Wondering how peoples can make lots of money by just selling their photos online? Come and explore the money making opportunities by selling stock photos. Don't let your photos sit in your computer and collecting dusts, make them work for you!

What is stock photos?
Stock photo is basically images that can be sold without paying expensive loyalty to an individual or company for its copyright. It is usually used for magazine, event and news publishers. Photographers/Designers makes money by uploading their photos to the stock agencies. The stock agencies will publish your photos online for potential sales. When buyers selected your photos, you will get paid by sharing certain percentage of the income earned by the stock agency.

Recommended Sites
There are many micro stock sites, some better. Since most contracts are not exclusive, I recommend using several micro stock agencies in parallel. Here are some recommended sites

Shutter Stock
- This is the leading micro stock agency today. I have earned the most using this site. Shutterstock’s business model allows a customer to make a subscription and during the subscription period the customer can download 25 pictures a day. This model encourages downloads, and indeed you will get allot of downloads. The photographers earn 25c per download, and additional 5c if the customer also requested to burn the image on a CD. There are also broader uses licenses that the client can buy for additional payment. The site is very friendly. It has an FTP upload option and pictures are approved within a day or two.

Dreams Time
- This is a less known site, but still very popular with the clients,
and gets great sells. The basic price per image is 1$ (or 2$ for full
resolution) out of which the photographer gets 50%.
The site is very friendly. It has an FTP upload option and pictures are usually approved within a three days.

Fotolia
- Fotolia is a rising star in the field of stock photography. They
usually pay more then 50% of the commission to the photographer, and
allow you to set your own price. They are one of the fastest to approve
photographs. Another nice thing is the way you can get your money. They
will allow you to make a paypal cashout once you've hit the 2 dollar
mark.

123rf.com
- 123rf is a relatively new agency which is doing well. They are still small, so if you are good standing out is easy. They pay 50% of each sale to the photographer - nice. Another nice feature is email notification once your images has been approved or rejected.

iStockPhoto
- Istock Photo is another big micro stock agency. They pay something between 20% to 40%, but the image is sold for 1-12 dollars so there is a chance of a nice payoff. Also as a photographer progresses, he/she gets more % out of every sale.

My ShutterStock portfolio

Posted by Evan | 2:39 PM | , , | 25 comments »

My sister has a cash voucher RM100 that can be used to dine in at the famous Ah Yat Abalone Chinese Restaurant. Don't be happy with the RM100 first because the food there isn't cheap and you must choose meals priced at 50% more from the voucher itself. For e.g. if you have RM100 voucher, you must get a menu with at least RM200 or above.

We took the RM338++ package (not including 10% service tax and 5% government tax). The menu including:

1) 6 Cold and Hot Snacks Platter

2) Shark Fins Soup

3) Yamashima Fresh Abalone and Mushroom and Vegetables

4) Deep Fried Freshwater Fish

5) Pork Trotter

6) Fried Rice with Anchovies

7) Almond Tea with Chicken Pie

The 6 Cold & Hot Snacks consists of chicken skin, eggs, fried chicken with chillies, tofu, pig's intestine, very sweet fried pork. After ate these snacks my stomach nearly full. The chicken skin is very crunchy, I like to fried chicken with chillies. I do not dare to eat the pig's intestine because it has a strong smell, my father like it very much!

Personally I like Ah Yat's shark fins soup because it is very different from the rest, the fins portion is big and it is not sliced too thinly like others. Next is the fresh Japanese Abalone, I find it is quite good of course it is better than those groceries stores. But it still can't beat the Mexican or African Abalone, of course the cost is much more expensive!!!

For the fish, I find the taste a little bland but it is very fresh. It should tastes better if taken for steam.

The pig trotter is rather a normal standard dish, the taste can be found at any restaurant. Fried rice is delicious even though I can't stomach anymore. Just tasted a tablespoon only. The desert is special yet delicious. The soup is made of almond and milk blend and the chicken pies are good! The first time, my mom praised the taste of those creamy chicken pies!

