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Bookstores Back In Business! These Are 5 Unique Bookstores All Over Malaysia!

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After a very long while of closures for many bookstores all over Malaysia due to the lockdown to control the number of COVID-19 cases, the order has been finally lifted. Recently, it is announced that bookstores are able to be operated again but with strict SOP applied. It is such great news for bookstores owner as they can continue their businesses.

If you are a book lover who is really in search of a bookstore to find your next read, we got you covered. Even if you are not searching for any books and you wanted just to use the services provided in the bookstores, this article would also help you a lot in a certain ways. Believe it or not, these are actually 5 unique bookstores located all over Malaysia.

1) Monalisa Bookstore, Bukit Jalil

Picture: Facebook Monalisa Bookstore

Decked in pastal colors and also dreamy hues, this is such a beautiful bookstore in Bukit Jalil. This triple-story Monalisa Bookstore is an oasis for book lovers and offers an extensive collection of curated and mostly imported books. If you are a bookworm, head over here and get yourself some favorite books for you and your loved ones.

2) Book Xcess Sunsuria Forum, Shah Alam

Picture: Facebook Book Xcess Sunsuria Forum

Enter Book Xcess Sunsuria Forum, home to a book tunnel and towering circular bookshelf. This bookstore gives off a vibe that’s pretty similar to the popular Starfield Library in Seoul. Step into a world dedicated to bookworms in this space that houses over 500,000 discounted books covering a wide range of topics, Besides being a great space to browse for your next book, you can also find comfortable workstations, cozy reading spaces, a children’s mini maze.

3) Lit Books, PJ

Picture: Facebook Lit Books

The folks behind Lit Books believe that “good books light up our world”, thus the name of this independent bookstore besides also being short for literature. Lit Books specializes in English literary titles and houses a curated collection of tasteful fiction and non-fiction books from the classics to contemporary reads and new releases. Many patrons have expressed enjoying conversations with the well-read owners at the store, who are extremely friendly and happy to guide you on your book selection.

4) Junk Bookstore, KL

Picture: Facebook Junk Bookstore

KL’s Junk Bookstore is a long-standing secondhand bookstore and the largest one in Malaysia packed with literary gems and antique titles that are hard to be found elsewhere. While its aesthetics cannot be compared to the fancy new bookstores in Malaysia, this three-layered store exudes a nostalgic old-school charm that will draw you in. The ambiance is warm and cozy, and books are neatly arranged on racks, wrapped in clear plastic. Don’t be fooled by its name and the fact that it’s a secondhand bookstore, most of the books here are far from junk, and can be considered as treasure instead.

5) Tintabudi, KL

Picture: Facebook Tintabudi

Another gem located housed in the Zhongshan Building in Kampung Attap, Tintabudi is a modest space that we have a soft spot for. This humble independent bookstore is not huge and fancy like some of the bigger ones on this list, with a book collection that may only appeal only to a very specific group of readers. The selection of books here aren’t for everyone, and mostly cover the fields of humanities, literature, poetry, philosophy, history, and arts. You can browse through their catalog on their official website.

Sources: Facebook Monalisa Bookstore, Facebook Book Xcess Sunsuria Forum, Facebook Lit Books, Facebook Junk Bookstore, Facebook Tintabudi.

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Shop Review: Make Easier For Children! Get This Set of Sharpeners From Shopee!

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Shopee is the new one-stop-shop where we can get all sorts of things we need. Even the ones we have never heard of! We have seen people buying groceries, housewares, and even plants from Shopee!

The stationeries are usually bought from Shopee too as they provide the stuff from overseas that seems to be very helpful to us. Today, we are sharing a local Shopee seller that sells an amazing set of sharpeners!

Pictures: BS Home Grocery Store on Shopee

BS HOME GROCERY STORE  with a rating of 4.9 out of 5 has 806 products on Shopee, as of today. In this shop, it offers a lot more than stationery. They have a wireless doorbell, sushi maker, and even cartoon glass. Shared by an account on TikTok, it shows a set of sharpeners that definitely would make our life easier.

