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. ๐Ÿ˜€

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. ๐Ÿ™‚
Image ยฉ 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! ๐Ÿ˜€

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 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. ๐Ÿ˜€

    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!” ๐Ÿ˜€

If you’re having a holiday hangover still, you can get this fab WordPress desktop wallpaper by artist Coley Wopperer on here. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

Harry Holidays

harry potter and the deathly hallows - uk ed

I apologize for the very long hiatus because of the utter busyness of these past few days (haven’t I used that excuse once or twice already? hehe) plus, am enjoying the much-needed break so much.

So just a quick update: Am currently reading the UK Edition of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows which Blooey of has kindly sent me. A friend even salivated when she saw the gorgeous cover when I received the package at work. Thank you, thank you, Blooey. ๐Ÿ˜€

I have just recently joined Islandhopper‘s A to Z Book Reading Challenge.
The Goal: To read 26 authors with surnames from A to Z between January 1 to December 31, 2010. I have yet to compile my list and see what I can come up with. Will post the list as soon as I’m done.
For anyone wanting a piece of this book challenge action, please click here.

I am so looking forward to more reading joys in 2010. Hope you guys are, too. Happy Holidays! ๐Ÿ™‚
Image courtesy of

One Snap Happy Weekend

Pachuvachuva is happy to have met for the first time the talent behind, Blooey Singson, on one sunny weekend in Cebu.

sumthinblue for some sunny weekend
Flippers smiling. Pachuvachuva and Blooey gamely posed to mark the meet up. We’re both members of Flips Flipping Pages, an online community of book lovers and readers. ^_^

1 Cebu Expo

Blooey flew all the way from Manila to cover the event, Pasigarbo sa Sugbo, so while exchanging adventures and book stories, we toured the exhibit areas in the Cebu International Convention Center.

Above pictures feature accessories from Avatar Accessories Inc. which I must say are really nice and a favorite stopover by the women and ladies.

Other displays included cute pillows made from native materials and a wedding dress for the Association of Sugbu’s Wedding Planners and Coordinators (ASWPC) which was coincidentally holding an exhibit showcasing Cebu’s finest homegrown artists.

My bad I’ve forgotten to take note of the names of the companies putting on the display though. Hehe

Despite the heat and the constant brushing against other people’s elbows (some area displays were cozy..hehe), it was a fun day alright. It was great being away from school even for a bit. Thanks for the invite, Blooey. Was fun meeting you! And next time I’ll show up earlier so we can go book hunting! Hehe

Snap Happy. Pushing my luck as I went from booth to booth taking pics hoping I wouldn’t get “no taking of pictures, please” admonitions. ๐Ÿ˜€
Images were taken using Chen’s Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS3 with minor editing done in Photoshop. Copyright by this author. ^_^
Pachuvachuva is currently on a hiatus from producing new entries due to midterm exams. (Boohoo! Hehe) Promise to be back soon. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Like An Early Christmas Gift in August

What’s better than a kick-ass review on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows? Reading your own copy of the book, of course! ๐Ÿ˜€

harry potter giveaway on

Blooey on is more than happy to give away one copy of the Bloomsbury (UK) Kids Edition of said book to one lucky reader.


    1. The entry is open to readers in the Philippines or abroad, although surface mail be used to send internationally should the winner come from outside the Philippines (around 2-3 weeks).

    2. Join the giveaway by answering this question in the comments section to indicate your intention to join:

    Why do you want to win this copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?

    This qualifies for one entry. Please leave your email address in the entry as well.

    3. You can add more entries through the following methods:
    +1 entry if you add a Harry Potter story of yours in the comment form
    +1 entry if you become a new follower to Blooey’s blog
    +1 entry if you add her blog to your blogroll or if it’s already on your blogroll
    +2 entries if you have been following Sumthinblue prior to the giveaway contest
    +3 entries if you blog about the contest and why you want to win this book.

    4. The winner will be randomly drawn from all the entries collected.

    5. The deadline for joining is on August 20th, 12 midnight, Manila time (GMT +8hrs).

More of the contest here.

A Harry Potter admirer (fanatic is too cliche..hehe) through and through, Blooey’s entry on her growing collection on all things HP will impress any book connoisseur or casual observer. See also the Happy Potter party she threw with her cousin here. Read more about Blooey and her lifelong book addiction on here or you can just click on Bookmarked on my blogroll under La Book-aracha.

