To boot or not to boot

I recently got an invitation to co-exhibit with Yusof Gajah Lingard Literary Agency (who also represents me in licencing my artworks) in October 2013 at Frankfurt, so I jumped at the chance and took up a booth! I know its crazy; it’s like an ant trying to march alongside with elephants; but this is a way to licence my artworks. I know the chances of getting deal/s might not be on my side but at least I can promote my work internationally. I am going by the name of this blog: emilayusof.com!

Anyway, work aside.  Am hoping to steal some times to visit places that I missed visiting last year, i.e. Goethe House, museums along River Main as well as another half part of Palmengarten. And yes, the zoo!

shoes1Me in Frankfurt last year. 

I took a note last year that I have to get a pair of boot if I go again. This is because I cannot stand the weather. Typical kampung woman like me cannot stand 20°C (high) to 10° (low) last year and my foot and ankle got numb from walking in the weather. I actually went looking for boots recently but could not find anything suitable for me as I have very wide feet. I cannot wear hard pointy sturdy original leather shoes or boots as it kills me and I can only wear those from soft materials like above picture. And guess what? I found the type that I want at Zalora Malaysia! I never thought that they have it until I went surfing the website. Look at these very comfortable boots from Celcius at Zalora Malaysia:

 zaloraboots

Nice, right? All are made from faux leather except for the light brown which is made from PU leather. Faux leather is a fabric that looks like leather, but is actually made out of other materials. It’s commonly used to make a wide range of products, including garments and shoes while PU leather is made by coating a fabric like cotton or polyester with a flexible polymer and then treating it to look more like animal hide. PU is breathable and I most likely to choose the light brown but I guess faux leather is good too.

So which one of these boots do you think is the best? I don’t know which color to choose.  I like black but the brown one seems nice also. How about the pretty pink one? You know I don’t really go for pink but that pink is quite nice and not too striking.

 

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Fit in more, hand baggage now 7kg

MASbaggage

Last February, Malaysia Airlines increased its checked baggage allowance by 10kg. Now, the weight limit for hand baggage is also up, from 5kg to 7kg. You are allowed to carry on board one piece of hand baggage for Economy Class, and two pieces for First and Business Class. Please take note that the size of each piece should not exceed 56cm x 36cm x 23cm.

In addition to the 7kg hand baggage, you may also bring either one of the following items:
• notebook/laptop briefcase
• camera bag
• binoculars bag

You are also allowed one small handbag and walking stick.

If you are travelling with an infant below 24 months old, you are allowed an additional:
• bag containing baby food and nappies, weighing not more than 5kg
• carry-cot

Source credit: Malaysia Airlines (with permission)

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Stolen for profit

This image was sent to me by a good friend who stayed at the hotel.

stolen

I called De Spring Hotel in Kuantan immediately and they put the blame on Seagull Signcraft as they said that Seagull Signcraft also located in Kuantan was the one who came up with the design.

I made it for Hush Puppies last year for their Hari Raya campaign. And they used it for 2 months with a licence usage for poster printing, newspaper ads and money packets. They even put it online on their website, of which I think that leads to other companies stealing this image for their own profit and that includes Seagull Signcraft.

Again, images found on the Internet are not free to use. It is like window shopping, you can only see but cannot take or use. You have to pay for it.

Again and again, below is the information of what you cannot do ut of images found on the Internet or search engine like Google, Bing and what not:

1) If it doesn’t have a copyright notice, it’s not copyrighted. The default you should assume for other people’s works is that they are copyrighted and may not be copied unless you know otherwise. There are some old works that lost protection without notice, but frankly you should not risk it unless you know for sure. It is true that a notice strengthens the protection, by warning people, and by allowing one to get more and different damages, but it is not necessary. If it looks copyrighted, you should assume it is. This applies to pictures, too. You may not scan pictures from magazines and post them to the net, and if you come upon something unknown, you shouldn’t post that either.

2) If you don’t charge for it, it’s not a violation. False. Whether you charge can affect the damages awarded in court, but that’s main difference under the law. It’s still a violation if you give it away — and there can still be serious damages if you hurt the commercial value of the property.

3) If it’s posted to Internet, it’s in the public domain. False. Nothing modern and creative is in the public domain anymore unless the owner explicitly puts it in the public domain(*). Explicitly, as in you have a note from the author/owner saying, “I grant this to the public domain.” Those exact words or words very much like them.

4) It doesn’t hurt anybody — in fact it’s free advertising. It’s up to the owner to decide if they want the free ads or not. If they want them, they will be sure to contact you. Don’t rationalize whether it hurts the owner or not, ask them. Usually that’s not too hard to do.

I am taking action now. Will update the matter on my twitter and Facebook. Stay tune.

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Bukit Gambang Safari Park

Bukit Gambang Safari Park is really a good place to take kids and I am glad that my son, Yassin, suggested the place. We really had a blast and will revisit the park when it fully opens next year. Currently, the safari park is on it’s pre-opening stage and offers ticket at a cheaper rate since March 2013.

