Your $10 Note Now Comes with a Triangle

The Singapore $10 banknote now comes in another variety, with one triangle on its reverse. These polymer notes bear the signature of Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore. The serial numbers for the one triangle variety begin with 3AA.

As described by the Monetary Authority of Singapore, ‘there may be other shapes, such as circles, stars or triangles’. So far, only the square, triangle and diamond shapes are observed in general circulation. Perhaps this would mean that it would take some time before another series of banknotes is launched. Nevertheless, these symbols certainly created a level of curiosity within collectors.

To date, only the $5 and $10000 denominations remain devoid of the mysterious symbols. The following table summarises the different varieties found for each denomination of Singapore’s banknotes.

The Portrait series of notes was introduced back in 1999. Three different signature varieties have been featured on this series over the past eleven years. They include BCCS Chairman Richard Hu from September 1999, MAS Chairman PM Lee Hsien Loong from May 2004 and MAS Chairman SM Goh Chok Tong from January 2008.

New Balance Real Run 2010

The New Balance Real Run 2010 was held yesterday morning at Changi Coast. The route was similar to that of previous years – 4 kilometres of trail, followed by 7.4 kilometres of road, 600 metres of sand and another 3 kilometres of road.

The 15-kilometre run was completed with a net time of 1:25:07 (PB).

The first four kilometres of trail was quite comfortable, as the weather was neither too hot nor too cold. Up next is a straight stretch of road down Aviation Park Road, followed by a left turn to the Coastal Park Connector. Making an about turn 8.4 kilometres into the run, we headed towards the Changi Beach Park. At the 10-kilometre mark, the time elapsed was still safely under 50 minutes. The indicators for the 10-kilometre and 11-kilometre marks seemed to be placed more than a kilometre apart. Up next was the 600 metres of sand while running along the beach. As we were running parallel to a 15 degree slope, it was not easy to maintain balance. This year, the sand was rather soft compared to last time.

Lastly, my timing for the 10-kilometre Mizuno Wave Run last Sunday was 0:54:48 due to a slow start. Overtaking was almost impossible on the five-foot walkway that lasted the first three kilometres.

Kent Ridge Park Trail

Kent Ridge Park, a 47-hectare public park located along the south-western coast of Singapore, has been featured on a recent stamp issue. Singapore Post has released this set of four se-tenant stamps on 22 September 2010 which features the World War II historical site.

Kent Ridge Park was then known as Pasir Panjang Ridge. In 1942, the place was used by the British to defend Singapore against the Japanese. One of the hills in the park, Bukit Chandu, was the site for the Battle for Pasir Panjang, one of the last battles bitterly fought by the Malay Regiment against the Japanese during the war. Today, a colonial bungalow stands at 31K Bukit Chandu. It was converted to the Reflections at Bukit Chandu museum after restoration works to commemorate the patriots.

1990 Asian Games Maximum Cards

This set of six maximum cards (or simply, maxi-cards) was issued on 22 September 1990, and are released to celebrate the 11th Asian Games held in Beijing, China. The third series of stamps for the Games was released on 22 September 1990, the opening day of the Games. Today’s date marks exactly 20 years since the opening day. The stamps were designed by Lu Dehui and Liu Bo.

Featuring a similar illustration compared to the postage stamp, the sketches on the maximum cards are more detailed. They depict Track and Field (4 fen), Gymnastics (8 fen), Wushu (10 fen), Volleyball (20 fen), Swimming (30 fen) and Shooting (1.60 yuan). The stamps have a dimension of 40 mm by 30 mm with a perforation of 11 by 11.5. These maxi-cards are cancelled in Beijing and dated 1990.9.22.9.

The 11th Asian Games was held from 22 September 1990 to 7 October 1990.

Singapore $50 Banknote with Two Square Dots

And it seems that the Singapore $50 banknote has two square dots on its reverse too, just like the $2, $10, and $100 banknotes. Now, these four denominations come in three different varieties, viz. no dot, one square dot and two square dots. In March, two triangles were spotted on the $1000 banknotes, making the whole pattern even more unpredictable. For any denomination, these symbols are always found beneath the word describing its featured theme.

Scan by Vincent Tan.

Safra Singapore Bay Run & Army Half Marathon 2010

The 2010 Safra Singapore Bay Run & Army Half Marathon was held this morning in the city area. The flag-off for the half marathon was 0515 hours at Esplanade Bridge. The highlight of this year’s 21-kilometre route was running past the Double Helix bridge along Bayfront Avenue and alongside the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resorts.

In the first two kilometres, participants proceeded towards Collyer Quay, Shenton Way and Robinson Road, finding themselves surrounded by skyscrapers in every direction. After running past the Fullerton Hotel and the Esplanade Bridge again, there was a right turn towards Raffles Avenue, running behind The Float@Marina Bay. Another right turn brought the participants to Bayfront Avenue leading to Marina Bay Sands. Bayfront Avenue was gently sloped, so there was a slight slowdown up to the Sky Park entrance.

