KL Book Exchange

For the last one year, our avid bookworm has been pestering me to bring her to the book exchange ground at our neighborhood held on the first Sunday of each month. But I never had the time to do it. Firstly, it’s on a Sunday where the girls have Sunday School and Youth Fellowship  at the church at 11 a.m.  Secondly, it’s starts frigging early at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 10:45 a.m.  Though I’m already up by 7 a.m.,  I don’t have the luxury of a live-in maid to help with the chores. My mornings are usually spent doing chores.



Last Sunday the hubs was already up at 8:30 a.m. and took Cass to the book exchange ground. An hour later and with body drenched in sweat after being roasted by the scorching morning sun, Cass got home with 6 thick novels. She was one very, very happy camper!

 

Cass managed to stumble upon Dan Brown’s mystery thriller novel – The Da Vinci Code, a novel which she’s always wanted to buy but mom said no as it’s too expensive! She also found another old gem – a very ‘seasoned’ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,  a fantasy book written by British author J. K. Rowling and the fourth novel in the Harry Potter series. The pages are so seasoned I think they were most probably been feasted on by termites – the papers provide nutrients to the termites 😱  This book should be around 20 years old!

Thank goodness we did not donate all the girls’ old books. A few weeks ago I gave away 3 big bags of books to the Tzu Chi Recycling Center. We kept some in a box and now Cass gets to exchange them with new titles. Books make her one very, very happy girl. I wish I could say the same with her school books too 😔

If you have tons of books that you want to get rid of, bring them to the KL Book Exchange grounds. Effective February 2020, they will be in Taman Desa and Sunway Velocity Mall on the LAST Sunday of the month. Books will be exchanged on a one-for-one basis, in the same language of the book.



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Chinese New Year Preparation

Chinese New Year is only 2 weeks away! Can you believe it?  It feels like CNY was  over not too long ago and it’s here again, less than 12 months later.  We celebrated the last day of Christmas (12th day) last Sunday and now we’re ready to welcome the next major festival.  This gives us only two weeks of preparation. Thankfully I don’t have to bake any cookies or make Chinese sausages like what my parents and late maternal grandmother used to do.  What I need to do are to get ready the red cute clothing for the girls to wear on the first two days of CNY, shop for cookies, prep the red packets and of course spring clean the house.

Last year I got the girls same tees with the Chinese Animal Zodiac printed,  which is a pig in gold color.  I like to buy the girls cheap tees with fanciful Chinese New Year motifs printed on them.   They usually cost no more than twenty Ringgit each. The girls usually don’t wear them anymore the following year.  For myself, I like getting a couple of red trendy tops and dresses that I can ‘recycle’ for the next Chinese New Year.

Shopping for new clothes and shoes for the lunar new year can be quite chaotic and makes you feel hurried as the shopping malls will be jam packed with shoppers. There will be long queues  starting from the car park to the fitting rooms to the check out counters. I like to start doing my CNY clothes shopping a few months earlier.

If you still haven’t bought any CNY clothes yet and the thought of going to the crowded shopping mall turns you off, fret not. There are thousands of online stores like Nina Cloak where you can shop for your clothes and shoes without leaving the comforts of your home. But don’t wait till the eleventh hour to shop for them as you’ll need to allow some time for shipping.

How’s your CNY prep coming along?

 

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