One with the Jellies

one with the jellies

It’s been a fun Sinulog weekend (getting soaked in the rain during the mass at the Basilica Minore Sto. Nino was part of the fun, too :D) for all Cebuanos and visitors from neighboring provinces or even abroad. Too bad though I can’t share any photos with you as we didn’t bring any camera earlier for the fear of pickpockets, snatchers and muggers. These bad guys must took after gremlins as they multiply when they get wet in the rain. Hahahaha

So on Sunday night, I saw myself chilling at home eating fruity Gel-a-Snacks killing time and watching Lost. I’m not much of a fan, really, but there was nothing else on TV. I missed the cooking shows because we got home late. Blame it on moi as I took my sweet time at Booksale in Fiesta Mall (oops..wasn’t I supposed to stay away from bookstores until an indefinite period? Hehe..See the A-Z Reading Challenge for explanation. ^_^ )

To cap this happy night were some really unexpected awards that Maura of Monster of Books gave to Pachuvachuva. I was beyond happy. :D

humane award

one lovely blog award

So I’m passing on The Humane Award to bloggers who make this blogging business worthwhile and whose kind words just keep me going:

It was one fine night, indeed. :)
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Image © Pachuvachuva, January 2010.

Post #1

pachuvachuva in vigan

Let me start off my first entry with a very big shoutout:
Happy, happy new year!!! And a happier and more fulfilled us in 2010! :D

2009 has been amazing for the most part because of the trips I’ve made and the experiences I’ve gone through. But as a blogger with sporadic entry postings, I would like to say that I’ve had the most fun last year. I have met some very interesting people whom I would like to thank:

    Blooey Singson of Sumthinblue.com for being such a wonderful blogger and friend and for seeing me during her brief trip to Cebu. It was fun except that my tongue would get twisted saying things in Tagalog as I’m not used to the language (gahi man gud ug dila ning mga bisaya..hehe). The Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows book she sent was an added bonus, too. I luv it. :D

    Maura K of Monster of Books for being an inspired blogger. It’s also through Maura’s blog where I won my first book, Suite Scarlett, and for that I’m always grateful.

    Memory Arnould on Stella Matutina for being such a dear and writing those long book reviews and interesting trivia. I even got to beta read her novel that’s currently in the works and I must say I like it very much. But since I can’t blurt out my fave characters or parts without prematurely revealing the tasty tome, I’d rather zip my mouth for the mean time. *wink*

    Issa Mojica of Reality Bites…Fiction Does It Better whose invite to join her book giveaway contest led me to win a fabulous copy of Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran. Salamat, salamat, salamat.

    The off-the-beaten-path travel adventures of Christine Gilbert on Almost Fearless renews my belief that travel doesn’t have to be as mundane as getting a cup of coffee at some coffeeshop. I’ve subscribed ever since.

    Carl Anderson of Stainless Steel Droppings for hosting the R.I.P. (Readers Imbibing Peril) Challenge annually. It was my first time to join last year and although I didn’t finish with flair, it was still fun doing it.

    Natasha Maw of Maw Books Blog for continuing to promote authors by churning out well-thought of reviews. (Yes, I am a subscriber, too.)

    Peter Sandico, the KyusiReader from the crazy corner of the world called Manila, for his eclectic musings and his cool bookshelf project.

    Lauren Rusiloski of Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf for feeding my love for young adult books with her reviews.

    To all my friends who do what any friend would when they receive emails announcing new post from me: to click on that link and make Pachuvachuva happy. *insert big hearty laugh here*

    To current and future readers and visitors, you make my day with your comments and questions and every visit means a lot to me. I can’t promise that Pachuvachuva would be any greater in 2010 than it was in the past year but what I can promise though, every good change stems from my desire to give the best to you.

As my friend Estrella would say, “All the best in 2010. Cheers!” :D

P.S.
If you’re having a holiday hangover still, you can get this fab WordPress desktop wallpaper by artist Coley Wopperer on here. ;)

Wordpress holiday 2009 wallpaper
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Image is of Pachuvachuva looking happy during a trip to Vigan on my 25th. Stories and more pics here.

Make Way For Some Magic

Nimira is a music-hall girl used to dancing for pennies. So when wealthy sorcerer Hollin Parry hires her to sing accompaniment to a mysterious piano-playing automaton, Nimira believes it will be the start of a better life. In Parry’s world, long-buried secrets are about to stir. Unsettling rumors begin to swirl about ghosts, a madwoman roaming the halls, and Parry’s involvement in a group of corrupt sorcerers for whom the rules of the living and dead are meant to be broken for greater power. When Nimira discovers the spirit of a dashing fairy gentleman is trapped within the automaton, she is determined to break the curse. But even as the two fall into a love that seems hopeless, breaking the curse becomes a perilous race against time. Because it’s not just the future of these star-crossed lovers that’s at stake, but the fate of the entire magical world.

magic under glass - us edition
The US Edition. Available on December 22, 2009 from Bloomsbury.

Author Jackie Dolamore is giving away an advance reading copy (ARC) of her novel Magic Under Glass with original sketches included. Interested? Here’s how it works:

    +2 entries for posting for the full contest advertisement on your blog, Facebook, or anywhere else. You are also free to write your own advertisement if you wish, as long as it includes a picture of the cover, the release date, some manner of description of the book and a link back to the author’s LiveJournal
    +1 entry for mentioning the contest in brief with a link to the author’s LiveJournal, i.e. on Twitter or any other place
    Then leave a comment on the author’s LiveJournal to let her know where you’ve mentioned the contest.
    The contest closes on Wednesday, August 26, at midnight Eastern time. Winner will be randomly chosen and will be announced on Thursday. This is open internationally.

magic under glass - uk edition
The UK Edition. Though this is not the one being given away, I think this appeals to my inner child better. The cover is gorgeously whimsical and even calls for nostalgia. Will certainly look out for this once this hits the local bookstores. :D
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Original images are courtesy of fabulousfrock.livejournal.com. Minor editing done in Photoshop using brushes I’ve found in the Internet.
A Note for Authors and Publishers: The use of the original images of any books featured on here are always given credit. However, this blogger wants to be original so a little bit of editing is always in the works to make the entries more interesting. Editing will only affect the presentation of the book and not on the cover itself.

Special thanks to Memory who posted about this on her LiveJournal. ^_^