Nothing much…

There wasn’t anything much other than the usual routine last Saturday. We stopped by here again for the very nice nasi kerabu

Sri Tanjung nasi kerabu

…for our lunch that day and talking about that, it really pissed me off that somebody had just helped himself/herself to my 2011 photo of this and used it without even the simple courtesy of asking for permission. The irony of it all was that this dish was supposed to be one of the masakan Kelantan (Kelantan cooking) selections and looking at it, it certainly seemed that the best looking nasi kerabu was this one right here in Sibu. Then, there was this article in this website that took the liberty of using my 2010 kacang ma chicken photograph, also without permission – I wonder if the writer got paid for that.

Of course, it is very easy to get the photos and use them. One would just need to google for the images and he or she will have a whole lot to pick and choose. However, the links to the sources of the snapshots are always given and the onus is on one to click on that and go to the blog or website to ask for permission instead of just helping oneself to them with that devil-may-care kind of attitude. According to my blogger friend:
It doesn’t matter if you
– cited or sourced the photo
– didn’t know what you were doing was wrong
– didn’t make money out of it
– didn’t claim the photo as your own
– have a disclaimer on your blog
– or have taken down the photo after the photographer asked you to,
basically, if you did not get permission from the photographers themselves to use their work, you are in the wrong and can get sued. You have to either get permission from the source to use their work or get it from a copyright free/public domain site. Having someone else’s photos in your blog without permission is basically having a ticking time-bomb ready to blow up at any given time.

Well, I have no intention of pursuing legal action against anybody – after all, my photographs aren’t all that great and I really wonder why people would want to take and use them (and there are more than just the two aforementioned instances) – but it would be nice to just drop a comment on the post to ask. Some did so with regard to this poem that I wrote here and of course, I said yes!

Anyway, going back to what we did last Saturday, we went for the sunset service at a church here as we had something to do the following day, Sunday, and we went here for a very late dinner. I asked for the sweet and sour spare ribs…

Ruby sweet and sour spare ribs

…but no, I think their honey one that we usually had was much nicer. Besides, I had expected a lot more sauce but what we were served was somewhat dry.

The sotong (squid) with dried chilies…

Ruby sotong with dried chilies

…wasn’t all that great too. I thought it would be dark with black soy sauce, the way they would cook their pork belly with dried chilies and salted fish in a claypot.

Our regular orders, the cangkuk manis fried with egg…

Ruby fried cangkuk manis with egg

…and the sea cucumber soup…

Ruby sea cucumber soup

…were good as always and I enjoyed the peanut with sago pearls drink…

Ruby peanut drink with sago pearls

…that I opted to have that night.

All in all, inclusive or rice and drinks for three persons, the total came up to RM49.00…and as always, the nice boss gave me a discount and returned to me RM2.00 change for my RM50 note.

Incidentally, I did hear that there would be two Korean restaurants coming up soon. I heard one is already running but it is not officially opened yet as they are still trailing the food and finalising their menu. I have not dropped by to check it out though. As for the other one, I had a vague idea of its location but I did not know exactly where it would be until I spotted it that day…

Coming soon, Omaya Korean restaurant

…when we were in the vicinity for lunch. It was still under construction – we saw the people there busy setting up the place and if anyone is wondering where it is, it is in the same block as the Italian place we went to – right at the end, to the left. Rest assured that my girl and the mum would love to drop by and check this place out as soon as it opens its doors for business…

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Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

22 thoughts on “Nothing much…”

  1. How do you find out your pictures are used by other sites?

    I am more of a fan of Japanese than Korean food 🙂

    I’m just ok with both – don’t mind sometimes for a change but will not go out of my way for any of the two.

    Friends happened to share the links on Facebook…and I would be able spot my photos ANYTIME! I’ve a memory like an elephant’s…and I look like one too! 😛 There were others like Facebook friends greeting their friends on their birthdays and they uploaded a photo of a bowl of mee sua…and it was my photo! People simply google and help themselves, no respect at all, don’t care that the photos are not their own. @#$%^&*!!!

  2. Same question as Merryn. How did you find out? Korean food! Just Melissa and her mom go and check the two new Korean restaurants out? What about you?

    See my reply to Merryn’s comment above. I went and commented that they had taken my photos without permission and they just ignored my comments.

    There was one (working in Kuching) who started a Facebook page featuring all the Foochow delights in Sibu using mostly ALL my photos – he did respond and apologised saying that he had good intentions in trying to promote our cuisine. I think he has removed that page already, don’t see it around no more.

