Being an avid reader, it’s crazy to think that I’ve never stepped foot in Malaysia’s biggest book sale, Big Bad Wolf (BBW). I’ve been extremely anxious by the thoughts of having to brave through the huge crowd.
I’d rather stay at home, even though the sale or event is to die for. Even if it was a book sale. I know, I’m such an introvert.
But everything changed when a dear friend advised, “Just go first thing in the morning right after your Subuh prayers”. (BBW runs 24 hours non-stop throughout 9-19th December 2016).
So, we did!
The whole family was in the car first thing after Subuh prayers today and on our way to Mines International Exhibition & Convention Center (MIECC). Road was clear all the way to MIECC (bliss)
Entrance to the car park cost RM3 on weekdays and RM4 on weekends and public holidays. There were ample parking spaces and we managed to get a place closest to the stairwell entrance that led to the ground floor. The best place to park in my opinion.
We had to climb a flight of stairs and walk through an empty floor – the kids were super excited by the big space and the fact that their voices echoed off the walls.
And we had to climb another flight of stairs
which led us to the entrance of Big Bad Wolf. The staff there were just awesome and super helpful. We got hold of a trolley which also had a basket at the bottom. No hang on, we got hold of two trolleys, each having baskets at the bottom.
And as I stepped inside, my jaw dropped! I was so excited and overwhelmed – The place was massive and there were books EVERYWHERE! This is every book lover’s haven!
I’ve seen photos of Big Bad Wolf but to be there and see it in person – my adrenaline was pumping and I was drowning in all the fantastic books. I didn’t know where to begin!
Books from every category you can imagine! There were heaps of children’s books (board books for babies, story books, sticker books, puzzles, activity books, sound books just to name a few), books for young adults, references like architecture, engineering, accounting, self help books, cooking, arts and crafts and encyclopedias for children and adults.
And once I thought I manage to get a grip of myself and finally being able to focus on what we aimed to get that day, I saw one of the bestest sheikhs in my world walk right pass me – Sheikh Tawfique Choudhury!
My jaw dropped for the second time of the day (and it was only 7am!)
Sheikh Tawfique has been doing amazing charity and dakwah work and despite all that he has on his plate, he is also a medical doctor and a businessman by profession! – how crazy is that? His classes and lectures have changed me and my perspective in so many positive ways! (If you haven’t heard his lectures – youtube it now! And if you can, attend his classes they’re amazing awesomesauce!). And despite all the things he has achieved, and all the work he needs to attend – here he was at the book sale finding good books to increase his knowledge mashaAllah. (He was at the self-help section)
The crowd was growing so we decided to make a dash to the counter before the queue got long. And Alhamdulillah for us – there were no queues! So, we paid and went straight home (after taking photos at their photo booths – Y1 was so excited by the setup)
I survived my first ever trip to the craziest ever book sale in town and this was what we got, alhamdulillah:
This is definitely an accomplishment for me (Yes, crowds make me that anxious!). And if I was to do it all over again, this is what I’d tell myself:
1. Go during off-peak hours to avoid the crowd
My personal recommendation would be, if you’re going on a weekend then try to reach MIECC by 7am and leave before 9am. Crowd was small and there were no queues at checkout! Plus, you get to choose the best spot to park your car and you don’t need to queue at entrance. I think you save a lot of time by going early. The early bird catches the worm.
Our dear prophet SAW also said that “To seek and attain halaal rizq, begin early in the morning, as this results in barakah and prosperity in one’s work.” – Uswah Rasul Akram Sallallahu `Alayhi Wasallam, Page 278.
2. Go as early as possible
The books are on a first come, first serve basis. Today was their 2nd day (out of their 10-day sale) so alhamdulillah there were loads of books to choose from when we arrived.
3. Prepare a bigger budget
We were only thinking of getting about 10 books but I think we ended up with 30 in total (the book selection was that good!). We are going to have to include BBW in our annual budget for next year.
4. Sign Up for Big Bad Wolf membership
If you sign up for their membership, you’ll get RM5 off for every RM100 spent. You can sign up at the cashiers prior to paying (they just need your IC and your phone number)
Have you gone to this year’s Big Bad Wolf? What was your catch of the day? And share with me if you have any other tips to survive Big Bad Wolf’s crazy crowds!