More than a week ago, I went to the 35th Manila International Book Fair at SMX, SM Mall of Asia. If you’re a bookworm, a librarian, or both, this is the even that you should be familiar with and never miss. Of course, there’s tons of books—fiction and non-fiction—of varying subjects and genres. But what I find interesting in this year’s book fair were the booth of non-book merchandise. There are lots of cool and modern information materials from e-book readers to 3D printers! I know there are more learning gadgets and equipment there but I wasn’t able to visit every booth so I can’t really tell you everything. But yeah, it’s amazing how modern and fun learning can be in this generation.
Honestly, I didn’t want to go there because I know I wouldn’t be able to resist buying something AND I don’t want to hoard more books when I’m not even halfway through my pile of to-read books. But yeah, I still went because my boyfriend persuaded me and told me that we’ll only do some window shopping. He should’ve known better. Haha!
Just as I entered the venue and saw the books, I started a mental debate with myself. The first booth that I checked was National Bookstore’s. I think they have the biggest booth (I may be wrong, I’m not really sure) and they have a lot of new books and some popular titles that were on sale (10%, 20%, etc.). I was both sad and happy that there weren’t many good titles at the 99-peso books-on-sale at NBS, I used to hoard lots of awesome hardbound books in the past MIBF’s.
After convincing myself that I should not really buy any book that time, I saw the shelves of school & office supplies at the NBS booth and, voila, the shopping monster in me went cray-cray and locked my will power in the dark.
Okay, in my irrational defense, I’ve been looking for those chalk markers for the longest time! I was surprised when the SA told me that I could buy them at any National Bookstore branch because I can’t even count the times I went to their branches near me and asked for those specific things only to get a confused look from the SA’s at those branches. So yeah, I bought some because I don’t know if I’ll ever get them at the branches in my area. I had to control myself to not buy all colors because they’re not really that cheap. #pooritaproblems LOL
Uni has chalk markers in various colors and in broad and fine tips. Too bad the colors that I want were out of stock. Artline only has one color of chalk marker, and yes, it’s white—just like a regular chalk. And I also bought a gold paint marker from Artline because I think it’ll be perfect for holiday DIY projects. Hee.
I told you before that I have a thing for pens, so it’s only obvious that I got these cute pens! And those three normal-looking pens are freebies.
Chalkboard for practicing. That cool bookmark is made out of wood and I love the laser-cut statement! I have to admit, I bought the stapler and tape set ONLY because they’re pink. Heh. Those four items are from NBS too. That Pasaway to-do list pad is so funny I have to buy it! Haha. I forgot the name of the booth where I got that, they were selling lots of quirky notepads, planners, and cards.
Got these back-issue magazines at only 50 pesos each from Summit Media booth! I love Real Living Philippines though I do hope that they reach the level of international RL magazines.
Oh, and yeah, I got lucky at the pick-a-prize of Buqo booth. Buqo is an e-book and e-zine reader app and they also sell e-books and e-zines. I won back issues of some magazines. Yay!
I sure went home happy that day! Thanks to my boyfriend for convincing me. Hehe.
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