Why You Should Visit The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale : Kuala Lumpur 2018 Edition

Most Malaysians will be familiar with the name Big Bad Wolf by now. Founded in 2009, the massive book sale event sees millions of titles going for low, low prices, sometimes up to 90% off. The majority are remaindered books (ie unwanted new books sold by publishers to retailers at a lower price), in various genres – mostly in English, but also Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese.

The sale is currently ongoing until December 17 at the Mines International Exhibition and Convention Centre in Seri Kembangan. For book lovers, this is the perfect opportunity to grab as many as possible! 🙂 One unique thing about the BBWS? They are open 24 hours – so you can basically waltz in at 12AM for a spot of midnight shopping, when the crowds are less.

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I went on a Sunday and it took me well over an hour just to get into the vicinity, and even then I had to park two blocks away at The Mines 2. Be prepared for extremely bad traffic and a lack of parking spaces, because The Mines is in a neighbourhood area and the roads are ill-equipped to handle a large amount of traffic. Maybe try Grab instead to avoid getting stuck in the jam.

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Heaven.

There are over 3 million books on sale, stretching from one end of the gargantuan hall to the other. Books are separated according to language and genre, piled on smaller ‘islands’ for easy browsing. You can get a trolley or a basket from the entrance – some people even bring their own suitcases!

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I visited the sale in 2017 and got some pretty good titles, so I was looking forward to a new haul. A little disappointed as there were not many horror and science fiction offerings. Only saw one Stephen King book, the same one I got last year. 😦 They did have a nice selection of non-fiction though, especially history books. There’s also a section dedicated to graphic novels and comics.

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Most of the books were wrapped in plastic, which I didn’t find environmentally friendly. Before, the books were sold ‘naked’.

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Satisfied with my haul, I then had the arduous task of lugging them back to my car two blocks away. First, a quick massage.

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What I got this year: a good mix of non-fiction and fiction! Successfully stayed under budget – RM97.20 for eight books. Most of the books were about RM10 or RM12. Still at least 70% cheaper than buying them from regular bookstores, which would cost upwards of RM40.

I was pysched to see a copy of the Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time by Mark Haddon – we used this for our Creative Writing studies in college. It’s told through the perspective of an autistic boy, who is determined to investigate the murder of his neighbour’s dog.

Other titles: 

  • Mafia Brotherhoods by John Dickie
  • The Pope & Mussolini by David I. Kertzer – attracted because apparently this won a Pulitzer prize
  • Dancing with the Tiger by Lili Wright – about drug dealing and artifact smuggling in Mexico
  • Time 85 Years of Great Writing – a compilation of Time articles
  • The Good Shufu by Tracy Satler 
  • The Art of Joy by Goliarda Sapienza
  • The Infidel Stain by MJ Carter 

Yes, sadly, no horror titles. But I still have a couple of them bought from last year’s sale that I haven’t read. 😛 Aiming to finish my H.P Lovecraft collection sometime in the near future lolol.

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Happy Reading!

Malaysia’s First Ever Pokemon Festival ! @ Resorts World Genting

Want to see a bunch of bouncing Pikachus?

Then plan a trip to Resorts World Genting – as the Pokemon Festival descends onto the resort for Christmas and Chinese New Year!

From 1 December 2018 until 28 February 2019, join Pikachu and his friends as they frolic, play and captivate visitors with their amazing powers and adorable nature. Taking after the traditional of live Pokemon events worldwide, including the annual Pikachu Outbreak in Yokohama, the Festival will see a series of events big and small happening at the resort.

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90s kids will recognise iconic first-gen icons such as Pikachu, Eevee, Bulbasaur, Squirtle and Charmander on display in the malls, alongside dozens of other Pokemon species.

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Was at the media launch recently, where the crowd was entertained by a bunch of cute dancing Pikachus! You can catch them at various times daily as they meander through Level 1 of SkyAvenue. For Christmas, the parade will be accompanied by Santarina, Giant XmasBalls, and elves on two mini floats.

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Visitors will also find the world’s tallest Pokemon tree at Skytropolis Funland, Resort World’s Genting newly revamped indoor theme park. The tree  is decorated with hundreds of Pokemon figures, baubles and lights. Fans can also get up close and personal with a giant, inflatable 6-metre high Pikachu, surrounded by 50 smaller Pikachu plushies.

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Pokemon are scattered throughout the mall, so make sure to track down all 32 of them! Although, not all the characters have been unveiled, so you’ll have to wait for them to be ‘released’ over four stages – at Level 2 and 3 of Sky Avenue, First World Plaza, as well as Symphony Stage on Level 1 of SkyAvenue.

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There will also be a Pokemon Pop-Up Store on Level 3 of SkyAvenue, offering a huge array of premium merchandise and memorabilia imported directly from the Pokemon Centre in Tokyo, Japan.

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While you’re here, check out Wintry Santorini Above the Clouds, happening from 28 November to 1 January 2019, also at SkyAvenue Mall. Drawing inspiration from the island of Santorini in Greece, the ‘village’ emulates the brilliant whitewashed houses, deep blue-dommed roofs and graceful windmills, mingled with twinkling Christmas trees, golden bells and festive garlands. Indulge in Christmas treats and hunt for presents at the various vendors, as artificial snowfall gets you into the mood for a beautiful white Christmas.

More info on rwgenting.com/event-calendar/. 

Have a Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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