To my cover-exchanging friends, please try as much as possible to
as these give a more personal touch to the cover
the Philippine postal service damages the cover with scribbling that highly devalues the aesthetic value of the cover, which is what I am after
or at least same themes when sending covers, but it is okay if this is not possible or if this would be expensive, and
not too small, but maybe around 4"x6" or something like that; big envelopes are not very attractive unless they have many stamps.
Thank you!



I show you with great joy some great covers from the Lion City!

The first three are FDCs of the the Singapore-Philippine issue on bridges issued to commemorate forty years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Why they chose to show bridges is really beyond me, especially since bridges are not really as special to Philippine culture and history as the stamps may make them seem. In fact, I've never heard of these two bridges before.... But, since it's pointless to cry over spilled milk, let's move on.

The two stamps on Singapore bridges show the Henderson Waves, Alexandra Arch, and Cavenaugh Bridge. Henderson Waves and Alexandra Arch, both pedestrian footbridges, were opened in May 2008. Henderson Waves is the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore.

Cavenaugh Bridge, which I had the pleasure of crossing during my short, one-night stay in Singapore, was built in 1868 to celebrate 50 years of the establishment of the Straits Settlements and also to connect the commercial side of the Singapore River to its civic side. Before this bridge was built, people often had to pay a quarter of a cent to hop onto a boat ride form one side to the other. Originally meant to be a suspension bridge, this fixed steel structure is the only bridge in Singapore that retains its original form to this very day. Originally, vehicles could pass through, but as traffic increased and vehicles got heavier, a law was passed to convert it into a strictly pedestrian affair. On one end of the Cavenaugh Bridge is the Fullerton Building, which was once the central post office and is now a hotel, and on the other end is the Museum of Asian Civilizations, which houses exhibits on Asian cultures of the past. Sadly, the museum opens at 13h00 on Mondays and I had to catch my 11 am flight! Nevertheless, because it connects the old post office with the Asian Civilizations museum, Cavenaugh Bridge is as of now my favorite bridge in Singapore (not that I've paid much attention to the others! haha)

Now, on to the Philippine Bridges which I don't think are worth putting on stamps (I mean, why not feature the San Juanico bridge instead?). The Bamban Bridge is found on the MacArthur Highway between Mabalacat, Pampanga, and Bamban, Tarlac. Apparently, it is the longest of its kind in the world.

This next cover was sent from the Singapore Philatelic Museum. My visit to the museum was awesome because it was open house when I visited, which means free admission and some activities. To my surprise, the activities were about the Philippines! There was an entire exhibit room upstairs dedicated to Philippine culture, history, and stamps! It was really a coincidence! Downstairs there was a cooking session on Philippine food and I could hear that they were preparing Adobo or something like that. I myself couldn't try the food since there were so many people, which was also a surprise!

The stamps on the cover are 2 from the 4v set issued for the APEC 2009, which concluded the day before. I find it funny that I always seem to visit places when there is a conference of world dignitaries going on. When I went to Beijing in October 2008, the ASEM7 was ongoing, which meant that Tiananmen Square was unfortunately closed off! What a pity it was! Thankfully, nothing in Singapore that I wanted to go to was closed off.

The postmarks on this cover are great because they show the facade of the museum and they match the cachet for the Open House event! The design on the postmark the last time I visited 2 years ago was a post box. What makes the chops even more special is the fact that they were applied by yours truly! :-)

This postcard was also sent from the museum. I asked the agent at the commemorative covers desk to apply the Open House cachet onto the postcard since I had nothing to write myself anyway! The postcard shows the Fullerton Building when it still served as the general post office decades ago.


Terence Wong said...

Hi Myron
Great to see that u r back in action...How much do you pay for the special cancellation and cachet at the Singapore Philatelic Museum?

Myron dela Paz said...

The cancellation is actually a free service to promote philately I guess. The cachet was free as well, but I don't know if the postal agent was just being nice. ;-)