Stamp Week 2012 Malaysia

The Stamp and Philately Unit, Pos Malaysia Berhad is organising a stamp week starting from the 19th of November until the 25th of November 2012 at AEON AU2 Shopping Centre, Setiawangsa, Kuala Lumpur. This year, the stamp launched in conjunction of the stamp week is the ‘Children’s Hobbies‘ series.

The Stamp Fair

An aerial-view of the stamp fair

Booths at the Stamp Fair

The booths
US Agency’s Booth
Pearl Traders’ Booth
Kelantanese Dealer’s Booth
Pos Malaysia’s Booth

The Stamp Exhibition at the Stamp Fair

My little brother posing to the camera at the stamp exhibition during the stamp week.
My little brother, little sister and I were reading some information at the stamp exhibition during the stamp week.
I was intrigued by the history of Zeng He and also the old Malaysian stamps exhibited.

I was very disappointed to know that the stamps launched in conjunction of the stamp week featured the ‘BoBoiBoy’ cartoon series. Not to say that I do not support Malaysian productions but the story does not promotes much good values. I would say that it is just another cartoon series that is a waste of time for kids to watch. In fact, during the stamp week and they should launch some other themes which is more related to philately. Last year’s stamps which were launched in conjunction with the stamp week were far exciting and the stamps were lovely and unique.

I think they should not have used the BoBoiBoy characters for the stamps for the cartoon series promotes a lot of bad values like their horrible manners and the characters do not speak in proper Bahasa Malaysia (Malay language).

Which of these do you prefer? Please click image for a bigger picture.

Though for stamp lovers, please make a trip to the AEON AU2 Shopping Centre for the Stamp Week before the Stamp Week ends.

The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II Stamps: The Four Long Hours of Queueing

Earlier this morning, my family and I left our house to go to the launching of the latest stamps issued, The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II at Kuala Lumpur main post office in Dayabumi Complex. Please click here for more information about the stamps.

We arrived around 8:30am and were surprised to see an extremely long queue of people waiting to buy The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. My little sister, Anisah fainted while waiting and so she took a seat in the Stamp Gallery. While waiting for our turn, we made friends with three friendly people who shared lots of interesting facts on stamps.

The Extremely long queue
It started from here…
…to here…
…over here…
…here…
…and here…
…reaching here…(my family and I are on the left side of the picture)
…and ended here… Wow!

They opened a special counter for senior citizens so that the old people won’t have to line up in the extremely long queue.

The special counter opened for senior citizens…
Some of the senior citizens took a seat while waiting for their turn

After almost 4 long hours queuing, it is finally our turn to buy the stamps. Unfortunately, the stamp sheets were sold out and only loose ones were available.

Just around five minutes after we bought our stamps, the POS Malaysia staffs put up a few posters notifying that the folder were sold out. We were lucky that we had already bought ours.

SOLD OUT!

They also have a special counter where we can buy the First Day Covers. After buying the first day covers, we pasted the stamps onto them.

Pasting stamps on first day covers. We even need to queue to paste the stamps…

Then we had to queue in another line to get our first day covers and folders stamped.

The counter where we can get our first day covers stamped
One of the staffs at POS Malaysia stamping a first day cover with miniature sheet

At about 1:10 pm, new stock of stamp sheets arrived.

Luckily, we managed to buy the stamp sheets

My heels and ankles are aching now after the 4 long hours of standing 😉

Learning at Pusat Sains Negara: In Pictures

Please read: A Day at Pusat Sains Negara

The Eureka corner…

We had to roll a ball into the finish hole by only moving the maze. It was a fun and challenging game…
My little brother (L), Me (middle) and my little sister (R) were playing music at the music section…

On the second floor, we went to the Dinosaurs Live! Exhibition…

The entrance to the Dinosaurs Live! Exhibition…

Then we went to the next exhibitions, Flight Thinking Machine and the Future World..

The entrance to the Flight, Thinking Machine and Future World exhibitions…
My sister (L) and I (R) were trying to fly the plane by using solar-power.
I (L) was pedaling the propeller plane
I (R) was controlling the space rover (in the glass case) to make it find something under the fake soil
A view from the second floor…

We then went back down and watch another Science Show…

The Liquid Nitrogen cloud was formed as the Liquid Nitrogen was mixed with boiling hot water thus, causing the Liquid Nitrogen to turn into gas…

And later moved on to the ‘Pathways to Science’…

I was reading the information about how the Universe was formed at the Astronomy corner…
My sister (R) was teaching us about the elements at the Chemistry corner…
I was taking a tour around Egypt’s Great Pyramids…
My Sister (R), me (middle) and my little sister (L) were pulling ourselves with the help of some pulleys…
My little brother (L) loaded a ball into an interesting machine as I launched a ball by using a piston. The machine was a machine where a lot of simple machines were combined together to make the balls travel around the machine.
Still using the same machine, I turned the gears to make the balls go up…
Still on the same machine, the balls roll down an incline plane.

