If I want stimulation of the senses (good reading, good conversation with a friend, good artwork viewing), then there’s a spot in Bonifacio High Street where you can leave me all day, and I would not feel the time passing. The place is Full Booked, so far topping my personal choice of all the branches that this bookstore has so far (around 18 branches as I write this).
Being here is an experience that’s quite ‘within my alley.’ Roaming around from the basement where school/office supplies are found and collector items, to the 4th floor, each store amenities seems carefully planned to ensure that no ‘customer segment’ is left behind.
The books and magazines chosen are of a really wide range, and even freebees are available. For instance, the store sponsors ‘Free Comic Day’ almost every year.
What appeals parents like me is that there is an area for children. There’s a children’s area at the 2nd floor where kids get to freely choose whatever book they want to bring onto the table to read. If you are lucky, the store also sponsors book reading events for kids, held at this specific area.
The store allows (even encouraged) kids and grown-ups read its open books. The funny thing is that the longer I stay, the higher the tendency that I end up buying what I’ve read.
For merienda afficionados, on the other hand, there’s Starbucks at the 3rd floor, and beside that is White Hat, where my son and I can have yogurt or waffles.
Today, it even expanded to an art gallery-cum-condo showroom to take the senses further.
4th floor is particularly special to me as it has a record bar and sells CDs I don’t usually find in the internet. It’s on this same floor that there’s a venue for rent for events like seminars, book launches and other related talks.
Of course, books still abound on these floors, ranging from arts, architecture and music.