MIBF 2018 Book Haul!

Two things: first, this is officially my 100th blog post! Horray! I’m so proud to reach this milestone for my blog. Thank you for sticking around and reading my stories. Second, here is my haul for this year’s Manila International Book Fair. I make it a point to go every year and buy all the books I’ve been eyeing/wanting for the year all in one go.

This year, I am more selective with the books I buy— first, it should be a more sustainable purchase. (“Will I want to read it again?” “Will the contents of this book be a good addition to me as a person?”) Second, it must be something that I wanted for quite some time, meaning no to impulse buying! With these two points in mind, here is my haul!

First on the list is The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt. This children’s book has been on my Book Depository wishlist for the longest time. I fell in love with the cover and the cute illustration right away! When I saw this in the book fair, I read it quickly (the story is silly and touching, exactly what I love about children’s books!) and added it to my cart.

The second and third thing would be Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan and The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

For RPP, I’ve been waiting patiently for the small-sized paperback to come out. I’ve read this book (ebook) twice, and am in love with the whole series (I even met Kevin Kwan during his book signing last year!) I’m so happy to finally have the complete set at home!

As for The Alchemist, I’ve been curious about this book for the longest time, but never really got to (or really wanted to) pick it up until last month. I’ve heard so many good things about this book and it has been recommended to me a few times—can’t wait to get into reading it!

The fourth and fifth books are Things are What You Make of Them: Life Advice for Creatives by Adam J. Kurtz and Spark Joy: an Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.

I’ve been wanting to read Adam’s book for quite some time, as I’m a fan of his work. I’m so happy to finally own his book (and I’ve browsed it briefly—I love it.)

As for Spark Joy, I’ve been Marie Kondo’d from her other book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I can say that my space is cleaner and I feel happier after tidying up things that made my life more difficult in the past. Since her first book created such an impact on me, I wanted to read her second book even more to really get into the topic of tidying and living a better life.

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Big Bad Wolf Book Fair Haul!

After weeks of eagerly waiting (and saving), the Big Bad Wolf Book Fair finally makes its debut in the Philippines! I stayed up-to-date with the book fair, making sure that I didn’t miss a single post. Sure enough, they gave away hundreds of preview passes that’s good for the day before opening to the public. I-of course- had to join the contest and was one of the lucky people who won preview passes!

Bright and early on the 15th of February.

I invited my friends to come with me, as each pass allowed two people. Luckily, my university is near the venue (World Trade Center), so my best friend and I commuted. We left early in the morning and finally arrived around 8:30 AM, thirty minutes before opening!

I’m in love with the tickets!

Nicole and I! (My other two friends came in later and I didn’t get to take a photo with them.)

After impatiently waiting for thirty minutes, the doors finally opened and I was breathless with all the books around me!

Pays to go early!

I love how neatly all the books were stacked!

Gorgeous books for an even more gorgeous price!

Even their plastic is cute!

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MIBF 2017 Book Haul!

Last month, just like every year, I went to the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF, for short). As expected, my wallet wasn’t ready for it (despite me trying to save for a year.)  Unlike last year, where I was able to go to the MIBF on two dates, I was only able to go once this year.

My aunt and I started on the second floor for children’s books!

Check out the number of people there are on the second floor!

Unfortunately, my phone died by the time my aunt and I headed for the first floor, so I didn’t get to take any more photos 😦

Here’s my book haul this year!

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Kevin Kwan in Manila!

Earlier this week, my aunt and I went to UP Town Center for Kevin Kwan’s book signing!

(That’s my aunt there in the background.)

We read Kevin Kwan’s books about a year ago and became instant fans! I found his book, Crazy Rich Asians, relatable and entertaining (I am Asian, after all) and laughed harder than I should’ve when I first read “aiyah” in the book.

We arrived around 12 PM for registration. Since it was still early (Q&A and signing would begin at 2 PM), my aunt and I went around the mall and had lunch.

At around 1:30 PM, my aunt and I went back and found some seats. Soon, it was time for the Q&A portion and Kevin Kwan entertained us not only with our questions, but with a reading from his latest book Rich People Problems as well.

Soon, it was time for the book signing!

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June Wrap-Up

I want to start a new series where I wrap up my experiences per month in one blog post! So to wrap up June, I want to share with you some things I’ve been working on plus some packages I got!

First up, packages!

1. Pedigree Dog Food Samples

I have two cute dogs at home and I wanted them to try out some Pedigree samples (that’s specific for their weight class). Luckily, Pedigree Philippines offers free samples for your dog to try! I sent in the details of both my dogs and got this a few weeks later:

Inside each package contains a small pack of dry dog food, a small pouch of wet dog food, and a small booklet on feeding information. It was really interesting to receive these since I wanted to see how my dogs would react to wet dog food (as compared to their normal dry dog food portions).


