Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Singapore Myths and Legends 2014

Singapore issued 8 stamps depicting the scenes from its famous myths and legends on 3rd October 2014. Singapore has more than its fair share of myths and legends, including the origin of Singapore’s “Lion City”nickname, the tragic story of Radin Mas, and the inspiring tale of Badang that is related to the Singapore Stone. Many myths and legends of Singapore are shared with Malaysia. Many of these are taught and told to young school children at the age of 8 in class, so that these stories were not to die from over-Westernization.
The first set of four stamps depict The legend of Redhill, or Bukit Merah. The story tells of how a boy saved his village from attacks by dangerous swordfish, only to be murdered by a jealous king. As the story goes, the blood of the boy spilled out and soaked the hill, turning it red. This hill later came to be known as Redhill, and remains as a memorial to the boy for saving the village.
The next set of four stamps featured the legend of Sang Nila Utama, a prince from Palembang who, as the story goes, discovered the island of Singapore (known then as Temasek) while out on a hunting trip. According to the legend, the prince spotted what he thought was a lion, and named the island Singapura - Lion City in Sanskrit.  

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Singapore Sports Hub 2014

The Singapore Sports Hub is a sports complex located in Kallang, Singapore. It is built on the site of the original National Stadium.
Singapore Post issued a four new se-tennant stamps on 5.9.2014 commemorating the newly-completed Singapore Sports Hub.
According to Woo Keng Leong, Senior Executive Vice President/Head of Postal Services of SingPost, “The completion of the Singapore Sports Hub marks a significant milestone for Singapore. As a national sports hub, it will host many sporting, cultural, entertainment and national events in addition to being a vibrant place where people can enjoy its facilities all year around". 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Singapore - 49 Years of Independence - I am Singaporean 2014

Singapore will celebrate her 50th year of independence in 2015. To mark its Golden Jubilee, SingPost had decided to launch a series of three commemorative stamp sets from 2013 to 2015.  
The second set of a three-part commemorative stamp series were released on   to celebrate Singapore's 49 years of independence on August 9. Titled "I am Singaporean", the stamps celebrate the unique traits, values and characteristics of Singaporeans and the country.
The first set of stamps with the theme "Our Journey Together" was released last August, showcasing examples of what the country and its people have shared, overcome and achieved together as a nation.
The third and last set will be released in 2015, to celebrate Singapore's 50th year of nation building,

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Islands of Singapore - Pulau Ubin 2014

Pulau Ubin is an island off eastern Singapore and often considered the last 'kampung' (village) in Singapore. A stroll through Ubin takes you back to Singapore in the 1960's with the simpler pleasures of life. The slow lane starts as soon as you join the queue for the bumboat at Changi. As you arrive, all cares are left behind.

Ubin is a great day trip spent walking or pedaling through rustic roads under swaying coconut palms, exploring shady trails in overgrown rubber plantations, checking out secluded beaches and flourishing mangroves. On Ubin, the food tastes better, air is fresher and sights and sounds so soothing to the soul.
The boomerang shaped Pulau Ubin, Singapore’s second largest offshore island, lies on the Straits of Johor off the north-eastern coast of Singapore. It was once known as Granite Island. 
Four of its iconic landmarks are captured in this stunning new stamp issue, Islands of Singapore - Pulau Ubin. SingPost and the National Heritage Board (NHB) collaborated to launch this series of stamps which comes in four denominations - 2nd Local, S$0.65, S$0.80 and S$1.10.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Singapore's Festivals 2014

Singapore’s rich and vibrant multicultural heritage is best reflected in the many colourful festivals celebrated throughout the year. SingPost continues its tradition of issuing the Festivals stamp set with these eight bright and cheerful rendering of the four most important festivals celebrated in Singapore – Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Deepavali and Christmas stamps.

The festivals are featured on two stamps each i.e. the 1st Local (S$0.26) and S$0.55 stamps. The Festivals 2014 stamp issue aims to help add a warm touch to letters and cards sent to friends and family during the festive season. SingPost releases stamps on Singapore festivals every two years, with the last issue in 2012.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Valentine's Day stamps depict six encounters in the forest

In Finland, Valentine's Day is the second most popular postcard season immediately after Christmas.  This year's Valentine's Day stamps have as their theme joyful encounters in the forest. Ilja Karsikas' cheerfully designed stamps depict snowflakes, trees, a mouse, birds, berries, and a fox and a rabbit.
The Friends together stamp booklet has six 1st class stamps as well as Priority labels designed to go with each of the stamps. Designing his first stamps, Ilja Karsikas, 35, has made many illustrations for companies, publications, associations, publishers and record labels. He has been responsible for, among other things, Ruisrock's visual appearance and artwork in 2013 and 2014, and has also illustrated four children's books.

Thank you Dear Ella.