37th MIBF & Gotti’s

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It was the first day of the 37th Manila International Book Fair yesterday. After work, Lynsey and I met at SM Mall of Asia before heading out to the SMX Convention Center to score new books at discounted prices.

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After paying the Php 20.00 for the MIBF ticket, we went to Fully Booked‘s nook. I really didn’t have a book in mind, so I took my time looking for something new to hoard (lol). It was fun – and of course, really hard – to decide what books to buy. If only I had unlimited resources, I would’ve bought everything I could!

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I was able to take home two gems from the MIBF. I know I still have a long list of pending books to read but… Who cares? Books are love!

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After our book hoarding date, Lynsey and I had our dinner at Gotti’s Ristorante at MOA. We asked for their bestseller for the pizza and since I was craving for lasagna, we ordered one plate as well.

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The guys from Gotti’s were nice and they only have 5% service charge. It was indeed a good try.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how bookworm friends bond together.

 

First Maginhawa Visit

Last August 18, Thursday, I went to Maginhawa in Quezon City with a friend before going to #InTheMix (story on a separate blog post). We visited BookayUkay, a bookshop that sells second-hand books and two restaurants, Fat Cousins’ Diner and The Nook.

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BookayUkay

We decided to explore Maginhawa before taking our lunch. Along the way, we saw BookayUkay and of course, of course, I did not stop myself from going inside!

I was able to score Jane Austen‘s Emma for only Php 150.00. There were lots of good finds but I was not into buying new books yet since I still have a pile of pending books to read. It’s really just my thing to buy a new one whenever I go to a bookshop. Since I haven’t read Emma yet and it’s one of the early editions of the book, I bought it.

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Fat Cousins’ Diner

After a long walk, we decided to eat at Fat Cousins’ Diner for lunch.

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one hasn’t dined well.”

We ordered Baby Back Ribs (Php 199.00) and Australian Premium Steak (Php 199.00). The meal already includes the side-dishes (mashed potato and buttered veggies) and unlimited rice and drinks so yes, you’d really get more than what you’ve paid for, especially if you’re a person who has a stomach with an appetite for two (or more, hahaha).

Overall, Fat Cousins’ Diner was indeed a good try.

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The Nook
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I’ve always wanted to visit this place since I’ve heard about it. It’s a Harry Potter-inspired café and every Potterhead would really be happy for a Hogsmeade experience.

The Potterhead in me screamed for Butterbeer (Php 100.00 for the Harry size, Php 150.00 for Hagrid) so tah-dah! It’s just like how you’d imagine the drink would be.

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I also tried the Golden Snitch (Php 35.00), a chocolate shaped like what the seekers catch during Quidditch.

For more Potterhead feels, you may wear your house scarf while savoring your Hogsmeade moment.

Proud Ravenclaw here!

I would love to go back to Maginhawa and try more retaurants and cafés. I’ve already been eyeing some places for my next visit. Hopefully soon. 😊

Quidditch Through The Ages

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Only a true Potterhead will get this.

I saw this at National Bookstore and didn’t have second thoughts of buying it.

After all this time?

Always.

After all this time? Always. (a poem-tribute to Alan Rickman a.k.a. “Professor Severus Snape”)

 

 

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You’ve always had your eyes on poor Harry,

The moment he came to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry,

Every reader and movie fan perhaps hated you at first,

And in a wizard’s head, a million times, you were cursed;

 

But not in Slytherin, not in Slytherin,

You were hailed great in the House that you are in,

All the books were published and all the movies were shown,

Oh, Severus, you’re one of the bravest men I’ve ever known;

 

To the Half-Blood Prince and your last few moments with Harry,

For the unconditional love you’ve given Lily,

To my favorite Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher,

In our hearts you will be alive forever;

 

Now that you’ve left the Muggle world,

Oh, Professor, you will be missed for good,

I will never be old enough for the fantasies of magical days,

After all this time? ALWAYS.

 

*****

Here’s to all the Potterheads who are grieving right now for the death of Alan Rickman, our Professor Severus Snape.

Back to Books

Oh how I’ve missed the bum life. Seriously. I already landed a job right after college graduation, and I never really had a real rest since then. Now, before I get back into reality once again, I am taking as much sleep as possible, since it’s what I really missed above all else.

Aside from sleep, I’ve missed reading novels. After months of not being able to read such, I have missed flipping through pages and taking every bit of the story.

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I began reading “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee again since I want to have a fresher view of the story before I get to read the sequel. I have already read it in high school but even when I have already loved it since then, I know it’s going to be different once I read it all over again. Like people say, love is sweeter the second time around. Though I already know the flow of the story, I was a different person before I’ve read the book. Now, I am reading it as another person, and not the same person who read it in high school [as part of the requirements in our English class].

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I’ve also had my Grisham novels out from the shelves. I usually buy books from Book Sale, and even though I still have a lot of unread books, I still buy more and more whenever I find them interesting. I think that’s actually a bookworm’s sickness. You just can’t stop even when you still have a lot of pending books to read. It’s just hard to. And by books, I mean books with substance and sensible thoughts, not just some random printed story.

Soon the real world’s going to call me again. Let me spend the remaining days with my favorite escapism. 🙂