Last November, I was planning to attend the Thailand 2018 World Stamp Exhibition in Bangkok. Ultimately, I was unable to attend and decided that I would do my best to make the next big stamp show in the region. That show happens to be in Singapore, a much more expensive place than anywhere in Thailand but a city that I thoroughly enjoyed during my one and only visit back in October 2006. The philatelic museum is truly world-class and judging by the video below, they really know how to put on a philatelically-themed show.

SINGPEX 2019, the 36th Asian International Stamp Exhibition is set to occur from July 31 until August 4 at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, right downtown in Marina Centre. It’s a part of the Suntec City development, designed by Tsao & McKown Architects with emphasis on Chinese geomancy (feng shui). The five buildings and the convention center are arranged so that they look like a left hand when viewed aerially. The Fountain of Wealth appears like a golden ring in the palm of the hand. As the fountain is made of bronze, it is believed that the balance of metal and water paves the way for success. Further, the specially selected Chinese name, 新达, means “new achievement”.

I haven’t attended an international (or any, for that matter) stamp show since spending nearly two weeks at PACIFIC 97 held in San Francisco’s Moscone Center in late May and early June 1997. One of my favorite activities during that huge exhibition was visiting all the different worldwide postal administrations which had booths there and obtaining a stamp to affix in the show’s passport to receive each nation’s special show postmark. While I purchased an abundance of stamps, covers, philatelic literature, etc. at PACIFIC 97, the passport was my prized souvenir for many years. I wish I had brought it to Thailand when I moved here (I left so much behind which is all gone now).

I am starting my “show fund” now and am committing myself to traveling to Singapore in the summer. I may have to cancel one or two lessons with Krungsri Bank (courses begin annually each July) but I might get lucky as His Majesty the King’s birthday is on July 28 and this tends to generate class cancellations anyway. I will print a copy of my “Attendance Declaration” and hang it in my office at work as a constant reminder of my mid-year goal.