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150th Anniversary of the First Postage Stamps Issued in Singapore

A new exhibition has recently opened to the public at the Singapore Philatelic Museum (SPM) from 1st September 2017 to 1st January 2018, visitors to SPM are able to enjoy a very interesting and intriguing exhibition of stamps, some of the stamps have a very rich and old history, some of the rarest stamps, covers and other philatelic materials on display, showcasing the history and significance of Singapore from her Colonial days when she was an international port of call around the world.

On 31st August, I was at the official launch and opening of the exhibition – 150th Anniversary of the First Postage Stamps Issued in Singapore, attended and launched by Guest-of-Honour Mr Chan Yeng Kit (Chairman of Infocomm Media Development Authority), Mr Woo Keng Leong (CEO, Postal Services at SingPost), Mr Hong Tuck Kun (Chairman of the Stamp Advisory Committee), Mr Richard Tan (President of the ASP) and Professor Cheah Jin Seng (Chairman of SPM Board) at the SPM.

Thereafter, I went into the exhibition space to view the collection of stamps on display at this exhibition. When you entered into the exhibition space, it might look small in terms of floor size, however, there are a lot of stamps on display and some of the rarest stamps are there! Every stamp, cover and philatelic material tells a story of Singapore, her postal history and history as part of the Straits Settlements. It’s really amazing, mind blowing at times, it’s not just the history behind it, there are also stories behind some of the stamps on display there. This exhibition is excellent and very suitable for parents to bring their children there to learn more about Singapore’s history and culture.

Just to share a bit on the history of the Straits Settlements, in the year 1867, Singapore, Penang and Malacca were transferred from the jurisdiction of the East India Company in India to British rule in London as a Crown Colony. Singapore took control of the seat of the government of the Straits Settlements, along with its postal affairs. In order to commemorate the change of governance, a new set of stamps was issued on 1st September 1867, for the first time by the Singapore Post Office.

I didn’t get the chance to view and learn about every single stamp, cover and philatelic material on display because there are many stamps inside the exhibition. I have to plan a time and visit the exhibition at SPM again. For my next visit, I am going to slow down, view, observe and learn more about each stamp, their story and history.

When you visit 150th Anniversary of the First Postage Stamps Issued in Singapore at SPM, you can purchase a momento of this key postal milestone, the following items will available during the exhibition period:

  • A limited edition, 150th Anniversary of the First Postage Stamps Issued in Singapore. Price: $50
  • A series of 150th Anniversary of the First Postage Stamps Issued in Singapore exhibition picture postcards. Each month, a different set of 4 serialised picture postcards will be available. The pictures on the postcards are of the exhibits on display. Price: $10 for a strip of four postcards.
  • Special Exhibition Souvenir Covers: Bring home a special exhibition souvenir cover with 1st local stamp and the event date stamp (1st September 2017). Price: $3.

In conjunction with the SPM exhibition 150th Anniversary of the First Postage Stamps Issued in Singapore, SingPost has 1st local, 2nd local, 60cents, 70cents and $1.30 issued in Singapore stamps. Pre-cancelled First Day Covers affixed with the complete set of stamps are available at $4.25. There is also a Collection Pack, comprising of the 5 SingPost stamps and 3 Pos Malaysia stamps commemorating the first Straits Settlements will also be sold. You can buy them at the General Post Office, Philatelic Store which starts operations at the SingPost Centre, Jurong West Post Office and online at shop.singpost.com.

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Do visit the the exhibition – 150th Anniversary of the First Postage Stamps Issued in Singapore at SPM, if you are a parent, bring your children there, it would be a fun learning experience for them!

A Fun and Interesting Visit to SingPost

I will always remember the Postman delivering mail to my maternal grandparents mailbox when I was a young boy staying over at their terrace house. The familiar sound of the scooter and horn always get us young kids excited to rush out and collect the mails from the mailman or from the mailbox. There were also times when the postman delivered mail to my mailbox below my block after parking his scooter. While my block has changed to pushing a trolley instead of riding over on a motorcycle, it’s always nice to see the friendly mail delivery person delivering our mail into our mailbox.