Total bill was RM310+ with tea after deducted from the RM100 voucher for 5 peoples. It's a little pricier but considering it is a fine dining, not much complain though. After payment, they gave another RM50 voucher this time, a good promotion strategy though.

For those who wanna try out this fantastic restaurant, there are two locations in Malaysia. One is at Kuala Lumpur, another is Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Kuala Lumpur:
Ah Yat Abalone Forum Restaurant
M6-8 Mezzanine Floor
Avenue K, No.156, Jalan Ampang
50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Selangor:
Ah Yat Abalone Forum Restaurant
Lot 9B, Jalan Kemajuan
Section 13
Petaling Jaya
Tel no: 03-79604988/79604288

Posted by Evan | 3:18 PM | | 8 comments »

The history of the game of boules, otherwise known as pétanque, is perhaps the sport that is closest to French hearts. Similar to British lawn bowling or Italian bocce, the French version is traditionally played with metallic balls on a dirt surface beneath plane trees, with a glass of pastis at hand. The local boulodrome is a social focal point in southern France.

French Boule
The object of the game is to throw your balls — usually with somewhat of an arched back-spin — so that they land closer to the small object ball (cochonnet ) than those of your opponent, or strike and drive the object ball toward your other balls and away from your opponent's.




French Boule in Casino, Genting Highlands:
French Boule
This casino game is very fun and easy to play and the payout is a lot! You can find the game tables at Starworld, First World Plaza and Casino De Genting.

French Boule
How to play French Boule:
The game of French Boule is played with you playing against the House by betting House chips. The betting limits are displayed at the gaming table. Place your bet in the betting layout at the gaming table before the ball is being rolled into the numbered tray.The Dealer then rings the bell and announce "No More Bets". The game begins with the House providing you a rubber ball to roll into the numerously numbered tray arranged in sequence from 0 to 9. The winning number will be the number where the ball stops.
French Boule
French Boule

Currently Genting pays 8 to 1 for single number bet and 2 to 1 for any 3 Numbers Combination Bet.

Posted by Evan | 1:54 PM | , , | 4 comments »

It's a wonderful morning Saturday, for an early escape from the usual afternoon heat, I drove up to Genting Highlands to cool down for a short vacation 2 days 1 night. This cool hill resort with Casino is located at Pahang, Malaysia.


Drive to Genting:
ALTERNATIVE 1 : CHERAS WAY

1.At Sungai Besi Toll, proceed straight, keep left, enter exit to Cheras heading up the flyover.
2.Follow Cheras direction, go straight.
3.Pass by Makro on your left, go straight.
4.Follow Ampang direction
5.Pass by Ampang, go straight and you will pass Zoo Negara and Melawati (on your right).
6.Go straight, follow Kuantan direction.
7.Exit Kuantan flyover. Go up the flyover and join Karak Highway.
8.After the Karak Toll, proceed on till you pass the Genting Sempah tunnel. Exit to Genting Highlands after the tunnel.

ALTERNATIVE 2 : BATANG KALI WAY

1.At Sungai Besi Toll gate, proceed straight (heading towards city), do not take the left fork heading to Petaling Jaya or the Sultan Abdul Aziz 2.Airport on your left.
3.Take the left fork heading to the North-South Highway. You will see the Istana Negara (Agung's Palace) on your left. Proceed on and you will see Landmark - Muzium Negara on your left.
4.Exit to Jalan Duta, (see Landmark) at this exit Parliament House). 5.Keep going straight, passing Jalan Damansara exit.
6.Join North-South Highway (green signboard), and head north (Utara) towards Ipoh.
7.Exit at Rawang. Proceed towards Rawang town.
8.Pass Rawang, Sungai Choh and Serendah towns.
9.Next town is Batang Kali. Turn right to Genting Highlands (signboard shown).
10.At the next T-junction, turn left to joint road to Genting Highlands.
11.After about 10 or 15 minutes, you will see Genting Skyway Station and Awana Horse Ranch on your right. Proceed and follow directions to Awana and Genting.