This was followed by running up the Benjamin Sheares Bridge towards East Coast Park, following last year’s route. That’s 9 kilometres so far. We then proceeded into East Coast Park via the Fort Road exit. Last year, there was a 50-metre-stretch-of-darkness. This year, this stretch was lit up with floodlights, and there was an event marshal stationed in that area to ensure safety of the participants.

After the East Coast Park leg, which indicates the 13-kilometre mark, participants proceeded to Mountbatten Road and subsequently, Nicoll Highway. Upon making a right turn after Nicoll Highway MRT Station, it was approximately 17 kilometres done. Just like last year, the final four kilometres brought the participants onto the F1 track, past the Esplanade, across Anderson Bridge and into the Padang.

Overall, the event was well-organised and certainly massive. Water points located less than 3 kilometres apart were more than sufficient. There was a slight improvement from last year’s timing with a net time of approximately 2:14.

Up next is the 10 km Mizuno Wave Run, 15 km New Balance Real Run and the Nike City 10k. All three are held back to back on three consecutive Sundays starting 10 October 2010.

Youth Olympic Village Postmark

Throughout the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games, a special postmark was made available at the Youth Olympic Village (YOV). This postmark certainly resembles the metal date stamp found in post offices around Singapore. As the Youth Olympic Village was not open to public, my friend Terence Wong helped to make arrangements to obtain this postmark on 26 August, to coincide with the closing ceremony of the Youth Olympic Games.

The Youth Olympic Village, located in Nanyang Technological University, is home to more than 5000 athletes and team officials during the period of the Games. These guests are invited to participate in the Culture and Education Programme (CEP) during their stay in the Village.

One Day to Singapore 2010

Tomorrow marks the opening of the inaugural Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games. Of course, this would be incomplete without an opening ceremony.

Just like how a hundredth of a second determines whether an athlete is first an Olympic event, it is important to whip out one’s camera within a split-second to photograph that split-second moment. A sudden burst of fireworks inserted at the end of each segment. The appearance of performers at every corner of The Float@Marina Bay. To prepare for the unpredictable sequence of events, I was at the Combined Rehearsal last Saturday to find out where the surprises are inserted.

In order to keep the suspense for the two billion viewers worldwide, this post shall summarise the sequence of events. The opening ceremony starts at 1930 hours with a preshow segment to liven up the crowd. At 2000 hours, the live telecast will be shown to the world. Ten minutes later marks the countdown to the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games.

Bright beams emerge from skyscrapers in the background, including the Central Business District. Of course, there are some special effects over at Marina Bay Sands which will attract the attention of everyone passing by. This is followed by several performances divided into various chapters. We’ll leave that to tomorrow for you to find out.

Next is the traditional Parade of Nations, during which the athletes would march into the stadium according to their country. As with all other Olympic Games, Greece marches into the stadium first, while the host country Singapore enters last. Following which, speeches are made to declare the Games open. The Olympic flag is subsequently brought into the stadium and raised as the Olympic Anthem is played.

The athletes will then gather around a rostrum, where a representative from the athletes, judges and coaches each, will take the Olympic Oath. The finale segment, entitled Blazing the Trail, is where the Torch is brought into the stadium. The details of this segment are kept secret and were undisclosed during the combined rehearsal.

At the end of the event, spectators continued snapping photographs before leaving the grandstand. A final note to those who are attending the Opening Ceremony tomorrow – arrive early to get a good view, especially since is a free-seating event.

National Monuments 2010

The National Day stamp issue for this year will be released early on Wednesday, 4 August 2010. Six monuments will be featured this time, the third of the National Monuments series. The designer for this issue is Leo Teck Chong. He was also the designer for the recently issued Starfish postage prepaid envelope.

The six national monuments include the Bowyer Block (1st Local), College of Medicine Building (2nd Local), Command House (55c), the Hwa Chong Institution Clock Tower (65c), the former Raffles College campus (80c) and the Tan Teck Guan Building ($1.10). These six monuments are also found on the $2 miniature sheet, featuring the architectural links between Singapore’s past and present built heritage.

To commemorate National Day, the NDP 2010 Logo will be featured as the datestamp.

The theme for last year’s National Day stamp issue was Sculptures, where the masterpieces of seven sculptors are featured.

Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games Philatelic Products

This month, three notable Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games philatelic products from Singapore Post have caught the attention of collectors worldwide.

This colourful illustration book brings you through the journey, from Singapore winning the bid for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games to the launching of the event. This commemorative book includes the stamps since Singapore won the bid and is an excellent souvenir. Price: $59.90 (US$44)

If you missed the sale for the first day covers in 2008 and 2009, here’s another chance. This attractive First Day Cover Pack houses the three different covers (2008, 2009 and 2010) issued to commemorate the Youth Olympic Games in a specially designed folder. Price: $19.90

This A5-sized MyStamp sheet comes with the latest Singapore 2010 stamps, with the mascots Lyo and Merly and the official Singapore 2010 emblem. For an additional fee, personalise this stamp sheet with your own photographs, perhaps at the Youth Olympic Games. Price: $15.50

Note: The prices shown above are inclusive of GST for purchases within Singapore. Images by Singapore Post.