APEC 2009

Later in the week, leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) will meet in Singapore for a week-long forum. More than 10000 delegates from the 21 member countries, including ministers and leaders will be present, including United States President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao. According to the APEC Singapore 2009 website, the logo […]

Registered First Day Cover

Something that I would have never thought of was to register a first-day cover. On the day when the Singapore-Indonesia Joint Issue was released, I met a few experienced stamp collectors at the post office in Harbourfront Centre after the launch. That was when I realised that it was possible to send a registered mail […]

Singapore National Monuments

The four stamps below were issued in 1978 with a value of 10 cents each, showcasing selected national monuments: Armenian Church, Hajjah Fatimah Mosque, Sri Mariamman Temple and Thian Hock Keng Temple. All national monuments featured on this set of stamps were gazetted on 6 July 1973. Armenian Church 60 Hill Street, Singapore 179366 Built […]

Postage Due

When one forgets to insert a CashCard (or one with insufficient stored value) into the In-Vehicle Unit (IU) when driving through an Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) gantry, he or she will be charged an administration fee of $10, to be payable within 24 hours, on top of the amount payable for the original ERP charges. […]

Mail from Malta

Last week, I received some postcards and used stamps from Malta. If you take a closer look at the cover, the stamps were cancelled on 9 September 2009. The postcard below shows St. Julians, the most popular tourist resort in Malta. This town is famous for its tourism-oriented businesses, including hotels and of course, restaurants. […]

The Machine Strikes Back

Due to the ongoing Great September Sale, the new (physical) mailbox at The Restaurant is once again getting filled up. From time to time, there will be one or two letters in my mailbox which seem to catch my attention. Last week, I received such a letter. It was an envelope with a postage stamp […]

Malta Euro Coins

Here is a first day cover from Malta dated 1 January 2008. On that day, Malta started using the Euro currency. As seen on the cover, there are two values imprinted on the postage stamp. The value in red (43 c) denotes the old currency while the value in white uses the Euro (?1). For […]

Singapore-Philippines Joint Issue

Earlier in the afternoon, I was at the Pod on level 16 of the National Library Building for the Singapore-Philippines Joint Issue stamp launch. Access to the Pod is restricted, requiring wireless access cards to take the lift up. The lift, which could fit up to 40 people, was similar to the size of a […]