A walk to Römer, Frankfurt

I arrived in Frankfurt at around 7am in the morning. I took a cab from the airport and paid 30 Euro to reach the hotel. Taking train or bus was not a good idea as I have two luggages and the one with all my merchandise sample items was the heaviest.

After taking breakfast at the hotel, I went out for a walk…Römer, in my mind. After walking about 5 minutes, I was numb all over. It was too cold and I had to turn back to the hotel to take my glove and muffler. I warmed myself up with the hair-dryer before going out again. Haha talk about an Asian in Europe. I think I will die if it’s winter.

I walked from Tourist Hotel at Baseler Street via Wisenhuttenplatz, then along Gutleutstr, to Willy-Brandt Platz, later along Weissfrauen str to Betmann-Braubachstr and to Romer. Heh, mouthful road names, I know. I took the paper road map along with me. Didn’t buy any prepaid card for 3G map hoping I would get free wi-fi along the way. But anyway, that is not happening. Wi-fi is secured and to just sit and get coffee at every café and get secured password is not my idea, I would get high on coffee. So, I just let it be. Life goes on without the Internet. Had a great time walking around Romer taking pictures and draw.

Later from the Dom, I walked via Fahrgasse along Saalgasse Weckmarkt to Pfarturm and to the main road of Untermainkai. This is where the River Main is.

I’ll cover Romer and other buildings and the river in other posts. Here are pictures from my walk.

A building at Wisenhuttenplatz

A park at Wisenhuttenplatz


A fountain at Willy-Brandt Platz

Willy-Brandt Platz

Street direction

Not sure what this is about

Steigenberger hotel at Am Kaiserplatz

I’ve taken lots of windows photos, this is one.

Advertising werks!

Coffee Fellows


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Total Recall

Almost…almost. I almost met Arnold Schwarzenegger!

But it was frustrating as I didn’t get to capture his picture. I got to know from the Show Daily magazine (published daily at the book fair) that Mr. Schwarzenegger will be at Hoffman und Camp (Hall 3.0) yesterday at 4.15pm. So, I set a date with Kak Nor to go see Mr. Schwarzenegger. But it wasn’t just us who would want to meet or just to have a glimpse at the Total Recall hero, there were hundreds of fans cramping the area! I showed my Presskarte but was denied the permission by a barricade of security officers to go near and just take pictures …

Anyway, Mr. Schwarzenegger was here yesterday to sign copies of his new memoir, Total Recall.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Copyright: Frankfurt Buchmesse 2012

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National Book Council of Malaysia launches 50 Best Titles in Frankfurt

Frankfurt, October 10 – National Book Council of Malaysia (Majlis Buku Kebangsaan Malaysia or MBKM) today launches its 50 Best Malaysian Titles for International Rights 2012 in Frankfurt Buchmesse, Germany.

Speaking at the launch, Encik Abdul Wahab Ibrahim, Director of MBKM, told that selecting 50 titles was not easy as many proposed have good quality contents. However, after processing all the titles, 50 best ones met the criteria of reflecting Malaysian culture and have what it takes to travel across border. Encik Wahab added that it is the hope of MBKM to start an ongoing endeavour to promote excellent Malaysian books to the international market. If in 2010, the local market saw some 15,000 books have been produced, MBKM hopes to increase the figure to 26,000 per year.

Encik Abdul Wahab Ibrahim

Here are the list of 50 Best Malaysian Titles for International Rights 2012:

Art/Art & Crafts: 1. Shadow Play 2.  Crafted in Malaysia  3. Wayang Kulit Melayu Traditional Kelantan  4.Susur Masa  5. Batik Malaysia

Biography: 6. Portrait Of A Thousand Smiles  7. Biografi Tun Abdul Razak  8. Kanang

Children: 9. Longhouse Days  10. Kailash  11. Puteri Tioman  12. Siri Merah Cinta Kita  13. Hikayat Hang Tuah  14. The Malaysian Art Book for Children  15. DearYayah,The Series

Cooking: 16. Malaysian Favourite Recipes  17. 1 Hari 1 Resipi: 365 Resipi  18. Gourmet to Health  19. 300 Menu Ramadhan &Syawal   20. 202 Khasiat Herba

Environment: 21. Taman Negara  22. Ocean Tapestry  23. Antartica  24. Siri Pendidikan Alam Sekitar: Pemeliharaan dan Pemuliharaan Hutan Hujan Tropika

Fiction: 25. Mustafa Kamal Atartuk  26. King of The Sea  27. The Beruas Prophecy  28. Antologi Karya Sasterawan  29. Legenda Elfarren  30. Adam dan Hawa  31. Tiara Pesona  32. A Cold Wind Blows

Islam: 33. Indahnya Hidup Bersyariat  34. Biografi Muhammad bin Abdullah  35. Fundamentals of Syariah in Islamic Finance

Malay Classic & Award Winning Titles: 36. The Old Man at The Foot of The Mountain  37. Cinta Sekerdip Embun  38. Senja Kala  39. Panglima Awang  40. The Last Day of An Artist  41. Le Champion  42. Antologi Cerpen Berunsur Islam – Cinta Masitah  43. Laut Takjub

Non Fiction/Language/Finance/Social: 44. Peribahasa Melayu  45. Catatan Latiff Mohidin  46. Empayar Melaka: Tradisi Agung Melayu  47. Nuansa Nusantara  48. Arowana: Ikan Hiasan Bernilai

Poetry/Play: 49. At A Plank Bridge – A Play  50. At-Tariq

In line with the objective to promote Malaysian culture, the theme of Malaysian Pavilion this year is ‘Wayang Kulit‘. Those who attended the launch were entertained by a Wayang Kulit performance played by a Tok Dalang (puppeteer) specially brought to Frankfurt from Malaysia.

