Friday, 6 June 2008

BookFest @ Malaysia 2008

Jumping Clay - Specially formulated clay
(very much like Play-Doh except much lighter)
from Korea being promoted at the Bookfest

Who went to the Bookfest @ Malaysia 2008 organized by Popular Bookstore at Kuala Lumpur Convention Center (KLCC) recently? This year, the tag line for the event is "Reading Empowers". It was from 24 May - 1 June 2008 and is said to be the biggest bookfest in South East Asia. The fair showcased more than a million books by overseas and local publishers. I visited the fair because Liz was there on official "business".

At the fair, KLCC's gigantic convention halls were filled with books, books and books galore. One huge hall was filled with English books and four gigantic halls were filled with Chinese books. I only visited the hall with English books as i become illiterate at the Chinese section.

Besides books, they had lots of stationery going for 50% discount if you have the Popular membership card. For the rest of us who are not members, you buy them at regular price, but the choices they have there is pretty good. You'd be excited if you happen to be a stationery freak like me! :-)

I will now let the pictures do the talking.

captain underpants dav pilkey
The title of this novel by Dav Pilkey really cracked me up! ㅋㅋㅋ

empress orchid anchee min
Me...on the cover of a book by Ancee Min

No, that's not Liz on the cover.
She bought those books by Japanese author Haruki Murakami.

kuala lumpur convention center klcc
The Kuala Lumpur Convention Center (KLCC) near
Suria Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC). The fairly new
center where we have lots of conventions here in KL. If you are a
techy you would know that this is also the venue for Microsoft Tech.Ed.
See you there! (Err...isn't that the tag line?)

Do you recognize this building?
They are the iconic Petronas Twin Towers at KLCC.
It's within walking distance of the convention center.


Valerie said...

cool! thanks for sharing your outings in the blog!
captain underpants is one of my favorite book series that i used to read not too long ago!
and thats a really nice picture of the towers. i remember seeing it in the movie "Entrapment."

Orchid said...

Dear Valerie, you read the Captain Underpants series? Aiyah..i should have bought the book!! Have not read any Capt Underpants books. Darn. Glad you like the pics. Yeah the towers appear in "Entrapment" (but i didn't see that movie) and they are a great tourist attraction in KL. I see bus loads of tourists taking photos of the towers every time i drive to KLCC to shop. =)

Liz said...

Ohmigosh, where was the Captain Underpants book at? How come I didn't see it? It's so CUTE! And I was there for THREE days!!!!!! :-(

Hey yah, Valerie, the Towers appeared in Entrapment, the scene was spliced though.

I didn't watch the movie, but my movie buff friends tell me that "a boat ride up the Malacca river leads you to the Towers." Malacca is actually a different state altogether. :-P

Rooster said...

Oh yea, I watched Entrapment. They made KL city look so exotic and... uh... backward. Ha ha.

lilac87 said...

Wah, your post make me miss Malaysia and not to mention the book fest..huhu~ i really enjoy your Korean news update especially the one that's happening in Malaysia.

marcel said...

wow~ the KLCC looks amazing! it doesn't look backward at all, but really modern.. the bookfest looks like a bibliophile's dream ;)

Anonymous said...

Jumping Clay has been around for a cople of years now...
Pros - It's light and non-greasy plus you can shape it into anything you want.
Cons - After shaping it into your desired choices, it cannot be kneaded into other shapes.

Meehoon said...

Oh, looks like a good book fair. Too bad I missed it. :)

hajung said...

the captain underpants seiries is one that EVERYONE in america reads in elementary to mid middle school kidas read. its actually pretty entertaining :)

Orchid said...

@hajung...oh that's very interesting.


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