Bookbed goes to: Bookish Destinations in Hong Kong

by Clarissa Chua Hong Kong has always been one of the top Asian destinations for amusement parks and shopping centers. This time, though, I’ll be talking about bookstores! Let’s explore these two bookstores I came across in the city. The first one I want to talk about is Basheer Design Books. It is one of the small bookstores in the island of Hong Kong, which houses almost 350 books on architecture, drawing, graphic design and photography. Most of the titles here are in English, which makes book hunting easier. Some popular ones include Hegarty on Creativity: There are No Rules by John Hegarty, Show Your…

Welcome Aboard MV Logos Hope, the World’s Largest Floating Book Paradise

by Rea Alducente I was on a high, like a book addict who couldn’t wait to get their fix. The moment I heard MV Logos Hope, the world’s largest traveling bookshop, was coming to Cebu, I knew right away that I shouldn’t and couldn’t miss it. I dragged two of my friends with me to what I call a book paradise. Some people consider Logos Hope as the biggest floating library in the world, even though it isn’t exactly a library. The books are for sale and the price ranges from P100 to P200 for the cheaper books, while the more…

Bookbed goes to: Mt. Cloud Bookshop

by Alfonso Mangubat I remember watching You’ve Got Mail 10 years ago and the thing that really piqued my interest more than the romance of the film was Kathleen Kelly’s tiny “shop around the corner” bookshop. You see, when I started the habit of reading, bookstores became my favorite stop every time I went to the mall. I remember when SM Megamall had this really huge Powerbooks branch with all of its hidden nooks and crannies for bookworms to read. I remember seeing the five-floor behemoth of Fully Booked in Bonifacio Global City for the first time. These were all lively places…

Bookbed goes to: Café Talk

by KB Meniado Back when Bookbed was but a wee baby, I had other ideas in mind to satiate my love for books. One of those was Book Buffet. It was a dream project my college friends and I talked about one afternoon as we chomped on our burgers at a popular fast food chain. Book Buffets would work like this: a reading session set in a cozy place where people would 1) bring books and snacks for the Buffet Table, 2) choose and read a book that interests them and then 3) meet and eat with fellow readers after.  If…

Love in the Time of Secondhand Bookstores

by Kimberly dela Cruz  There is a force that sets my feet walking toward secondhand bookstores, especially Booksale and other independent shops where the owners somehow became my friends. I love the feel of preloved books—their cracked spines, the yellowed pages and that wonderful old-book smell that sets my imagination running wild, thinking about where the books have been before I’ve found them, forlorn on the shelf, offering the world’s next great adventure. I started buying books—book hoarding, as some may put it—two years ago, a year after I graduated college. I’ve always liked hanging out inside bookstores, but before, I…

Bookbed goes to: Kumazawa Bookstore

by KB Meniado I was in Tokyo last month and one of the places I loved visiting the most was this bookstore! I think you’ll know why. The Rurouni Kenshin films were in cinemas back then so it was imperative these existed: I am not the biggest Samurai X fan but I AM DEFINITELY A MOON CRYSTAL POWER MAKEUP GIRL. Why are these not available worldwide again? Speaking of global, I’m sure most of you can relate with the Naruto and Doraemon. The Detective Conan series was also on-hand. Local books were not to be missed, either. All the covers are beautiful, it’s a shame I’m…