On 7 July 2010, Singapore Post issued the Seashore – Starfish postage prepaid envelope. These envelopes can be purchased at post offices and use them to send letters of up to 20 g to local addresses. These prepaid envelopes can be purchased either in a bundle of 10 for S$3.50 or for 40 cents each, a la carte. Designed by Leo Teck Chong, these envelopes provide consumers with added convenience, especially by saving time on affixing a postage stamp.
This is a continuation of the Seashore theme, where a postage prepaid envelope from the same series on Seashells was issued previously. Some time ago, we also featured the Gardens of Singapore prepaid envelope (1994) which is available in two different sizes, DL and C6. It would definitely be great if postage prepaid envelopes were still sold in different dimensions to cater to different needs.
It’s the time of the year for the annual Singapore Food Festival held at Clarke Quay. Singapore Post will be setting up a booth there for the third year running. Although there is no stamp issue to commemorate the Festival, there are two different cachets offered, one for each weekend: 16 to 18 July and 23 to 25 July. A number of philatelic products will be sold there, including presentation packs and gifts.
The boring wavy lines that print themselves on envelopes will take a short break. From 19 July 2010 to 30 September 2010, both dates inclusive, Singapore Post will be replacing these wavy lines with Youth Olympic Games slogan messages. This would apply to CFC machines C1 to C3 and FC machine C4.
Sorting mail into these four machines would be a totally random process, so it would require lots of luck. To make it more challenging, machines C1 to C3 will have two different slogans each, intensifying the randomness, making it harder to obtain a complete collection.
As far as I am aware, a manual replacement of the slogan die is needed to switch between the two designs. So, here’s a tip: Drop your envelopes into the post box on different dates, in different locations, to maximise your chances.
That does not mean that there are seven designs in total. The only slogan design for C4 is the same as one of the designs for C1. With the implementation of the five-day week mail collection, you can safely drop your envelope into the post box from this evening!
The Flora and Fauna definitive stamps were first issued in 2007, consisting of 14 denominations ranging from 5 cents to $10.
Last year, another two 1st Local stamps featuring the Pigeon Orchid and the Blue Pea Vine were introduced.Today, Singapore Post released two new stamps featuring the Simpoh Air and the Singapore Rhododendron. These flowers of these two plants typically last for only a day.
The Simpoh Air (Dillenia suffruticosa) is commonly found near forest edges, eroded soil and swampy areas. It is characterised by its large yellow flowers and big leaves. Birds are easily attracted to the thin layer of vibrant red flesh surrounding the seeds, allowing quick dispersion of the seeds.
The Singapore Rhododendron (Melastoma malabathricum) has beautiful flowers with five petals in pink to dark purple, opening after sunrise and closing later in the day. This plant is the home to caterpillars of butterfly species such as the Common Sailor (Neptis hylas) and the Grey Count (Tanaecia lepidea).
Graphics: Singapore Post
Designer: Wong Wui Kong
The Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis) (top) has a distinctive black band across its eyes from the bill to the back of its head. Characterised by yellow-and-black feathers, this bird gives a loud call. Fruits and insects form its main diet.
Trees have a high level of importance in nature. Every day, trees are used to identify landmarks, provide shade, act as dust filter, prevent soil erosion and are habitats for various animals under their foliage. Trees are found almost everywhere in the garden city of Singapore, including parks, neighbourhoods and even along highways.
On 26 May 2010, Singapore Post released a stamp issue ‘Know 10 Trees’ depicting ten trees that accompany our daily lives. They include the Rain Tree, Angsana, Yellow Flame, Senegal Mahogany, Broad-leafed Mahogany, Tembusu, Sea Apple, Saga, Trumpet Tree and Sea Almond. This NParks initiative aims to raise public awareness of common roadside trees found in Singapore.
On 15 April 1994, Singapore Post issued the Gardens of Singapore prepaid envelope. Available in two different sizes, DL and C6, these envelopes can be used to send letters of up to 20 g to local addresses. Consumers may purchase these envelopes for convenience, since they save time on affixing a postage stamp.
Next, if you have not heard so, there will be no more mail collection on Saturday since 15 May 2010. Simply, it’s a five day work week! However, the cut-off timing for local mail delivery on Friday will be extended to 8 pm for mail posted within the Central Business District (CBD) and 6 pm for mail posted outside the CBD.
With a total of 204000 visitors on the opening day, the Shanghai World Expo Park was flooded by huge crowds. Visitors to the park have started queuing up early in the morning for safety checks before entering. Visiting the Shanghai World Expo Park was similar to a tour around the globe. The 2010 Shanghai World Expo has high expectations to meet, after the success of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
The latest addition to my Olympic collection is a first day cover from Macau. Dated 14 July 2001, this cover is released to commemorate the success of China’s bid to host the 2008 Summer Olympics. The results were announced by the International Olympic Committee on 13 July 2001. The 1 ptc stamp features the logo of the bid for the 2008 Summer Olympics by Beijing.
Takes a break from the live satellite broadcast of the opening ceremony
Recently, I have received a postcard from China featuring the postmark of the Expo 2010 Shanghai China. The logo represents the Chinese character ‘shi’, which is drawn to look like three people standing together with the year 2010 underneath.
Commonly known as Expo 2010 or the Shanghai World Expo, this exposition will be held in Shanghai, China, from 1 May to 31 October 2010. This is the most expensive expo in the history of the world’s fairs and is also the largest fair site at 5.28 square kilometres. This expo would attract over 70 million visitors from all around the world. This year, over 190 countries is participating in the Shanghai World Expo.
Now, if you happen to be (or, going to be) part of the 70 million visitors, do help me obtain a small souvenir from the Shanghai World Expo! I would be able to obtain souvenirs for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games. Hopefully I would be able to pick up some limited edition items at the 99 Day Countdown next Friday.
Continues watching the live telecast of the opening ceremony
A stamp issue featuring butterflies was released today, as part of the nature series. Designed by Nicodemus Loh F C, four butterflies found in Singapore are featured in this stamp issue. Butterflies are more active during the warmer part of the day and can be easily spotted in different places, including gardens, grasslands and wildlife parks.
Featured on the 1st local stamp is the Common Birdwing (Troides helena cerberus), a large and colourful butterfly with a black and yellow pattern. Highly sought after by collectors, this is a protected species in Singapore and Malaysia.
The Tailed Jay (Graphium agamemnon), found on the 80c stamp, is swift-flying and is commonly found flitting from flower to flower. It is also commonly known as the Green Spotted Triangle, Tailed Green Jay or the Green Triangle. Apple-green spots are found on the wings of this butterfly.
The Common Posy (Drupadia ravindramoorei) ($1.10) can be easily spotted along jungle paths. Something special about this species is that it has three tails, with the middle one being the longest. The Common Posy tends to rest on the same leaf with its wings closed.
The Blue Glassy Tiger (Ideopsis vulgaris macrina), often found in coastal mangrove areas, is depicted on the $2 stamp. It has a transverse black bar in forewing cell. This butterfly is naturally attracted to partially dried Heliotropium indicum.
Graphics: Singapore Post
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