Big Bad Wolf Book Fair Haul (2019)

It’s time for another book haul!

I first went to the Big Bad Wolf Book Fair last year with one of my best friends, Nicole. I’d won VIP tickets and we excitedly went book shopping before class that day (it was really convenient that the book fair location is near our university!) The Big Bad Wolf Book Fair is easily one of the best book fairs I’ve been to. The books offered were all interesting (not to mention very cheap!)

This year, they announced that they will be holding their book fair in Pampanga, which is easily accessible to me via the highway from where I live. I tried out for their VIP Day contest again and won! I invited my aunt, my sister, and our driver to tag along (each pass is good for two people) and off we went.

The VIP tickets—it looks so nice!

Coming to the book fair, I prepared a specific budget and didn’t really have specific books to look for. For me, the Big Bad Wolf Book Fair specifically is a chance for me to discover new and wonderful books.

The entrance to the book fair!

Not surprisingly, there were a lot of people at the book fair. (And this was VIP day! What more when it opens to the public the next day?) After around 2-3 hours of going around gathering books, we finally finished our shopping and left the events place.

Lots of people and books inside!

Without further adieu, here is my haul for this year’s Big Bad Wolf Book Fair:

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Papa Didi’s Ice Cream Subscription

I’ve been waiting for months to finally write this blog post!

A few months ago, I read this article on Spot.ph about a local ice cream subscription. Of course, with no hesitation, I signed up—I love ice cream, after all, and I’m pretty adventurous when it comes to food. I was ready to have three months of sweet ice cream bliss. The ice cream that arrived were all random and I arranged for it to be delivered on the first day it was available; so every 21st of the month, I got two pints of ice cream from Papa Didi’s. I’ve never tried Papa Didi’s before, but I’ve heard good things about it and I had high expectations with the ice cream.

Right on the dot, I got my first two pints on the 21st of November.

I was pleasantly surprised when I received the ice cream because it was still intact after delivery! The ice cream was still frozen and ready to eat. Opening the box, I was happy to find a letter that accompanied the ice cream—take a look:

Honestly, when I read the word “coffee” I happy face sank a bit because I’m not too fond of coffee ice cream (same goes with mint and pistachio—sorry!) but nevertheless, I was willing to give it a go. The letter was endearing and I found myself invested in the story that went behind the makings of the chosen flavor of the month.

I scooped a small portion in a bowl and tried it out—it’s delicious! The coffee and the chocolate bits balanced out well and I found myself reaching for the ice cream scooper for another serving. (My aunt was intrigued by this ice cream subscription, so I gave her my other pint.)

Less than two weeks later, the pint of ice cream turned empty and I found myself eagerly waiting for next month’s flavor.

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MIBF 2018 Book Haul!

Two things: first, this is officially my 100th blog post! Horray! I’m so proud to reach this milestone for my blog. Thank you for sticking around and reading my stories. Second, here is my haul for this year’s Manila International Book Fair. I make it a point to go every year and buy all the books I’ve been eyeing/wanting for the year all in one go.

This year, I am more selective with the books I buy— first, it should be a more sustainable purchase. (“Will I want to read it again?” “Will the contents of this book be a good addition to me as a person?”) Second, it must be something that I wanted for quite some time, meaning no to impulse buying! With these two points in mind, here is my haul!

First on the list is The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt. This children’s book has been on my Book Depository wishlist for the longest time. I fell in love with the cover and the cute illustration right away! When I saw this in the book fair, I read it quickly (the story is silly and touching, exactly what I love about children’s books!) and added it to my cart.

The second and third thing would be Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan and The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

For RPP, I’ve been waiting patiently for the small-sized paperback to come out. I’ve read this book (ebook) twice, and am in love with the whole series (I even met Kevin Kwan during his book signing last year!) I’m so happy to finally have the complete set at home!

As for The Alchemist, I’ve been curious about this book for the longest time, but never really got to (or really wanted to) pick it up until last month. I’ve heard so many good things about this book and it has been recommended to me a few times—can’t wait to get into reading it!

The fourth and fifth books are Things are What You Make of Them: Life Advice for Creatives by Adam J. Kurtz and Spark Joy: an Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.

I’ve been wanting to read Adam’s book for quite some time, as I’m a fan of his work. I’m so happy to finally own his book (and I’ve browsed it briefly—I love it.)

As for Spark Joy, I’ve been Marie Kondo’d from her other book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I can say that my space is cleaner and I feel happier after tidying up things that made my life more difficult in the past. Since her first book created such an impact on me, I wanted to read her second book even more to really get into the topic of tidying and living a better life.

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Bad Bird’s Private Tasting Event

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m such a sucker for contests and random draws. So, when I saw this in my email on the 25th of February,

I knew I had to try and enter their lottery draw for seats. The next day, I got this in my email:

Yey!

