Anyway, one place that is compulsory for me to drop by whenever I go to Penang is Chowrasta. Not only because of the fruits pickle (betul ke term tu for jeruk?), but also for the books. It is located right opposite of one big police station along Jalan Penang.
It's a bit hidden at the end of the 1st floor of the building (jeruk is at the ground floor). I discovered this place during my study time in early 2000 and it has been my favourite treasure box ever since. I also have blogged about this place in my old blog (twice I think) but I'm gonna write about it again today :)
When I reached the bookstore, it is a bit shaby but somehow warmth feeling running down through my spine once I see the owner. They never changed, the same uncles with the same smiles. Only the hair changed, additional of gray hair and maybe some wrinkles.
It's weird though, that we don't really have any relationship and yet, I kinda miss them.
Moving on, we spent 4 HOURS at the bookstore and had to go back when I see MrComot already restless hehe
This place is well-known for their second-hand book but they also sell new book and that will be a bit expensive (but still cheaper than normal bookstore). They also bought over books/comics/magazines but I never sell anything yet, so I don't know how good the offer is.
That day I also found old Beano comics (earliest generation on paper) and it is at RM2 per piece. I didn't take it because it has thousands of pieces. If only I have lotsa money, I will buy the collection *sobs*
I have the whole title from Sidney Sheldon and the full set of Tintin, so I ran out of idea what to buy. I mean, I don't really read now. I tried John Grisham, can't finish it yet. Nich Sparks is a bit cheesy for me, McNaught wayyyy cheesier, Stephen King is too high for my vocab and so on. I tried to find Khaled Hosseini and Christopher Moore, but sold out so I decided to buy on something that I don't know if I'm going to like it or not, but I read that most blogger have it - The Shopaholic Series!
I managed to grab 6 of them which is, Confessions Of A Shopaholic, Can You Keep A Secret?, The Secret Dreamworld Of A Shopaholic, Shopaholic Abroad, The Undomestic Goddess, and Shopaholic And Sister. I also bought Kitchen God's Wife from Amy Beh and Water Wings by Lauren McCrossan. I read few pages and mcm best so I decided to give it a try.
It is priced at RM20/piece only (ada yg RM22), you have to haggle a lot. But it's worth the begging since it is not a secondhand piece. Oh ya, I have this fetish to buy new book even though I want to read it one time only. Konon2 nak buat collection la.
And last not least, I bought Asterix!!!!
This will be my ultimate collection!!! The thing with asterix is, it is very expensive (considering it has hundred over series and priced at RM44.90 each). Even if I buy from Chowrasta it is still expensive to me, for me to have the whole set at one go.
So guess how much I got for Asterix?
RM30 each okkk! It's dirt cheap! And totally new! So, bollocks to Kinokuniya, MPH, Borders or whoever want to squeeze RM40 over out of me! Gahhhhhh
Since I am no rich man, so I just buy 11 pieces to add into my current 6 pieces. Leaving me hundreds more to go *sob sob*
I also bought some Comic Capers series. My fav will be Bananaman!
Do you know how bananaman become bananaman?
Eat banana lah! What else. Duh~
Haha whatever, but I think it is cute and funny.
The place is really insane I told you. With lotsa books at incredible low price, even if you plan not to buy, you still will buy, at least one.
The only minus point for this place is, they *might*not have all the books that we wanted. Like I wanted Chris Moore and Khaled Hosseini. Even Asterix is not available completely. Only few titles are ready.
So my advice is, keep the uncle's phone number and give them a list of what title you would like to buy. They may arrange it for you. And I forgot to do that for my Asterix. Maybe if you go to Chowrasta one day, you can get the number from me? 1st shop from the row eh. Mucha gracias :-*
New and cheap :D