We monkies have been to many book fairs, but it was our first time going to a floating book fair and it was the world's largest one at that!
Yup, the book fair is located on this humongous ship - the MV Logos Hope - which has visited more than 41 countries and 61 ports and it's making its first ever visit to Singapore.
And from now until 29 December, the Logos Hope will be docked at The Promenade, VivoCity for all to visit its book fair onboard.
And to get onboard, we first had to climb this steep flight of metal stairs... which kind of thrilled us to bits, as it was already a first time experience for us itself. Di-di was so afraid that he might slip throughout our ascent to the deck of the ship.
Once inside, a lifeboat theatre greeted us where we could view a video about life aboard this ship.
Erm, we didn't watch it though... because there were other things that demanded our attention. Like this ship navigation system replica.
We even got a glimpse of the crew cabin, and saw the rooms that the crew members slept in while the ship was sailing on the open seas.
If you want to see more of the ship, there is a guided tour available too for $10 per adult and $5 per child (6-11 years old). Visitors would be brought to view the areas where the crew eats, where the Captain steers and a more in-depth narrative of what Logos Hope is all about.
For us, we zoomed in straight to the Book Fair area. Heh.
As the ship travels through many countries, the books are all priced in units. And for Singapore, 100 units is equivalent to S$4.
The books on offer are really of quite a wide variety, with many types of Children's books on the shelves too. Prices are also very competitive as well. As a gauge, the usual Fairy Tales board books are going for 100 units, which is S$4 per book.
I immediately grabbed a book of my choice, plonked myself onto the floor and began reading while Daddy & Mummy were busy browsing.
There's also a Cafe onboard should one get all hungry from reading too many books.
And parents would be able to eat in peace too, thanks to the kids area within the cafe. Friendly crew members and volunteers were on hand to entertain us children and one can never go wrong with balloon sculpting. So obviously, we couldn't miss out on our share. Heh.
In the end, we left the ship with one large bag full of books - for me, di-di & mei-mei. Yah, definitely happy like
Date: 17 - 29 December 2011
Venue: The Promenade, VivoCity
Admission is FREE
Tues - Sat: 10am - 1pm
Sun & Mon: 3pm - 10pm
24 Dec (Sat): 10am - 3pm
25 Dec (Sun): CLOSED
26 Dec (Mon): 10am - 10pm
Guided Tours Details:
Tue - Sat: 10.30am - 8.30pm
Sun - Mon: 3.30pm - 8.30pm
* No tours on 24 & 25 Dec
$10 per adult, and $5 per child (6 - 11 years old)
*Free for 5 years old and below
*Tours are on a first-come-first-served basis. No pre-booking of tours.