Selamat Hari Merdeka, Malaysia!

Time flies by really fast, and here we are, back again to celebrate our 57th Independence Day, or as we Malaysians know it: Selamat Hari Merdeka (Happy Independence Day). Every year, our Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak advises that every business and household put up the Malaysian flag to show our patriotism and respect for the nation on August 31. Every year, our Merdeka celebrations are as big as the New Year’s Eve countdown celebrations with fireworks displays, parades, and entertainment.


The Malaysian flag to fly on August 31, 2014, on Independence Day. Photo by Waikatomalaysians.

At The Beginning…

Our nation’s independence took place thanks to our first Prime Minister of Malaysia (then known as Malaya), Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj. He opened up negotiations with the British officials in London to ask for the independence of Malaya together with a delegation of ministers, political leaders, the first President of the Malayan Chinese Association (MCA), Tun Tan Cheng Lock, and the fifth President of the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC), Tun V.T. Sambanthan. Once it was confirmed that the Communist threat during the Malayan Emergency had ended, an agreement was reached on February 8, 1956 for Malaya to finally gain its independence from the British ruling. However, the official proclamation of independence was decided that the declaration would only be announced the following year due to unforeseen circumstances. Tunku Abdul Rahman returned home from London with the good news that Malaya will finally achieve its long-awaited independence. In the years between 1955 and 1957, our first Prime Minister and his cabinet prepared the Malayan Constitution and discussed how the administration of justice would be carried out. They cemented racial harmony back into the veins of the country and resolved to defeat the Communists. On August 31, 1957, Tunku Abdul Rahman led the nationwide roar to shout out “MERDEKA!” seven times at the newly-built Merdeka Stadium. It was a truly remarkable scene at the time of the incident.

But this year is an exception. 2014 will be a different year for all Merdeka celebrations as there had been a double tragedy in the airline industry where MAS Flight MH370 has gone missing in-flight and still has not been found, and MH17 was unexpectedly gunned down during a flight over Ukraine. According to our Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek in a media conference on Wednesday, August 13, 2014:

“As the nation is still mourning the MH17 and MH370 tragedies as well as sharing the losses suffered by families of victims, we need to modify the Merdeka celebrations this year. In the midst of the celebrations, the nation will also commemorate MH17 and MH370 tragedies as the incidents deeply affected Malaysians.” – The Star Online.

Nevertheless, we are still ready to celebrate the birth of independence for our country. Get your flags ready and let’s all sing the National Anthem: ‘Negaraku’. Remember to stand up, guys! SELAMAT HARI MERDEKA (HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY) from all of us at Posterific!


Happy Birthday, Michael Jackson!

Fame and fortune definitely can’t buy happiness, and it rings quite true for celebrities. Despite all the wealth amassed from making movies, and all the fame from sponsorship deals and big-time endorsements, they will still fall like ordinary folk.

Today marks the 56th birthday of Michael Jackson, the King of Pop; one of the world’s most successful performers! It’s a shame that he died in such an unglorified manner. That he left before he could make his comeback tour. And lost the chance to redeem himself for all the headlines he made in the news for all the wrong reasons.

Did you know…

… that Michael Jackson’s obsession with his skin condition was influenced by a serious injury sustained while filming for a Pepsi-Cola commercial in 1984? He suffered burns to his face and scalp, and had surgeries to fix his injuries. As a result, his interest in experimenting with plastic surgery led to his dramatic alterations to his face, especially his nose, in the coming years.


Michael Jackson in his prime as a successful solo artiste. Photo by Billboard.

  • Date and Place of Birth: August 29, 1958, in Gary, Indiana.
  • Date and Place of Passing: June 25, 2009, in Los Angeles, California.

Michael Jackson (MJ) was born in an African-American working-class family, with a guitarist father who put aside his musical aspirations to provide for his family as a crane operator. His father knew his sons had talent, and molded them into a musical group in the early 1960s. The group initially consisted of the older Jackson brothers: Tito, Jermaine, and Jackie. MJ only joined the group when he turned five, eventually emerging as the group’s lead vocalist. Another older brother, Marlon, became a member of the group and they were known as the Jackson 5.

