This One Goes Out to All Videoke Fans

Because Filipinos thrive on music in all its implements, one of the more sosyal videoke outlets in the country has finally opened its doors in Cebu – RED BOX. And for some reason you haven’t been to one yet, check out their discount promos that are sure to entice you plus a posse of your friends to sing your hearts out all night long.

Redbox Dinner on Us

Redbox Ladies Night

And for January alone, RED BOX is treating everyone to a videoke bonanza:

– Free Dinner Buffet this Sinulog weekend

– Ladies Night on Tuesday nights

– Free Dinner Buffet on Sundays and Mondays

– Beer All You Can on Wednesdays and Thursdays

RED BOX is located at:

G101, Garden Level, The Terraces, Ayala Center Cebu
Phone: (032) 417-1675

You can also catch them on Facebook: Red Box Karaoke.
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Thanks to Ms. Wilma B. Entera of the Ayala Malls Group for the pics of the discount promos. Luv ’em. 😀

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Let Us Help

Kitang mga Bisaya, dako kaayo ta ug matabang sa mga nanginahanglan. As Cebuanos, we can do a lot to help the victims of typhoon Ondoy. Let us do our share.

This is a re-post of the original entry from Living for a Cause.

DONATION DROP-OFF POINTS (Cebu)

  1. Cebu musicians & Outpost Restobar will help Ondoy victims! We’ll need you to bring your goods, clothing food etc. Joseph Castillo, hubby of musician Lia Luisa A. Castillo will send a 20ft Container to MLA 4 esp Cainta & Marikina. Details to follow. Drop in some love while you listen to some music. Get in touch with him through 09082368999 or 09322117111.
  2. Caltex Banilad is officially a drop-off point for the Joseph Castillo container van.
  3. Caltex Servitec Cabancalan is officially a drop-off point for the Joseph Castillo container van.
  4. Caltex Panagdait is officially a drop-off point for the Joseph Castillo container van.
  5. FORMO RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE at Banilad Town Center is also a drop off center for the container van of Joseph Castillo from Monday until Thursday, 5pm onwards. This is inline with the ONDOY LIVE AID. For more details: Facebook.com/FORMO.lounge
  6. Toys@Work-BTC is also a drop off center for the container van of Joseph Castillo from Monday until Thursday, 5pm onwards. This is inline with the ONDOY LIVE AID. For more details: Facebook.com/FORMO.lounge
  7. Vudu is also a drop off center for the container van of Joseph Castillo from Monday until Thursday, 5pm onwards. This is inline with the ONDOY LIVE AID. For more details: Facebook.com/FORMO.lounge.
  8. Donations drop off at Banilad Church of Christ (building in front of Bright Academy near Sto. Nino Village), Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.
  9. SUNBURST FRIED CHICKEN-TABUNOK BRANCH accepting donations from 10am to 9:30pm. Tabang Para sa mga Biktima ni Ondoy…Istorya.net asks you to donate to the victims of Storm Ondoy. Our brothers and sisters in Luzon need our help.
  10. Aunt Genie’s Breadhouse: 1279 Talamban, Cebu City (In front of the Talamban Sports Complex). call at 416-0495 if you need directions to the drop-off area. (Accepting: Canned Goods, Old Clothes, Blankets, Diapers for babies, Noodles, Rice, Medicine, Soap, Toothpaste, Water Container, Iodized Salt)
  11. Bizroute Solutions (Mon – Sat 11PM to 4PM) Unit 302 Keppel Bldg. Ayala. call at 416-0495 if you need directions to the drop-off area. (Accepting: Canned Goods, Old Clothes, Blankets, Diapers for babies, Noodles, Rice, Medicine, Soap, Toothpaste, Water Container, Iodized Salt)
  12. Bizroute Solutions Lahug Office (Mon – Sat 11PM to 2PM) Unit 201 MIT Bldg. Gorordo Ave., Lahug (near JY Square). call at 416-0495 if you need directions to the drop-off area. (Accepting: Canned Goods, Old Clothes, Blankets, Diapers for babies, Noodles, Rice, Medicine, Soap, Toothpaste, Water Container, Iodized Salt)
  13. Cue Cafe Crossroads accepting donations in cash or kind as part of JCI Zugbuana relief ops. Accepting clothes, blankets, towels, underwear, footwear, food and water for our suffering brothers and sisters in Manila.
  14. Citigym accepting donations in cash or kind as part of JCI Zugbuana relief ops. Accepting clothes, blankets, towels, underwear, footwear, food and water for our suffering brothers and sisters in Manila.
