Probably by now you must have already heard about the Books for Less Warehouse Sale that runs until the end of this month. I happen to finally visit the warehouse this morning and I must say, in my three years of going to the said sale, this year is the best so far.
You must be thinking, “Hey Mark, you just posted a a book haul a couple of days ago. So you bought new books AGAIN?” Well, yes, I again bought new books. Well, after a long and hard week at work, I finally gave in decided to treat myself a bit. And what other better way to treat a bookworm than buying books. And for P20 each book, who would pass that up? :) My friends and I are actually planning to go there by the third weekend of this month, but I said to myself, going back will never a problem. And so after watching a little bit of the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics (go Pilipinas!) and despite having only 4 hours of sleep, I decided to go and visit the warehouse.
Considering that it’s the first weekend after they opened, I was actually quite surprised that there were only a few people searching the stacks when I arrived. I was there at around 10 AM and there were only like 20 people there. Before I reached the place, I was actually already preparing myself because based on my previous experiences at the event, it’s a little chaotic. The reason that I am thinking why there were only a few who went is because of the weather (it actually did rain) and also probably people already went there during the weekdays.
The Books for Less Warehouse Sale will run from August 1-31, 2016 (Except Aug 8, 15, and 22), from 9AM-6PM at #643 Mercedes Avenue, Brgy. San Miguel, Pasig City (in front of La Consolacion College). There’s a tarpaulin in front of their warehouse so it will be hard to miss the place.
Most of the books available includes literary fiction novels, the classics, non-fiction books like cook books, biographies and reference books. There are also a lot of middle grade books and children’s books. For those who miss their childhood and misses The Baby Sitters Club series, Lizzie McGuire series, Thoroughbred series, The Box Car Children series, The Wayside School is Falling Down series by Louis Sachar and Beverly Cleary books among others, this is the best place to go to score the above mentioned titles. For YA books, I am not just sure as I’ve seen only a few. Maybe because they were bought already. I was advised that they replenish the books daily so it will help if you’ll be there early.
At around 12 PM, after searching every possible corner of the warehouse, I decided to finally stop and go home. I left the place with 12 books.
Here are the books that I got:
1. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
2. Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
3. The Year of Meats by Ruth L. Ozeki
4. The Possibility of an Island by Michel Houellebecq
5. A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon
6. Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
7. Angels in America: Perestroika by Tony Kushner
8. A Man Named Dave by Dave Pelzer
9. The Tender Barr by J.R. Moehringer
10. Caramelo by Snadra Cisneros
11. Wild Swans by Jung Chang
12. Vineland by Thomas Pynchon
Here are some of the photos that I took while I was there:
From my post last year, I am reposting the DIRECTIONS/INTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO GET TO BFL WAREHOUSE (LANDMARK IS LA CONSOLACION COLLEGE). I am not sure though if the fares have not changed.
1. From Shaw Blvd.(EDSA Central)
-take jeepney going to Pasig Palengke or San Joaquin Rotonda (fare
P10). Take tricycle going to La Consolacion.
2. From Rosario
-take jeepney going to Pasig Palengke or San Joaquin. Take tricycle
going to La Consolacion.
3. From Ortigas/Meralco
-from ortigas ride a jeepney (San juan Pinaglabanan/San Juan Taytay Resettlement Area. Or pasig palengke. Take a tricycle from there going to La consolacion.
4. Mega Mall
-take FX going to Pasig Palengke Rotonda (Jollibee or PLDT). Then take tricycle to La Consolacion College.
5. C5 Boni Serrano Katipunan Interchange QC.
– Ride Jeepney(Cubao-Rosario) to Ortigas Ave/Dr. Sixto Antonio Ave intersection. Take tricycle going to La Consolacion.
6. QC EDSA
-ride a bus going to Robinson’s Ortigas, take jeepney(Pasig
Palengke). Take tricycle going La Consolacion College
7. Taguig -Pateros
-from Taguig ride a bus(Eastwood Libis-Marriot Terminal via
Acropolis) to E. Rodriguez Jr.Ave Pasig or Ride a jeepney(Bagumbayan Taguig-Pasig(TP) via San Joaquin) From Bagumbayan Taguig-Pasig(TP) via San Joaquin to Caruncho Avenue/Market Avenue Intersection Pasig
(Estimated Fare: P21.000) take a walk to Mercedes Avenue, then ride tricycle going to La Consolacion College.