An Early Successful Career

At age 13, MJ launched his own solo career and became one of the most internationally famous award-winning solo pop sensations to date! His song “Got to Be There” from the album of the same name topped the charts in 1971, and with his album “Ben” (which featured an eponymous ballad about a rat) in 1972. That song became Jackson’s first solo No. 1 single. MJ continued to wow the music world with his next solo album, “Off the Wall” (1979), an infectious blend of pop and funk, with tracks like the Grammy-award winning “Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough“, “Rock With You“, and “She’s Out of My Life“. In 1982, he collaborated with Paul McCartney in “The Girl Is Mine“, which appeared on his next solo album, “Thriller” that same year. The album generated seven TOP 10 hits, became the best-selling album in history, and received 12 Grammy Award nominations, out of which he won 8. MJ’s performance “Billie Jean” also became a No.1 hit, and his famous dance move, “The Moonwalk” debuted in it. By then, he was already a veteran performer, and he choreographed the dance move for the video of another No.1 hit, “Beat It“. Other hits included “Man in the Mirror” (1987), “Black or White” (1991 – with child star Macaulay Culkin), “You Are Not Alone” (1995), and “Scream” (1995 – a duet with his sister Janet).

MJ was on a roll to become the best of the best. He broke numerous records as an artiste. He earned several Guinness World Records titles, including the achievement for the longest span of U.S. Top 40 singles, 13 Grammy Awards (8 in a night in 1984), a double inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the first artiste to have 5 No.1 singles from the same album (1987’s “Bad“).

A Downhill Slide

He had more fame and fortune than he knew what to do with it, and made decisions with his wealth that if he was alive today, he’d regret his actions. MJ built a fantasy ranch retreat Neverland in California and kept exotic pets like a chimpanzee called Bubbles. He invited children for sleepovers at his ranch, leading to child molestation allegations pressed by parents of the children whom he had invited. Rumours surfaced, including one where he was believed to be lightening his skin colour to appear more white and slept in a special chamber to increase his life span! In 1994, he wed Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter of Elvis Presley in what critics believed to be a publicity ploy in response to the child molest allegations. The couple divorced in 1996, and he married nurse Debbie Rowe, with whom he had two children through artificial insemination: Michael Joseph “Prince” Jackson Jr. (1997) and Paris Michael Katherine Jackson (1998). MJ may be a successful chart-topping singer but where marriages were concerned, his was not a happy ending. He divorced Rowe in 1999, with MJ receiving full custody of their children, and later on, having a third child with an unknown surrogate: another son, Prince Michael “Blanket” Jackson II.

Things became worse for MJ, more recognized then as a quirky eccentric. His odd behaviour overshadowed his success, and often appeared in public with a surgical mask and his children’s faces hidden under veils. He made headlines when he looked confused and disoriented at an MTV Awards Show in 2002. He was criticized for dangling his son, Prince Michael II, over a balcony while greeting fans in Berlin, which led to demands that Child Protective Services take his children from him. MJ faced more legal issues in 2004 when he was arrested on child molestation charges with a 13-year-old boy in 2003 for lewd conduct with a minor, attempted lewd conduct, administering alcohol to facilitate molestation, and conspiracy to commit child abduction, false imprisonment, and extortion.

A Superstar’s Tragic Death

In 2009, MJ suffered cardiac arrest in his L.A. home. He was rushed to hospital after his heart stopped but CPR attempts failed, and he died, at 50 years old, later that morning. He never got to experience the anticipated success of his comeback tour (all tickets for the show sold out in just 4 days). He may have lived out his final days as a nutcase to many, but he was still the most successful performer of all time, and his death resulted in worldwide grief and sympathy, and memorials for him were erected around the world.

Can’t get enough of the King of Pop even after his tragic death? Then celebrate his posthumous awesomeness and get your Michael Jackson posters from our official Posterific Facebook page, while stocks last!