  15. Y101 station accepting donations in cash or kind as part of JCI Zugbuana relief ops. Accepting clothes, blankets, towels, underwear, footwear, food and water for our suffering brothers and sisters in Manila.
  16. CEBU WORLD VISION SPONSORS and VOLUNTEERS can help. Proceed to WV CEBU OFFICE at Room 203 CKU Bldg. J Llorente St. Capitol Site, Cebu City (behind Rajah Hotel) for all cash donations or directly deposit on WV accounts BPI: 4251-0024-15 or BDO: 2700-4341-1. I will be there to help facilitate donations. Text/call me at 0917-6242584 for donation pick ups.
  17. Holiday Gym & Spa Banilad Cebu set up a relief operations Drop-Off center beginning today 1:00 PM, Sunday, September 27. Please bring blankets, clothes and canned goods to the front desk/ reception area.
  18. ABS-CBN CEBU is now accepting relief goods… adto lang mo sa ABS, mga Cebuanos
  19. Very Mary (shop of designer Mary Melody Ty) is accepting goods. 2nd Floor, Myra’s Pensoionne, Escario Street. Beside Golden Peak Hotel.
  20. Victory Cebu is also accepting donations for typhoon victims: 3/F Dacay Bldg., Escario St. (across BPI Escario) near Capitol. #(032)254-7023.
  21. Julie’s Bakeshops used as drop-off centers for PLAN ONDOY, mobilized by Rotary Clubs in Cebu. (For further verification. If you have more information on this, pls message me or leave a comment.)
  22. Andorra Tiles Office used as drop-off centers for PLAN ONDOY, mobilized by Rotary Clubs in Cebu. (For further verification. If you have more information on this, pls message me or leave a comment.)
  23. WADE SM located at the 2nd floor of the Northwing will serve as a drop off point until Wednesday 5pm. Goods will be forwarded to Outpost afterwards.
  24. Orange Brutus P. Del Rosario (across USC Main) will accept donations starting Monday from 2pm-8pm. Tuesday to Thursday 10am-8pm.
  25. Orange Brutus – Cebu Doctor’s Hospital will accept donations starting Monday from 2pm-8pm. Tuesday to Thursday 10am-8pm.
  26. Orange Brutus – Centro Mandaue (near Mandaue City Hall) will accept donations starting Monday from 2pm-8pm. Tuesday to Thursday 10am-8pm.
  27. Orange Brutus – Maguikay Mandaue (near Mandaue Flyover) will accept donations starting Monday from 2pm-8pm. Tuesday to Thursday 10am-8pm.
  28. Orange Brutus Mactan, Marina Mall Mepz1 will accept donations starting Monday from 2pm-8pm. Tuesday to Thursday 10am-8pm.
  29. Orange Brutus Southgate Plaza Mepz 2 will accept donations starting Monday from 2pm-8pm. Tuesday to Thursday 10am-8pm.
  30. Orange Brutus Ayala will accept donations starting Monday from 2pm-8pm. Tuesday to Thursday 10am-8pm.
  31. Orange Brutus SM will accept donations starting Monday from 2pm-8pm. Tuesday to Thursday 10am-8pm.
  32. Orange Brutus Colon (near University of Visayas) will accept donations starting Monday from 2pm-8pm. Tuesday to Thursday 10am-8pm.
  33. Orange Brutus Fuente branch will be accepting donations 24 hours from Monday to Thursday.
  34. All Sun Star branches now accepting donations (cash or in kind). Pls call 2546100 local 201 and look for Jed or Sheena for more info.
  35. UP Cebu is accepting donations. Head to the Malacañang tambayan, beside the guard house. It’s a small campus, it’s not hard to find. (Can someone from UP pls confirm exact drop off point? Thank you!)
  36. Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry is encouraging its member companies to donate! Donations in cash or in kind are accepted in the CCCI Center in North Reclamation Area. Yeah, it’s far, but it’s for a cause, right?
  37. Aboitiz 2GO Cebu main office and branches accepting donations as well – heard on the radio this morning, announced by Aboitiz representatives.
  38. Mooon Cafe Guadalupe is now accepting donations as part of Ondoy Live Aid. Look for TJ.
  39. Green Booth @ BTC is now accepting donations a for relief donations for Joseph Castillo Container Van.
  40. Kaona grill at A.S. Fortuna is now accepting donations as part of Ondoy Live Aid. Look for Ryan.
  41. Kumon Center and RCTV at Ginza Compound is now accepting donations as part of Ondoy Live Aid. Look for Gerry.
  42. Drop-off and sorting operations at Briones residence at 1310 Horseshoe Drive, Banawa. Contact 09228880387 for more information. Accepting goods only.
  43. Mail & More Business Center – Ayala branch now accepting donations.
  44. This is from a forwarded email by Sir Mel Yan of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc.:

