The Bookworm, Beijing


Sorry for the hiatus — went on a trip to Beijing and things have been crazy (before and) after I got back.

Anyway, before I start tackling the posts I owe you (I have a growing list of interviews to transcribe), let me share with you my bookish outing in Beijing, to the famous Beijing book cafe, The Bookworm!

I knew we would have a tight schedule in Beijing so I had to carefully plan any solo expeditions, most of which had to fall on the afternoon we arrived in China. I had anticipated navigation to be a problem, so I only marked out two destinations: the Beijing International Art Material Center (for crafty goodness) and The Bookworm.

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The Return of the Book Bandit


The Book Bandit (a.k.a, Me) is back (*evil laugh*) — I just made away with some major loot at the National Book Store Warehouse Sale, ongoing at the 4th floor of National Book Store Quezon Avenue.

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National Book Store Warehouse Sale!

Christmas comes early for book lovers in the metro, as National Book Store holds its warehouse sale at the 4th floor of National Book Store Quezon Avenue from November 15 to 18 (10 am to 7 pm), with up to 80% off on books, supplies and gift items.

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Book Bazaar, we meet again…

As the Christmas rush set in early for me, starting with the annual Flips Flipping Pages Christmas party (I’ll tell you more about that soon!), I nearly forgot about the National Book Store Christmas Book Bazaar at Market! Market!, which I’m happy to see is becoming an annual event.

I had work lined up all day with a client in the area the other day, and I suddenly remembered I hadn’t been to the Book Bazaar yet, so I braved the rush hour after work and headed there. I apparently did not think it through —  I didn’t have a lot of cash on me and I was loaded down with my “portable office” consisting of my work bag and laptop bag —  hence I had to limit myself to the one basket (I swear!) that I could carry, but I think I still made out like a bandit with the lovely loot I scored.

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A bookworm in Hong Kong, Part 2

As promised, here’s the post about my marathon trawling of secondhand bookstores in the Central District of Hong Kong.

On the itinerary my sisters planned, I had the Central expedition moved from Sunday to Tuesday, because I knew the stores weren’t open on Sundays. The downside of it was that we’d come from Disneyland and I was lugging half my luggage and a big bag of Disneyland souvenirs with me. I left the sibs at IFC mall and armed with the street maps in the appendix of my trusty guidebook (and my cousin Dianne’s instructions).

My older sisters told me I only had a couple of hours, and I knew that wasn’t ample time to browse, especially because I had to locate the spots first, but I really wanted to scope the stores out so I could blog about them, at the very least. I was right in that, as I spent most of my time surveying the streets, ended up scanning the shelves at each stop, and then went back to meet my siblings empty-handed. But I have notes for future visits (hopefully with people who understand my passion for books!), and I hope you’ll find them useful, too, if you ever find yourself book hunting in Hong Kong.

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