Children’s Book Week 2013 at Silverfish Books

Update on Children’s Book Week, 11-18 May 2013 at Silverfish Books, 28-1 Jalan Telawi, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur.

Children’s Book Week is here again and I will be there for the Greet and Meet Session at 3-5pm. Do drop by for a chat or join in the fun!

Selected Malaysian children’s books will be available at special promotional prices throughout the week. There will be storytelling and activity sessions for children on Saturday, 11th May and 18th May, in addition to meetings with children’s book writers and illustrators. And lots of balloons will be given away! The Children’s Book Week is organised by Yusof Gajah Lingard Literary Agency and Oyez!Books for Children, with the support of Silverfish Books.

Saturday, 11th May 2013; 3-5pm
Make your own picture book – for parents and children.
With the help of an instructor, guide your child to make his/her own picture book. Your children will learn how to build different parts of a book and they get to take home their work. All material will be provided by the organisers. Limited to 8 children. This is a joint activity for children and parents. All children must be accompanied by their parent/s. (This session is now closed as we are fully subscribed.)

Author appearance
Author and illustrator Emila Yusof will be at Silverfish Books to talk about her work as an illustrator and her new books.


Saturday, 18th May 2013; 3-5pm
Storytelling with Linda Tan on two of Mama Tok’s books.
Award-winning Malaysian storyteller, Mama Tok, has published two books, The Greedy Eagle and Nyam-Nyam Nyit. The story telling (in English) will be followed by a drawing and colouring activity. (This session is now closed as we are fully booked.)

Author appearance
Author and illustrator Yusof Gajah will be at Silverfish Books to talk about his new book, Dill the Little Elephant.

Credit: Text copied from SilverfishBooks’ blog.

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People I met at ADIBF 2013

ADIDF 2013 and the experience I gained was totally priceless. And the people I met and have a chat with was truly inspiring in so many ways. I managed to capture photos with/of some of them while sketching some. I hope you can click the link on their names that I provided to learn more about them.

With Kenizé Mourad. She is not only a princess, a writer, a novelist, and a researcher but also a war journalist. She visited Malaysia back in the 70s.

With Miss Chatz. Local illustrator. She is very chatty and bubbly. I love her cartoons; very her.

With Liz Ramos Prado; a Peruvian illustrator living in Dubai. Her surreal illustrations are gorgeous.

With Nirouz El-Tanbouli; a childhood specialist. She’s an Egyptian living in Abu Dhabi.

This is David Macedo. He is also from Peru and now living in Dubai working as Graphic and Web Designer.


Miguel Gallardo (award-wining Illustrator, Barcelona), Guy Delisle (award-winning Cartoonist/Animator/Illustrator, France), Frida Bunzli (Cartoonist, Switzerland) and German Fernandez (Illustrator, Dubai).

With Jo Belle. Jo Belle, a Filipino, is living in Dubai with her family. She works with Cartoon Art Gallery.

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Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace (LIMA) 2013

Being enthusiasts of aircrafts, my husband and son wouldn’t want to miss it for the world to see the LIMA 2013 static aircrafts and air show held at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre (MIEC) and therefore they forced themselves (while dragging me along) through the MASSIVE traffic jam. We had to park far away outside the airport area and walked about 15 minutes to MIEC under the scorching hot weather.


But it was all worth it; we were very happy to be surrounded by aircrafts! Let’s take a look at the pictures (please wait while they load and please use the left and right arrow to navigate):

 The air show summed up all the happiness!

SU-27P & SU-27UB (Russian Air Force)
Russian Knights SU-27P /SU-27UB (Russian Air Force)

Spectators taking pictures.

About LIMA 2013

Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) 2013 is the 12th edition of LIMA exhibition series held at  the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre (MIEC), one of the largest and most prestigious exhibition and convention venues in northern Malaysia. It is strategically located at the centre of Langkawi Island and 30 minutes away from all major hotels, resorts and Kuah town. MIEC has been home to the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition since opening her doors in mid 1995. It boasts a built up space of 22,050 square meters and a further 49,400 square meters of outdoor display area.

The exhibition hall caters to large and heavy exhibits through its triple volume ceiling and convenient purpose designed access. It’s location adjacent to the Langkawi International Airport makes it suitable for aircraft display and eases logistics planning. MIEC also provides international standard ancillary facilities such as banquet and seminar rooms, offices and business centre. Langkawi Island is an hour’s flight from Kuala Lumpur and is also connected to the main land via regular ferry service. [Source:]

It was held last 26 – 30 March 2013 and opened to public the last two days.

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Kota Buku donates paintings for School-in-Hospital (SDH)

Remember that I paint something during Children’s Literature Festival last year?

Yesterday I saw it being handed officially by Raja Zarith Sofiah binti Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah to Deputy Prime Minister’s wife, Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman, who is the patron of ‘Hati Nurani’ project.

My painting at its 5 minutes of fame. Standing on the left of painting: YBhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Asiah binti Abu Samah, Kota Buku Chairman; middle: YBhg. Puan Sri Hajah Noorainee binti Abdul Rahman, DPM’s wife and right; DYMM Raja Zarith Sofiah binti Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah. Also present to witness was Dr. Haji Awang bin Sariyan, Director General, DBP (in blue batik).

For your information, The SDH, carried out in collaboration with the Education and Health Ministries, was inspired by the Deputy Prime Minister’s wife, Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman. The project is aimed at providing formal education to students and children treated at hospitals.

Raja Zarith Sofiah who has authored several children’s books, including Puteri Gunung Ledang will be the patron for future children’s literature activities organised by Kota Buku and DBP.

A total of 10 paintings (out of 30; including mine) painted during Children’s Literature Festival, University of Malaya (UM) were donated to SDH during Prize giving ceremony of ‘Peraduan Mengarang Buku Bergambar Kanak-kanak 2012’ organised by Kota Buku and Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka yesterday at Prince Hotel, KL.

Here is me and friends during the event:

From left: Nur Nadia, Ida Sri Sulo, moi and Kak Alimah Salam.

From left; Nur Nadia, moi, Huda XD, Syakirin Saharom, Mustakim Ismail and Ajiq Mhz. The latter 4 are architecture students , UM. They also participated in the painting project and their paintings were amongst the selected ones.

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Featured illustrations at AFCC, Singapore

This year, Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC), is featuring Malaysia as the country of focus and it was such an honour for me to be given the chance to illustrate for them. I sent them some of the ready ones from my A to Z: Things that Boys and Girls Like to Do and some new ones illustrated just for the event.

AFCC illo

As a children book’s writer and illustrator, I want to be involved in as many events as I can; around the world. This will help me further promote my books and illustrations. I have a very BIG dream; and that’s to be one of world’s renown illustrators in the industry. For this year, I am travelling to Singapore and Abu Dhabi to promote myself.

So what is AFCC is all about? AFCC brings together content creators and producers with parents, teachers, librarians, and anyone interested in quality Asian content for children.

With a mix of professional conferences, masterclasses and workshops, rights fair and media mart, and public events, AFCC is a unique and popular event right here in Asia that provides an opportunity for writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, distributors, parents, children, teachers, and librarians to meet, learn, develop their craft, and discover business opportunities.

The National Book Development Council of Singapore has been organising the highly popular Asian Children’s Writers & Illustrators Conference for the past ten years. Leveraging on its success, the conference was expanded to form AFCC which has emerged as a very popular professional and trade event since 2010.

AFCC impacts 1.5 billion children in Asia as well as their parents, professionals, and businesses involved in their development.

To join the conference,  more information can be obtained here: AFCC.


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