How far can you remember our Singapore Post (SingPost) and what they had done ? I remembered my postal code was 4 digits and I can remember my 4 digits postal code by heart! As times changed and advance in technology, it is now using 6 digits! Do you know that Singapore Post has served Singapore for more than 150 years? Singapore Post had been in such a long service and today, they have delivered to more than 1.6million households and businesses in Singapore everyday. There is a Singapore Post (Post Offices, SAM and POPStation) presence spread across the whole of Singapore with more than 1400 touch points for Singaporeans.

During a recent visit to SingPost, I had a better understanding of the traditional mail services provided by SingPost. Besides that, I was introduced to the various services that SingPost provide, transforming to more than just a post office. The society and economy has transformed so much over the centuries and every business has to evolve and change to meet the modern needs and changes. Here are the 4 main range of services provided by SingPost

1) Mail and Digital Services

2) Logistics

3) e-Commerce

4) Retail and Financial Services

Our kind and hospitable hosts SingPost organised some interesting games and visit to let us have a more in-depth understanding of postal services and how it works inside the Post Office! Before the era of internet and emails, do you remember writing your mails, putting inside envelopes, buying stamps and posting it? Do you know your envelope size, is it Standard Mail or Non-Standard Mail, how much does it cost for the postage for Local Mail? Even though I had experiences in sorting out mail and getting stamps for my part time job many years ago, I still couldn’t get it everything correct during our postal game!

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The era of e-Commerce is upon us and this is something definitely that attracts everybody (from the young to the adults). SingPost has hassle-free shopping experiences online and let me introduce to you vPostOmigo and Sample Store!

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If you love buying stuff from overseas and shipping it over to Singapore, check out vPost! To all my readers, there is something special for you!

Voucher code: BLOG30 (Expires 15 Jan 2014) – $30 off and minimum spending of $50 is required.

**Kindly note that for discounts for vPOST are only applicable for  vPostUSA, vPostEUROPE, vPostJAPAN and vPostCHINA shipping services, excluding fuel surcharges.**

Omigo

Omigo is Singapore’s one-stop online solution widest range of products and top brands from all around the world, and deliver your desired items right to your doorstep. Check out their website for the various kinds of products that Omigo brings to you! To my readers, there is something special for you!

Voucher code: BLOG7 (Expires 31 Dec 2013) – 7% off and no minimum spending is required

** Kindly note that for discounts for Omigo are not applicable for Apple and Philatelic products, and is only valid for items less than $2500. ** 

Sample Store

Sample Store is the leading online try-vertising platform in Singapore and it has more than 100 different brands and up to 80,000 members! Check out Samplestore.com and check out how it works!

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Our next adventure was a visit to the Video Coding Room. With the postal machines inside SingPost reading the 6 digits postal code on our envelopes, sometimes the machines were not able to read the 6 digits postal code and manual human intervention will be required to read and key in the 6 digit codes. Visiting the Video Coding Room was very interesting, we had a hands on experience on what it’s like to read and key in the 6 digits postal code! We took a test after some practices and this is something unique and interesting that happens behind the scenes of our SingPost operations! We had a better understanding of the people that worked behind the scenes inside the Video Coding Room!

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Next up that interests me is the POPStation, this is going to revolutionise parcel delivery in Singapore! 24/7 and 365 Access, currently 15 POPStations across Singapore, it’s FREE and No Fee! It is extremely easy to use and we had a parcel collection experience from the POPStation.

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Photograph Courtesy of Joe Teh

Here are the Steps to have a great experience collection from the POPStation!

Step 1: Receive an SMS or email notifying you to collect their parcel at a POPStation.

Step 2: “Pop” over to the POPStation location.

Step 3: Scan a QR Code or key in a pin number to open the locker at the POPStation.

Step 4: Collect the parcel from the locker.

Step 5: Close the locker door.

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Photograph Courtesy of Joe Teh

It’s really useful and easy to use! I like this a lot and hope that my future parcel purchases can be delivered to the POPStation and I can just pop over to pick it up personally!

As our adventure visiting SingPost comes to an end on that evening, we left for home with a better understanding of SingPost and what they do, from the front and back scenes. I would like to thank SingPost and Ogilvy Public Relations for the invitation, their warm hospitality and SingPost for showing us around! I would also like to thank fellow photographer/techie Joe Teh for permission to use his photographs, check out his post on the visit to SingPost too!