Tuesday, December 28, 2010

一件礼物 A Gift to Treasure


Monday, December 27, 2010

一件礼物 A precious gift

有一件礼物 你收到没有     眼睛看不到 你心会知道
这一件礼物 心门外等候     是为了你准备 别人不能收
生命有限 时光也会走         如果你不珍惜 机会难留
礼物虽然好 如果你不要     你怎么能够得到 怎么能得到

亲爱的朋友 你是否想到     马槽的婴孩是为你而来
亲爱的朋友 你是否了解      最好的礼物是人子主耶稣

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Bye-Bye now !

Yes, as the Chinese Idiom says “天下没有不散的宴席” (there is no feast that never ends in the World), somehow, somewhere, somewhat this blog has to go for a break .... until then, hope all of you enjoy the MCs posted here so far. Bye-bye now ....

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Results (Maximaphily) - Portugal 2010 World Philatelic Exhibition

邮集名称                                         作者                    国家             奖级  得分
Les Chefs de Etat a Traveres       CRUZ, David       Portugal       G      90 
Les Siecles                                    Rodrigues         (葡萄牙) (SP 29 best in class)

Greco-Roman Sculpture                CONSTANTOUR  Canada       LV      88 
(希腊、罗马雕塑)                          AKIS, G.             (加拿大)     (Fel research)

Magnificent buildings                    RIEDL, Peter      Austria        LV      87
in Europe of the centuries                                     (奥地利)

The armed forces in the                RIBEIRO            Portugal       V      83
context of warand peace              MARQUES, Jose (葡萄牙)

Bridges                                         CANTEIRO,         Portugal       V      83
(桥)                                            Joaquim            (葡萄牙)

Famous Men in connection with    CEUCA, Mihal     Romania       V      82
Free masonry                                                        (罗马尼亚)

The Man Conquers the Sky           DIAS, Bento       Portugal       V      80
(征服太空的勇士)                           Manuel G.        (葡萄牙)

Culture of Armenians                     POGHOSSIAN,   Armenia        LS    75
(亚美尼亚文明)                              Albert              (亚美尼亚)                   

The Virgin Mary Mother of God -    CARVALHO        Portugal        S     73
Inspirer of Artists                           FERNANDES,    (葡萄牙)       

The art of Italian Renaissance       NIKOLOV,         Bulgaria        S     72
(意大利文明复兴艺术)                     Nicola              (保加利亚)

祝福你 !All the best !

This is another Maximum Card bearing the word  "福” 。。。 祝福所有的朋友!All the best to all of you。
  • A maximum card realised with a “fu” stamp, FDI pictorial cancel @ Singapore

Sunday, November 14, 2010

"Fu" - 福

The Chinese word "Fu" - 福 has a meaning that is difficult to be related to an English word - it has the meaning of Luck,Well being , it is a word or in a phrase to greet and well wish someone,it is a word popularly seen in the Chinese New Year festival ,It is a word adopted by many as their names。I will like to wish all readers “Fu Qi Nian Nian 福气年年“ - Luck be with you the whole year round !
  • A maximum card realised with "Fu 福” stamp, FDI pictorial Cancel @ Singapore

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Kampong Kuantan firefly Village is NOT in Pahang although it bears the name Kuantan

Kampong Kuantan firefly village is famous for its fireflies nature reserve. It bears the name Kuantan but it is NOT related to Kuantan, and it is NOT situated in Pahang BUT in Selangor.
  • A maximum card realised with "firefly" stamp, FDI pictorial cancel @ Kuala Selangor, the home for fireflies in Malaysia

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Today I received my Sultan of Pahang MC back .. What a surprise of the date of cancel 24.10.2010 !