    The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation supports the Aboitiz Group of Companies in its initiative to help the victims of Typhoon Ondoy which hit Luzon last September 25.

    Nonperishable goods (preferably canned goods, clothes and powdered milk;
    NO noodles and cash please) are accepted at all 2GO outlets in Cebu, Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Dumaguete, Davao, General Santos, Iloilo, Puerto Princesa, Tagbilaran, and Zamboanga.

    For those in Cebu, you may also drop off your donations at the Aboitiz Head Office, Gov. Manuel A. Cuenco Avenue, Cebu City (beside Cebu Country Club).

    Your donations will be consolidated at the Durian Warehouse of 2GO in Manila and will be turned over to the Department of Social Welfare & Development (DSWD).

    Let us all do our part in helping our fellowmen in this time of need.

    Thank you!

  45. Cebu Bionic Builder Supply, Incorporated Magallanes Branch is now also accepting donations for Ondoy victims. Kindly call their office to check until when you can bring your donations there. Cebu Bionic Builders is located near USJ-R Main Campus and Mt. Carmel Parish. Click here for the map and directions.
  46. The Cebu City Government has urged its employees to bring used clothes. The stuff are being collected and deposited at the Customer Service Office, Ground Flr., Legislative Bldg., Cebu City Hall. Please call ahead to know until what time they are accepting donations (412 0000 loc 0).

EVENTS

Ondoy-Live-Aid at the Outpost, 7pm on Wednesday September 30. Bring your donations. Let’s fill up Joseph Castillo’s container!

The Giving continues as the Ondoy Live Aid goes to VUDU this Thursday 9pm feat: Twinkle Dudu, Rescue a Hero, the Line Divides, Eve’s Garden , Cuarenta, and Pandora. PLease bring your donations for Joseph Castillo’s Container Van bound for Manila!… Peace Love and being a True Filipino!

NO TURNING BACK SHOW OCT 4, 2009 @FNB LABANGON. SRA AND FRIENDS donate ta sa victims sa Ondoy, ato lang usahon atoa. Drop ninyo sa Quad until September 30 (Wed) sa hapon para mausa ug send nato.

VOLUNTEER

Packing for the container vans, come and join us sort out the relief goods for Luzon on Thursday and Friday . Please look for Siloh International, H. Abellana St., Canduman, Mandaue. The containers will be there!! Message Meg Eteve if interested on Facebook or email at meg.eteve@gmail.com.