Before exiting the building, we took a tour around Wonderspark and tried a lot of hands-on activities…

My little brother (2nd from left) played with a magical harp as it have no strings tied on it but can still make music. Of course it’s not real magic; It’s all Science…

Last but not least, we tried the Whispering Dish, the Echo Dome and the Rock Music…

My little brother and I were walking towards the Echo Dome as we had just finished communicating with my sister through the Whispering Dish

A Day at Pusat Sains Negara

A few days ago, my family and I went to the Pusat Sains Negara or National Science Center for the Dinosaurs Live! Exhibition.

We arrived there at around 10am. First, we went to the Aquarium. There was a big overhead fresh water aquarium with varieties of fishes. Although the fishes were beautifully coloured, sadly, there were none which swims gracefully.

Underneath the aquarium…

Then, we went to watch the Science Show where they taught us about Sodium Polyacrylate, Butane Gas and how a thousand nails will be less painful to sit on  compared to just one nail. I volunteered when they taught about Butane Gas and that was the first time I held fire in my hand.

I (second from right) held the bubbles formed by mixing Butane Gas and soap in my hand before lighting them up on fire.
Unfortunately, we do not have a picture of me holding the fire but only a picture of the extinguished fire…

After the show, we went to the Eureka corner where there were a lot of amazing things which can be explained by Science or Maths.

I tried the Moon Walker which was exhibited at the Pusat Sains Negara.

We went up the ramp and headed to the Dinosaurs Live! Exhibition. There were a lot of dinosaurs exhibited. Among them were the largest of all known carnivorous dinosaurs, Spinosaurus, the ‘thick headed lizard’, Pachycephalosaurus, the sheep sized Protoceratops, the little Ornitholestes and the largest known members of the family of Dromaeosauridae, Utahraptor.

We were dwarfed by the Dinosaur… (This dinosaur was exhibited at the lower ground)

After learning a lot about the dinosaurs exhibited, we moved on to the next exhibitions called Flight, Thinking machine and Future World.

I was trying out one of the hands-on activities at the Flight section…

We then went back down and watch another Science Show where they taught us about Hydrogen Peroxide and Potassium Iodide and Liquid Nitrogen. We completed our journey by going to the ‘Pathways to Science’ where we learn about Astronomy, Simple Machines and many more and Wonderspark where we learnt about Water, Light and Air.

Before leaving the Science Center, we tried the incredible Whispering Disk, the Echo Dome and played music using the ‘Stone Age’ Xylophone which makes brilliant music.

I was playing the ‘Stone Age’ Xylophone…

We had a very good time there. You should visit the Science Center too! The Dinosaurs Live! exhibition ends on the 31 July 2012

Please click here for more pictures of my tour at Pusat Sains Negara

Fresh Coconut Drink!

The day after the burial of my Appa, we went to my late Grand-Uncle(Tok Teh)’s house. <Click here for My Granduncle Was ‘Segok’ By A Cow>. Tok Teh once plucked some young coconuts for us.

Tok Teh’s Coconut Tree…

This time, my father have to pluck the coconuts! He took the ‘pengait kelapa’ and hooked the hook to the coconut. Then he twisted the ‘pengait’ while pulling it softly. He twist and pull and twist and pull and “KRLISH!” rustled the leaves and “THUD!” the coconut fell on the ground. But my father is not an expert at looking for the right coconuts… The coconut was too young and it’s shell broke right when it hit the ground. Then the water came rushing out from the coconut.

My little brother squealed in excitement and started to snap some photos. Nek Teh(Tok Teh’s wife) rushed to her kitchen to get a pitcher. The water from the coconut came rushing out so fast. I tried to hold the coconut in an angle where the water won’t flow out but however I held it, the water still rushed out! We only got to collect half of the coconut water because by the time Nek Teh brought the pitcher, a lot of the water from the coconut had already dripped out.

I was holding the first coconut plucked…

The same thing happened to the next coconut. It was too young and it’s shell broke when it hit the ground. Just that this time, we already have a pitcher ready and so we get to collect a lot of the water.

The second coconut that my father plucked fell down with a thud and splash!

