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Some Big Bad Thoughts

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Yup. The World’s Biggest book sale is BACK! This year, the highly (and globally, probably) anticipated Big Bad Wolf Book Sale makes its presence at the Mines Convention Centre. With discounts ranging from 75 – 95% and over 3 million titles on offer, who could resist, right? :-p

Being a book lover who has never failed to attend the BBW Sale, I made earlier plans to take leave with my wife on 7 Dec itself (its first official opening day) and throng the BBW venue to have a better selection of the available loot. Not surprisingly, many, MANY people also had the same idea, because by the time we went in around 9am, all roads leading into the MIECC was already jammed up. I also heard that apparently the crowds had already started to gather outside the building like some K-Pop concert even before the sale opened its gates at 6.30am!

It was a good thing we know the area quite well, so we promptly made our way to the Shopping Fair and parked in Level 1 there instead, where there was a link road directly to the MIECC. No jams and stress heading to the sale!

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So, how did this year’s BBW Sale do compared to previous years? Here are some of my thoughts…

– Better layout arrangement of books. Although I personally felt the MAEPS which was used in last year’s sale was a much bigger venue, the layout of books in MIECC felt more organised and easier to move around.

– With thousands of people coming to the sale, Malaysia as a book-reading nation continues to surprise me!

– The sales were so good that the inside toilets were actually quite empty!

– Having the kid’s playzone was a nice touch. Parents could actually leave their kids there and shop in peace!

– MIECC being next to Mines Shopping Fair meant that food wouldn’t be an issue…a huge positive improvement from last year’s venue.

– New BBW price tags. Another nice touch….much cooler compared to the plain, dull price tags of before.

– BBW merchandise (T-shirts, bags, etc.) also made their debut this year. Was delighted that the quality was pretty good too!

– Another good move by the organisers was to set up another section of the Sale for those children books with pop-ups, toys, 3D glasses, etc. – all things that could easily be damaged by the ruthless book lovers. This way, all of the good stuff were protected. Two thumbs up!

– Another nice touch was the facility for the shoppers to leave their loot temporarily at a deposit area so that they could continue shopping. They also had this facility last time, but in MIECC, the counter included some awesome looking high rack shelves. More organised and efficient.

All in all, I went home TIRED, but very happy with my loot worth over RM600…

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I’m impressed with the ways BBW keeps improving itself year after year, not only in terms of offering us more book titles, but also in terms of the arrangement, logistics and planning of the venue!

These are some suggestions for improvement for BBW in the future…

1. Use colored price tags, like YELLOW for RM5 tags, RED for RM10 tags, etc. Definitely a time saver at checkout lines.

2. Alternatively, have some price specific lines, like a counter that only checks out RM5 items, etc.

3. Stamp some of the boxes with BBW logo and allow environment-friendly shoppers to carry the boxes home. This could save on the precious plastic bag production too..

4. OCBC’s credit card promotion should also start like 3 months prior to the sale. Personally, I still find it rather irritating for the sales person to be following me around whilst I’m scouring for books!

My Big Bad Checklist…

Applied for leave…check.

Downloaded map…check.

Keyed in GPS coordinates…check.

Clear car boot space…check.

Car tyres pumped…check.

Petrol filled…check.

Traffic report…check.

Weather report…check.

Arm-lifting exercises…check.

Clear book shelf…check.

Shoulder, arm and knee pads…check.

Stock up on water and isotonics…check.

Snacks for the queue…check.

Fill up wallet…check.

Using stairs to maintain fitness…check.

Walking through narrow passageways and purposely bumping into walls to simulate actual scenario…check.

Reliable sport shoes…check.

Alarm clock…check.

Energy bars…check.

First aid kit…check.

Sleeping bag…check.

 

OK. I’m all ready. Are YOU?

GPS Coordinate: N 02” 58.863’, E 101” 41.9131’

Check out the Big Bad Wolf website for more details!

Also, check out my previous experience with the Big Bad Wolf!

Still not excited yet?

Yay! Less people to fight books with! 😀

Logos has Landed!

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Woo hoo! It’s definitely the ship for all book lovers…

You have probably been to bookstores, warehouse book sales, etc on LAND, right? Let me share about the world’s largest floating bookstore – the MV Logos Hope, which has docked in Port Klang and will open its doors for visitors from 29 Sep 2011 to 23 October 2011. For thsoe of you without calendars, that’s TODAY onwards! 😀

The Logos Hope  is operated on behalf of OM Ships International by GBA Ships e.V., a private, non-profit, charitable organisation registered in Germany.

Twice as big as any previous GBA ship, Logos Hope provides a wider range of possibilities for visitors and guests as well as better facilities for crew and staff. The newly created Logos Hope Experience (converted from the original ferry’s car area into two separate decks) can hold up to 1,000 visitors at any time, with capacity to host an additional 700 in the Logos Lounge and Hope Theatre combined. Almost 500 crew and guests can be accommodated in the ship’s 200 cabins. The ship also has enhanced facilities and spaces for catering, health services and schooling. (Source: http://www.gbaships.org)

The last time a similar ship came along our shores was way back in 2006 when MV Duolos came visiting. And I’m surprised I found it archived in my blog too! Whoa! Sure brings back memories..:-D

It is exciting to note that the Logos Hope is much much bigger than the Duolos. This would allow for more space for visitors to move about, more activities and also MORE books, of course! 😛

Opening Hours are from 10am to 10pm (Tuesdays to Saturdays) and 1pm to 10pm on Sundays. They are closed on Mondays. Entrance fee is only RM1 for adults. Children below 12 can enter free. Note: There could be some parking fee in the port area too.

The Logos Hope can be found at the Port Klang Cruise Centre (formerly known as Star Cruises Terminal, West Port). If you are not familiar with Port Klang area, simply follow the map below:

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…or better still, key in these GPS coordinates and you’re well on your way!

2.983852,101.338651 or +2° 59′ 1.08″, +101° 20′ 26.75″ or Persiaran Pelabuhan Barat

Before Port Klang, the Logos Hope was in Penang first (lucky Penangites!). Check out some news articles of the responses in Penang from the Sun here and the Star Metro here.

With more than 5,000 book titles on sale at really really affordable prices and the opportunity to experience shopping on a ship (!), you cannot afford to miss the Logos Hope! Get more details from their website here: Logos Hope In Malaysia

USEFUL TIPS:

1. Bring plenty of water, cap, hat, air-cond, umbrella, etc. and prepare to stand in a long queue…

Flashback: The queue just to enter the building in 2006!!

2. Bring more CASH…don’t think they accept credit cards…

3. Bring energy bars or feed yourself well before you go..:-D

Have fun, you book lovers! 😀

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