The card I sent to PEKAN post office to request for an ordinary date cancel for the "Sultan of Pahang Heritage" stamp came back safely today ( read MC sent to PEKAN)  It was a great surprise, the date of cancel showed 24.10.2010 which was the First day of issue of the stamp - a SUNDAY! I sent the card by ordinary post and received it back by ordinary mail too! Well, happy to have it and happier to see that the date on the MC is 24.10.2010, obviously, the Pengurus Pos of Pekan PO knows something about collecting stamp. Thank you very much, Pengurus Pos Pekan ! A nice job done !
  • A maximum card created with "Pahang Heritage" stamp, First day of issue CDS 24.10.2010

Monday, November 08, 2010

A grand feast @ Lau Pat Sat , Singapore

A Hawker's food Paradise - Lau Pat Sat, Singapore .. virtually all local favourite foods can be found here. Mind you Ice Kacang ( as depicted on the stamp ) has to be consumed individually, if ice kacang is ordered together with the rest of the foods, by the time when you have stuffed yourself with the foods, the ice kacang will have turned into a bowl of icy water, it looses its taste.
  • A maximum card realised with "Ice Kacang" stamp, FDI Pictorial Cancel, Singapore

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Spring, Leap, Dive

  • A maximum card realised with a "diving" stamp, FDI pictorial Cancel @ Singapore

Friday, November 05, 2010

United hearts in a multi-racial society

Hearts of different colors symbolise races of different colors, it is a common symbolic representation in a multi racial country like Malaysia and Singapore. The closest I can find a postcard to match the 4 colored hearts stamp is this Ad card having a 4 colored hearts too !
  • A maximum card realised with "4 hearts" stamp, CDS date Cancel @ Singapore

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Joburg 2010 - Results for Maximaphily Competitive Exhibition

The final results of the 5 exhibits in the Maximaphily Class @ Joburg 2010 :

1. Italo, Greppi    "Beautiful Italy"    Italy    8  frames   Vermeil   80 pts
2. Shoujiang, He  何守江 "A brief History of European Architectural Art Illustrated by MC's"
    China    5  frames  - Exhibit withdrawn
3. Syhy-Rong, Leu  吕世荣    “Transportation”   Chinese Taipei    5  frames   Silver 70 pts
4. Vincenzo, Scicutella    "The Sculpture in the Centuries"    Italy    8  frames   Vermeil 82 pts
5. Dino, Taglietti   "France Sightseeing Tour"   Italy    5 frames   Large Silver 78 pts

To all Hindu Friends - Wishing you and your family a Happy Diwali 5.11.2010

To all Hindu Friends - Wishing you and your family a Happy Diwali
  • A maximum card realised with "Hindu Festival" stamp, FDI pictorial cancel @ Singapore

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Whether to cross or NOT to cross the hurdle ?

Many do NOT like this kind of MCs ... Many say this is NOT an MC ... Many will not put their hands to create such an MC . Dare you cross the hurdle or Not to cross the hurdle ? 
  • A maximum card created with "Hurdle" stamp, FDI Pictorial Cancel @ Singapore

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

A perpectual stamp series - Singapore Skylines

Singapore Skylines had been a regular theme on Singapore stamps .. If you take a closer look at the Skylines on the different stamps , you may notice new buildings are added on each of the series of the stamps. Unless postcards are updating as soon as new buildings are springing up, they will NOT catch up with the pace of the new stamp issue, hence, although the skylines depicted on the postcard looks similar to that of the stamp, a 100% concordance may NOT be able to be achieved. Try finding yourself the missing buildings on the postcard as compared to that on the stamps ...  Have fun !
  • A maximum card realised with "singapore skylines" stamp, FDI pictorial Cancel @ Singapore

Monday, November 01, 2010

Shengxiao (生肖)Postcards ,Shengxiao (生肖)Maximum Cards

Shengxiao 生肖- the symbolic zodiac animal for the lunar new year is one of the most popular stamp series issued worldwide. Few of the Asian countries e.g China, Taiwan and Japan issue postcards for the Shengxiao of each year. These postcards are suitable for use as Lunar New Year greeting cards, and lately, they have become very popular for the creation of maximum cards as the themes are concordant with the Shengxiao stamps issued worldwide. The above is a Shengxiao Tiger Maximum card created with a Singapore Stamp with a Japanese Post Card. 
  • A maximum card realised with "Shengxiao Tiger" stamp, FDI Pictorial Cancel @ Singapore

Sunday, October 31, 2010

I like this Pictorial Cancel - Big and Clear - Malaysia Kebaya

This is one of the largest Pictorial Cancel Cachets ever made by Pos Malaysia, it is superb for the cancellation of stamp on Maximum Card - Big and Clear .....  I do not know why Pos Malaysia did not continue to produce such Big Pictorial Cancels ?
  • A maximum card realised with "Kebaya" stamp, FDI pictorial cancel @ Seremban

Mourning Postcard - Mourning Maximum Card ?

