dataran Dato’ Ismail Hutson in Zoo Negara, the same place where the special Panda postcards were launched.

Of particular interests are the Miniature Sheets and set of 7 postcards.

Here are the preview miniature sheets:

& Wonders Panda Perf and Imperf

This is the set of 7 postcards packed into a sleeve.

7 Wonders PostcardsThe empty folder is much smaller this time to accommodate the smaller sheetlet of stamps.

7 Wonder Empty Folder

Right, how do we line up the stamps on the envelope??? This is the sample.

7 Wonders Stamps on FDC

The sheetlet will not fit into the envelope. Thus for those who collect sheetlet of cover, you are advised to prepare your own envelope. The rough size of the sheetlet is 180 mm (length) x 130 mm (height). Please allow a few more mm to cater for any variance.

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Updated with image of the poster: 23 August 2016 Seven Wonders of Malaysia’s Flora and Fauna

Updated with image of the poster: 23 August 2016 Seven Wonders of Malaysia’s Flora and Fauna

The next issue is planned to be released on 23 August 2016. This issue will comprise of (prices before GST):

  1. Sheetlet at the price of RM 4
  2. Miniature Sheet of RM 2 x 2 (perforated and imperforated)
  3. Empty folder RM 6
  4. Postcard set RM 7

As usual the images have not been released but this should be soon.

Updated 16 August 2016:

Here is the image of the poster.

This set will comprise of the following flora and fauna:

Sheetlet:

  1. Lesser Mouse-deer: Kancil (Tragulus kanchil)
  2. Stingless Bee: Lebah Kelulut (Meliponula ferruginea)
  3. Wild Betel: Kaduk (Piper sarmentosum)
  4. Malayan Peacock-pheasant: Merak Pongsu (Polyplectron malacense)
  5. Common Green Frog: Katak Sawah Hijau (Rana erythraea)
  6. Asiatic Softshell Turtle: Labi-labi (Amyda cartilaginea)
  7. Mahseer: Kelah (Tor tambroides)

The sheetlet is too big for the official envelope and the stamps need to be removed. The sheetlet is a peel and stick (sticker type) stamp. Thus if you want to fit in the sheetlet, you might need to bring your own larger envelope.

Miniature Sheet (perforated and imperforated) will feature Giant Panda: Panda Gergasi (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) featuring baby Nuan Nuan and the parents on the side (Xing Xing and Liang Liang).

Notice the use of the QR code on each stamp? Scan the stamp (or even the poster) and you will be directed to additional online information. This is definitely a first in Malaysian philatelic history.

UM CRYSTAL QR information site

The QR code bring you to the Universiti Malaya’s Centre of Research for Computational Sciences and Informatics in Biology, Bioindustry, Environment, Agriculture and Healthcare (CRYSTAL). This explains the UM logo on the miniature sheet and the CRYSTAL logo on the poster.

This issue coincides with the Zoo Negara Giant Panda Nuan Nuan’s birthday celebration on the same day. There will be a launching of the stamps in Zoo Negara.

Zoo Negara Giant Panda Celebration

The best locations will be Universiti Malaya and Taman Melawati.

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