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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2018 Big Bad Wolf Book Sale

Drama Queen and Cass have been badgering hubs and me to bring them to the 2018 Big Bad Wolf (BBW) book sale since the sale started on 7 December.  BBW is the world’s biggest book sale, with a 75% – 95% discount off retail prices for all their books across all genres. But I was reluctant to bring them to the sale as I have bought the girls quite a bit of books since the school holidays started from Popular and MPH.

But our Drama Queen had a crafty plan cooking in her head to get herself to the sale.  First she got her friend who was going to the BBW sale to help her get some books. With that, she qualified herself to take part in the BBW KL 2018: Book Haul Contest.  In this giveaway contest, 20 daily winners with the most creative entries (photos) will get a RM50 BBW book voucher.  Our Drama Queen submitted two entries on the last 3 days of the BBW Sale and both her entries were selected!

These are her winning entry photos:

When Drama Queen won the first BBW RM50 voucher, I told her that I was still not bringing her to the sale. I told her that it would be penny wise pound foolish to spend over RM50 on Grab to bring us to MIECC  @ Sri Kembangan just to utilize the RM50 voucher and I was certain that she and her sisters would surely trick me into spending another RM100 or more. But she wasn’t giving up hope yet. She submitted more entries the next day and continued badgering me to bring her to the sale.  I finally agreed to bring her to the sale on condition that she has to win another RM50 BBW voucher to make our trip worthwhile.

Lady luck was certainly on Drama Queen’s side. She won another voucher the next day, which was the last day of the sale! And I have to keep my words of bringing her there.  But I was still really reluctant to go all the way to MIECC as it was already past noon when the results were  announced. And at that time, our dear Drama Queen was busy in the kitchen whipping up some organic nutty butter (Almond+Brazil+Cashew) as gift for her granny when we go back to Ipoh on Friday.

Drama Queen encountered a glitch with our Blendtec blender whilst blitzing the nuts on the last day of the BBW sale. The blender got overheated and auto-shutdown! And we didn’t have enough organic grapeseed oil at home.  She had to remove the nutty paste from the blender, let the motor cool down, clean up the mess the kitchen  before we left the house by Grab at 5:15 p.m.  She only managed to fix the nut butter the next day.

In KL, any time from 4:30 – 7 p.m. would be the worst time of the day to go anywhere as traffic will be at its peak. But we had no other choice as it was already the last day of the sale and it would be a waste to bin the two RM50 vouchers.

So I had to take the bull by its horns and be prepared to get stuck in the jam all the way to MIECC and all the way back home.  We only reached home at 8:30 pm and had a really late dinner.

Jamming all the way to MIECC from KL:

And jammed all the way back home after a heavy downpour. In the Klang Valley, traffic gets monstrous after a heavy downpour, especially at peak hours in the morning and evening.

Two very, very happy larks:

Checking their treasure. Our girls love their books more than they love me 🙄

Towards the checkout counter, Cass found a big piece of treasure ~ a super thick and huge Sherlock Holmes book at only RM18!!  Normal price for this book should be above RM100.

The BBW Sale this time was really good, better than the one we went to three years ago.  All the adult novels were selling from between RM10 – RM18 each.  Drama Queen and Cass found what they were looking for.  But Cass was a tad disappointed that all the Harry Potter books were sold out. I got workbooks for Cass at only a Ringgit each. I could have hauled more but it was already late and we were all hungry.

Behind the scenes of the winning photos:

As both Alycia and Cass helped in the photography, they get a small share of the vouchers too! 🤩


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Harry Potter Fanatic

Cass turned into a Harry Potter enthusiast early this year. It all started when her classmate loaned her a Harry Potter book. She was instantly hooked to the thick novel.  Since then, she was determined to get her hands on the entire Harry Potter series, which consists of 7 books!  That would cost over RM300 for the entire series.  In her collection is now 3 books; two books were her reward for her last exam and another a gift from her Hong Kong aunt.

Last Friday, she chanced upon a very old Harry Potter book in her school library. When she alighted from the school van, I saw her holding an enormously thick book which resembled a dictionary. I thought she was reading one until she  told me that she found an old Harry Potter book in her school library. She was ecstatic. But the book is without a cover and a broken spine.  The book is easily 15 years old with yellowish pages and stains.

This JK Rowling fan spent her long weekend getting herself lost in the old HP book. She brought the book along with her everywhere that she went. When she was at the kopitiam and restaurant waiting for her food, she got lots of double takes from strangers.  They must be wondering what a book worm this girl is, engrossed in such a thick book with super teensy words.  But I’m not too proud of Cass at all as she is neglecting everything else that’s more important.  Besides sleeping, Cass is spending 80% of her time on the HP book. Final exam in 3 weeks? This girl is totally lost in her Harry Potter books! I shudder to think of her grades this time.

Within four days over the long weekend, Cass is almost reaching the last few pages of the Harry Potter book today (Monday).

Yesterday we were at Popular bookstore to get Alycia some revision books and Cass saw selected Harry Potter books with a 20% discount. She went berserk over the HP books! She begged me to get her one but I told her NO as her exam is 3 weeks away. She promised me that she would use her birthday angpow given to her by her koong koong and granny to pay for the book. She promised me that I could keep the book and release it to her after her exam.


The new Harry Potter and The Cursed Child book is now kept at the highest cupboard in my room. In a month’s time, the book shall be released to Cass.



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Voracious Reader

The other day, Cass and I were discussing an English quiz  question that her English teacher in school gave the class. It was about how a frog died and the pupils had to read a given passage to answer.  The answer from her teacher was: the frog drown.

Cass was very agitated that her answer was wrong and her teacher’s answer that the frog died as it had drown was the correct one. She asked me how could a frog drown when it could live under water. Well, maybe one of these days when I am absolutely free, I’d drop by the school to ask her English teacher. 😬

Me – yes, a frog could live underwater.  How could it die? It’s an amphibia”

Cass – BIAN!!  B I A N!!

Me – yes amphibia

Cass – mum, it’s BIAN. AM-PHI-BIAN ok? Not amphibia. Get it?

Me – oh yes, you’re right, it’s an amphibian. Smart girl! How did you know? You study Science in Chinese in school. How do you know the word amphibian?

Cass – I read it from a book.

Me- ohhhh… that’s why it’s so important to read many books. See, you’re cleverer than me now.

I almost forgot the word is amphiBIAN because I learned Science in Malay and in Malay it is called ‘amfibia’.

Cass is a voracious reader. She reads just about any book and reading material.  The other day, she foraged for old and unwanted books in a box in the storeroom and fished out a book that’s almost 3 decades old!  She is now reading The Oregon Trail and finds it very interesting.

The Oregon Trail is a book that I got as a reward from my school when I obtained 6As in my SRP (equivalent to PMR and PT3 now) when I was 15 years old. That year was 1988. I did not even read the book as I found it too insipid and the words were too small. I’ve never liked any book with super small prints.

The Oregon Trail is the gripping account of Francis Parkman’s journey west across North America in 1846. After crossing the Allegheny Mountains by coach and continuing by boat and wagon to Westport, Missouri, he set out with three companions on a horseback journey that would ultimately take him over two thousand miles.

My 9-year old girl likes stories like this. Wow!

Old is gold – my prized gift from my alma mater 💝

And my reward from my dearest papa for getting 6As was my dream mini compo 😀

She even hijacked my book on the autobiography of Olivia Newton John.


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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.


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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!

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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!

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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.

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