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP

  1. ABS-CBN through Banco de Oro account number 56300-20111 account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Incorporation.
  2. Red Cross Load Donations: Right now the easiest way to make donations from the seat of your chair is via mobile phone load. The Red Cross Rescue and Relief Operations. Text: REDAMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4483 (Smart)
  3. TXTPower now accepts donations via SmartMoney 5577514418667103, GCash 09179751092 and Paypal http://is.gd/3GvuN
  4. Worldvision Foundation is also accepting donations/volunteers to pack relief goods in QC. For $-donations, BPI:USDacct #4254-0050-08

PEOPLE TRACKER

For those of you in Cebu who have loved ones in Manila, try the people tracker:

People Tracker (using your phones, get your friends and family to turn on their finderservice for you)

* FINDERSERVICE. For Smart, text “wis ” to 386.
* FINDERSERVICE. For Globe, text “find” to 7000.
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Thanks to Ms. Emily Dy of Living for a Cause for allowing me to re-post her entry.

A word to potential donors: Please bring as much donations as you can. A lot of people need your help. But please make a background check first before dropping off goods or donating money. Just a word of caution.
And if you have information of some drop-off points or fund-raising events for Ondoy victims not listed here, please post a comment so we can update the list.
Thank you very much. Your help will matter most.

One Snap Happy Weekend

Pachuvachuva is happy to have met for the first time the talent behind sumthinblue.com, 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.
pillows


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. 😀
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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. 😉

One Blogging Nation

2009 philippine blogging awards

This is a re-post of the official 2009 Philippine Blog Awards Announcement.

On the Awards Night
It has often been said that the Internet breaks down boundaries and leaps oceans to connect people. And it is true. Lost friends, old loves and distant family members become connected in the virtual world. But like the infomercial says,”Wait there is more!”

Due to this virtual network of among Filipinos – To be specific among Filipino Bloggers relationships develop and communities spring about. In recent years, the numbers of bloggers have increased and its not limited to one area alone. From Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao: Bloggers have increased in numbers. And its not only in our local shores. Filipino Bloggers can be found almost everywhere.

It is a diverse and vibrant mix of personalities and individuals. Bloggers of different tastes. Bloggers of different views. Bloggers of different ages. Bloggers of different persuasion. Bloggers of different forms, shape and purpose. All Filipinos in spirit.

And this is as it should be. Whatever is said about the Filipino Blogging Community it is an exciting and dynamic universe.

Populated by Filipinos by birth; Filipinos by choice; and Filipinos by Spirit.

It is truly a One Blogging Nation.

The Categories:

