May Kwento Ako #57 : Stamp Collecting to Document Collecting

Now, I feel my age. I now have grown up responsibilities. I say this because each day simply progressed since we were born. Like there is not chapter that begins, no chapter that ends. Life just continues. One day, I was a stamp collecting boy in grade school in Naga. Sharing what stamps had been given to me with classmates who had the same hobby

. And it went on and on until we all graduated from university. No, I did not collect stamps in high school nor uni. Just grade school.

And then, in recent years, I now have been besieged with documents and papers that I had to read with important names and dates that were meaningful to me and my family.

Until just yesterday, as I had to dig up again more documents, alas, my memories of my grade school years many decades ago were right there before me. For the first time in about three decades, I opened them. Relishing on those years that passed. It thrilled me to see these stamps once again. Which my smaller fingers then sifted through, very carefully much like the documents that have been coming my way in the recent years.

The issue of mortality has been bothering me lately. Because of my age and this pandemic. I suppose that there are many other there who are in the same boat as me. We pray and deal with it. We appreciate each day as a beautiful day. It is now just past 6:00AM and a new day has begun.

This stamp from the Trinidad & Tobago has a story. I recall a classmate of mine, RB and I got into a fight over this stamp. I don’t recall the details except that we were likely to be in the 5th grade. There was novelty in the fact that the stamp had a silver foil on it. None of our country’s stamp had such hence the novelty. And the fight. Hahaha

Did I even think I would get to visit any of these countries in my stamp albums, no. It did not cross my mind that I would leave Naga where I grew up. And I was fine with that.

Now off I go for my morning walk. Till the next post.

Anyway, I am writing these features primarily for myself. To go over in my old age, I hope. And while I am at it, others will enjoy them and be enlightened by some of these posts. For what they are worth.

Stamps from the People’s Republic of China then. I don’t recall where the others were from now. Will edit in the future.

Have you seen a triangle shaped stamp before ? Or a “diamond shaped” stamp? well that’s what I called it then and now.

Please comment what the correct term should be.

Another tin foil on a stamp this time in a gold color. I don’t recall where this is from except that it must have come from a country that is a part of the British Commonwealth. But I wonder where this postage stamp is from.

Published by Oskie Ravanera

Looking forward to 60. Meanwhile, here is “May Kwento Ako” series ... ( in Filipino means ‘I have a story’ ). This Blog was created as a journal of my discoveries. Hopefully, in my old age, i will be able to go back to these and be glad that i did what i did.

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