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™‚
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Image ยฉ Pachuvachuva, January 2010.

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US vs. UK (What edition do you want?)

magic under glass uk edition

Finally, another chance to win the coveted Magic Under Glass book.
My friend Memory at Stella Matutina is hosting a book giveaway contest featuring the debut novel from author Jaclyn Dolamore. Even better news, should you win, you can pick whether you want the US or the UK edition. Now how cool is that? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here’s how to win yourself a fabulous copy:

1. Visit the contest page here.
2. Leave a comment.
3. Score additional entries by posting about the contest on your facebook, twitter or on your blog. Don’t forget to mention where you posted it on your comment.
Follow Memory here: (a) twitter; and (b) blog.
4. You must live somewhere the Book Depository ships.
(Unfortunately, they don’t ship to the Philippines. But who’s gonna stop us from entering, eh? Hehe) ๐Ÿ˜€
5. Memory is planning to giveaway the US edition that is available now. But should you want the UK ed (like I do *hint..hint*), she’ll pre-order it for you as it will be available in February.
6. Contest ends January 8, midnight central time.

So what are you waiting for? Go visit her page now. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Image above is the UK edition of Magic Under Glass. It has already been featured during my first attempt to win a copy.
See the story: Make Way for Some Magic.

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 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. 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˜€

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

A Bookish Meme

So glad to be back writing after that week-long vacation (will blog about that soon). Today’s post is a bookish meme from the Book Blogger Appreciation Week, which, by the way, officially started on the 14th.

Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?

Yes. Chocolates, chips, or any chichirya available.

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?

Not really especially if I just borrowed it from a friend. But sometimes I leave stuff inside books like receipts or any scrap of paper I’ve been doodling on that I also happened to have used as a bookmark.

How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears?

Dog-ears when no bookmark is available.

bbaw bookish meme
Genie in a bookmark. I got this one in grade school as a freebie from an ice cream product and since then, it’s been one of my favorites.

Laying the book flat open?

As much as possible no.

Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?

Fiction most of the time

Hard copy or audiobooks?

Hard copy

Are you a person who tends to read to the end of chapters, or are you able to put a book down at any point?

Able to put down the book at any point.

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away?

No. I’ll wait til I can google it.

What are you currently reading?

What is the last book you bought?

In the plural form, actually. ๐Ÿ˜€

From National Bookstore – Harrison Plaza, Malate

From Booksale – Harrison Plaza, Malate

From Booksale – Emall, Cebu City

Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can you read more than one at a time?

I can read several at a time but only when I’m not raring to finish a particular book.

Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read?

Usually in the mornings when I’m riding a jeepney on the way to work.

Do you prefer series books or stand alone books?

Doesn’t matter although it takes time for me to get used to an author’s new book/series if I have already been following his previous works.

Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?

Nothing in particular..well, maybe the Artemis Fowl series (but I’ve read Eoin Colfer’s The Supernaturalist yet I don’t find it as good as the AF).

How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, authorโ€™s last name, etc.?)

If you can call haphazardly lumping them in piles “arranging”, then that’s how I arrange my books. Hehehe

So there’s my bookish meme. Hope you enjoyed it. ^_^
Special mention to Memory on Stella Matutina from whose post I’ve first read about this. Thanks. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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The Genie bookmark was scanned then edited in Adobe Photoshop using brushes downloaded from the Internet.
Aladdin and all other related insignia are property of Disney.

Make Way For Some Magic

Nimira is a music-hall girl used to dancing for pennies. So when wealthy sorcerer Hollin Parry hires her to sing accompaniment to a mysterious piano-playing automaton, Nimira believes it will be the start of a better life. In Parry’s world, long-buried secrets are about to stir. Unsettling rumors begin to swirl about ghosts, a madwoman roaming the halls, and Parryโ€™s involvement in a group of corrupt sorcerers for whom the rules of the living and dead are meant to be broken for greater power. When Nimira discovers the spirit of a dashing fairy gentleman is trapped within the automaton, she is determined to break the curse. But even as the two fall into a love that seems hopeless, breaking the curse becomes a perilous race against time. Because it’s not just the future of these star-crossed lovers that’s at stake, but the fate of the entire magical world.

magic under glass - us edition
The US Edition. Available on December 22, 2009 from Bloomsbury.

Author Jackie Dolamore is giving away an advance reading copy (ARC) of her novel Magic Under Glass with original sketches included. Interested? Here’s how it works:

    +2 entries for posting for the full contest advertisement on your blog, Facebook, or anywhere else. You are also free to write your own advertisement if you wish, as long as it includes a picture of the cover, the release date, some manner of description of the book and a link back to the author’s LiveJournal
    +1 entry for mentioning the contest in brief with a link to the author’s LiveJournal, i.e. on Twitter or any other place
    Then leave a comment on the author’s LiveJournal to let her know where you’ve mentioned the contest.
    The contest closes on Wednesday, August 26, at midnight Eastern time. Winner will be randomly chosen and will be announced on Thursday. This is open internationally.

magic under glass - uk edition
The UK Edition. Though this is not the one being given away, I think this appeals to my inner child better. The cover is gorgeously whimsical and even calls for nostalgia. Will certainly look out for this once this hits the local bookstores. ๐Ÿ˜€
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Original images are courtesy of fabulousfrock.livejournal.com. Minor editing done in Photoshop using brushes I’ve found in the Internet.
A Note for Authors and Publishers: The use of the original images of any books featured on here are always given credit. However, this blogger wants to be original so a little bit of editing is always in the works to make the entries more interesting. Editing will only affect the presentation of the book and not on the cover itself.