MAIN CATEGORIES

    Technology
    A niche blog that focuses on developments and news about Technology. But what is technology? In its most simple definition Technology refers to the tools and machines that are used to solve real-world problems. Such tools and machines need not be material in this sense it can be virtual. So a Technology Blog could be a blog about the Internet, software, mobile phones and television sets. Each are tools that are used to solve real-world problems.
    Travel
    A blog that focuses on the different aspects traveling for an extend period of time from point A to B. It may be a narrative or even an advice post focused on a trip or destination.
    Entertainment
    A blog that focuses on news and commentary about the entertainment industry. This covers the following areas of show business – from television shows, film, popular music and concerts. It may also cover personalities and people involved in show business.
    Personal(Diarist/JournaL)
    A blog that covers the personal. A diary or a journal a record and treasure chest of one’s thoughts and ideas. It could be on any topic from the food eaten this morning to national issues. The important thing is that it is one’s personal take on the issue.
    Food & Beverage
    A blog that focuses on the food and drink. A description of it. The manner by which it is cooked or served. The history or chronicle of it. A critique of how food is cooked and served. And even the personal experience of eating in a particular place or time. It could be scientific or literary as long as it is about Food & Beverage.
    Family & Living
    A blog that focuses on things about the family and how to live and enjoy life. It tackles family issues and chronicles family occasions. It also covers how to improve one’s life and one’s life by improving the home and family environment — with a better designed living room or a unique experience for the family or the individual.
    News & Media
    A blog that focuses on News & Media. It could chronicle the life of a journalist and it could also be a blog that primarily tackles issues and events covering News and Media.
    Business
    A blog that represents or is the face of business. The posts we find here tackle the daily grind and important news of an enterprise. It will also contain news and updates about the business and its product or products.
    Sports
    A blog that reports and discusses events and issues about Sports. It could be about boxing (both pro and non-pro) or it could be about marathon running. More often the distinction here is that this blog covers competitive sports.
    Hobby & Recreation
    A blog that focuses and discusses about pastimes and hobbies. It is the thing you do on your spare time and it may or may not be competitive. It could be about hiking a mountain or stitching a quilt. It could even be stamp collecting or keeping fishes called Green Terrors. It is something you enjoy doing in your spare time and not covered by the other categories. For example, a blog about basketball belongs to the Sports category but a blog about collecting basketball trading cards belongs to the Hobby/Recreation category.
    Fashion*
    A blog that focuses on the styles and customs of clothing. In a sense this blog focuses and highlights a form of communal art through which the notions of good and beautiful to wear can be seen by the eye.
    Photoblog
    Is a blog composed of photos chronologically arranged or posted. It is not a gallery but a post maybe composed of more than one photograph scanned from film or taken with a digital camera – cellphone, point-and-shoot; and DSLR.
    Culture and Arts
    Is a blog that focuses on the different forms of art whether they be literary, visual, performance and musical art. The posts found in this blog could be a feature of a play; a post reporting on a cultural event, a review of a book or a critique of a play.
    Commentary
    This blog focuses on the commentary and expository blogs. These are not only blogs that talk but discuss. The topic they covered a variety of topics from Social, Political, Historical and even Scientific posts.
    Videocast*
    The blog that moving images: videocasts or vlogs. These are the items we download from the blog or delivered to us by RSS. They may span from one minute to an hour. NOTE ALL CONTENTS MUST BE ORIGINAL.
    Podcast*
    The blog that posts sound: podcasts and videocasts. These are the items we download from the blog or delivered to us by RSS. They may span from one minute to an hour.
    Humor*
    A blog that focuses on putting a smile on a readers face and/or a series of giggles of ha ha has from its readers. It is hard to do comedy whether it be witty or just being plain pleasantly silly.
    Gaming*
    A blog that focuses on games both online and offline: Whether the game is played on an actual chess board or a virtual one.
    Advocacy*
    A blog that activelt supports a cause, causes or an idea. A blog that champions, advocates, argues, support, looks for support and even pleads for a cause whether it be social, political or ecological.
    Beauty*
    A blog focuses on beauty. It talks about; gives advise; and shows how beauty is taken cared of and even accenuated in order to look more pleasant to the eye.

