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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 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. 😀

    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!” 😀

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.

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Devouring

The finals week had me running on constant nervous energy that I wasn’t able to fully concentrate on the lessons and review materials I prepared much less to read a non-textbook. Even days after that grueling period, still I wasn’t able to get back into a good reading groove not until I was able to submit all the teachers’ respective class requirements and get some good nights sleep. So now that I’m playing the waiting game (for finals grade plus the results of the entrance test to masters class), I want to enjoy every minute of it with what else but reading.

The TBR grew considerably despite my supposed “aversion” from books during that time (Booksale Emall is just a few blocks away from school so what can I say? :P). Crossing my fingers I’d get to devour these new ones along with those already in the list (see The Pile) before the year ends or I’d get non-stop cries of “you’re always buying books yet you can’t even finish them coz you’re too busy doing other stuff.” Some people can be quite, er, frank. Hehehe

    bumping up books in my tbr
    Bumped Up in the TBR:

  1. Witch-in-Training (The Broomstick Collection)Maeve Friel – currently reading
  2. Cleopatra’s DaughterMichelle Moran – won a fab hardbound copy from Fiction Does It Better and just got it last week so I can’t wait to read this (thank you Michelle and Issa 🙂 )
  3. The Hunger GamesSuzanne Collins – a friend got me a hardbound copy as an early Christmas gift so will read this as soon as I can..might even grab a copy of Catching Fire after this
    …(actually just today, i got the 2nd book of The Hunger Games series also as an early xmas gift…super happy..thank you, thank you, thank you very much :D)
  4. Suite FrançaiseIrene Némirovskymooched this copy from Shelfari friend maydayeve
  5. IcelanderDustin Long
  6. Olive’s OceanKevin Henkes
  7. The Secret Life of BeesSue Monk Kidd
  8. Coffee and Kung FuKaren Brichoux
  9. Love in the Time of TaffetaEugénie Olson
  10. The Marriage BedRegina McBride
  11. The Curse of the Singles TableSuzanne Schlosberg
  12. The Southern Belles of the Honeysuckle WayLinda Bruckheimer
  13. Tender at the BoneRuth Reichl
  14. Bergdorf BlondesPlum Sykes
  15. The Book of SaltMonique Truong
  16. The Interpretation of MurderJed Rubenfeld
  17. A Woman’s PlaceLynn Austin

I’m currently re-reading The Hunger Games (was able to finish it last weekend) and since my addiction to the series is becoming stronger, will start on Catching Fire soon. 😉
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Image taken last night using a Canon Powershot A480 in our dining area on top of our dark narra wooden table. © Pachuvachuva, 2009.
The softbound books featured here are products of my endless hours of poring over bargain books at Booksale. They should give me a Christmas gift or something for being such a loyal customer. Hehe
I picked the cute stuffed toy from a flea market in Colon St. Think she should have a name? 😉
Not in the picture is Moran’s Cleopatra’s Daughter and Collins’ The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. Will dedicate separate blog entries for those. ^_^

Cleopatra’s Daughter

A fabulous book giveaway from a new-found book blogger friend, Issa Mojica of Fiction Does It Better!

One winner will get a signed hardcover copy of Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran and an ancient Roman coin (with certificate of authenticity)!

Cleopatra's Daughter roman coin

Description:
The marriage of Marc Antony and Cleopatra is one of the greatest love stories of all time, a tale of unbridled passion with earth-shaking political consequences. Feared and hunted by the powers in Rome, the lovers choose to die by their own hands as the triumphant armies of Antony’s vengeful rival, Octavian, sweep into Egypt. Their three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome, but only two—the ten-year-old twins Selene and Alexander—survive the journey. Delivered to the household of Octavian’s sister, the siblings cling to each other and to the hope that they will return one day to their rightful place on the throne of Egypt. As they come of age, they are buffeted by the personal ambitions of Octavian’s family and court, by the ever-present threat of slave rebellion, and by the longings and desires deep within their own hearts.

To join:

Leave a comment on her blog, Fiction Does It Better along with your email address.

For extra entries:

  • +1 Recommend a book you’d think Issa would enjoy
  • +3 for being or becoming a follower of her blog
  • +2 for following her on twitter (@austenfanblogs)
  • +1 for tweeting about this or linking to your blog or anywhere! (please include the link in your comment)

Contest is open internationally. Deadline: September 19 (actually, just a few hours more to go..hehe). So go join now! 😀
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TRIVIA: Issa is also a Filipino so cheers to all Pinoy bloggers! Woohoo! ^_^

Images courtesy of fictiondoesitbetter.blogspot.com.