Sunday Stamps: Words and numbers

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Hello, friends. I’m coming back to Sunday Stamps again after a loooong period of hiatus. I hope old friends and new ones will find their way back here 🙂

Sunday Stamps from Moldova

From Poşta Moldovei, this was a 2009 commemorative-stamp issued on the 60th anniversary of the Council of Europe. It was affixed to the very first postcard from Moldova that’s in my collection. Moldova is one of the countries that are considered “hard-to-get” by postcards and stamp collectors. I happened to meet a Moldovan in one of the conferences I attended way back and quickly became friends before the event ended. Happy to say we still keep in touch up to this day 🙂

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.

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.

Sunday Stamps 085: The World’s Largest Crocodile

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These are the stamps that came with the postcards I recently received:

Philippine definitive stamps issued in 2011 featuring the country's marine biodiversity (left) and wildlife (right). Please click the photo for a better view of the stamps.
Philippine definitive stamps issued in 2011 featuring the country’s marine biodiversity (left) and wildlife (right). Please click the photo for a better view of the stamps.

The fish featured in this P1 (one peso) value stamp is the Picasso Trigger, a very popular aquarium fish easily recognised through it’s colourful body markings. It can also be noted that these stamps have bar codes on them.

The other stamp features one the four se-tenant stamps of WWF featuring the crocodiles that are endemic to the Philippines.

…Its scientific name is Crocodylus Mindorensis, after Mindoro, where the type of specimen was caught. It is a freshwater crocodile. It can grow up to three meters. Females construct a nest of grass, twigs and sand close to water and lay up to thirty eggs. After two to three months, the eggs hatch. Juvenile crocodiles eat shrimps, insects and snails. Adults prey on fish, birds, rats and snakes and occasionally on larger animals such as wild pigs and deer.

The Philippine crocodile is strictly protected under Philippine law. The Wildlife Act prohibits the killing, selling or keeping of the species. The Philippine government initiates a captive breeding program for the species. The University of Southern Mindanao has a crocodile conservation project in Ligawasan Marsh. The Mabuwaya Foundation and Isabela State University implement a project to preserve the Philippine crocodile in the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park by educating people, protecting fresh water habitat and reintroducing the species in the wild… – Source

WWF works in the Philippines together with different stakeholders to protect and conserve, not only of the Philippine crocodiles, but of nature and environment as a whole.

In a related news, a giant crocodile was captured last year in a creek in a remote farming town in Agusan del Sur (Mindanao island) and was declared, by no less than the Guiness Book of World Records, as the largest saltwater crocodile in captivity. The crocodile was named Lolong, after a government environmental officer who died from a heart attack after traveling to Bunawan in Agusan del Sur province to help capture the beast. Unfortunately, Lolong died in February this year.

Sunday Stamps 084: International Women’s Day

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This week’s theme calls for stamps that fit the theme “abstract”.
Quite challenging, I must say. I found one which I think fits in, if stretched a little bit. Here is a stamp from Spain issued in March 2011, highlighting the changes and progress made in the country towards  recognition of equality for women in all aspects of life.

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It’s been more than a century since the world first celebrated the International Women’s Day every year. However, the present situation all over the world still reflects discrimination and inequality against women. But still, a lot has  changed and the women are continuing the fight.

In Spain in 2007, for instance, a law was passed on this subject compelling companies to adopt measures to prevent discrimination. To encourage and acknowledge the work of companies committed to the Ley de Igualdad (Equality Act), a distinctive seal is awarded to those who stand by the application of equality in their workplace, organizational models, services, products and advertising. Their logo, an abstract design, and their motto, “Equality in Work”, feature in this stamp.

Sunday Stamps 079: Cool insects

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This week’s theme is insects. Or bugs. Some people love to hate them.  I don’t.  So what did I find from my collection this week? Here goes:

From a postcard from Qatar (sent by Rodel) here’s one of the beautifully printed insect stamps from Qatar.