More on HP:

1. Some weeks ago while I was browsing through ebay, found some unique HP merchandise (read: with “slight” errors”). There was one OOTP edition pegged initially at $4500 (yup..that’s a dollar sign before the numbers!) because it was bound upside down and the owner thinks that that rarity is worth that much. Here are the full details. Also, a first edition of the Deathly Hallows published by A. Levine had a curious error. Click here to know more about it. A UK OOTP Proof Copy is also up for sale at $3000. See here for details.

2. Bibliophile Peter Sandico on KyusiReader featured this cute HP and the Half-Blood Prince tote from Make It and Take It made from a hardbound spine of the said book (although Blooey suspects it’s more of a reproduction than a genuine book spine) and a beaded handle.

Warning: Please exercise caution at all times when transacting online. The products presented above are not personally recommended by this author but merely to make this entry even more substantial. If you should go ahead and purchase them, please be aware of your rights and the possible dangers you might encounter. Forewarned is forearmed.

The Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows image courtesy of and edited for the purpose of this entry. Shapes are native to Photoshop and the ribbon modeled after a product on
Blooey just announced tonight, August 22nd, the winner of the Deathly Hallows giveaway. Guess who’s the lucky girl who bagged the coveted copy (about 9 entrants and 45 entries)? Yup yup yup. I won my first Harry Potter book. How cool is that? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks, Blooey! ๐Ÿ˜€

Here, Kitty Kitty!

Cat + Book lovers unite!!!

My friend Blooey, certified cat lover + book junkie + talented writer + fellow Flipper, is giving away a copy of Old Possumโ€™s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot.

old possum's book of practical cats

The rules are simple. All you have to do is comment on Blooey’s post at and express your interest to win a copy. That easy.

    +1 entry if you include a cat story of yours in the comment form
    +1 entry if you become a new follower to my blog
    +1 if you add me to your blogroll or if Iโ€™m already on your blogroll
    +2 entries if you have been following this blog prior to this entry
    +3 entries if you blog about the contest and why you want to win this book.

Local and international entries welcome! Deadline for joining is July 30th.

Blooey is hosting this contest in honor of Tomas (a.k.a. Tomasino), her well-loved orange tabby who passed away last year. Well, Tomas, wherever you are, I’m sure Blooey misses you. Hope you like my representation of you. Blame Photoshop for anything amiss on this pic. ๐Ÿ˜‰
in memory of blooey's tomas
A friend got into a squabble with another Tomas — about 5’11”, blond, blue-eyed, and as a friend would say, “the typical surfer dude-looking kinda guy who would charm you off your feet if you’re both stranded on an island” (if you can swallow his abrasiveness as rough as desert sand) — over the weekend. Though he’s certainly no feline, he was as prima donna as they come (sorry, Blooey..hehe). He’s lucky the rest of us weren’t there or he wouldn’t have known what hit him before you can say “RAWR”. (LOL)
Book image courtesy of Blooey at


That rare condition of hoarding hardbound (HB) books or upgrading your paperbacks to HBs (but the latter is better known as “going blooey“). And this post is dedicated to my illustrator friend Blooey who makes killer book reviews on here.
new book purchases on shelf

Without meaning to, I “went blooey” yesterday as I splurged at Booksale Emall. LOL if you can call spending P155.00 for 7 hardbound books as splurging). I don’t think I have that fixation yet but who knows I might soon.;)six and deadly
Six and Deadly. Not in the picture: A Jar of Dreams.

1. A Hole in the Universe by Mary McGarry Morris – P20
2. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday – P35
3. Wormwood by GP Taylor – P35
4. As the World Churns by Tamar Myers – P35
5. Seven Houses: A Novel by Alev Lytle Croutier – P20
6. The Kalahari Typing School for Men (The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency) by Alexander McCall Smith – P10
7. A Jar of Dreams by Yoshiko Uchida – P20

kalahari typing school for men cheap at P10
2 hb books cheap at P20
3 hb books cheap at P35

These are such a steal with their being hardbound books and in mint condition at that plus considering their original prices:
price tag
price tag
This grin ๐Ÿ˜€ is going to last for a long while. Hehe