It's almost the time of the year, guys!
No, we're not talking about Christmas (although we are happy it's near).
We are talking about the time of the year when Malaysians rush to the annual Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, which will take place in the Mines International Exhibition & Convention Centre (MIECC), just so that they could buy hundreds of ringgit worth of books, many of which will probably remain unread years later.
We know because we're one of the book hoarders but we also strongly believe that there's no such thing as owning too many books, so shop away!
This year is the sale's 10th year anniversary, as such the founders of BookXcess/Big Bad Wolf sale invited a few lucky journalists and bloggers to visit their office and warehouse in Shah Alam.
According to Big Bad Wolf co-founder Andrew Yap, there are three warehouses where the books are kept, with the one we visited being the smallest.
We don't know what they mean by 'the smallest', because for us, the warehouse itself looks huge - 1,040 square metres huge, as a matter of fact.
If you're a fan of the whole IKEA warehouse feel, you'll get same vibe at this BBW warehouse...only that it's filled from floor to ceiling with books!
During our time there, we see some of their warehouse workers busy sorting and packing books into large boxes.
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Once they are done packing the books into boxes, they are then bubble or plastic wrapped and labelled, ready to be transported to the venue of the BBW book sale.
A Heaven for book lovers
We were then led to their work office, where their workers sit and do their desk jobs.
Honestly, after seeing the office especially, we wanted to petition to our bosses to have such nice spaces to work in too!
There's a gym and a badminton court because the founders believe in health and fitness, books everywhere and awesome collectibles we wanted to bring back with us but couldn't.
However, we did get a book each, so that's still a win!
We wish we could show you more of their office, but most of what they do are a little bit P&C, so we've decided to respect their privacy.
Book sale on a grand scale
This year, there will be 4.5 million books available at the sale, with about 50,000 titles - double the usual number.
Because it's such a big sale, about 600 staff will be working around the clock to make the sale a success.
We were also assured that there will be many exciting activities happening to celebrate the 10th anniversary of BBW and details will be available soon.
One of the highlights of this year's sale will be Augmented Reality (AR) books for kids.
AR is the same technology used for games like 'Pokémon Go', where when looked through an app on the phone, interesting moving images and sounds appear on the 'pages' of the books.
The sale will be held 6 to 16 December 2019 and it'll be going on for 24 hours, as usual.
We can't wait too see the selections this year as well as how the organisers are incorporating 'grand carnival theme' to the sale!