Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Thailand's Rose Postage Stamp 2006

It's the time of a year again to celebrate the month of love. This year, like last year, Thailand Post has issued the "Rose" postage stamp in the vertical shape. The rose featured in this year stamp is "Chulalongkorn" rose, a hybrid between a European rose and a Chinese rose. The rose was named after His Majesty the King Chulalongkorn (King Rama V) by the Royal consort, Her Highness Princes Jao Dara Rasamee in remembrance of her Royal husband. In fact, H.H. Princess Jao Dara Rasamee had her own experimental farm in Dara Pirom Palace in Mae Rim district, Chaingmai province. One of her favorite species of rose is this beautiful "Chulalongkorn" rose which has a long straight stem with a big dark pink flower and a strong sweet fragrance. Thus, the "Chulalongkorn" rose stamp is a perfect love memorabilia.


Release Date: 7 February 2006
Number of Copies: 1,000,000
Type: Sheet of 10
Value (in THB): 5.00 ฿
Printing Style: Embossed Lithography
Printer: Thai British Security Printing Public Company Limited, Thailand
Design: Parichart Tassanathep

Saturday, February 04, 2006

SCS Thailand "Eternity" Launch Party

Time really flies. It has been exactly a year since I wrote about "Harmony," Swarovski Crystal Society (SCS) Annual Edition 2005 crystal piece, the first of the trilogy "Wonders of the Sea" 2005-2007. Today, I was invited as a member of SCS to the launch party of "Eternity," SCS Annual Edition 2006 crystal piece, the second creation in the aforementioned trilogy. To be precise, the date and the venue of the party was exactly the same as last year: the first Saturday of February at the Royal Ballroom, the Oriental Bangkok. I marked the calendar and certainly didn't miss this glittering chance to meet the talented designer of "Eternity," Mr. Michael Stamey and had him sign my Swarovski silver crystal collection, including both "Eternity" pieces that are released in clear and colored cut crystal.

"Eternity" depicts a sea turtle, the symbol of longevity and thousand years of luck. This masterpiece does not only have a meaningful name but also have a wonderful design that it could be placed together with its predecessor in the trilogy "Harmony" in perfect harmony. Every year SCS never let us down by coming up with an unexpected creation. I wonder what the last and final crystal piece of the "Wonders of the Sea" trilogy will be looked like and how special it would be. That would certainly be answered next year.