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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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Original image courtesy of Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf. Edited in Adobe Photoshop using brushes downloaded from the internet. Concept © Pachuvachuva 2009.

Special thanks to Issa Mojica of Fiction Does It Better who twittered about this and from whom I learned about this fab contest. ^_^