Big Bad Wolf Fire Sale 2015: 2 – 9 February @MIECC

 

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For some reason, my blog traffic ballooned during BBW season every year…. and I’ve been talking about it since my second year university. days…  oh well.

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Firefly inside the Komuter and me going to a Firesale

 

Yes, I was there yesterday. Apparently, everyone like my old blog post on how to get to MIECC on foot… and one person actually followed me there. Except its morning, and the door to the center was locked.

And I’m not amused….

Its the normal Big Bad Wolf sale…. -____-

Which means, stacks of same books in one table.

I rant a lot about this yesterday and I know you read my blog, Big Bad Wolf people but have you seen bookstores that put out ALL their stock on one table? As in 100 copies of the same book in one table? I know the venue got bigger since 2012 but seriously? If you have people manning the table, you don’t need to stick mountains of same books in a limited space…. and don’t stuck all single random copies books under the table.

I guess, I’m still pissed that I didn’t get a single scifi book… or Mass Effect books.. sigh

Multiple copies of Halo, Star Trek and Star Wars doesn’t make them the representative of Scifi genre. At least I hardly see Tolkien books hoarding the tables this time..

And I guess its an improvement to see there’s extra side table for literature and SFF section but… I’m amazed that the Romance section dominated the Fiction section…. I saw some paranormal romance in that area too but most of them was chic lits and contemporaries… must be overprinted stuff.

I miss out on last year’s aftermath/fire sale because Suria was in town but I went to the later Box Sale and the fantasy/scifi section was a treasure trove. But on 2013, I got nice random stuff during the Firesale. It was a joy to scan each titles to find them.

Sigh… I guess I have to make do with mostly fantasy books. At least they’re cheap and I get nice lunch afterwards because I don’t splurge too much.

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And I think I’ve contributed to mainstreaming of this sale…… this is the first time I saw a huge morning crowd during a firesale and I’ve been to a almost every BBW’s firesale… Holiday huh?

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p/s: My sister got a Preview pass for this December’s Big Bad Wolf Sale… heh, now to get another one for the driver.

p/p/s: book blog are getting abandoned… lmao.

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Treasure Hunting For Books at The Big Bad Wolf Sale 2013

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Last thursday I pick up four books only and the rest belong to my nieces and nephew. Because its the Selangor Sultan’s birthday today, my eldest sister decided for a night out to MIECC and with all those spare changes I had from the pre-sale, why must I say no to that?

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This time, I bought my trolley along with me and surprisingly, its easy to move around with it even in public transport. This time, I saw a lot of people holding their book pile in their hands and the boxes which often result in painful bumps and bruises for me. Then again, I had my share of painful bumping on others too. People, a crowded hall is no place for someone to walk fast and furious okay.

I usually get nausea if I travel on full stomach. So I was starving and since I’ve never been to the upstairs MIECC section, I drag my sister along for a bite to eat. I saw the usual Pizza Hut, Dominos and KFC and Korean food and Japanese food stalls but what caught my eyes was the burger stall.

Charcoal beef burger for RM 12 plus a bottle of water.

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OMG, it was heavenly. The charcoal bun was purely aesthetic and it taste like any ordinary bun. The BBQ sauce was sweet and tangy (although a bit watery) which was great on its own without the added chili sauce. The thick patty was juicy and deliciously well-cooked and I’m one of those people who are very sensitive with gritty dry out flat bits of minced meat (which was common with McDonalds) and this is big for me. The vegetables are fresh and even the lettuce didn’t overpower the the burger (I do eat lettuces but hate a lot of food servers’ tendency to overdress lettuces in their food preparation and call it ‘salad’ with a dash of thousand island sauce, plus they always include the hard stem in it).

I never publicly endorse a food product before but gosh, I love this. If you come around BBW, be sure to flock the stall because goddamn they make good burgers. Plus, its filling and it last me to dinner, that’s always a plus.

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Foodgasm : Mouth-watering, Tummy grumbling, Eye-popping, Drool inducing, Finger-licking, Diet destroying, Scrumptious, Gastronomy. (word source : foodgasm.tumblr.com)

Pleasingly full and we’re onwards to our book hunt. On the way out, I noted a row of vending massage chairs with RM1 for 6 minutes. Seems good for those aching body. Not that I have any experience using it.

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My OCD…. *hands itching*

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Now for the good part of the day. I notice that in many tables, the arrangements were in chaotic mess. I saw several folks threw the book they’re browsing on the stack and seems alright to leave it like that. It was haphazard.  A lot of books were flat over rows of books with their spines up and I would be the one rearranging them in a tower at the side or put it back into the piles to look underneath them. Sometimes I found books on the floor but luckily, I haven’t seen books with torn covers… yet. Seriously, did you do this in those posh bookstores? Or have you ever been in a bookstore and create a mess like a child? I even see this in clothing stores during sales season and frankly, it’s embarrassing to see an adult doing that especially those who are older than me.

I do throw books on a pile… inside my trolley. They always lie flat side down and I buy them. So I’m quite abusive to my own books but I have my own codes to not to do that on library and bookstore books. To see book abuse on books that weren’t your own.. its genuinely despicable.

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I guess, there’s too many people who went here without planning and had to use the boxes. Problem is, you have the tendency to rest the boxes on the books on the table especially those heavy boxes filled with your books and the weight can damage the books where you’re flattening your box on. And you tend to not look where you walk when you lug around these boxes. So you might not be aware of those shorter than the level of the boxes you’re carrying and its painful when these sharp ends poke people and kids.

BBW need prior planning folks. Try to be considerate especially when there’s kids around.

Now on the books themselves. I was thinking about getting the Dragon version of Fantasy Artist’s Pocket Reference but I can’t find any of it in the Art section 😦 I was also thinking about getting another book about cooking but I have enough of them already and by experience, I like the culinary textbooks I had instead of these cooking books.

But I figured, I better comb the tables again and I found there’s more variation in the mix-up stacks. Variation is good and having good eye is good too. You’ll find good titles in the middle of a lot of random titles. Don’t give up.

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More books in waiting..

As usual, I went back to the Literature section and to my frustration, the stacks didn’t seem to change since the pre-sale.  There’s simply too many British classics in the stacks (most of them are already under RM10 in most bookstores). I nearly gave up.

But…

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Some guy photobombing the frame, oh well…

You know what I did?

I saw some boxes at the side and found some nicer modern classics and I figured that there must be more stuff rather than this repetitive boring titles that had sat there since Thursday. I went down on my knees and and started to look through the boxes underneath the table. Yep.

Provided that you ALWAYS rearrange the items in the boxes back into the box. Then again, I had to rearrange the books already inside the box again because some of them had their pages open and wrinkled from pressure). If you open up these boxes and make a chaotic mess on the floor and destroy the books in process, I will personally come over and remove every single hair on your scalp with my tweezers. I’m not joking!

Other than that, you could always wait for next year for the aftermath sale but I hardly find good literature books there.

And you know what I find?

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There’s always gems in all book sale if you know where to look.

And my sister’s book hoard :

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And the trolley shot!

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Boy, they’re ever so sexy in my basket.

And the overall damage was RM278 while mine was around RM114. My sister pick up a lot of PTS young adult books for Alya and herself and seem to be satisfied with her damage (we’re still weirdly under our actual budget).

On the additional things about BBW, apparently there’s a sitting area next to the storage site. I didn’t notice it exist during the pre-sale and its a bit crowded too. Now I know where the source of the huge pile of mess was from last year. I need to remind you to always always rearrange the books you don’t need to the specified corner where the minions could pick it up and rearrange it back or go to the tables and put it where it belong. The price tag have genre designation. Yes, its a long walk back, but for the love of book gods, just do it.

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Surprisingly, the payment counter were quite empty. During a state holiday. Amazing.

Good job for the organizer.

