Fully Booked in Bonifacio High Street

Fully Booked

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.

Children's corner

Children’s corner

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.

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Reading Spree

With Dedet Reyes-Panabi, journalist and Editor in-chief of Working Mom Magazine

With Dedet Reyes-Panabi, journalist and Editor in-chief of Working Mom Magazine

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.

Featured Fully Booked Image by: Imahe

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Denice Christine Garcia-Pilla is a freelance published writer and editor in between her profession as a market research professional. Her works have appeared in numerous print and online publications in Asia and the United States including the Asia Pacific Business Guide, Launch Asia, Quantum Spirit, Men Zone, The Philippine Star and Lifestyle Asia. She has profiled a number of CEOs, Presidents, entrepreneurs and tycoons of top corporations in the Philippines, as well as renowned international authors such as Mark Victor Hansen of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and Philip Kotler. After a decade of hiatus from the writing scene with motherhood taking center stage of her schedule, Denice is once again picking up from where she left off via the Side Tripper, where she shares her travel adventures and side trips through the lens of photographer Kit Elton Pilla, also known as her husband and father to her son Kyle David.

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