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ALVIN CHENG

An analog stationery lover and digital technology lover who engages in urban sketching, reading, note taking and street photography in everyday life.

平常愛留意身邊事物,到處走、捕捉街上美好的剎那、把身邊物品和景物畫下來。在按照標準菜單過人生後,開始覺得需要轉變一下,紙本和電子的記錄工具是我的好伙伴,幫助我觀照自己的人生。

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Visiting local bookstores

Visiting local bookstores

 BooksActually, Singapore

BooksActually, Singapore

Visiting bookstores is one of my favourite things to do when I am traveling overseas. Maybe you say I can find all the books I need in my home Hong Kong, as an international city. I can tell you absolutely that it's not, and exploring local bookstores is always fun! Besides, I have recently got the habit of reading paper books even outside Hong Kong, and I still need to get books from the bookshops there.

 

Explore local literatures which help understand the society

Local bookstores do have their own publications, including literature especially those which can't be exported and exposed to overseas markets, but which include the stories based on the local society's history and setting, so that readers can have a wider view and understanding of one place. Travelers are always encouraged to visit bookstores, especially the independent small shops as a gateway to the society and culture there!

Even though their works are not necessarily written in English, or the language you are familiar with, you can still interpret the meanings through the pictures and graphs provided. Or catch a glimpse of the photography books in order to know about the past and different seasons of a city.

 Inside BooksActually

Inside BooksActually

   Rain Tree  is one of the Singaporean literature published by Math Paper Press, the publisher under BooksActually.

 Rain Tree is one of the Singaporean literature published by Math Paper Press, the publisher under BooksActually.

 

Editor's picks and mystery books  

Bookstores have their own business mode. In Hong Kong, I can rarely see the editor's picks especially the one handwritten! I do love the picks as it is the sincere way of staff recommendation as they really read those books before the suggestion. The picks also show the staff are not only labour, but they also act as an important role of curators to help readers explore more great works!

Some bookstores have their 'mystery books' being sold, that is, the books wrapped so that customers don't know what the books are before they buy, except some highlights provided by the staff. Blind Date with a Book, the mystery books sold in Perth Australia, claimed that they curate some great books which may be ignored by the public, and wrap them in order to let readers explore more books to read. It is true as the ranking in the shop, book review in media, and the design of the cover always influence our reading choice. In fact most books are good works. Serendipity shall be an important part in reading.

 Mystery books sold by BooksActually

Mystery books sold by BooksActually

 Elizabeth Bookshops, Perth, Australia

Elizabeth Bookshops, Perth, Australia

 The book I bought in Elizabeth Bookshops

The book I bought in Elizabeth Bookshops

 

Local bookstores recommended  

BooksActually

  • In the community of Tiong Bahru, Singapore
  • An independent bookstore with its own publisher promoting Singaporean literature. A vendor book machine for mystery books as well!

Elizabeth Bookshops

  • Three stores in Perth CBD and Fremantle
  • The Perth's local bookstore with 'Blind Date with a Book' for further exploration and serendipity of books for readers.

 

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