Postcard Friendship Friday: Mgarr Harbour

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Howdy, PFF friends!
It’s been a while, I know. Sorry for the long absence.

I have some many postcards worthy of posts but I could not find time to post them.
Now that I found a good system to balance my time, here I am again joining the PFF fun!

Here’s a postcard sent from Malta. It was sent through a swap I arranged from a postcard collector on Facebook. He was having a holiday there and offered postcards to those interested. Of course, I grabbed the opportunity.

Mgarr Harbour, Gozo, Malta
Mgarr Harbour, Gozo, Malta

The beautiful Mgarr Harbour is the gateway to Gozo.
According to an online article, Mgarr Harbour is bustling with activity due to the increase in the number of vessels using the facilities there. The harbour has a very scenic view – with verdant hills, cliffs and valleys overlooking the beautiful quay. Warehouses, stores, garages, and fishermen sheds are located right in the port and the broad square-like wharf is located at the foot of the hill.

To this day, Mgarr harbour is still the most important fishing base and provides the best winter shelter for the island’s fishing boats, while the adjacent marina hosts pleasure sea craft throughout he year.

Sunday Stamps 090: Chocolove Stamp

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Now, now, I’m back again.
Please forgive me for being an irregular blogger.
I may have all the time in the world since quitting work. The truth is a lot and nothing have happened. Please excuse the babbling.

This week’s theme is anything you wish, according to Viridian. Not sure if this is acceptable, but here goes…

A very dear friend sent me this, among other things, for my birthday earlier this year.

Love at first sight! There's also a lovely poem inside.
Love at first sight! There’s also a lovely poem inside.

I fell in love with the packaging instantly – it resembles an envelope with a classic love poem inside. With the accompanying stamp (featuring the prized hazelnuts of Oregon) and postmark, it looks like it’s been sent by a lover from a land far, far away (California, USA, in this case)!

It’s a good chocolate bar with chunky bits of organic hazelnuts. It is truly a lovely combination of chocolate and love, and a wonderful birthday present to receive.

I admit my post is a “stretch” but I will make up for it in the following weeks 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Wednesday Around the World: Kep, Cambodia

I heard a lot about this photo meme from a friend that I got very interested to join. So yeah, in order to take a break from posting stamps and postcards, I’m jumping into the Wednesday Around the World bandwagon to show my part of the world:

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Low tide. Kep Beach, near the Crab Market in Kep, Cambodia.

It has been three years since I last visited Kep. Back then, Kep used to be our favourite weekend getaway. My husband and I cherish the simple, laid-back and slow-paced lifestyle of Kep. Not to mention the fresh seafoods – shrimps, squids and crabs – these fishermen catch that are served on our table the next day.

Nowadays, the quiet days are gone, I am told, with the arrival of investors and the droves of wide-eyed tourists. It is becoming like the Sihanoukville these days. So many new hotels, restaurants and bars have mushroomed to cash in on this new tourist destination. Instead of hippies toting guitars, they are now outnumbered by rowdy over-staying backpackers who prefer electronica and those fancy sounding floyd rose tremolo at guitar center. So you can just imagine how the changes are. I long for the olden days of Kep.

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Sunday Stamps 089: Into the wild we go

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The title of my post this week reminds of this movie of the same title that I watched a long time ago. It’s a true story of a young American, freshly graduated from university and abandons his material possessions to live in the wilderness. It’s a heart-wrenching story.

Anyways, I digress.

My entries for this week come from Malaysia.

First up is the Korean tiger, Panthera tigris altaica, and is the largest tiger subspecies that is found from Russia to Korea. This stamp is one of the two issued in 2010 by Pos Malaysia to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Malaysian-South Korean diplomatic relations.

I love the neat postmark! It's mailed from Butterworth in Penang, Malaysia!
I love the neat postmark! It’s mailed from Butterworth in Penang, Malaysia!

The other tiger subspecies featured in this commemorative issue, the Panthera tigris jacksoni, is the smallest tiger subspecies confined to Peninsular Malaysia. The stamp set is beautiful and the issuing date coincided also with the Year of the Tiger. South Korean also issued the same design of tiger stamps on the same day. See the set below:

Source: Pos Malaysia.
Source: Pos Malaysia.

sunday-stamps-wild-animals-on-malaysian-stampI have two more stamps, as you can see on the left. On top is a stamp showing a teludu, also known as the Malay badger, stink or skunk badger common in Borneo’s wild. This stamp is from the nocturnal animals series issued by Pos Malaysia in 2008.

What’s more interesting is that the stamps from this series are glow-in-the-dark! Unfortunately for me, I didn’t know it right from the day I received it. I learned about this only now while researching for some info. I’ll try it tonight and let you know if it indeed glows in the dark 🙂

The stamp at the bottom features a burung pikau, or the Asian blue quail, Coturnix chinensis, and is a part of the same family as the pheasants Phasianidae of the order Galliformes, gallinaceous birds. This stamp was part of the fauna series issued in 2001.