My father didn’t made the same mistake with the third coconut though. When the coconut fell onto the ground, the shell of the coconut didn’t break (which was quite a dissapointment for my little brother). My father tried to cut the coconut open. But the knife won’t cut the coconut properly. My father said that the knife was too blunt. When Nek Teh went to see what was the problem, she told us that the coconut was too old! After we got to cut the coconut open, my father went to pluck another one.

My father was trying to cut open the coconut which turned out to be too old…

This was the best that he plucked; it was not too young but slightly on the old side (though it’s not the perfect one).

The best coconut plucked…
Pouring the sweet coconut water out of the coconut…
My sister showing an opened coconut. (This was the second cocout)

After opening and washing the coconuts, we enjoyed the sweet coconut drink and the delicious coconut meat.

My father enjoyed a glass of coconut drink
My little brother, Ahmad Ali, chewing the tasty coconut meat.
My mother is scrapping the coconut meat from the coconut…

We also saw a lot of trees there. There were:

A Rambutan Tree (Nephelium lappaceum)
Ulam Raja (Cosmos caudatus)
Pineapple (Ananas comosus)
Bunga Kenanga (Cananga odorata) and many more…

We had a lovely time…

A Visit to Unisel

On the 13th of March, 2012, we went to Unisel (University Industry Selangor). Over there, we met Atuk Professor Hashim Hassan who is a lecturer, an artist and a great stamp collector. He have a big and beautiful stamp collection

We also met Uncle Professor Dato’ Raja Zahabuddin Raja Yaakob. He is the Dean of the Faculty of Industrial Art and Design, Unisel. Professor Dato’ Raja Zahabuddin is a stamp designer. Some of the stamps that he designed are the Royal Institution (12/12/11), Garden Flowers (31/12/07), Royal Headgear (16/9/2008), State Emblems (25/9/2007) and many more.

Uncle Professor Dato' Raja Zahabuddin(far left) showed us some of the stamps that he designed.

They took us to the computer lab where we met Uncle Ibrahim Bujal who showed us things that can be made using the computer. My little brother was fascinated by the cool programs on the Apple computers.

Uncle Ibrahim Bujal showed us things that can be made using the computer

Then, Uncle Professor Dato’ Raja Zahabuddin invited us for lunch at Bouquet Garni. The food  were very delicious and  I enjoyed the sweet watermelon the most…

We had a tasty meal... (clockwise:Uncle Professor Dato' Raja Zahabuddin, Atuk Professor Hashim, my little brother, my father and Uncle Ibrahim Bujal.)

Thank you Atuk Professor Hashim, Uncle Professor Dato’ Raja Zahabuddin and Uncle Ibrahim Bujal for the wonderful time and  the tasty meal.

A Trip to the Bukit Puteri

On last year’s Eid trip to Terengganu (6th Sepember 2011), my family and I visited a 19th-century fort in Kuala Terengganu called the Bukit Puteri Fortress.

The Bukit Puteri…
The description of the Bukit Puteri

Climbing up the stairs towards the top…

Bukit Puteri is a 200m-high hill with good views of the city. 

The view of the port from above…

The view from above…

Some of the cannons were still standing there. They were also once used to signal the time to break the fast during the month of Ramadhan. 

The river…

One of the cannon’s name is ‘Meriam beranak’ (The Cannon That Give Birth) because it have a baby cannon beside it.

The description of the ‘Meriam Beranak’
The ‘Meriam Beranak’

I also saw a ‘Genta’ (bell). The Genta was used to alarm the people of any mishap or disaster like a person running amok, fire or the country under attack by the enemy. 

The ‘Pondok Genta’
The description of the ‘Genta’
The Genta

Then, we went to the Kubur Sted Yasin (Syed Yasin Graveyard). Here lies the body of Syed Yasin, a nobleman during the reign of Sultan Zainal Abidin I, and his family.

The description of the Syed Yasin Graveyard.
The Syed Yasin Graveyard.

We went to the fortress…  Bukit Puteri Fortress was built by Tengku Umar on a small hill called Bukit Puteri to defend the town of Kuala Terengganu against Tengku Mansur in 1831, and against Sultan Muhammad I in 1839. The fortress was built out of bricks and a mixture of lime, fine salt, egg white and honey. During the first civil war of 1831, Tengku Mansur ousted Tengku Umar forcing him to flee, first to Besut and then to Daik. Tengku Mansur then ascended the throne as Sultan Mansur II. When Sultan Mansur II passed away, he was succeeded by the prince Tengku Muhammad as Sultan Muhammad I. In 1839, Tengku Umar returned to Kuala Terengganu to challenge Sultan Muhammad I for the throne. He defeated Sultan Muhammad I who retreated to Dungun. A few months later, Sultan Muhammad I staged an unsuccessful attempt to regain Kuala Terengganu.

