Lufthansa’s Name The Plane contest!

Lufthansa will be welcoming their first Boeing 777F in Frankfurt in October. They are really looking forward to it, but there is still one thing missing: the name of the aircraft.


So, Lufthansa is inviting YOU to help them find a name for their fleet!

Put on your thinking cap and get creative. Go to the contest page, register and submit the names that you have thought of by July 15. Let there be no boundaries to your creativity.

Their top-class jury will choose A NAME from the entries at the end of the brainstorming phase.

The winner will get to be there when they welcome their first Boeing 777F in Frankfurt! This will include a Lufthansa flight and an overnight stay in Frankfurt. And that is not all: you could be one of the first to join Captain Claus Richter on the flight deck!

Think of at least 10 names and then go to the NAME THE PLANE website. By default it’s in Deutch, click on English, ok. And proceed from there. Good luck!


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A walk in the PalmenGarten, Frankfurt

As a nature lover, I will try my best to not miss visiting gardens when I travel. And so during the Frankfurt city tour (sponsored by Sedunia Travel), I asked the tour guide to drop me at PalmenGarten. The bus stopped at Bockenheimer Landstrase and I had to walk a bit and turn to the first right lane before I saw the entrance. Paid 5 Euros to enter the garden.

palmengarten entrance

Built in 1869, Palmengarten features some very different themed gardens and can be visited at anytime of the year. With the motto “Plants, Life, Culture”, Palmengarten points to its function for the community as an educational, social, and cultural institution in the center of Frankfurt.

A haven for plants from all around the world, Palmengarten displays a collections of more than 13,000 subtropical and tropical species. With the recent merging of the Botanical Garden of the University of Frankfurt and the Palmengarten, the collection now has expanded to 18,000 plant species.

From the entrance at Bockenheimer Landstrasse, I started to walk to the left side passing by Gesellschaftshaus.


Opposite to the side of Gesellschaftshaus, there were two small ponds where ducks and geese swam gracefully.


And here are some more photos on my way further up.

A couple enjoying their walk.

Administration building.

Opposite the Administration building, there’s an appealing, geometrically landscaped Rose Garden with a pavilion; Haus Rosenbrunn as the centerpiece. The borders teem with scented roses and rare traditional varieties along with other unique plants.


Next, I walked to the Tropicarium where the plants here are divided into groups according to their natural habitats. The Tropicarium is composed of seven large greenhouse units. The southern group of greenhouses is devoted to plants from the arid tropics, namely semi-desert regions, fog desert, deciduous dry forests, and thorn forests. The northern complex for the humid tropics features plants from monsoon forests, cloud forests, mangrove swamps, and lowland rainforests. Temperature and humidity here are computer controlled.


Further up, there is Goethe Garden. During the 17th and 18th centuries, it had become customary that well-to-do citizens acquired parcels of land outskirts of the city forthe purpose of culrivating and maintaining vineyards, orchards and vegetable gardens and this also included the well-known Goethe family. Johan Caspar Goether bought a plot of land where he and his son Wolfgang planted apple trees. Several sources of literature led to believe that the apple orchard represented a part of Palmengarten.


Across from the Goethe Garden, there’s open area presents mainly herbaceous perennials and annual plants from the grassland steppes of Asia and Europe and prairies of North America. The low nutrient supply and rapid soil drainage are ideal conditions for these plants. The adjoining meadow, which is mowed twice a year, is home to a diverse array of rare grasses and meadow flowers which are seldom observed in nature anymore.


After walking around the Steppes area, I was quite hungry. There’s a food kiosk there and I had a coffee and banana muffin. These were my lunch.


Across where I sat, there’s Haus Leonhardsbrunn. Non-hardy cushion and mountain plants can be viewed from the outside of the two greenhouses flanking Haus Leonhardsbrunn. The greenhouses in between are devoted to non-hardy mountain plants mainly from the Southern Hemisphere. The flower beds in front of the building usually display varieties of dahlias. Adjoining them is a huge playground, a water playground, a kiosk, a miniature golf course, and the northern train station of the Palmen-Express.



My batteries for both cameras went weak after that and looking at the map, I was just half way done exploring. Ah well, maybe this is one of the reasons that I have to come back here to explore the other half. Anyway, here are few more photos before my cameras ran out of batteries.

Log-playhouseLog playhouse.

Ash tree
Ash tree (Fraxinus).


More trees and birds.

Well, there are actually about 15 – 20 pictures more before the cameras really died on me. And yes, few hundreds of pictures earlier. I’ll share them on my Instagram account slowly, ok.