The migratory locust is one of the 20 insects printed on Qatari stamps in 1998.
The migratory locust is one of the 20 insects printed on Qatari stamps in 1998.

The migratory locusts are found in Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia and it is a major agricultural pest in many countries. The subspecies in Australia, Locusta migratoria migratorioides, is also found in Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea.

Bee-hawk moth is one of the stamps depicted in the 2008 set issue of the Austrian Post advocating for environmental protection.
Bee-hawk moth is one of the stamps depicted in the 2008 set issue of the Austrian Post advocating for environmental protection.

Bee-hawk moths are day-flyers and are said to be similar in appearance to  bumblebees. Their wings are transparent and have a rusty, brown border.  What a beauty, isn’t it? They are found in North Africa, Europe, and Central and Eastern Asia.

I love these insects. But there are creepy-crawlies that I run away from. And these are the mean-looking  mosquitoes, beetles, ants, and spiders, with fangs as sharp as single edge razor blades that give me the shivers. Okay, enough of me. Let’s see your kind of bugs or insects this week 🙂

Sunday Stamps 078: Amber marimba

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Screenshot-from-2013-01-26-12-09-38I come from a country known to produce fantastic singers worldwide. If I remember it right, the American talk show host Ellen Degeneres once declared on twitter that some of the best singers she knows come from the Philippines.

Sad to say, I am one of those unfortunate souls who don’t have any musical gene in my DNA. I love and appreciate good music, don’t get me wrong. But please don’t make me sing. My talent for singing is best hidden,lol. When it comes to music, I prefer instrumentals such as esp acoustic guitars but I also love the classic, oldies but goodies kind of stuff. Now, why am I talking about music stuff? Well, guess what, I have a stamp from Mexico that was on a postcard that mi querida amiga Ana sent to me. It features one of Mexico’s traditional musical instrument, a theme that I like.

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A marimba is a musical instrument, usually made of wood, from the percussion family that was developed in the southern state of Chiapas in Mexico and northern Guatemala. The marimba is said to be a “descendant” of sorts of the instrument called balafon used by the African slaves in Central America. (Source: Wikipedia)

I’ve never seen a marimba before but I think it resembles a xylophone and a traditional Khmer xylophone made of bamboo called roneath. According to marimba sites, they sound lower and richer than a xylophone.

I found a video on youtube that demonstrates how a marimba is played and how it sounds like. Enjoy the marimba music!

Sunday Stamps 077: Cartoon strips on stamps

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In between upgrading my Ubuntu operating system in my desktop (newly-purchased by my husband, ahem-ahem) and checking my blog stats via dashboard scorecard here, I was able to also search for a bit of background details about my entries for this week’s Sunday Stamps. Is that multi-tasking or what?Without further ado here are my stamps featuring cartoon strips:

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Ik heb de kraan mar laten lopen, dan kun u het lek gemakkelijker vinden.
Translation via GoogleTranslate: I have run the tap in March, then you can easily find the leak.

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Er zat geen cent meer in de schatkist, majesteit. Enzo komt hij nog van pas.

Translation via GoogleTranslate: There was not a penny more into the treasury, majesty. So he comes in handy.

The above cartoon strip on stamps were issued in 1993. There are four in this series.  I’ve never heard of Joost Swarte before and it’s interesting to know more about this artist. I think they are unique stamps, cleverly designed to make it look like a page of a comic book that’s been ripped off from it. Looking at the illustrations on the stamps alone made me see a bit of similarities on the style employed by the artist who made the cartoon character, Tin Tin.  Did you notice it,  too?

Joost Swarte is one of the most popular comic artists and graphic designers from the Netherlands and is best know for his ligne claire or clear line style of drawing which he himself had coined. His illustrations appeared in many magazines in the Netherlands, Belgium and in the USA. He worked for the New Yorker magazine where he created a strip called “We’ll Make It” as well as some of his illustrations landed on its covers.