My job entails me to get to read a lot of books. It's one of the best perks, obviously, of being a librarian. I get to borrow books, maximum of 5 a day, whenever I please. It's just that easy.
I do not know what state your public library is in right now, but let me tell you that ours is just awesome. I've been in many libraries in different cities (Antwerp, Bogota, New York, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and some rundown ones in Melbourne-- which makes it interesting, if you ask me) and what I like to do is to visit their card catalogue to see which has the awesome-est book collection there is. So far, Singapore has one of the best libraries I've seen and been to. I think their National Library is a staggering 12(or 14? Cannot remember) storeys-- all packed with fiction and non-fiction goodness, enough to make every bookworm's wet dreams come true. The public can do some reading on its provided chairs, worn out because of too much butt action from weary locals and travelers who'd want to take advantage of the library's massive collection. I do not blame them. Nor can I blame myself. From what I can remember, I stayed there at their library for 7 hours straight, stopping only to eat delicious greasy food and drink ridiculously-overpriced beer. But other than that alcohol ripoff(because I can get my Guinness 50 percent cheaper from where I am right now), I definitely have no complaints.
As of the moment I am stuck on reading modern architecture designs for both houses and condominiums. Being in different places made me think how every culture plays a big part in the design of buildings, especially condominiums. Incorporating those traditions and cultures into houses and buildings definitely adds a touch of home, I think. There are a lot of modern buildings here in Malaysia that still inject Islam architecture-- it's always a treat to the eyes. Most condominiums and properties in the Kuala Lumpur have modern design, and sometimes I feel like I'm in New York or something. Skyscrapers are on the rise from left to right, like the Banyan Tree development at KLCC. More developments mean more sights to see and more buildings to admire! I guess that's what I love most about being in this city.
I'm always on the lookout for more buildings that never fail to catch my eye, whether it's in my hometown Canada or here in Malaysia. I've always wanted to travel the world and get to know more about culture and history and food and design-- it's not always about real estate, but those other details that make it even more interesting and more stimulating.
It's funny how this post started out as a post about libraries, but then again I can't help but put a little bit of myself out there by writing about real estate and design and architecture. But, still there's this one question that I would love to leave you guys with-- Do you visit your local library? I think you should. It is a place full of goodness that comes in a mildly-robust and rustic aroma-- and if you like the smell of old books as much as I do, I'm pretty sure that those words are enough to make you excited.
Get in touch with the Misbehavin' Librarian by emailing KaraAWithrow@dayrep.com.