    This website has links to Claire’s and smallkucing’s blogs – dunno if permission was obtained or not…but at least the links are there, good for traffic…perhaps.

  3. That’s really bad, even i use photographs that aren’t mine as well, however, i should have the courtesy to give credits as to protect my brand from legal consequences, as we have that “plagiarism laws.”. I would suggest that you should put a signature on your photos just like me or any of the other bloggers out there as well to protect your brand. 🙂

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    I already corrected the suituApui on my xlinks, that made me laugh though. 🙂

    Thanks. It is not so bad as many who spell it as SI (dead) instead of SUI (good looking). Dead fatty! Duh!!!

    A watermark? No point! I’ve seen the photos of people I know being used with the watermark at the side or bottom…or even right across the middle. Doesn’t stop them at all.

  4. My dear friend, I am so sorry that someone used your photo without asking you first. 😦 Thinking of chicken right now….mmmm. 🙂

    Bet there are a lot more that go undetected. 😦

  5. I read all the comments because I have the same question as everyone else, but you’ve already answered them..You may consider using watermark, right across at the center of the picture !! I’m attracted to the sea cucumber soup and pear sago drink, slurrpppp 🙂

    You can see the watermark of my blogger-friend’s photograph in the menu at this place with the watermark right across the middle. I don’t know if they asked for permission or paid her to use it. My friend, Huai Bin’s photo was also used at a taxi/car rental booth at the airport here at one time – the watermark was at the bottom and they did not even bother to crop it. He was quite pissed off when I pointed it out to him. I don’t think they care, watermark or no watermark.

    Pear? It was peanut…and sago pearls.

  6. Wow! Another new eatery. Food business is blooming in Sibu huh?

    You are so kind. If me, I would leave a comment or email to the offender, telling him or her I am aware of misuse of my photos. Hehe. Luckily no one using mine since mine were not that great. Hehe. Amateur work.

    I miss Sibu nasi kerabu. Had it once in Wonderful. You been there and try it yet?

    Yes, we did go for the nasi penyet…but not the nasi kerabu – already past 7 and they were not ready yet. Food’s great there but I did not like how extremely slow the people were – they just took their sweet time starting off their business for the day and we had to wait for a long long time before we were served. Rather dark too, open air – best to avoid with the widespread cases of dengue these days.
    https://suituapui.wordpress.com/2014/06/04/in-search-of/

    Yes, I did post comments but they just ignored, did not bother to reply – like a dog barking at the moon. 😦

  7. For me, i don’t like using other’s picture, if i were to use other’s picture, i will put it’s so and so picture as a form of courtesy…

    Always ask first. When I started blogging, I did not know – I used and linked back to the source. The people (overseas/foreigners) came scolding, cursing and swearing and threatening to sue!!! I removed the photos right away and never did such a thing ever again. Will surely get permission to use, if any, never mind who or what.

  8. There was an idiot who copied an entire article of mine, including photos; he then sent an email to me asking me why i was copying his article. Best part: my watermark was on every single photo he copied. He claimed that everything is his….. such an ignorant uneducated brat

    Good grief!!! How horrible! I guess I should be thankful that nobody has done that to me. There was one that stole one of my posts, one only – no permission obtained to do so, of course…and the whole blog was made up of posts on Sibu food, all from other people’s blogs. I cannot find it now – maybe the account has been terminated, no more.

  9. I would be pissed off too at all these freeloaders helping themselves to your photos. Talking about freeloaders, I happen to know one in Sibu, (you might know him too) although he’s a freeloader in a different sense. Btw, showed your blog to a friend and he couldn’t pronounce it, started calling you “sweetfatty” instead, which I thought sounded quite close to the original.

    That’s nice…and yes, I am a very sweet guy…in every sense of the word. Bet you would agree. Muahahahahaha!!!! 😀 😀 😀

  10. As always, food looks good. Love the sea cucumber soup & sago pearl drink. So sad your photos are being used by someone without your permission. At least have courtesy to ask.

    Exactly! Like my caption of Facebook:
    You go to people’s house, you see some snacks on the table – it is good manners to ask first if you could eat them and not just help yourself. It is the same thing with other people’s photos…
    There is a word for it if you take things without asking – STEALING!!!

