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Another Saturday, another Cibo, another book-signing, with a special furry guest

June 30, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Announcements, Books, Cats 3 Comments →

Thanks to everyone who popped into our Pop-Up Book Sale and Signing at Cibo in Shangri-La Mall, Mandaluyong last Saturday.

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I, Drogon, invite you, earthbound, combustible reader, to my personal appearance at the pop-up book sale and signing of my human, Jessica Zafra, on Saturday, 5 July 2014, from 2-4pm at Cibo on the third floor of Power Plant Mall in Rockwell, Makati. You may have your photograph taken with me, that is, sitting or standing next to me. Although I am a very friendly cat, I can be extremely affectionate and there is the off-chance I might bite your face off from sheer adoration. So do not touch me or I might spew dragonfire and vaporize body parts you will miss. But look, I am so handsome. See you on Saturday!

The books are Php399 a pop or P699 for the pair. You can also get them online at The Library of Babel.

P.S. Drogon thinks the four-month suspension on Uruguay’s Luis Suarez for biting is excessive.

The Adventure of the Cardboard Box (Sets)

June 30, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Cats, Contest 2 Comments →

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The winner of our Drogon and Sherlock caption contest are:

ayms for “The Sign of Fur”. (Which suggests you already have these books, in which case you could give them to someone who hasn’t read them yet.)

Momelia for “The Pale White Boys of Good Grooming”. Because we can’t tell who is whiter.

You both win the Bantam Classics Sherlock Holmes boxed set. Post your full names and current email addresses (The information will not be published) in Comments and we’ll email you directions for claiming your prize.

This contest was brought to you by National Bookstores.

Ah, look at all the lonely people

June 29, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Movies, Music No Comments →

Calling something The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby naturally raises questions.
– When will she pick up the rice in the church where a wedding has been?
– Does she keep her face in a jar by the door?
– Does he darn his socks in the night when there’s nobody there?

We’re watching this anyway.

If the real Roger Federer follows Not Roger Federer on Twitter, would it tear a hole in the fabric of space-time?

June 27, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Technology, Tennis 1 Comment →

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Pop-up book sale and signing at Cibo in Shangri-La tomorrow, 28 June at 2pm

June 27, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Announcements, Cats, Projects No Comments →

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Behind Saffy: A handwoven rectangular bag in a banig weave from Antique. Rene is having some book bags (smaller than this) made in this design; they will be available in a few weeks.

Saffy reminds you that we’re having another pop-up book sale and signing at Cibo on the second floor of Shangri-La Mall at Mandaluyong on Saturday, 28 June 2014 at 2-4pm.

You can buy your books there at Php399 for one and Php699 for both, or order them at The Library of Babel online store.

Metro Manila is trying to kill us

June 27, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Current Events No Comments →

Thursday morning, it was fine.

1045 Taxi ride from Rockwell, Makati to Timog Avenue, Quezon City: 25 minutes

1115 Drive from Timog, QC to UERMMC to visit friend who had just given birth (Since our task force of Mentats has determined that we are not contagious): 15 minutes

Then it rains and everything goes to hell.

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Photo from Interaksyon: Baha pero walang bagyo.

1430 Taxi ride from Tomas Morato QC to Rockwell, Makati: 1 hour 15 minutes in rising floodwater. The driver avoided heavy traffic on EDSA by taking New Manila-San Juan-Mandaluyong route, which may have been worse. Flash floods in Mandaluyong, particularly in Barangka on the way to the bridge leading to Rockwell. For one moment we thought the cab’s engine would die and we would have to walk in the flood.

Arrive at Rockwell and find that floodwaters have entered the first basement level at Power Plant, the row of restaurants. The staff are bailing out water from McDonald’s to the fruit stand. The pianist plays on.

1625 Waiting in taxi queue: 1 hour 30 minutes. We use the time to make notes for a column, email work confirmations, campaign to assure people that our brain is working (Anyone not convinced can attend joint lecture on Russian literature with Teddy-Wan Kenobi).

1850 Home. If we had walked we would’ve been home at 1635 but we were afraid to run into a flash flood.