If you happen to visit Frankfurt, do visit Palmengarten. Here are some information about the place:

Opening hours:
Feb — Oct: 9 am — 6 pm
Nov — Jan; 9 am — 4 pm

Adults — 5 Euros
Children and Adolescents up to age 14  — 2 Euros
Groups( 20+ persons)  — 4 Euros

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Art & Places: Statue of Minerva, Romerberg, Frankfurt

Here is a statue of Minerva situated in front of timbered houses at Romerberg, Frankfurt.

Pencil and color-pencil on Moleskine plain notebook.

Minerva  was an ancient Roman goddess of wisdom and reason, of warfare for a good cause, protector of handicrafts, arts, schools and sciences. She was the daughter of Jupiter, the king of the gods.

Minerva was built from red sandstone by sculptor Friedrich Schierholz  in 1893/94. It was half destroyed in 1944 during the WW2 and again in 1951 by the Romans. Later in 1983, sculptor Fritz Klimsch sculpted an exact copy of the statue. Minerva wears a lion head’s helmet with a crest decorated with a head of a woman (not sure what this means) and feathers.

She holds a spear on her left hand while the head of Medusa on her right. She is wearing a toga protected with an Aegis, a shield or buckler, on her body. She stands on a column decorated with floral ornaments.



Kunst Im Offenlichen – Minerva Fountain



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Art & Places: Statue of Justice, Romerberg, Frankfurt

The statue of the goddess Justitia that graces the Fountain of Justice (Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen) stands proudly at the heart of the Romerberg, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Pencil and color-pencil on Moleskine Plain Notebook.

Previously, in 1610, the sculptor Johann Hocheisen created the fountain and the figure from red sandstone but after the war, Justitia had lost half of her arm (not sure left or right) and the scales went missing. Later in 1887, she was rebuilt in bronze by F. R. Schierholz, funded by a Frankfurt wine merchant.

Justitia, the Roman goddess of Justice, is an allegorical personification of the moral force in judicial systems. Justitia is depicted with a set of scales suspended from her right hand, upon which she measures the strengths of a case’s support and opposition. Mature, pretty and draped in flowing robes, she is also carrying a sword in her left hand, symbolizing the power of Reason and Justice, which may be wielded either for or against any party.

The statue is adorned with 4 water nymphs on the corners of its pedestal as symbol of fertility.


Reference: – Lady Justice
Fountain of Justice
Historical Frankfurt – Fountain of Justice




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Main River, Frankfurt

Still on Frankfurt. I have so many things to share from Frankfurt, one being the Main River, the river that flows through Frankfurt, Germany from Kulmbach to Wiesbaden with a length of 527 km.

The largest cities along the Main River are Frankfurt am Main and Würzburg. The Main also passes Burgkunstadt, Lichtenfels, Bad Staffelstein, Eltmann, Haßfurt, Schweinfurt, Volkach, Kitzingen, Marktbreit, Ochsenfurt, Karlstadt, Gemünden, Lohr, Marktheidenfeld, Wertheim, Miltenberg, Obernburg, Erlenbach/Main, Aschaffenburg, Seligenstadt, Hainburg, Hanau, Offenbach, Hattersheim, Flörsheim, and Rüsselsheim. The river has gained enormous importance as a vital part of European “Corridor VII”, the inland waterway link from the North Sea to the Black Sea.

I went to the Frankfurt part of the river by foot right after visiting the Romerberg. The view was breathtaking. I have  never seen such beautiful river lined with beautiful buildings and trees. Here are pictures I like to share with you.

View of Main River. You can see here the Old Bridge (Alte Brücke). This most important crossing for the for traffic between central and southern Germany may have had its origins over 300 years earlier. 

River tour boat.

Autumn tree up-close. Not sure of the species name.

An old man resting at a bench under autumn trees lining the river bank.

Egyptian Geese. 

A couple cycling along Main River.

A swan swimming happily in the Main River.

Main River with Epiphany Church in the background.

Main River.

Frankfurt cityline with Alte Brücke on the foreground.




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Goethe House, not?

My feet were so tired from walking on the first day of my trip to Frankfurt (8th October 2012). On the way back to the hotel from Main River, passing Romerberg again, I looked for Goethe House. I somehow could not find the place. It was around 4.00pm. I gave up and just walked aimlessly, doing some window shopping, ogling at nice boots and jackets while keeping track of my way back to the hotel. Irony thing was, when I looked to the left, watching out for cars before crossing Weißadlergasse Road towards the direction of Am Salzhaus, there it was, Goethe House, right before my eyes.

Haha, I know I should’ve looked to the right side as cars in Frankfurt come from that direction but being 8 hours on the ‘Land of Ideas’ did not really help me getting used to the road system to compare with the one in Malaysia that I am familiar with for 43 years of my life.

So, there it was, Goethe House.