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After Chatime and some struggling and thoughts about walking back with aching feet and heavy trolley, we went back to KTM via The Mines’ water taxi. RM2 and a one-way ride for a bedraggled mess of a chronic bookworm. I had motion sickness too and it gave me an intense headache than the usual nausea, which is fine since I have a high pain tolerance. I’m too grounded these days that I lost my nomadic travelling endurance 😦

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Try not to barf.. try not to barf.. ok.. try not to faint… try not to faint..

And the book glamour shot, I know you’re waiting for it :
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1. Aldous Huxley’s Point Counter Point

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2. Aldous Huxley’s Ape and Essence

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3. Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian

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4. Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses

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5. William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury

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6. Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse

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7. Various Writers’ Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East (Edited : Reza Aslan)

Inside it there’s Khalil Gibran, Yahya Haqqi, Tawfiq Al-Hakim, ‘Arrar, ‘Abd Al-Rahim Mahmud and many many more.

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8. Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind

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9. Micheal Morpurgo’s War Horse

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10. Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club

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11. Dashiell Hammet’s The Maltese Falcon 

You know how rare this classic noir is? Dead effing rare.
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12. Zoe Marriott’s The Swan Kingdom

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13. Phillip Reeve’s Infernal Devices.

Its a steampunk series called Mortal Engines which I’ve heard about it before (because Cassandra Clare use its name as her series) but I haven’t pick it up until today. Apparently its a third book and was written with a 16 years gap between them. Which is fine to be read on its own I guess.

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14. Ma Jian’s Beijing Coma

I’ve been searching for this book everywhere and I have The Dark Road on my Kindle.

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Now that was settled, I probably will be going back again later because my second sister wanted the Sesame Street books for Amni. Sigh… National December Book Buying Month….
Probably will pick up these books again…
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They’re thick hardcovers which is why I left them. I’m still curious about Diana Gabaldon but boy she wrote thick books.

And finally, think about the book choice that you get. Was it impulse buying? Can you live without the books? Is it necessary to get the books? Will you read them within the year? Is it urgent? Does it have ebook version?

Don’t pick up the books and buy things you don’t need.

Some of the things I learn from my parents. Except that books fell into life’s necessity for and they don’t get it. Fine.

This does mean I probably will do another clearance sale. A proper thing with a table and stuff at a proper flea market… maybe

On the other hand, did you know who have completed her 2013’s GR challenge?

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My reading average seem to hover around 16.7 books per month and its not even the end of the year. That was less that the amount of the books I get from these random book sales and a quarter of it was galleys. Admittedly, I tend to read through my ebooks more than the physical books I own because once read, if I hate it, it became a waste of space and I hate that feeling. Then again, my kindle is a bottomless refilling book pit.

But must I immediately finish through my own physical stash again?

No. It will turn on my OCD tendency and I’ll have to hunt Amcorp Mall for second hand books in every weekend.

Its totally okay if you haven’t finish all the books you’ve bought from Big Bad Wolf Sale. But if you read lesser than the amount of the months in the year we’re in, that’s a problem. If you need some help and motivation to read, I’m always active on Goodreads Malaysia and Twitter and Facebook’s book club. As soon as the new year strike, we’ll create a new reading challenge of the year, okay?

Book Haul + The Big Bad Wolf Books Aftermath Sale 2013 @ MIECC

If you want to know how to go to MIECC via Public Transport, I made a post about it when I went there the second time.

Things I Learn Today: I have some problem going to MIECC in the morning before The Mines open. Had to go through various locked doors and walk around 20 minutes in the mall trying to find the way out to the MIECC side. If you’re coming in the early hours from KTM before 10am, dont enter the mall, walk at the side of the mall.

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If you know me that well, Big Bad Wolf sale is one of those annual thing that I went every year. Since last year, they are starting to do a longer firesale which they renamed as aftermath sale where almost all books are marked down even further.

This time, they’re doing it in MIECC than the usual South City Plaza mall. Because its relatively smaller sale, they didn’t publicize it much. (NOTE: I’m using a problematic camera so there are bound to have things blurry and such.. you’re not myopic)Image

The current sale is a lot smaller and they’re using a smaller exhibition space than the ordinary period where they rent the whole exhibition space. One of the thing I notice the most, was their downsized stock. Seriously, the previous aftermath have more books even during its last day. I guess the 24 hours weekends has work its magic.

