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 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!

Sunday Stamps 083: Italy’s national colours and symbols on stamps

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From Italy, I have two stamps that came in recently. The postcard will be featured later this week.

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The stamp on the left is a definitive stamp issued in 2011, if I am not mistaken. It features envelope taking off, leaving behind a trail formed by the colours of the Italian flag. At the top is the Poste Italiane logo…and the word ITALIA and the denomination complete the stamp. The map of Italy is actually  not part of the stamp; it is printed on the postcard. It made it look like the envelope is flying away from Italy, representing the mails that sent from the country 🙂

On the right hand is a stamp categorised by Poste Italiane as an alti-velori, or high-value, definitive stamp. Two squares inside a rectangular frame whose vertical edges are decorated with intertwined sections of ribbon supported by a bar, with the word “ITALIA” on the bottom edge. In the top square on the left, the profile of a woman wearing a towered crown, and on the right, the Italian Republic’s coat-of-arms. In the bottom square, the denomination “1,00” superimposed on the “€” symbol of the single European currency, set against a background of geometric motifs. (Source)

Sunday Stamps 082: The heavenly bodies on stamps

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Hey, there. I hope you’re all enjoying a great Sunday. Today’s spent for R and R after yesterday’s kite flying trip outside of the city. Needless to say, we had fun yesterday even if the sun was really scorching hot. We spent about three hours under the sun flying kites. And not just any kite – it’s a handmade-kite and attached to it is a camera rig. So we’re not only flying the kites but also taking aerial photos. My husband’s into kite aerial photography and every weekend we devote time to do just that. If you are interested, kindly visit his blog here – Kestrel KAP Cambodia. And please excuse the shameless plug 🙂

Now on to the stamp. I found several stamps that fit into this week’s theme but I had to choose only one stamp since I’m still feeling a little lazy after yesterday’s outdoor activity. I’ll make it up next time, promise.

Here it is, a beautiful black and white Europa stamp from Finland:

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The year 2009 was declared as the International Year of Astronomy. The theme year was endorsed by the UN and organised by the International Astronomical Union, with the slogan, The Universe – Yours to Discover.

So in May of 2009, the Finnish Postal Service issued two Europa stamps, one of which I have above. The pair of stamps depict a fantasy landscape of lakes and different heavenly bodies. The stamp above bears a comet on its left side, accompanied by a lunar eclipse. The large planet shown on the stamp is Saturn.

Below is the pair’s souvenir sheet. The other stamp that I don’t hav has the Moon in the centre, with the Milky Way on the right side of the stamp.

Imaged nicked off GoogleImages.
Imaged nicked off GoogleImages.

It is amazing to see these heavenly bodies above us. One does not need a very high-tech telescope to do so, just look up to the sky one night and you’ll know what I mean. Especially on a starry night, or a moon-lit night, one can’t help but wonder about life and the vastness of the universe. It never fails to give me shivers, I kid you not.

But please, Lord. Don’t let these heavenly bodies fall on earth.

Stamp Info Source, Photo Source

Sunday Stamps 081: Year of the Tiger

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In 2010, I received a Year of the Tiger postcard from Taiwan showing a beautiful painting of a tiger, looking sinister.

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This is one of my favourite postcards (and the succeeding stamp, too) from Taiwan for I was born in the year of the Tiger.
At the back of the postcard, affixed is a matching tiger stamp issued by the Chunghwa Post of Taiwan in 2010 to welcome the Lunar Year of the Tiger.

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The stamp features an image of a tiger gazing ahead which. according to the Chinese astrology, symbolizes farsightedness, optimism, enterprise and luck.

Sunday Stamps 080: Embroidered orchids on Singaporean stamp

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Here’s a special stamp for orchids lovers all over the world!
I won a contest at Cherished Moments by SingPost page in Facebook and scored a special and unique stamp in a souvenir sheet. It is special in a sense that it features an embroidered stamp depicting the pigeon orchid.

The SingPost issued this souvenir sheet in May 2009 along with two other definitives under the Flora and Fauna category.
The SingPost issued this souvenir sheet in May 2009 along with two other definitives under the Flora and Fauna category.

As you can see, the stamp has three embroidered pigeon orchids fixed on the stamp. According to sources, this white fragrant flowers with yellow “throat” resemble a flying pigeon when viewed on the side. Hence, the name. The printing company must have used special types of machines to do this. I know that this is not the first time embroidered stamps were issued. I think the Swiss was the first to do so in 2000. However, this is the first of its kind in (and very much welcome addition to) my collection. How awesome is that? I mean, unique stamps like this are very much what collectors are after, isn’t it?

What’s more awesome is that I received this souvenir sheet with details and a personal note from a SingPost executive.

Okorn charan, Singapore Post! Thank you!
Okorn charan, Singapore Post! Thank you!

I don’t know many women who received orchids, instead of roses, on Valentine’s Day but I sure would be happy to get one. I think orchids, when chosen and arranged beautifully,  are gorgeous and a unique gift for Valentines. What about you?

We are also celebrating the Chinese New Year here in Cambodia, so Kung Hei Fat Choi to everyone! May the Year of the Water Snake bring out the best in each of us.

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 066: Gone postal

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I’m almost late for our Sunday Stamps date! We just received a happy news – wedding bells are ringing for my younger brother. He and his bride are finally taking the plunge. That means we all are going home for this big, big day in December. Everyone is excited and we started looking at wedding dresses for the mother of the groom and for ours, too, hehehe. I actually found something I like – the style, the colour, and the price suits me – but it’s a site for  for plus size prom dress. Anyways, we still have months to prepare so I’ll surf some more sites.

Please excuse the girlish blab. Anyways, here is my entry for this week. The theme is the Post, post boxes, postal vans, stamps on stamps, or similar images. Here is my take:

The stamp above is from the "sender" theme of Deutsche Post's "Post" stamp series, 2009.
The stamp above is from the “sender” theme of Deutsche Post’s “Post” stamp series, 2009.

Please excuse the extra stamp on the left. I just like to include the postmark.

The stamp on the right is a part of the four in a series called “Post” issued by the Deutsche Post in 2009. The four images used in the stamps show the elements (original translation by Google is “universal services”) of the Deutsche Post: sender, Post Offices (both issued on March 2009), transport(ation), and delivery – it could also mean postal workers, I’m  not sure (both issued on May 2009).  For some reason, the information on the last three stamps only are found in Deutsch Post’s website (no English translation, too) and nothing for the one I have.

I apologise because I could not find info on the above stamp. Any corrections and/or additional info are very much welcome. So, instead, I’m just going to show you the pictures of the other stamps in the series. You may click the caption for information on the stamps but I have to warn you that it is in Deutsch language.

Serie "Post" - Postfiliale - Post Office Branch
Serie “Post” – Postfiliale – Post Office Branch
Serie "Post" - Transport
Serie “Post” – Transport
Serie "Post" - Zustellung
Serie “Post” – Zustellung