8. From Taguig C5
-take a walk to Carlos P. Garcia Ave Taguig. Walk right to lane,then walk left to path, walk right to service road, walk right to McKinley Parkway, walk left to parking aisle. Ride a bus(Eastwood
Libis-Marriot Terminal via Acropolis) From there to E.Rodriguez Jr. Ave Pasig (Fare: P12.00).From E.Rodriguez Jr.Ave,ride a jeepney(Pasig-Ugong via Rodriguez),from there to Caruncho Ave Pasig (Fare: P7.50). Ride a jeepey(Angono-Pasig) to Market Ave, then take a walk to Mercedes Ave. From there ride a tricycle going to La Consolacion College.
9. From Sta Mesa
-take a walk to Valenzuela Extension/V.Mapa Blvd, ride a jeepney
(EDSA Shaw Quiapo via Sta Mesa to Dr.Sixto Antonio Ave/Pasig Blvd Extension intersection Pasig (Fare: P15.00). Take a walk to Mercedes Avenue, then take a tricycle going to La Consolacion College.
10. From Taft
– From Taft Ave.,ride a bus(Fairview/Monumento/Novaliches) up to Shaw Blvd Intersection Mandaluyong. From there, ride a jeepney(Pasig Palengke) to Dr. Sixto Ave., take a tricycle going to La Consolacion College in Mercedes Ave.
11. From EDSA North Avenue
-A)Ride a Train MRT Line 3 to Ortigas. Take a walk from MRT Ortigas Station, walk right to POVEDA Drive. Walk left to Service Road. Ride a jeepney(San Juan Pinaglabanan-SanJuan Taytay Resettlement Area) to Mercedes Ave Pasig (estimated fare: P12.00). From there,Ride a tricycle going to La Consolacion College.
-B)Ride a Bus(Baclaran/Ayala/Ortigas Ilalim) to Ortigas POEA Take a walk from MRT Ortigas Station, walk right to POVEDA Drive. Walk left to Service Road. Ride a jeepney(San Juan Pinaglabanan-SanJuan Taytay Resettlement Area) to Mercedes Ave Pasig (estimated fare: P12.00). From there,Ride a tricycle going to La Consolacion College.
12. From Marikina
-Ride a jeepney(Marikina-Pateros San Joaquin via Pasig) to Dr. Sixto Ave Pasig (estimated fare P12.00). Ride a jeepney(Pasig Taytay) to Market Ave Pasig (estimated fare P7.50). Take a walk to Mercedes Ave. Ride a tricycle going to La Consolacion College.
13. From Antipolo
-from Antipolo Ortigas Ave. Extension, ride a Bus(Antipolo-Pasig) to Mercedes Ave Pasig (estimated fare P23.00-P24.00). From there, take a tricycle going to La Consolacion College
14. From San Juan
-Ride jeepney(Rosario/Robinson’s) up to Ortigas. From there, take a jeepney(San Juan Pinaglabanan-San Juan Taytay) to Dr. Sixto Antonio Ave Intersection. Take tricycle going to La Consolacion College.
15. From Cavite
-Ride a bus to Baclaran, from there take another Bus(Fairview/Monumento/Novaliches/) up to Crossing in Shaw Blvd., then take a jeepney(Pasig Palengke/San Joaquin Totonda). From Pasig Palengke, ride a tricycle going to La Consolacion College.
16. From LRT Gateway Cubao
-From LRT Gateway, walk down to Araneta Center, take the footbridge and walk up to MRT Station Cubao, ride MRT up to Crossing Shaw Blvd. From there take a jeepney(going to pasig palengke or san joaquin rotonda(fare
P10). Take tricycle going to La Consolacion.
Things to take note:
1. Wear comfortable clothing or bring extra clothing if you can. Take note that it’s a warehouse sale. Don’t expect that the area will be air conditioned (there are industrial fans thhough).
2. Bring water or any liquid to hydrate you if you’re planning to stay there long as the area can really get humid and hot.
3. Bring face mask or hand sanitizer especially if you’re allergic to dust.
2. Manage your expectations. Not all books are in mint condition or new releases and some books that you’re expecting may not be available.
4. Bring eco-bags (and help save the earth). If you don’t have any, you can buy one there for P15 for the small one and P30 pesos for the larger one.
5. Have patience. The books are not arranged per genre or per author. Have patience in looking around and you might find a book of your liking.
6. Smile. Be courteous. A little smile might help you win new bookish friends.
For questions, you can get in touch with Books for Less at the following contact numbers 6338563 / 6401743 / 09176309999. Or email them at: [email protected]
You can also visit their website and Facebook page:
Since I’ll be going back, expect another book haul soon. My apologies if recently you are only like seeing book hauls here in my blog.
What books above have you already read? What books from above can you suggest me to read first? What’s the best book that you’ve hauled recently? Let me know your thoughts.