When I was a kid, I've always dreamt of
owning a big library filled with books of all sizes, colors and covers. I dunno
when my fascination with books and libraries began-- all I know was that I'm
perfectly happy when my parents would read me a new story before bedtime or
give a book as a gift.
I started with Bible storybooks with vivid
pictures of different Bible characters-- the sterotype Jesus wears a white
gown-like cloth with a sky blue slash and his signature balbas-sarado look;
Paul has hair only to his sides and John the Baptist wears brown, leather-like
straps of cloth with a wineskin by his side. When I entered grade school, my
book preferences evolved. My book world was populated with elves, fairies and
giants. There are even princes and princesses, damsels in distress and paupers
and a band of thieves. I was also introduced to local epic heroes like Lam-Ang
and Princesa Urduja.
Aside from reading sessions at school, my
parents would make it a habit to bring us to libraries and book fairs. The fondest
memory I had of a book fair was that of MV Doulos. It was a floating book fair!
Yay! It was my first time to ride a ship and it's also a first for me to see it
filled with a thousand titles. Nice. That day, I remember that I bought an
encyclopedia and some storybooks. After that, the ship said goodbye to our
ports and headed to another coast.
This year, that memory was relived. Last
Saturday, our family together with some kids from the church, went to MV
Logos-- a newer and bigger ship, MV Doulos' brother. :D Hehehe. The floating
book fair boasts of more than five thousand book titles and an international
cafe plus interactive booths kids would surely enjoy.
Actually, it was my second time to visit
Logos, the first was with Kat and Xave. After our meetings, we met at SM Manila
and went to the Port Area. That Friday, we were able to convince Xave to buy
his first Bible (yay, I was able to prove that I have a good influence.
Hahaha). He also bought his first baking book-- again, I persuaded him to buy
his own. I also bought a recipe book for baking cupcakes. I'm really excited to
use it and make my own awesome-azing cupcakes. Hahaha. Kat bought her own Bible
and several storybooks for her lil sister, Bless.
But back to our Saturday Logos Tour... So I
came from school to fix several glitches on my credentials, then I dashed to
Bambang LRT Station to return the booklet I borrowed from Ate Cindy. It was
already 11:30 am and I'm stuck at the LRT. Good thing there's a manageable
number of people inside the train and the aircon's working properly. I got off
at Central Terminal Station and endured the heat of the sun while I made my way
to the jeepney stop which would bring me to Manila's Port Area. (Music Cue: I'm
Walking on Sunshine= epic fail).
Finally, I saw the giant ship! Since it's
already lunch time, a lot of people are alighting from the ship, prolly headed
to lunch. My lips are parched and I'm really hungry but because I would want to
immediately purchase the bargain Econ books offered by the ship, I went inside,
anyway. Also, my dentist called and asked if I could come by 1pm to her clinic
at Manila Hotel-- she'll have to tighten my braces. I said yes so I really had
to bolt inside the book fair, buy the books, say hi to my parents and head off
to Manila Hotel. Pfft.
In short, I was inside the ship for 45
minutes and then poof I'm off to another destination. But I'll have to say that
was one of the best 45 minutes of my life. I was able to buy bargain books--
three books for 500 pesos with a free bag! Good find! And the books are not
your ordinary ones-- I was able to spot MacroEcon and MicroEcon reference
books, Intro to Sociology, Psychology and other Social Sciences. There are also
books on Algebra, IT, Politics, Criminal Justice and Mass Media Law. Plus,
academic medical books are also sold in marked down prices. Cool. I bought a
General Econ book by authors McConnell and Brue. I was also able to secure a
book on Sociology. The other one's about timely political issues with pros and
cons written by leading political scientists and experts on various fields. I
was just so happy I was able to buy them. Hahaha.
After a few snapshots and a very quick lunch,
I dashed off the ship to get to my dentist's appointment. Bad thing though, the
appointment was cancelled. Pfft. I received the text messages right after I got
out of the ship (Logos has no signal inside). Loser. I would have wanted to go
back inside, enjoy the company of my friends and family, and listen to the
stories of the volunteers but I realized
I don't have enough change to pay the entrance fee. I resolved to just go to
the mall and buy some art materials needed by my sister. Then, I'm homebound.
As soon as I got home, I tried to browse my
new books but I guess exhaustion caught on me so I dozed off. Hahaha. Next
thing I know I was on my bed snoring. Lol.
I really enjoyed that day. I was able to
accomplish a lot of things in a dash and I was able to buy books on sale. Logos
left last Tuesday, March 13 and is headed to Subic Port. I hope the people
there will enjoy the book fair as much as I do. I also hope they'll come back
to the Philippines and bring more books and tons of hope and inspiration to
young people like us. I would want to learn more from them-- understand their cultures and their faith and why they decided to cruise the world and be in the company of books.
I wanted to volunteer and be a part of the
sailing team but one has to pay a hefty amount just to cruise with them. Maybe
next time. Hahaha. And I promise to spend more time inside and get to know the
kindhearted people manning Logos.
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