Everyone is talking about the recently issued "Pahang Heritage" stamp with black borders and seeing the design of the issue rather unusual as postage stamps with black borders are normally regarded as Mourning Stamps. There are mourning stamps, are there mourning postcards (with black borders) ? Yes, there are mourning postcards, BUT there do NOT necessary come with black borders. I have seen many postcards with black borders around, BUT they are NOT mourning postcards. If there are mourning postcards, then, there will be mourning maximum cards - yet to see one ! Above is a maximum card with thick black borders, it is NOT a mourning postcard.
  • A maximum card realised with "royal barge" stamp, CDS Cancel @ Bangkok

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Discover Dubai - remember "DO BUY"

Dubai is a shopping paradise with many shopping megamalls .... What an interesting name it has , If you do go visiting Dubai - DO BUY ...
  • A maximum card realised with "Gift" stamp, CDS Cancel @ Taipei

A glimpse of MC exhibits @ Joburg 2010 held from 27-31 October, 2010

Joburg 2010 is due to close on 31st October, 2010. There are 5 Maximaphily Exhibits on display at the FIAP exhibitions. As usual a majority of the exhibits are related to Architectures and sculptures - that is the area where most of the classic MCs can be found. 

1. Italo, Greppi    "Beautiful Italy"    Italy    8  frames
2. Shoujiang, He  何守江 "A brief History of European Architectural Art Illustrated by MC's"
    China    5  frames
3. Syhy-Rong, Leu  吕世荣    “Transportation”   Chinese Taipei    5  frames
4. Vincenzo, Scicutella    "The Sculpture in the Centuries"    Italy    8  frames
5. Dino, Taglietti   "France Sightseeing Tour"   Italy    5 frames

Friday, October 29, 2010

Ad Card makes it possible for this Lollipop MC

Where to look for a commercial Lollipop PostCard? It is difficult really ! However, Ad card provides a solution for the successful realisation of this Maximum Card . Without Ad Cards, many of the subjects depicted on the stamps may NOT be possible to be captured on the MCs .. Whether you like it or NOT, Ad Cards are imperative to maximaphilists. Hence, treasure all your Ad Cards, they may be of use  one day when come to the realisation of maximum cards. Happy Hunting !
  • A maximum card realised with "Lollipop" stamp, CDS Cancel @ Taipei

Thursday, October 28, 2010

When will POS Malaysia issue a beautiful ATM stamp like this ?

ATM label stamps are very popular in many of the European countries, in ASIA, Israel and Taiwan are ahead of others in the issue of ATM labels. ATM stamps prove to be very popular among the stamp collectors. We are still waiting for  POS Malaysia to issue the ATM stamps. POS Malaysia introduced PAM labels last year, however, PAM labels have no pictorial designs on the stamp, hence, they are unable to stir up a collecting spree for the items. Singpost has been quite moderate in the issue of ATM labels, these labels which are dispensed through the ATM machines are with colorful pictorial designs. The ATM labels are suitable for the realisation of Maximum Cards ..
  • A maximum card realised with "Botanical Garden" ATM label stamp, Pictorial Cancel @ Tanglin, Singapore

This is the Classic MC that most Maxiamphilists are chasing after

The Egypt Pyramid and Sphinx MC is an early maximum card that most  maximaphilists are looking for ... Due to its popularity, the price tag for a proper postmarked Pyramid MC can range from USD 300 to USD 4000 . The earliest known Pyramids and Sphinx MC is dated back to the year 1893 .. however, earlier dates  of the MC could still be discovered since the de-la-rue stamp was issued as early in the year 1888. Happy Hunting.
  • A classic MC of the Pyramid and Sphinx, CDS cancel @ Cairo, 1910

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

This card is on the way to Pekan Post Office to request for a CDS Postmark, Will it be back safely ?

