I’ve always loved riding in ships ever since I rode one on my way to my first YFC International Leader’s Conference in Bacolod in summer of 2000. I love how ships are designed, and how you can go around while traveling, to meet new people and to feel the gentle rocking motion while you sleep. :)
I haven’t been on one since I went to Cebu the year after I went to Bacolod, but that’s going to change now because MV Doulos is in town! :)
MV Doulos is the largest floating bookshop (my eyes light up at the thought!) and the oldest ocean-going passenger ship in the world is docked in Manila from January 5 to 22, 2007. According to the website:
Gute BÃ¼cher fÃ¼r Alle e.V. (Good Books for All)
Doulos was purchased in 1977 by Gute BÃ¼cher fÃ¼r Alle e.V. (Good Books for All), a private, non-profit, charitable organisation registered in Germany.
Over 18 million visitors have been welcomed on board for tours, programmes and visits to the floating book fair. With stops in over 500 ports of call, this unique ship has visited more than 100 countries in including Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and many island nations.
Doulos is recognised in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest active ocean-going passenger ship.
As I’ve read from the Manila Metroblog, there are over 6,000 titles available (and I read somewhere that there is about half a million books inside!) at very affordable prices. Book subjects range from science, medicine, management, Christian literature, hobby, textbooks, cook books and even a small section of Tagalog books! Say this with me, book lovers: HEAVEEEEEEN!
The ship is docked at the South Harbor pier, open 10:00am to 10:00pm on Tuesdays to Saturdays and 2:00pm to 10:00pm on Sundays and Mondays. Entrance fee is P10 only, and children under 16 are free, as long as they are accompanied by a parent or a guardian.
What are you waiting for? :) Let’s go there! My friends and I are planning to go there next Saturday, so if you are planning to go there on that day too, drop me a line so maybe we can see each other there! :D
For more information, please contact Hyeok Seon Kwon at 092-7361960.
Okay, and now since we’re talking about books, and I practically got my fill of books since my dad arrived…care to recommend some for me? I like pawing through fiction, chicklit and some suspense, specifically, but I won’t mind fantasy, as long as it’s not a series/trilogy/whatever because I tend to buy the complete set if it’s like that. :)