Thanks to our sponsor, Malaysian National Translation Institute (ITNM), I was given the chance to go to Germany for 12 days for a special feature on Dato Lat for Majalah 3. He launched his book, The Kampung Boy, in German language at the BIGGEST bookfair in the WORLD. How cool is that?
The flight to Frankfurt took 12 hours. We left KLIA at 11 pm and reached Frankfurt Airport about 7 am. Frankfurt time lags 6 hours compared to Malaysia. Once we exited the Frankfurt Airport, only then I felt the cold air. Oh, it was misty too. The first thing we did (as all tourists do) - we took pictures! Here's the whole group:
We spent a few hours walking around Frankfurt...the most walking I've done in I don't know how long. It's something like walking about in shopping malls back home, but this time with fresh, cold air blowing our way. It was amazing!
We observed the preparation for the Malaysia booth day before the Frankfurt Bookfair. Over there, we met Dato' Lat's agent, Lora. She's the person responsible for selling rights for Kampung Boy to 8 countries - US, UK, Brazil, Italy, Spain just to name a few.
Interview session with Lora
Dato Lat, ITNM group, Lora and me at the agent's meeting place at the bookfair
Later that evening we made our way to the outskirts of Frankfurt to the meet the Andersen and Mendelke family. Erika Anderson is an American and Juergen Mendelke is German. They have 2 beautiful children - Alessa, 4, and Talia, 1.
We were there to shoot the scene of the German Lat fan - Alessa being the fan. I fell in love with the kids instantly. Tania was a friendly baby and Alessa, although shy at first, warmed up to us after a while. As you can see, she was hanging on to my leg when taking pictures and just before I walked out the door, she gave me a BIG hug. So sweet!