The big red pochi (a National Bookstore mascot) posed with Jenny & I yesterday when we attended the 27th Manila International Bookfair at the World Trade Center. I wish I had my own mascot to hug. *sniff*
It was the first time I got into a bookfair and I can say it was big enough to make my head go dizzy, my stomach crumble, my feet ache and my heart break. The latter was due to wanting to buy ‘em all but cannot afford them all situation. Why, oh why was I born poor???
Unlike Jenny, I had no plans of buying a particular book at the fair. I heard that CCHQ participated in it so Jenny & I were salivating for the really largely discounted original Japanese manga sold at 100PhP (~2 USD). In the end, I opted to buy a 50% off priced comics name Levi’s World. That’ll be reserved for reading next week.
At the National Bookstore, I went whee! when I saw Ghost in the Shell: Man-Machine Interface sold at a 20% discounted price. I felt that kind of urge again - I needed to buy that one! Without second thoughts, we hurried to the cashier. And on the way there, we saw Sandman King of Dreams by Alisa Kwitney sold at 485PhP. Jenny bought it. If I still had money, I’d definitely buy that one too.
I’m really glad I heard about the fair and coincidentally, Jenny got free tickets to the event. The trip to WTC considering that we commuted all the way from Marikina was tiring but definitely worth the experience. Right, Jenny? My sole complaint was the overpriced catered food.
We haven’t seen a lot of familiar faces but the event gave both Jenny and I bonding moments. Although it saddens me quite a bit that we are doing different things now unlike before. It became obvious with the kind of books we pick and browse during the fair. But still I’m happy we can spend times like these.
I’m looking forward to next year’s bookfair. (And hope by that time, I’ve got money to spend.)