ALTERNATIVE 3 : BATU CAVES WAY

1.At Sungai Besi Toll gate, proceed straight (heading towards city), do not take the left fork heading to Petaling Jaya or the Sultan Abdul Aziz 2.Airport on your left.
3.Take the left fork heading to the North-South Highway. You will see the Istana Negara (Agung's Palace) on your left. Proceed on and you will see Landmark - Muzium Negara on your left.
4.Exit to Jalan Duta, (see Landmark) at this exit Parliament House). 5.Keep going straight, passing Jalan Damansara exit.
6.Keep going straight on Jalan Duta, (do not take exit to North-South Highway). You will come to a small roundabout. Take 12 o'clock, and you will come to another big roundabout. Take 9 o'clock to join Jalan Kuching (heading towards north to Ipoh).
7.Pay toll at Jalan Kuching. Proceed straight heading up the flyover towards Selayang. Go straight, follow Kuantan direction and go up the flyover on your left.
8.Make a right turn (follow Kuantan).
9.After passing Batu Caves (on your left), exit left (follow Kuantan) to Karak Highway. Proceed on till you pass the Genting Sempah tunnel. Exit to Genting Highlands after the tunnel.

ALTERNATIVE 4 : GOMBAK / SETAPAK WAY

1.At Sungai Besi Toll, go straight, pass the old airport (on your left), proceed straight on to Jalan Tun Razak.
2.Keep on Jalan Tun Razak, pass Jalan Ampang and the National Library (on your right) and the General Hospital (on your left). Keep left and take a 3 o'clock at the roundabout and join Jalan Ampang.
3.Go straight heading towards Jalan Genting Kelang / Setapak. After toll gate, proceed on towards Setapak, and go left to Jalan Gombak.
4.At around 4th mile, Jalan Gombak, make a left turn to Kg Bandar Dalam, proceed on, then take a right turn (follow Kuantan) to Karak Highway.
5.After the Karak Toll, proceed on till you pass the Genting Sempah tunnel. Exit to Genting Highlands after the tunnel.

ALTERNATIVE 5 : FROM NORTH

1.From Ipoh (North-South Highway), exit to Rawang Interchange. 2.Proceed towards Rawang Town.
3.Pass Rawang, Sungai Choh and Serendah towns.
4.Next town is Batang Kali. Turn right to Genting Highlands (signboard shown).
5.At the next T-junction, turn left to joint road to Genting Highlands.
6.After about 10 or 15 minutes, you will see Genting Skyway Station and Awana Horse Ranch on your right. Proceed and follow directions to Awana and Genting.

ALTERNATIVE 6 : SHAH ALAM WAY

1.From Kuala Lumpur International Airport, proceed on towards Shah Alam.
2.After passing Shah Alam Stadium (on your left) go up flyover by following Kuala Lumpur direction, join the New Klang Valley Expressway..
3.Go straight on the highway, till you see Damansara / Petaling Jaya Interchange.
4.Exit at Damansara / Petaling Jaya flyover, you will see Damansara Toll. Proceed straight till the end of Damansara Highway, turn left to Jalan Duta.
5.Keep going straight on Jalan Duta, (do not take exit to North-South Highway). You will come to a small roundabout. Take 12 o'clock, and you will come to another big roundabout. Take 9 o'clock to join Jalan Kuching (heading towards north to Ipoh).
6.Pay toll at Jalan Kuching. Proceed straight heading up the flyover towards Selayang. Go straight, follow Kuantan direction and go up the flyover on your left.
7.Make a right turn (follow Kuantan).
8.After passing Batu Caves (on your left), exit left (follow Kuantan) to Karak Highway. Proceed on till you pass the Genting Sempah tunnel. Exit to Genting Highlands after the tunnel.