I entered the entrance right after the corner of this building. Little did I know that I was actually entering the the museum instead of the house! I just realised this after doing some research about the house and it is so different from what I had seen and after doing some extensive research, it is confirmed that I visited the museum instead of the house. LOL. Clumsy me. In other words — how stupid!

Anyway, after paying admission fee of 7 Euro, I made my way into the museum through a door. When I entered, the elder Mr. Goethe stared right through my eyes.

Johann Caspar Goethe. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s father.

Stared right through your eyes too, isn’t it? This porcelain sculpture was made by Johann Peter Melchior, a German porcelain modeller  in 1779.

I explored the museum; the hall and the garden before making my way to the Art Gallery upstairs. I thought to myself, “wah, nice house Mr.Goethe had!” ;P Haha, still cannot get over my mistaking the museum for the house.

The Goethe Museum is not literary a museum in the usual sense of the term – instead, there are fourteen rooms that offer a journey through the art of the Age of Goethe. Goethe, himself was an artist and collector, attaches great importance to fine art throughout his life. In his poetry, too, it plays a major role – “for what would the world be without art”. I could not take much photos of the Art Gallery as there was someone there eyeing my every move. There are protected paintings there and re-publishing them in any manners is prohibited; including taking photos. Here are some pictures I managed to capture from the museum.

Goethe 1749-1949 UNESCO’s homage on the occasion of the two hundredth anniversary of his birth.

A bronze statue of Madchenakt, 1937. Modeller: Georg Kolbe. One of Gothe’s many collection of statues.

A room with Goethe’s art collection. This was when a personnel appeared and followed me everywhere. I got the message and turned off my camera. Lol, I got an escort ;P

If you like to see what I saw, you can go on an online tour here: Goethe Museum.

And here’s more photos; of the garden and the entrance:

 So, if I ever set foot again in Frankfurt, I will surely not miss Goethe House!

Here are some information about the visiting hours and admission fee:

Visiting hours:
Monday through Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday and on public holidays: 10am – 5.30pm

Bear in mind that The Goethe House is not accessible for wheelchairs and baby carriages.

Regular 7,00 €
Students 3,00 €
Pupils 1,50 €
Groups 5,00 € (11 persons and more)
Families with children 10,00 €(max. 2 adults)
Children (6 and under) free

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Licensing lesson

Publishing products (books, periodicals and calendars) represent the third strongest product category (after clothing and toys) in terms of licensed themes, accounting for 12 per cent of the overall licensing business – and growing. Conversely, films, TV shows, brands and celebrity publishers offer marketing possibilities for successful titles. It’s hard not to be impressed by the plethora of books, calendars and magazines from licensing success stories like Star Wars, Sesame Street, Hello Kitty or Jamie Oliver. Locally, the fine examples are Upin & Ipin as well as BoiBoi Boy.

I went on a Licensing & Merchandising Tour around the book fair to learn more about it. Meeting point was at StoryDrive Info Desk, Media & Entertainment Area, Hall 4.0.

So what is licensing and merchandising? Simply put, licensing is a permission to use, distribute or sell a brand that belonging to a brand owner for a defined period of time, in a defined territory. I had few of my illustrations licensed in this manner, i.e. Hush Puppies Malaysia Hari Raya poster and few others. For Hush Puppies Raya poster, I granted a permission to use and distribute the artwork in Malaysia and Singapore for a fee.

As for merchandising, brand owner extends its brand to be produced, distribute or sold in a form of merchandising items. The agreement can be made where brand owners gets to earn royalties on the sale of that product or service. For example, if the company that manages Hush Puppies Malaysia like to extend the permission to develop my characters in the poster and sell it, this is what we call merchandising.

Licensing and Merchandising is a great way for a brand to stand out amongst the competition. Licensing and Merchandising enhances brand image and allow consumer to exhibit their love of the brand. It also generates income for the brand owner while attracts new consumers to the brand.

One of the booths we visited was Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids. The company does television programming and production around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, and feature films. Nickelodeon Consumer Products manages brands like SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer as well as manages merchandising for Nick Jr, Nickelodeon among others.

Nickelodeon reprentative explaning to us about the licensing and merchandising businnes of the company.

We visited few other booths including Dummies and Oetinger.

Dummies booth.

Oetinger booth.

The basic line is; we must have an established core products like books or movies/tv series before planning to go into licensing and merchandising business.

So, the number one thing that I have to come out with is a permanent character.  So…I am going to develop the girl character that I always love todraw; the one with braided hair and stripey pants. Her name will be Diya. So watch out for Diya! Or maybe Diya and Friends! I remember being approached by two companies about getting my characters into movie but I didn’t have a strong  character back then.

Hehe, give me a year to develop her slowly 🙂

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