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Everything that was over RM 5 (USD$1.62) was marked down. If you’re a fiction reader like me, most books here including the paperbacks and hardcovers are RM 5 while most bigger sized non-fiction have relatively similar price as before. They didn’t even relabel the price tag like they did with the previous aftermath, so in a sense, you have to calculate yourself so that you wont miss your budget.

I brought around RM90+ since I know from the previous years, I always end up spending less than I would. I still end up with a dozen books or so anyway. So, even if you’re relatively broke, you still get a good pile out of these.

From my observation there, a lot of books are seriously mixed up. They just stack them and didn’t even bother rearranging them, so if you scan several section, you’re more likely to encounter same kind of books.

That is why its pointless to make a list because you wont get it here. Its’ finder’s keeper If you really need specific books, just go to bookstore and find it like any bookworms do. Do not rage at the sale’s staff if you didn’t get what you want.

There are also a bunch of hardcovers with missing book jacket. You’ll need to be more attentive at sometime since you can miss some good find. There are some torn jacket this time but since its the first day, you dont see total book devastation in the last days of these firesale.

Luckily, if you’re seeking a lot of non-fictions, there are more various titles now than the usual same titles in one table. I find nice thing in the reference site, some chemistry book especially the reagent book, chromatography book and some. Curious thing is.. you can totally resell these since its Grad-level books.

Occasionally there are a bunch of stacks with the same title, but its getting fewer now unlike the last year’s sale where they stack a table full of the same titles which limited the option (and you really need a tonne of revisits).

I only scour through Fantasy & SciFi section and Literature section which I got a lot of good finds especially from my regular authors like Keri Arthur and Patricia Briggs. Children Fantasy, Young Adult Fantasy, Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance are all mixed up in Fantasy section which made seeking some stuff can be fruitful.

I saw a neat pile of Phillip K Dick’s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” which I read and reviewed it last year before I start this blog. If you want to know who began the whole android have human emotion things and the philosophy of what defines human being, you better get it.

I couldn’t quite say the same good thing about YA section, besides seeing sixth Vampire Academy book (Last Sacrifice), I dont see anything worth browsing in the bunch. There are some Alanna though which I might review it later (completed the series earlier this year) but there’s a bunch of boring stuff as well. The general fiction section have more variety and I do get some stuff there (greatest find –> Illiad *see below*) but most titles is making me sleep (especially with Nora Roberts and some random romance mixed in the bunch). The romance section is pretty meh too, like my first impression with BBW’s last year, and is my least favorite section despite seeing Teresa Medeiros there. But a lot of those that I found and like was also the ones that I have read. Pity really.

Curiously, there are barely any Malay book there, or I didn’t go through all the tables. I did get one Fixi book *see below* but only because I find it where the book isn’t supposed to be there. (Last year, I got Kougar.. my mistake really)

I wanted to get puzzle books earlier but it share the same space with Sports section and the section was seriously depleted. I want cryptography books and I only saw one among the Sudoku books which is quite uninteresting. FYI, I am very good with Sudoku (its good logic exercise) but it can get boring after a while and I hate writing inside  books so I left the section without grabbing anything.

There are a bunch of coffee table books and the cookery section is at the far side of the room which not much varied in terms of price-range (most are still RM20-RM30.

The manga/graphic novel section is pretty good too (saw one dragon book) but I don’t buy mangas anymore as I prefer getting the original Japanese-language manga.

As for children’s book… considering I spend nearly RM300 on kid’s book on the last’s BBW, I don’t think its wise to grab some. Plus, some are quite pricey too.

Overall, I like the Fantasy and SciFi section most than the rest of the books in store. Luckily, I got more good find now (notice how I don’t buy any YA books.. lols)

And the book haul which some of you folks requested… bah…

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If you love the renewed series Battlestar Galactica, I recommend getting the novelization. I reviewed it here if you want to read me fangirling a couple of paragraphs and more.