Road map to Genting Highlands:
Genting Highlands Road Map

For those who like to take public transport to Genting, you can take a bus or train to KL Sentral, Terminal Putra Gombak LRT station, Pasar Rakyat or 1 Utama. There is a coach to Genting from KL Sentral. The price is around MYR7.60 to MYR8.50 depends on your depart location but remember it will only stop at the Genting Skyway station, you need to take the skyway to the top which cost RM5 per person one way. But you can save more if you purchase the package whereby you will get the outdoor amusement park ticket too but you have to return to KL in the same day, but since you plan to stay overnight, no need for you to return to KL.

For best deal, it's recommended you choose the Go Genting package, I have always purchase the deal from Genting to take advantage of the cheap price. It's only RM42 per person. If you buy the items separately, the total cost will be more expensive.
1- Return Genting Express Bus transfer from Terminal Putra-Gombak or KL Sentral or Pasarakyat or 1 Utama
2 - Return Genting Skyway transfer
3 - Genting All Park Theme Park Day Ride Pass or Buffet Lunch at Coffee Terrace

Separate tickets:
Genting All Park Theme Park Day Ride Pass: RM51 for adults, RM36 for children

If you consider the theme park pass itself already cost RM51!

Several coach locations at Kuala Lumpur that you can take:
Go Genting

Genting counters:
Terminal Gombak: 012-236 9611
KL Sentral: (603) 2279 8989 / 8990
Pasarakyat: (603) 2148 4300 / 6300
1 Utama: (603) 7725 8211

Bar Interior Design Be A Star Karaoke
It's hungry, time to eat lunch at a cosy karaoke lounge, Be A Star Karaoke located inside Genting Highlands Resort. There is ongoing promotion where you only need to pay the meal and you entitled to 2 hours of room usage and free drinks. The good thing is there is no room charge! The food was reasonable, the total bill came up about RM35 only with the enjoyment of meal plus singing in front of a big projector screen. The sound systems was great too, it's like you are singing in front of thousands of fans!

Daytone Racing Game
When I look at this, I remember how good the feeling of driving a fast car when I was young without a driving license.

Fun Fair Merry-Go-Round
The fun fair here is exciting too, buy a game card, EziCash from the dispenser machine and you can play hundreds of game arcades, fun fair, and many more games.
Take a nostalgic trip back to memory lane with an all time fun-fair favourite. There are 2 merry go round, one is located at lower ground Genting Hotel and another at First World Plaza.

Eiffel Tower Genting Highlands
You do need to go to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower, you can find it at First World Plaza too :)

Rock Climbing
I did not try this because I scare of height, haha. For those who are extremely adventurous and you have the guts and the spunk, try the indoor Rock Climbing at First World Plaza. It's only RM4 per climb. See if you can climb walls like Spidey! It's fun and easy to climb and there are rock climbing professionals that can assist you to climb to the top.

Archery Range
Instead of rock climbing, I chose the Genting Archery Range. I took 10 arrows for only RM10.

Fertility Statue
Ripley's Believe It Or Not has come to Malaysia! The ticket price is RM18 per person. It was so lucky, that day which I've visited, the fertility statues are there! Don't simply touch the statue or you will get pregnant! These world famous fertility statues from the Ivory Coast of Africa have generated interest throughout the entire world. Dozens of women have claimed that as a result of touching the statues, they have been able to start a family! Surprise, No?

Ripley's Believe It Or Not
One of the weirdo statue inside the museums, actually there a lot more such as the once the tallest man in the world, the man with horn and the man with double eye balls but I did not really upload to here because it might cause copyright infringement.

Hou Mei Chinese Restaurant, look at the queues - evidence that tells you it is one of the famous restaurant in Genting Highlands that you can't be missed.
Hou Mei Chinese Restaurant Hou Mei Chinese Restaurant Hou Mei Chinese Restaurant

She had a nice chicken chop for RM18 and I had the fiery curry Tom Yam noodle for RM15. The price is quite reasonable considering dining in a hill resort where lack of fresh food and vegetable supplies. Both meal's portion are quite big though.
Chicken Chop Curry Tom Yam

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