Special thanks to Memory who posted about this on her LiveJournal. ^_^

Book Blogger Appreciation Week

book blogger appreciation week

This is a re-post of the original announcement for the Second Annual Book Blogger Appreciation Week.

WHO Anyone who blogs about books is invited to participate. In fact, we want everyone who blogs about books and reading to be a part of this week!
WHAT A week where we come together, celebrate the contribution and hard work of book bloggers in promoting a culture of literacy, connecting readers to books and authors, and recognizing the best among us with the Second Annual BBAW Awards. There will be special guest posts, daily blogging themes, and giveaways.
WHEN September 14-18, 2009
WHERE Here at the new Book Blogger Appreciation Week Blog!
WHY Because books matter. In a world full of options, the people talking about books pour hard work, time, energy, and money into creating a community around the written word.

Because books are like halo-halo — sweet, succulent and such a delight to have on easy Saturday afternoons.
And dedicated book bloggers need a break, too.

If you are a book blogger or one who just blogs about reading or are just plain crazy over books like me, join and register by filling out the online registration form. By registering, not only will you be included in the BBAW 09 Database of Book Bloggers but you will also be automatically qualified for the drawing of the BBAW 09 Grand Prize! Be also on the lookout for special giveaways!

AWARDS
Vote for your favorite book blogs here. The BBAW Award Nominations are open from July 15-August 15, 2009. I’m sure you’ll have fun trying to pick what blog fits best what category. Some of the more exciting ones are:

    Best Name for a Blog
    This blog has a name that is impossible to forget – it’s creative, or witty, or just plain strange, but it’s certainly memorable.
    Best Design
    This blog is a pleasure to read – beautiful design, interesting layout, it’s a site you enjoy visiting for its aesthetic excellence.
    Most Eclectic Taste
    This blog stands out because of its uniqueness – you never know what you’re going to get, but it’s always something surprising and new.
    Best Reviews
    Book reviews are the heart and soul of book blogging, and this blog is the cream of the crop – consistently well-written, entertaining and informative reviews are a staple on this blog.
    Best Writing
    It’s not just what they say, it’s how they say it. This blog is almost as enjoyable to read as the books (and anything else) it talks about.
    Best Blog Post
    This is hands down your favorite blog post you read all year. It made you laugh, it made you cry, or it reminded you of truth.
    Most Altruistic Blog
    This blog doesn’t just focus on itself but seeks to make a difference in the lives of others through raising awareness and funds for various causes.
    Most Prolific Blogger
    This blogger is EVERYWHERE. You have no idea how they do it. They consistently post on their own blog, keep up with challenges, and comment on other blogs. Youโ€™re convinced they have a super power that somehow relates to blogging.
    Most Extravagant Giveaways
    You wonder how the blogger comes up with such fantastic giveaways! You want to win these giveaways, and you also wish youโ€™d thought of these great giveaways for your own blog.

So help spread the word about BBAW by posting it on your blog (which I’m doing now after I saw this on Stella Matutina), by stumbling it, or twittering about it or just a plain holler to friends will do. Now, is our chance to show our appreciation for the blogs which have deepened our understanding and love for books and the pleasure of reading. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Image was taken last Saturday using a Canon A480 while taking a break and chowing on halo-halo at Chow King in Emall, Cebu City after I spent hours poring over bargain books at Booksale. Featured are some of my latest acquisition (I like the sound of that word..feels so “official”..hehe):

Halo-halo is a Filipino dessert made from a mixture of shaved ice, milk, sweet beans and a variety of bite-sized fruits, and is usually served in a tall glass. This dish is quite popular especially during the summer and in the hot months. Full definition here.
UPDATE 07.21.09: Just registered on BBAW and followed it on twitter.
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Wish & Win

Wish Memory a happy birthday and you just might win a book of your own choosing!

stella matutina: books and stories and musings

By just posting a comment on A Birthday, With An Accompanying Giveaway entry at Stella Matutina, you could get a chance to get the best summer read you’ll ever have!

Stella Matutina or Morning Star is a book blog of twenty-something Canada-based bibliophile and blogger Memory. For someone who chews any kind of genre with gusto yet veers away from religious fiction, conservative political writing, and westerns, her blog which has started late in August 2008 has already produced nearly 175 reviews on books, books and more books.

As the prize for this contest must come from the list of titles that have previously been reviewed by the blogger, I was so happy to find some which happen to be on my wishlist (oh I call upon the gods and goddesses of luck to help me win..please please please..hehe):

Click here to see the complete list of titles. And these are the mechanics and complete details. You didn’t think I’d miss this chance, do you? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Photo posted is Stella Matutina’s header with minor editing done in photoshop by yours truly to reflect blog title.