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About Posterific: In-Store Poster Info

Hi guys (and girls),

How are you getting along with our Posterific Facebook page? Are you still confused about or unsure of what we have in our stores? For those who are still puzzled over what are the sizes available for our posters, as well as the pricing and types of posters, we have it all mapped out for you. The infographic below contains all the relevant information that you need on what we have and how you can purchase them. You can use it as a guideline on what type of posters you want, what sizes that you like, and how much your selected sizes cost.

POSTERINFO_v2.1 (edited)Happy poster-shopping, people!


Gentlemen, Rev Your Engines!

The 2014 Formula 1 season is back from a mandatory summer break. This time, the race will be held in Belgium on the 24th of August (this Sunday at 8:00pm Malaysian time). The drivers in this weekend’s race will be revving their engines and making their way to the Spa-Francorchamps circuit Belgium (image below).

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Above: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. Photo taken from the official Formula 1 website.

A Brief History of the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps

The Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is one of the most storied venues in the world of motorsports. It is also known as the home of the Belgian Grand Prix, the 24 Hours of Spa, and the Spa 1000K. Fondly known as Spa, it has long been recognized as a supreme test of courage and skill. Spa’s list of winning drivers reads like a history of Grand Prix and sports car racing, such as Michael Schumacher, Pedro Rodriguez, Jim Clark, Jo Siffert, Jacky Ickx, Henri Pescarolo, Juan Manuel Fangio, Ayrton Senna, Dan Gurney, and Alberto Ascari.

The circuit was designed by Jules de Their and Henri Langlois van Ophem in 1920. The triangle-shaped circuit originally ran over public roads between the Belgian towns of Spa, Malmedy, and Stavelot in the Ardennes region. The elimination of a hairpin turn in the Eau Rouge Valley creek shortened the circuit by about a kilometer and added to its already fearsome speeds. Even if Spa lacked the long lanes of Le Mans, Monza or Reims, with the exception of the famed La Source hairpin, it comprised exclusively of fast, sweeping curves where speeds rarely fell below 100 mph.

Spa has seen many changes over the years. The revamped circuit retains much of the original course and many of its signature turns including La Source, Blanchimont and the daunting Eau Rouge. The renewed Spa features a demanding, purpose-built section that sweeps down a valley through the fast Pouhon curve and the Campus esse bend before rejoining the “old” circuit near Blanchimont. As a result, it is the most challenging tracks on the current Formula One and sports car racing schedule. According to seven-time world champion driver, Michael Schumacher:

“It is the best circuit in the world. The kind of atmosphere you get at Spa is similar to the old Nurburgring. The only place which still has quality and atmosphere. Eau Rouge is really the most tremendous corner. Imagine flying downhill and seeing a big mountain in front of you. You feel as though you are driving into the road before going up and it is probably the best sensation and the most satisfaction you can experience as a racing driver.”

The timetable below shows the action for this weekend’s Formula 1 Grand Prix:

Friday, 22 August 2014 Practice 1 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Practice 2 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Saturday, 23 August 2014 Practice 3 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Qualifying Round 8:00pm
Sunday, 24 August 2014 Actual Race Day 8:00pm

The timing above follows the local Malaysian GMT+8.

Did you know…

… that Lewis Hamilton is the only current driver to take pole position more than once at Spa, yet despite his luck, he still trails Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel in the victory count?

Did you also know…

… that all four of Jim Clark’s Belgian triumphs and five of Michael Schumacher’s six victories came without the benefit of starting from pole position?

Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing has won the Belgian GP race for three years in a row, from 2010 to 2013. And now he will fight to maintain his place on the podium as the drivers of Mercedes, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, will do their best to snatch the victory from Vettel. Rosberg and Hamilton have both won a number of races already this year. Rosberg have been on the podium four times this year, having won races in Australia, Monaco, Austria, and Germany. His partner, Hamilton, outshone the German and took home trophies from races in Malaysia, Bahrain, China, Spain, and Great Britain, one more race than Rosberg.