This card is already in an envelope on its way to PEKAN post office seeking for a descent CDS Cancel on the stamp.  Will the finished product - the Maximum Card be returned to me safely ? Will the postal staff places a clear and vivid cancel on the stamp ? I have many queries and worries on the fate of this card ... Well, if all of you do NOT see me posting this card again, it must have GONE disappearing forever . I am just posting this unfinished product for a record ... in future, if anyone see this MC, it could be mine . I have my SEAL stamped at the back of the card. Creating MCs is filled with thrill and suspense ... NOT until the finished product reaches your hand, you will never be sure whether it belongs to you !
  • An MC to be realised with a "DYMM Sultan of Pahang" stamp, seeking for a CDS cancel @ Pekan PO

MC itself is a pleasant Gift ..

Create More MCs , you can present them to your friends when you really do NOT know what to give ....

Monday, October 25, 2010

What I will like to receive as Gifts - Besides MCs still MCs

If you ask me, what I will like to receive as Gifts - My reply will be straightforward - Maximum Cards.

  • A maximum card created with "Gift" stamp, CDS Cancel @ Taipei

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Cheers to the ladies ..

Although Males dominate the World of Maximaphily, however, the first maximaphilist to win a Gold Medal for Maximaphily in an international exhibition was a Female , the late Madame Magaret K.  from Greece. She was living in the age when Maximaphily was practically unknown to everybody, she had the passion to research and look for early MCs which were created by chance by the then collectors. Her collection has the rarest MCs of the World.  Cheers to the ladies ... 
  • A maximum card created with "glasses of wine" stamp, CDS date Cancel @ Taipei

Friday, October 22, 2010

Cheers to Maximaphily !

Many do NOT like Advertisement Cards, BUT whether you like it or NOT, Ad cards are excellent materials for the realisation of  maximum cards. Many a times, I could NOT find relevant commercial post cards BUT Ad Cards do provide me with an excellent alternative for the realisation of a MC.
  • A maximum card realised with "Glasses of Wine" stamp, CDS Cancel @ Taipei, Taiwan

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Maximaphily - you are the joy that fills my heart

Yes, Maximaphily - you are the joy that fills my heart !
  • A maximum card realised with "heart stamp", CDS cancel @ Taipei

Friday, October 15, 2010

Result - World Best MC competition 2009 concluded @ Portugal 2010

World Best MC Competition 2009
From Top to Bottom :
1st Prize : Portugal
2nd Prize : Cyprus
3rd Prize : Russia, Spain

The above are the Award winning MCs for the recent concluded World Best MC Competition held in Lisbon, Portugal - 7th October,2010

Do you know covered under the stamp is a WATCH ?

For an Ad Card like the above, image of an advertising product appearing on the card cannot be avoided. Fortunately, the image is printed on one corner and can be ideally covered over by a stamp. This is an Ad Card by a renown Watch Company, by covering the image of the Watch by a postage stamp, it becomes an ideal Maximum Card.
  • A maximum card created with "great warrior" stamp, FDI pictorial cancel @ Seremban

Thursday, October 14, 2010

I recall the XIV Commonwealth Games held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in the year 1998

India is currently hosting the XIX Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, I recalled my country Malaysia hosted the XIV Games in Kuala Lumpur in the year 1998. A series of postcards depicting various sports and games were issued by the authorised souvenir agents bearing the 1998 Games logo and the Mascot - Orang Utan. These postcards had been very useful for me to utilise to create several MCs for these years on relevant topics on sports events. 
  • A maximum card created with "Sport event -hurdle" stamp, FDI pictorial cancel, Singapore

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Singapore 1st Youth Olympics - the Mascots LYO and MERLY

Singapore became the 1st Nation to hold the  Youth Olympics in the World. The event had just been concluded in August, 2010. The 2 mascots of the Games - LYO and MERLY are derived from "LION" and "MERMAID" which is the icon symbol of the Republic.
  • A maximum card realised with "Lyo & Merly" stamp, FDI Pictorial Cancel @ Singapore

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tugu Malaysia War Memorial VS USA IWO JIMA War Memorial

Without a closer look, the USA IWO JIWA War Memorial monument with the Soldiers upholding a US Flag looks similar to the Tugu Malaysia War Memorial with the soldiers upholding a Malaysian Flag. Does the similarity happen coincidently ?
  • A maximum card created with "Great Warriors" stamp, FDI pictorial cancel @ Seremban

