A New Place To Hangout
I finally had the chance to visit the new Fully Booked branch at Alabang. It was the second largest branch—next to the one located at Bonifacio High Street—with also 4 floors of towering beauty. It is found at Alabang Town Center, a separate building located at Cortes Delas Palmas across Krispy Kreme and Jamba Juice.
I went there yesterday with my sister and one of my cousins. We were planning to take photos of each floor and decor but sadly, we were not able to take a lot of photos because there was a signage outside saying “No picture taking allowed”. But since we were blessed with sneaky skills and ninja moves, we were able to snap some shots. Here is how the building’s facade looks (photo from Fully Booked’s Facebook page):
The sweet smelling coffee-aroma-filled Press Cafe located at the ground level was just the perfect spot for those who want to enjoy their newly purchased books and read (can you see the brilliant counter made of old books?):
This wall mural at the Press Cafe caught my eye because it was so big and so beautiful. I have mixed feeling, though. I hurt for the books that were mounted there but at the same time, awed of the ingenuity of the piece:
The following photos would be of my sister’s stealthy stalking skills. Ha! Take that for alliteration! Anyways, these are basically stolen shots from when my cousin and I are browsing books from various shelves. I have to say, they were actually nice:
^ I think this photo was from the second level where general fiction books were located. I already got one book in my hand to be purchased later. Haha.
^ This was obviously from the girly portion of the young adult section. Yeah, I still check out these shelves but hey, who can you blame me I want to make sure that I don’t miss anything. You never know, maybe the books you’re looking for are hiding, misplaced, in these shelves.
^ Of course, as a lover of fantasy/mystery novels, I would have to browse these shelves. Sadly, I was not able to find Holly Black’s Black Heart. I really wanted to complete the series already. Oh well.
^ Basically how I look when reading the spines of the books at the bottom shelves. Yeah, I know, I’m not in my house, but do I really have to crack my spine, bending just so I can look for books? Nah. This is way more comfortable. (Spot the books I already chose. Haha)
^ This is my cousin and the books she was about to buy. Yup. We are booknerds and Levithan fans. We are the only ones in the family who treasure books like our lives depend on them.
After almost 4 hours of pure bookstore leisure and book hunting, we decided to fill our grumbling stomachs with Krispy Kreme donuts and Dairy Queen ice creams. Since I was the one who dragged them with me, I bought them the munchies:
And of course, this is my day’s book haul:
- You Are Not Here by Samantha Schutz
- Kick-Off by Donna King
- Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan
- Chasing Windmills by Cathryne Ryan Hyde
- Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler
- Winter Town by Stephen Emond
- The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
- How To Buy A Love of Reading by Tanya Egan Gibson
Overall, I think it’s obvious that I enjoyed my day at the new Fully Booked branch. It was very convenient for me since I live 20 minutes away from the said bookstore. I never have to go further for good books.
It was very spacious inside and there were reading nooks near the windows at every floor where readers can enjoy browsing their books. The store was very well ventilated and clean.
My only problem was that some shelves are poorly stacked, with books haphazardly strewn which made it a bid difficult to find what I was looking for. But then, the friendly staffs made up for it. They were very approachable and helpful. I would definitely come for another visit soon.