You can get a sample here (for Philippine residences only)!

2. Books, books, and more books!

The next package I got was really exciting for me since I’ve been waiting for several months to receive it. I pre-ordered two books from Book Depository a couple of months back and it’s finally here!

It’s the 20th-anniversary copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone! It’s so pretty. I love everything about it.


I’m a proud Ravenclaw. #HousePride! While one of my best friends (Courtney) is a Slytherin. I bought her a copy as her birthday gift. (Don’t worry, she already saw it.)

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May Update

Hello, everyone! Just wanted to share a small update! My third term in university just started two weeks ago, and I’ve been keeping myself pretty occupied lately.

First, if you noticed on my blog, I have a new tab labeled “Features (When in Manila)”. I’ve finally achieved my dream of being an actual contributor to a website/publication! I’ve published one article so far and there’s another one on the way! Thank you for all the love and support! I’m one step closer to achieving my dreams!

Second, I’ve bought/got some things this month and I want to share them with you!

1. Dog-A-Petreat’s Beef Heart Crisps

I bought a pack of beef heart crisps from this store, and my dogs absolutely love it!

Family photo vibe here – HAHA! (L-R: Archer & Luli)

I can see and hear them salivating and panting just at the sight and smell of these babies.

Archer takes the lead! Will Luli get a chance?

NOPE.

(But, seriously, dogs will go nuts for these things. I’m even tempted to try it myself – HAHA.)

2. Book Haul from Aklatan

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Fully Booked: Children’s Books Galore!

Last month, my favorite local bookstore Fully Booked sent me a newsletter about children’s books followed by a link with their top ten recommendations (click here to read it)!

(Photo from Fully Booked Online)

At the bottom of the list, they announced that they were giving away specially curated sets of children’s books! I excitedly joined. They only asked for two things: one, to visit their Facebook page (which I usually do, anyways); and two, to leave a comment on their list answering the question “what is your favorite children’s book?” I answered from the heart and a few weeks later –

I won!

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Bibliophile – (Very) Short Feature Film

Right now, I’m taking up a major called “Video Production”. We were asked to make a 1-minute feature film as a challenge. If you follow my blog or my social media accounts, you would probably know that I made another 1-minute film last year (click here). This time, I made a short video on something that I am very passionate about – reading!

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Here’s the storyboard!

I asked one of my best friends – Nicole – to be my talent for this film. I filmed and edited everything yesterday and I’m very happy with the results!

Click here to watch it!

Basically, the story is summarized with its title, Bibliophile. It follows a quiet girl on the course of her day as she visits her university library during her free time. She finds a book that captures her attention, borrows it, and proceeds to read it throughout the day – shifting to different locations and sitting in different positions so she could be comfortable. When she eventually finishes the book, she is filled with sadness but returns the book. As she is about to leave, she notices another book. She takes it and proceeds to borrow that; to summarize, “a very short film about a girl who goes through the cycle of the ‘reader’s journey’ which consists of discovery, involvement, and the conclusion before everything resets – a never-ending cycle.”

Do tell me what you think in the comments below! 🙂

First Book Signing: Hanya Yanagihara

As a bookworm, one of my ultimate goals is to actually go to a book signing. Of course, when the opportunity presents itself, I make sure to grab it with two hands. Luckily, my university was hosting a book signing, I decided to go for it. Unfortunately, I haven’t finished reading the book before the signing but I still decided to go since it would be cool to actually meet an international author! Miss Hanya Yanagihara just so happened to be at the right place and at the right time. I had her book A Little Life on my Goodreads’s “to-read” shelf for a while and decided to go for it.

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Manila International Book Fair 2016 Haul!

It’s that time of the year again where my wallet cries for help: the Manila International Book Fair!

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(Photo from MIBF’s Facebook page)

This year, I went on the first day (September 14, Wednesday) and on the third day (September 16, Friday). I usually go two days; one for family (my aunt and I have this “tradition” that we go every year together) and one with friends.

On the first day, I was actually surprised to see that there are fewer people than usual. It was very spacious and we had a fun time going around buying books!

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(All those bargain books at the back!)
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(Looks like heaven.)

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It’s Aki, the mascot of the MIBF! 🙂

The thing about the MIBF is that my friends and family plan for months ahead of time so that our schedule would be clear enough to spend the day at the SMX Convention Center. This year, I told myself to stick to my “book list” so that I can control how much books I would get and how much money I’d use. Luckily, I (sorta) followed my list this year!

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