Yassin-and-lion-statue

Sprawling across 138 acres, the Safari Park currently has four areas that we can visit: Wild Savannah, Simba Hill, Foreign Village and Night Jungle. Other areas under construction are Forest Land and Land of Predators.

Wild Savannah

First region we visited was the Wild Savannah which is only accessible by taking a tram. This is an area where animals roam freely and we were advised not to open door or windows for safety purpose.

Wild Savannah is divided into few areas and those we visited was African Savannah, Tropical Rainforest and Australian Outback.

We spotted these animals:

NyalaNyala.

WildebeestWildebeest.

zebraZebra.

ElandEland.

impalaImpala.

emuEmu.

tigerTiger.

Simba Hill

After making rounds around the region on a ram, we were sent back to the station. Later we went to Simba Hill by foot. By escalator, actually, hehe. Simba Hill is where a couple of rare White Lions reside. White Lion is a rare colour mutation species in the lion family. The DNA – recessive gene causes the colour of the lion range from blonde to near-white. These lions may live up to 20 years and weigh up to 250kg for males and 182kg for females. These lions spend up to 20 hours per day resting and the remaining time is left to feed or walk around.

white lionFemale White Lion. The male was sleeping somewhere.

Foreign Village

Later we walk up the Hill and reached Foreign Village. This area is divided into small areas like Petting Kingdom, Malayan House, Saddle Castle, Farm House and many more.

Here we interacted with animals like Llama white kangaroo, Alpaca, Llama not to mention ‘kampung’ geese!

Malayan-House

Malayan House – Replicating the Malaysian typical ‘kampung’ house environment.

geeseJust outside the Malayan House, we were able to see the ‘good old day’s’ animals which are not often seen in our concrete jungles.

llamaMe interacting with a Llama at Petting Kingdom.

Swiss-goatPretty Swiss goat at Farm House. It was smiling for the camera 🙂

cuddleAnother Swiss goat that likes to be petted.

horseYassin petting a horse.

And that was all. We did planned to go for the Night Jungle but after having dinner, Yassin fell asleep like a baby. We will take that trip another time as we got a set of free tickets for next visit.

If you like to visit Bukit Gambang Safari Park, here are some useful information:

Tickets:

Adults: RM38; Children: RM18 (with MyKad/MyKid)

Adults: RM68; Children: RM48 (without MyKad/MyKid)

* FREE Admission for children below the height of 90cm

Operating hours:

Daily operation hours: 2.00pm – 10.00pm daily

Night Jungle: 6.00pm – 10.00pm daily

Website: Bukit Gambang Safari Park

 

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Copyright on Images found on Internet

I tell this over and over and over again until the infringers and thieves understand.

This issue has been going on forever and many people are not aware about copyright or do not really understand the meaning of Copyright. Or do not understand the meaning at all.

According to Encarta Dictionary:

copyright [ kóppi r?t ] – creative artist’s control of original work: the legal right of creative artists or publishers to control the use and reproduction of their original works.

Basically, copyright automatically protects images found on websites. Artists do not have to register their works in order to protect them and a copyright symbol or notice does not have to be included with an image in order for it to be protected.

don't play play, ok

While browsing the Internet looking for reading material, I found this great article by Brad Templeton, 10 Big Myths about Copyright Explained. Brad gives full consent to share about this issue.

Here are some myths that I copied that I thought relevant to my context:

1) If it doesn’t have a copyright notice, it’s not copyrighted. The default you should assume for other people’s works is that they are copyrighted and may not be copied unless you know otherwise. There are some old works that lost protection without notice, but frankly you should not risk it unless you know for sure. It is true that a notice strengthens the protection, by warning people, and by allowing one to get more and different damages, but it is not necessary. If it looks copyrighted, you should assume it is. This applies to pictures, too. You may not scan pictures from magazines and post them to the net, and if you come upon something unknown, you shouldn’t post that either.

2) If you don’t charge for it, it’s not a violation. False. Whether you charge can affect the damages awarded in court, but that’s main difference under the law. It’s still a violation if you give it away — and there can still be serious damages if you hurt the commercial value of the property.

3) If it’s posted to Internet, it’s in the public domain. False. Nothing modern and creative is in the public domain anymore unless the owner explicitly puts it in the public domain(*). Explicitly, as in you have a note from the author/owner saying, “I grant this to the public domain.” Those exact words or words very much like them.

4) It doesn’t hurt anybody — in fact it’s free advertising. It’s up to the owner to decide if they want the free ads or not. If they want them, they will be sure to contact you. Don’t rationalize whether it hurts the owner or not, ask them. Usually that’s not too hard to do.

I am pledging to all bloggers to help me bust this infringement issue. Here is a banner you can share on your blog. You may also copy this article and link it back here. You may also share this article on twitter and facebook.

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