Show your support for this weekend’s Formula 1 Grand Prix with a purchase of a Fernando Alonso or Ferrari poster. Get yours today at the Formula One Grand Prix poster album from Posterific Facebook, while stocks last!


A Tribute to Robin Williams

Laughter was Robin Williams’ best prescription for the world as the actor was not just a movie star on the big screen, but also a comedian that everyone came to know and love. He came into our lives, saw what the world needed, and conquered us with his jokes and hilarious voice-acting. He was more than just a famous face in Hollywood. He was a family man; a loving husband, a doting dad, and a friend to everyone who knew him. He achieved so much but he left the world too soon.

Robin Williams’s Incredible Career and Personal History


Robin Williams and his daughter Zelda Williams. Photo by The Australian

Date and Place of Birth: July 21, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois

Williams was born to a wealthy family in Chicago. In 1968, he moved to San Francisco with his parents when he was a teenager. Williams kickstarted his career in the world of comedy as a stand-up comedian and eventually became one of America’s leading performers after completing his enrolment at the Juilliard School in New York City. There, he became friends and roommates with fellow actor Christopher Reeve. Williams worked hard at his career and allowed his reputation to grow by word-of-mouth among comedy experts. With the influence of Richard Pryor and Jonathan Winters, Williams excelled, remembering everything he had seen on television when he was a child and fed it to his audience in short bursts.

But his fame did not come from comedy alone. His portfolio also included a wide range of funny movies, serious films, and voice-acting for several animation and cartoons. He played an alien character called Mork in a widely known TV series Mork and Mindy. In 1980, Williams made his debut on the big screen in a lead role as the famous spinach-eating sailor in Popeye. A string of successful movies followed and showcased his stellar comedic talents and his ability to take on serious work. Below are some of his famous movies that we are familiar with: ‘Hook‘ (1991), ‘Aladdin – as the voice of the genie‘ (1992), ‘Mrs Doubtfire‘ (1993), ‘Jumanji‘ (1995), ‘Flubber‘ (1997), ‘Good Will Hunting‘ (1997), ‘Patch Adams‘ (1998), ‘Bicentennial Man‘ (1999), ‘A.I.: Artificial Intelligence – as the voice of Dr. Know‘ (2001), ‘Robots – as the voice of Fender‘ (2005), ‘Night at the Museum, and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian – as Teddy Roosevelt‘ (2006), ‘RV‘ (2006), and ‘Happy Feet, and Happy Feet 2 – as the  voice for Ramon/Lovelace‘ (2006).

Robin Williams Movies

Despite a shining career, Williams suffered from a number of setbacks, mostly in his personal life. He developed a drug and alcohol addiction and struggled with it for more than two decades. He also became involved in several tumultuous romantic relationships. While being married to actress Valerie Velardi who bore him a son called Zachary, he was seeing other women. Williams and Velardi divorced in 1988 and married his son’s nanny, Marsha Garces the following year, with whom he had daughter Zelda and son Cody. In 2006, Williams suffered a drug relapse and checked himself into rehab in August. Health problems derailed the comedian in 2009, occasionally causing the actor to have a shortness of breath which led to a string of cancelled performances and resulted in a heart surgery.

For many years, Williams continued with his acting career and stand-up comedy acts. For many years, he battled severe depression and struggled with his drug and alcohol addiction. Suddenly as if by fate, his problems went away. On August 11, 2014, the 63-year-old actor-comedian was found dead in his California home. A press release issued on August 12 stated that the preliminary results of the forensic examination revealed that Mr. Williams ended his life by hanging himself. A pocket knife was discovered at the scene and several cuts were found on his left wrist. Williams’ current wife Susan Schneider disclosed in her statement that her husband had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a disorder that affects the nervous system that progresses over time and affects an individual’s speech and movement.

So let’s take a minute of silence to remember the man who brought us so much joy and laughter every time we watched his movies. Let’s remember the man as the happy-go-lucky actor with a wicked sense of humour. Let’s put him in our memories his greatest legacy, his three wonderful children, and the happiness he offered to others through his movies and particularly to those with similar personal struggles and health battles.

