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Finally, BBW!

When Big Bad Wolf (BBW) was first held in Indonesia, I really wanted to come and shop for books. But unfortunately I lacked capital because it was far away, because at that time I lived in Lombok. Of course it requires a lot of transportation and accommodation costs if you have to go to Jakarta.

Then BBW was finally held in Surabaya. The closer distance from Lombo made me plan to come. Unfortunately, it didn’t materialize because there was no money.

Alhamdulillah, my wish was finally achieved. In 2018, I can come to BBW. Very happy. And at the BBW event this year, I came twice. Hehehe

I went there for the first time on the red holiday, Friday (30/3/2018). I went there with my friend, Emi. We went there using KRL and got off at Rawa Buntu Station and continued Gojek to the BBW location at ICE, BSD, South Tangerang City. This is also my first time to BSD.

Entering the BSD area, I was amazed by its futuristic city layout. I was like I was not in Indonesia but somewhere over the another planet.

Finally, we arrived at the BBW location. I was screaming yet sooooo excited. Alhamdulillah the dream came true. LOL.

Before traveling to various sections, we ate first at the food court. Various types of food are sold, unfortunately the prices are exorbitant. Grilled rice Rp. 35 thousand, bottled tea Rp. 15 thousand (whereas in minimarkets the price is Rp. 6 thousand), gelato Rp. 25 thousand. Hmmmm. But we bought it because we were hungry. Shopping at this food court does not use cash, but a kind of debit card whose balance we fill at a special counter. If the card still has remaining balance, it can be refunded.

After having eaten delicious and full, we are ready to go around section by section. At BBW, most of them are children’s books. The children’s section is just a glimpse.

Emi and I were selective, entering a basket and moving from one section to another. I feel like buying everything.

After selecting the book, we corner it and we sort again which book to buy. Because I coincidentally wanted a collection of Nobel laureates, I finally bought four books by Nobel laureates; Mario Vargas Ilosa (Literature), Jose Saramago (Literature), Kazuo Ishiguro (Literature), and Shirin Ebadi (Peace). With another one, I bought a notebook for Seno Gumira Ajidarma’s trip to North Korea, which cost only Rp. 15 thousand. Very happyaaaaaaa. We also left the exhibition arena through Maghrib.

Before sorting which books to take home

Oh yeah, the first time I came here, the queue to the cashier was really long. It was the longest queue ever happened in my entire life. But don’t feel tired. No exhausted but overjoyed.

It also sells various movie posters and grub band and other pictures which are taped along the corridor leading to the exit. It is fun to make a photo background.

Favorite movies all the time

The second visit to BBW on Saturday (7/4/2018). Initially the intention was to leave in the morning because I wanted to use Transjakarta. But finally left at noon. Departs at around 11.30 and arrives at around 15.00. Tiring trip. What did it take so long? Far and jammed. I have to transit at three Transjakarta bus stops (Al Azhar Mosque, Harmoni, Grogol). Why are you tired? Because you don’t always get a seat and have to stand up. Why choose TJ? Because it’s cheap, Rp.3,500.

This time I went alone. I also brought supplies; fried and crispy mushrooms. So you don’t need to buy food at the expensive food court.

On my second visit, I only bought two books; Harper Lee (Indonesian edition of Go Set a Watchman) and his book Seno Gumira Ajidarma. The rest, buy a friend’s deposit.

Since BBW is coming to an end, I think the imported books are starting to decrease, especially in the Literature, History, and Biography sections. The first time there, the collection is still large. And the book that I saw when I first arrived is no longer there. What is increasing is the Indonesian book. Lesson; at BBW next year, you can’t come at the end of time.

Last but not least, the BBW arena also provides delivery services. So, the book my friend entrusted can be sent straight away. Before going home, I took a nap with the people who sat on the floor along the ICE corridor. Some are reading a book or just sitting and relaxing.

Book packs and ready to ship

The dinosaur is cute. Can make a sound.

The perfect Saturday night. Because it was late, I went home to nail KRL via Serpong Station and arrived at the boarding house at 23.30.

See you next year, BBW!

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