I had a bit of a travel emergency earlier this week so pardon the lack of posts (again).
I’m glad I came back on time for Sunday Stamps. This week’s theme is “any stamp you wish”. Easy, you say, but it was difficult to choose for me because I have a lot of favourites that I wish to feature right away. Since Valentine’s day is just a day away, I thought of featuring something that is an important part of Valentine’s Day, and other special celebrations… and that is… food!
The stamp below features the scrumptious no caloeira a tempura, unmistakably a Japanese cuisine. I hope my translation is correct – otherwise, please correct me – it means low-calorie tempura.
It is one of the seven stamps and souvenir sheets issued by the Portuguese Postal Office in 2009. The series is called Sabores da Lusofonia – which means “Flavours of Lusophony”. I didn’t actually know what Lusofonia or “Lusophony” means but it sure does look delicious!
Sabor in the Bisaya-Hiligaynon dialect in the south-central Philippines (where I come from) means taste or flavour. Lusophony, I learned, is a collective word to mean Portuguese-speaking countries and territories. So the stamp series illustrate the dishes from Portugal and other countries who share the Portuguese language. Unknown to most of us, Portuguese is spoken as a home-language by more than 300,000 Brazilians of Japanese descent in Japan, known as dekassegui. A quick reference to the Wikipedia never fails to educate me every time!
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!