The 2014/2015 BPL Season is BACK!


The Barclays Premier League official logo by Premier

The clubs are back with a vengeance and a nose for revenge with only one goal in mind: to get that elusive EPL trophy! With purchases of new players, incoming managers at the helm, and your weekend heroes battling for first place, the 2014/2015 EPL season kicks off on Saturday, August 16, 2014, with a string of matches that will leave you at the edge of your seat. Each nail-biting, heart-stopping match with 11 full-fledged experienced players on each team will leave you hoping, wishing, and praying hard that the team you support will end the season on a high!


The Nike Ordem footballs in three different colours by NIKE, Inc.

Did you know…

… that Nike has unveiled the official match ball for the 2014/2015 Premier League? The ‘Nike Ordem’ is the most innovative, aerodynamic, tech-savvy football assembled from fuse-welded panels that offers unprecedented flight control with special grooves woven to grip and channel the air to produce better trajectory. With maximum visibility in mind, this ball may well be the reason for some top-flight wonder goals!


Community Shield Winners: Arsenal 3 – 0 Manchester City by Yahoo! Sport

Last weekend, Arsenal kickstarted their new season campaign with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Manchester City in the Community Shield. Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey, and Olivier Giroud gave the Gunners and their fans hope that the team will rise through the ashes and deliver the trophy. Manager Arsene Wenger has made some changes to the team by bringing in several new players: Mathieu Debuchy, Alexis Sanchez, David Ospina, and Calum Chambers. Debuchy, Sanchez, and Chambers were in the Gunners’ 3-0 victory over City, and their first trophy as an Arsenal player. This is Mikel Arteta’s second trophy as a Gunner ever since moving from his former team Everton.

Other clubs have also made changes, the biggest being Louis van Gaal’s instalment as Manchester United’s manager. Man Utd fans are praying that the Dutchman can instil some improvement to the once-fearless team that Sir Alex Ferguson left behind. Van Gaal recruited 3 new players for his first season’s battle for top spot: Ander Herrera (Athletic Bilbao), Luke Shaw (Southampton), and Vanja Milinkovic (Vojovdina). Big names like Ferdinand, Giggs, Vidic, and Evra have left Old Trafford to pursue their footballing careers elsewhere.

Liverpool emerged with biggest haul. Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, and Dejan Lovren, all from Southampton, Emre Can (Bayer Leverkusen), Lazar Markovic (Benfica), Divock Origi (Lille), and Javier Manquillo (Athletic Madrid) hope to spur the Reds to remain in the top-four and fight for the EPL trophy. Luis Suarez, despite his inglorious days as a villain on the field, will be wearing Barcelona colours as he takes on his La Liga rivals while former goalkeeper Pepe Reina has gone to Bayern Munich.

Here are the kick-off of the first ten matches this weekend, all in our local Malaysian time:

Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Manchester United vs Swansea, 7.45pm
  • Leicester vs Everton, 10pm
  • Queens Park Rangers vs Hull City, 10pm
  • Stoke City vs Aston Villa, 10pm
  • West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspurs, 10pm

Sunday, August 17, 2014

  • Arsenal vs Crystal Palace, 12.30am
  • Liverpool vs Southampton, 8.30pm
  • Newcastle vs Manchester City, 11pm

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • Burnley vs Chelsea, 12.30am

Who will be the Man of the Match? Who will be the player with the fastest goal or the most unsual goal scored? All will be revealed this weekend! Make sure to prepare the couch for the match, and please, guys, try not to antagonize the girls just to watch the match or she might throw you AND the TV set out the door! Alternatively, you can call a few buddies over to your nearest mamak restaurant and watch the match together. Don’t forget to support your favourite teams with posters from our Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, and other EPL clubs albums at our Posterific Facebook page!

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Post of the Day: Posters at Work!

  • Do you go to work everyday and feel that something is missing from your workspace?
  • Do you often feel that your workspace could do with a little more pizzazz?