    1. Hmm….like that hor…..seriously can’t do anything about it, angry here also no use, have to find a way to solve it anyway, not like you want ask a lawyer to sue them (but if you really want to do that of coz you can) just we can do is change our point of view, as they won’t steal picture forever, even they do so, they’re just lying to themselves for the traffic, people who do bad thing, cheating stuffs won’t last it forever, it will finally come back to them one day. As a quote said don’t use people mistake to punish ourselves. =]

      Not angry, just mentioning it in passing. Definitely not the first and not the last – it’s the culture these days – people have no respect for other people, their culture, their religion…and much less their intellectual property. Rampant in the universities, just that they’re not caught…though some are. I hear they have some programme overseas to do that, not like at our local ones. I would not know either if I did not see people sharing and linking on Facebook.

  11. Too easy to steal stuff on the internet and too tempting for people with no manners. On another note, the blue flower for the rice (and nonya chang) actually grows in the far north of WA (I read somewhere), but does not seem to find its way to the cities.

    Far north is towards the tropics perhaps, that is why. Northern Australia is tropical, the upper part, that’s for sure. Yes, one can get most anything online these days – just goggle images for Singapore fried Hokkien mee, for instance, and you will get all the photos instantly.

    Yes, no manners indeed. We are well brought up enough to know that we do not go to somebody’s house and help ourselves to anything we like.

  12. I don’t know how you found out these things…I usually wouldn’t find out, though I’ve come across a few (by accident)…and they weren’t just taking my pictures, they took my entire write-up. But since they provided a link back to my blog, I just let it slide.

    I do (sometimes) write to restaurants telling them that I enjoyed the dining experience and they would write back asking for permission to share my post on their Facebook. But there was once one restaurant that posted my email (of me) saying how great my dining experience was (instead of my actual post), on their Facebook without seeking permission first, so there was no link back to my blog. I told them I didn’t like it, they apologised and then removed it.

    Friends shared on Facebook – some seem to enjoy doing that – sharing food recipes, photos, not that they are paid to do that or are they? I would not bother unless it is something that I’ve eaten somewhere and is very nice or something I cook myself.

    I just happened to see my photos in these two, otherwise I would not know. No, I don’t mind at all…just that I wish they would be civil and courteous enough to just ask first and no, I would not ask for payment or anything. I don’t think that is asking for much – it is simply just the decent thing to do.

    At least that restaurant removed your email – these two – I went and commented on both…and no, they did not bother to reply. The Kelantan one, I saw her replying to other later comments but she just ignored mine. Shameless.

  13. I checked the links and your old posts and those two photos are the same! Geez…they just blatantly stole your photo tsk..tsk..tsk… Oh, two new Korean restaurants coming up, eh? That’s something to look forward to and hope that the food is authentic and lives up to expectations.

    Of course, they’re the same. They stole my pics. Trouble is I can spot any that is mine a mile away – if only I could remember things I studies so well when I was in school. Hehehehehehe!!!!

    The Korean places – one is not ready, the other is open for people to come and dine, and try the dishes…no good, they will reject or improve on it…and then they will come out with the final menu. I must say that is a terrible idea – people paying to be guinea pigs. They should come out with a menu offering the best they have to offer and if there are any negative comments, they can work on improving on it…or get rid of the chef! As it is, all that I have seen on Facebook are negative reviews…and they say it is very expensive. Sure does not seem promising, not at all!!!

  14. Your pictures are awesome! Bear that in mind. (Nak sedapkan hati. hehe) Yeah, it’s like stealing our property. I advice you to put watermark on your pictures before uploading them. People seldom steal photos with watermarks.

    You’d be surprised. Never mind, let them steal. I’m not in this for the money or anything – just that it would be nice to ask. Like at the staffroom when I was still working – I had lots of pens and pencils in a holder at my desk, people would come and take and use – the nicer, well-mannered ones would ask…some didn’t bother…and some would just take and use and never return to you and they were teachers, mind you! I lost…not just pens and pencils but many other things before. It takes all kinds to make the world…

  15. That recipe page that stole your photos just ignored what you said. My goodness. In the world, we can’t really do much though. You threaten to sue also you can’t get much – lawyer fees aren’t worth it.

    Especially when my photos aren’t all that great, not like yours and all the rest – like snapshots from some recipe book or food show on tv. Maybe they think mine’s not that professional so it is ok to just help themselves? 😥

  16. actually your photo of the nasi kerabu is really nice … if i were an irresponsible thief, i’d wanna steal it too! 🙂

    You always say the sweetest things, you flatterer you!!! 😀 😀 😀

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