The Fortress ahead…
The description of the Kubu Bukit Puteri
There was a flagpole in the fortress, standing in front of the throne… It was very sad to see that the board had been scratched by someone…
The throne…

We can see the palace from the arrow-slit in the fortress…

Another beautiful view from the arrow-slit…

The post office from the arrow-slit…


 Behind the throne, there were a gun powder hole…

Looking into the Gun Powder Hole…
The gun powder hole…

And  a lighthouse. The lighthouse was made out of concrete and metal. It is 35 metres tall…

The light house…
The description of the lighthouse…
Further description of the lighthouse…
The ‘Bikon Bukit Puteri’…

 I really enjoyed the trip to the Bukit Puteri. Especially when I can learn more about the history of Terengganu…

Malaysia’s Stamp Week 2011

This week (10th October 2011-16th October) is the Malaysia’s Stamp Week 2011! This year’s Stamp Week is held at the Sunway Pyramid. A new stamp series had also been issued on the 9th of October in conjunction with the Stamp Week. The series is called ‘Peti Pos’ or ‘Post Boxes’. It features the pictures of post boxes from Bukit Bendera (Penang), Fraser Hill (Pahang), Melaka, Seremban (Negeri Sembilan) and Kuala Lumpur.

My family and I went to the stamp fair yesterday. We bought the new stamps, the stamp booklet, the first day cover and also the folder at the Pos Malaysia’s booth. After buying the new stamps, we went to Uncle Haji Mohamed Abdullah‘s booth to buy some more stamps. I enjoyed going to the Stamp Week, which is the first Stamp Week that I’ve ever went to.

For stamp lovers, please make a trip to the Sunway Pyramid for the Stamp Week before the Stamp Week ends.

The Trip to Penang

On the 15th day of July, 2011, my family and I went to Penang. Pak Cik Burhan went there with us too. We went there for the SEMINAR MENDAULATKAN  ISLAM –AGAMA NEGARA  (SEMAIAN). The seminar took place at the Dewan Dato’ Ahmad Badawi in Butterworth, Penang.

We left our house at around 9.10 am in the morning. It was a four hours drive to Penang. On the way, I saw lots of beautiful and interesting things. I spotted three scarecrows standing in a cornfield on a hill slope!

We stopped at a restaurant named Restoran Aur Gading for lunch. The restaurant was located by the Sungai Dua river. There were people fishing at the river. My parents and Pak Cik Burhan had the Penang’s famous food, ‘Mi Udang’ for lunch. My sisters and I had fried flat noodle while my little brother had flat noodle soup.

After we lunch, we went to the Palm Inn Hotel. The Palm Inn Hotel was located on the opposite side of the Dewan Dato’ Ahmad Badawi in Butterworth.

In the evening went to another restaurant in Sungai Dua named Aziz Mee Pak Ngah Sg2 for dinner. My parents had ‘Mi Udang’ again. My mother prefers the ‘Mi Udang’ at the Restoran Aur Gading. My sisters and I had Char Kuay Teow. Char Kuay Teow is also one of the Penang’s famous food. I really love the Char Kuay Teow. It was delicious.

On the other side of the restaurant was a huge paddy field. The sun was beginning to set when we left and it caused the clouds to look reddish. The combination of the purplish sky with the red clouds and a green, green paddy field formed a remarkably beautiful scenery.

Later in the night, at around 10.30 pm, we heard the sound of fireworks. We looked through the windows in our room and found out that there was a fireworks display. It had been a splendid day. I was very excited to see the scarecrows because it was the first time I had ever seen a real-life scarecrow in Malaysia!

Stamp Fair

On the 11th of June, my family and I went to the stamp fair at the Perpustakaan Komuniti Petaling Jaya or Petaling Jaya Community Library that I mentioned in my previous post, The Stamp Fair in Petaling Jaya. The stamp fair lasted for two days but we only went there on the first day.

We arrived at the library in the morning. We went to buy stamps from Uncle Haji Mohamed Abdullah whom we bought from during the previous stamp fair in Petaling Jaya. I bought a lot of ‘Olympics stamps’ and I also bought stamps from the Great Britain, Australia and Malaysia.

Choosing the stamps after sorting them out in categories...

I love to go to stamp fairs because I can buy stamps to complete my stamp collection.