Sunday, 23 September 2018

Fong Soi Mini-Sheet, Macau

Here a mini-sheet issued in 1997 while Macau was still a Portuguese territory, from a series of commemorative stamps dedicated to Chinese Geomancy, more commonly known as Feng Shui. As wikipedia would tell you Feng Shui is a pseudoscience originating from China, though I am sure many other descriptions can be used, depending on the converser. It is based on using energy forces to harmonise individuals with their surrounding environment.
In my attempt to better my German I am currently translating a Feng Shui book from German to Croatian, as it has long been my wish to learn more about this ancient practice (earliest mention is around 4000 B.C.). I would be curious to know if anyone here has any experience, or is equally intrigued by it? Perhaps someone else might know what the symbols on the sheet mean...
This is my entry for F-letter Sunday Stamps, you can explore more entries here.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Charles Darwin

I know that I've lost a sense of time when I prepare myself for posting D-letter stamps when in fact this sunday we're already on letter E lol. Despite this not being Darwin's day then, he is still considered to be the Father of the Evolution, and the stamp is issued by Correos del Ecuador :) The year is 2009, marking the bicentenary of Darwin's birth. This stamp also compelled me to read more about this guy, and it is really an interesting read! I wasn't aware that he was so young (only 22!) when he set off on the HMS Beagle survey voyage. 
I have bought this stamp in a PO in Ecuador amazed by its size - here you can see it against a standard size envelope. Alas a trip to the Galapagos Islands remains an unfulfilled wish...
You can find more of the E-stamps posts here.