After a busy office day, my Mom and I went to the Big Bad Wolf Sale here in World Trade Center, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines last Feb. 21, the VIP day.
The BBW, before it opened to the public last Feb. 22 (Fri), had a special day for VIPs who won their ticket giveaway.
My teammate Cathy and I tried our luck, but we didn’t win.
However, with a wonderful stroke of luck (or as we would prefer to call it – God’s blessing), I received an email that Bookbed was giving away 4 VIP tickets if we commented our name in the Facebook Group that will serve as our entry.
I invited Cathy to join the community as she also loves books and wants to come to the Big Bad Wolf (we didn’t get to attend last year). So we put in our names, so did other Bookbed members.
When the results were supposed to come out, Bookbed showed in a video how the winning list turned out. I was number 5, so I immediately thought that I lost! But then written in their comment in the thread was that instead of 4, they were giving away 5 tickets!
So by a hair’s breadth, I got 1 VIP ticket, and what joy I felt when we learned that 1 ticket would let us bring one more person to the book sale! Cathy and I were very ecstatic! Thank you Bookbed for the tickets, and congratulations to my fellow winners! The Big Bad Wolf called us!
(My kind of grocery shopping! Although I do like buying groceries actually…)
My Mom and I got there around 8:30 PM, I think? I didn’t notice the time much anymore due to excitement. There were many people but not to the point that it was crowded or anything; just enough space for everyone to look around and be relaxed, even with the flurry of having to finish our shopping soon, because the floor would have to be closed by 11 PM to give way to the public opening the morning after.
I followed the tip that I read from fellow bookworm Ate Mikee Garcia: she too went to VIP day, and she said she went straight to the genres she really liked. So I visited the religion area and language first, as it was near the cashier where you can get carts, and then fiction, young adult, non-fiction, children’s, and art.
My goal was to hunt for story books, instead of art/illustration/graphic design books, which now I totally regret! I should have also budgeted for that, but I’ll see if I can still visit the Big Bad Wolf with friends before it closes on the 4th of March. I’m glad that my Mom went with me, as she is always my conscience when I’m biting more than I can chew when it comes to books to read! Even though she’s tired too, she made time to be with me and always supported my love for reading, because it is through reading that I really got interested in writing and storytelling in the first place. (Thank you, Mima, and for our photos here too! <3)
My Mom and I ended our book hunt around 10:20, and by this time, the queue to the cashier was very long – almost labyrinthine like or intestine-like, if you will, but it was fast and organized, and I do believe that lining up for the books is part of the experience in Big Bad Wolf. I really would suggest you wear comfortable clothes and shoes if you’re going to spend around 2-3 hours (or more?) there!
We finished past 11 PM, and when we got home, we were very tired but happy. 🙂
And here is my #ThisisfromBBWManila2019 book haul! Some of these, I’m already familiar with, but the big surprise is scoring Cornelia Funke’s Inkdeath. I’ve read her works The Thief Lord, Dragon Rider, Inkheart and Inkspell when I was younger, but I never got to read the final installment to her Inkworld trilogy.
I can’t wait to find myself in these new worlds soon (or when my schedule permits it!).
“Greaaat, more books on your to-read pile,” Kat said to me as I tried to balance my book haul from Big Bad Wolf Book Sale . “When will you be able to read all of these, anyway – in three years’ time?”
I looked at Kat and then the pile. And then all the books we had I’ve still yet to read. And I think of the books as people we’ve yet to know and love in this life. Without me saying anything, Kat looked at me, sighed, and said, “Okay, if you put it that way… Time can only tell. There is a book at the right time at the right place, the same way there will be people we will meet at the right time and at the right place.”
So this is my book haul from Big Bad Wolf Sale in World Trade Center, Pasay City. Mostly, young adult books as I have a connection with them, and because I want to write stories like these too. Harry Potter, Karen Hesse’s Out of the Dust, and Katherine Paterson’s Bridge to Terabithia were just a few of the books which really helped me grasp language, vocabulary, and storytelling when I was a wee child, so I kind of want to make those stories too that can inspire other children and young adults. I believe too that there is always so much depth in these books even if they are deemed as children’s or young adult books. As what my favorite author Madeleine L’Engle said, “You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”
Reading leads us to become better writers and storytellers. 😊 Hence, all the books!
Shoutout to Bookbed again for the VIP tickets that we got and to the amazing team behind Big Bad Wolf! 🙂 Walking inside for the first time, it certainly felt like heaven, like falling in love, like being a child again, like something beautiful is about to begin.