Good luck to the Readathon Participants

Just a Happy Update

So glad that the cover for Wizard at Work that I recently reviewed for BookTrib became the featured image for today.

Hope you can hop over at BookTrib and read some of my other reviews including Wizard at Work. The venerable Wizard does look mighty fine there, no? 😉

Image © Pachuvachuva, 2011.

NOTE: The books I have reviewed for BookTrib are so far still mine. Will make sure to disclose if the books I’m reviewing are provided by BookTrib and/or the publisher.

Travel on a Tuesday: To Travel is to Fulfill a Dream

Most people dream of traveling – exploring lesser known locales, scaling the highest mountains, trekking in the rainforests, discovering tasty dishes or basking in a nation’s history. Some of us take months or years to plan even just one trip. Some could (or in other cases, would) not go because they thought that life has to happen first before they can travel. But to travel is actually for some a fulfillment of a lifelong dream. And despite the modern conveniences of travel afforded to most people, only a few have that intrepid spirit to seize that dream and take the first (and most difficult) step.

Meet the Zapps.

Any hardcore traveler would have heard of this awesome Argentinian family who has traveled the world over. Candelaria and Herman Zapp were childhood sweethearts who dreamed of traveling around the world. Armed with only their guts. a vintage car, and a prayer, they decided to take a leap of faith and went on to an epic journey to Alaska. From there on out, the Zapps have carved a name by going after their dream.

It was such a joy to finally meet the Zapps in person. A local TV program once did a feature on them yet their awesomeness did not manifest until I recognized them while lining up to get their photos taken with a monkey in Singapore Zoo. I think I gave Candie a scare when I tapped her on the shoulder and squeaked “Um, excuse me? Are you the folks from Spark Your Dream?” And then she breathed a sigh of relief while Herman beamed. “Can I have my pic taken with you?” Glad they said yes and posed gamely. It was a moment I won’t forget not because I was rubbing elbows with “traveling stars” but because seeing them in the flesh gave me reason to hope that yes, we can all fulfill our dreams when we just believe in and go after them.

Visit the Zapp Family’s website on and find out how they did what they did. 😉

World Teachers’ Day 2011

Today, October 5, we give thanks to our teachers and mentors who have in one way or another helped us learn, who instilled discipline in us, who awoken our curiosities, who made us see the world in a different light, and who in their unique ways helped shaped the person who we are now.

Happy World Teachers Day to all the teachers! 🙂

And to my own whom I haven’t seen for quite some time now, I thank you all for sharing your lives with me. I know I wasn’t a model student back then and that I could have performed better in school, but still I am grateful for the time and effort you invested. I have found friends in most of you and that to me is one of the greatest gifts you have ever bestowed on this slack who forgot to do her assignment sometimes. 🙂

Images © The Traveling Reader, 2011.

TRIVIA: Incidentally, I’m also a licensed Math teacher for high school although I have yet to start practicing that profession. I took the LET in 2010 out of sheer “craziness” and miracle of miracles, I passed. 😀

The Traveling Reader on Webify Me!

Have you tried to find out what your web personality is? If not, then it’s high time you do. Mozilla Firefox just launched Webify Me!– a funky web service that provides visual concept on what you usually use the internet for after you answer some 20 questions.

Ready to find out what makes you [internet] tick? Then click here:

Here’s a peek on who I am when surfing: The Traveling Reader on Webify Me!

The Traveling Reader on Webify Me!

(When you go to my webify gallery – see that blue link above – please click on the items to view their respective descriptions.)

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New Year, New [Reader] You

Happy New Year! 🙂

Hope you’ve had the best Christmas vacation ever. I spent mine watching anime marathons, lounging around, sleeping late (and waking up even later..hehe), and reading, reading, reading.

Now, I am more than happy to wish you all a new beginning and more exciting adventures for 2011 and beyond. As Christine Gilbert of Almost Fearless said in her New Year post, The Year is New and the World is Waiting, “2011 is the Year of “Not Being Boring”“. Right on. We should make this year the best ever – meet new friends, try new things, be more productive, be more daring, be bolder and just be the best version of ourselves as much as we can.

And with that in mind, Pachuvachuva is also going to introduce new stuff here in the next coming weeks just to spice things up a bit. Promise. You’ll be reading more book reviews (I know I haven’t done much of that last year..hehe), book thingies I’ve found and just about anything in general.
Wheee! I’m very excited. Hope you are, too! 🙂

So here’s a sneak peak of my New Year purchases after I spent at least an hour or so going through the aisles and bins at Booksale Emall yesterday:

I have yet to read these (and some others that I was able to find during my two-week Christmas break) but I picked those with themes ranging from facing new challenges to making new starts to becoming newer persons.
Well, to be honest, I didn’t pick those for those reasons. They just happened to fall into those categories but just as well. 🙂

Standby for my reviews of these titles:

I have another stash that I would also like to share but that will be for another post. 😉
Image taken using a Panasonic Lumix DMC-F2. © Pachuvachuva, 2011.

Trivia: This post has 13 words that are or contain “new“. ^_^

Christine Gilbert was a Fortune 500 company manager now turned freelance writer/blogger touring the world. Catch her adventures on or follow her on twitter. 🙂