Wednesday, January 20, 2010



Yes, it is the time of the year again for my much awaited Lifeline Bookfest in Brisbane.  As always, it is held in Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre in South Brisbane.  You can find the details here.  This is where I get most of my “precious” (aka cookbooks).

I hardly miss a Lifeline Bookfest week over the past years, as I love bargains and I tend to read a cookbook before sleeping instead of a novel.  Before I go to my special visit, I usually de-clutter my collection and get rid of my less loved cookbooks and put it back to one of the Lifeline Collection Bins.  My less loved cookbooks might be someone's future loved “precious” so it goes in circle.

On arrival LIFELINE © BUSOG! SARAP! 2010

Once you go inside, this is what you see.  I usually go to the unpriced section as the books in this area are priced by size, from 50 cents to AUD$2.00.  Last year, I even found a Filipino cookbook by Nora Daza in this section.

LIFELINE Unpriced Section © BUSOG! SARAP! 2010

Last Saturday was the start of the Bookfest and holy cow! was it full of people, but was so worth it as there were more selection of cookbooks to be found.  Cds, dvd, vinyls records, old stationary/office supplies, lots of board games, magazines and even music sheets were available also.

LIFELINE Unpriced Section Cookbooks © BUSOG! SARAP! 2010

I told Mr. H, I’ll be there for about 1 hour but it extended to 3 1/2 hours.  Time flies when I’m in the zone of finding cookbooks that interest me but because I’ve been doing this for at least 4 years now, I only bought a few as I promised myself not to go overboard as I got plenty still to read at home and there will be another Bookfest later this year.

LIFELINE Priced Section Cookbooks © BUSOG! SARAP! 2010

I love cookbooks with great pictures and easy to read directions, my eyes tends to glaze over when the book is just plain words and have too much mambo jumbo outdated informations.  Other pet peeve of mine, are cookbooks that are incomplete or just by reading a bit of it you know the end results will be failed disasters.

My Lifeline Bookfest trolley © BUSOG! SARAP! 2010

Here’s my trolley full of my purchases.  I brought my own trolley as it cost AUD$5.00 to hire one and at least I can load my trolley straight to the car without worrying I have to go back inside to return it.  I’ve seen other people with suitcases with wheels and even old prams/strollers, so as long it got wheels and can carry your books, why not?

Some of my Lifeline Secondhand Books © BUSOG! SARAP! 2010

Here are some of my purchases last Saturday, for less than AUD$50.00.  I got couple of cookbooks for myself, 5x Harry Potter Books for Miss M and a Children Bible for Mr. Adventurous.  Being nostalgic this stash also contains a cookery and beverage books that TAFE use, as I lost mine when I did my cookery course ages ago.

My only tip of advice is once you get home, get some old clean rag and dip it in some diluted soapy/disinfectant solution to wipe your purchases as the books are a bit dusty.


  1. Hi there, kumusta? stumbled on yor blog looking for photos of the bookfest. great to see another bookworm here.

  2. hi martin...thanks for visiting, please drop by often =)I love Lifeline Bookfest, no entrance books!


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