It was Carol who first told me about Bestsellers, a division of National Bookstore, at Robinson’s Galleria. We didn’t have the opportunity to visit it until two days ago.
We were spending overnight at a hotel (Sam’s request for her birthday since the unpredictable weather made it difficult to risk going out of town) and, after dinner, while waiting for the last full show (The Bourne Ultimatum), we went window-shopping and found Bestsellers. Entering the place, one would have difficulty believing that Bestsellers is a division of National Bookstore. It looks more like Powerbooks and Fully Booked. No school supplies, just books — lots of books.
Book-shopping wasn’t exactly part of the plans for the weekend. We just wanted some time to relax (no computers and internet — I posted future entries hehehe), be together, eat (with no cooking involved), see a movie or two… you know, just a lazy weekend. But one thing about my kids these days, they can’t enter a bookstore and not want to buy anything. I was thinking of getting a few cookbooks but after Sam and Alex had made their choices (shocking prices!), I decided I could buy cookbooks some other time. I didn’t have the heart to deny them especially since they wanted books on the very subjects that they want to build their future careers on.
But there came a surprise.
We already knew there was an ongoing sale. We also knew that NOT all books were on sale. When we found out that the photography book Sam wanted and the computer cartoon kit that Alex couldn’t let go of were at 20% off, I was so relieved. The biggest surprise was that the book I wanted, Nigella Lawson’s Forever Summer, was at 40% off. We were all very happy when we left Bestsellers.
After the movie, we went back to the hotel and opened our newly-bought books. Sam started browsing through Tom Ang’s How to Photograph Absolutely Everything which contained lots of sample photos to illustrate the practical tips. Then, she said, “Mommy, I’ve already taken photos like these…” She flipped through the pages, pointed out photos she had her own versions of and those for which she would need a DSLR (with matching whine that I needed to give her a DSLR).
I borrowed a photo from her blog.
I don’t know how she does the motion trick — keeping the subject sharp while everything in the background appears to be in motion (notice the carousel’s lights). She says she moves the camera as the subject moves — sounds easy but it’s something I haven’t tried. The first experiment she did using this technique was when she took photos of our lawnmower for Speedy’s Lawnmower Man entry. She’s had a lot of practice since with all the sports photography she’s been doing at school (link to some of her football photos). But she hasn’t forgotten her real thing — macro photography. Click here unless you’re really scared of bugs.
How can I deny them those books? Even with the horrendous prices, I’d bend over backwards to buy them their art and photography books.