8 Readers Whose Travels Were Inspired by Books

by KB Meniado Travelling by page is always magical, but travelling to the actual place from that very page can be surreal! Eight readers from the community (including yours truly) share their travels to places inspired by the books they read. Make sure to get your to-go and to-read lists ready! 1. The Musee du Louvre in France, inspired by Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, and the movie set of The Hobbit based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien in New Zealand First thing that came to my mind when I was there was Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code! Good thing…

6 Things To Love About Japanese Bookstores

by Clarissa Chua Last year, we visited bookish destinations in Hong Kong. This time, let’s discover the awesome things about Japanese bookstores! 1. Nine floors of books, books and more books One of Japan’s biggest chain of bookstores, Books Kinokuniya, has a branch in Shinjuku, home to over nine floors of books. Each floor houses its own specialty, such as design and crafts, sciences or even just CDs and DVDs. Tourists and visitors surely do not feel left out when visiting the bookstore because they have the entire sixth floor solely dedicated to foreign books! 2. Secondhand bookstores There are also mini-bookstores all over…

Bookbed goes to: The Book Museum

by Maria Pilar M. Lorenzo The country has been incessantly facing numerous challenging societal problems. There are the usual corruption issues, red tape, poor quality of education, traffic woes and so on. The ills may be due to something cultural, behavioral or ethical in a Filipino, and whatever the reasons there may be, these strike the citizens at their core. Only one issue is enough to create a Pandora’s Box effect—in the end, dissect one and a whole string of concerns is thereby unraveled. How then do we solve a complex, or perhaps on a pessimistic tone, a problematic country like…

Bookbed goes to: The Bookyard Cafe

by Gayna Kumar, p hotos by Lindy Gamolo Walk several steps towards the Garden Heights Condominium parking area along E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue in Quezon City and be prepared to have your The Secret Garden moment. Save for small signages seen through the glass window, you’ll never guess that a book-themed cafe exists across Trinity University of Asia. Enter the 12 square-meter hideout and you are transported to your friendly neighborhood backyard—grasslike floor carpets, wooden crate-inspired tables, flowery window sills, a tree lined with books on its trunk and picket fences enclosing the entire space. It will make you go: “Ah, kaya…

Bookbed goes to: Press by Fully Booked

by Nicai de Guzman, photos by Juan Sinag Cano Have you dropped by the new Press by Fully Booked in Rockwell? They encourage reading inside the café by allowing their patrons to borrow the books they have on their shelves! The first thing you’ll notice when you enter the café is that it’s heavily designed with books. The next thing you’ll see is a pillar is designed with the diagonal, slot-type book shelves. Beside it is their new reading lounge. There are about a hundred titles on the shelf curated by the Fully Booked team. There are books about business and politics…

From Osaka to Nagoya: Bookish Things in Japan

by KB Meniado For bookish people, it’s a must to check out bookstores when travelling. The mere sight of reading materials—not to mention, the company of fellow story lovers, browsing through shelves after shelves after shelves—is exciting. Anything even remotely bookish is already a feast to the eyes. Sometimes, it can even get to a point where the visit to the bookstore becomes the highlight of the trip (nerd alert!). Now, I’m not saying the rest of Japan isn’t as magical but why, the bookstores I dropped by at had me all tingly. Osaka — Tsutaya Bookstore Osaka — Wizarding World of Harry…

Bookbed goes to: Atlantis Books

by Nina Fuentes Atlantis Books appears in articles proclaiming the must-visit book stores in the world, but we were drawn to it because of their sign that said “Rent-a-cat.” It was with some great irony that we stumbled upon this little gem because of a silly sign when a friend, who was supposed to be traveling with us, had originally planned on visiting the shop. We were surrounded by tourists, merely following the hoard headed to the lookout point for the best sunset views, when we chanced upon the store. It was a haven, as most walked past, barely noticing Atlantis….

10 Things To Love About Tweedle Book Café

by KB Meniado I’ve been on the lookout for book cafés since I went to Café Talk last year so when an office mate (a shout-out to Ms. Reggie!) told me about Tweedle Book Café, I got excited. Got even more so when I found out it was only around Quezon City, and so I finally got around to visiting the café last week and found 10 things I adored about it! 1. Location This might be biased because it’s in my favor but I like that Tweedle is tucked inside a residential area like a secret garden. If not for…

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…