Sunday Stamps 088: Centenary or centennial?

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They both have the same meaning but the former is used in the UK and the latter in the USA. Anyhoo, here’s one of my favourite mini sheets sent to me several years ago from the beautiful city of Talinn.

Celebrating the Centenary of Estonia's National Opera.
Celebrating the Centenary of Estonia’s National Opera.

Issued by Eesti Post in 27 March 2006, the mini sheet features stamps with perforations running to the edge of the sheet. Featured are the drawings of the Estonia theatre and concert building (Armas Lindgren and Wivi Lönn) and what could possibly be the present-day Estonia’s National Opera in the centre, costume designs for Evald Aav’s opera Vikerlased (Vikings) on the left with its musical notes providing the background of the mini sheet, and on the right is Estonian ballerina Helmi Puur in Tchaicovsky’s Swan Lake.Estonia’s National Opera was opened in 1906, first as a professional theatre called Estonia, founded by the directors and actors Paul Pinna and Theodor Altermann. Initially offering mainly drama, the theatre gradually opened its doors to musical productions. The Estonia theatre and concert building was completed in 1913 but was destroyed in an air raid by the Soviets in 1944. It was later reopened in 1947 after the war and, in 1998, was renamed the Estonian National Opera. (Source) The ceiling was painted in the style of Socialist Realism. Now, I’m curious to see what that looks like.

Postcard Friendship Friday 088: Visiting Angkor Wat during the rainy season

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Here’s a view of the Angkor Wat during the rainy season. Rain or shine, visitors still flock to see this World Heritage Site in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
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I’ve been to Angkor Wat many times already but  they were during the hot, dry summer season. I would love to visit during the monsoon season when, according to friends, the landscape is more lush, and the temples look their best – the colours and hues are richer, the trees around them are greener and the weather cooler due to regular downpours.

Postcard above courtesy of Inside Cambodia Postcards.

Sunday Stamps 087: Live Healthy stamp from Romania

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Here’s a colourful stamp from Romania from its “Live Healthy” stamp series issued in 2012:

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The Live Healthy stamp series, issued in May 2013, is a reminder of sorts and an invitation to a healthy diet and lifestyle. Shown on the stamps are grapes, tomatoes, peach and garlic.

Aren’t they pretty? Bright reds, yellow, oranges, blacks and whites – my scanner didn’t do justice to the stamp, my apologies.

The vegetables and fruits above have more to offer than their pretty colours – they are loaded with vitamins and minerals necessary for a healthy body and mind. So let’s keep it in our minds, think rainbow when it comes to choosing what fruits and veggies to eat 🙂

Mulțumesc, Danut!

Sunday Stamps 086: Seychelles bare-legged scops-owl

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Hello everyone. I’ve been away from Sunday Stamps for a very long time and here I am again joining in the fun! My stamps came from the beautiful islands of Seychelles:

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The Seychelles Scops-Owl (Otus insularis) was featured in the souvenir sheet issued in 2001 in celebration of Birdlife’s World Bird Festival. The complete sheet includes 5 pieces of stamps each with the same value of R3. On the sheet, it shows the logo of Birdlife International as well as well as the logo of the 2001 Birdlife World Bird Festival.

The Seychelles scops-owl is found only in Morne Seychellois National Park. This species also known as bare-legged scops-owl is a rare scops owl species. In 2002, the scops-owl species was listed as critically endangered species by the IUCN. Here’s the souvenir sheet.

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It reaches a length between 19-22 cm. The wings are about 17cm. Its plumage is rufous brown and exhibits  black shaft streaks. The long grey legs are unfeathered – hence the nickname bare-legged scops-owl.  The eyes are large and golden yellow. The ear tufts are very small. Its call which sounds like a rasping “whaugh” with various “tok tok” notes can be heard from a far distance and in particular in the darkness. Its diet consists of geckos, tree frogs and insects (e.g. locusts).

Additional info and photo of the souvenir sheet from this site and about the scops-owl here.

Postcard Friendship Friday 087: Angkor Wat and a pond of lotus flowers

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I’ve been away from Postcard Friendship Friday (again) and from the Internet in general. Here I am trying to make another comeback. I hope friends at PFF will fill still find their way to my blog. I recently received a swap request and the swapper was very specific about the postcard she wanted. She saw this from someone’s site and asked me to if I could find a copy.

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Of course, I can find this one! I even helped a friend who was looking for an electric ukulele for his son’s music talent show in school. I have this knack for finding things. The photo above is of the world-famous Angkor Wat. It’s one of my favourite views of the temple. It was probably photographed during the height of the rainy season when the ponds in front of the temple are filled with water and lotuses grow in no time. However, I do think this is photo-shopped because the pond there is not as large as this one. But still it is a nice postcard.

Anyhoo, this one’s already on its way… so watch out for it, friend 🙂