SPECIAL AWARDS

    Design
    This award gives due recognition to best blog design by a Filipino for 2009.
    Free Custom Theme
    This award gives due recognition to the best crafted and design Free Custom Theme for a blog done by a Filipino for 2009.
    Filipino Abroad
    This award gives due recognition to the Filipino blogger or blogger of Filipino ancestry who has contributed significantly to the community and the country through blogging.
    Foreign Blog
    This award gives due recognition to a foreign owned or foreign blog that has focused and blogged significantly about the Filipinos and the Philippines.
    Blogger’s Choice
    This award gives due recognition to the blogger who has been judged by fellow Filipino bloggers by vote as the 2009 Blogger’s Choice.
    Filipiniana Blog
    This award gives due recognition to the blog that has focused and consistently blogged about the Philippines whether it be social, political, historical and cultural. Everything Filipino: Everything Filipiniana.
    Blog Application
    This award gives due recognition to the best blog application developed for 2009.
    Ten Best Posts of the Year
    These awards are given to the ten best posts for 2009. There are times when a single post of a blog is so powerful that one never forgets it or one is inspired by it. Such is the power of that one post.
    Best Visayan Blog
    This award goes to the blogger whose blog showcases his talent in blogging in any of the Visayan Languages.
    Visayas Bloggers Choice
    The Visayas is now a growing community of Bloggers from Cebu, Bohol, Iloilo and more. There are a good number of impressive blogs but some stands out above the others. This awards goes to the blogger whose blog is the talk of the town—the influential blog, the inspirational blog and the example. This award will recognize the blogger who is well respected in the Blogging communities in Visayas.
    Best Visayas Locale Blog
    As we have different travel blogs showcasing the different beautiful places a travel blogger goes to, this next award focuses on a Visayan blog which will promote one’s hometown or city here in Visayas. This award goes to the best blog which talks about a certain blogger’s hometown or city.
    Best Visayas Nature Blogger
    When one comes to Visayas he/she may have the different choices of experiencing the Life of nature. We cannot deny the white sand beaches, the rare virgin forests filled with exotic wild life and the beautiful waterfalls that are located in this region. We recognize the blogger who best presents these best things in life found in Nature.

The Event

Now on its third run, the Philippine Blog Awards celebration is pegged to bring in more funfare and pizazz with a slew of activities on the following dates:

    LUZON
    October 9, 2009
    Megatent Events Venue (30 Meralco Avenue, Bgy. Ugong, Pasig City)

    VISAYAS
    October 17, 2009
    Venue remains a surprise until further notice.

    MINDANAO
    October 24, 2009
    Venue remains a surprise until further notice.

Find further announcements here or you can just stay tuned on Pachuvachuva for any word about this.

As a first time nominee, I am rather excited about the turn of events. I would like to thank everyone who recommended Pachuvachuva for Visayan Bloggers Choice, a very great honor indeed considering I have only been blogging “seriously” fairly recently. It would be super cool to win knowing there’s more than an ample number of very good blogs coming from the Visayas region but of course, the nomination itself is so much more than I could hope for. 😀

I am supporting and nominating a friend who I went to high school with, Mark Andre Yapching, who, with another fellow nature tripper, blogs about the charms of the town of Liloan on Liloan Trippers for the category Best Visayas Locale Blog. Good luck to us, Josenians! ^_^
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* New Awards

Above image is my take on the PBA 09 Announcement. Original picture was taken using [my then functioning] Canon Powershot A430 on June 24, 2007 12:12pm aboard a standard airbus operated by Cebu Pacific Air on our way back to Cebu from Davao City after a three-day seminar. Feeling nostalgic? You bet I am. (Image copyright by author; PBA Logo courtesy of Philippine Blog Awards.)

Antig-Tingko By Pictures

This quaint resort in Alcoy (about two to two-and-a-half hours away from Cebu City depending on the traffic and how many stops your bus/vehicle would have to make) is like a scene straight from Boracay with its white sand beach and clear waters but with a distinctly Cebuano flavor.

big green leafy mantalisay
plant against rock
rock and sea
havaianas and sand
the sea on an early saturday morning
tree and sea

If you’re raring to take a quick weekend vacation without busting your budget, pack your bags and head south.

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Photos taken using Chen’s Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS3 with minor adjustments done in Adobe Photoshop. Copyright by Pachuvachuva.

If I Were a Star, This Would Be My Come-back Movie

Yup. This rant-diva is back and blogging. With the sun dispelling most of the clouds and the cold weather we sometimes experience here in sunny Cebu this time of the year, my blogging energy has returned full force. I apologize for being out for too long learning the ways of the world. I know you guys miss me already..(i’m presuming that you are and please don’t hurt my ego by saying “nope”..hehe).
Now, if I can just stop my hands from picking up Brandon Mull’s Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star, then I might be able to start typing. Haha

Just so glad to be back writing. ^_^