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In the video, it shows a set of sharpener with a small vacuum cleaner, electric eraser, erasers for refill and batteries. The sharpener works to sharpen pencils and the electric eraser makes erasing any errors easier while the small vacuum cleaner will clean the dust from the erasers. Three of these items come in handy and you can get them from BS Home Grocery Store!

Sources: Shopee BS Home Grocery Store, TikTok @good_things_520 

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Shop Review: Easy To Use! These 5 Shopee Stores Sell Portable Washing Machines!

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Recently, portable washing machines have increased in popularity especially during this COVID-19 pandemic. This is because portable washing machines are the most eco-friendly choice since they are powered by human labor rather than outside energy sources. They are usually the most budget-friendly option and the best fit for off-grid lifestyles or places where power outlets are not consistently available.

A portable washing machine is a great alternative for small space dwellers and for those who do not have access to permanent hot and cold water hook-ups. These mini machines are usually big enough to handle small t0 medium loads, say, a few bath towels, bedding, underwear or workout wear, even several pair of jeans. For an easy survey of portable washing machines, these are 5 Shopee stores that sell them.

1) Portable Washer XBP20-32

Shopee Link: Portable Washer XBP20-32

Price: RM139.00

Picture: Shopee

2) Semi-Automatic Portable 4.5kg Mini Dehydration Washing Machine

Shopee Link: Semi-Automatic Portable 4.5kg Mini Dehydration Washing Machine

Price: RM88.00

Picture: Shopee

3) Mini Portable Washing Machine GT-16AC

Shopee Link: Mini Portable Washing Machine GT-16AC

Price: RM179.00

Picture: Shopee

4) Xiaomi Moyu 2nd Gen Portable Mini Washing Machine

Shopee Link: Xiaomi Moyu 2nd Gen Portable Mini Washing Machine

Price: RM340.00

Picture: Shopee

5) Ultrasonic Turbine Washer

Shopee Link: Ultrasonic Turbine Washer

Price: RM72.08 – RM74.88

Picture: Shopee

Sources: Portable Washer XBP20-32, Semi-Automatic Portable 4.5kg Mini Dehydration Washing Machine, Mini Portable Washing Machine GT-16AC, Xiaomi Moyu 2nd Gen Portable Mini Washing Machine, Ultrasonic Turbine Washer.

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(Video) ‘Nagoro Doll Village’, A Mysterious Village Full With Dolls!

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Nagoro or now known as Nagoro Doll Village is a village in the Iya Valley on the island of Shikoku in Tokushima Prefecture, Japan. It is known for the large number of realistic dolls positioned throughout the village, which have made it a tourist attraction. The village is located on Route 439 in the Iya Valley, a remote mountainous area. It formerly had about 300 inhabitants, but the decline in Japan’s population has caused that to fall to 35 by January 2015, 30 as of August 2016, and also 27 by September 2019.

At first glance, most visitors to Nagoro Doll Village will see a sweet rural community of elderly residents spending their time blissfully tending to their gardens and fishing. When they decided to take a closer look, however, and they might be in for a scare. The villagers are actually dolls.

Nagoro is a slowly shrinking village located in the valleys of Shikoku, Japan. Populated by creepy dolls, it might make you question the reality. Its inhabitants left the village in a search of employment or died. More than 200 dolls inhabit the town. They’ve become loved by their human neighbors and are often celebrated by the community for bringing back fruitful memories of the past.

Eleven years ago, Tsukimi Ayano returned home to Nagoro. Faced with loneliness, she has populated the village with dolls, each representing a former resident. The dolls are all created single-handedly by Ayano Tsukimi. The local school is now filled with a few dozen dolls patiently waiting for class to begin. Made of straw, the bizarre dolls are dressed in old clothes.

Once working in the garden, Tsukimi made the first doll in the likeness of her father, and then she came up with the idea to replace the other family members with similar dolls. 10 years later, her work continues. Every doll is located in a place where she would resemble that person. So strolling along with the village you will find quite unique monuments either working in the field, fishing in the river, or simply sitting along the road and staring at you.

Sources: YouTube Tokyo Lens.

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