Lang Leav. I am one happy girl. :)
So after all those things, imagine my excitement when I found out that Lang Leav was going to visit the Philippines! I swore that I have to go there. However, the requirement for registration is a proof of purchase in Fullybooked, which is either the receipt or the price tag in the book, which I don't have anymore. Thus, I had to buy my second book last week. A girl's got to what she's got to do, right?
Since I live in the south, I can only attend the signing at Alabang Town Center, which was Lang Leav's last signing day. I made sure that I arrive there at 9:00am even though the registration opens at 10:00am. The previous night, I saw in her Facebook account that she signed 800 books at Fullybooked High Street, so I had to make sure that I arrive early. When I arrived at ATC, I thought I'd be the first one. But there was already a line. Still, I was given #18 upon registration. Lucky!
The actual book signing started at 2:00pm, with a few Q&A and a poetry reading by Lang Leav herself. Lang Leav was very sweet and nice. She answered all questions warmly. One smart fan even went in line just to ask "Can I hug you?" to which Lang Leav answered yes! Everyone was in awe and probably jealous of what that fan did. Despite the struggle of listening to her reading (because I was at the back and there were some noisy girls behind me), I really loved the poetry reading part, especially when she read "Souls", which is one of my favorite short prose in her book.
For my first book signing experience, I really had a great time. It was surreal and Lang Leav seems to be genuinely nice. I loved that she took the time to actually talk to the people who were getting their books signed. I hope she comes back again, and I'm looking forward to reading all her other works! :)