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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! 😀

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. 😀

    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!” 😀

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

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! 😀

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? 😉 Thanks, Blooey! 😀