Thursday, June 14, 2012

On Jessica Zafra, National Bookstore and Blog Giveaways...


I love to read non-fiction stuff. I was never really "reading" when I was younger. I read books because it was required, not because I grew up yearning and wanting to do it. But I love National Bookstore. It's my favorite place to go to when i'm inside the mall. I have this thing for school and office supplies stuff. I need to have those post-its and those teeny weeny stapler. They have everything! 

And then one day I learned about National Bookstore's Cubao branch and found out that several floors are dedicated to promo items including books. It sparked my interest in reading books because I want to, not because i need to. And then I get lost everytime I go there. I specifically love memoirs of normal people - no celebrities please. It feels so real and I can so relate with some of my books (which are incredibly cheap!). Memoirs of drug addicts, abortion addicts, a daughter of a funeral director/owner, 9/11 survivors, divorce addicts and many more. I am currently reading Long Past Stopping: A memoir by Oran Canfield - son of the famous Chicken Soup For the Soul guy, Jack Canfield. 


I love you Jessica Zafra!
Moving on, I am not a couch potato. I can live without a TV. I got rid of my TV two years ago. It just wouldn't work one day (even if I didn't use it that often) and after it was fixed, I didn't put it back in my room. Why? It occupied too much space - naaa, I just don't need it. After that, I got to read more books and still retain my 20/20 vision (according to LTO). But then, I fancy watching shows like Storage Wars, L.A. Ink, Miami Ink, Kings of Restoration, American Pickers and Pawn Stars - in History channel, BIO or C.I. Non-fiction stuff on TV, just the way I like it. 


hard bound baby!
I don't usually join contests. I want to win (who doesn't want to?) but I'm too lazy to make any effort of joining. But last year, for whatever reason, I won several times in different occasions - intentional or unintentional winnings. I won a gift certificate worth 2,000 pesos from a mall in Q.C., I won a Lonely Planet's Travel Photography book in a seminar/training, I won a flat iron, stand fan, 1,200 pesos and a pangkabuhayan showcase (grocery items) in our annual faculty Christmas party in school and other stuff. I just got lucky. I didn't even made any effort. They just called out my name. And then one lazy afternoon...  


jessicarulestheuniverse.com
jessicarulestheuniverse.com
I was blog hopping and have I told you that I'm also a Jessica Zafra fan? I have almost all of her Twisted books and I read her blog regularly. I digress... As I was browsing on her site jessicarulestheuniverse.com, I saw her latest contest about Pawn Stars - one of my favorite shows. The post was entitled; Win a signed copy of Licensed to Pawn by the star of Pawn Stars. At that time I was actually watching the Pawn Stars re-run. Can that be a sign? Will I actually join on this one? What if I lose? I have a fear of rejection pa naman. Ok, I'm exaggerating but what happened was I joined. 


my entry
I love Pawn Stars and I know the details of my favorite episodes by heart. The contest was for three weeks. Jessica will choose three winners each week. I did join the first week and answered the question. After a week, she posted the winners and... I didn't get to see my name on it. I didn't win. And I didn't join the next week's contest. 


woot!
So after a week, I blog-hopped again and saw the second batch of winners. I was scanning through the post when I saw my username - blissfulguro... And then I realized I won! Without even answering the second week's question. Apparently, my answer on the first one qualified for the second one. Great! I was asked to leave my full name on the comment portion and I need to go to National Bookstore in Rockwell to claim my prize. 

Fast forward to the day I claimed my prize. While inside the store, I asked the personnel in-charge about it. She said that my name wasn't on the list. I was stunned. How can that be? I was about to leave when I thought of trying my luck on my username - blissfulguro. And there it was, my username in bold letters. Whew! I was glad that I thought of that. 


young Rick
signed copy...
Thanks National Bookstore... Thanks Rick Harrison and Pawn Stars... Thank you Jessica Zafra - you don't know this but I really love you (not in a romantic way) and I envy you, you're always with the rugby guys... 

7 comments:

  1. wow congrats~!! grabe wala akong luck sa mga pa contest contest and raffles! O.o kahit man lang candy sa parlor games. am i that unlucky? chos! id love to have that book too!

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    1. ako din dati, walang swerte sa ganyan... pero turn ko na siguro! may ganun talaga. hehe

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  2. ang swerte! dati balak ko suyurin ng isa isa yung upper floors ng national sa cubao hehe, adik lang talaga :P

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    1. ang saya lalo na yung 3rd and 4th floors! :)

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  3. Whee!!! I won too!!! Ako si caterpillar-girl! Haha! Congratulations to us!! :)

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  4. your a great writer.. i like you jessica zafra...

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