Friday, December 24, 2010

Malaysia – Traditional Past Time Games With Upin & Ipin and Friends

Pos Malaysia Berhad issued a special collection of stamps and first-day covers with regards to Traditional Past Time Games With Upin & Ipin and Friends on 13th December 2010. The stamps include 6 design with 60 sen denomination and a ms with RM5 denomination. Besides that, official maximum cards will also be issued. Pos Malaysia has issued a stamp collection featuring the Upin and Ipin cartoon series using the glitter sticker technique the first in Asia with perforations.

Upin & Ipin is a Malaysian television series of animated shorts produced by Les' Copaque Production, which features the life and adventures of the eponymous twin brothers in a fictional Malaysian kampung. Originally a side project for the blockbuster animated film Geng: The Adventure Begins, Upin & Ipin was introduced on TV9 in 2007 as a six-episode Ramazan/Eid special, to instil significance of the Islamic holy month amongst children. To date, the series has reached its fourth season, including another Ramazan special season in 2008, and, season three onwards, the year-long, secularly themed Upin & Ipin and Friends, the series' international debut via the Disney Channel Asia, which is not explaining Ramazan, but telling the lives of Upin and Ipin with their friends on the normal days.

Upin and Ipin are five-year-old Malay twins who live with their elder sister Ros and maternal grandmother Uda (whom they call Opah) in a wooden house in Kampung Durian Runtuh. They have lost their parents in their infancy. Upin and Ipin study in the village's Tadika Mesra (Friendly Kindergarten), where they befriend a motley bunch of classmates, including the adorable and right-thinking Mei Mei, a jocular and poetic Jarjit Singh, the firm but clumsy and short-tempered Ehsan, an easygoing and sarcastic Fizi (Ehsan's cousin), and an entrepreneurial and meticulous Mail. Budin sent me this very interesting first day cover.

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