Saturday, May 26, 2007

My Monthly Book Hunting Quest

Friday afternoon is my favourite time of the week because I do not have clinic. If I am not on call, I am totally free from the hospital. I use this time to have lunch with friends or people I am mentoring.

However, once a month, I will drive over the causeway to Singapore for my monthly book hunting quest. I enjoyed book browsing and shopping very much. I look forward to discovering treasures among the shelves and the stacks. I do have a shopping list in mind but most of the books bought are chance discoveries.

I will always start off at SKS books Warehouse at 315 Outram Road #09-03, Tan Boon Liat Building, Singapore. This is the largest Christian bookshop in Singapore and its almost 3,000 square feet are filled all all genres of Christian books. I always get a very good selections there.

Next I head off to Absolute Comics at Bugis Junction. I can usually find a good selection of comics titles here and also a good selection of figurines and action figures.

The next stop will be Kinokuniya at Ngee Ann City on Orchard Road. Here too is an excellent selection of books. The religions, psychology, and philosophy sections are well stocked. I usually have a coffee break before and then dinner after Kino.

My last stop will be Borders at Whitlock Place at the junction of Orchard and Scotts Road. The reason is that Borders closes at 11.30pm on Friday. Hence I will miss the traffic jam at the causeway when I start home after Borders close. I find that Borders have a better selection of literature and science fiction books. Unfortunately, its religions section is shrinking.

I usually have no problem getting across custom at the causeway except to answer the usual incredious questions from the custom officers.
"Are these books?"
"How much did you spend?"
"Do you actually read them"

This book hunting quest is one of my favorite activities of the month.


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Blogger Sivin Kit said...

I thought I was bad .. but after this post ... I realize I have met my match .. you are THE man! You are THE master .. we all bow in awe of your book hunting ...

10:16 AM  
Anonymous irene said...

You do this every month? Amazing! I feel guilty every time I buy a book these days as I have so many unread. Also they are soooooooo expensive :(

5:58 PM  
Anonymous alwyn said...

(Alwyn turns greeeeeeeeennnn)...;>)

10:42 PM  
Blogger doc said...

when i'm in town one of these fridays, can i thumb a lift from you?

2:14 AM  
Blogger Alex Tang said...


*bow* thamks *applause please*


yes,books are so expensive. Well, everyone need to have some vice *smile*


didn't know you were exposed to gamma radiation


sure, give me a call

10:57 AM  
Anonymous enilit said...

Waaah ... Can I go along too? :)

8:14 PM  
Blogger Alex Tang said...

sure enilit,

you paying? :)

12:48 PM  
Anonymous enilit said...

Hmmm... Waiting for money-tree to grow lah. *taps foot impatiently* :P

12:40 AM  
Blogger pearlie said...

Hi, you know by now about Kar Yong's latest post on books and I got here from there :)

Wow... am green with envy. A visit to the bookstores in Singapore every month would be absolutely blissful. If it were me, it might happen every week! Though the wallet won't allow it.

Yes, I have seen the philosophical aisle in Kinokuniya - impressive. I have grabbed a few when I was last there.

"Are these books?"
(hit hand on head)

"How much did you spend?"
"I'll say it can last 3-4 round of tax returns filing"

"Do you actually read them"
(importantly) err ... yes ... of course ...

thanks! I enjoyed your post.

11:51 PM  
Blogger Alex Tang said...

hi pearlie,

It is so nice meet another books lover. Enjoyed your comments too.


3:54 AM  

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