This post will be picture heavy, you’ve been warned!
YAY. For the first time ever, Big Bad Wolf decided to come to Ipoh!
I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to go to Big Bad Wolf Book Sale for ages. I never had the chance to go to the ones held in Kuala Lumpur. I’m pretty surprised that they’ve decided to come to Ipoh. It is their last destination in their ‘tour’. At the time I’m writing this, the event is currently being held at PHL Convention Centre which is located in Menglembu, Ipoh. It started on 24th and will continue until first day of Raya, on the 29th. I’ve been in Ipoh for a long time, I have never heard of PHL Convention Centre before. I had no idea where it’s at.
They gave a map which is nearby Bukit Kledang alongside the Ipoh-Lumut freeway. I’m not so familiar with that area. Luckily they gave the coordinates which allowed me to check on Google Map. They also gave a link for Waze users. Thank you for that! It was actually easy if you follow the Silibin road. It’s nearer if you use Falim road but there are a lot of traffic lights.
I reached there at about 10 AM on its first day and there were already quite a number of people and cars there. It was still not yet crowded so finding parking near the main entrance was a breeze. If you’re like me, who did not bother to bring any trolleys or whatever to help you transport the books, you need to park near the entrance otherwise you’d have to park really far away because the open-field parking near the entrance have limited space.
If you need a box, they do provide you one and available in different sizes at the entrance. You can ask for big or small box. You probably would need a trolley or a bag or something if you need easier transportation for your books and don’t want to carry the box around. Trust me, if you’re a girl and planning to buy heavy books, you really wouldn’t want to carry the heavy box in your arms! Also wear comfortable shoes. They will take the box back at the cashier when you’re paying for your book so you don’t get to take the box home. That’s why if you’re planning to buy thick, heavy books you wouldn’t want to carry it all the way to your car (especially if parked far away!).
This was the first thing I searched for! Located right at the entrance. The Hunger Games trilogy at ridiculous price of RM30! I should thank my mom for not allowing me to buy the individual book before which would’ve cost me more or less RM40 per book. I have no idea how the set which originally cost RM125 was only RM30. They were in extremely limited stock but there were some left on day 2 but I think I could safely assume it’s sold out by day 3. People that entered the hall were just grabbing a set or two without thinking.
The interior was a bit darker than I thought it would be but I was amazed at all the books available! Of course, the selection might not be as wide and as many as the KL sale but I can’t complain. I’m already happy they came to Ipoh and I could get the Hunger Games trilogy.
There weren’t a lot of people presence at 10 am so it was easier to look for books. Most of the books I saw were not the kind I’m interested in. So I headed to the fiction section. Some books are one of a kind, meaning they don’t have extra stock but only one. If you’re lucky, you’d find an interesting book. From what I can remember, I found two interesting books – Stephen King’s IT and John Dies At The End. I grabbed the only copy there for RM8 each. Very happy!
With the amount of books available, you’d get some headache after a while.
By 10.30 AM, it was starting to get a bit crowded. It started to get quite difficult to look for books now because everybody will be in your way with their bags, trolleys or boxes. By that time I was so tired of carrying my own box. It started to get quite hot as well.
By 11 AM, it was REALLY CROWDED. It was very hard to move around. Also, I’d like to note that the floor/carpeting are very uneven so if you don’t watch your steps, it’s very easy to trip and fall. I admire guys who could carry a big box full of books. Must be very heavy! You have to move around fast and check for books quickly in case other people will snap your favorites.
After I was done, it was time to pay. I didn’t expect there were gonna be very LONG queues! It was so crowded over there with people queueing to pay, despite having many cashiers. The cashiers and helpers were working like robots and as fast as they could. Pity them. It was only about 11 AM-ish. I think I queued up for almost 20 minutes. It was really, really, really crowded.
After I was done paying, at the exit, they sell some other stuff like posters for example. These are licensed posters for about RM25 or RM29. I really wanted The Walking Dead poster with the zombie on it. It’s so perfect for me but my mom would so flip out if I bought that. One because it’s a picture of a zombie and second, she never stopped bitching about all the J-POP posters I bought and wasted years ago so she still has the rage with posters. But that poster is awesome though! I didn’t take much time to look at all of them but if there was a Hogwarts logo, I would’ve bought it without thinking.
My total damage from the first day – RM108.
I went back the next day with my mom and there weren’t a lot of people at 10 AM. There weren’t a lot of people even at noon unlike on the first day. It wasn’t as crowded and there was no queue at the cashier. I didn’t have to wait long.
However, you can tell some books are sold out based on ’empty spots’ on the tables. The amount of books available also are reduced, except for some really lame and boring titles. I went there with hope that I can look around for more books that I’ve missed. I did miss a few! A lot of people came to buy books for their kids. I wish I had more money to grab some young adults books but oh well. Can’t have everything.
Best find for 2nd day – Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, some true crime books and a book related to zombies!
Second day damage = RM105
You’d also get a pair of bookmarks free. The extra bookmark is from bookxcess if you register for an account there. Some of my friends bought some really awesome and cool magnets! I didn’t because I didn’t have any cash and on 2nd day, my mom didn’t let me buy them. But they had really cute and awesome designs!
Here are all the books that I bought at the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale. The stack on the right is from the first day, and the stack on the left is from the second day. Most of the books are about RM6 – RM10 except for that Cooking School book which is RM25 and of course, the Hunger Games trilogy for RM30. All books are new, not second hand.
I can’t believe I managed to grab the only copy available of Stephen King’s IT for only RM8. Look how THICK it is! It’s one of my most favorite stories from Stephen King. Some of it are random buy, so if I don’t like them, I’ll just sell them. I wish they had more horror books because the biggest fiction selections are crime thriller, especially books by James Patterson. I’m not a big fan of crime thriller unless they’re real crime (like Spree Killers & Dead Buried are true crime books).
Overall, it was still awesome. If you’re in Ipoh, and love books, go check the event out which will last until Monday, from 10 AM to 10 PM. You can check out their facebook page for more information: http://www.facebook.com/bbwbooks
I hope they’ll come to Ipoh again!