AFCC 2013 Singapore

It has been a week since I last updated this blog as I was in Singapore to attend Asian Festival of Children’s Content 2013 (AFCC 2013) from 25th May until 29th May 2013. I wanted to blog from the hotel but the connection was too slow.

my spot
My spot at AFCC held at National Library Building, Singapore.

I supplied illustrations for AFCC to use on their website and prints, and in return, I got 5-day tickets to enter the festival and my own table! As Kota Buku is representing Malaysia, I went with them as Guest Illustrator and they provided me with accommodation. Wasn’t that great? I only have to bring pocket money to buy books and food. But most of the time, I ate free at the festival. Haha…now I can relate to the quote “best things in life are free.”

Evi, Emila and Evelyn.
3-Es at AFCC; Evi, Emila and Evelyn. Photo courtesy of Evi Shelvia.

Apart from that, Kota Buku commissioned me to paint a big painting for Guest of Honour during Malaysian Night in Singapore. I am truly touched that Kota Buku has arranged for me to present the painting myself (and also my picture books) toΒ HRH Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah during the event.

me and VVIPs
From left: Ms. Lim Li Kok (NBDCS Chairperson), Ms. Claire Chang (AFCC Chairman),Β HRH Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah (Sultanah of Johor), me andΒ Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Asiah binti Abu Samah Kota Buku Chairman).

This is my first year attending AFCC. AFCC has been around since 2010 and it intend to be the hub of children’s book festival in Asia; in other words; the Bologna of Asia.

Overall, AFCC was a great experience. I got to meet illustrators, book publishers and many more. To see more photos, do visit my FB page: AFCC Singapore.


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  1. Ems.. you very famous lah dearie.. i just wished they had interviewed you on the SG local news.. but well done dearie.. here’s to more shows for you!

    Loving the template so far.. i just love big sidebars!

    1. Thanks dear. Not famous lah hehe, just being at the right place at the right time. Yes, Amin to that, I hope to showcase my portfolio around the world.

      Me also loving the template; macam lega kepala otak.

      1. Salam Emila…bagus melangkah dari satu anak tangga ke satu anak tangga dan kalau jatuh, bangun semula kerana pengalaman sebegitu akan memaniskan lagi kejayaan yang bakal dikecapi nanti…moga berjaya hendaknya πŸ™‚

  2. Hello Emila! It’s Vivian here from Colorado, USA. πŸ™‚
    I am enjoying your blog…as I am enjoying the few postcards I bought at your booth at the AFCC in Singapore. Shame on me that I did not purchase dozens more…you are a gifted illustrator. I am honored to have connected with you. πŸ™‚

  3. Setiap kali baca entri akak, saya sentiasa terfikir, bagaimana ye nak sukses macam akak… πŸ™‚ i really adore ur talent πŸ™‚

  4. Dear Em,

    Sorry couldn’t make it to the event. I was busy with lots of things including getting my son registered for college.

    Congratulations to you and hope there will be more success stories in future too!

    Warm regards..

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