Review: Ordering Books Online From Fully Booked Philippines

As a child, my parents encouraged me to read a lot, even though they aren’t readers themselves. We weren’t rich, but they’d buy books for me whenever they had money to spare, so I had no shortage of Peter & Jane books and Enid Blyton novels. For that I am truly grateful. Because without books and the magic of imagination and wonder, I would not … Continue reading Review: Ordering Books Online From Fully Booked Philippines

Big Bad Wolf 2020 – Malaysia’s Largest Book Sale Goes Online

Since 2009, Malaysian bibliophiles and book hoarders have made their annual pilgrimage to the Big Bad Wolf Sale, which is held every year around Feb/Mac or Nov/Dec and is touted as the largest book sale in the region. The last time I went in 2018, they had over 3 million titles! Due to the pandemic, many events have had to be cancelled – so the … Continue reading Big Bad Wolf 2020 – Malaysia’s Largest Book Sale Goes Online

Book Review: Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Japan is a fascinating place, but it is also one that can seem rather… unusual to outsiders. Like how they’re insane sticklers for punctuality (the management of a train service issued an official apology ‘for the inconvenience caused’, after the train departed 20 seconds early). Or their crazy dedication to order and their need for conformity (there’s a Japanese saying that goes ‘the nail that … Continue reading Book Review: Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Book Xcess Tamarind Square, Cyberjaya – Largest Bookstore In Malaysia / Open 24 Hours!

A book store that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week sounds like every bibliophile’s dream come true – and you can actually find it at Book Xcess @ Tamarind Square in Cyberjaya. Opened last year, it’s also the largest book store in Malaysia, spanning over 3,000 square metres of space.  *As a self-professed bibliophile, it’s a little embarrassing that I haven’t … Continue reading Book Xcess Tamarind Square, Cyberjaya – Largest Bookstore In Malaysia / Open 24 Hours!

Visiting: The Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur (JFKL) Library @ Northpoint, Mid Valley

KL has its fair share of libraries, but did you know that there’s one dedicated exclusively to promoting Japanese language, arts and culture? And it’s been around since the 1990s! The Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur Library is located on the 18th floor of Northpoint in Kuala Lumpur, and was established by the Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur (JFKL) – a semi-government entity under the Foreign Ministry … Continue reading Visiting: The Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur (JFKL) Library @ Northpoint, Mid Valley

Book Review: Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

I’ve always found novels that revolve around Chinese culture fascinating – especially if the stories are set in the olden days. Maybe I’m compensating for my lack of connection to my Chinese roots. Growing up fourth generation Malaysian Chinese, it was always hard to fit in : my Chinese peers shunned me because I attended Malay school and never picked up Mandarin (what most of … Continue reading Book Review: Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

Book Review – Horror Stories by Tunku Halim

Since the dawn of time, ghost stories have been a staple of every culture in the world. Call it morbid fascination or a coping mechanism against the unknown… but we seem to like to scare the shit out of ourselves. We listen to tales of creeping, slithering things in the dead of night, even when we know it’ll keep us awake – staring at the ceiling … Continue reading Book Review – Horror Stories by Tunku Halim