That’s a LOT!

The day before, I invited my bestie, Chiara, to have this feast with me. (And feast we did.) I was pretty excited because I’ve always wanted to try out Bad Bird, but never really got the chance to. We arrived at Robinsons Manila thirty minutes early and hungrily loitered around until 5:30 PM.

Little commemorative photo before anything!

Chiara looking over the menu.

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Big Bad Wolf Book Fair Haul (2018)

After weeks of eagerly waiting (and saving), the Big Bad Wolf Book Fair finally makes its debut in the Philippines! I stayed up-to-date with the book fair, making sure that I didn’t miss a single post. Sure enough, they gave away hundreds of preview passes that’s good for the day before opening to the public. I—of course—had to join the contest and was one of the lucky people who won preview passes!

Bright and early on the 15th of February.

I invited my friends to come with me, as each pass allowed two people. Luckily, my university is near the venue (World Trade Center), so my best friend and I commuted. We left early in the morning and finally arrived around 8:30 AM, thirty minutes before opening!

I’m in love with the tickets!

Nicole and I! (My other two friends came in later and I didn’t get to take a photo with them.)

After impatiently waiting for thirty minutes, the doors finally opened and I was breathless with all the books around me!

Pays to go early!

I love how neatly all the books were stacked!

Gorgeous books for an even more gorgeous price!

Even their plastic is cute!

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My 20th Birthday Celebration!

And so, the inevitable happens. I’m 20-years old!

(L-R): Me, Chiara, Courtney, Nicole, and Stacy!

This year, I celebrated with my best friends one day after my birthday (which was on February 10.) I made reservations at a nearby restaurant called The Frazzled Cook. I was drooling over the menu as the day approached, and I’m glad to say that it did not disappoint!

We started off with their Pizza Caprese (Php 295), which tasted really fresh and cheesy;

then followed with Fish and Fries (Php 245), which was so soft and their fries tasted uniquely good;

next would be their family-sized Truffle Pasta (Php 515). It was incredibly fragrant, delicious, and creamy! Drool!

We ended dinner with their Seafood Paella for 5 (Php 600) – while it may look small, it’s kind of like buried treasure since you’ll have to really dig through it! Yummy. To down it all down, we had a single pitcher of Homemade Iced Tea (Php 225).

For dessert, we transferred to Victorino’s, which was conveniently nearby.

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MIBF 2017 Book Haul!

Last month, just like every year, I went to the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF, for short). As expected, my wallet wasn’t ready for it (despite me trying to save for a year.)  Unlike last year, where I was able to go to the MIBF on two dates, I was only able to go once this year.

My aunt and I started on the second floor for children’s books!

Check out the number of people there are on the second floor!

Unfortunately, my phone died by the time my aunt and I headed for the first floor, so I didn’t get to take any more photos 😦

Here’s my book haul this year!

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Sophie Bakes: Homemade Dog Treats

A couple of weeks ago, my little sister climbed one of our kitchen shelves and accidentally knocked over a jar of oatmeal. Instead of throwing it out, I decided to make dog treats instead (since my dogs started eating the oats on the floor like there’s no tomorrow.) I found this easy recipe from this website and tried it out.

That’s a lot of oatmeal.

The recipe calls for rolled oats, salt, egg, and beef broth or chicken broth. After I combined them all in a bowl, I found this bear-shaped ice tray (only because I don’t have cookie cutters at the moment) and filled it in with the mix.

I placed all the oat treats on a baking tray and popped it in the oven at around 325 degrees.

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Asia Pop Comic Con 2017!

It’s that time of the year again – Asia Pop Comic Con 2017!

Just like last year, I went with my best friend Courtney!

We went on August 26!

I’d like to say that this year, I came more prepared (meaning, I brought more money – HAHA.)

When we go to APCC, we usually have three reasons why. First, the artists and their merch:

Just look at all those stickers!

Second, the special guests (guest artists or celebrities):

I wanted to buy an Artgerm print, but they didn’t have the design I wanted huhu.

And lastly, comics!

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Kevin Kwan in Manila!

Earlier this week, my aunt and I went to UP Town Center for Kevin Kwan’s book signing!

(That’s my aunt there in the background.)

We read Kevin Kwan’s books about a year ago and became instant fans! I found his book, Crazy Rich Asians, relatable and entertaining (I am Asian, after all) and laughed harder than I should’ve when I first read “aiyah” in the book.

We arrived around 12 PM for registration. Since it was still early (Q&A and signing would begin at 2 PM), my aunt and I went around the mall and had lunch.

At around 1:30 PM, my aunt and I went back and found some seats. Soon, it was time for the Q&A portion and Kevin Kwan entertained us not only with our questions, but with a reading from his latest book Rich People Problems as well.

Soon, it was time for the book signing!

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