Friday, April 4, 2014

Because Books Are Forever: Remembering Sookie

It's been a month now since I've lost the first furry love of my life.

I have never stopped thinking about her, and in my quiet moments, I'm still grieving and getting over her.  But at times, I do imagine she's just beside me lying on her stomach and wagging her tail whenever I say her name.  It's like she had never left.

Since her death had given me so much emotional trauma, I realised that I needed closure. And what better way to give me this sense of 'letting go' is by creating a photobook of her, hence immortalising her on tactile pages.

The process was painful. Going through her old photos pierced my heart but it had to be done. It was an emotional purgatory.

And then it finally arrived.

Of course I knew how it was going to look like, digitally, but to physically hold it! It's like smelling and opening a new book, and you know how crazy bibliophiles are when they get their hand on new books.

 Behold the magic of a photobook!

Even though I keep thousands of her photos, there is just something special about photos being bounded in a book.

I highly recommend photobooking photos that you cherish.

Ok, in case you're wondering what's the deal with this photobook, I purchased a RM52 voucher on Groupon for an 8 x 8 square imagewrap hardcover photobook from Photobook Malaysia.  The original price is RM208, so yes, only buy a photobook whenever there is an online deal.  The cover material is of matte lamination.

As for pages, 170gsm premium silk is used.  And as you can see, it has a matte sheen.  Using photos of 2MB size and higher, you'd be able to produce one hell of a quality photobook.

HOWEVER.  There was one catch when I was about to check out my book.

Since I chose the imagewrap hardcover, it HAD to come with a sleeve.  Of course I chose the cheapest sleeve, which was a whopping RM80.  The other option was apparently made by fairies as it costs RM200. Just for a fucking sleeve.  They provide a variety of colour and texture though.

  This is the sleeve:

Designing your own book is easy.  You can either use the pre-designed templates or design it online on its website, or if you have shitty Internet connection, you can just download its software so you can do it anytime you like.  It's just by dropping and dragging photos, one that doesn't require you a degree in arts and design.

As for deliver charges, mine costed RM20 as hardcover is quite heavy.  If you do the maths, it is pretty costly.  But for me, it was worth every cent.

I had to tie ribbon as the RM80 sleeve didn't hold the book firmly, wtf.

In this book, the memory of my beloved baby lives on.


Phoebe said...

I really am sorry for your loss Manda. I'm glad that you have found a wonderful way to keep her memories alive. The book is beautiful.

Amanda Christine Wong said...

Thanks Phy...Syok ba buli flip through pages of a book kan. hehe