“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”
― Charles William Eliot
It’s the most memorable ‘Labor Day’ ever! The best way to spend a holiday.
I’ve been in a sweet affair with letters, words, and books since I was a wee lass. So, books in general make me kilig. I kissed novel reading goodbye years ago and have been choosy with what to feed my mind.
Not to exaggerate, even the fondest thoughts of libraries, bookstores, and attics with lots of books make me kilig. It’s within my core. I’m a hopeless romantic — voracious bookworm, methinks. LOL!
Long before the epic Tagalog word, KILIG, paved its way to the Oxford Dictionary and had been featured in local and international news alike, I’ve actually thought of a hashtag to express support to some bookworm friends’ budding relationship (then) & their relationship – #KILIGayahan. Simply put, it’s a combination of kilig + kaligayahan (happiness). HAHA!
KILIGayahan. That’s exactly what I felt when I saw the post of Honey de Peralta, shared by another bookworm friend.
The Traveling Book Stop
The Book Stop Project is a brilliant idea! I applaud the efforts and events organized by WTA Architecture and Design Studio.
“We believe in and practice architecture that is socially relevant. Architecture that relates to the community, promotes urbanity, and develops society.”
Aside from the thrilling thought of finding gems amidst pre-loved books, there are significant activities for bookworms, bibliophiles and book enthusiasts.
I wish to be there for the Open Mic Poetry Night. I love spoken word! But I prefer watching some performers, then doing it myself. I’m contented with just scribbling poems.
When I finally arrived at Ayala Triangle Garden and have spotted the Book Stop Project from afar, my heart skipped a beat – KILIGayahan! Insert your choice of a love song. Nah, I’m just kidding with the background music. HAHA!
I didn’t mind traveling for almost two hours from Silang, Cavite, by commute to Ayala, Makati. Actually, it’s more of a bonding for bookworms, because I’ve finally gotten to have quality time with a friend whom I haven’t seen for many months. We’ve planned in the past to have sleepover bonding for the poetry reading too. But it lingered.
While waiting for her and my best frenemy (endearment for my brother) whom I wasn’t expecting to come along (surprised to have been convinced, I invited him when he was still at home and said he won’t go. HAHA), I had a great time skimming and scanning the books.
Of course, I’ve brought some for book exchange. I actually planned to have brought more pre-loved books from my mini library, but there would be next time.
After all, I’m planning to follow the Book Stop Project. As long as I can, by all means.
The Full Cupboard of Life brims with warmth and wit! I wish to go to Botswana!
Memoirs of Emma Courtney is queer in an interesting way.
The Great Controversy is a classic book that even I’ve read many times, it always keeps me in awe at the wonders of God’s love, justice, and mercy. Highly recommended!
What I’m excited about this Book Stop Project is the chance to meet a kindred spirit. Since I arrived at dusk, only few people were there. But later on, this pop-up library was chock-a-block.
I was seated, skimming the new-found gems. My peripheral view caught the attention of a guy who got the book I left, The Full Cupboard of Life while putting it inside his backpack. I noticed that The Great Controversy wasn’t on the shelf too! I was elated! To know someone’s interested in the books you brought was rewarding. And it’s not long enough before it was taken! It’s worth the two-hour travel, standing ovation in the bus with poise for almost an hour (of course!). Haha!
After some chit-chats and smiles given and taken from other bibliophiles and bookworms, an Indian mom sat next to me. I saw her pretty, cuddly daughter and I was astonished! She’s holding a children’s book from the shelf and turning its pages as if she’s old enough to read.
“She’s two years old”, her mom quickly answered with a grin when I asked how old is her daughter. The query turned into a few-minute conversation. I genuinely appreciated how she exposed her daughter to books at an early age. She’s a bookworm herself, no wonder.
I remembered my trip to Bangkok on December 2015, when my seatmate who’s an Indian, started a conversation. We ended up talking about our work and hobbies – didn’t help myself from talking about books! I quickly mentioned that acquaintance with the Indian woman. Another significant information.
Indians are intelligent people, and their diet is interesting too! As a vegetarian (going back to being a vegan), we immediately clicked when during mealtime, that Indian guy discovered that we’re the same with our diet! Well, how we feed the mind and body makes a lot of difference. Sound mind, sound body. Our trip wasn’t boring with the book conversation.
I can’t wait to go to the Book Stop Project’s next venue – Plaza Roma, Intramuros! Who knows, I’ll proudly meet another Indian. Or it could be YOU!
Note: Photos (without watermark) credit to The Book Stop Project & WTA Architecture and Design Studio and sentimental freak files for Plaza Roma. The photos and article should not be used, reproduced and manipulated by any means without a written request and consent from the author.
© 2016 LAF