Ethan: Yes, Mommy?
Mommy: Guess where we’re going later today?
Mommy: We’re going to visit a floating bookstore on a HUGE ship! (trying to make it sound really exciting)
Ethan: Errr…no! I don’t wanna go!
Mommy: But … why? It’s gonna be really fun! Can you imagine a bookstore in a ship?
Ethan: NO! I don’t wanna go on a PIRATE SHIP!!!
Well, we’ve since made it clear to him that it’s NOT a pirate ship and we’ve reassured him that there will be NO pirates aboard the Logos Hope.
Both Ethan and Hannah got all excited to get on the famous Logos Hope, which holds the biggest ever floating bookstore…and what happened when we arrived at Swettenham Pier on the first day of Raya? The queue to get into the ship was like a mile LONG! I remembered going onboard the Doulos years ago, and there was NO queue at all! Things certainly have changed. Or perhaps it was the public holiday.
In any case, we decided to come back another day, which we did, and that day was a day after Merdeka Day. It was still a public holiday, but we were praying that the queue would not be as long.
Hurrah! The queue was like a tenth of the LONG queue we encountered the first time, and we promptly got in line. After about 15 minutes, we had already gotten our tickets and were on our way onboard the ship.
As we entered the bookstore proper, it was as if the air-conditioning stopped working altogether. There were so many people that it was so difficult to move around and browse to our hearts’ content. Add to the equation 2 kids with minds of their own who wanted to see different things at different times and you can imagine how nerve-wracking it was.
But despite all this, we still managed to land some cool stuff, some chosen by me and some personally selected by the kids.
There was also a pictorial exhibition section in the ship called the Journey of Life, which depicts a modern day story based on The Prodigal Son. I had wanted to take more pictures but because of the influx of visitors, I could not get all the pictures…just a few random ones of the kids…
The cafe on the ship was also packed full of hungry visitors…so we did not stop there. It was a memorable day for the kids and although it could have been a more relaxing visit if there weren’t so many people, we had great fun!