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I’m not sure about this book now that I check it via Goodreads since it’s not like The Plan, but more non-canon version of the series. I’ll try to be optimistic though.

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The Shamer’s Chronicle is about a girl who have the ability to make anyone confess their desires or sins (or something they’re ashamed of). This is the second book of the series from my favourite Danish author Lene Kaaberbøl. She wrote other fantasy series as well and most recently, Tor republish her crime novel, The Boy in the Suitcase, which I adore. I have read the third book but haven’t read the first yet. The book series is available at Kinokuniya at miserably high price.

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I found this in Children’s section (?!) but I just get it in my pile since I had thought of getting it once. BTW, I found out from Johnny that Fixi don’t supply more of their books in aftermath sale so what I get was the left over from the main sale.

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While in a lecture with Dr Rohi, he talks about HeLa cells and discuss about her life story. I think I spoil myself already but this is a good cautionary tale inside the cooperate science life. I did have an interesting talk with a Goodreader and I just found out that its a required read for English literature class. More interesting than my SPM years.

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For my degree, I do learn a lot of statistics and its uses in research. Along the while, I realize that a lot of today’s use of statistics can be used unethically and sometimes at the expanse for profit and lies. The book does discuss some interesting stuff about theoretical math and statistical science. There’s a chapter on erectile dysfunction too.

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Been eyeing this book in Kinokuniya YA section but its too costly. Luckily, adding this into my steampunk collection.

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Another surprising find from General Fiction section, especially by local infamous author, Tan Twan Eng. I just found out that his other book which was shortlisted for the Booker’s award is available in Popular bookstore at 15% off member’s price (part of their promotion to promote local author).

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I do love Keri Arthur (another author I read and love from Big Bad Wolf Sale) but haven’t read this series yet. I would recommend her werewolf UF series which I like it better than her vampire UF book.

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Yes, this is the movie where Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Batman (Christian Bale) fought with magic tricks. Apparently it started out as a book.

Interesting…

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I love Ursula Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness and Earthsea, and wished I read more of her Science Fiction works. Apparently, the wish is sort of come true. One of the greatest author in Sci-Fi genre.

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It’s Patricia Briggs and have a cover where main female character have a sword with a black wolf next to her. Obviously.. duh

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River Marked is the sixth novel of the Mercy Thompson’s series about a skinwalker who was embroiled in werewolves politics and have all kind of bad things coming for her. I have reviewed several of her books in this blog as well. If you are ever tired of Charlaine Harris crime fighting fairy waitress, do try this crime fighting shapeshifter mechanic for once.

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Dear Big Bad Wolf Books, this is actually a classic far older than the English literature stuff you pile up in literature section. If you know me last year, I had joined Coursera’s Greek and Roman Mythology which I found myself enamored by all the things that they have and I had read the sequel of this, The Odyssey which I grown to respect and enjoyed it. I also found Greek classics are more understandable, direct and more eloquent than most English literature and literary fictions.

One of my delight with this book is a more modern translation to the Trojan war classic and rather comparable to Fagles at first glance. Since the only possible place to get a proper Fagles’s translation is in Kinokuniya where its around RM136.81 which is too much for me even for his two books (I can afford it but I rather use that moolah for other books and stuff). I encountered some reviews where people took Mitchell’s translation as too abridged for academical use but since the alternative for is Pope’s prose, this has proved to be a good investment at RM5.

and the pile up since you guys obviously love these…

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sigh.. so much for not buying too many fiction… 😛

Final verdict: Admittedly, I got better stuff than the previous’ aftermath pile and most of these that I pick up are what I usually read so it depends on what you find in the sale. I probably will finish this pile more earlier than my BBW 2012 pile. Erk….

Again and again, if you didn’t get the books you want, its either someone got it first before you or it never existed in the first place. Go early and always be alert to whatever the news is from the BBW folks. I learn from the years previously, be the early birds and avoid the weekend.

And I still don’t have the 2013’s BBW preview sale pass.. so don’t ask me that.

and if you’re finished with haul.. come to this forum and ‘discuss’. Hehe