Snoopy Stamps in Singapore

Of the many museums and exhibitions in Singapore, I would say I frequented the Singapore Philatelic Museum the most. I have been there at least a dozen times, usually by myself for half an hour break. The museum’s pretty small. Last week, while roaming around the hotel’s neighborhood, I found myself standing in front of it and decided to check out the Snoopy exhibition that was going on.

Half of the downstairs floor was filled with a Snoopy and Charlie Brown stamp collection.

I have very little knowledge about Snoopy and his gang since here in Indonesia we didn’t grow up watching Snoopy, or at least not in my era; it was more Doraemon and Power Rangers. But I am guessing Snoopy has a close relationship with the postal service since I remember seeing Snoopy sitting on top of the red mailbox (upper right stamp) countless times. Am I right?

And some more, to dedicate a character as a stamp collector?! There must be some collection with it. Btw, I love the idea of giving kids cartoon characters meaningful hobbies. It adds depth to their personality. Something that the young watchers could follow. It’s also a pitiful reminder of how mind-numbingly dumb some cartoons are these days. Salute to Violet Grey.

Their biggest collection would be the Christmas edition. Maybe it has to do with Christmas card postage? I don’t know, just another guess. The museum also sold adorable Christmas edition Snoopy stamps to celebrate the 65 years of Peanuts comic strips. I wanted to get it, but decided against the $25 tag to it, after all, it’s not Mickey Mouse or Harry Potter.

Even though they were not famous in Indonesia, it looks like the gang has been widely loved in Japan and Hongkong for many years. There were at least a hundred different Snoopy and Charlie Brown stamps representing this side of the world.

Apparently, there is a Snoopy and Charlie Brown movie coming out soon and it’s a part of the marketing. But it doesn’t matter to you guys. If you are in Singapore from now until the 30th of April 2016, do stop by the museum. You will have a great time looking through the extensive collection of Snoopy stamps.

Singapore Panda Stamps

A couple of months ago Singapore received two pandas as a gift from China to inhabit the river safari, Kai Kai and Jia Jia. It seems like the entire country is in love with them, except for me. I don’t feel anything about these pandas, or maybe pandas in general, not that I have seen a panda before.

I also don’t see the gaga-ness over these pandas is going to end anytime soon, since almost all the places I regularly visit, including stores and coffee shops, have some panda related stuff being displayed. Fortunately for me, it didn’t mean anything, because as I said earlier, I feel indifferent towards them. But that’s before I found out that they issued stamps in their honor. I bought these stamps from the Singapore Post Office near my office. They are also selling the panda-themed pre-stamped envelopes (below) which looked much cuter than these stamps, but I didn’t get it as I don’t want to branch out and overwhelm myself with all the postal stuff, for now.

Thailand Singapore Relations Stamps

When I saw Thailand-Singapore diplomatic relations commemorative stamps, especially the Thailand part one, mango sticky rice, I needed to have it and I needed it stat. Thankfully, I got a super awesome local friend who was more than willing to send it to Indonesia, for free 🙂 I love it so much.

They also have India-Singapore diplomatic relations commemorative stamps and Australia-New Zealand-Singapore tripartite relations commemorative stamps but it didn’t look as cute as these yummy desserts. Every time I looked at it, I am tempted to call Jittlada and order the mango sticky rice.

Ps. They are also going to issue Japan-Singapore diplomatic relations commemorative stamps. I would love to have that as well!

Singapore Festivals Stamps

Again, another failed attempt to get Singapore annual festivals stamp collection, I tried to get it everywhere but it’s not available *sad face*. Instead, I settled down for this rare Singapore 1985 festival stamp collection instead. Hopefully, I could get it in the near future. Or maybe I should just wait for the next year’s.

Meanwhile, I have been looking for Singapore wedding costume stamps for some time now, unfortunately, I couldn’t find it. I decided to settle for this period bridal costume stamps instead. It’s issued in 1976, which was 32 years ago people! The Indian bridal costume stood the test of time. I wonder how much did the other ones change if at all.

Do you know that every year Singapore issues their annual festivals stamp collection?

This was my latest (and probably last stamps) collection from Singapore, I got it in my last week in Singapore.  Designed by Leo Teck Chong, who did a very cute job indeed.

It’s the fourth (I think) mixed annual festival stamp collection I collected in Singapore. The first one was in 2008, 2012 and another one which I couldn’t remember for which year. I am a sucker for the potluck culture theme. Done colorfully? It belongs to my stamp-book-less collection.

My most favorite ones from this collection were the last two on the bottom right side, an Indian girl holding the dive, and a Chinese girl as the Christmas stocking stuffer. 

Does your country have issue festival themed stamp?

Stamp

I received a stamp book from my dad when I was young. He said, “This is for you. It belonged to your granddad, he has been collecting it for years”. My first thought was, “Whee!! I am going to be rich!”. Yes, I was hoping there were some valuable stamps in his collection, which I could make decent money from.

eBay hasn’t been founded back then. I had plenty of time to look through the collection before rushing it to the auction. I learned about different countries and their cultures from those 1″ x 1″ colorful papers. It was kinda like a world globe for me. Eventually, I began to obsess over it and started to save up my pocket money to buy vintage stamps from that one bookstore near my school.

Years later I became a pain in the ass teenager who wouldn’t want to be caught dead with a stamp book. I packed and shoved my stamp collection into one of the boxes in the attic. My granddad must have been rolling in his grave on that day.

I have forgotten all about it until I saw limited edition stamps of different festivals in Singapore in 2008. I needed it in my life! I got it and a few others over the past few years (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, another 2012 and 2014) all the while because I had no idea what happened to the original stamp book.

When I moved back to my parents‘ last year, I gathered the courage to ask Mama Geek whether she had thrown out the boxes from the attic. Her answer: “Of course I did! I had no idea that you are going to move back!”. Valid point ma, then she continued “..but I kept some of your favorite things in the drawer”. Thank you Mama Geek!! Finally, among a lifetime worth of embarrassment diaries and letters, I saw it! My granddad’s stamp book. It felt more valuable the second time around.

The latest addition to the collection were stamps of the royal wedding of Prince William and Princess Kate, which I scored in Europe last year. With it, the first book has been filled completely. I ought to buy a new one to continue the legacy. Someday I will pass these books to my children, but only after I am sure of their plan to continue the hobby, so to say. I am not risking them snapping pictures of it and selling them in a few seconds with the help of a hybrid app of iPhoto, eBay, PayPal, DHL combined.