Fun fact: The great guys over at National Book Store actually invited me to check out the Warehouse Sale (#NBSWarehouseSale) before it opened to the public last Thursday. I haven’t been to one before, and I really wanted to go, but I had to cover the National Book Development Board’s Read Lit Festival.
And while I had tons of fun at the Read Lit Festival, I want me some cheap books. I couldn’t find the time to go to it for the past three days, so when I finally had the free time yesterday I woke up really early so I could get ahead of everybody else also planning to go there on a Sunday.
As the photo above shows, everybody else and their uncle probably had the same idea.
Admittedly, I didn’t spend as much time at the MIBF the way I would have wanted to. Since I was mostly either attending a talk, covering a book launch, or interviewing an author, I often only popped up at the exhibition floor to quickly check if there was anything I wanted to buy before zooming off to another appointment.
Nevertheless, I’ve yet to not enjoy this yearly pilgrimage to the SMX Center. If it’s not the great books that often only make an appearance during the MIBF, there’s the fact that I also get to meet so many people who are as into books as I am. I am with my people.
Also, this year I got my little sister to tag along, and I even bumped into my brother, and we all made a family excursion out of the whole thing. It was a little awesome, especially when I basically bullied my little brother’s girlfriend to buy a book by an author who was also signing at the time. I am a class act.
Unless you were hiding under a rock for the past week or so, you’d have known that the country’s premiere event for bibliophiles, the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF), was going on at the SMX Convention Center at the SM Mall of Asia.
Just like all the years I’ve been to this shebang, it’s been an exhausting but incredibly fun few days at the MIBF. I didn’t buy as many books as I did in previous years, mostly because I was flitting around SMX and the metropolis attending various book-related happenings. Is that a good thing? My wallet says yes.
Whenever I actually had time to browse the shelves, it was usually to take pictures or to pick out books that my younger sister has been eyeing for herself. I actually only bought just one book for myself this year!
It’s the Chinese New Year this Monday, and if you guys are lucky, you can find a bag like this one at your nearby National Book Store.
It’s National Book Store’s Ang Pao Bag, available at selected National Book Store outlets. For P500, you get around a P1000 worth of assorted products inside! It’s only available on the Chinese New Year, so keep a sharp eye out for this at your local branch!
Or at least, that’s what MLQ III says in his latest Tumblr post.
In any case, I would suggest that all my friends who buy books online or get them from Book Mooch to print out a copy of that Department of Finance order and shove it up the nose of whichever ornery Customs agent is keeping your books in cold storage.
And if the resolution of that order isn’t helpful, the text of the order is posted over at the government’s Official Gazette. I’ve also taken the liberty of making a copy-pasta of it on this blog. Under the cut!
I don’t know about you guys, but I found 2011 to just be a very bleurgh year, to say the least. It seemed like there was just a general malaise that seemed to infect the world the past year — earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons, flooding. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one happy to see the back of last year.
And yeah, there’s that whole Mayan apocalypse thing that’s supposed to happen this year, but you know what? I’m going to be a freaking optimist about the whole thing. World’s going to end? Then I’m going to read ALL the books.
Sorry about the scarcity of posts lately, my readers numbering in the single digits. Not only has my work life been a wee bit hectic, but the holidays have, quite frankly, only inspired me to be incredibly lazy. And also a little self-indulgent.
Which is why I got myself a little something something as a Christmas gift. Because I am forever alone.
iWent to the “Trese 4” book launch yesterday, and aside from meeting friends old and new, iAlso got a chance to look at this pretty baby up close. Hand drawn by “Trese” artist Kajo Baldisimo, it’s the prize up for grabs for those who grab a copy of the latest installment of “Trese”. iAm thinking of another i(Word) gag to insert here but iAm coming up short.
I’m a twentysomething who loves reading books, whether they’re good or bad. I started out stealing books; now I review them.