Meeting the Bookwoms + Other Related Stories:#BookWormsUnite

SO A BOOK BLOGGER MEET-UP HAPPENED A FEW DAYS AGO, and I’m not sure if I’m qualified for this (Ha ha ha ha), but because I KNOW INAH, and because INAH LOVES ME, and because INAH is one of the organizers, I was invited.

I have a few side-stories which btw is kinda related to the event, and it involves an explosion, a tutorial, a photo-shoot, vampires, and a whole lot of sleeping. (At least on my part)

So the event was set to happen on the Book and Borders Café in Tomas Morato, Quezon City, and I’m from Cavite. Inah lives in QC though so we decided that it’ll be easier and more fun if I stay over at her house the day prior the event.

So on July 25th, I rode the MRT for the 2nd time in my life. There I was, standing, looking at the view around me, and actually praising the MRT, in my mind I was saying, “wow, it’s not that crowded or hot here, maybe people are overreacting”, and boy was I proven wrong, because a few minutes after, I heard LOUD BOOMING SOUND, I kinda panicked and dropped my phone because I was very close to where the noise came from, and everything went downhill from there, the aircon stopped, immediately followed by the whole train. We were stuck there for an hour, but I made it out of there in one piece, I can’t say the same thing about my phone, which lost its ability to take pictures from its rear cam. RIP Rear Cam.

After that I met Inah at Trinoma, we roamed around the bookstores to look at new titles, and finally went to her house. We had a lot of things planned so when we arrived, we immediately went upstairs, she opened her laptop and we read Jayvee’s review of ATBP (IDK why we did this to ourselves huhuhu). After that we drafted our own review of All the Bright Places, and Inah taught me a few tips on blogging, we also looked for books and ARCs we can request. After that, we had a mini photo-shoot (because I wanted bookish photos ha ha ha), it was so funny because we had to search and imitate poses from the internet. It feels amazing to do a photo-shoot with a buddy because you feel really comfortable with each other, and you can be as quirky as you want. Here are some pretty great shots:


We also watched Interview with the Vampire, but I guess we didn’t really pay much attention to it. Our night was then filled with talks, squeals and laughter, until I fell asleep (Sorry Budi Ha Ha Ha).

For the recap of the actual event, I’d like to mention the highlights of my day:

  1. The actual highlight is meeting so many amazing people, people who love books, people who love the same books as me, people I’ve only met and talked to in the internet, and people whose reviews I’ve only read and admired from afar. (Hihi)
  2. Receiving new books from the Book Blind Date and the raffle. Thank you so much generous people!!!!


  1. Almost winning (or not? I’m trying to be positive lol) the Guess the Book Cover game with Nina of The Bookish Confections and Kim of Divergent Gryffindor (The Team Hoy), even though we knew next to nothing about the covers. I should’ve peeked at Inah’s laptop, if I only knew.
  2. Watching people have the greatest time while playing Kuya Miel’s very hard but very fun games, and just interacting with each other.
  3. Being so proud of Inah, my budi, for helping organize a very successful blogger’s meet-up that is already probably etched in PH blogger’s history
  4. Being thankful and proud, as well, to the other amazing organizers, who shine bright like a diamond in blogging, Dianne, Miel, Faye, and Hazel for having the initiative to organize such an event!
  5. Another highlight is seeing so much books that was given away, all thanks to Harper Collins, Simon Teen, National Book Store, and some fellow bookworms! I love you, I love you, I love you! <3
  6. Last but not the least, seeing, breathing, and being in the Book and Borders Cafe with other book lovers is just an incredible experience that I’m so glad to be part of. 
  7. Looking forward to #BookWormsUnitePart2. Love you all! xx


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Hi! My name is Jeremae Manalaysay, but everybody calls me Jem. I love to read and fangirl, then read and fangirl some more.

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    1. or Team Kim :))) Hahaha! I’m already looking forward to next time, and I can’t wait to read your recap. <3

    1. Awww, I’m sorry you missed it, but I’m sure there will be lots of next times. ❤❤❤ Hope to meet you then!

    1. It was really an epic day, everybody was so animated, and happy, and talking, it’s kinda overwhelming, but so, so fun! The coffee I drank had two shots of espresso though, and it had a bad effect on me, I was feeling sick, kaya my energy was low, but I still had fun watching around. Hahahha and the who’s Jem was so hilarious though, it’s all good :)))

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