Monday, October 11, 2010

Kuala Kangsar Post Office on Maximum Card

Pos Malaysia Bhd issued a set of 28 stamps on "Old Post Offices of Malaysia" on 9.10.2010, it was difficult to find relevant postcards to match all the 28 post offices. Out of the 28, I could ONLY find 3 matching postcards to realise as Maximum Cards i.e The GPO, Kuala Lumpur, Bukit Fraser PO and Kuala Kangsar PO. In fact, the key subject on the 3 postcards are NOT focused on the Post Offices, so happened that the post offices locate so prominently next to the key subject that makes them possible for realisation of a maximum card. The key subject for the Fraser Hill and Kuala Kangsar post card is the Clock Tower of the 2 towns, the key subject for the Kuala Lumpur post card is the Daya Bumi Complex. It would be a difficult mission if there existed 28 different postcards of the post offices and I had to realise them into MCs  on the First Day of issue, that sounds almost impossible! Since, there were no other post cards available besides the 3 I found, I was able to make a round trip Seremban-Kuala Kangsar-Fraser Hill to have the maximum cards done on a Saturday leaving the Kuala Lumpur GPO MCs done by my friend. A round trip Seremban-Kuala Kangsar-Fraser Hill-Kuala Lumpur-Seremban took me a distance exceeding 800 kms and the whole day to complete the mission of realising the maximum cards. It was a fruitful trip with great satisfaction ... NOT a minute devoted to sightseeing BUT solely on the creation of Maximum Card. These MCs will certain leave a great memory in my maximaphilately life.
  • A maximum card realised with "Kuala Kangsar PO" stamp, FDI pictorial Cancel @ Kuala Kangsar

Saturday, October 09, 2010

I made my first trip to Fraser Hill in my life on 9.10.2010 for the creation of a Maximum Card on the local Post Office

I have NOT been to Fraser Hill before, although since my younger days, I had heard of the hill resort many a times. It was the urge to create a maximum card of the Bukit Fraser Post Office , I made a trip to this little hill resort town on 09.10.2010 . It was NOT an easy driving route with narrow and winding paths, the worst of it was the uphill and downhill traffics were controlled by the odd and even hours of the day. I missed by 5 minutes of the odd hours, and I had to wait for more than an hour to have the downhill traffic cleared before I could proceed my route up the hill. It took minutes to complete the cancellation of the maximum cards and some First Day covers, however, I had to travell few hundred Kilometers and many hours of time wasting to get the mission done. Anyway, it was an "enjoyable" trip , in the sense that I had my valuable maximum card done.
  • A maximum card created with "Fraser Hill PO" stamp, CDS first day cancel @ Bukit Fraser

Friday, October 08, 2010

I did find relevant "Pearl Necklace" on a Movie Card

In this Movie Card, the little lady standing besides the Film Star Julia Roberts is wearing a Pearl Necklace, isn't it good to have a Maximum Card done for this with a matching stamp of a pearl necklace ?
  • A maximum card realised with a "Pearl Necklace" stamp, CDS date cancel @ Taipei

Thursday, October 07, 2010

A Pearl Lady

Natural pearls are cultivated in a kind of seashell. This Ad Card depicts a legendary lady wearing a long chain of Pearl necklace evolving from an open shell.
  • A maximum card realised with a "pearl necklace" stamp, CDS date cancel @ Taipei

Monday, October 04, 2010

I thought this was a useless postcard, however, when comes to the subject on "necklace", it does give a good match as an MC

  • A maximum card realised with a "necklace" stamp, CDS date cancel , Taipei

If you are hunting for a "necklace" postcard, look for "women" on the cards.

If you are hunting for a postcard like subjects " Necklace " "jewelery", it is simple to look for "Women" on the postcards, these ornaments associated with ladies are bound to be worn on them. Happy hunting ...
  • A maximum card with " Pearl necklace" stamp, CDS date cancel @ Taipei

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Local Indian titbits

  • A maximum card realised with "indian titbits", FDI pictorial cancel @ Kuala Lumpur

Saturday, October 02, 2010