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Today, the Ateneo de Naga University Press officially started to sell the philatelic items I described in a previous blog post. I bought this souvenir folder for 500 pesos.
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snail1Today, as part of the outreach activities of Ateneo de Naga University in celebration of Ignatius day, I took part in some tree planting in Panicuason, Naga City. We planted saplings at a high location (either a hill side or a mountain side), and I was surprised to find this land snail shell having a diameter of around 8.5 cm. (It was filled with soil when I found it.)

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When I went to the Naga City post office last week to look at the philatelic items for sale, I was pleasantly surprised by this Jose Rizal @ 150 souvenir sheet first day cover. At 7.25 by 9.5 inches, it is the largest first day cover I have ever seen. (Click on the image to see a higher resolution version.)
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A few days ago, I went to the Naga City post office to mail a package. I passed by the office of the post master to see if they had any philatelic items for sale. They had a lot of souvenir sheets and first day covers, all at very reasonable prices. I had to limit my purchases; I read in a book that if one is to be a collector and not just an accumulator, one has to choose a very narrow theme. Right now I’m thinking of limiting my philatelic collection to “Philippine stamps about Philippine stamps.”

I bought this “2014 National Stamp Collecting Month (November) 160 Years First Philippine Stamps 1854-2014” sheet of sixteen 10-peso stamps for 160 pesos. (Unfortunately, the souvenir sheet of four 20-peso stamps was sold out. This is quite unfortunate; only 5,000 souvenir sheets were made and I think they had embossing.)

I was surprised to learn (from the Philippine Postal Corporation website) that “[t]he Philippines was the first country in Asia to issue postage stamps.” More information about the first Philippine postage stamps can be found here.

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I am not a Star Wars fan. (I’m more of an ST:TNG guy.) I also seldom buy non-mainline Hot Wheels. But this Hot Wheels Star Wars Character Car: C-3PO is so stunning that my wife and daughter let me buy it.
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I was the keynote speaker for the Council of Deans and Department Chairs of Colleges of Arts and Sciences Region V General Assembly and Research Forum held today at the University of Nueva Caceres, Naga City. CODDCCAS asked me to give a one-hour talk on “Publishing research outputs and refereeing journals.” I thank CODDCCAS for inviting me.

Click here to get a copy of my slides. Click here to get a copy of the COPE Report 2003 (Guidelines on good publication practice).

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After I wrote a blog post on my Fast Food collection, I commented “All I need now are some french fries…” Well, I now have the french fries, and they’re so big that they need an Isuzu Giga semi-trailer truck to be moved around. Read the rest of this entry »

arkhamkb I recently bought a Hot Wheels Batman: Arkham Knight Batmobile. This Batmobile is pretty unusual because it has quite a few guns.

I actually bought two, as well as an extra “black mirror” 1989 Batmobile. The store had a special promotion at the time I bought these, so I was able to buy them at a 10% discount.

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Here are a few photographs I hurriedly took of the philatelic items to mark the 75th founding anniversary of Ateneo De Naga University. Shown here are a sheet of 40 stamps, the front cover of the souvenir folder, and two framed sets of stamps and first day covers. Read the rest of this entry »

When I started seriously collecting scale models (a.k.a. toy cars) around 18 years ago, there were practically no scale model military vehicles for sale. But there have been quite a few in the past few years, although these tended to be of low quality and made of plastic. A few years ago I had some luck and was able to buy some nice quality military vehicles. Today was the first time I saw these Maisto Fresh Metal Forces vehicles.

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There were two kinds for sale: The 3.0 series (around 3 inches in length) cost around 100 pesos each, and the 4.5 series (around 4.5 inches in length) cost around 300 pesos each. These two tanks that I bought had “traditional camouflage” paint and are from the 3.0 series, the other tanks from the 4.5 series that were on sale had “snow camo” paint.

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