Big Bad Box Book Sale @ Mines 2

Today is perhaps one of the happiest days for the girls, especially  the biggest girl, who is the biggest lover of novels.  Hubs finally agreed to bring the girls to the Big Bad Wolf Sale (themed Big Bad Box Sale this year @ Mines 2)  today.   The girls were jumping and screaming with joy when their dad promised to bring them to the book sale today.

After picking up Alycia from school, we went straight to Mines 2.  The kids ate their lunch of sandwiches in the car.  Upon arrival at Mines 2 (our first time there), we were pretty lost as the place is huge and we did not know which building to drive into to park our car. After asking for direction, hubs spent another 15-20 minutes hunting for a space to park his car.

At the book fair, we bought the RM99.90 big box (I’d like to call it the ‘book buffet’), where you can stuff in as many books as you can into the box within a confined space.  There is also a cheaper and smaller box at RM79.90.  Books outside of the Big Box area are ‘ala carte’ and cannot be included into the Big Box.

The girls excitedly checked their box upon payment and could not wait to go on a book binge!  Note – you can stuff in as many books as you can but the box flaps/cover must be flat and sealed with masking tape during check-out.  So – no overflowing of books.

 

The ‘book buffet’ spread was really huge. There were so many books — so many that the girls did not know where to start attacking first.  A lot of time is wasted going through the assortment of books.  Most of the books in the Big Box area are jumbled up and not placed according to authors.

 

Credit must be given to the girls for skillfully maximizing all the space in the box.  The 3 of them put their heads and hands together and arranged the books like the game Tetris! 😀  Since there was still some empty space left during check-out, I grabbed 2 big cook books to fill up the remaining empty space in the box 😀

Opportunists at work!  The sisters stuffed and arranged, took out the books over and over again and then found more space.  Team work in smartly arranging the books in the box got them more space and books!

Our loot – over 50 books!

Part of the girls’ loot…

My loot…

The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale @ Johor and Big Bad Box Sale @ Mines 2 will end on 7 June 2015.  If you are free, do drop by and grab some books. We’ve scooped enough books to satiate the girls’ thirst for books for half a year hopefully and they also got some books for their friends as presents.  School workbooks are also available but they are not included in the Big Box though.

 

Big Bad Wolf Banner

 

 

Surprise For The Girls

It was a day of revision for the girls  on Saturday. They are sitting for their final exam starting today for a whole school week. After all the monotonous book stuff, which tired and bored them to the bones (that’s always the case when it comes to pre-exam revision), a surprise unfolded when the door bell rang.  It was daddy and he had brought back bags of goodies!  They were stacks of original Disney magazines, books, stationery, stickers,  Japanese manga comics translated into English and BM, girls’ accessories and snacks!  He had bought them from a church carnival and the goodies were worth a few hundred Ringgit.  Alycia who was napping on the couch darted up to unravel the bags of goodies when he heard the excited  “OOOHS”  and “WOWS” from her sisters.

Stress buster — Alycia reading a very interesting Princess magazine in Malay language.  I never knew that these magazines come in BM version too and it’s a perfect discovery as I can now buy these mags for them to read to improve their BM language.  My girls love reading story books and newspapers but somehow, story books and dailies in BM would just bore them to sleep.


After spending over an hour checking out their goodies, we went out for dinner. I prefer to eat out during the exam period so that I can spend my time revising with the girls instead of cooking and doing the dishes which can take up to 2 hours.

Good luck girls! Dear God, please guide Alycia and Sherilyn’s mind, eyes and hands and help them to read their questions carefully. Please guide them to choose and write the correct answers to all the questions, Amen!

Workbook With Grammatical Errors

I set some Math work for Alycia to do in one of the Math workbooks that I bought for her.  Moments later, Alycia came to me, chortling away and pointed out the silly mistake that she spotted in one of the questions in the workbook :

What a glaring language error the author has made.  In fact, the entire workbook has grammatical errors, especially in comprehension type questions.  This workbook is now in cold storage. I feel it is such a waste to bin in as she has only completed a few pages, so I guess I’ll just keep it for a while before packing it together with the old newspapers for recycling.

A Book Worm’s Favorite Place

If I would allow (had I the time on hand), the one place that my girls would love to be in from morning till night is the book store. Their favorite is Borders and MPH. Before we step into any book store, I have to set a condition – either no purchase of books (if I had already bought them new storybooks within the same month) or set a budget. Without setting terms and conditions, which I had done in the past, I can be rest assured of frenzied persuasion, whines, tears, me snapping at them and everyone leaving the mall sulking.  I wish there was a public library near our neighborhood so that we need not have to dig dip into our wallets to spend on story books every month.

The girls’ ‘I-never-want-to-leave’ corner at Borders…

Mummy, can I have the Tin Tin mag and also this Star Wars book for my coming birthday, pretty pleasssssssse?

And by the way, have I mentioned that Alycia has a fetish on stationery items too besides books?


Geronimo Stilton Fever

Alycia has been hit by the Geronimo Stilton fever. Her P2 classmates have all been bitten by the same silly mouse bug too. On Sunday, we spent 6 hours at Mid Valley Megamall and Gardens. Our main purpose to the mall was to get Sherilyn a pair of black ‘kek kok’ tap shoes for her graduation cum concert. We thought that it was going to be a quick shopping trip but we ended up spending half a day there. We spent close to 2 hours at Borders and spent over RM200 on books for the girls, the bulk of which was for my Geronimo craze 7.5YO girl.

So here’s Alycia’s loot. She was overjoyed beyond words when daddy told her that she could choose 10 books so that the amount will entitle us to a year’s membership at Borders. Membership will be free if one spends a minimum of RM150 in a single receipt.  Membership will entitle the member to a 10% discount on purchase of books for 1 year.

Day and night this girl had her eyes and hands glued to her books…. and that’s my girl fresh from bed with the book still glued to her hand…

She even showed no interest when I shoved a piece of bread with ice cream to her mouth! She was already full from reading her books! You’ll be surprised to know that this girl has interest mainly in horror, adventure, investigation, ghosts and ghouls, bizarre and creepy books. Nothing cute or girlish for this girl… yet.




New Math Workbooks

These are the Math workbooks that I got the girls from MPH on Friday. Hubs said purchase of books can get rebate from Income Tax, so off we went to a books shopping spree and spent close to RM500.  We received some cash vouchers from MPH and we shall shop for books again soon.


The Kumon workbooks cost RM24.90 each, frigging expensive eh?


The contents of the Kumon Math workbook. Kumon is all about practising and practising till your hands turn numb!

Bedtime Ritual


Alycia and Sherilyn reading on my bed. Note : Sherilyn busy counting away with her fingers.


Sherilyn reading her favourite book.


Alycia learning to read from her Leap Frog.

On most nights before bed, I will either read to Alycia and Sherilyn or sometimes the gals prefer to ‘read’ on their own and Alycia will tell me to go to my room to do my own things and not to kacau them. You see, so young and they already want their own space and want me to get lost :shake head:

The gals can sometimes ‘read’ independently an entire book, especially if it’s their favourite books. I think it’s more of them memorizing the pages. Anyway, I am glad that my gals have acquired the love for books and hope that this will be their lifelong love as there is no better and cheaper way to broaden one’s horizons than to keep reading, always.