On Board the MV Doulos

Posted on: February 4, 2007

It was sunny but the sea breeze was cool as we waited in line for our turn to get inside the MV Doulos, said to be the “world’s oldest active ocean-faring passenger ship. She is now owned by the German charity Gute Bücher für Alle (Good Books for All), and is used as a floating bookshop (Wikipedia)”.


IMG_6371 After Jake’s afternoon nap, we all drove to MV Doulos which is berthed at Aduana Pier – Berth 28 (Domestic Berth). It was a long walk from where we were parked but Jake was all excited just being out of the house and being led to a new place. Along the way, we met a lot of other families who just came from the ship. There were a lot of young people too who looked like they were students required to see the Doulos.

IMG_6369 When we finally got to the pier, we were a bit disheartened to see the long queue of people lining up under the afternoon heat. Some turned back to just try again on another date… when there are less people. We decided to go for it since we were already there anyway. The people from Doulos were quick to organize the lines that were getting quite unruly. After a total of about 20 minutes, we were on our way up the ship.


We spent some time checking out the children’s books for Jake, the history section for Matt and Kyle. Matt was hoping to buy similar books which he bought from his first visit to Doulos – Ancient History and Modern History. However, there were just too many people inside that it was a bit difficult maneuvering your way around the many tall shelves.

Oh well, we will probably visit again one morning, when there are probably not
much people around. We might just get lucky to score the books that the kids are looking for.


The boys on board the MV Doulos. They look all sweaty here after waiting in line for about 20 minutes.”

6 Responses to "On Board the MV Doulos"

I missed the 1st Doulos trip in 2003. I was slightly disappointed this time coz I was expecting more from what I heard about it. I guess they must have sold a lot of books and stuff in their previous stops!

i was there too sometime back and got some precious book finds. glad to have jake start this early in liking books just like his ahia and dihia. i got matthew to look for almanacs while we were there before. hope the passion for books dont die.

The first time we went to Doulos, we were able to buy 2-3 books, a Christmas classical CD and 2 cute stuffed toys. 😀 There weren’t much people too.

I remember you buying a Geo-Safari CD-rom PC game which you intended for your niece but somehow got you to leave it for the boys na lang… Hehehe.

my first mv doulos experience was during the late 90s pa yata (98 or 97, if orget na), when they docked at the Manila Pier. i was able to buy the ENTIRE Left Behind series(of which i was a fan back then) for a little over P350! e at that time, each of the books cost about P400 sa national bookstore hehe. the bookworm in me won’t ever forget that! 😀

Wow that’s a good deal!!! The books in Doulos don’t come that cheap now. Slightly lower lang than National Bookstore… Inflation? Hehehe…

I just want to know when will M/V doulos will visit philippines again or what country will be its next destination

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


I'm 1/5th of a party of 5 based in Cebu. I've been married to my best friend for 16 years and we dote on our 3 sons aged 15, 12, and 4.5 years old. I work in an IT company (for 3 years now) and work allows me to blog, twit, post pics, and try new tech stuff in the internet. If you happen to visit, feel free to look around. :) Or you can find me on blogspot too:

RSS Follow me on Twitter

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.


Top Clicks

  • None


Page Rank

web tracker


Pinoy Hot Blogs Photoblogs - Top Blogs Philippines

Sali Na! Join the Pinoy Wordpress Bloggers Community!

Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape
%d bloggers like this: