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My Prize From A Postcrossing Giveaway Is Here!

Postcards and anything postcrossing-related is always a delight to receive in the mail!

I was lucky to win a giveaway in Postcrossing Philippines last month and it sure put a smile on my face whe I got to receive my prizes! Lookie! Some of these cards are blanked while some are used cards {official Postcrossing.com, in fact}. I love the cathedral card as well as the one from Japan. I also adore the big PH cards that include a couple of my favorites ~ tarsier of Bohol and Miag-ao Church of Iloilo {which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site}, which I shall be sharing with my sister {who is more addicted to postcrossing these days!}. I will also be sharing the University of Sto. Tomas cards to some members of our Facebook group. The package also included a pink clear folder for stashing postcards as well as 2 pieces of Miss World Megan Young stamps {Php30 denomination}, which will be handy when I send an envelope one of these days since I do not really collect stamps. I find it a joy to send them to postcrossing friends and put a smile on their faces! :)

Oh well, I am slacking in postcrossing these days and I am still contemplating whether I should request cards from Postcrossing.com or participate in an upcoming local swap in our group. I will try to decide after reading all about reason 7 MF.

How’s your postcrossing hobby so far and what lovely surprises did you receive from the mail lately? Do share in a comment below, right? :)

Papal Stamps Exhibit At SM City North EDSA ~ The Block

We may not able to catch the Holy Father during his recent visit to the country, but atleast we managed to catch the Papal Stamps Exhibit at The Block {SM City North EDSA}. The exhibit lasted during Pope Francis’ several-day visit and has the same theme, too, Mercy and Compassion. It highlighted local stamps featuring the Holy See, as well as old stamp designs featuring previous popes.

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the little man had his photo taken with the Holy Father’s life-sized standee

I was not able to scrutinize each of the stamps on display during our visit, but I was able to take a snap of some of the displays they have. A number of stamps featuring Pope John Paul II were also on display.

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this Souvenir Sheet is a commemoration of Pope John Paul II’s visit in 1995 {the same year when the Philippine’s played host to World Youth Day}

I noticed that they were also selling a lot of Pope Francis stamps, but I decided against buying some as they were actually exorbitantly priced and I was sure I can get some at regular price in the local Post Office or from a fellow Postcrossing group member. And true enough, I was able to ask a postcrosser friend to get me these stamps. They were also available at the local PO branch when I went there to post some cards. Read more »

Sunday Stamps: Pasko 2014 Stamps

I have not been really active with swapping postcards of late as I’ve one too many preoccupations, but I managed to swap a couple of cards over the course of 2 weeks and look what I got in the mail recently along with the lovely card ~ this lovely Pasko 2014 stamp, which was recently released in our country.

Here is a brief description about the Pasko 2014 stamps from phlpost.gov.ph:

Block of 4 stamps depicting the Filipino Christmas in artwork and when put side by side in a block of four, the four stamps form the Filipino lantern in the middle.

  • Stamp 1 features the new born Jesus with Mary and Joseph in traditional Filipino clothing
  • Stamp 2 features the all time favorite Christmas caroling
  • Stamp 3 “Pagmamano”, a symbol of respect for elderly Filipinos
  • Stamp 4 is an illustration of the traditional Noche Buena or the Christmas Eve feast of every Filipino family

Thank you so much Raine for sending me the lovely card along with the stamp. Hopefully I’d be able to get some of these stamps when I visit the local Post Office to send some cards next week.

To see more beautiful stamps, do visit the other entries for this week’s:

second image is from www.phlpost.gov.ph

Sunday Stamps: Stamps From Everywhere

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It is the weekend once again and before we head out to visit my parents’ graves, here are my Sunday Stamps share for the week. This week’s theme is “anything you wish,” so I opt for these lovely stamps readily available on my computer. This first stamp is from Finland and I love it for the beautiful colors and because it is a shaped stamp. I rarely get shaped stamps, so this one is really a welcome treat!

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These next set of stamps are from Bahrain and was included in the Eid Mubarak card I received last year from a friend residing in Bahrain. The first stamp features the Arab Summit Conference and one of the participating countries, Mauritania. This set is comprised of 22 different stamps, one for each participating countries of the conference.

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The second stamps features King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the very first king of Bahrain. You can read more about him in this Wikipedia page

I hope you enjoyed these stamps I shared, now off to bask in the sun and enjoy our Sunday. For more interesting stamps, do visit the other participants’ share here:

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Sunday Stamps: Hot Rods Forever Stamps

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Tomorrow’s classes are suspended due to the bad weather and I had the luxury of time to stay up a bit lot late to watch a favorite film and tinker on the blogs while the little man is fast asleep after a day of playing and watching the telly. Quite timely, too, as it has been some time since I updated this blog and joined Sunday Stamps.

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I am glad I am joining today as the theme is one of my faves, automobiles and motor transport. I collect cards with Lightning McQueen in it because he is the little man’s most favorite character of all. Last month we received yet another McQueen postcard and it came with this awesome automobile stamps from the US. These stamps are part of the Limited Edition Hot Rods Forever Stamps and features two 1932 Ford Deuce roadsters ~ one with orange flames and a red ’32 Ford. Aren’t they the coolest?

According to the USPS site, usps.com, the Hot Rods Forever Stamps Collection was released in June of this year. The stamps were designed by Washington, DC’s Derry Noyes and were digitally created by John Mattos, a San Francisco artist. According to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, these Hot Rods stamps mark the beginning of America’s fascination with customizing fast cars. These stamps, according to him are timeless in that they’re good for mailing First-Class letters anytime in the future. The Hot Rods Forever Stamps are available in 8 different philatelic products, including Press Sheet with Die Cut, First Day Covers {set of 2}, stamp sheets, and Digital Color Postmark {set of 2}.

I am glad to have these Hot Rods stamps in my collection and I hope to receive more in the future. For more cool automobile and motor transport stamps, do click the Sunday Stamp badge at the top of this post.