 Also present to witness the launch was Datuk Dr Shahruddin Md Salleh( Chairman, ITBM), Tuan Haji Khalid (DBP), Encik Tuan Haji Hasan Hamzah (President, PKBM) dan Prof. Dr. Hishamuddin Jamaluddin (Chairman, UTM Publisher).

MBKM has been consistently participating in overseas book fairs together with local publishers at an international level. The participation is not just about book trading but to gain opportunities to learn about new technologies as well as to learn about different cultures and ideas.

MBKM was established by the Ministry of Education in 1968 based on UNESCO’s recommendatory that proposed all developing nations have a special body responsible for the inculcation of interest in reading and be the driving force behind the development f the book industry.

With the motto ‘Books enrich the mind’, MBKM’s aims to be the nation’s catalyst for the development and progress of the book industry. Do visit MBKM’s website for more information.

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Hello from Frankfurt!

My flight from Kuala Lumpur to Frankfurt by MAS was smooth. Had 2 meals and lotsa sleep. Watched Snow White and The Huntsman and went to the loo twice. Haha.

I went for a walk from the Hotel Tourist to Romer and then to Main River, later to Goethe Haus and back to the hotel. I went out at 10am and came back at 6pm. Really had a good walk, took a break drawing Romer’s buildings and of course to have that glass of Latte Machiato. I’ll be heading to Heidelberg tomorrow morning and then to Frankfurt Buchmesse in the evening.

Will write lengthy soon as I get back, I have so many things to share. Will update pictures of Heidelberg tomorrow.



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Licensing Day at the Frankfurt Book Fair

Whether it be Star Wars or The Little Prince, the successful licensing of characters and designs to non-book producers like the toy and clothing industries are a lucrative source of revenue for publishers. The USA and Canada generate 67% of global sales of licensed products, while Western Europe with 22 percent has room for improvement. (Source: The Licensing Newsletter 2009)

In order to grow the trade between licensers and licensees and help the industry continue to network, Friday at the Frankfurt Book Fair (10 – 14 October 2012) will be devoted to Licensing. With a half-day seminar, a tour, and a Happy Hour, the Licensing Day boasts a range of events, which can each be booked or visited individually. (Some require a registration and fee.)

Overview of the programme for the Licensing Day on 12 October 2012 (Friday):

11:00 am – 11:45 am
Frankfurt StoryDrive Conference: “Crossmedia Brand Building: Star Wars”
Hall 4.0 Foyer, Room Europa

12:45 pm – 2:15 pm
Book Fair Licensing & Merchandising Tour
Meeting point: StoryDrive Info Desk, Media & Entertainment Area, Hall 4.0 Foyer

2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Seminar: The best of both worlds: Publishing meets merchandising
Hall 4.C, Room Entente

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Licensing Happy Hour
StoryDrive Lounge, Hall 4.0 Foyer

For inquiry and further information:

Photo credit: http://www.book-fair.com

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Frankfurt Book Fair 2012

My publisher friend, Linda, is going to promote selected books from Malaysia and will be meeting with publishers around the world at Frankfurt Bookfair 2012 for the possibilities to license the books to be published worldwide. In fact she has been doing this not only in Frankfurt but also other bookfairs around the world.

I would love to see, experience and appreciate her noble effort for the past few years and for that I decided to attend Frankfurt Bookfair 2012. My books (hopefully with some merchandise items) will be included and I hope to assist Linda and learn about the licensing process. I hope to find some inspirations too for my next books; more likely in the children and travel category.

I have also been accredited a journalist/blogger pass for the bookfair and am excited to be there and blog about the bookfair on location as well.

For your information, The Frankfurt Book Fair is a meeting place for the industry’s experts. Be they publishers, booksellers, agents, film producers or authors – each year in October, they all come together and create something new.

The Frankfurt Book Fair is the most important marketplace for books, media, rights and licences worldwide. About 7,400 exhibitors from 106 countries, 280,194 visitors and over 10,000 journalists. The history of the Frankfurt Book Fair dates back to the 15th century, when Johannes Gutenberg first invented movable type – only a few kilometres down the road from Frankfurt.

Frankfurt remained the central and undisputed European book fair city through to the 17th century. In the course of political and cultural upheaval, in the 18th century Leipzig then came to play the part. In 1949, that early Frankfurt book fair tradition was given a new lease of life: 205 German exhibitors assembled on Sept. 18-23 in Frankfurt’s Paulskirche for the first post-War book fair.

More than 60 trade-fair years later, the Frankfurt Book Fair is the largest of its kind in the world – and the hallmark for global activities in the field of culture.

Copyright of logo: Frankfurt Book Fair

I hope to blog daily from Frankfurt but before that happens I have yet to find sponsors for flight and accommodation though. Do e-mail me at emilayusof@gmail.com if you are interested to be my sponsor; it can be in monetary form to help me buy tickets or book room as well as buy travelling gadgets/gears or clothing. I can offer banner ad spots on my sidebar for 6 months as well as credit mention on my blog posts.

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