National Stamp Collecting Month: Cinderellas, Seals, Fantasies & the Craziness of Phuket’s Vegetarian Festival

Stamp collectors collect (or accumulate) all manner of postally-related objects, not all of which were intended for the delivery of mail. Long considered “album weeds”, cinderella stamps saw their peak popularity in the 1930s and 1940s and remain an interesting sideline to philately. The term is a very broad one, covering all manner of items intended to have the appearance of a stamp but not … Continue reading National Stamp Collecting Month: Cinderellas, Seals, Fantasies & the Craziness of Phuket’s Vegetarian Festival

Captain Francis Light and the Early Years of Penang

On August 11, 1786, Captain Francis Light of the British East India Company established the British Settlement of Prince of Wales Island which later became the Colony of Penang in what is now Malaysia. The capital of the colony —George Town — was the first British colony in Southeast Asia. Captain Light had previously tried to convince the East India Company to establish a settlement on Phuket … Continue reading Captain Francis Light and the Early Years of Penang

Royal Thai Navy / กองทัพเรือไทย

I began teaching English in Thailand in late March 2007. In recent years, many of my classes have been in non-traditional situations rather than regular in-school classrooms. Currently, I am attached to the Third Naval Area Command Headquarters of the Royal Thai Navy (กองทัพเรือไทย — Kong Thap Ruea Thai). This has been a very busy week teaching 6-hour lessons per day in English conversational skills … Continue reading Royal Thai Navy / กองทัพเรือไทย

ASAD Jochim #6 (2017)

Another Break from Blogging

I’m sorry but I just can’t seem to get motivated to put together a few thousand words’ article for A Stamp A Day this rainy Friday afternoon. I just want to relax this evening. ASAD will return tomorrow to celebrate yet another birthday — a singer rather than an ocean liner — followed on Sunday with a profile of a former British crown colony which is currently … Continue reading Another Break from Blogging

Thailand #1760 (1997)

50 Years of ASEAN

August 8th each year is marked among several countries of Southeast Asia as ASEAN Day and this year, in particular, the celebrations are a bit grander than usual. This is the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN. This is a regional intergovernmental organization comprising ten Southeast Asian states which promotes Pan-Asianism, intergovernmental cooperation and facilitates economic, political, … Continue reading 50 Years of ASEAN

Penang #92 (1986)

Penang [State of Malaysia] #92 (1986)

As a part of Malaysia, the State of Penang is often referred to by the modern Malay name Pulau Pinang, which means ‘the island of the areca nut palm’ (Areca catechu of the Palmae family). The name Penang may refer either to Penang Island or the State of Penang. Penang is also known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, 东方之珠 and Pulau Pinang Pulau Mutiara (Penang Island, … Continue reading Penang [State of Malaysia] #92 (1986)

Penang #46 (1957)

Penang [State of Malaya] #46 (1957)

Formerly a member of the Straits Settlements, the former Crown Colony of Penang — along with the coastal strip known as Province Welleseley — became a state of the Federation of Malaya in 1949. When Malaya achieved its independence from the United Kingdom in 1957, Penang was integrated as part of the federation, which was renamed Malaysia when it merged with the territories 0f British Borneo in 1963. … Continue reading Penang [State of Malaya] #46 (1957)