We are back with more tips on how to spruce up your workstation with some… YES! You guessed it! Posters! Framed posters, to be exact, as frames enhance the posters without distracting your viewers. Frames also provide decoration without visual clutter and when used properly, they can make your workstation look cosy yet professional. The last thing you need is your boss telling you to grow up or get out! So if you happen to go in to work one day, and frown at the condition of your workspace, then make yourself a promise to arrange for a little renovation!

Back in those days, employees were content with having photo frames of their kids, wives, girlfriends or boyfriends, or the whole family in the backyard posing with their pet dog or cat. Others would arrange little knick knacks brought back as souvenirs or given as gifts by others as decorative pieces on their desks. Times have changed and cubicles have evolved over time. Managers sit in big spacious rooms with so much wall space for wall art. Some of us may be in a different line of work that involves managing a store which you’d want to decorate. You want the posters to renew your spirits at work and inspire creativity.

Posterific Tip #1: Vision and Mission


Inspirational Monday: Frame It and Believe It by The Wandering Stylist

The idea of using framed posters as your office decoration is to create a first and lasting impression to your clients and business associates who visit you at work. First impression is important because it is the first thing that people see upon entering your office, and exercise their opinions on you based on the posters in your office. Visualize the placement of the posters that you want to put up. Think of how it will enhance your office space, make it look bigger and brighter, and leave your visitors with raised eyebrows and positive thoughts when they head out the door.

Next, what do you want from using framed posters as your office decor? Do you want it to go with an existing theme in your business? For example, if your core products are music, CDs, and vintage records, then you might want to put up posters that go with your product line. Posters of musicians such as Bob Marley, Pink Floyd, and Nirvana. Go with a theme and it will be easier to know what you want to hang up on those plain white walls.

If there is no theme, then go for posters that match your personality or lifestyle. If you love to travel, posters of foreign cities and local tourist hotspots in colour or black and white will do the trick. If you enjoy motivating others with your famous inspirational speeches, posters of Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela should be on your wall. Tastes differ between each person and how you want to decorate your office is entirely up to you.

Posterific Tip #2: A Million Shades of Colour

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A manly man’s workspace by Trypei Home Design Decorating

Now we shall move on to colour coordination. Don’t use posters that are too colourful if you want allow your mind to float freely when brainstorming. Too many colourful posters can blind your visitors as there are too many things to focus on. You want them to look at around with ease and soak up your office environment. Posters with designs that have two to three different colours is good. The image above has a good colour shade combination. I’d personally go for black and white posters because they have a calming effect on me. Scenic and landscape posters in soothing colours of nature offer a conducive environment of peace and tranquillity. Your colleagues will also find it easier to focus on a task or project at hand.

Posterific Tip #3: Size Still Matters!

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Home decor frame art of various sizes by Damaris Daria

We talked about the different sizes of posters to put up in your home. Now we will apply the same equation to your office. Posters come in various sizes, but there is no size that fits all. Each size is important in creating an overall look in your office. Again, the matching of sizes matters when it comes to how you want your office to look like. Too many small posters may make your office walls look too cluttered and won’t provide conducive space to work in. Too many big posters will leave little space for anything else. A few large posters or a collection of medium-sized posters on one wall will do the trick without making the room feel small. If you want to go for small posters, then three or four small frames on the wall above your side cabinet are enough to spruce up the space and add interest without distracting your colleagues or clients from their tasks.

Framed posters as decorative pieces will turn your office into a casual environment and still keep the professional look. We don’t want to over-decorate the place. We want people to be at ease when they work. We want employees to feel like they can gel with the office environment when they come in to work. When clients come in for meetings, they should be comfortable, and are aware that you spent a considerable amount of money and time to turn your office into a workable condition. Posters are a great way to decorate a place, and by doing so, you can follow your heart, mind, and taste, instead of bending over to accommodate a professional artist or interior designer who may prefer his or her own advice to yours!

So are we all good to go? Make a list of what you need to do and which posters say most about you. Then it’s time to lay out those posters and get crackin’. Come on over to our Facebook page and have a look at our variety and see which ones are much suited to your taste.